Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 3, Pt 1

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. Luis Mateo is hot in Puerto Rico.

Dominican (Winter) League

The big news on the Dominican front came from an interview Carlos Martinez gave a local newspaper that was published on November 8th. The article advised that St. Louis gave Martinez permission to make a maximum of 20 appearances for Aguilas. The right-hander was quoted as saying that he plans to take a bit of time off, see how he recovers with the idea of ramping back up in December and playing for the Cibaenas. However, this has yet to be confirmed by the Cardinals organization.

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Aguilas posted its first losing week by going 2-5.
- Jermaine Curtis: Curtis started four games: two at second and one each in right and left, but only played one complete game. The California native continues to struggle at the plate, singling once in eight at bats with a run scored, two walks and one strikeout. Overall, Curtis' line is .238/.333/.286/.610, 5-for-21 in nine games with a double, three base-on-balls, six strikeouts, two runs scored and two knocked in.
- Audry Perez: After not playing at all last week, Perez started both of his team's wins this week and appeared in another game as well. He was the starting catcher on Thursday, singling and doubling once in three at bats with a walk while touching home twice. Perez was replaced by a pinch runner after working a free pass to open the eighth. He garnered one of his team's six hits on Saturday, drawing a base-on-balls out of the eight spot. On Sunday he pinch hit in the eighth and took over at catcher. Perez sports a healthy .444/.500/.778/1.278 line, 8-for-18 in six games, with three doubles, a home run, four runs scored and three RBIs. He has walked twice and has yet to strike out.

Gigantes de Cibao –
Cibao played .500 ball for the second straight week, winning three and dropping three.
- Ronny Gil: Gil started at second once and twice pinch ran before taking over in center. All five of his at bats for the period came in his start on the 4th, a contest in which he singled and touched home once. Gil has four hits in 14 at bats covering 10 games, .286/.333/.286/.619 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Leones de Escogido –
Escogido won three and lost two for the period.
- Starlin Rodriguez: is not currently listed on Escogido's roster

Tigres de Licey –
Licey has a record of 5-1
- Willy Paulino: is not currently listed on the Tigres' roster.

Nicaraguan League

Note: Complete game details are difficult to decipher from Nicaraguan box scores because: 1) They are not laid out the same manner as traditional box scores and 2) The abbreviations are in Spanish.

Indios del Boer –
Boer went 2-2 this week with Polanco taking one of those losses.
- Jhonny Polanco: The 21-year-old made two relief appearances, one on the 5th and the other in a losing decision on the 9th. He was the Indios' final pitcher on Tuesday, yielding a hit that apparently allowed an inherited runner to score. The righty was the second reliever to pitch in the eighth on Saturday, an inning that began with Boer up 6-3. Polanco and teammate Elvin Garcia combined to give up five runs, four earned with Polanco personally responsible for three runs, two earned and was charged with the loss. Polanco went on to toss a scoreless ninth, yielding three hits and a base-on-balls in two innings. To date he has allowed seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 for a 2.08 WHIP.

Puerto Rico League

Criollos de Caguas –
The Criollos went 3-2 this week. Their contest on the 7th was postponed due to rain and was re-scheduled for a Sunday double-header which was also rained out.
- Luis Mateo: Mateo hit for high average this week, batting .353, 6-for-17, with a walk, run scored and an RBI. The 23-year-old swiped one bag, fanned once and committed a fielding error, starting at short in all five contests. The shortstop took part in five double plays as well.
- Iden Nazario: remains on Caguas' reserve list

Gigantes de Carolina –
Carolina won two and lost one with one postponed.
- Juan Caballero: did not play
- Anthony Garcia: Garcia has yet to take the field for the Gigantes, acting as their designated hitter twice, batting seventh. His three-run blast was the difference in a 5-3 win on Thursday, a game in which he went 2-for-3. Garcia was also the second out of a sacrifice double play, being nailed at first after a sac fly to right. The 21-year-old went 0-for-2 in game one of Sunday's double-header.
- Ruben Gotay: Gotay became a minor league free agent this week so drops off the report.

Indios de Mayaguez –
Mayaguez went 2-1 with three postponements for the period. Former St. Louis farmhand Tyler Herron picked up two saves for the Indios.
- Hector Hernandez: did not play

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
The Cangrejeros went 2-3 with one postponed.
- Jonathan Rodriguez: Rodriguez was unsuccessful in two pinch hitting appearances before making his first start on Thursday. He was hitless in three at bats, playing third and batting seventh.

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

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