Cardinals Winter Leagues Notebook: Wk 4, Pt 2

Results from the last week in the Venezuelan and Venezuelan Parallel Leagues. Richard Castillo is pitching well.

Venezuelan League

Eduardo Sanchez made his 2012 Winter League debut this week for Aragua, who also added Jose Garcia to their roster on November 5th from their Parallel League squad. Since Garcia became a minor league free agent this week, he drops off this report. Stats through the games of November 7th.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
The Caribes went 4-2 for the week.
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas saw very limited action in three games. He pinch ran in the eighth inning on the 1st after Anzoategui's catcher doubled with one out. Vargas scored the go-ahead tally on another double in an eventual 7-3 win. He got some field time on the 2nd when he began the seventh at second base. The 21-year-old singled in a run in his only at bat but was erased from the base paths by a force at second in a 10-4 loss. Vargas was once again a pinch runner on the 3rd where he scored Anzotegui's final tally in an 8-7 loss. He also came into a game in the Parallel League on the 2nd where he went 0-for-1 with a run scored.
Season-to-date: 8 G, 3 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .667/.667/.1.000/1.667

Tigres de Aragua –
Aragua's victory on the 7th snapped a 10-game losing streak and gave the Tigres a 1-5 record for the period. The name of the winning pitcher will be familiar to Cardinals fans: Eduardo Sanchez.
- Jorge Rondon: Rondon made two relief appearances this week. He entered a two on, none out, scoreless game situation in the sixth on the 2nd and recorded the first out on a force at third. A double to right brought in both inherited runners to saddle the Tigres' starter with the loss. Rondon notched five more outs but not before hitting a batter, throwing a wild pitch and walking two.

Rondon's performance on November 6th was equally ineffective. He came into the seventh with runners at first and second and two outs. Back-to-back free passes issued by the right-hander forced in a tally before a groundout to first ended the frame. Rondon recorded the first out in the eighth before allowing another tally on a single, wild pitch and a double. For the week Rondon had a 3.37 ERA/8.07 FIP, 2.62 WHIP in 2 2/3 innings and his opponents hit .300 against him. He had a .333 BABIP.
Season-to-date: 3.72 ERA/7.13 FIP, 8 G, 0 GS, 9.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R/ER, 2 HR, 2 HB, 6 BB, 6 SO, 1.55 WHIP, .250 BABIP, .250 BAA

- Eduardo Sanchez: Sanchez' first appearance came on the 26th in a game for Aragua in the Parallel League when he pitched a 1-2-3 sixth with two strikeouts as the winning pitcher. The right-hander followed that up with a start, also in the Parallel League. Sanchez tossed two perfect frames with two strikeouts.

With that tune-up complete, Sanchez debuted for the Tigres' big club on November 7th where he was the pitcher of record in Aragua's 3-2 win. The Venezuelan native began the seventh inning with the contest tied at two and retired all three batters faced on a strikeout, groundout to first and fly out to center. He struck out the first batter in the eighth before two base-on-balls finished his appearance. The Twins' Dakota Watts fanned two to preserve the Tigres' fragile 3-2 lead gained in the bottom of the seventh.

Cardenales de Lara –
Lara went 3-3 this week after going 4-1 last week.
- Richard Castillo: He made three relief appearances for the period and was productive in all three. On the 1st Castillo faced a runner on second with two outs state of affairs. A single advanced the runner to third but he slipped out of the jam via a strikeout. Castillo was the winning pitcher on the 3rd when he tossed 1 2/3 scoreless frames. He stranded an inherited runner at first with a fly out to complete the inning then retired the opposition in order on three groundouts in the sixth. A line out to left began the seventh but Castillo exited after yielding a single up the middle. He once again came in with a runner on second, a run already across and one out in a game that was suspended after three on the 6th and finished on the 7th. Two quick groundouts ended the threat. Castillo yielded a two-out single in the sixth but got another groundout to exit after 1 2/3. For the period, he tossed 3 2/3 innings with three hits, no runs and one strikeout. He compiled a 0.00 ERA/2.66 FIP with a 0.82 WHIP and held batters to a .214 average, .231 BABIP.
Season-to-date: 2.70 ERA/4.90 FIP, 8 G, 0 GS, 10 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1.30 WHIP, .265 BABIP, .256 BAA

Bravos de Margarita –
Margarita went 1-4 the week after starting the season 5-0 then going 3-2 last week.
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia relieved in a win on the 2nd and a loss on the 4th. He took the mound in the eighth inning of a tie game with a runner on second and two out and ended the threat with a fly out to center. Garcia gave up a lead-off single in the ninth but escaped on a force out by former Cardinal Joe Thurston and 5-4-3 double play. Garcia was not as productive on the 4th. He began well by inducing a force out at third to strand two inherited runners in the sixth coughed up a double and single to initiate the seventh that produced a tally and ended his appearance. Garcia went 1 2/3 frames for the week, with one run/earned on three hits for a 9.00 ERA/3.20 FIP, 1.81 WHIP, .429 BAA and .429 BABIP.
Season-to-date: 3.24 ERA/3.56 FIP, 9 G, 0 GS, 8.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1.44 WHIP, .300 BABIP, .333 BAA

Venezuelan Parallel League

There were two additions on the player front for the period. Pitchers Dail Villanueva and Kender Villegas joined Anderson Gerdel on La Guaira's pitching staff. Stats are through games of November 8th.

Bravos –
The Bravos went 5-3 since the last report.
- Ismael Brito: Brito relieved four times this period and allowed his first earned run. The righty was ineffective on the 1st when he loaded the bases in the eighth on two singles and a walk. Brito departed without retiring a batter only to watch one of the runners cross for his first run allowed. He did much better the next day when he retired the first two batters faced on a line out and ground out before issuing a free pass. Brito was stellar on the 6th when he escaped an inherited bases-loaded with none out mess via a strikeout, infield pop out and ground out without allowing a runner to cross. His most recent appearance on the 8th saw him worked around a one-out double in the ninth in a 9-2 victory. For the period, Brito yielded three hits and two walks for one run, earned, in 2 2/3 with a strikeout. He compiled a 3.37 ERA/4.70 FIP and 1.87 WHIP.
Season-to-date: 1.50 ERA/4.70 FIP, 7 G, 0 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 3 SO, 1.50 WHIP, .250 BABIP, .211 BAA

- Breyvic Valera: He appeared in all eight games, starting seven of them and leading off. Valera was mainly at short but did start in right once before moving over to short. He continued to be among the team leaders offensively by going .353/.405/.500/.905, 12-for-34, with three doubles, a triple, two walks, six runs scored, three driven in, two strikeouts and an error. Valera had a .375 BABIP.
Season-to-date: .375/.423/.479/.902, 48 AB, 9 R, 18 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS, .395 BABIP, 3 E, 3.8 K%, 5.8 BB%

Caracas –
Caracas went 6-3 for the period.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco started twice for Caracas, once at catcher and the other at first, both time batting in the six slot. He pinch hit on the 6th, remaining in the game at first in the four hole. He had three singles in 10 at bats with a base-on-balls for a line of .300/.365/.300/664. Velazco drove in a run, struck out twice and had a 375 BABIP.
Season-to-date: .233/.303/.267/.570, 30 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .280 BABIP, 3 E

Caribes –
Caribes went a dismal 1-7 for the period.
- Ronnierd Garcia: Garcia has truly ‘played the field' recently, making appearances in left, short and third while also acting as the designated hitter in other contests, mainly batting seventh. He appeared in six games, five of them starts, and had two singles, two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and four driven in for a line of .263/.263/.526/.789. He fanned five times with an error and a .308 BABIP.
Season-to-date: .167/.207/.315/.522, 54 AB, 4 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 1 BB, 17 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS, .194 BABIP, 3 E, 29.3 K%, 1.7 BB%

- Alirio Negrette: started on October 30th and November 6th with poor results. He could not make it out of the fourth in either start and was the losing pitcher on the 6th. Negrette gave up nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits and six walks in 6 1/3 for a 11.37 ERA/8.41 FIP with a 2.69 WHIP, .379 BAA and .450 BABIP. He struck out seven.
Season-to-date: 5.87 ERA/7.18 FIP, 5 G, 5 GS, 15.2 IP, 15 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 3 HR, 2 HB, 12 BB, 10 SO, 1.76 WHIP, .255 BABIP, .250 BAA

- Cesar Valera: Valera started six times for the Caribes, splitting time equally between short and the designated hitter role. He hit sixth in three games and seventh the other three contests. Valera went 5-for-22 with two doubles and a walk. He scored three runs and drove in two with six strikeouts for a line of .227/.261/.318/.549 with a .278 BABIP. He committed two errors.
Season-to-date: .275/.302/.425/.727, 40 AB, 7 R, 11 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 9 SO, 2 SB, 0 CS, .344 BABIP, 3 E, 17.4 K%, 4.3 BB%

La Guaira –
La Guaira went 1-6 with a tie for the period and St. Louis farmhands were charged with the loss in three of the games.
- Anderson Gerdel: Gerdel started on the 30th and relieved on the 4th, taking the loss in both appearances. He went four innings each time with nine runs, seven earned, on 15 hits in eight frames for a 7.88 ERA/2.70 FIP, 1.88 WHIP, .417 BABIP and .395 BAA. He did not issue a free pass.
Season-to-date: 4.08 ERA/2.97 FIP, 5 G, 2 GS, 17.2 IP, 20 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 4 BB, 11 SO, 1.36 WHIP, .333 BABIP, .282 BAA

- Dail Villanueva: Villanueva relieved on the 31st and made a start on November 5th. He followed Kender Villegas and tossed scoreless seventh working around a lead-off base-on-balls and stolen base to keep the game at a 3-2 deficit. Villanueva's start consisted of three runs, earned, on five hits and three walks in three innings. He struck out two and threw two wild pitches.
Season-to-date: 6.75 ERA/3.95 FIP, 2 G, 1 GS, 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2.00 WHIP, .357 BABIP, .294 BAA

- Kender Villegas: Villegas appeared in four games, going for multiple innings in three. He took the loss on the 31st when he yielded a solo shot in his third and final inning of work. Villegas inherited runners at first and second with none out on the 8th and allowed both runners to cross on a ground out, single and passed ball. Overall, he gave up seven hits and two walks in nine innings with six strikeouts and three wild pitches. Both of the walks issued were intentional.
Season-to-date: 1.00 ERA/3.53 FIP, 4 G, 0 GS, 9 IP, 7 H, 1 R/ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1.00 WHIP, .259 BABIP, .212 BAA

Zulia –
Zulia went 5-3 for the period.
- Jose Gomez: Gomez was the starting catcher for Zulia on November 2nd, batting seventh. That continues a pattern of one start per reporting period. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
Season-to-date: .286/.412/.500/.912, 14 AB, 1 R, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .333 BABIP, 1 E

Related article: Part one of this report covered Cardinals prospects' results the past week in the Australia, the Dominican and Mexico.

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