On Tuesday, the Florida State League announced its first-half All-Star Teams representing the North and South Divisions. The Palm Beach Cardinals placed just two players on the 23-man South squad, which covers six organizations' Class A-Advanced affiliates.
Though the Cardinals currently have the worst record in the circuit at 21-34, they have had some strong individual performers. First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez, listed as a designated hitter, and outfielder Stephen Piscotty are Palm Beach players invited to participate in the annual game. It will be held in Dunedin, Fla. on Saturday evening, June 15.
Both Cardinals are batting .287 on the season, just making the FSL top 20 in that categoty. Rodriguez and Piscotty have 18 and 17 extra-base hits respectively, with Rodriguez hitting more doubles (15 to 9) and Piscotty more home runs (7 to 2).
Not having been a stolen base threat in the past, Rodriguez changed that this season, going 11-for-12 in steal attempts. Piscotty has a higher OPS (.815 to .786) and has driven in more runs (21 to 16).
Drafted in the 17th round in 2009 from Puerto Rico, Rodriguez, 23, is in his second season at Palm Beach. The 22-year-old Piscotty joined Palm Beach this season after being selected in the first round of the 2012 draft from Stanford and debuting in the Midwest League.
In 2012, the Cardinals had three members of the mid-season All-Star Team. All are now at Double-A Springfield – pitcher Anthony Ferrara, outfielder Mike O’Neill and second baseman Starlin Rodriguez. Seth Maness, now in St. Louis, was also named to the team but did not participate because of his promotion to Springfield. O’Neill and Rodriguez repeated on the 2012 FSL post-season all-star squad.
Full rosters for the FSL North and South Division All-Star Teams can be viewed at MiLB.com.
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