Palm Beach Cards Reliever of the Year: 2010

Ramon Delgado burst upon the scene and provided a steadying force out of the Palm Beach Cardinals bullpen.

To say that choosing the Palm Beach Cardinals Reliever of the Year was tough would be an understatement. I can not recall a more difficult decision since I began doing these recaps. There were three very deserving candidates but in the end, Ramon Delgado was the choice.

Delgado might not have racked up the saves like teammates David Carpenter and Casey Mulligan but thrived in many high-pressure situations during his time in the Florida State League. In 38 appearances, the 24-year-old finished with a record of 1-2 to go along with a fantastic ERA of 1.42. The right-hander racked up 51 strikeouts while walking only 10 in 50 2/3 innings.

The former 41st round pick held FSL hitters to a .216 average while allowing only 38 hits and two home runs. That an outstanding 6.8 H/9 average to go along with his outstanding 5.1-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Delgado was rewarded for his success with a promotion to Springfield. At Double-A, he finished with a 1.10 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. He allowed only a .164 average against and gave away just three free passes.

Delgado allowed fewer hits per nine and walks per nine than both Carpenter and Mulligan while comparing favorably to the pair in HR/9 and K/9. Also, his WHIP of 0.90 topped Carpenter's 1.18 mark and Mulligan's 1.28.

Honorable Mention

Before being traded for Pedro Feliz, David Carpenter served as the team's primary closer. The former catcher logged 20 saves for the Cardinals while appearing in a team-high 49 games. Carpenter finished with 50 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old finished with a record of 5-3 with a 2.36 ERA while at Palm Beach.

After Carpenter was dealt, Casey Mulligan stepped into the fireman's role. Though he struggled during a promotion to Springfield, the 23-year-old was dominant in 25 appearances for Palm Beach. Mulligan finished with an ERA of 0.30 and 47 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. The former backstop walked only eight while notching 12 saves.

Matt Frevert provided stability in the Cards' bullpen. The 23-year-old finished with a record of 6-1 and a 2.15 ERA. Frevert racked up 66 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 54 1/3 innings of work.

Returning after a leave of absence, Cory Rauschenberger appeared not to miss a beat. The right-hander finished with a 3.22 ERA in 22 appearances. He struck out a modest 20 batters in 30 2/3 innings but showed fantastic control by yielding only four walks.

Note: Link to article with all award winners across the system as well as 2010 team recaps, exclusively for subscribers!

Dustin can be contacted at
Follow Dustin on Twitter

© 2010 The Cardinal Nation, and All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Cardinal Nation Top Stories