Johnny Rodriguez on his 2013 Palm Beach Cards

The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals A-Advanced club discusses his 2013 team.

Manager Johnny Rodriguez' second Palm Beach club has been struggling as of late. The skipper of the 2011 Midwest League champions at Quad Cities has seen his 2013 team lose seven of its last 10 Florida State League games and 15 of its last 20. In the first-half standings in the FSL South, the Cards are in fourth place, 14 ½ games out of the lead.

While the 56-year-old could be upset about losing key players to promotions and to the disabled list (he does remind us that he has a full bullpen on the DL), Rodriguez remains upbeat and focused on teaching.

In the following interview, Rodriguez talks about his 2013 team, his managing approach as well as a number of his players, past and present.

One player Johnny initially forgot to mention but caught me later to ensure I added is second baseman Colin Walsh. Originally, the organization projected moving the 23-year-old back to the outfield in-season, but the manager says Walsh competing with the level of the league at second has changed that plan.

Offensively, the league's pitchers may have caught up with Walsh, suggests Rodriguez. He sees the switch-hitter's current swing as being long from the left side and shorter from the right side as the team has seen a number of lefties lately. The skipper believes Walsh will make the necessary adjustments.


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