2010 VSL Cardinals Reserve Position Players

Josh Jones' second report in our series of in-depth articles covers the position player reserves from the 2010 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

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

 

Jose Gomez played in 42 games batting .254 (34-for-134) with a .348 OBP, .381 SLG, and .729 OPS.  He had seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 20 RBIs, 51 total bases, 24 runs, and 17 walks.  Gomez was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts, was hit by four pitches, struck out 31 times (23%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 23 games as designated hitter and 19 as catcher (threw out 9 of 40 runners, had seven passed balls, assisted in one double play, and nine errors).

 

The December 10, 2009 free agent signing had nine multi-hit games with two being for three hits and six multi-RBI games with two being for three runs.  He had a eight-game on base streak that ran between July 5-25 where he went 8-for-26 (.308) with one triple, one home run, four RBIs, eight runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and three strikeouts.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter had a three-game hitting streak during that time period that ran from July 21-24.  His best game came on opening day when he went 1-for-4 with one double, three two-out RBIs, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

 

Gomez missed some time in mid-July due to unknown causes after having a strong June performance.  He'll most likely return to the Venezuelan Summer League and have the catching duties all to himself depending whether or not Gerwuins Velazco is promoted and any incoming signings.

 

 

Tharick Martines played in 40 games batting .184 (19-for-103) with a .288 OBP, .291 SLG, and .579 OPS.  He had two doubles, three home runs, 13 RBIs, 30 total bases, 14 runs, and 14 walks.  Martines was 1-for-3 in stolen base attempts, hit by one pitch, struck out 32 times (31%), and grounded into four double plays.  He played 26 games in left field (three outfield assists, one double play, and three errors), eight in centerfield (one outfield assist and two errors), four in right field, and two as designated hitter.

 

The August 23, 2007 free agent signing had one multi-hit game and four multi-RBI games with with one being for three runs.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter had a five-game on base/hitting streak to end the season between July 30-August 8 where he went 6-for-13 (.462) with one double, one home run, two RBIs, two runs, three walks, and six strikeouts.  His best game came on June 19th when he went 1-for-3 with one home run, three RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.

 

Martines just finished up his third season in Latin ball (2008 DSL, 2009-10 VSL) and looks like his future hangs by a thread this winter.  The organization could bring him back next season for a fourth season but he has not really produced at all over his three-year career.

 

 

Hayrich Martina played in 30 games batting .207 (17-for-82) with a .275 OBP, .256 SLG, and .531 OPS.  He had four doubles, three RBIs, 21 total bases, ten runs, and four walks.  Martina was 1-for-1 in stolen bases, hit by a pitch four times, and struck out 20 times (24%).  He played 12 games as designated hitter, eight in left field (three errors), seven at second base (assisted in four double plays and two errors), one in right field (one error), and two as a pinch runner.

 

The April 18, 2007 free agent signing had three multi-hit games with two being for three hits and one multi-RBI game.  He had a four-game on base streak that ran from July 18-24.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter had two separate three-game hitting streaks with the first coming May 17-21 where he went 5-for-11 (.455) with one double, three runs, and three strikeouts.  His second came between July 21-24 where he went 5-for-13 (.385) with one double, two RBIs, four runs, and one strikeout.  His best game came on July 21 as he went 3-for-5 with one double, two RBIs, and two runs.

 

Martina started off the season in good shape but then ran into some problems causing him to miss a lot of playing time.  He just finished up his four season in Latin ball and is probably on his way out the door as he has not produced over his time in baseball.

 

 

Kevin Gonzalez played in 25 games batting .185 (15-for-81) with a .298 OBP, .198 SLG, and .495 OPS.  He had one double, five RBIs, 16 total bases, six runs, and seven walks.  Gonzalez was 1-for-3 in stolen base attempts, was hit by six pitches, struck out 26 times (32%), and grounded into one double play.  He played 11 games at shortstop (assisted in seven double plays and seven errors), nine at second base (assisted in eight double plays and one error), three as designated hitter, one at third base, and one between both second and short.

 

The June 24, 2010 free agent signing joined the team around the time that Manuel Marquez was released.  He three multi-hit games with one being for three hits and one multi-RBI game.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter had a five-game on base/hitting streak between July 3-7 where he went 5-for-19 (.263) with two RBIs, two runs, one walk, and one strikeout.  His best game came on July 5th when he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and one strikeout.

 

Gonzalez will most likely return to the Venezuelan Summer League for the 2011 season and play an even bigger part in the team chemistry with the suspension of middle infielder Lainer Bueno.

 

 

Manuel Marquez played in 15 games batting .104 (5-for-48) with a .204 OBP, .104 SLG, and .308 OPS.  He had two RBIs, five total bases, four runs, and four walks.  Marquez didn't steal any bases, was hit by two pitches, struck out 12 times (25%), and grounded into one double play.  He played nine games at second base (assisted in two double plays and two errors), five at shortstop (three errors), one as designated hitter, and two between both second and short.

 

The May 2010 free agent signing had a three-game on base streak from May 19-22 where he went 2-for-7 (.286) with one RBI, one walk, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.  His best game came on May 19th when he went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one walk.

 

Marquez was released on June 26th and suspended for failing a performance enhancing drug test on July 15th.  If he does sign with a team he will have to serve the 50 games up front.

 

 

Jose Martinez missed the entire 2010 season due to injuries.  He was signed as an undrafted free agent on January 11, 2010 and was expected to play a role in the VSL Cardinals' outfield.  Look for him to debut sometime in 2011.

 

 

Link to previous article in this series:

2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

 

 

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