USA Today Names McCardell Twins Minor League POY

11 Sep

USA Today named its 2008 Minor League Player of the Year. It was David Price, the #1 overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He was a very deserving choice. Matt Weiters of the Orioles organization was named the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America last week. He was also a good choice. Both are future big league All-Stars.  

USA Today also gives its choice for each organization’s Minor League Player of the Year. Who was their choice for the Twins? Well, he played this year for the Beloit Snappers. I know who you’re thinking…

And you’re wrong. USA Today selected RHP Mike McCardell as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year. They wrote:

Minnesota: RHP Michael McCardell, 23, went 9-4 with a 2.86 ERA for low-A Beloit (Wis.). He struck out 139 (second among Twins minor leaguers) and walked 25 in 135⅓ innings pitched.

First of all, let me say that McCardell had an excellent 2008 season. Like his pro debut at E-Town in 2007, he racks up strikeouts while limiting walks. He has three above average pitches and excellent poise on the mound. It is a great honor for McCardell, and very good recognition.

Now, how anyone would pick anyone other than Ben Revere as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year is beyond me. I think that’s a pretty easy choice. But again, you won’t see me too upset about another Twins prospect getting deserved recognition too!

If you have any thoughts or comments, please feel free to comment.

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7 Responses to “USA Today Names McCardell Twins Minor League POY”

  1. gil September 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    I don’t understand this at all.
    You can’t judge a college pitcher until he gets to AA.
    It seems any decent college pitcher will do great in the low A and a better college pitcher does OK in Hi-A
    its AA that is the test for those guys.
    Manship showed this is in his transition to AA.
    He was great down low but struggled against better competition.
    Not a good choice. They just looked at some stats and said “this one” no real research at all.

  2. roger September 12, 2008 at 6:46 am #

    Wow, that is surprising. Interesting point is that by giving McCardell such an award moves him from the 11th ranked pitcher in my year end rankings to #7. Obviously, that can continue to change as BA and others publish their rankings. But what a surprise.

  3. mike wants wins September 12, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    Bizzarro world choice there. Revere is their player of the year. The BA guys said he did not make their rankings for the PoY and best players/all stars because of his limited plate appearances. I think they said he’d have made their 3rd team if they had one, though.

  4. Seth September 12, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    I think Revere is the easy choice. I think McCardell had an excellent year and is a very good pitching prospect. Just interesting.

  5. Ruth September 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Why don’t they have separate awards for pitchers and position players? It’s hard to make fair comparisons between all of them.

  6. Jim H September 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    I have a few Twins related thoughts and I wouldn’t mind your ideas on them, Seth.

    I have a hard time putting much faith in the defensive metrics various posters talk about. They are interesting sometimes, but I don’t see how any of them could be very useful without injecting “observational bias” into them. Which then leads you back to “let’s just watch these guys play and then decide who the best defender is”. What I mean is this: I don’t see any reliable way to account for defensive positioning, how hard a ball is hit, poaching (when a fielder fields a ball that is in another player’s zone, that he would of fielded anyway){see Gomez}, and especially unusual field conditions(Metrodome roof and lights or 40mph winds). If you let an observer adjust for those things, unbiased stats become biased.

    I have really enjoyed watching the Twins this year. It is fun when a team does unexpectedly well. My basic observation is that Gardenhire has become a very good manager. I have always felt that he wasn’t nearly as good Kelly was and where that would put him compared to other managers, I really don’t know. But this year he has done well. Whether blogger complaints about his various decisions have any merit or not, I don’t know. Doing what this team has done is remarkable and I think Gardy should get a lot of credit for it.

    Largely beyond Mauer and Morneau there is nothing special about the position players. The rest of the infielders are really just utility guys at this point with only Castilla looking like he could/should be a big league regular. With Cuddyer hurt all season, you end up with 3 young guys learning on the job. They are very talented but only Span is close to a finished product. Kubel has done well, but is not really the big bopper you would like your DH to be. I really like the young starters but often they look as young as they are. The need to protect them led to overworking the bullpen, maybe.

    At this point the defense doesn’t help the pitchers as much as it should, and having the bullpen blow up except for Nathan is hard to blame on Gardenhire, though some try too.

    I think Gardenhire has balanced the need to develop young talent and protect it with trying to win now, about as well as he possibly could.

    I still think the Twins will come up with a post season appearance.

    Also I am pretty excited about the Twins minor league talent. Though I take all ratings with a grain of salt, I am looking forward to the various bloggers putting their ratings out. Where did everybody have Span, Butcher, Blackburn and Castilla rated last year? Just kidding. It is fun to see where future help might come from.

  7. Kyle May 29, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    Why is McCardell still in High A?

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