2010 VSL Cardinals Relief Pitchers

Josh Jones' detailed report on the ten pitchers who primarily saw action out of the bullpen for the 2010 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Anderson Gerdel made 15 appearances (three starts) posting an 0-2 record, 8.62 ERA, two saves, one blown save.  He allowed 34 hits, 25 runs (20 earned), hit eight batters, walked 12, and struck 22 out over 31.1 innings.  Gerdel had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 38-to-27, let seven of ten inherited runners score, and 1.72 WHIP.

 

The November 1, 2009 free agent signing began the season coming out of the bullpen and was later moved into the rotation for the last month of the season.  As a starter, Gerdel was 0-1 and gave up 14 hits, nine runs (eight earned), four walks, and struck out six over 12.1 innings.  He didn't allow a run in five appearances and no hits in two.  Gerdel had a scoreless streak that ran from June 15-20 (three games) where he logged five innings and gave up three hits, one walk, hit one batter, and struck out seven.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched three or more innings three times and struck out four or more twice.  His best game came on June 20th when he went two innings and allowed no hits or runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck out four for the save.  His worst outing came on July 13th when he coughed up four hits, five earned runs, hit two batters, and struck one out for the blown save and losing decision.

 

Gerdel will most likely wind up back in the Venezuelan Summer League next season and possibly make a return in the closer role that he had worked on midseason.

 

 

Johnny Polanco made 14 relief appearances posting a 2-1 record, 3.62 ERA, one hold, and one save.  He allowed 26 hits, 16 runs (11 earned), one home run, hit five batters, walked 19, and struck out 19 over 27.1 innings.  Polanco had a ground-to-fly out ratio of 28-to-31, let one of eight inherited runners score, and 1.65 WHIP.

 

The May 17, 2009 free agent signing kept pretty much a steady role as a long middle relief guy throughout the 2010 season.  He didn't allow a run in six games and no hits in four.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched three or more innings in four appearances and struck out three or more twice.  His best game came on May 22nd when he pitched three innings and gave up no hits or runs, one walk, and struck three out.  His worst outing came on May 26th when he allowed six hits, three earned runs, and struck one out.  

 

Polanco improved quiet a bit from his rookie season in the VSL and will probably make a return to the league in 2010 pitching in the same role as previous years.

 

 

Geudy Guerra made 14 relief appearances posting a 1-2 record, 4.18 ERA, and one hold.  He allowed 26 hits, 18 runs (11 earned), one home run, hit four batters, walked 13, and struck out ten over 23.2 innings.  Guerra had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 25-to-24, let six of ten inherited runners score, and 1.65 WHIP.

 

The February 7, 2010 free agent signing began the season working middle relief and was later moved into the later innings, but dealt with some injury problems in late-May to early-June.  He didn't allow a run in six games and no hits in four.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings in seven appearances and struck out three twice.  His best game came on July 31st when he gave up no hits or runs, two walks, and struck three out over three innings.  His worst outing came on June 15th when he allowed three hits and two earned runs over a third of an inning.

 

Guerra could very well make a move into the rotation next season and build on what he learned this season. 

 

 

Kender Villegas made 13 appearances (one start) posting a 1-0 record, 7.43 ERA, one hold, one save, and two blown saves.  He allowed 30 hits, 24 runs (19 earned), two home runs, hit three batters, walked 16, and struck out eight over 23 innings.  Villegas had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 26-to-20, let two of seven inherited runners score, and 2.00 WHIP.

 

The May 12, 2010 free agent signing worked mainly in the late innings of the game during the 2010 season.  He didn't allow a run in five games and no hits in four.  His only start of the season Villegas gave up four hits, three earned runs, and three walks over three innings.  The 17-year old right-hander worked two or more innings in six appearances and struck out two or more twice.  His best game came on July 20th when he pitched two innings and allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk.  His worst game came on August 7th when he gave up seven hits, seven earned runs, one home run, two walks, hit one batter, one balk, and struck one out over 3.1 innings.

 

Villegas looks to be another candidate to return in 2011 and probably end up back in the bullpen.

 

 

Douglas Planchart made 12 relief appearances posting a 2-0 record, 3.57 ERA, and one save.  He allowed 20 hits, ten runs (nine earned), walked six, and struck out 22 over 22.2 innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 33-to-17, let one of eight inherited runners score, and 1.15 WHIP.  

 

The December 14, 2009 free agent singing was hit hard in his first outing and then calmed down to finish strong before injuries cut his season short.  He didn't allow a run in seven appearances and no hits in four.  The 19-year old right-hander worked two or more innings in eight games and struck out three or more in four contests.  His best game came on May 21st when he pitched 2.2 innings and gave up one hit, one unearned run, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck out a season-high five.  His worst game came on May17th when he was tagged with six hits, five earned runs, one walk, and struck four out over 1.1 innings.  Planchart put up zeros in five straight appearances between June 9-July 3 spanning 8.2 innings.

 

Planchart will probably make a return to the Venezuelan Summer League in 2011 and could either move to the rotation or make a run for the closer role.  He can strike batters out and doesn't walk a lot of guys.

 

 

Roberto Canache made ten appearances (one start) posting a 2-1 record, 2..01 ERA,  one save, and one blown save.  He allowed 17 hits, five earned runs, two home runs, seven walks, and struck out nine over 22.1 innings.  Canache had a ground otu-toflu out ratio of 26-to-15, let all five inherited runners score, and 1.07 WHIP.

 

The June 1, 2010 free agent signing was a nice late addition to the team that struggled with some injuries midseason, filling for relievers that move into the rotation and even made his own appearance in the rotation.  In his only start he pitched four innings and allowed six hits, three earned runs, one home run, one walk, and struck out two.  He pitched three or more innings five times and struck two out twice.  The 20-year old right-hander didn't allow a run in seven games and no hits in two.  His best outing came on July 11th when he tossed four scoreless innings and gave up one hit, one walk, had one throwing error, and struck out two.  His worst game came in the start listed above.

 

Canache looks to make to be headed back to the Venezuelan Summer League when the 2011 season rolls around.  He could be a guy to keep an eye on as he did so well during his rookie season in 2010.  Probably find a spot back in the bullpen in a long reliever type roll, maybe making a couple starts.

 

 

Kevin Cueto made 15 relief appearances posting a 1-1 record, 5.85 ERA, and one hold.  He allowed 17 hits, 19 runs (13 earned), one home run, hit seven batters, walked 19, and struck out 16 over 20 innings.  Cueto had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 29-to-11, didn't let any of his five inherited runners score, and 1.80 WHIP.

 

The July 26, 2009 free agent signing opened the season without allowing a fly out in his first six appearances (six innings) and didn't give up a run in his first three games (four innings).  He didn't allow a run in eight games and no hits in seven.  The 16-year old right-handed pitcher logged two or more innings in five games and struck out two or more four times.  His best game came on May 18th when he pitched two innings and gave up no hits or runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out for the winning decision.  His worst came on July 21st when he went wild for no hits, four earned runs, five walks, and struck one out over two innings.

 

Cueto is still another young arm on the club and see him returning to the bullpen for a little more experience in 2011 in the Venezuelan Summer League.  Kid keeps the ball down on the ground but struggles with some control issues.

 

 

Edubray Ramos made ten relief appearances posting a 1-0 record and 9.53 ERA.  He allowed 26 hits, 23 runs (18 earned), one home run, hit one batter, walked ten, and struck out 17 over 17 innings.  Ramos had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 16-to-15, let all eight inherited runners score, and 2.12 WHIP.

 

The March 25, 2010 free agent signing made one appearance and was on the shelf for over a month and when he returned he struggled for much of the season.  He had only one game where he didn't allow a run and struck out three or more four times.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings five times.  His best game came on August 2nd when he pitched 2.2 innings and allowed three hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck three out.  His worst game came on July 18th when he gave up three hits, four earned runs, three walks, and struck out two over one inning.

 

Ramos is another young arm on the pitching staff and dealt with unknown injuries during the beginning of the season.  He shows he can strike batters out but still shows a little immaturity leaving the ball out over the plate and some control issues.

 

 

Jackson Solarte made seven relief appearances posting a 1-2 record, 7.24 ERA, and one blown save.  He allowed 16 hits, 11 earned runs, hit three batters, walked eight, and struck eight out over 13. 2innings.  Solarte had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 20-to-6, let all seven inherited runners score, and 1.76 WHIP.

 

The May 30, 2008 free agent singing began the season late with the team and ended his year early.  He didn't allow a run in one appearance.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings in four games and struck two out just once.  His best game came on June 2nd when he pitched 2.1 innings and gave up three hits, no runs, and struck one out.  His worst outing came on June 20th when he allowed three hits, three earned runs, and one walk over one inning for the winning decision.

 

Solarte was dealing with unknown issues during the season.  He made no improvements during this year compared to last except for keeping the ball down on the ground.  He could return for a fourth season next year, but that looks a little shaky at this time.

 

 

Angelo Echeverria made two relief appearances posting an 0-0 record and 0.00 ERA.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck three out over four innings.  Echeverria had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-2 and 0.75 WHIP.

 

The February 1, 2009 free agent signing has not made much of an impact the last two seasons due to shoulder problems but am highly anticipating his full recovery and return next season.  Whether or not the organization brings him back next year is the big question swirling here.  In his last appearance, on July 7th, the 18-year old left-hander pitched three innings and allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck out one.

 

 

19-year old left-hander John De Aguas (April 15, 2009 signing) and 21-year old right-hander Carlos Oraa (February 10, 2007 signing) both missed the entire 2010 season due to various injuries.  Look for DeAguas to emerge in the Colombian League at some point during the fall/winter season.  Oraa will probably get the call for extended spring training in the 2011 spring.

 

 

Links to previous articles in this series:

2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

2010 VSL Cardinals Reserve Position Players

2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers

 

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