Where do the Cardinals get these players?

Update: For some reason my scripts missed Joe Kelly when assembling these tables and caught the mistake when creating the Class of 2012 minor league tables.

In this installment and being the first day of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox we’ll take a peek into some of the Cardinal’s stand out players from the 2013 and in the playoffs and look at their traversal through the Cardinal system. Previously the Top Ten Cardinals based on WAA was posted here.

First let’s take a look at the NLCS MVP, Michael Wacha.

Michael Wacha

Michael came from their PCL AAA team and posted a good half year and then moved up to pitch very well.  His WAA=1.7 is above average.  Since his MLB stats are truncated, only 64 IPs in 15 games, WAA can’t tell the entire story but it is quite positive.  In cases like this you have to check ERA, 2.78, which is very good.  Had Wacha pitched double those innings he would probably double his WAA score.  WAA~4 is a solid playoff contender regular player.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2012 0.7 8.0 0.00 4 0 0 Michael_Wacha_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2012 0.6 8.0 1.12 4 0 0 Michael_Wacha_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2013 3.7 85.0 2.65 15 5 3 Michael_Wacha_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2013 1.7 64.7 2.78 15 4 1 Michael_Wacha_SLN PITCH

Matt Carpenter

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2010 0.6 0.283 0.441 128 16 17 Matt_Carpenter_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla BAT
2010 2.7 0.316 0.412 472 53 76 Matt_Carpenter_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2011 -1.7 0.300 0.417 535 70 61 Matt_Carpenter_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2011 -0.5 0.067 0.263 19 0 0 Matt_Carpenter_SLN BAT
2012 -0.2 0.143 0.333 9 0 1 Matt_Carpenter_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2012 1.8 0.294 0.365 340 46 44 Matt_Carpenter_SLN BAT
2012 0.4 0.300 0.462 13 3 3 Matt_Carpenter_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2013 5.7 0.318 0.392 717 78 126 Matt_Carpenter_SLN BAT

Allen Craig

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2008 3.6 0.304 0.373 568 85 84 Allen_Craig_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2009 3.3 0.322 0.374 521 83 78 Allen_Craig_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2010 5.2 0.320 0.389 350 81 57 Allen_Craig_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2010 0.3 0.246 0.298 124 18 12 Allen_Craig_SLN BAT
2011 0.4 0.286 0.359 39 5 9 Allen_Craig_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2011 2.8 0.315 0.362 219 40 33 Allen_Craig_SLN BAT
2011 -0.1 0.000 0.125 8 1 0 Allen_Craig_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2012 -0.1 0.364 0.417 12 1 1 Allen_Craig_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla BAT
2012 0.6 0.353 0.353 17 7 3 Allen_Craig_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2012 6.3 0.307 0.354 514 92 76 Allen_Craig_SLN BAT
2013 5.3 0.315 0.373 563 97 71 Allen_Craig_SLN BAT

Joe Kelly

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 2.3 72.2 2.60 12 5 2 Joe_Kelly_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2011 -0.9 59.1 5.01 11 6 4 Joe_Kelly_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2012 3.2 72.1 2.86 12 2 5 Joe_Kelly_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2012 1.1 107.0 3.53 24 5 7 Joe_Kelly_SLN PITCH
2013 3.5 124.0 2.69 37 10 5 Joe_Kelly_SLN PITCH

Shelby Miller

Shelby Miller rifled through A+ and AA, was so so at AAA PCL level and then threw an extremely good 1.32 ERA over 6 games, ~14 IP in 2012.  The Cardinals must have liked what they saw and he became a solid starter for the team in 2013.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 1.4 53.0 2.89 9 2 3 Shelby_Miller_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2011 3.6 86.2 2.70 16 9 3 Shelby_Miller_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2012 -0.2 136.2 4.74 27 11 10 Shelby_Miller_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2012 0.9 13.7 1.32 6 1 0 Shelby_Miller_SLN PITCH
2013 3.3 173.3 3.06 31 15 9 Shelby_Miller_SLN PITCH

Kevin Siegrist

I had to double check that ERA of 0.45.  Letting up hardly any runs over almost 40 IP in 45 games will really boost WAA.  A pitcher’s only job is to limit the amount of runs against the other team inflicts.  A pitcher who can make lots of outs without giving up runs is a very valuable player.  Most likely Siegrist will not be able to keep his ERA that low all year.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 0.6 52.2 3.42 11 0 3 Kevin_Siegrist_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2012 2.0 55.1 2.28 10 6 0 Kevin_Siegrist_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2012 0.3 32.1 3.62 8 1 2 Kevin_Siegrist_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2013 0.8 20.0 2.25 13 1 1 Kevin_Siegrist_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2013 0.6 7.2 1.17 5 1 0 Kevin_Siegrist_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2013 3.3 39.7 0.45 45 3 1 Kevin_Siegrist_SLN PITCH

Matt Adams

Matt Adams came up in 2012 and did OK over 91 plate appearances.  He has had a very good 2013.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 6.3 0.300 0.357 513 101 80 Matt_Adams_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2012 2.2 0.329 0.362 276 50 41 Matt_Adams_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2012 0.2 0.244 0.286 91 13 8 Matt_Adams_SLN BAT
2013 0.0 0.250 0.250 12 2 1 Matt_Adams_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2013 3.2 0.284 0.335 319 51 46 Matt_Adams_SLN BAT

Now we’ll dive further down into the Cardinal’s roster.

Seth Maness

Very good ERA over 62 IP and 66 games played.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 -0.1 8.1 4.32 3 1 0 Seth_Maness_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2012 1.9 46.0 2.15 7 3 1 Seth_Maness_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2012 2.1 123.2 3.27 20 11 3 Seth_Maness_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2013 0.1 25.0 4.32 4 2 2 Seth_Maness_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2013 2.3 62.0 2.32 66 5 2 Seth_Maness_SLN PITCH

Trevor Rosenthal

Another reliever with a sub 3 ERA.  Every little contribution helps.  Trevor contributed 2.2 wins out of SLN’s +32 this year.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2012 0.2 15.0 4.20 3 0 0 Trevor_Rosenthal_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2012 2.8 94.0 2.78 17 8 6 Trevor_Rosenthal_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2012 0.7 22.7 2.78 19 0 2 Trevor_Rosenthal_SLN PITCH
2013 2.2 75.3 2.63 74 2 4 Trevor_Rosenthal_SLN PITCH

Daniel Descalo

Daniel struggled the last few years but pulled it together this year to post a  greater than 1 WAA.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2008 -0.0 0.351 0.405 42 4 6 Daniel_Descalso_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2009 -0.4 0.253 0.327 172 17 23 Daniel_Descalso_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2009 2.2 0.323 0.396 324 51 46 Daniel_Descalso_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex BAT
2010 2.1 0.282 0.350 531 71 86 Daniel_Descalso_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl BAT
2010 0.2 0.265 0.324 37 4 6 Daniel_Descalso_SLN BAT
2011 -2.0 0.264 0.334 375 28 35 Daniel_Descalso_SLN BAT
2012 -2.8 0.227 0.303 426 26 41 Daniel_Descalso_SLN BAT
2013 1.1 0.238 0.290 358 43 43 Daniel_Descalso_SLN BAT

I’ll stop here. There are quite a few players between 0 and 1 but that’s right around average. There is nothing wrong with being average because that player is not hurting the team and everyone can’t be above average.  Negative WAAs hurt a team.  Some of the above players may play bit parts for the Cardinals but they all performed very well in 2013, played  a significant role in the Cardinals winning 97 games, and all came up recently from the Cardinals’ farm system.