Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 2, Pt 2

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in Venezuela. Cesar Valera is performing well in the Parallel League.

Venezuelan League

Caribes de Anzoategui –
The Caribes won four, lost two and had one postponed this week.
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas is still looking for his first hit of the winter season as he is now hitless in 13 at bats covering eight games. He subbed into three contests this period and took the field all three times. On Wednesday Vargas pinch hit in the seventh inning before playing both second and short . Anzoategui played a double-header on Friday with Vargas touching home after pinch running in the eighth inning of game one. Sunday's game included Vargas' most interesting sighting as he came into the game in the bottom of the second as the center fielder. Additionally, Vargas scooted over to the Carbes' Venezeulan Parallel squad for a start at short on the 29th where he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Tigres de Aragua –
The Tigres went 2-3 for the week.
- Jorge Rondon: Rondon made two brief appearances, each lasting one-third of an inning. On Thursday he began the eighth inning with his team up 4-2 and issued a free pass to the first batter faced. He departed after recording a swinging K. The righty, one of three relievers to pitch in the ninth inning on Saturday, retired his only batter on a fly out to left.

Cardenales de Lara –
After going 4-11 to begin the season, the Cardenales managed a .500 record in six games this past week.
- Richard Castillo: Castillo tossed two innings over two games, recording two outs while yielding one hit on Tuesday and getting hammered for three runs on three hits and two base-on-balls in 1 1/3 on Friday.
- Scott McGregor: McGregor scattered four hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings in his start on the first, allowing one run with one strikeout. He exited with his team up 2-1 in a game Lara eventually lost 8-2.

Bravos de Margarita -
Margarita won four and lost two for the period. A new name popped up on their roster, catcher Joshua Lopez. The 17-year-old catcher spent the summer season with the DSL Cardinals and has not yet made his Venezuelan League debut.
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia had a dreadful week, giving up runs in each of his three sightings. On Tuesday he entered the game with runners at first and second with one out and allowed two singles that saddled his predecessor with the loss. The righty's best outing came on Thursday when he served up a solo shot, the only hit yielded in two frames. Garcia was charged with three tallies on a hit and two free passes in 2/3 of an inning on Saturday. Two of the three runs crossed after he left the game.
- Joshua Lopez: did not play
- Breyvic Valera: Valera's hot bat got even hotter this week as the left fielder posted a line of .412/.476/.647/1.123, 7-for-17 in six games. The 21-year-old touched home seven times with two doubles, a triple and three walks. Valera drove in one, did not strike out and was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

Venezuelan Parallel League

Bravos –
The Bravos went 2-2 for the week.
- Ismael Brito: Brito's only game action was in Wednesday's 5-3 win. He pitched the sixth and seventh, giving up a run on three hits and a free pass while fanning two.
- Carlos Torres: Torres hit a brisk .500/.563/.571/.1.134 this week with seven hits in 14 at bats over four games. The left fielder doubled once, scored three runs while knocking in two. Torres worked two base-on-balls with no strikeouts and stole three bases.

Caracas –
Caracas had only three scheduled games this week and won one while dropping two.
- Leobaldo Pina: Pina's bat continued to earn him playing time with two starts in three games. The 19-year-old went 3-for-7 with a double, two runs scored and two knocked in to raise his overall numbers to .458/.500/.750/1.250 in 24 at bats and six games. He leads the league in slugging percentage and is second in batting average, minimum 20 at bats. Pina started at short and third, batting either seventh or eighth.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco, the starting catcher on Wednesday, went 0-for-3 with a walk and committed an error. His cumulative line is.125/.323/.292/.614 in 24 at bats over nine games. A minor bright spot in his offensive woes is his seven base-on-balls versus six strikeouts.

Caribes –
Caribes went 4-0 for the period.
- Ronnierd Garcia: Garcia continues to struggle at the plate, going 3-for-14 in four starts at third. Two of his three hits went for extra bases, a double and home run. Garcia worked two free passes while fanning twice and has an over line of .211/.292/.474/.766, 12-for-57 in 15 games.
- Jose Godoy: After getting one start in the Carbes' first 10 contests, the 19-year-old caught two of four games this week. Godoy went 4-for-10 with a double, two runs scored, one driven in and a stolen base.
- Cesar Valera: Valera played all four games, three as the starting shortstop. In the fourth contest he pinch ran for Ildemaro Vargas, taking over for the latter at short. The Carbines' number three hitter went 5-for-13 with a home run, two base-on-balls, crossed four times with two RBIs. His weekly stat line was .385/.500/.615/1.115 with three strikeouts.

La Guaira –
La Guaira won three and lost one.
- Anderson Gerdel: La Guaira won Gerdel's start on the 29th with the righty picking up his second win as a result. Gerdel shut out the opposition on four hits, a free pass and a hit batsman over five.
- Kender Villegas: did not pitch

Related article: Part one of this report covered Cardinals prospects' results the past week in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.



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