Dominican Summer League Cards Notebook Week 4

The DSL Cardinals are still searching for a consistent period of play in 2011. Amauris Capellan is among the hot hitters.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals repeated last week's win-loss taking only two of seven games this period and riding a three-game losing streak.  The team is 6-18 and 12.5 games out of first place in the Santo Domingo North Division.  The team is 5-9 at home and 1-9 on the road.


Week Four: June 20-26 Round Up

 

The Cardinals opened the week up hosting a doubleheader with the Athletics.  The first game didn't go well for the Redbirds as the A's pitching staff held them to only two hits and no runs.  Starter Johnny Polanco came through for the Cardinals only allowing two runs and striking out seven.

 

In the second game, the Athletics kept things rolling scoring the first run of the game in the first inning.  But the Cardinals answered back scoring three unanswered runs over the next four innings.  Addelin Ceballo and Fidencio Flores combined for six innings and two runs.  The Redbirds pulled off the win 4-2.

 

The Cardinals visited the Mariners in the following game and were shut out for the second time in three games.  The M's pitching staff held the Redbirds to five hits (two for extra bases) and three walks.  The Cards pitching staff held the M's out of the game until a three run rally in the fifth.

 

The Cardinals' next two games were against opponents outside the division with the first being the Red Sox.  Redbirds starter Silfredo Garcia tossed five innings and allowed two runs to keep them neck and neck with the Red Sox at 2-2.  The Cards took a 3-2 lead on an Amauris Capellan single in the sixth and the Sox would tie it up in the eighth.  Both teams exchanged three runs in the tenth.  The Red Sox scored one more in the top of the 11th but they walked in a run and Daniel Barbuena drove in the game winner in the bottom half for a 8-7 victory.

 

The Cardinals went on the road in their second non-division match-up, against the Astros.  The Redbirds jumped on the board first with a run in the second but the Astros answered back with three runs over the second and third innings.  Jose Pena then doubled in two runs in the fifth to tie the contest up.  The Astros took advantage of Redbirds errors and racked up six runs over the sixth and seventh innings for a 9-3 lead.  The Cardinals tacked on two more runs as the Astros prevailed 9-5 despite walking 14 Redbird batters.

 

The Mariners came to town to take on the Cardinals and the Redbirds hit early.  Fernando Baez triples in two runs in the first and the Cardinals added another two runs in the second for a 4-0 lead.  The M's bats came alive in the fifth as they racked up seven runs in the top half but the Redbirds tied it up with three runs (two RBIs by Amauris Capellan) in the bottom half.  The Mariners scored two more in the seventh and only allowed one more run by the Redbirds over the final three innings for the 9-8 win.

 

The Cardinals final game of the week was on the road at the Brewers.  The Redbirds got things started with a Alejandro Mejia RBI triple and he scored in the following at-bat for a 2-0 opening lead in the second.  The Brewers pitching stepped up and held the Cardinals off home plate for the next five innings as they scored two in the fourth, two in the fifth, and two in the seventh taking a 6-2 lead.  The two teams exchanged runs in the eighth bu the Brewers pull off the win 7-3.

 

The Cardinals are scheduled off for June 26th.

 

Who's Hot

 

Amauris Capellan is slowing getting his bat swinging as it was anticipated last year when signed.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-18 (.278) with two doubles, five RBIs, two runs, four runs, and five strikeouts.  He played three games in centerfield (one outfield assist and assisted in one double play) and two in right field.  The November 28, 2009 free agent signing has gone 9-for-29 (.310) with three doubles, eight RBIs, three runs, eight walks, and seven strikeouts in the last ten games.

 

Robelys Reyes has his on base streak snapped at 16 games after grounding into a double play in a pinch hit appearance.  The 20-year old switch-hitter went 5-for-18 (.278) with two doubles, one triple, two RBIs, two runs, two walks, two stolen bases, two sacrifices, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played four games at second base (assisted in two double plays) and one as designated hitter. The April 21, 2010 free agent signing has slumped recently going 8-for-30 (.267) with two doubles, one triple, four RBIs, five runs, five walks, and five strikeouts in the last ten games.

 

Hansel De Los Santos had another outstanding start but it was crushed by errors. The 19-year old right-hander made his latest start on June 23rd allowing seven hits, five runs (one earned), threw one wild pitch, and struck six out over six innings for the losing decision (1-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-6.  In four starts this season, the October 28, 2009 free agent signing has struck out 15 and walked two over 20.2 innings and carries a 2.18 ERA.

 

Silfredo Garcia put together his third quality start of the season for the Cardinals. The 19-year old right-handed started on June 22nd and gave up five hits, two earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out five over five innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-5.  The February 6, 2010 free agent signing has struck out 17 and walked two over 15 innings and carries a 1.80 ERA.

 

Johnny Polanco turned out his best performance of his career this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched five innings on June 20th allowing two hits, two earned runs, three walks, hit one batter, threw three wild pitches, and struck out a season-high seven.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-3.  The May 17, 2009 free agent signing struggled in his first start but has struck out nine and walked six over 7.2 innings.

 

Who's Not

 

Ronnierd Garcia flipped over to the 'not' side after having hit well a couple weeks ago.  The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-9 (.111) with three walks and four strikeouts.  He played all three games at third base assisting in one double play and committed one fielding and one throwing error.  The August 31, 2009 free agent signing is 7-for-26 (.269) with three doubles, one triple, three RBIs, three runs, six walks, and six strikeouts in the last ten games.

 

Domingo Diaz also struggled at the plate almost striking out in half his at-bats. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-13 (.154) with one RBI, two runs, three walks, and six strikeouts.  He played three games at first base (assisted in one double play) and one as designated hitter.  The May 12, 2010 free agent signing has gone 6-for-30 (.200) with two doubles, one triple, three RBIs, five runs, four walks, and ten strikeouts in the last ten games.

 

Hector Salazar struggles in his second straight tandem appearance.  The soon-to-turn 17-year old right-hander started on June 25th and allowed three hits, four runs (three earned), one home run, two walks, hit two batters, and struck two out for the losing decision (0-1).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-1.  The 2011 free agent signing has struck out and walked ten over 14.2 innings and has a 3.07 ERA.

 

Luis Perdomo had his third straight bad performance.  The 18-year old right-hander started on June 24th pitching four innings and giving up nine hits, six earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-1.  The 2011 free agent signing has struck out nine and walked five over 13 innings and has a 7.62 ERA.

 

Addelin Ceballo made a decent spot start for the club but was pounded in his relief appearance this past week.  On June 20th, the soon-to-turn 20-year old right-handed was called on to make a spot start in a doubleheader.  He pitched three innings allowing two hits, one earned run, two walks, one balk, and struck two out. On June 23rd, Ceballo gave up five hits, four earned runs, one walk, and struck one out over two-thirds of an inning.

 

Notes

 

Lenny Rosario (former MiLB signing/DSL Mets Team One) has made five appearances (three starts) posting a 2-1 record and 4.97 ERA.  He's allowed 11 hits, 11 runs (seven earned), one home run, 14 walks, and struck 14 out over 12.2 innings.

 

Wagner Mateo (former MiLB Signing/Diamondbacks), who spent the 2010 season in the DSL, was assigned to Short-Season Rookie-Level Arizona League.

 

Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing/Mariners), who spent the 2010 season in the VSL, was assigned to Short-Season Single-A Everett.

 

Edgard Montiel (former DSL/Boer) has played in 63 games going 69-for-211 (.327) with 18 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 30 RBIs, 36 runs, 21 walks, three walks, 22 strikeouts, and grounded into 11 double plays.  Boer is currently 1-3 and tied for sixth in the second round of the Nicaraguan League tournament.

 

Jem Argenal (VSL), Victor DeLeon (DSL), Victor Encarnacion (DSL), Stalyn Lopez (DSL), Fermin Montanez (VSL), Willy Paulino (DSL), Luis Perez (DSL), Angel Tapia (DSL), Arturo Toribio (DSL), Ramon Ulacio (VSL), Breyvic Valera (VSL), Gerwuins Velazco (VSL), and Dail Villanueva (VSL) all made the jump from the Latin program to the Gulf Coast League.

 

Baseball America's Ben Badler takes a look at some of the most talked about prospects available for this years international free agent market.

 

The International Prospects League lists its top players by position and one of the big names being talked about is outfielder Elier Hernandez.  This league formed after one official separated himself from the Dominican Prospect League and expanded scouting throughout the Dominican Republic and other Latin countries.

 

Dominican Summer League Stats

 

The Cardinals are hitting .222 (24th) with a .346 OBP (14th), .318 SLG (18th), and .663 OPS (17th).  The team ranks third in strikeouts, fourth in triples, sixth in walks, 12th in doubles, tied for 16th in home runs, tied for 17th in total bases, and lower half of the league in all over stats.

 

The Cardinals have a 4.32 ERA (29th) and 1.55 WHIP (30th).  The team is first in most losses, tied for second in most hits allowed, fifth in most earned runs, tied for fifth in most runs allowed and hit batters, tied for most home runs allowed, tied for 13th in most walks allowed, tied for 16th in saves, and 19th in strikeouts.

 

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

 

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

 

Up Next (2011 Record, vs. Cardinals)

 

June 27: @ Mariners (18-5, 6-1)

June 28: Brewers (17-7, 5-0)

June 29: @ Athletics (7-17, 4-3)

June 30: Mariners (18-5, 6-1)

July 1: @ Brewers (17-7, 5-0)

July 2: Athletics (7-17, 4-3)

July 3: Off Day

 

 

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