Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 12, Pt 1

Results from Cardinals prospects competing last week in Australia, the Dominican, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Anthony Garcia has three post-season home runs.

Australian League

Stats are through the games of January 8th.

Perth Heat –
After hosting first-place Canberra over the final week-end of 2012, Perth journeyed there where they matched their prior results against the same squad, winning one and losing three. The Heat remain in a two-way tie with Sydney for second but have dropped two more games off the pace and are now four and a half games behind Canberra.
- Adam Melker: Melker remains on the Reserve List and did not participate in the series.
Season-to-date: .247/.354/.358/.712, 81 AB, 20 R, 20 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 11 BB, 17 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, 3 HBP, .297 BABIP

Sydney Blue Sox –
Like Perth, Sydney faced the same team for the second consecutive series when they traveled to Adelaide. The Blue Sox did not keep pace with Canberra as they went 1-3. Their 18-16 overall mark puts them two games ahead of Adelaide.

- Geoff Klein: After a torrid week last week, Klein returned to earth with a thud, with just three hits in 15 at bats, although two of his three hits were for extra bases. The Blue Sox' catcher mashed a two-run shot in a losing cause on Thursday but managed just one single in eight at bats over his next two games. His best day at the plate was on Sunday when Sydney prevented a sweep by winning 6-2. Klein reached base in his first three at bats. He doubled with two outs in the first to bring in the game's first tallies before he worked back-to-back free passes in the fourth and sixth. The latter base-on-balls produced Sydney's fifth run when Klein moved up a base on two straight singles then touched home on a sac fly. He produced a line of .200/.294/.467/.761 with a double, a home run, two walks, two runs scored, four RBI's, four strikeouts and a passed ball.
Season-to-date: .248/.323/.350/.674, 117 AB, 9 R, 29 H, 6 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 13 BB, 24 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, .310 BABIP

Dominican (Winter) League

Play-off stats are through January 8th.

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Aguilas won three and lost three this week for an overall record of 6-4.
- Oscar Taveras: Taveras was the starting right fielder in Aguilas' first six contests of the round-robin tournament. He was hitless in two games, went 2-for-4 on December 28th and 29th and singled in four at bats on both January 2nd and 3rd for six hits in 25 at bats or a .240 batting average. Both of his singles drove in runs and the number five batter was plunked during Thursday's contest. The Cibaenas announced on January 4th that the 20-year-old's participation in the play-offs is over. Taveras is scheduled to participate in activities surrounding St. Louis' 2013 Winter Warm-up from January 18-21.
Regular Season: .316/.379/.507/.885, 152 AB, 27 R, 48 H, 12 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 21 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS, 5 E, .339 BABIP, .184 ISO, 8.3% BB/PA, 12.4% K/PA
Round-Robin Stats: .240/.269/.400/.669, 25 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, 0 E, .250 BABIP

Toros del Este –
Este went 2-4 for the period to bring them to 5-5 overall in the post-season.
- Jamie Romak: Romak has not produced in the post-season, going hitless in 10 at bats. He started at first on December 27th and 28th but was benched after going 0-for-7 with two strikeouts. Romak was a late insertion at first on the 2nd and 3rd in almost identical situations. In each case, another player either pinch hit or pinch ran for Este's first baseman and Romak took over at first in the next frame.
Regular Season: .280/.308/.440/.748, 25 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, 2 E, .333 BABIP, .150 ISO, 3.8% BB/PA, 23.1% K/PA
Round-Robin Stats: .000/.000/.000/.000, 7 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 SO, 30% K/PA

Mexican Pacific League

The Mexican Pacific League play-offs began on January 2nd. The first round consists of three best-of-seven series. Stats are through games of January 8th.

Yaquis de Obregon –
The Yaquis face Guasave in the first step of their quest for the league championship. Each squad finished the second-half with 16-16 records. They tied for second place in the overall season standings with a 37-30 mark. Obregon took the first two on the road only to lose two-of-three at home. They need one of the two remaining contests at Guasave. - Jermaine Curtis: Curtis has two starts in five games with an appearance in another. He was the right fielder in the series' opener on the 2nd, striking out once in three at bats in the nine hole. Curtis was removed in a defensive switch in the bottom of the seventh when the Yaquis' center fielder took over in right. On Sunday, he pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth and flew out before taking over in right. Curtis again started in right on Monday, moving up to second in the batting order. He was again without a hit in three at bats before being replaced in a switch in the top of the seventh. The move came with Obregon up 3-1 but two runners on. After each advanced on a sac bunt for the second out, Curtis was replaced by the center fielder.
Regular Season: .306/.405/.372/.777, 180 AB, 27 R, 55 H, 9 2B, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 30 BB, 25 SO, 9 SB, 2 CS, .344 BABIP, 4 E
Post-season Stats: .000/.000/.000/.000, 7 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 SO, 14.3% K/PA

Puerto Rico League

The play-offs began on January 2nd with the top four teams playing each other through the 16th and the finals beginning on January 18th. Stats are through games of January 8th.

Criollos de Caguas –
- Luis Mateo: Mateo started 37 of Caguas' 40 contests and appeared in two more, exclusively at short. The 22-year-old batted eighth or ninth 27 times, seventh five times and first or second in five games. He had a strong start, going .341/.388/.386/.774 his first 12 games, through November 27th, but alternated hot and cold periods after that, ranging from an OPS of .400 to .650 on the low end to .824 to .912 on the other side. Mateo fanned an average of once every four-to-five at bats and was issued a free pass once every 15-to-16 plate appearances through mid-December, after which point he did not draw another walk, which dropped his overall average to 1:18.4 BB/PA. Defensively, he committed eight errors. He is off to a very slow start in the post-season with three hits in 20 at bats.
Regular Season: .313/.345/.403/.748, 134 AB, 19 R, 42 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 28 SO, 7 SB, 0 CS, 8 E, .380 BABIP, .082 ISO, 5.4% BB/PA, 19.0% K/PA
Post-season Stats: .150/.227/.250/.477, 20 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 1 3B, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP, .188 BABIP

Gigantes de Carolina –
Carolina is 3-3 so far in the post-season.
- Juan Caballero: Caballero tossed 1.2 innings in all over three relief appearances. The 20-year-old yielded an unearned tally in one inning on November 15th. Exactly one month later he fanned his only batter faced to strand an inherited runner. On December 23rd, Caballero retired one batter and departed with the sacks jammed full on a hit and two base-on-balls. The lead runner eventually crossed on a sac fly. A June 2012 signing, he spent the 2012 season with the GCL Cardinals.
Season: 5.40 ERA/6.19 FIP, 3 G, 0 GS, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 2 SO, 3.00 WHIP, .250 BAA, .333 BABIP

- Anthony Garcia: Garcia appeared in 34 of 40 games for Carolina, 30 of them starts. While seven starts came in left, including three of his first seven starts, he quickly became the primary right fielder. Garcia began in the lower range of the batting order, seventh or eighth, but was moved up to fifth or sixth by season's end. He posted a line of .292/.382/.396/.778, 14-for-48, with two doubles, a home run, six walks and 11 strikeouts through his first 16 games and went .268/.373/.464/.837, 15-for-56, with three doubles, a triple, two long balls, eight walks and 14 strikeouts over his final 18 contests. For the season, Garcia averaged a strikeout every 4.9 plate appearances and a walk every 8.7 plate appearances. He has powered up in the post-season with three home runs in 27 at bats over six starts. That home run total matches his output for the entire regular season.
Season: .279/.377/.433/.810, 104 AB, 13 R, 29 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 14 BB, 25 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 2 E, .338 BABIP, .144 ISO, 11.5% BB/PA, 20.5% K/PA
Post-season Stats: .296/.321/.667/.988, 27 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 0 BB, 8 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, 1 HBP, .313 BABIP

- Yadier Molina: Molina played in the Gigantes' final 14 games of the season, a two-week span. He caught twice in the first four games but those were his only starts behind the plate. St. Louis' All-Star had two starts at first, where he was charged with his only error but the majority of his plate appearances were as the designated hitter, batting third. He produced very little for Carolina with only 12 hits in 52 at bats but did have more walks (five) than strikeouts (four). As expected, Molina is not taking part in the post-season contests.
Season: .231/.293/.365/.658, 52 AB, 2 R, 12 H, 1 2B. 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 E, .213 BABIP, .135 ISO, 8.6% BB/PA, 6.9% K/PA

Indios de Mayaguez –
Mayaguez has gone 4-2 so far in the post-season.
- Hector Hernandez: Hernandez appeared in 10 games, the last five of them as the starting pitcher. His five starts encompassed 23 innings where he gave up 12 runs, nine earned, on 27 hits and 10 base-on-balls. Hernandez inherited 10 runners over five appearances and allowed four to score, with three crossing in a single appearance. Control was an issue for the southpaw as he averaged almost as many walks every nine innings (4.30) as strikeouts (4.63). He had a ground-out-to-air-out ratio of 1.10 and the opposition batted .314 against him. His overall lack of success continues in the post-season. On the 5th, Hernandez took one of Mayaguez' two losses to date, allowing three runs, earned, on three hits and three walks in three plus. He fanned two and hit a batter.
Regular Season: 4.55 ERA/5.04 FIP, 10 G, 5 GS, 27.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 14 ER, 3 HR, 0 HB, 13 BB, 14 SO, 1.66 WHIP, .314 BAA, .333 BABIP, 10 IR/4 IRS
Post-season Season: 9.00 ERA/5.87 FIP, 1 G, GS, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 1 HB, 3 BB, 2 SO, 2.00 WHIP, .250 BAA, .300 BABIP

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
- Javier Machuca: Machuca's only appearance was on December 23rd when he began the eighth with the Cangrejeros down 9-1 and did not retire a batter. Machuca coughed up a solo shot to Caguas' designated hitter who was batting sixth, and a double to right to the next batter. A wild pitch placed the runner on third and he came home on Luis Mateo's single back to the pitcher. Machuca was pulled at that point.

- Jonathan Rodriguez: Rodriguez debuted with Santurce on November 23rd, 15 days into the season. He made 12 starts: five at third, two at first and four as the designated hitter. Rodriguez pinch hit twice, taking over in left afterwards once. His lack of regular playing time likely may have made it difficult for him to establish any sort of offensive rhythm and it showed up in his numbers.
Season: .235/.381/.382/.763, 34 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 14 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS, .368 BABIP, .147 ISO, 17.1% BB/PA, 34.1% K/PA

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

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