Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 5, Pt 2

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in Venezuela. Outfielder Carlos Torres is hitting well in the Parallel League.

Venezuelan League

Caribes de Anzoategui –
Record for the Week: 3-2
- Ildemaro Vargas: Saturday saw Vargas' only action when he pinch ran after a lead-off double in the 11th. Vargas was eventually forced at home then took over at second in a game the Caribes won in 13. He remains hitless in 14 at bats over 12 games.

Tigres de Aragua –
Record for the Week: 4-3
- Jorge Rondon: Rondon compiled his best week to date, hurling 5 2/3 frames of scoreless ball and leaving five inherited runners on. In three appearances the 25-year-old matched the total innings he pitched in the prior nine games. He retired all four batters faced on the 20th, stranding one inherited runner. On Friday Rondon came into the seventh with the bases loaded, one out and his squad clinging to a 5-4 lead. The right-hander induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat, tossing a scoreless eighth while issuing a two-out free pass. In game one of Sunday's double-header, Rondon tossed 2 2/3 innings, yielding a hit and base-on-balls while leaving an inherited runner at second to keep the game tied at one all. To date, he has allowed 11 hits and five walks in 11 1/3 innings while fanning nine for a 1.41 WHIP. Rondon has a 4.77 ERA, 4.08 FIP and .294 BABIP.

Cardenales de Lara –
Record for the Week: 5-1
- Scott McGregor: Lara overcame McGregor's shaky start on the 19th to win 5-4. The right-hander yielded all of the opposition's tallies on seven hits, including a three-run bomb, and two base-on-balls through five. McGregor struck out five. The Ohio native has a 5.55 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 1.56 WHIP and .365 BABIP.

Bravos de Margarita -
Record for the Week: 1-5
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia' two outings produced very different results. On Thursday he faced the minimum in a clean, coaxing three ground outs. Sunday's appearance saw him not retire any of the four batters faced, permitting two walks and two singles that generated four runs, three earned. Three of the four tallies crossed after Garcia's exit. The righty has yielded 14 hits, five free passes, 14 runs, 11 earned, in 11 2/3 for a 1.63 WHIP, 8.48 ERA, 6.20 FIP and .306 BABIP.
- Joshua Lopez: did not play
- Breyvic Valera: Valera continues to struggle at the plate, going 5-for-21 in six games, five starts, with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Three of the outfielder's five hits went for extra bases: two doubles and a triple. The 21-year-old played all three outfield positions, batting mainly seventh or eighth.

Venezuelan Parallel League

Bravos –
Record for the Week: 2-3
- Ismael Brito: Brito pitched himself into and out of trouble in his only appearance this week. The lefty opened the seventh on Thursday by permitting back-to-back singles, then recorded two outs via a swinging K by his opponent's number eight batter and fly out. Brito issued a free pass that jammed the sacks full before notching another swinging strikeout to end the frame. So far the 20-year-old has walked 12 in 12 2/3 with 14 strikeouts and 12 hits for a 1.2:1 K/BB ratio and 1.89 WHIP.
- Carlos Torres: Torres had another solid week at the plate, going 5-for-17 with a base-on-balls, double and triple for a line of .294/.350/.471/.821. He touched home once with three RBI, including a sac fly, in five games, four starts, mainly playing in right. The 21-year-old swiped his eighth bag in eight attempts and struck out twice. Overall, Torres is batting .330/.386/.456/.842 with a .370 BABIP.

Caracas –
Record for the Week: 3-2
- Leobaldo Pina: Pina singled once in four at bats in his only start, a 3-2 loss on Tuesday. The shortstop has played in 12 of Caracas' 28 games, 10 starts, playing either short or third. To date, Pina is 15-for-42 with three walks, three doubles and two triples, .357/.391/.524/.915 with a .385 BABIP.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco's playing time continues to be very limited with only 30 at bats over 14 games so far, including eight starts. This week he took over at first in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 11-1 victory. Velazco grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in his only at bat.

Caribes –
Record for the Week: 4-1
- Ronnierd Garcia: The Caribes' starting third baseman went 4-for-19 with a base-on-balls, double and seven strikeouts, .211/.250/.263/.513. Overall, his line is .223/.299/.420/.719, 25-for-112 with a .262 BABIP in 30 games with 14 errors.
- Jose Godoy: This past week Godoy received the most playing time to date as the starting catcher in four of five games, although his time behind the plate on Friday was brief. He took only one at bat that game and was replaced at catcher with one out in the bottom of the second after the opposition scored a run via a wild pitch. Godoy was also replaced behind the plate in the sixth inning of another contest. Otherwise, the 19-year-old singled and doubled in eight at bats, scored twice and knocked in six. Godoy drew his third base-on-balls of the season against no strikeouts. His VPL line: .381/.440/.476/.916, 8-for-21 in nine games, with two doubles, four runs scored, seven RBIs and a .364 BABIP.
- Cesar Valera: Valera saw time in five games, four of them as the starting shortstop. He went 3-for-16 with a triple, a walk, touched home four times and drove in three. Valera fanned twice and was plunked three times. He has a .253/.355/.405/.760 line in 79 at bats over 23 games, 20 starts, with a .265 BABIP.

La Guaira –
Record for the Week: 3-2
- Anderson Gerdel: Gerdel picked up his second vulture win in as many weeks on the 20th, tossing three shut out frames. The righty scattered four hits while striking out one. Overall, Gerdel has given up 16 hits and two walks in 18 2/3, resulting in five runs, four earned. He has a 1.66 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, .254 BABIP and is holding his opponents to a .241 batting average.
- 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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