Taveras played the entire 2012 season at Springfield and was highly-celebrated, despite skipping the A-Advanced level. The 20-year-old earned Texas League Player of the Year honors while leading the Double-A Cardinals to their first Texas League crown since rejoining the league in 2005.
He was a member of the league's mid- and post-season all-star teams, winning the MVP award in the TL All-Star Game. Taveras also participated in the MLB Futures Game mid-season and was named a Topps Double-A all-star afterward. .
Taveras was named the organization's Player of the Month in both April and and June and received the same recognition from The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com in April.
With Springfield, the left-handed hitter batted .321 with 23 home runs and 94 RBI, leading the Texas league in batting, while ranking tied for fourth in home runs and second in RBI. Among Cardinals farmhands, Taveras was first in hits (153), doubles (37), triples (7), home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage (.572) and OPS (.953).
"Oscar had a tremendous season as he continued to demonstrate the outstanding hitting potential that he's shown throughout his career while making big strides in the other equally important aspects of his game," said Cardinals Farm Director John Vuch.
Earlier, Taveras won two full-season 2012 awards from The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com – Springfield Cardinals and the system-wide Player of the Year honors.
Like Taveras, Maness got out of the gates quickly, being named the system-wide Pitcher of the Month in April by both the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com. Maness was an all-star in both leagues, earning the mid-season nod in the Florida State League and a post-season selection in the Texas League.
Despite joining the S-Cards on May 21, Maness still ranked third in the TL in ERA (3.27), second in wins (11) and led the league with a 1.06 WHIP. His full-season totals were a 14-4 with a 2.97 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP. Maness' workload of 169 2/3 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 Vuch.
The list of the Cardinals' system-wide winners since 1995:
|1995||Mike Gulan, 3B||Louisville/Arkansas|
|1996||Dmitri Young, INF||Louisville|
|1997||Brent Butler, INF||Peoria|
|1998||Pablo Ozuna, INF||Peoria|
|1999||Adam Kennedy, INF||Memphis|
|2000||Albert Pujols, 3B||Peoria/Potomac|
|2001||Covelli Crisp, OF||Potomac|
|2002||John Gall, 1B||New Haven|
|2003||John Gall, 1B||Tennessee/Memphis|
|2004||Reid Gorecki, OF||Palm Beach/Tenn.|
|2005||Travis Hanson, 3B||Springfield|
|2006||Colby Rasmus, OF||Quad Cities/PB|
|2007||Colby Rasmus, OF||Springfield|
|2008||Daryl Jones, OF||Palm Beach/Sprfld|
|2009||Allen Craig, OF/IF||Memphis|
|2010||Matt Carpenter, 3B||Palm Beach/Sprngfld|
|2011||Matt Adams, 1B||Springfield|
|2012||Oscar Taveras, OF||Springfield|
|1995||Mike Busby, RHP||Louisville/Arkansas|
|1996||Britt Reames, RHP||Peoria|
|1997||Cliff Politte, RHP||Prince William/Ark.|
|1998||Rick Ankiel, LHP||Peoria/Prince William|
|1999||Rick Ankiel, LHP||Arkansas/Memphis|
|2000||Bud Smith, LHP||Arkansas/Memphis|
|2001||Jimmy Journell, RHP||Potomac/New Haven|
|2002||Tyler Johnson, LHP||Peoria|
|2003||Dan Haren, RHP||Tennessee/Memphis|
|2004||Anthony Reyes, RHP||Palm Beach/Tenn.|
|2005||Mark Worrell, RHP||Palm Beach|
|2006||Blake Hawksworth, RHP||Palm Beach/Sprngfld|
|2007||P.J. Walters, RHP||Quad Cities/PB/Spfld|
|2008||Jess Todd, RHP||PB/Spfld/Memphis|
|2009||Lance Lynn, RHP||PB/Spfld/Memphis|
|2010||Shelby Miller, RHP||Quad Cities|
|2011||Shelby Miller, RHP||Palm Beach/Sprngfld|
|2012||Seth Maness, RHP||Palm Beach/Sprngfld|
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