In addition to her daily Arizona Fall League Notebooks, veteran TCN writer Leonda Markee will once again prepare weekly recaps on Cardinals prospects playing in a number of leagues around the world. Look for these starting next week.
The four main leagues, from which the champions meet in February's Caribbean Series, are in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. There is also a minor league in Venezuela, Liga Paralela or Parallel League, as well as leagues in Nicaragua and Colombia.
Currently, no Cardinals are committed to play in Mexico or Colombia. While there are eight players listed under Puerto Rico below, they are on clubs' reserve lists. With that league's season not yet underway, it is not known how many will actually make a team. Likely all will not be active this winter.
The Cardinals also have an instructional league camp currently going on in the Dominican. Players participating include many 2013 Dominican Summer League players as well as academy graduates who moved on to the US. Given the less formal structure of instructs, stats from there will not be available.
For those interested in the process of how the organization works to place players in winter leagues, check out this interview with Cardinals director of international operations Moises Rodriguez.
Tentative St. Louis Cardinals winter league assignments – 2013
Nick Additon LHP (Memphis free agent) – Escogido
Jose Almarante RHP (Memphis) – Aguilas
Jermaine Curtis 3B (Memphis) – Aguilas
Ronny Gil 2B (Palm Beach) - Cibao
Willy Paulino RHP (State College) - Licey
Audry Perez C (Memphis) - Aguilas
Starlin Rodriguez OF (Springfield) – Escogido
Ricardo Bautista OF (GCL) - Ponce
Juan Caballero RHP (GCL) - Carolina
Anthony Garcia OF (Palm Beach) - Carolina
Hector Hernandez LHP (Palm Beach) - Mayaguez
Luis Mateo 2B (Springfield) - Caguas
Chris Rivera SS (GCL) - Mayaguez
Jonathan Rodriguez 1B (Palm Beach) - Santurce
Brian Vigo OF (Johnson City) – Ponce
Silfredo Garcia RHP (Peoria) - Margarita
Jose Gomez C (GCL) – Zulia
Deryk Hooker RHP (Memphis free agent) - Lara
Scott McGregor RHP (Memphis) - Lara
Jorge Rondon RHP (Memphis) - Aragua
Breyvic Valera 2B (Peoria) - Margarita
Cesar Valera SS (State College) - Caribes
Ildemaro Vargas SS (Peoria) - Caribes
Gerwuins Velazco C (Peoria) - Caracas
Kender Villegas RHP (GCL) - La Guaira
Venezuelan Parallel League
Fidencio Flores RHP (GCL) – team assignment TBA
Jhonny Polanco RHP (State College) - Boer
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