Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 8, Pt 2

Results by Cardinals prospects during the last week in the Venezuelan and Venezuelan Parallel Leagues. Cesar Valera is playing well in the Parallel League.

Venezuelan League

Stats through the games of December 12th.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
The Caribes went 4-1 for this week.
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas has not played since November 24th.
Season-to-date: 15 G, 20 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 1 3B. 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, .300/.364/.450/.814, .333 BABIP

Tigres de Aragua –
Aragua won two and lost three.
- Jorge Rondon: Rondon stranded inherited runners at first and second in his only stint on the bump this week, which was in game one of Wednesday's double-header. He recorded a ground out to end the fourth but a plunked batter to start the fifth came back to haunt the right-hander. Two singles sandwiched around a fly out to right brought across the runner but Rondon minimized the damage by coaxing two ground outs.
Season-to-date: 3.58 ERA/4.97 FIP, 17 G, 0 GS, 27.2 IP, 25 H, 14 R, 11 ER, 3 HR, 4 HB, 11 BB, 19 SO, 1.30 WHIP, .234 BAA, 256 BABIP, 2 IR/0 IRS
- Eduardo Sanchez: On the whole, Sanchez was not every productive in three appearances this period. On the 6th, Sanchez entered the top of the seventh with his squad up 8-5, a runner at first and two outs. He fanned Henry Blanco swinging to end the frame. The right-hander's outing on the seventh was almost as brief and far less effective. Sanchez plunked the first batter faced to begin the sixth, then allowed a single that advanced the runner to third. His day was over after a steal and sac fly that brought a run across and close Aragua's lead to 4-2. Sanchez gave up two earned runs on one hit in just one-third of an inning.

It was déjà vu all over again on the 9th when Sanchez hit the first batter in the eighth, then yielded a double that sent the runner to third. A base-on-balls jammed the sacks full before a sac fly brought a runner to touch home. Another single re-loaded the bases before Sanchez struck out his final batter looking. His replacement notched the final out to limit the damage to Sanchez' stat sheet. His weekly stat line: 20.30 ERA/6.96 FIP, 3 G, 0 GS, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 HB, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.01 WHIP, .375 BAA, .375 BABIP, 1 IR/0 IRS
Season-to-date: 5.73 ERA/3.29 FIP, 12 G, 0 GS, 11 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 7 BB, 13 SO, 1.36 WHIP, .216 BAA, .308 BABIP

Cardenales de Lara –
Lara again alternated wins and losses this week which resulted in two wins and two losses.
- Richard Castillo: Castillo made one relief appearance, entering Thursday's contest with his squad holding a slim 1-0 lead and the tying and go-ahead runs on base. The right-hander got a ground out to second that ended the threat. A single and free pass to kick off the fifth ended Castillo's outing. Both runners came around to score, although only one of the two was earned.
Season-to-date: 4.19 ERA/4.96 FIP, 20 G, 0 GS, 19.1 IP, 22 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 10 BB, 9 SO, 1.66 WHIP, .278 BAA, .304 BABIP, 2 IR/0 IRS
- Deryk Hooker: Hooker debuted in the Venezuelan League on Saturday after getting his arm back into shape in the Venezuelan Parallel League. Hooker entered in the fifth with runners at first and second, a run already across and his team down 4-2. The 23-year-old induced a pop out to second to end the threat. Hooker pitched around a lead-off double in the sixth via a swinging K plus two ground outs before tossing a perfect seventh.

Bravos de Margarita –
Margarita won two and lost three.
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia's only appearance was on Thursday when he began with a ground out to short for the final out in the fourth to strand a runner at second. He pitched around a single and a fielding error to work a scoreless fifth but departed after serving up a solo shot to start the sixth that increased the Bravos' deficit to 8-3.
Season-to-date: 2.37 ERA/3.62 FIP, 19 G, 0 GS, 19 IP, 21 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 10 SO, 1.37 WHIP, .284 BAA, .317 BABIP

Venezuelan Parallel League

Stats are through games of December 12th.

Bravos –
The Bravos went 1-3 with a tie this week.
- Ismael Brito: Brito did not pitch.
Season-to-date: 1.76 ERA/4.37 FIP, 10 G, 1 GS, 15.1 IP, 14 H, 3 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 11 BB, 9 SO, 1.63 WHIP, .255 BAA, .304 BABIP
- Breyvic Valera: Valera heated back up this week with six singles and a double in 19 at bats with three base-on-balls for a line of .368/.455/.421/.876. The lead-off batter swiped three bags in four attempts and struck out once. His best game was on Tuesday when he went 4-for-5 with a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and another knocked in. He also committed his only error for the period. For the season, Valera has more free passes (13) than strikeouts (9).
Season-to-date: .379/.442/.485/.927, 132 AB, 24 R, 50 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 13 BB, 9 SO, 11 SB, 4 CS, .402 BABIP, 7 E, 6.1 K%, 8.8 BB%

Caracas –
Caracas won three and lost two with a tie.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco got his first playing time since November 23rd when he played at first base in the second game of a double-header on Thursday. He went hitless in two at bats. Velazco was a defensive replacement at catcher on the 10th, coming into the contest in the eighth. He struck out in his only at bat.
Season-to-date: .217/.294/.304/.598, 46 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 7 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .237 BABIP, 6 E

Caribes –
Caribes won one and lost four this past week.
- Ronnierd Garcia: Garcia made two starts in left, batting in the eight and five hole. He singled and doubled once each in seven at bats with a run scored and an RBI. Garcia drew a free pass with four strikeouts.
Season-to-date: .170/.254/.274/.528, 106 AB, 10 R, 18 H, 5 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 9 BB, 29 SO, 1 SB, 2 CS, .205 BABIP, 6 E
- Alirio Negrette: Negrette did not pitch this week.
Season-to-date: 9.13 ERA/8.05 FIP, 8 G, 7 GS, 22.2 IP, 29 H, 24 R, 23 ER, 5 HR, 3 HB, 20 BB, 12 SO, 2.16 WHIP, .319 BAA, .320 BABIP
- Cesar Valera: Valera appeared in four of the Caribes' five contests, sitting out the second of two games played on Wednesday. He was the starting shortstop three times, batting seventh twice and second once. Valera substituted in at short in the fourth inning on December 6th. For the week, he had two singles and a double in 10 at bats, touched home once, drove in a tally, walked twice and struck out two times. Valera stole two bases in three attempts. His line: .300/.462/.400/.862 with a .375 BABIP.
Season-to-date: .287/.353/.455/.808, 101 AB, 15 R, 29 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 8 BB, 21 SO, 5 SB, 1 CS, .333 BABIP, 11 E

La Guaira –
La Guaira went 1-4.
- Anderson Gerdel: On Friday Gerdel saw his first action since November 28th when he tossed two and two-thirds scoreless frames with only one hit yielded. The righty had five fly outs, two ground outs and one strikeout.
Season-to-date: 4.13 ERA/4.05 FIP, 9 G, 2 GS, 28.1 IP, 33 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 7 BB, 21 SO, 1.41 WHIP, .295 BAA, .333 BABIP
- Dail Villanueva: Villanueva did not pitch.
Season-to-date: 6.00 ERA/4.73 FIP, 6 G, 3 GS, 15 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 16 BB, 19 SO, 2.27 WHIP, .305 BAA, .425 BABIP
- Kender Villegas: Villegas had an interesting week. On the 7th he tossed two perfect frames for the Tiburones with two strikeouts. On the 12th, Villegas was charged with the loss when he allowed a tally on two hits and a walk in three that broke a scoreless game. He fanned three with eight fly outs.
Season-to-date: 1.88 ERA/3.33 FIP, 10 G, 0 GS, 24 IP, 17 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 8 BB, 23 SO, 1.04 WHIP, .202 BAA, .267 BABIP

Zulia –
Zulia went 3-0 with a tie for the period.
- Jose Gomez: Gomez' only appearance came on the 11th when he was inserted into the game at catcher three batters into the top of the first. His entrance was immediately after a batter struck out swinging, leading to speculation that the batter somehow injured the starting catcher. In any case, Gomez singled once in three at bats with a run scored and another driven in.
Season-to-date: .222/.323/.333/.656, 27 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .278 BABIP, 1 E

Related article: Part one of this report covered Cardinals prospects' results the past week in the Australia, the Dominican, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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