Gulf Coast League Cardinals Report: 09/01/08

Though the team results left a lot to be desired, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals did have some fine individual performances during the team's second season.



The second year of the St. Louis Cardinals' Gulf Coast League entrant was a struggle.  The team stumbled in with a 17-38 record, last place in the East Division.  The division leader, the Nationals, finished 16.0 games ahead of the Cardinals.


The season ended with the Cardinals losing 15 of their last 20 games. 




Though the team struggled mightily in the win-loss column, it did have some good individual performances. 


Ryde Rodriguez led the team with a .329 batting average, in RBIs, and hits with 47.  For his efforts, Rodriguez received a late promotion to Johnson City.  Rainel Rosario led the team in extra base hits, home runs, and OPS. 


Devin Shepherd finished with a line of .272/.346/.325 in his first try at professional baseball.  Though he struggled at the plate, Yunier Castillo made a name for himself with his slick glove in the field. 


David Carpenter was moved from behind the plate and onto the pitcher's mound.  In nine appearances, the former Mountaineer posted an ERA of 1.04 and logged three saves.  In 31 innings, Eric Fornataro posted a 1.74 ERA.  Both Carpenter and Fornataro also received promotions to Johnson City.


Anthony Ferrara struck out 36 batters in 30 innings of work.


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The Cardinals finished tied for last in the league with a .233 team average.  The Cards were ranked in the bottom three in on base percentage and slugging as well.  On the mound, the team's 5.49 ERA was the worst among the 16 teams in the league.  That mark was almost three runs worse than the Pirates, whose 2.87 ERA was the best along the Gulf Coast.  


Rehab central


Though as a team, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals struggled mightily, it did provide a good rehab grounds for some of the hurting minor leaguers.  Colby Rasmus, Tyler Henley, and Steven Hill all got valuable at-bats at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.  On the bump, Blake Hawksworth, Mark McCormick, and David Kopp all made appearances.



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