2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

Josh Jones' detailed report on the starting position players from the 2010 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Players listed in order of number of at-bats received.

 

Gerwuins Velazco played in 67 games batting .270 (63-for-233) with a .373 OBP, .395 SLG, and .768 OPS.  He had 14 doubles, five home runs, 38 RBIs, 92 total bases, 34 runs, and 36 walks.  Velazco was perfect in stolen bases with just one, hit by a pitch twice, struck out 41 times (18%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 40 games behind the plate (threw out 27-of-64 runners, had four passed balls, committed eighth errors, and assisted in three double plays), 16 games at first base (assisted in 12 double plays and committed two errors), nine as designated hitter, and two between both first and catcher.

 

The July 5, 2008 free agent signing bounced back after spending much of the 2009 season on the disabled list.  He had 15 multi-hit games including two with three and had a three-game multi-hit streak from July 24-26.  Velazco had eight multi-RBI games with one being for three and another being for four.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter had a had a seven-game on base/hitting streak that ran from July 24-31 where he went 12-for-20 (.600) with one double, three home runs, ten RBIs, eight runs, nine walks, and two strikeouts.  His best game came on July 26th, when he went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBIs, two runs, and two walks.  Velazco picked up his first career multi-home run game on July 26th.

 

Velazco made much progress this season compared to last.  His hitting numbers all went up positively and his defense behind the plate stayed right about the same.  All though he does deserve consideration for a trip to extended spring training next year, he'll most likely wind up back in the Venezuelan Summer League for another season due to the amount of catching prospects in the system.

 

 

Jem Argenal played in 65 games batting .243 (56-for-230) with a .307 OBP, .370 SLG, and .677 OPS.  He had 13 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 36 RBIs, 85 total bases, 28 runs, and 20 walks.  Argenal was 3-for-6 in the stolen base department, hit by a pitch three times, struck out 29 times (13%), and grounded into seven double plays.  He played 23 games in right field (two outfield assists, one double play, and two errors), 23 games in left field (assisted in one double play and two errors), nine as designated hitter, five at first base (assisted in four double plays), one game between first and right field, and four game between both left and first base.

 

The November 25, 2008 free agent signing had 12 multi-hit games including one for four and two others for three and had a two-game multi-hit streak that ran from July 25-26 (doubleheader).  He had eight multi-RBI games with one being for three and another for five runs.  The 19-year old left-handed hitter had a nine-game on base streak that ran from June 19-27 where he went 9-for-31 (.290) with four doubles, five RBIs, seven runs, three walks, three hit by pitches, and six strikeouts.  Included in that on base streak was a six-game hitting streak.  His best game came on July 30th when he went 1-for-4 with one home run, five RBIs, one run, and one sac fly.

 

Argenal is already getting heavy consideration to be invited to extended spring training for his hitting.  He's traveled in the past to Florida and has that experience under his belt plus being a left-hander that can work the corner outfield positions doesn't hurt either.  Look for him to make an impact in the Nicaraguan League this fall/winter.

 

 

Marlon Sucre played in 58 games batting a.269 (60-for-223) with a .309 OBP, .439 SLG, and .749 OPS.  He had 14 doubles, eight home runs, 33 RBIs, 98 total bases, 35 runs, and 11 walks.  Sucre was 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts, hit by two pitches, struck out 49 times (22%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 39 games in right field (two outfield assist, one double play, and three errors), 13 in left (two errors), four as designated hitter, one in centerfield (one error), and one between both left and right.

 

The May 16, 2010 free agent signing 16 multi-hit games with seven being for three hits and six multi-RBI games with two being for three.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter had a nine-game on base streak that ran from May 30-June 11 and had two six-game hitting streaks.  The first coming between May 30-June 7 where he went 8-for-24 (.333) with four doubles, one home run, four RBIs, three runs, one walk, and three strikeouts.  His second came between June 21-27 where he went 11-for-26 (.423) with one double, three home runs, six RBIs, eight runs, two walks, and four strikeouts.  His best game came on July 12th when he went 3-for-5 with one double, one home run, three RBIs, two runs, and one strikeout.

 

Sucre did basically what he was supposed to do and fill a hole left by the injured Jose Martinez, who missed the season.  He started and end the season slow but mid-season was on fire and showed he was a veteran of the league.  This was probably overall his best season in his professional career but only has one way to go now that he has used up his four-year stay in the Venezuelan Summer League and that is to the states.  Sucre will probably be let go due to the other prospects that are expected to be called to extended spring training and he is not a high-level prospect in the organization.

 

 

Ronnierd Garcia played in 63 games batting .223 (48-for-215) with a .300 OBP, .284 SLG, and .584 OPS.  He had five doubles, one triple, two home runs, 23 RBIs, 61 total bases, 20 runs, and 19 walks.  Garcia was 3-for-4 in the stolen base attempts, hit by a pitch five times, struck out 51 times (23%), and grounded into five double plays.  He played 55 games at third base (assisted in 12 doubles plays and committed 13 errors), two at second base (one error), one as designated hitter, four between third base and first, and one between third and second.

 

The August 31, 2009 free agent signing had ten multi-hit games with two for three hits and one multi-RBI game.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter had a 14-game on base steak that ran from June 15-July 4 where he went 12-for-48 (.250).  He had a six-game hitting streak that ran between July 24-27 (doubleheader) where he went 7-for-18 (.388) with one double, two walks, and two strikeouts.  His best game came on July 12th when he went 1-for-3 with three RBIs, one walk, and one sac fly.

 

Garcia will probably spend this coming winter in the Venezuelan Parallel League and return to the Venezuelan Summer League for the 2011 season.  He really needs to work on his hitting and defense as he lead the team in errors committed this past season.

 

 

Breyvic Valera played in 60 games batting .325 (69-for-212) with a .402 OBP, .472 SLG, and .873 OPS.  He had 16 doubles, six triples, one home run, 22 RBIs, 100 total bases, 40 runs, and 24 walks.  Valera was 10-for-13 in stolen base attempts, was hit by a pitch five times, struck out 15 times (7%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 29 games at second base (assisted in 17 double plays and three errors), 13 at shortstop (assisted in four double plays and eighth errors), five at third base (one error), two in centerfield (one error), two in left field (one outfield assist), two as designated hitter, and seven game where split between any one of the previous mentioned positions.

 

The May 16, 2010 free agent signing was the star of the team putting up solid numbers until injuries started to bother him at the end of the season.  He had 19 multi-hit games including four for three hits and one for four and had five multi-RBI games.  The 18-year old switch-hitter opened the season up (May 17-June 11) with an 18-game on base streak where he went 29-for-71 (.408).  Valera had two seven-game hit streaks with the first running between June 2-11 where he went 11-for-25 (.440) with three doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, ten runs, five walks, and one strikeout.  The second came between June 26-July 4 where he went 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles, four RBIs, four runs, one walk, and three strikeouts.  Valera had his best game on June 4th when he went 2-for-4 with one triple, three two-out RBIs, one run, and grounded into one double play.

 

Valera should receive consideration to get a call to participate in extended spring training next spring.  He has shown he has a good eye for the ball with his strikeouts being low.  Whether he'll be working the infield is maybe a different story.  He started off as the team's starting second baseman, but as the season rolled on made some appearances in the outfield.  Until then you can keep up with him over the winter as he signed on to play for Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan League but could wind up in the Parallel League.  

 

 

Jhohan Acevedo played in 60 games batting .210 (42-for-200) with a .286 OBP, .240 SLG, and .526 OPS.  He had six doubles, 18 RBIs, 48 total bases, 20 runs, and 20 walks.  Acevedo was 6-for-14 in stolen base attempts, hit by a pitch twice, struck out 66 times (33%), and grounded into six double plays.  He played 59 games in centerfield (nine outfield assists, two double plays, and five errors) and one as designated hitter.

 

The February 6, 2010 free agent signing had nine multi-hit games with one being for three and two multi-RBI games.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter had a seven-game on base streak that ran from June 16-22.  Included in that was a six-game hitting streak where he went 9-for-20 (.450) with one double, four RBIs, four runs, three walks, and four strikeouts.  His best game came on June 19th when he went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, one walk, and one caught stealing.

 

Acevedo is still very young but did a great job holding down the centerfield position for the team in 2010.  As he matures and gets more experience, he should start hitting the ball like the organization expects him to.  Look for him to make turn around in the 2011 season.

 

 

Limbert Rivas played in 62 games batting .301 (59-for-196) with a .408 OBP, .352 SLG, and .760 OPS.  He had seven doubles, one home run, 22 RBIs, 69 total bases, 32 runs, and 34 walks.  Rivas was hit by a pitch four times, 3-for-5 in stolen base attempts, struck out 21 times (11%), and grounded into four double plays.  He played 44 games at first base (assisted in 26 double plays and six errors), eight games at catcher (threw out 6-for-17 runners and four passed balls), four at third base (three errors), three as designated hitter, two between catcher and first base, and one between third base and first.

 

The February 15, 2008 free agent signing had 16 multi-hit games with four being for three hits and two being for four and two multi-RBI games.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter had a 14-game on base/hitting streak that ran from July 5-23 where he went 21-for-54 (.389) with one double, three RBIs, eight runs, five walks, and six strikeouts.  His best game came on opening day (May 17th) when he went 3-for-4 with one double, one home run, two RBIs, and one run.

 

This season Rivas made the full transition from catcher to first baseman along with a few stops at the hot corner.  He'll be a candidate for an invite to extended spring training as he has hit very well at the plate the last two seasons in Venezuela.  He doesn't strike out much and doesn't have a lot of power but can pop the ball out there for a base hit on a constant basis.  Rivas doesn't slump too much at the plate and if he does, it's only for a short period.

 

 

Lainer Bueno played in 51 games batting .228 (42-for-184) with a .336 OBP, .239 SLG, and .576 SLG.  He had two doubles, nine RBIs, 44 total bases, 27 runs, and 26 walks.  Bueno was hit by a pitch four times, 3-for-6 in stolen base attempts, struck out 28 times (15%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 37 games at shortstop (assisted in 15 double plays and eight errors), 12 at second base (assisted in six double plays and one error), one between the two positions, and one as designated hitter.

 

The March 16, 2010 free agent signing had ten multi-hit games with three being for three hits and one multi-RBI game.  He had a 13-game on base streak that ran between June 2-20 where he went 12-for-44 (.273) with one double, two RBIs, ten runs, 14 walks, and five strikeouts.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter had a seven-game hitting streak between July 7-19 where he went 8-for-26 (.308) with one RBI, two runs, two walks, and three strikeouts.  His best game came on May 19th when he went 1-for-4 with one double, three RBIs, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

 

Bueno will spend the first 50 games of the 2011 season on the bench after being suspended for performance enhancing drugs.  If/when he returns he will be a very important part of the club as he's able to get on base when needed and score runs.  If he's not hitting, he's taking walks.

 

 

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