On the ledger, the 2014 Dominican Summer League Cardinals campaign was very rough. The rookie level club suffered through a 22-48 (.314) season, their worst record since the Cards joined the rookie-level league in 2008. They finished 28 ½ games out of first place.
However, that losing record did not stop the broader mission of player development, which continued at its usual pace. A number of young hitters and pitchers progressed during the summer. Several are now in the US at the organization’s instructional league program and the rest, plus some new recruits, will be playing in the Dominican version of fall camp.
In the following interview, exclusive for The Cardinal Nation members, Cardinals director of international operations Moises Rodriguez recaps the 2014 DSL season, looks at some of the standouts among pitchers and position players, shares how players are evaluated for readiness to come to the US, discusses an increased scouting focus in one international market and sets the schedule for the fall and winter, heading into 2015.
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