Cardinals Winter Leagues Notebook: Wk 4, Pt 1

Results from the last week in Australia, the Dominican and Mexico. Adam Melker is hot in Perth.

Australian Baseball League
The Australian League opened play this week with an overall schedule that runs from November 1st through the end of January 2013. The post-season begins on January 31st and finishes on February 10th. An All-Star game will take place on Sunday, December 16th.

The league is comprised of six squads and two of St. Louis' minor leaguers taking part. Outfielder Adam Melker plays for the Perth Heat and catcher Geoff Klein goes for the Sydney Blue Sox. Games are played each Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the occasional Thursday contest and are likely based on the distance between the teams. As an example, the driving distance between Perth and Sydney is 2,511 miles.

Perth Heat –
The Heat went 3-0 to begin the season and sit on top of the standings, one game in front of Sydney.
- Adam Melker: Melker started in left all three of Perth's contests this week and began his winter league season with a bang. Overall, the Heat's number two hitter went .583/.688/.917/1.604, 7-for-12, with a double, a home run, six runs scored, one driven in, three walks and three strikeouts. He had a .750 Batting Average for Balls In Play (BABIP). His big game came in the regular season opener when he three hits, including a solo shot, and two runs scored helped his squad to an 8-3 victory.

Sydney Blue Sox –
Sydney went 2-1 to start their season and are in second place, one-half game up on Brisbane and Melbourne.
- Geoff Klein: Klein is one of two catchers listed on the Blue Sox' roster. He was the starting catcher and clean-up hitter for the season opener in which Sydney slipped past Canberra 3-2 in 10. His sole hit in four at bats was a single that kicked off the ninth inning of a game knotted at one-all. Klein was substituted for by a pinch runner after two outs in the frame. Klein sat out game one of Sydney's double-header on the 3rd but caught all nine innings of the nightcap. Overall, he singled once in seven at bats with a free pass and a strikeout for a line of .143/.250/.143/.393 with a .167 BABIP.

Dominican (Winter) League
Two more Cardinals' farmhands joined the Dominican Winter League this week, relievers Willy Paulino and Maikel Cleto. Both joined the Tigres (Tigers) del Licey but Paulino is currently playing on their Instructional League squad rather than the main one. Stats are through games of November 6th

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Aguilas played seven games this week and went 5-2. Audry Perez remains out of action for the second consecutive week while recuperating from his right knee injury.
Season-to-date: .333/.333/.333/.667, 3 AB, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS
- Audry Perez: out with a right knee injury
- Oscar Taveras: Taveras missed time this week due to the death of his 72-year-old grandmother. He returned to the line up on November 3rd and started in all four of the Cinaenas' remaining contests for the period. Taveras split time between right field on the 3rd and 6th and as the designated hitter on the 4th and 5th. He went 1-for-9 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and three strikeouts but bounced back to go 2-for 6 with a double, two walks, a hit-by-pitch, two runs scored, another driven in and a strikeout over his final two games. St. Louis' top position player went .200/.368/.333/.702, 3-for-15, with an error and a .273 Batting Average for Balls In Play (BABIP).
Season-to-date: .340/.407/.566/.973, 53 AB, 18 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 R, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 9 SO, 2 SB, 0 CS, 2 E, .381 BABIP

Gigantes del Cibao –
The Gigantes had six games and went 2-4.
- Ronny Gil: Gil continues to be used sparingly by Cibao as his four at bats for the week doubles his year-to-date total in that category. He pinch hit in the Gigantes' 6-4 loss on the 3rd, lining out to short with no one on to end the game. Gil got his first field start of the winter season the next day when he played second in a 3-0 loss. His only other start came on October 21st when he was Cibao's designated hitter. Gil went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Gil stranded a runner at third in the second with a line out to right.
Season-to-date: .375/.375/.375/.750, 8 AB, 3 H, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, .429 BABIP

Leones del Escogido –
Escogido went 3-4 this week.
- Starlin Rodriguez: Rodriguez started on the 2nd, his first game appearance since October 19th when he struck out as a pinch hitter. The second baseman singled to right in the second to drive in Escogido's first tally in a 6-4 win. Rodriguez scored himself later that frame when a teammate sent one over the left field wall. He struck out swinging and flew out to left before being pinch hit for in the ninth.
Season-to-date: .250/.250/.250/.500, 4 AB, 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .500 BABIP

Tigres del Licey –
Licey went 2-5 this week.
- Maikel Cleto: Cleto made his Winter League debut on the 4th where he began the fifth with his team down 10-8. The righty retired the first two batters on a groundout and a swinging strikeout. He departed after the third batter reached on a fielding error. His stint on the 6th was impressive as he entered the seventh inning with a runner on third with only one out. Cleto froze the runner there via a fly out to right and a pop out to short.
Season-to-date: 0.00 ERA/1.70 FIP, 2 G, 0 GS, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 WHIP
- Willy Paulino: Individual stats are not available for the Dominican Instructional League. Paulino has pitched twice. He pitched the eighth inning in a contest on the 1st and tossed two frames on the 5th.

Mexican Pacific League
Stats are through games of November 7th.

Caneros de Los Mochis –
The Caneros went 2-4 this week which flips their record for the two prior weeks.
- Jermaine Curtis: Curtis was activated on Los Mochis' roster this week and started two contests. He singled twice in eight at bats with a run scored, a sac bunt and one strikeout for a line of .250/.250/.250/500 with a .286 BABIP.
Season-to-date: .188/.206/.219/.425, 32 AB, 6 H, 1 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .214 BABIP

Venados de Mazatlan –
Mazatlan went 2-4 this part week for the fourth consecutive week with a losing record.
- Nick Additon Additon started twice this week although he did not figure in either decision. After having his regular start pushed back while he battled flu-like symptoms, Additon took the mound on the first in what would be a 6-2 victory by the Venados. The lefty scattered seven hits and a base-on-balls over five plus with six strikeouts and a hit batsman. Additon yielded a run in the second and a solo shot that led of the sixth and finished his day.

Additon had his first truly rough outing on the 6th when he coughed his six runs, earned, on five hits and three walks in 2 2/3. He fanned three and threw two wild pitches. For the week Additon had a 9.40 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 2.09 WHIP in 7 2/3 innings over two starts with a .440 BABIP. The opposition hit .343 against him.
Season-to-date: 5.64 ERA/3.29 FIP, 5 G, 5 GS, 22.1 IP, 29 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 1 HR, 2 HB, 7 BB, 19 SO, 1.61 WHIP, .384 BABIP, .315 BAA

Coming soon: Part two of this report will cover Cardinals prospects' results the past week in the Venezuelan and Venezuelan Parallel Leagues.

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