Springfield, MO - The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that former Springfield Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong and RHP Zach Petrick are the 2013 St. Louis Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.
After helping the Springfield Cardinals win their first-ever Texas League Championship in 2012, Wong spent the majority of the 2013 campaign with the Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) before debuting with the big league club on August 16. In Memphis, the 23 year-old compiled a .303 batting average with 10 home runs, eight triples and 45 RBIs in 107 games. He also swiped 20 bases and was only caught stealing once. The Hilo, Hawaii native then collected nine hits with one double, six runs and three stolen bases in 32 regular season games with St. Louis. Wong saw action in seven playoff games with the Cardinals, and picked up a single and a steal in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 1st round of the 2011 June Draft out of the University of Hawaii.
Petrick, 24, split the 2013 season between the Peoria Chiefs (Single-A), the Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) and Springfield. After posting a 0.83 ERA in Peoria and a 0.27 ERA in Palm Beach, the Morris, Illinois native was promoted to Springfield on July 14. In his Double-A debut on July 16, Petrick shut down the Arkansas Travelers with eight strikeouts and only one run allowed on four hits through six innings. He made nine total starts for Springfield, logging a 3-3 record with a 3.99 ERA. In 47.1 innings with the Cards, Petrick struck out 44 batters while walking only 15. He was signed by the Cardinals as a Non-Drafted Free Agent out of the University of Northwestern Ohio in 2012.
Wong and Petrick are the third consecutive pair of former Springfield Cardinals to win the awards in the same year, following OF Oscar Taveras and RHP Seth Maness in 2012 and 1B Matt Adams and RHP Shelby Miller in 2011.
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Pick your Promo Item with the Stocking Stuffer Special
The Stocking Stuffer Special offers an affordable and hassle-free holiday shopping option for all the Cardinals fans on your list. The special includes two tickets to the Springfield Cardinals Opening Night game on Thursday, April 3 at 7:10pm and your choice of any past promotional giveaway item, based on availability.
So if your family couldn't make it out to get one of the great bobbleheads, snow globes, t-shirts, scarves, Busch Stadium Exclusives, Texas League Championship commemorative items, St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Replica Rings or other must-have giveaways, this is the special for you. Each available promotional item has a limited quantity, so order your Stocking Stuffer Special early for the best selection.
The Stocking Stuffer Special is only $25 and available right now. To order your Stocking Stuffer Special, come by the Springfield Cardinals Front Office at Hammons Field between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday. The items must be picked out at the Cardinals Clubhouse. The special will be available through Monday, Dec. 23 and each promotional item is only available while supplies last.
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Brand-new 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Gift Program on Facebook and Twitter right now
The Springfield Cardinals brand-new 12 Days of Christmas Program is going on right now exclusively on the team's Facebook and Twitter pages, offering fans the opportunity to give the gift of Cardinals Baseball this holiday season like never before.
The 12 Days of Christmas Program will run through Friday, Dec. 20 with a different holiday gift offer during each business day. There will only be 12 of each offer and each offer will only be available for one day, so be sure to order yours early that morning.
Tying in with the 12 Days of Christmas theme, the gift offers will incorporate the numbers 12-1 in descending order. Each gift offer will be unveiled on Facebook and Twitter at 5:12pm the night before it goes on sale. To order any of the offers between 9am-5pm on their days, call the Front Office at (417) 863-0395.
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2014 Promo Club Memberships available with any Season Ticket Plan right now
It's never too early to start planning for the 10th Season of Springfield Cardinals Baseball in 2014! Available right now are memberships for the 2014 Promo Club. By signing up for the exclusive Promo Club, Season Ticket Holders will be guaranteed to receive every promotional item on the 2014 schedule for just the small fee of $85. You can now have your bobbleheads, caps and shirts guaranteed by enrolling in this club!
Space in the Promo Club is limited, so sign up for the club and a 2014 Ticket Plan today. Ticket Plans in 18, 35 and 70-game varieties are available right now and start at just $106.
For information about 2014 Season Ticket Plans, click below or call the Front Office at (417) 863-0395. The 10th Season begins at Hammons Field with Opening Night on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:10pm.
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