Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 8, Pt 1

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. Anthony Garcia is swinging a hot bat in Puerto Rico.

The report includes results through December 30th.

Dominican (Winter) League

The Dominican League's regular winter schedule wrapped up on December 22nd with the top four teams (Aguilas, Gigantes, Escogido and Licey) advancing to the Round Robin postseason. The postseason kicked off on December 27th and runs through January 17, 2014.

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Record for the final week of the regular season: 4-1
Round Robin record: 2-2
- Jose Almarante: Almarante did not pitch in Agulias' last five contests of the regular season and is not on the postseason roster.
- Angel Castro: Castro did not make a regular season start after his signing with St. Louis was announced on December 12th. The right-hander started Aguilas' fourth round-robin contest on the 30th, taking a no decision. Castro gave up a single in the top of the first but recorded two fly outs plus a foul pop out that ended the frame. A pair of two-out free passes came around to score in the second after the opposition's number nine batter lined a single up the middle. Castro retired the next three batters before yielding a third-inning solo shot. He finished with a ground out, 4-6-3 double play that wiped out a single and called strikeout. Castro departed with the Cibaenas down 3-0 after four but escaped a loss when they exploded for 14 tallies.
- Jermaine Curtis: Curtis' offense went into the tank as the regular season wound down, as he had only two hits in 14 at bats over four games, three starts. One of his hits was a pinch hit single on the 18th that triggered a four-run eighth and rallied his squad to a 7-4 victory over Licey. Curtis started in left on Saturday, singling one in five at bats and worked a base-on-balls as a pinch hitter in the ninth on Sunday.
- Carlos Martinez: Martinez' strong start on the 20th, his second for the Cibaenas, saw him fan seven in 4 1/3, yielding one hit and an unearned run on second baseman Jermaine Curtis' errant throw. The righty recorded four ground outs versus two fly outs. His first postseason start, however, yielded very different results. Martinez was knocked around for five tallies, three earned, on five hits and a hit batsman in just 1 1/3 on Saturday. He struck out one with four ground outs.
- Audry Perez: Perez started twice in the last five regular season games, catching once and acting as the designated hitter the other time. He went 4-for-7 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to raise his final regular season numbers to .341/.372/.512/.884, 14-for-41 in 13 games. Perez earned a slot on the postseason roster and drove in his team's only run as the starting catcher on the 28th.

Gigantes de Cibao -
Record for the Final Week of the Regular Season: 1-3
- Ronny Gil: Gil did not appear in a game after November 30th and is not on the Gigantes' round robin roster.

Nicaraguan League

Indios del Boer –
Record for the Period: 4-4
- Jhonny Polanco: Polanco has not appeared since December 15th. Overall, he has tossed 11 2/3 frames in 14 games, allowing 12 hits and 10 walks that produced eight runs, five earns. He has a 3.86 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 1.89 WHIP and .571 BABIP.

Puerto Rico League

Criollos de Caguas –
Record for the Period: 6-2
- Luis Mateo: Mateo's offensive woes continue with only five hits in his last 22 at bats over six starts. The shortstop's best day at the plate was on the 30th when he went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI is Caguas' 5-3 win. Overall, Mateo's line falls to .230/.305/.283/.588, 26-for-113 in 37 games with four doubles, a triple, 12 walks and 21 strikeouts with a .277 BABIP.
- Iden Nazario: remains on Caguas' reserve list

Gigantes de Carolina –
Record for the Week: 4-6
- Juan Caballero: Caballero's most recent sighting on the 26th was again in a non-pressure situation. The righty began the eighth with his team trailing 8-1 and retired three of four batters faced on a fly out, swinging K, single to right and ground out. It was his second scoreless appearance in four games to date. Caballero has tossed 5 1/3 frames in all, allowing four runs on seven hits, including two home runs, and four free passes while fanning seven. He has a 6.75 ERA, 7.70 FIP and .556 BABIP.
- Anthony Garcia: Carolina's clean-up hitter continues to produce at the plate to the tune of .333/.417/.533/.950 in his last nine games. Six of Garcia's 10 hits were doubles and the right fielder drew five free passes while fanning six times. Garcia touched home five times and knocked in four. To date, the Puerto Rican native, who turns 22 on January 4th, has a mark of .305/.376/.504/.880, 40-for-131 in 38 games with 11 doubles, five long balls, 12 walks, 20 runs scored and 26 driven in. Garcia has 28 strikeouts and a .350 BABIP.

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
Record for the Period: 4-5
- Jonathan Rodriguez: Rodriguez started all nine games, splitting his time in the field between first and right. He went 5-for-35 with a double, home run and nine strikeouts, .143/.143/.257/.400. That drops his cumulative line to .194/.262/.333/.595, 18-for-93 in 28 games.

Coming next: On Thursday, look for part 2 of this report, covering Cardinals prospects' results from the last week in the two Venezuelan winter leagues.

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