In addition, there are minor leagues, with the most notable being the Liga Paralela or Parallel League in Venezuela, which feeds the main Venezuelan League. For the youngest players, the St. Louis Cardinals run a fall instructional league at their Dominican academy. It is also used to evaluate potential signees in a live setting.
And all of these venues do not even include two domestic leagues, the recently-completed instructional league held in Jupiter, Florida and the Arizona Fall League.
In the following exclusive interview, Rodriguez explains how players and teams are matched up and why teams set high expectations but exhibit little patience.
In subsequent articles, we will look in on how the various Cardinals prospects playing around the world are doing statistically this winter.
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