Kelly, Weaver Cards' best Minor Leaguers

Prospects will be honored Jan. 15 at St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner

Kelly, Weaver Cards' best Minor Leaguers

ST. LOUIS -- Though both Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver finished the 2016 season on the big league roster, the standout seasons that got them to St. Louis have earned the prospects organizational honors.

Kelly, a converted catcher, was named the Cardinals' Minor League Player of the Year on Thursday, while the right-handed Weaver took home Pitcher of the Year honors. Both players will receive their awards at the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner on Jan. 15.

Before Kelly became the youngest Cards catcher to make his Major League debut since Yadier Molina in 2004, he hit .289 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 96 games with Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. Kelly, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the organization's 11th-best prospect, was named to the Texas League All-Star Game and the All-Star Futures Game before ascending to the Majors as a September callup.

Upon joining the Cardinals, Kelly, 22, connected for a double in his debut and went on to log 36 innings behind the plate. He became the fourth member of the 2012 Draft class to play for St. Louis.

Weaver's solid debut

Weaver, 23, broke through as the first player from the club's 2014 Draft class to arrive in St. Louis when he had his contract purchased in mid-August. After beginning the season on the disabled list with a wrist injury, Weaver went 7-3 with a 1.30 ERA in 13 starts with Springfield and Memphis. He finished with a 0.92 WHIP and struck out 92 in 83 innings.

The righty was named to the Texas League postseason All-Star team and was previously named the Cardinals' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June. He's listed as the Cards' No. 2 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Once with St. Louis, Weaver became the third pitcher in franchise history to strike out 10 in each of his first four career starts. He finished 1-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine appearances.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.