Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 6

A roller coaster week ended with the Palm Beach Cardinals sitting a game out of first in the Florida State League South.

It was an up and down week for the Palm Beach Cardinals. The team managed to pick up four victories while dropping the same number before the week was done. The week started on a high note as the team earned a win in a postponed game from April. Playing Charlotte, the Cardinals managed to take the regularly-scheduled game that night as well.

Palm Beach was then shut out the next evening by Charlotte and would alternate wins and losses over the four games. The week ended on a sour note with the Cardinals dropping the final two games against Brevard County and Tampa.

Who's Hot

Overlooked during the 2009 draft, Rich Racobaldo has made teams take notice. During the month of May, the 37th round pick is hitting .358/.416/.433 in 67 at bats.

After a putrid start, Alex Castellanos is beginning to find his stroke. During this month, the utility man is hitting .317/.403/.492 and has eight stolen bases in nine attempts. He does need to cut down on his strikeouts and he has struck out at a 33% clip during the month.

Richard Castillo made only one start during the week but the right-hander made it count. In a six-inning outing, the 20-year-allowed did not allow an earned run while picking up his third victory of the season.

Who's Not

The bottom has fallen out of Jose Garcia's hot start. After posting a .319 average in April, the 22-year-old is hitting just .214 during the month of May. His batting average has dropped 45 points but he has managed to keep his on base percentage a respectable .339.

Jared Bradford's struggles continue. The former LSU Tiger was knocked around for five runs in his last outing; one in which he lasted only 4 1/3 innings. In his last three starts, Bradford has allowed 15 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings.

Arquimedes Nieto made two starts during the week and fell in both outings. With two losses on the week, his record now stands at 2-3.

On the Move

This past Saturday, the team had a lot of activity on its roster. Infielder Colt Sedbrook and outfielder Devin Shepherd were added to the team. Outfielder Ross Smith was sent back to extended spring training while first baseman Osvaldo Morales was released from the organization.

Around the League

Palm Beach is now 22-18 on the season, good for second place in the FSL South. The team is only game behind division leader Bradenton.

Catcher Tony Cruz is tied for fourth on the circuit with 12 doubles. Tommy Pham's three triples is tied for the fifth best mark in the league while Xavier Scruggs is tied for fourth in home runs with five.

Jared Bradford's 8.08 ERA is the worst mark in the league of those who have pitched enough innings to qualify. Joel Pichardo and Matt Frevert rank fifth in appearances with 16.

Up Next

The Cardinals continue with the final three games of the four-game set against the Tampa Yankees. The team stays on the road to visit Charlotte before returning home to host Lakeland.

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