Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 7, Pt 2

Results by Cardinals prospects during the last week in the Venezuelan and Venezuelan Parallel Leagues. Breyvic Valera is leading the Parallel League in batting average.

Venezuelan League

Stats through the games of December 5th.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
The Caribes went 2-4 for this week.
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas saw his limited playing time disappear entirely this week. He 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 with one postponement.
- Jorge Rondon: One of Rondon's two appearances this week was excellent while the other was not. On Sunday, the righty tossed three shutout frames to keep the Tigres in the game. Rondon retired nine of the 11 he faced, yielding two singles while striking out two. Contrast that with his turn on Wednesday when he gave up three, two earned, in one plus. The unearned tally occurred in the eighth as a result of a two-base fielding error, wild pitch, base-on-balls and ground out. Both of the singles that Rondon allowed to kick off the ninth eventually came around to score under his replacement. His line for the week: 2 G, 4 IP, 4.50 ERA/2.45 FIP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.00 WHIP, .176 BAA, .214 BABIP
Season-to-date: 3.42 ERA/4.95 FIP, 16 G, 0 GS, 26.1 IP, 23 H, 13 R, 10 ER, 3 HR, 3 HB, 11 BB, 19 SO, 1.29 WHIP, .228 BAA, 250 BABIP
- Eduardo Sanchez: Sanchez' only appearance this week came on the 2nd when he followed Jorge Rondon to the mound in Aragua's 3-0 loss. He tossed a perfect ninth against his opponents' six, seven and eight batters, recording two ground outs and a strikeout looking. It was the 23-year-old's third straight outing without yielding a run, covering four frames.
Season-to-date: 3.72 ERA/2.79 FIP, 9 G, 0 GS, 9.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 6 BB, 11 SO, 1.14 WHIP, .156 BAA, .238 BABIP

Cardenales de Lara –
Lara alternated wins and losses this week which resulted in three victories and four defeats.
- Richard Castillo: Castillo came out of the pen three times, beginning with a very brief appearance on the 29th. The righty came in with two outs and the bases clean, only to watch the first batter reach on a throwing error by Lara's third baseman. A double to right knocked in the unearned tally which that tied things up at two all and ended Castillo's stint. The Cardenales went on to lose 3-2 in extras.

Monday's performance produced better results as he replaced the starter in the sixth with a run already across that put his squad down 2-1, runners at first and second and none out. Castillo got the opposition's clean-up batter to hit into a 6-4-3 double play then recorded the final out on a liner to left.

He was not as effective in Wednesday's 6-3 loss. Castillo entered in the eighth with Lara down 4-0, two knocked in and two in scoring position. The single given up by the 23-year-old brought across two more before he notched the final out. For the week: 3 G, 0 GS, 1.1 IP, 0.00 ERA/3.20 FIP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.50 WHIP, .333 BAA, .333 BABIP, 4 IR/2 IRS
Season-to-date: 3.79 ERA/4.83 FIP, 19 G, 0 GS, 19 IP, 21 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 9 BB, 9 SO, 1.58 WHIP, .273 BAA, .299 BABIP

Bravos de Margarita –
Margarita won three, lost two and had one postponed.
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia made three relief appearances for the Bravos. On the 29th the right-hander tossed the seventh and almost worked around a lead-off double. A two-out double to center knocked in a run and ended Margarita's shut out although they went on to a 5-3 victory. His outing on Saturday was a brief one. Garcia struck out his first batter faced before issuing a free pass that jammed the sacks full and finished his day. He pitched a scoreless inning on Tuesday, although he had to work around a single and a wild pitch to do it. His line: 3 G, 0 GS, 2.1 IP, 3.85 ERA/1.06 FIP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1.71 WHIP, .300 BAA, .500 BABIP, 2 IR/0 IRS
Season-to-date: 2.04 ERA/3.03 FIP, 18 G, 0 GS, 17.2 IP, 19 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 9 SO, 1.36 WHIP, .284 BAA, .328 BABIP

Venezuelan Parallel League

Stats are through games of December 5th.

Bravos –
The Bravos went 2-2 this week.
- Ismael Brito: Brito pitched the second, third and fourth innings on Monday, yielding three singles and two walks while throwing a wild pitch. His last frame was a dicey one as the righty issued a lead-off free pass with the runner moving to second on a one-out single. A single to center loaded the bases with two outs and the final batter struck out swinging on what was recorded as a wild pitch that allowed him to advance to first. A play at the plate, however, got the runner from third. Overall, control continues to be a problem for Brito, since he has more walks (11) than strikeouts (nine). He is walking 16.4% of batters faced.
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: Although he continues to lead the league in batting average, Valera cooled off this week, singling four times in 15 at bats. Aragua's starting shortstop and lead-off batter walked twice with two stolen bases in three attempts and touched home three times. Valera struck out once, which extends his pattern of walking more that he strikes out. He committed an error.
Season-to-date: .381/.440/.496/.936, 113 AB, 23 R, 43 H, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 8 SO, 8 SB, 3 CS, .404 BABIP, 6 E, 6.3 K%, 7.9 BB%

Caracas –
Caracas won two and lost two.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco did not play.
Season-to-date: .233/.313/.326/.639, 43 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .250 BABIP, 6 E

Caribes –
Caribes won one and lost three this past week.
- Ronnierd Garcia: Garcia had his best week of the Venezuelan campaign, without a doubt. He had three hits, including a double, in eight at bats over three starts with five base-on-balls for a line of .375/.643/.500/1.143. The third baseman scored two and drove in another, moving from the seven to three hole in the batting order for his most recent two starts. He also swiped a bag. Garcia did not strike out, lowering his overall K % for the second straight report. It now stands at 21.9%.
Season-to-date: .162/.246/.263/.509, 99 AB, 9 R, 16 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 25 SO, 1 SB, 2 CS, .187 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 all four of the Caribes' contests, three of them as the starting shortstop. He had a single and hit his second VPL long ball on Tuesday for two hits in nine at bats. The number six batter drove in two more tallies, one via a sac fly, with a free pass and three strikeouts. He committed three errors.
Season-to-date: .286/.340/.462/.802, 91 AB, 14 R, 26 H, 8 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 6 BB, 19 SO, 3 SB, 0 CS, .329 BABIP, 11 E

La Guaira –
La Guaira won all four of its games.
- Anderson Gerdel: Gerdel did not appear.
Season-to-date: 4.55 ERA/4.21 FIP, 8 G, 2 GS, 25.2 IP, 32 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 7 BB, 20 SO, 1.52 WHIP, .311 BAA, .354 BABIP
- Dail Villanueva: Villanueva did not last long in his start on Monday, yielding three runs, earned, on four hits and four walks with four wild pitches in two frames. The southpaw fanned three.
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 picked up his teammate Villanueva on the 3rd and earned a win in the process. The righty tossed four strong frames in relief of Villanueva, holding the opposition to a single run, earned on two hits and a base-on-balls in four while striking out seven.
Season-to-date: 1.89 ERA/3.73 FIP, 8 G, 0 GS, 19 IP, 15 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 6 BB, 18 SO, 1.16 WHIP, .221 BAA, .286 BABIP

Lara –
Lara won one and lost three.
- Deryk Hooker: Hooker's second start for VPL Lara came on Monday. The only tally given up by the right-hander was a result of plunking Breyvic Valera to lead off the contest. Valera advanced to third on a double to the next batter then scored when a throwing error by Lara's second baseman. That put runners at the corners with a run already across and no one out. Hooker bore down to get pop out to third, caught the third base runner in a run down on a subsequent play and ground out. Hooker's day was over after a 1-2-3 second that included a strikeout looking.
Season-to-date: 5.40 ERA/3.60 FIP, 2 G, 2 GS, 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.80 WHIP, .381 BAA, .421 BABIP

Zulia –
Zulia went 1-3 for the period.
- Jose Gomez: Gomez was the starting catcher on Monday, going hitless in four at bats with a strikeout. Zulia lost the game 13-0.
Season-to-date: .208/.321/.333/.654, 24 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .267 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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