Johnson City Cards 2012 Player of the Year

Schaffer drove in 51 runs in 62 games

First baseman Jeremy Schaffer is our top player on the Cardinals' Appalachian League playoff club.

Of the many players who were a part of the 2012 Johnson City Cardinals playoff team, one stood out the most. 22-year-old Jeremy Schaffer has been chosen as The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com 2012 Johnson City Cardinals Player of the Year.

Schaffer
In his first season as a minor leaguer, Schaffer was honored as an Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star. The native Texan was the Cardinals' 18th round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft from Tulane University.

He had one of the highest averages (.272) and OPS's (.842) on the team. Those that ranked higher were not considered for the award because they did not play for Johnson City for a majority of season. Schaffer proved his consistency at the plate.

In 62 games, the right-handed hitter had 232 at-bats. Of those, he contributed 32 runs from 63 hits (both third on the Cards). Schaffer hammered 20 doubles (most on the team), three triples (tied for second) and 10 home runs (most). He was the team's top run producer, supplying 51 RBI. When the Schaffer wasn't hard at work at the plate, he was guarding first base, ready to make plays and help out his team.

Schaffer performed well in the Cardinals' three play-off games against the Burlington Royals, too. By the end of the third game, his average was at .300 on three hits.

JC Cards hitters POS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OPS
Leandro Mateo SS 32 8 13 1 0 0 2 2 6 5 0.406 0.924
Adam Ehrlich C 75 14 26 3 0 1 8 8 14 0 0.373 0.877
Gerwuins Velazco C 105 12 36 5 0 0 8 4 22 0 0.343 0.751
Ildemaro Vargas 2B 230 42 74 15 2 4 28 17 24 8 0.322 0.839
Bruce Caldwell 2B 148 30 45 12 1 6 26 14 39 2 0.304 0.882
Ronald Castillo OF 200 28 59 11 2 0 26 11 30 2 0.295 0.702
Jeremy Schaffer 1B 232 32 63 20 3 10 51 16 47 0 0.272 0.842
C.J. McElroy Jr. OF 247 40 67 11 2 0 22 15 42 24 0.271 0.646
Lance Jeffries Jr. OF 132 23 29 2 4 0 39 24 62 11 0.220 0.665
Anthony Bryant OF 15 1 4 0 0 0 4 0 2 2 0.267 0.533
Ricardo Lizcano C 42 5 11 0 1 1 6 8 12 0 0.262 0.761
Trevor Martin 2B 96 13 24 6 0 5 15 9 27 2 0.250 0.802
Cesar Valera SS 177 20 40 10 0 0 16 14 42 6 0.226 0.577
Carson Kelly IF 213 24 48 10 0 9 25 10 33 0 0.225 0.662
Dutch Deol OF 119 12 21 7 2 1 8 11 36 0 0.176 0.552
Michael Knox IF 87 14 14 7 0 4 13 7 33 0 0.161 0.629
Steve Bean C 80 6 10 4 0 1 5 15 32 2 0.125 0.476

Honorable Mentions

Shortstop Leandro Mateo joined the team later in the season, but left a very good impression. He rose to a .406 average in 17 games after batting just .220 in the Gulf Coast League in 2011. He also had the highest OPS on the Cards (.924). The 22-year-old also played briefly for the Batavia Muckdogs in 2012.

Catcher Adam Ehrlich was assigned to Johnson City from the Gulf Coast League mid-season, when Steve Bean was sent down. Ehrlich showed great improvement over the year. His average in 2011 was a low .237 with a .672 OPS. With Johnson City in 2012, the 19-year-old averaged .373 with a .877 OPS.

Ildemaro Vargas has played in the minor leagues since he first joined the Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals in 2008. The second baseman has consistently improved his game. Between his time at Johnson City, Palm Beach and Batavia in 2012, the 21-year-old had an overall .314 average and .821 OPS. With a team-leading 42 runs scored, Vargas was in serious running for this award, but Schaffer's run production and slightly-higher OPS gave him the nod.

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