Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 3, Pt 2

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in Venezuela. Ismael Brito is racking up strikeouts in the Parallel League.

Venezuelan League

Caribes de Anzoategui –
Record for the Week: 5-2
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas' only appearance came in an 11-1 victory on Friday. He entered the game in the top of the eighth at second base and was hitless in his only at bat. Vargas remains 0-fer in 14 at bats spanning nine games.

Tigres de Aragua –
Record for the Week: 0-5, one postponement
- Jorge Rondon: Rondon's sole appearance on Wednesday was rather ugly. The right-hander entered the seventh with his team trailing 7-6, a runner on first and one away. Rondon promptly served up a long ball to the first batter faced, issued a free pass to the next batter, advanced him to second on a balk, then yields a run-scoring single. Things got even more interesting when that runner stole second and was wild pitched to third. Rondon finally notched the third out to end the action.

Cardenales de Lara –
Record for the Week: 2-2, two postponements
- Richard Castillo: Castillo officially became a minor league free agent so drops off the report.
- Scott McGregor: McGregor came out of the bullpen for the first time this week and it did not go well. The righty entered the second inning of the same game in which Ildemaro Vargas made an appearance but was on the other side of the drubbing by the Caribes. Lara was already down 3-0 when McGregor came to the mound and the Ohio native only poured gasoline on the fire. McGregor had runners at first and second with two outs and allowed a run-scoring single that made the score 4-0. He notched two line outs and a double play that erased a lead off single in the third but retired only one of six batters faced in the fourth. McGregor permitted five tallies on three doubles and two singles with the final runner crossing under his replacement's watch.

Bravos de Margarita -
Record for the Week: 2-4, one postponement
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia recorded two decisions this week, one up and the other down. The 22-year-old was Thursday's winning pitcher, tossing a scoreless seventh in which he worked around a two-out fielding error that allowed the runner to reach base. It was a different story on Sunday when Garcia was bitten by another error. The right-hander struck out the first two batters faced in the 11th but yielded a single to right but a throwing error by the Bravos' third baseman allowed the runner to reach second. A fly ball single to left saddled Garcia with his first loss.
- Joshua Lopez: did not play
- Breyvic Valera: Valera's bat went from the furnace to the ice box this week as the left fielder managed just five hits in 25 at bats, .200/.231/.200/.431, over six starts. He touched home twice with a stolen base and a strikeout.

Venezuelan Parallel League

Bravos –
Record for the Week: 4-1
- Ismael Brito: Control was an issue for Brito in two relief appearances this week. The right-hander allowed five walks in 3 2/3 frames to go with two hits but only one runner crossed on him. Brito struck out five for 11 K's and seven base-on-balls in 9 2/3 innings to date.
- Carlos Torres: Torres' offensive numbers went cold with only four hits in 17 at bats in four starts plus one pinch hit appearance. The left fielder doubled twice, walked once and stole one base.

Caracas –
Record for the Week: 4-0-1
- Leobaldo Pina: Pina appeared in two games, one as the starting shortstop. The 19-year-old singled once in four at bats, driving in one but committing two errors on the 6th. He singled and scored as a pinch hitter on the 5th.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco was a late-innings replacement twice, drawing a walk in his only plate appearance of the two games. He was the starting catcher on Monday, singling twice in five at bats.

Caribes –
Record for the Week: 1-3
- Ronnierd Garcia: Garcia started all four contests, two each at first and third. The 20-year-old had his best week at the plate so far, going 4-for-15 with a double, triple and two knocked in. Garcia walked once and stole his second base.
- Jose Godoy: Did not play
- Cesar Valera: Valera began the week by taking the field in the top of the first on Tuesday but never went to the plate in the bottom of the frame. Instead he was pinch hit for and did not return to the line-up until Friday, Caribes' last scheduled game to date. Valera was hitless in five at bats with an RBI.

La Guaira –
Record for the Week: 3-2
- Anderson Gerdel: Gerdel tossed four innings of relief on the 5th, yielding a solo shot that was one of four hits yielded by the right-hander. He fanned three and did not issue a free pass.
- 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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