Standings: 16-9, leads the FSL South division
- None of the Palm Beach players made the preseason top 20 rankings
Other Noteworthy Performances:
- Xavier Scruggs: 78 ABs, .890 OPS, 24 Ks, 6 BBs
- Matt Carpenter: 85 ABs, .862 OPS, 12Ks, 24 BBs (Carpenter leads the FSL in walks)
- Tony Cruz: 82 ABs, .803 OPS, 16 Ks, 11 BBs
- Casey Mulligan: 12 IP, 0.00 ERA, 23 Ks, 4 BBs
- Matthew Frevert: 13.1 IP, 1.35 ERA, 17 Ks, 5 BBs
Tony Cruz is an unsung success story at Palm Beach thus far this season. A catcher-convert who is having some success with the bat in a pitching friendly environment. Matt Carpenter has shown impressive plate discipline so far though his power production has been merely adequate (1 HR, 2 3Bs, 4 2Bs). Xavier Scruggs, confined to first base defensively, leads the team’s power production with over a third of his hits for extra bases. Palm Beach ranks second in the league in OPS. Tommy Pham, who mashed in spring training, and Jose Garcia, who mashed in the first dozen games or so, have both cooled considerably and have OPS in the mid .700s.
The starting pitching for the Palm Beach Cardinals is a solid staff but doesn’t feature any standout prospects. Brian Broderick leads the staff with 25 strikeouts in 33 innings and a high groundball rate. Broderick is running into some unfortunate BABIP luck allowing 42 hits, which has contributed to his high ERA. Arquimedes Nieto features a 2:1 K:BB ratio though teammate Richard Castillo has failed to retire batters on his own. The bullpen has some dominant relievers beginning with their closer Casey Mulligan. It’s difficult to get a read on how good Mulligan and his fastball/change combination are given that he’s repeating the level. Matt Frevert and David Carpenter have both pitched well in setup relief roles. Palm Beach lags the league in most pitching statistics ranking last in strikeouts and in the bottom third (12 teams total) for walks, HRs allowed and ERA.