Over at FOXSportsMidwest.com this week, my column recapped the all-stars across the St. Louis Cardinals’ three mid-season leagues. You should go there to read about each player’s accomplishments, but what I will do here is compare the lists of all-stars year-to-year.
In the case of the Texas League, the drop in number of all-stars from last year is considerable – from eight (or 11 if you count promoted and unavailable players) to five. In the Florida State League, eight were selected in 2010 and only three in 2011.
Only in the Midwest League was there improvement – from four last year to six this time. Matt Adams (pictured) made both years’ lists. Cody Stanley is also a two-time all-star as he was selected in the Appalachian League in 2010.
In the 2010 table below, post-season all-stars are included for information and completeness. The count is always lower as just one starting lineup is typically selected instead of two full teams like at mid-season.
|Pitcher||Brian Broderick||David Kopp||Kopp||Pitcher||Mike Blazek|
|Adam Reifer||Eduardo Sanchez||Maikel Cleto|
|Blake King||Scott Gorgen (inj)|
|Position Player||Steven Hill||Hill||Position Player||Matt Adams|
|Adron Chambers||Carpenter||Alex Castellanos|
|Matt Carpenter||Ryan Jackson|
||Palm Beach (3)|
|Pitcher||Ramon Delgado||Casey Mulligan||Luis Aguayo||Pitcher||Joe Kelly||Shelby Miller|
|Position Player||Tony Cruz||Jose Garcia||Position Player||Edgar Lara|
||Quad Cities (5)|
|Pitcher||Eric Fornataro||Scott Schneider||Pitcher||Anthony Ferrara|
|Position Player||Matt Adams||Adams||Position Player||Cody Stanley||Greg Garcia|
|D’Marcus Ingram||Starlin Rodriguez|