ST. LOUIS -- First baseman Matt Adams, who spent the 2011 regular season at Double-A Springfield, will be the Cardinals' representative in the annual Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. The Rising Stars Game is a showcase of some of the league's most exciting prospects, and it takes place on Saturday.
Adams, who turned 23 in August, had a huge year for Springfield. He batted .300 with a .357 on-base percentage, a .566 slugging percentage, 32 home runs, 101 RBIs and 80 runs. Entering Wednesday, he had a .240/.250/.440 line in AFL play with three homers and 18 RBIs in 18 games.
Adams was a 23rd-round Draft pick in 2009 and has hit at every level of his Minor League career, with a lifetime .316/.365/.552 line over three seasons and four levels.
Cards to visit Double-A affiliate next spring
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals will play a single game at their Double-A Springfield affiliate next April, scheduled for Monday, April 2, at Hammons Field.
The game will take place at 6 p.m. CT and sits in between the Cardinals' Spring Training and their regular-season opener on Wednesday, April 4, against the Marlins. That game will open the new stadium in Miami.
Per a release from the Cardinals, the club had hoped to play two games in Springfield to make up for the scheduled game there in the spring of 2011 that was canceled due to weather. However, the Spring Training and regular-season schedules did not allow for two games, so instead it will be a single game on April 2.
Fans who retained their tickets to the scheduled exhibition game this year, rather than receive a refund, will receive replacement tickets for the 2012 game.
"We owe it to the great fans of Springfield to come home to Missouri to play this exhibition game despite the travel challenges presented by our schedule," general manager John Mozeliak said in a release issued by the team. "While we are disappointed we can't play two games, this will be a welcome trip home for many of our players who really enjoyed their playing time in Springfield."
No Cardinals won Silver Slugger awards for 2011, despite the team leading the National League in runs scored. Silver Sluggers recognize the top offensive players at each position in each league. It's the first time since 2007 that no Cardinal won one.
Left-hander Tyler Lyons, who pitched for Class A Palm Beach in 2011, pitched five perfect innings in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.
A statue of Albert Pujols was unveiled on Wednesday at his restaurant in the St. Louis area. The statue was funded by an anonymous donor.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.