Cardinals Sport Three 2011 DSL All-Stars

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals have an All-Star pitcher, infielder and outfielder.

Three St. Louis Cardinals Dominican Summer League players have been selected as all-stars and members of the National League roster for the 2011 DSL All-Star Game, held Sunday, July 24 at Tetela Vargas Stadium in San Pedro de Marcoris.

The three are right-handed pitcher Hansel De Los Santos, centerfielder Amauris Capellan and second baseman Robelys Reyes.

De Los Santos, 19, is pitching in his second season in the DSL. The native of Santo Domingo posted a 2.67 ERA mostly in relief in 2010. Moved to the rotation this season, De Los Santos has responded most positively. He has improved his strikeout to walk ratio, lowered his opponent batting average and increased his ground ball rate.

In 44 2/3 innings over eight starts, the 6-foot-3, 160-pounder has a 2.82 ERA. De Los Santos has 35 strikeouts to just 11 walks and an opponent batting average of .224. The right-hander was first signed in October 2009.

Capellan
Capellan, 18, was signed in November 2009 for a reported signing bonus of $450,000. It was the highest international bonus the Cardinals paid that year.

Though compared physically to Raul Mondesi, the native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic struggled in his rookie season. His line was .148/.326/.170 last summer, so he at least showed the ability to draw a walk.

In 2011, Capellan has improved to .311/.441/.524 with five home runs and 28 RBI. The right-handed hitter has drawn more walks, 23, than strikeouts, 19, in 103 at-bats over 31 games.

If he had enough at-bats to qualify among the league leaders, Capellan would rank fifth in slugging and tenth in the DSL in on-base percentage.

Reyes, who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday, hit .301 last season, his first in the DSL. That pales in comparison to his league-leading .390 batting average and .478 on-base percentage here in 2011. His slugging mark of .588 is second in the DSL. The second baseman has stolen 14 bases in 21 attempts and scored 24 runs in 39 games. Reyes has drawn 20 walks compared to 21 strikeouts.

Last season, the switch-hitter was 10th among all Cardinals minor leaguers in batting average and third in stolen bases (21). He led the 2010 DSL Cardinals in hits (68), runs (43), total bases (83) games (65), at bats (226) and stolen bases.

Reyes was scheduled to participate in extended spring training in the US until a passport issue temporarily scuttled those plans. He was originally signed in April 2010.



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