Infielder Ryan Jackson has been promoted to Palm Beach of the A-Advanced Florida State League from the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits. Heading the other direction is infielder Ted Obregon, who is being returned to Quad Cities from Palm Beach after a very brief six-game Midwest League introduction last month followed by 22 games in the FSL.
Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez has been promoted from Quad Cities to Palm Beach. Taking his place on the Bandits' roster is outfielder Rainel Rosario, who is being moved up from short-season Class A Batavia.
Jackson, taken in the fifth round of the 2009 draft from the University of Miami, was ranked 35th in our Cardinals top prospect list coming into the season. Known for his glove, the 22-year-old hit just .216/.297/.241 with Batavia in 2009 but was moved up to Quad Cities this season.
Despite a terrible May during which he batted just .230, Jackson is hitting .272 on the season overall. He has been on fire as of late, with a seven-game hitting streak in which he has gone 12-for-26 (.462) with a home run and six RBI. On the downside, Jackson has committed 21 errors in 84 games.
Obregon, a 20-year-old switch-hitter from Venezuela, has traveled an odd route this year. After starting out in extended spring training, he was moved to Quad Cities on June 3. After just six games there and a .143 average, Obregon was quickly promoted to Palm Beach.
Though his Midwest League manager raved about Obregon's approach and versatility, the infielder struggled in the Florida State League as well, with a line of .172/.208/.217 in 22 games, 69 at-bats. Now he is back to Quad Cities for perhaps a longer stay.
His long-expected power has yet to emerge, but here in 2010, Rodrguez has shown improvement in his hitting each month. Starting in April, he batted .197, followed by .266 in May and .283 in June.
This month, he has been very productive, with a .364 average (20-for-55) and a .978 OPS. Rodriguez still has just five home runs on the season, but has collected 45 RBI, just four off the Bandits' team lead.
Rosario, 21, joined the organization as a free agent in 2006. The right-handed hitter batted .272 with a .758 OPS for Johnson City last season. After competing in extended spring training, he joined Batavia when its season began last month. In 78 at-bats over 25 games, Rosario posted a solid .321/.386/.449 line with the Muckdogs.
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