2010 DSL Cardinals Relief Pitchers

Josh Jones' detailed report on the ten relief pitchers that saw action for the 2010 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

Juan Bautista made ten appearances (two starts) posting a 5-0 record, 1.59 ERA, and one save.  He allowed 25 hits, 11 runs (six earned), two home runs, hit five batters, walked 11, and struck 37 out over 34 innings.  Bautista had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 24-to-29 and a 1.06 WHIP.

 

The June 28, 2010 free agent signing began his season as a late inning relief pitcher and moved into the tandem rotation in late July.  Bautista didn't allow a run in three games and no hits in two.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched four or more innings in six appearances and struck out four or more six times.  His best game came on August 9th when he pitched a season-high six innings and allowed four hits, two unearned runs, three walks, threw two wild pitches, and struck out a season-high eight.  His worst game came on July 3rd when he gave up two hits, two runs (one earned), one home run, and struck one out.

 

Bautista is another name to keep an eye on next season.  He's still young and did a great job adjusting to the move to the tandem rotation after only joining the team under a month prior.  Another innings eater in the works here.

 

 

Hansel De Los Santos made 12 appearances (one start) posting a 2-1 record, 2.67 ERA, three saves, and one blown save.  He allowed 23 hits, eight earned runs, three home runs, hit four batters, walked 11, and struck out 24 over 27 innings.  De Los Santos had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 20-to-34, let eight of 11 inherited runners score, and a 1.26 WHIP.

 

The October 28, 2009 free agent signing saw much time in the middle relief role before moving to closer and ended the season making a classic start.  De Los Santos didn't allow a run in eight games and no hits in two.  He had a stretch from June 7-29 when he didn't give up one run spanning 11 innings over five games.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings in six appearances and struck out three or more five times.  His best game came on June 25th when he pitched four scoreless innings and allowed one hit and struck out a season-high six.  His worst game came on July 31st when he gave up seven hits, four earned runs, two home runs, and struck four out for the winning decision.

 

De Los Santos should make a return to the Dominican Summer League next season and look for him to compete for the closer role.  He did miss a couple weeks in July due to unknown reasons.

 

 

Eduardo Hiraldo made nine appearances (one start) posting a 1-2 record, 2.70 ERA, and two holds.  He allowed 14 hits, ten runs (seven earned), one walk, hit one batter, walked 16, and struck out 34 over 23.1 innings.  Hiraldo had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 13-to-19, kept both inherited runners on base, and a 1.29 WHIP.

 

The December 10, 2009 free agent signing began the season in the middle relief role before jumping into the tandem rotation and ending his year early in late July due to injuries.  Hiraldo didn't allow a run in three games and no hits in one.  The 21-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings in his final six appearances and struck out three or more five times.  His best game came on July 26th (final game) when he pitched a season-high five innings and allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck out a season-high nine for the winning decision.  His worst game came on June 4th when he gave up two hits, three earned runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one.

 

Hiraldo could receive an invite to extended spring training next season, due to age, depending how well he recovers from injuries and performance during the Dominican Instructional League.

 

 

Anthony De La Cruz made nine appearances (three starts) posting a 2-2 record, 6.75 ERA, and one blown save.  He allowed 25 hits, 18 runs (17 earned), one home run, hit five batters, walked eight, and struck out 14 over 22.2 innings.  De La Cruz had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 23-to-30, let three of five inherited runners score, and a 1.46 WHIP.

 

The February 14, 2010 free agent signing was used in middle-to-late relief before injuries struck the team and forced him into the piggy back rotation.  De La Cruz didn't allow a run in two games and no hits in one.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched two or more innings in five games and struck out two or more four times.  As a starter, he was 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA and gave up 13 hits, ten runs (nine earned), four walks, and struck out eight over 10.2 innings.  His best game came on August 11th when he pitched three innings and allowed two hits, one earned run, three walks, hit one batter, and struck out one for the winning decision.  His worst outing came on July 31st when he gave up six hits, four earned runs, hit two batters, and struck out a season-high four over 4.1 innings for the losing decision.

 

De La Cruz is another young arm on this squad that still has some time to develop and will probably end up back in the Dominican Summer League as a middle reliever.

 

 

Addelin Ceballo made 11 relief appearances posting a 4-2 record, 4.43 ERA, one hold, one save, and one blown saves.  He allowed 17 hits, 17 runs (11 earned), two home runs, hit three batters, walked 13, and struck ten out over 22.1 innings.  Ceballo had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 22-to-33, two of nine inherited runners score, and a 1.34 WHIP.

 

The May 26, 2010 free agent signing had a strong first month before injuries limited him to only four appearances in the final two months.  Ceballo didn't allow a run in four games and no hits in three.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings in six games and struck out two or more twice.  His best game came on June 16th when he pitched a season-high five scoreless innings and allowed three hits, one walk, hit two batters, and struck out one for the winning decision.  His worst outing came on June 25th when he gave up five hits, five runs (three earned), and one pickoff error over two innings for the losing decision.  Ceballo even played centerfield for one contest on June 5th and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts at the plate.

 

Ceballo can hopefully get back to full health in the new year and expect a return to the Dominican Summer League.  The question arises as to whether he'll stick in the pitching role or possibly move into the outfield over the offseason.

 

 

Luis Mata made nine relief appearances posting a 1-1 record, 3.21 ERA, one hold, one save, and one blown save.  He allowed 11 hits, eight runs (five earned), one home run, hit two batters, walked 14, and struck out 12 over 14 innings.  Mata had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 15-to-19, let two of five inherited runners score, and a 1.79 WHIP.

 

The April 7, 2009 free agent signing was used mainly in late relief and missed the last couple weeks of the season due to injuries.  Mata didn't allow a run in four appearances and no hits in three.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched two of more innings in four games and struck out two or more three times.  His best game came on June 7th when he pitched three innings and allowed one hit, one earned run, two walks, one balk, one throwing error, and struck out a season-high five for the winning decision.  His worst outing came on June 15th when he gave up two hits, three earned runs, one home run, and two walks.

 

Mata has had both his seasons in the Dominican Summer League cut short due to injuries.  If he doesn't get healthy over the offseason, he could be on his way out for younger talent. 

 

 

Luis Polanco made seven relief appearances posting a 2-2 record, 3.29 ERA, and one hold.  He allowed seven hits, six runs (five earned), hit one batter, walked 15, and struck 18 out over 13.2 innings.  Polanco had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-9, kept both inherited runners on base, and a 1.61 WHIP.

 

The April 3, 2007 free agent singing saw limited time this season as he made the transition from catcher to pitcher this year.  Polanco didn't allow a run in four appearances and no hits in two.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings in four games and struck out two or more four times.  His best game came on August 4th when he pitched a season-high four innings and allowed one hit, two earned runs, four walks, threw two wild pitches, one pickoff error, struck a season-high six out, and picked one runner off for the losing decision.  His worst outing came on August 18th when he gave up two hits, two earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, one throwing error, and struck three out for the hold.

 

Depending how well he progresses over the offseason in the pitcher's role will determine if he gets the recall back to Florida.  He can still spend just one more season in the Latin rookie leagues as he finished up his third year (2007-08, 10).

 

 

Christian Concepcion made nine appearances (one start) posting an 0-2 record and 7.36 ERA.  He allowed nine hits, 16 runs (nine earned), hit two batters, walked 20, and struck ten out over 11 innings.  Concepcion had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-13, let both inherited runners score, and a 2.64 WHIP.

 

The June 12, 2008 free agent signing returned this season after missing all of last year only to pitch a limited amount of innings. Concepcion didn't allow a run in three games and no hits in four.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings twice and struck out two or more three times.  His best game came on June 29th when he pitched one hitless and scoreless innings and struck out two.  His worst game came on July 31st when he coughed up two hits, six runs (one earned), five walks, hit one batter, threw three wild pitches, and struck one out over 1.2 innings.

 

It's hard to see Concepcion coming back to the organization in 2011 after not showing anything in the three years he's been a part.  He'll probably be cut loose over the offseason.

 

 

Jean Carlos De La Cruz made seven relief appearances posting an 0-0 record and 4.70 ERA.  He allowed five hits, eight runs (four earned), hit two batters, walked 19, and struck out over 7.2 innings.  De La Cruz had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-8, and let seven of nine inherited runners score.  

 

The October 28, 2009 free agent singing missed a lot of time due to injuries this season and when he pitched it was in middle relief.  De La Cruz didn't allow a run in three games and no hits in three.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched one or more innings in three outings and struck out two or more three times.  His best game came on August 12th when he pitched a season-high 3.1 innings and allowed two hits, one earned run, six walks, threw two wild pitches, and struck out a season-high five.  His worst game came on July 31st when he gave up no hits, two earned runs, four walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out over a third of an inning.

 

De La Cruz was a little wild but still has some time to develop and will have plenty of time to work through the kinks next year as he sits out the first 50 games due to a failed drug test.

 

 

Ariel Gonzalez made four relief appearances posting an 0-1 record, 3.52 ERA, two saves, and one blown save.  He allowed three hits, three earned runs, hit three batters, walked five, and struck out seven over 7.2 innings.  Gonzalez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-8 and a 1.04 WHIP.

 

The October 28, 2010 free agent signing looked to be the closer for the team in the beginning but fell ill and missed the final two months of the season.  Gonzalez didn't allow a run or hit in two games.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched two or more innings twice and struck out two or more three times.  His best game came on June 1st when he pitched 1.1 innings and allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck two out for the save.  His worst game came on June 11th when he gave up two hits, two earned runs, three walks, and struck two out over 2.1 innings.

 

Hopefully Gonzalez can recover over whatever illness that cut short his 2010 season and bounces back to pitch fully in the 2011 season.  Look for his return to the Dominican Summer League next year.

 

 

Rosalin Rudecindo missed the entire 2010 season for unknown reasons but he most likely retired after one season.  The 20-year old right-hander made 11 appearances (two starts) posting an 0-1 record, 3.20 ERA, and one hold during the 2009 season.  The May 15, 2009 free agent signing allowed 26 hits, 17 runs (nine earned), one home run, 15 walks, and struck out 25 over 25.1 innings.

 

 

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

2010 DSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

2010 DSL Cardinals Reserve Position Players

2010 DSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers

 

 

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