Dominican Summer League Cards Notebook Week 3

The DSL Cardinals are still searching for offensive consistency in 2011.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals saw a little spark in their offense this past week as the club went 2-5, which included two doubleheaders and one rainout.  The Redbirds are 4-13 overall and eight and a half games out of first place with a 3-7 home record and 1-6 road mark.


Week Three: June 13-18 Round Up


The Cardinals began this period with a home game against the Athletics.  The Redbirds got things going early as Robelys Reyes scored the first run in the first on an error.  The A's would come back to take the lead in the top half of the third plating three on starting pitcher Johnny Polanco.  The Cardinals answered back one in the third and one in the fourth to tie things up.  The Cards then scored four more in the bottom of the fifth including two by Reyes.  Ismael Brito and Anderson Gerdel combined for eight strikes outs and no runs over the final six frames as the Cardinals beat the A's 7-3.


The Cardinals visited the Mariners in game one of a doubleheader as Juan Bautista struggled with his location in the start, walking five.  Both teams exchanged runs, one being a Robelys Reyes homer, to open the contest and the M's added one in the third and one in the fourth.  The Mariners then exploded for seven runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to pound the Cardinals 11-2.


The Mariners visited in the second game and took an early 3-0- lead in the top of the third.  Rafael Medina drove in the only Cardinal run in the bottom of the third on a double.  Kender Villegas came in and tossed three and a third scoreless.  The Mariners pitching staff kept the Redbirds at bay and won 3-1.


The Cardinals hosted the Brewers in the next game.  The Redbirds received a solid start from Venezuelan Silfredo Garcia who struck out eight over six innings. Unfortunately a couple errors bit the Cardinals to give the Brew Crew two free runs over the first four innings.  Eduardo Celestino knocked in the only Cardinal run as the team lost another close game 2-1.


The Cardinals road game against the Athletics on June 16th was postponed.


The Cardinals hosted the Dodgers in an interleague doubleheader match-up in the next two games.  Hansel De Los Santos tossed six and two-thirds scoreless innings and Addelin Ceballo came in to close it out striking out his only batter for the final out.  Ronnierd Garcia doubled in one run and Robelys Reyes plated the other on a pinch hit single.  The Cardinals scored their first shut-out of the season, 2-0.


The second game was a different story as the Dodgers got rocking and rolling early plating four runs in the first and one in the second on careless Cardinal errors.  The Dodgers went on to score two more, again taking advantage of Redbird errors, and it wasn't until the top of the sixth when the Cardinals got on the board.  The Dodgers would go on to tag on another three runs in the bottom of the sixth to close out the game 10-1.


The Brewers came to town to take on the Cardinals in the finale of this period. Fernando Baez got the Cardinals going with a solo home run in the top of the second.  The Redbirds walked a total of ten batters and a couple errors gave the Brewers three runs in the third and four in the seventh for a 7-4 win.


The Cardinals had their regularly scheduled day off on June 19th.



Who's Hot


Robelys Reyes had his hitting streak snapped at 11 games but is still riding a 12-game on base streak.  The 20-year old switch-hitter went 9-for-23 (.391) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, five RBIs (two w/two-outs), five runs, five walks, one stolen bases, four strikeouts, and four caught stealing.  He played five games at second base (assisted in two double plays and committed one fielding error) and two as designated hitter.


Ronnierd Garcia collected the second most hits on the team during this past week. The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles, one RBI, two runs, three walks, two hit by pitches, and one strikeout.  He played two games at third base and three as designated hitter.


Hansel De Los Santos made his second solid start for the club this season.  The 19-year old right-hander made his third start of the season on June 17th tossing six and two-thirds scoreless allowing five hits, one walk, and striking out two.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-6 and earned the win (1-1).


Silfredo Garcia also came through with his second solid start of the season, despite an error.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched on June 15th allowing four hits, two unearned runs, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, committed one pickoff error, and struck out a season-high eight for the losing decision (0-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-2.  Garcia has struck out 12 and given up three runs over ten innings this season.


Ismael Brito extended his scoreless streak to six innings.  The 18-year old left-hander came in for relief on June 13th and pitched four scoreless allowing two hits, one walk, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck four out for the winning decision (2-0).  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 4-to-2 and he kept both inherited runners on base. 



Who's Not


George Araujo is gonna look to shake a four-game hitless streak in the next week. The 17-year old left-hander went 1-for-15 (.067) with one walk and nine strikeouts.  He played three games in right field (committed one fielding error) and two in left.  Araujo has only manged three hits in his past 31 at-bats.


Juan Bautista coughed up hits in his first two starts, but in his third he struggled with his control.  The 18-year old right-hander started on June 14th and allowed one hit, three runs (two earned), five walks, hit one batter, and struck two out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-1 and earned the losing decision (0-2).


Anthony De La Cruz made it five consecutive poor outing in a row this period.  The 18-year old left-hander was called upon for the June 14th contest and exited early without even getting an out.  He was charged with two earned runs two walks, and threw a wild pitch, but did leave an inherited runner on base.  Then on June 17th, he gave up four hits, three earned runs, and struck one out over one inning.  Over his last five of six relief appearances De La Cruz has coughed up 13 hits, 12 runs, one home run, nine walks, and struck out five over 4.2 innings.


Jonathan Escudero extended his poor start to three outings this season.  The 17-year old right-hander was called on for the June 18th game and gave up two hits, three earned runs, four walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out over three innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-1 and picked up the loss (0-2).


Johnny Polanco made his 2011 debut start this past week and that didn't last long. The 19-year old right-hander pitched on June 13th allowing four hits, three earned runs, three walks, and struck two out over two and two-thirds.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-1.





Fidencio Flores has been out of action since June 11th.


Lenny Rosario (former Cardinals signing/DSL Mets Team One) has made three starts posting an 0-1 record, 4.50 ERA., and 2.33 WHIP.  He's allowed six hits, seven runs (three earned), eight walks, and struck six out over six innings.

Edgard Montiel (former DSL/Boer) has played in 59 games going 65-for-199 (.327) with 18 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 29 RBIs, 35 runs, 19 walks, three stolen bases, and 15 strikeouts as of June 13th.  Boer finished with a 41-19 record in the Nicaraguan League Group A Division and have moved on to the round robin part of the tournament.


Jose Almarante (DSL) was given the second biggest promotion, behind Carlos Martinez (DSL) to Single-A Quad Cities), to Short-Season Single-A Batavia out of the Latin program.


Roberto Canache (VSL), Ronald Castillo (DSL), Eduardo Hiraldo (DSL) were promoted to Short-Season Single-A Johnson City.


Baseball America's Ben Badler takes a look at the top outfielders, power bats, shortstops, and pitchers available in the 2011 Latin market.


Badler tweets that 19-year old Cuban left-handed pitcher Onelkis Garcia was hitting 90-93 and had a good slider in his last workout for scouts.  Garcia escaped Cuba this past fall.


Chase Riddle, best known for discovering Steve Carlton, past away June 12th at age 85.  Riddle was a manager in the Cardinals minor leagues before becoming a scout for the organization and working the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean regions.



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are hitting .221 (t-22nd) with a .339 OBP (t-16th), .321 SLG (14th), and .660 OPS (14th).  The team is fourth in strikeouts, tied for fourth in triples, tied for 12th in home runs, tied for 13th in walks, 16th in total bases, and ranks in the lower half of the league in all other stats.


The Cardinals have a 4.25 ERA (28th) with a 1.62 WHIP (30th).  The team is second in most hits allowed, tied for second in most losses, tied for fourth in most home runs allowed, sixth in most runs allowed, ninth in most earned runs, 11th in most walks, and ranks in the bottom half of all other stats.


Robelys Reyes is third in AVG, first in hits, tied for ninth in doubles, tied for fifth in triples, first in total bases, tied for second in caught stealing, second in SLG, and fourth in OPS.


Eduardo Celestino is tied for fifth in triples.


Fernando Baez is tied for fifth in triples and tied for third in home runs.


Anthony De La Cruz is tied for sixth in earned runs.



Up Next (Overall, Vs. Cardinals)


June 20: Athletics (6-11, 3-2)

June 21: @ Mariners (12-5, 4-1)

June 22: Red Sox (12-7, 0-0)

June 23: @ Astros (6-9, 0-0)

June 24: Mariners (12-5, 4-1)

June 25: @ Brewers (13-5, 4-0)

June 26: Off Day



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