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