Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 6, Pt 2

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in Venezuela. Lefty Ismael Brito has moved up from the Parallel League.

Venezuelan League

Caribes de Anzoategui –
Record for the Week: 6-3, one postponement
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas was the starting shortstop on the 29th and 30th and was a substitution at short on the 28th. He is still looking for his first hit, going 0-for-19 in 16 games, with four base-on-balls, two runs scored, two strikeouts and two errors.

Tigres de Aragua –
Record for the Week: 5-4, one postponed
- Jorge Rondon: On the 27th Rondon came into the eighth with his squad up 7-3 and made things interesting by yielding up three runs on two hits and a free pass in just a third of a frame. Two of the three tallies charged to the righty crossed after his departure. He rebounded the next day, tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball and stranding two runners in the process. Rondon was removed in the eighth inning of the 30th's contest after he sandwiched a ground out around two walks. The 25-year-old finished the period with a two-inning stint on the 7th in which he stranded one inherited runner and permitted a run on two hits and a free pass. Overall, Rondon has walked and fanned nine each in 15 1/3 frames with 10 runs allowed on 16 hits for a 5.87 ERA, 4.64 FIP, 1.63 WHIP and .313 BABIP.

Cardenales de Lara –
Scott McGregor: McGregor finished his contractual obligations to Lara and headed back to the United States after his November 19th start. The right-hander's final line: 1-1, 5.55 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 6 G, 5 GS, 24.1 IP, 32 H, 15 R, 15 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB (2 IBB), 12 SO, 1.56 WHIP, .365 BABIP, .327 BAA.

Bravos de Margarita –
Record for the Week: 1-8, one postponed
- Ismael Brito: Brito joined the Bravos' main club from the Venezuelan Parallel League, appearing in three games, beginning on November 28th. He got his feet wet by recording a foul out and fly out to left to strand an inherited runner on first. The lefty escaped a self-induced jam on the 1st after allowing a single and walk to the first two batters faced. Brito notched a 6-4 force, pop out to second then watched as the final batter's single hit the first base runner as he tried to take second which resulted in the inning's final out. On Friday the 20-year-old worked around a lead-off free pass on a pop out to second and 6-4-3 double play.
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia did not allow an earned run in three relief opportunities encompassing three innings but his peripherals were not nearly as good. On the 28th he tossed a clean sixth, working around a one-out walk and single, to keep Margarita trailing by a single tally in an eventual 8-4 loss. The next time out Garcia relieved the Bravos' starter with the sacks jammed, a run already across and his team up 5-2. The righty retired the opposition's clean-up batter swinging for the inning's final out. Garcia erased a one-out single in the sixth by inducing a 6-4-3 double play. His weakest appearance came on the 5th when he took the ball with runners at first and second and none out in the sixth. A single and two-base fielding error allowed both to cross and the batter to reach third. Another single resulted in the unearned score. For the two-week period Garcia yielded four hits and a base-on-balls in three innings while fanning three. Overall, the 22-year-old has tossed 14 2/3 frames in 18 games with 18 hits, six walks, 14 strikeouts, 16 runs, 11 earned runs for a 6.75 ERA, 5.38 FIP, 1.64 WHIP and .333 BABIP.
- Joshua Lopez: did not play
- Breyvic Valera: Valera had his best week at the plate since October and still did not generate a plus .630 OPS. He went 10-for-38 with a double, triple and free pass .263/.282/.342/.624, while touching home three times and driving in three. Valera went 2-for-3 in stolen base attempts and committed his second error of the season. The 21-year-old started all nine games, five in center and four in left and began the period at the top of the order but ended it at the bottom. Valera's cumulative line is .275/.326/.369/.694, 44-for-160 in 46 games with five doubles, five triples, 12 base-on-balls, 16 strikeouts and a .301 BABIP.

Venezuelan Parallel League

Bravos –
Record for the Week: 7-3-1
- Ismael Brito: Pitched exclusively in the Venezuelan League the entire period.
- Carlos Torres: Torres received 10 starts in either center or right and typically batted third. His bat cooled off to the tune of .250/.341/.333/.675, 9-for-36 with a double, triple and five walks against seven strikeouts. Torres scored five times and knocked in five to go with four stolen bases. His overall line now stands at .309/.374/.424/.799, 43-for-139 in 42 games with 10 doubles, three triples, 12 free passes and 19 strikeouts with a .355 BABIP.

Caracas –
Record for the Week: 7-3
- Leobaldo Pina: Pina continues to average about two starts a week and saw time in five games over the last two weeks, four as the starting shortstop. The 19-year-old went 4-for-15 with a walk and three strikeouts, .267/.294/.267/.561, his best average in a month. He scored twice and knocked in three, one of them via a sac fly. To date Pina has gone 19-for-57 in 17 games, 14 starts, .333/.365/.456/.821 with a .365 BABIP.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout in his only game, a start at catcher. Overall, he has posted a mark of .152/.333/.273/.606, 5-for-33 in 15 games, nine starts, with a double, nine walks and eight strikeouts with a .167 BABIP.

Caribes –
Record for the Week: 4-5
- Ronnierd Garcia: Garcia lost his starting job at third during this period with only two appearances, one start, in the last nine games. His struggles at the plate continue as he has compiled a line of .217/.298/.409/.706, 25-for-115, with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 12 walks, 27 strikeouts, 15 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Garcia has committed 14 errors and has a .253 BABIP.
- Jose Godoy: Godoy made seven starts, five at catcher and two as the designated hitter, in the first seven games of the reporting period. He made the most of his opportunity by going .318/.385/.455/.839, 7-for-22, with three doubles, three base-on-balls, one strikeout, six runs scored and 10 RBI. The 19-year-old had a sac fly and committed his first error. Overall, Godoy has batted .349/.412/.465/.877, 15-for-43 in 16 games with five doubles, six walks and one strikeout in 52 plate appearances. Godoy was re-added to the Caribes' Venezuelan League active roster on December 4th but has not appeared in a game subsequently.
- Cesar Valera: Valera was hot at the plate in his eight starts, seven at short and one at DH, going .333/.432/.567/.999, 10-for-30, with two doubles, a triple and a three-run bomb, two free passes and four strikeouts. The 21-year-old swiped two bags, was plunked four times, touched home eight times with seven RBIs and committed two errors. He has a cumulative line of .275/.377/.450/.826, 30-for-109 in 31 games, 28 starts, with four doubles, three triples, three home runs, 24 runs scored and 21 driven in. He has a .287 BABIP.

La Guaira –
Record for the Week: 7-4
- Anderson Gerdel: Gerdel pitched twice over the past two weeks, once in relief. On the 28th he was credited with his first save, tossing two scoreless frames of one-hit ball. He was not as effective in his December 6th start, yielding two runs on four hits and two base-on-balls in three innings while fanning four. The right-hander has appeared in nine contests in all, three of them starts, tossing 26 2/3 frames and allowing seven runs, six earned, on 25 hits and four walks with 15 strikeouts. Gerdel has a 2.02 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 1.09 WHIP and .274 BABIP.
- 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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