Dominican Summer League Cards Notebook Week 6

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals fought their way out of last place this past week. Hansel De Los Santos has been one of the team's top hurlers.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals split the four games played this week and had two postponed and one suspended.  The Redbirds climbed out of cellar and now have a 12-23 record, one game better than the Athletics.  They have an 8-11 record at home, 4-12 on the road, and are 14 games out of first place.


 

Week Six: July 4-10

 

The Cardinals had the first two games of the week, July 4 @ Mariners and July 5 vs. Brewers, postponed due to weather.

 

The Athletics hosted the Cardinals on Wednesday.  The A's got things started, plating two in the first inning for a quick 2-0 lead and then added another in the fourth.  The Athletics held the Redbirds out of the game for the first seven frames.  In the top half of the eighth, the Cardinals bats started connecting and the team took advantage of an error, wild pitch, and walks to jump in front 4-3.  But the A's answered back with three more in the bottom half.  The Athletics held off the Cardinals for a 6-5 victory.

 

The Cardinals welcomed in the Mariners in the next contest.  In the first, M's starter threw a wild pitch and the catcher committed a throwing error to allow two runs to scores for the Redbirds.  Amauris Capellan connected for a three-run homer and Domingo Diaz followed with a solo shot to push the lead to 6-0.  The Mariners second baseman committed an error, giving the Cardinals a freebee run and Capellan drove in two more runs with a ground out in the fourth.  The Redbirds added two more runs in the sixth with a couple doubles and went on to easily win 11-0.  Hansel De Los Santos struck out seven over six scoreless innings for the win.

 

The Cardinals visited the Brewers in the next contest, which ended up being suspended in the eighth at a tie.  The Redbirds were the first on the board as Ronnierd Garcia drove in Robelys Reyes with a single to right field.  Cardinals starter Juan Bautista struggled with his placement and walked in a Brewer run in the fourth.  No continuation date has been set.

 

The Cardinals hosted the Astros in the final game of this period.  The ‘Stros took an early 2-1 lead in the first on the Redbirds, but the Cardinals offense perked up scoring four runs in the bottom of the second which included a two-run shot by Robelys Reyes.  The Redbirds and Astros exchanged runs in the third and then the Stros added another in the fourth before each team posted zeroes in the fifth.  Reyes drove in two runs in the sixth and the Cardinals added on another in the seventh for a 9-4 lead.  The Redbirds walked in a run in the eight but stayed in front with the 9-5 win.

 

The Cardinals had July 10th off.

 

 

Who's Hot

 

Robelys Reyes returned to the lineup right where he left off and has a six-game hitting streak to add onto.  The 20-year old switch-hitter went 10-for-18 (.556) with two doubles, one home run, five RBIs, five runs, four walks, one stolen base, one strikeout, and one caught stealing/pickoff.  He played four games at second base (assisted in one double play) and one as designated hitter.

 

Amauris Capellan also has a six-game hitting streak to build upon and has connected for three home runs in his last five games.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-13 (.308) with one double, one home run, six RBIs, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played two games in right field (one outfield assist that lead to a double play) and one in centerfield.  The November 28, 2009 free agent signing has collected 15 of his 21 total RBIs in his last ten games played.

 

Domingo Diaz will look to extend his 13-game on base streak in the next week. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles, one home run, one RBI, four runs, three walks, two stolen bases, and one strikeout.  He played two games in right field and two at first base.  The May 12, 2010 free agent signing is 10-for-33 (.303) with two doubles, one home run, three RBIs, eight runs, nine walks, and five strikeouts in his last ten games.

 

Hansel De Los Santos tossed his second scoreless outing of the season this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander started on July 7th allowing two hits, no runs, one walk, one balk, and struck seven out over six innings for the winning decision (2-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2.  The October 28, 2009 free agent signing has struck out 25 and walked seven over 31.2 innings and has a 2.27 ERA in six starts.

 

Kender Villegas threw his sixth scoreless outing of the season, not counting inherited runners scored.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on for the July 8th contest and struck out three over three and a third innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2 and kept all three inherited runners on base. The May 13, 2010 free agent signing has struck out 20 and walked six over 16.1 innings and has a 1.10 ERA in nine relief appearances.

 

Anderson Gerdel spoiled a Cardinal massacre in his only relief appearance on July 7th and saved the club from burning up the bullpen.  The soon-to-turn 20-year old right-hander was called on as the Redbirds were done 6-0 in the second.  He tossed four scoreless innings only giving up two hits, one walk, and striking out a season-high five.  Gerdel had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2.  The November 1, 2009 free agent signing has struck out 26 and walked four over 26.2 innings and has a 1.35 ERA over nine appearances this season.

 

 

Who's Not

 

Luis Cruz had trouble finding the open holes this past week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-11 (.091) with one RBI, two runs, three walks, and one strikeout.  He played two games at catcher (one passed ball and threw out one of two runners) and one as designated hitter.  

 

George Araujo will look to snap a five-game hitless streak in the next period.  The 18-year old left-handed hitter went 0-for-9 (.000) with one walk and three strikeouts.  He played two games in left field and one as designated hitter.  The February 2011 free agent signing is 4-for-31 (.129) with one double, three RBIs, one run, four walks, and 13 strikeouts in his last ten games.

 

Silfredo Garcia made his latest appearance out of the bullpen and had his worst outing of the season.  The soon-to-turn 20-year old right-hander allowed three hits, three earned runs, two walks, and threw one wild pitch over four innings for the losing decision (0-4).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-4.  As a starter, the February 6, 2010 free agent signing has struck out 19 and walked three over 20.1 innings and has a 2.21 ERA in four games.

 

Fernando Gonzalez seems to flip flop good and bad outings and this past week was a rough one.  The 17-year old right-hander started on July 6th and gave up five hits, three earned runs, one walk, threw two wild pitches and struck one out over four innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-2. Gonzalez has an ERA of 1.93 out of the bullpen and 4.42 in four starts.

 

Anthony De La Cruz received a bonus start after two scoreless relief outings but was pounded on.  The 18-year old left-hander started on July 7th coughing up five hits, six earned runs, one home run, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out over two innings for the losing decision (0-1). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-0.  The February 17, 2010 free agent signing has a 14.73 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 13 walks over 11 innings.

 

 

Notes

 

Alberth Almeida has been out since June 14th, Luis Perdomo since June 24th, Johnny Polanco since June 27th, Douglas Planchart since June 29th, and Addelin Ceballo since June 30th. Almeida and Perdomo have minor injuries and should be back soon. Polanco has had bad luck with rainouts so he has had to throw on the side a few times instead of pitching in games. Planchart and Ceballo have just not been called upon to play.

 

Eduardo Celestino had four at-bats in one game, Jose Gomez had two at-bats in one game, Carlos Torres had two at-bats in two games, and Jose Martinez had three at-bats in one game.

 

Delvi Rodriguez and Jean Carlos De La Cruz have both sat out 35 of their mandatory 50 games for the failed drug tests last August.  Projected returns are late July/early August.

 

Lenny Rosario (former MiLB signing/DSL Mets team one) has made seven appearances (three starts) posting a 2-2 record and 5.40 ERA.  He's allowed 14 hits, 15 runs (11 earned), one home run, 19 walks, and struck 19 out over 18.1 innings.

 

Edgard Montiel (former DSL/Boer) has played in 69 games going 74-for-229 (.323) with 18 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 33 RBIs, 38 runs, 23 walks, three stolen bases, 17 strikeouts, and grounded into 11 double plays as of July 5th.  Boer is currently 7-7 and in fourth place in the second round of the Nicaraguan League tournament.

 

Almost a year after being selected as a DSL All-Star, right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez was named to the 2011 Futures Game to represent the World Team.

 

 

Dominican Summer League Stats

 

The Cardinals are hitting .237 (t-17th) with a .358 OBP (t-5th), .334 SLG (t-8th), and .692 OPS (7th).  The team ranks fifth in walks, tied for sixth in strikeouts, eighth in total bases, tied for ninth in home runs, tied for tenth in doubles, tied for 11th in triples, tied for 12th in hits, and bottom half of the league in runs, RBIs, stolen bases, and caught stealing.

 

The Cardinals have a 3.94 ERA (25th) and 1.46 WHIP (t-25th).  The team ranks third for most losses, fourth for most hits allowed, eighth for most runs allowed, ninth for most earned runs, tied for tenth for most home runs allowed, and bottom half in all other stats.

 

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

 

Fernando Baez is tied for tenth in triples and tied for tenth in home runs.

 

Amauris Capellan is tied for tenth in RBIs.

 

Silfredo Garcia is tied for third in losses.

 

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

 

 

Up Next (2011 Record, vs. Cardinals)

 

July 11: @ Mariners (26-9, 8-3)

July 12: Brewers (21-13, 6-1)

July 13: @ Athletics (11-24, 6-5)

July 14: Mariners (26-9, 8-3)

July 15: @ Brewers (21-13, 6-1)

July 16: @ Astros (12-17, 1-1)

July 17: Off Day

 

 

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