June 28, 2010
Leagues around the country celebrated the midway point of the professional baseball season with All-Star games featuring their best players. Former Stanford outfielder Sean Ratliff was among the talented players chosen to represent the Florida State League South from the St. Lucie Mets as the starting rightfielder. While Ratliff went 1-4 on the night with a line drive to center for a single, his continued excellence on the field through the first half of the season convinced personnel that he would be promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the All-Star game.
The All-Star rosters for the Eastern, Southern, and NY-Penn Leagues have not been set yet, so there is still a chance for several former Cardinal players to play in their league’s All-Star games.
As noted earlier in the week, Jason Castro made the jump to the Major League as the new starting catcher for Houston after having a stellar season with Triple-A Round Rock. Castro has quickly made Astros management and fans happy, batting .300 in three games, including two walks and a homer against Giants star pitcher Matt Cain as the Astros took the series against San Francisco, their eighth series win of the year. (Video of the home run from MLB and a San Francisco Chronicle story on Castro)
Carlos Quentin has also contributed mightily to the White Sox in the past few games. Chicago went on an 11-game win streak with Quentin's help, including wins over Atlanta, Washington, Pittsburgh, and the Cubs. Quentin batted at a .263 clip during this span with five runs, three home runs and 10 RBIs.
The mid-season break for professional baseball also has brought about some roster changes to some former Stanford players. While Sean Ratliff and Jason Castro highlight the biggest moves so far, Eric Bruntlett was traded to Scranton/Wilkes-Barr from Syracuse, continuing Triple-A play. Brandt Walker was also sent to Single-A Tri-City from Lexington while Jeffrey Inman was traded to GCL from Single-A State College in Rookie play.