Former Pirate Seth Maness named St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year
Dec. 1, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina All-American Seth Maness has been named the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year the organization announced Friday afternoon.
Maness, the Cardinals 11th-round selection in 2011, started the season at Palm Beach before quickly ascending to Springfield and was a key contributor to the Cardinals post-season championship run.
Despite his promotion on May 21, Maness still accumulated totals to rank 3rd in the Texas League in ERA (3.27), second in wins (11) and led the league with a 1.06 WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched).
His full-season totals were a 14-4 with a 2.97 ERA over 169.2 innings pitched with a 1.04 WHIP. His workload of 169.2 innings pitched ranked sixth in all of Minor League Baseball.
"While there were numerous qualified candidates throughout the organization, Seth's phenomenal command, along with his consistent excellence throughout the season made him a deserving winner of this honor," said Cardinals Farm Director John Vuch.
Outfielder Oscar Taveras took home Player-of-the-Year honors and the Springfield Cardinals were selected by Baseball America as their Minor League Team-of-the-Year.
Former Pirate Chris Heston, who earned 2012 Eastern League Pitcher-of-the-Year honors, was selected to the Topps Double-A All-Star Team. The right-hander, of Palm Bay, Fla., paced all Double-A starters with a 2.24 ERA and ranked second in allowing the fewest base runners per nine innings (10.17) and in WHIP (1.10). The Richmond Flying Squirrels right-hander tossed 148 2/3 innings and finished seventh in the classification with 153 strikeouts. The San Francisco Giants selected Heston with their 12th pick in 2009.
All-American first baseman Kyle Roller was named a N.Y. Yankees organizational All-Star following his stellar 2012 season. Roller, a 2010 eighth-round Draft pick, was a Florida State League All-Star after hitting .266 with 18 homers in 121 games and tied Gary Sanchez atop the system with 85 RBI. A left-handed bat who won MVP honors in the Cape Cod League a year before the Yankees drafted him, Roller has shown power in his first two full seasons, but could benefit from cutting down on his strikeouts.