2010 DSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

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

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

 

Robelys Reyes played in 65 games batting .301 (68-for-226) with a .372 OBP, .367 SLG, and .739 OPS.  He had eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 20 RBIs, 83 total bases, 43 runs, and 25 walks.  Reyes was 21-for-24 in stolen base attempts, hit by one pitch, struck out 26 times (12%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 31 games at second base (assisted in 13 double plays and two errors), 24 games at shortstop (assisted in seven double plays and seven errors), three at third base (one error), two as designated hitter, two in centerfield, one as pinch hitter, one between second base and right field, and one between second base and short.

 

The April 21, 2010 free agent signing started off the season hot, slow midseason, and picked back up in the last month.  Reyes had 19 multi-hit games including two for three and one for four and five multi-RBI games with one being for four.  The 20-year old switch-hitter had a nine-game on base/hitting streak that ran from July 6-19 where he went 14-for-37 (378) with two doubles, three RBIs, five runs, one walk, and four strikeouts.  His best game came on June 7 when he went 4-for-5 with one home run, four RBIs, and two runs. 

 

Reyes is somebody to watch out for next season in the Dominican Summer League as he shows when he gets on base, he doesn't just stop there and goes for more. He's not much of a strikeout guy and looks to have a good eye for the ball.  Should be a bonus being able to handle the middle infield as he matures and gets more time in.

 

 

Daniel Barbuena played in 59 games batting .242 (45-for-186) with a .380 OBP, .312 SLG, and .692 OPS.  He had eight doubles, one triple, one home run, 25 RBIs, 58 total bases, 31 runs, and 29 walks.  Barbuena was 12-for-22 in stolen base attempts, was hit by 13 pitches, struck out 47 times (25%), and grounded into one double play.  He played 39 games at shortstop (assisted in 13 double plays and 13 errors), nine at second base (assisted in three double plays), seven at third base (assisted in one double play), two as designated hitter, and two as pinch hitter.

 

The October 28, 2009 free agent signing started off the season pretty hot and cooled off as the year progressed.  Barbuena had 12 multi-hit games including three for three hits and five multi-RBI games with one being for three and another for four.  The 17-year old switch-hitter had a 18-game on base streak that ran from June 10-July 3.  Included in that was a eight-game hitting streak where he went 14-for-26 (538) with three doubles, two RBIs, five runs, and two strikeouts.  From June 16-19 he collected multiple hits in those four games.  His best game came on July 10th when he went 3-for-5 with one home run, four RBIs, three runs, one stolen base, and one strikeout.

 

Barbuena had a lot going for a youngster in the league as he was able to get on base (hitting or walks) but had a little trouble staying there (caught stealing).  He just needs to keep an eye on the ball and bring the strikeouts down and he'll probably shine next season in the Dominican Summer League.

 

 

Jorge Lopez played 63 games batting .178 (33-for-185) with a .248 OBP, .222 SLG, and .469 OPS.  He had three doubles, one triple, one home run, 19 RBIs, 41 total bases, 20 runs, and 18 walks.  Lopez was 7-for-12 in stolen base attempts, struck out 28 times (15%), and grounded into six double plays.  He played 33 games at second base (assisted in 11 double plays and three errors), 22 games at third base (assisted in two double plays and six errors), seven at first base (assisted in five double plays), and two between second and third.

 

The July 2, 2007 free agent signing struggled all season and didn't start to heat up until the end, even after having a decent second season in the DSL in 2009.  Lopez had four multi-hit games with one being for three and three multi-RBI games with two for three runs.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter opened the season off with an 18-game on base streak that ran from May 29-June 24.  He had a five-game hitting streak between August 2-6 where he went 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles, one RBI, two runs, and two strikeouts.  His best game came on July 15th when he went 1-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, and one run.

 

Lopez really took a major dive in his offensive numbers this season compared to the past two years.  He could return next season to see how well he bounces back from a horrible third year in the Dominican Summer League.

 

 

Luis Perez played in 62 games batting .302 (54-for-179) with a .409 OBP, .397 SLG, and .806 OPS.  He had eight doubles, three triples, one home run, 30 RBIs, 71 total bases, 41 runs, and 29 walks.  Perez was 11-for-16 in stolen base attempts, hit by seven pitches, struck out 21 times (12%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 37 games at catcher (assisted in two double plays, four errors, seven passed balls, and threw out 21 of 44 runners), 18 at first base (assisted in seven double plays), four as pinch hitter, two between first and catcher, and one as designated hitter.

 

The August 20, 2008 free agent signing was pretty solid throughout the 2010 season even earning a spot on the 2010 Dominican Summer League All-Star team.  Perez had 18 multi-hit games with two being for three hits and six multi-RBI games.  The The 19-year old right-handed hitter had a ten-game on base streak between July 6-26.  He had a nine-game hitting streak that ran from July 6-24 where he went 24-for-36 (.667) with six RBIs, seven runs, two walks, and one strikeout.  His best game came on June 14 when he went 3-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, four runs, one walk, and one strikeout.

 

Perez continued this season as he finished off the 2009 year.  He kept hitting the ball and as a catcher showed he could run and steal bases.  An invite to extended spring camp next season is surely where he's headed.

 

 

Jose Pena played in 58 games batting .156 (27-for-173) with a .276 OBP, .202 SLG, and .478 OPS.  He had four doubles, two triples, 13 RBIs, 35 total bases, 15 runs, and 23 walks.  Pena was 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts, hit by six pitches, struck out 74 times (43%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 34 games in right field (eight outfield assists, assisted in one double play, and two errors), 12 in left field (one outfield assist and two errors), seven as designated hitter, and four in centerfield (one outfield assist).

 

The December 10, 2008 free agent signing had another below average season at the plate and only hit .200 in the month of August.  Pena had four multi-hit games with one being for three and two multi-RBI games.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter had two separate five-game on base streaks, July 1-7 and July 12-24.  He had a four-game hitting streak that ran from June 11-16 where he went 6-for-13 (.462) with four RBIs, one run, and two strikeouts.  His best game came on June 16th when he went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

 

Pena is still showing the same signs as he did his rookie season, striking out way too much.  He actually dipped in the slugging department and drove in fewer runs then the previous season.  The one thing that does stick out in a positive way is he has an arm and can handle the corner outfield positions.  A return to the Dominican Summer League and some work over the offseason and he may finally grow next year.

 

 

Rafael Medina played in 57 games batting .234 (40-for-171) with a .371 OBP, .287 SLG, and .658 OPS.  He had six doubles, one home run, 20 RBIs, 49 total bases, 28 runs, and 34 walks.  Medina was 7-for-12 in stolen base attempts, hit by four pitches, struck out 34 times (20%), and grounded into three double plays.  He played 34 games at third base (assisted in three double plays and eight errors), ten games at first base (assisted in two double plays), nine at shortstop (four errors), three games between shortstop, third, or first, and one as designated hitter.

 

The December 24, 2009 free agent signing was pretty steady all summer long, never really dipping or jumping out.  Medina had 11 multi-hit games with one being for three and four multi-RBI games with one for three and another for five runs.  The soon-to-turn 20-year old right-handed hitter had a 12-game on base streak that ran from June 17-July 5.  He opened the season on a four-game hitting streak where he went 7-for-18 (.389) with two doubles, one home run, two RBIs, six runs, three walks, and three strikeouts.  His best game came on July 1 when he went 2-for-4 with one double, five RBIs, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

 

Medina will most likely make a return to the Dominican Summer League and should be a guy to keep an eye on especially if he can put it all together at the plate.  He showed spurts here and there that make him stick out from the others.

 

 

Andres Beras played in 52 games batting .269 (42-for-156) with a .411 OBP, .353 SLG, and .764 OPS.  He had six doubles, two triples, one home run, 27 RBIs, 55 total bases, 19 runs, and 31 walks.  Beras was 11-for-15 in stolen base attempts, hit by eight pitches, struck out 40 times (26%), and grounded into six double plays.  He played 16 games at first base (assisted in nine double plays and one error), 13 games in right field (one outfield assist and one error), seven as designated hitter, five in left field (one error), one as pinch hitter, and ten between all the previous listed.

 

The July 7, 2007 free agent signing missed roughly 15 days in June for personal issues but returned strong and was able to work various positions for the team when needed.  Beras had nine multi-hit games with two being for three and eight multi-RBI games with one being for three.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter had two extensive on base streak, one for 12 games that ran between June 10-July 8 and the other that ran from July 14-August 4.  He had a five-game hitting streak that ran from July 14-24. where he went 7-for-18 (.389) with two RBIs, one run, two walks, and three strikeouts.  His best game came on June 2nd when he went 2-for-5 with one triple, three RBIs, one run, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.

 

Beras who dealt with some personal issues during the season and almost ended up walking away, came back strong and even improved compared to his previous years. Although he hasn't logged a lot of time due to a 50-game suspension and leave of absence, he still could be a candidate to receive an invite to extended spring training.

 

 

Amauris Capellan played in 49 games batting .148 (20-for-135) with a .326 OBP, .170 SLG, and .496 OPS.  He had three doubles, 11 RBIs, 23 total bases, 15 runs, and 31 walks.  Capellan was 8-for-11 in stolen base attempts, hit by seven pitches, struck out 33 times (24%), and grounded into four double plays.  He played 25 games in centerfield (five outfield assists), 14 in right field, eight as designated hitter, one in left field, and one in right and center.

 

The November 28, 2009 free agent signing struggled during the 2010 season but also dealt with a back injury to start the year.  Capellan had four multi-hit and two multi-RBI games.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter had an eight-game on base streak to end the season from August 13-21.  He had a three-game hitting streak between August 9-16 where he went 3-for-9 (.333) with two RBIs, one run, one walk, and one hit by pitch.  His best game came on June 7th when he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

 

Capellan will be another player to look forward to next season.  The injury seemed to take a lot away from him as the summer progressed and later in the year he started to show a spark.  Expect him to return to the Dominican Summer League in 2011.

 

 

Links to previous articles in this series:

2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

2010 VSL Cardinals Reserve Position Players

2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers

2010 VSL Cardinals Relief Pitchers

 

 

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