Due to the Florida State League’s All-Star weekend, the Palm Beach Cardinals only played three games this week, winning one. The FSL South All-Stars won the All-Star game handily with the help of Palm Beach’s designated hitter Luke Voit.
Let’s take a look at what happened this week!
June 18: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 1
The Cardinals headed into the break with a victory as they defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays behind another solid pitching performance from Trey Nielsen, who hasn’t given up more than one run in a start since May 13. First baseman Jake Gronsky and left fielder Derek Gibson had good games, each collecting two hits and a run scored. Chris Perry earned his ninth save of the season by tossing a perfect frame with two strikeouts.
June 22: Fort Myers Miracle 10, Palm Beach Cardinals 3
In their first game after the All-Star Break, the Cardinals were roughed up by the Fort Myers Miracle. Will Anderson’s luck did not turn around as he gave up four runs in just one inning before Corey Littrell yielded an additional five runs in 2 ? innings of relief. DH Luke Voit drove the offense by going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
June 23: Fort Myers Miracle 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Cardinals lost their second consecutive game after Silfredo Garcia gave up the only two runs of the game in a rough second inning. Nick Petree, recently sent down from Springfield, pitched five scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Second baseman Brett Wiley and center fielder Blake Drake both recorded a single and a double, which accounted for most of Palm Beach’s offense.
The All-Star Game
June 20: FSL South All-Stars 6, FSL North All-Stars 0
The Florida State League South All-Stars trounced their North counterparts in the All-Star Game with an impressive offensive outburst. Although three Cardinals were selected for the game, only Luke Voit played. Voit went 1-for-4 with an RBI, driving in Bradenton Marauders catcher Reese McGuire with a single in the fifth inning.
Starting pitcher Alex Reyes and infielder Bruce Caldwell were the other Palm Beach players selected for the All-Star Game. Reyes was held out of the contest and Caldwell has since been promoted to Springfield.
In celebration of the All-Star Weekend, I will look at each of the Palm Beach Cardinals’ all-star selections.
Let’s start with Alex Reyes, one of the Cardinals’ top prospects. The tall right-hander has gotten off to a stellar start, with a 2.08 ERA and a 13.35 K/9 rate. His 2-5 record is a little bit misleading, but his 90 strikeouts in 60 ? innings is one of the top marks in the minors and leads the Florida State League.
Luke Voit is hitting .262/.360/.324 so far this year. Although his power hasn’t been staggering so far, with only three home runs, his on-base skills have helped the first baseman be a valuable piece to Palm Beach’s offense.
After getting off to a good start with Palm Beach, hitting .248/.349/.339, Bruce Caldwell was promoted to the Springfield Cardinals. At Springfield, he has added more power, batting .246/.350/.478 with four home runs in his first 19 Double-A games.
Will Anderson has made this list again after managing to make it through only one inning and giving up four runs in his last start. His ERA has ballooned to 4.96 and it’s hard not to suspect that he may be overmatched at this level.
Shortstop Robelys Reyes didn’t have a great week, going 0-for-10 with one walk, one run scored, and one stolen base. This performance is unusual for the career .292 hitter, so he should turn it around in the coming days.
June 19: RHP Jonathan Escudero to State College
June 21: RHP Cody Schumacher to Peoria
June 21: C Jose Godoy to State College
June 21: OF C.J. McElroy Jr. to 7-day DL
June 21: RHP Ronnie Shaban from Springfield
June 21: C Jose Gonzalez from Springfield
June 21: RHP Nick Petree from Springfield
June 21: OF Blake Drake from Peoria
June 23: INF Juan Herrera to 7-day DL
June 23: INF Michael Massi from Peoria
The Cardinals retained their hold on fifth place, avoiding last with a two-game lead over the Bradenton Marauders to conclude the first half. They are certainly looking to improve their fortunes in the second half of the season.
In the upcoming week, Palm Beach will enjoy the comforts of home, taking on the Jupiter Hammerheads for two games and the Daytona Tortugas for a four-game set at Roger Dean Stadium.
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