Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 8, Pt 2

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in Venezuela. Breyvic Valera was honored for his results.

This report includes results through December 30th.

Venezuelan League

The league finished up its regular season on December 30th with the top five teams moving on to the Round Robin tournament running from January 2nd through January 21st. The league final follows on January 22nd. Caribes moved on while both Aragua and Margarite were amongst the bottom three squads whose seasons are over. None of St. Louis' prospects were chosen by qualifying teams in the Round Robin draft. Accordingly, the next notebook will include a review of the season.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
Record for the Period: 5-3
Regular Season Record: 39-24
Standings: First, five games up
- Jose Godoy: Although he was placed on the Carbies' active roster on December 4th, Godoy has yet to see any subsequent action.
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas resurfaced for the first time in almost a month on the 27th. The 22-year-old was aboard in the ninth when a teammate launched a bomb that gave the Caribes a 6-5 walk-off victory. Vargas started at short on Sunday, going hitless in four at bats. That performance kept his season-long streak alive, 0-for-23 in 18 games with four base-on-balls, three strikeouts, three runs scored and two driven in.

Tigres de Aragua –
Record for the Period: 2-6
Regular Season Record: 29-34
Standings: Sixth, 10 games out of first and three out of postseason qualification
- Jorge Rondon: The Calabozo native saw a lot of action, appearing in five of the Tigres' last eight games, but failed to execute in situations involving inherited runners. Rondon was thrown into the fire on the 19th when he inherited a bases-loaded, none out mess in the eighth. A sac fly and balk plated two runners although the righty faced the minimum that inning. The right-hander saw action the next day, working around an error and walk to keep the game tied. On the 22nd Rondon entered the fifth inning with one out, a runner at second and his team behind 5-1. A ground out to right advanced the runner to third before a single made the score 6-1. An infield single put two on but the 25-year-old induced a 6-1 ground out to finish the frame. Rondon fanned the side swinging in the sixth. His next appearance was on the 27th when he struck out the first two batters in the sixth but exited after giving up a single, steal and base-on-balls. Rondon took the loss in his final regular season appearance on Saturday, giving up a double and single in his second inning of work. For the period he tossed 6 1/3, yielding one run on six hits and two walks but allowed three of four inherited runners to cross for a 1.42 ERA, 1.94 FIP, 1.26 WHIP and .353 BABIP. Rondon struck out seven.

Bravos de Margarita -
Record for the Period: 1-6
Regular Season Record: 23-40
Standings: Eighth (last), 16 games back
- Ismael Brito: Brito made three appearances, with less than stellar results. Oon the 19th he put the first two batters on via a single and free pass and departed after getting a force at third. Both runners eventually crossed. The 20-year-old was totally ineffective on the 21st, issuing two walks, two wild pitches and a run-scoring single that left him with the loss after he retired the final two batters the previous frame. Brito finished the season on the 28th by coaxing a pop out in foul ground, thus working around a single and free pass he gave up after entering with a runner at first.
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia's final two appearances of the season were 10 days apart. On the 19th he entered with runners at the corners, none out and fanned the first batter swinging. The next at bat saw a run score when the shortstop bobbled the ball on the front end of an attempted 4-6-3 double play. Garcia limited the damage by inducing a 6-4-3 double play. The righty turned the Bravos' sole win of the period into a save situation on Sunday. Garcia allowed three runs, two earned, on a double, walk and two singles in just one-third of an inning. The unearned tally scored after his departure.
- Joshua Lopez: did not play
- Breyvic Valera: The Bravos' 2013 Rookie of the Year ended the season in a slump, going 4-for-17 with a run scored and four RBIs, .235/.235/.235/.471. Valera did record an outfield assist on the 21st via a throw to home from left field. He appeared in all seven games with four starts. Two of his three substitutions were in the second game of double headers after he started game one.

Venezuelan Parallel League

The semi-finals saw Caracas sweep Toronto while Detroit downed La Guaira, two games to none. That pattern continued in the final round as Caracas swept the best-of-three. A regular season retrospective for each of St. Louis' minor leaguers will appear in the next notebook.

Caracas –
Semi-Final Series Results: Defeated Toronto 2-0; 5-4 and 4-3
Final Series Results: Won series 2-0; 7-0 and 12-4
- Leobaldo Pina: Pina did not play
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco did not play

La Guaira –
Semi-Final Series Results: Lost to Detroit 0-2; 3-4, 3-4
- Anderson Gerdel: La Guaira's battle for a play-off slot went to the final game: Win and advance or lose and go home. With the game knotted at zeros they were forced to use Gerdel for the final four frames of the regular season finale. Gerdel notched the win, as reported in the prior notebook, but was not available for the semi-finals.
- 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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