Gulf Coast League announces 2018 All-Star Team

Cardinals outfielder Andrew Warner named Most Valuable Player

Andrew Warner was a 40th-round pick in this June's Draft. (Brian McLeod/

By Gulf Coast League | September 13, 2018 11:00 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Gulf Coast League today announced its 2018 All-Star Team, Most Valuable Player and Manager of the Year.

The Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays each had three players named to the 12-man All-Star squad, which features six teenagers and players from four different countries.

Cardinals outfielder Andrew Warner was named the league's Most Valuable Player. In 31 games, Warner batted .342 with 16 doubles, a triple, four home runs, and 27 RBI before a July 31 promotion to Johnson City. The Cardinals selected Warner in the 40th round of the 2018 First Year Player Draft out of Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.

Cardinals manager Erick Almonte was named Manager of the Year after guiding the Cardinals to a league-best 40-16 mark in his first full season as a manager. Almonte played professionally for 17 years before serving as the Cardinals hitting coach in the Dominican Summer League for three years (2014-16) and the hitting coach for the Palm Beach Cardinals in 2017 before being named manager of the GCL Cardinals on July 31, 2017. Almonte now has a career record of 53-29 (.646).

The Gulf Coast League Tigers topped the Gulf Coast League Cardinals two games to one to win the Gulf Coast League championship on Aug. 29.

1B Russ Olive 22 TB Chelmsford, MA  
2B Nicolas Torres 18 PHI Puerto Cabello, VZ  
3B Kaleo Johnson 22 TB Alameda, CA  
SS Luis Garcia 17 PHI San Pedro de Macoris, DR  
C Juan Aparicio 18 PHI Maracaibo, VZ  
DH Andrew Warner * 22 STL Lee's Summit, MO  
OF Juan Carlos Abreu 21 BOS Altamonte Springs, FL  
OF Antonio Cabello 17 NYY Puerto Ordaz, VZ  
OF Jack Herman 18 PIT Voorhees, NJ  
RHP Brian Pirela 20 STL Zulia, VZ  
LHP Jose Lopez 19 TB Santo Domingo, DR  
RP Edgar Escobar 21 STL Ciudad Habana, Cuba  
* Most Valuable Player

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