Cards Winter League Notebook: VPL Weeks 2-3

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Venezuelan Parallel League. State College outfielder Jhohan Acevedo is off to a good start.

Venezuelan Parallel League

The developmental arm of the Venezuelan League is the Venezuelan Parallel League or VPL. The 16-team league breaks down into two divisions and the regular season runs from mid-October through mid-December.

Stats through October 29th.

Bravos -
Overall Record: 8-6-1
- Carlos Torres (Johnson City): The 22-year-old was idle in the very early going and did not play until the Bravos’ fourth game of the season on October 14th. Torres has been a fixture in the line-up since that time, seeing action in 11 of the next 12 games with nine starts. He has played all three outfield positions, switching mid-game four times. Left field has been where he has spent most of his time. Torres has gone 8-for-31 with three doubles, three runs scored and four driven in, mainly batting sixth, and has a line of .258/.273/.355/.628 with eight strikeouts and one stolen base.

Caracas –
Overall Record: 10-5
- Jhohan Acevedo (State College): Acevedo is off to an excellent start for Caracas, batting .333/.363/.400/.763, 10-for-30 in 11 games, seven starts. The 21-year-old’s starts have all been in center where he has committed one error so far. Acevedo has two doubles, two walks, four RBI, seven strikeouts and is 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

Caribes –
Overall Record: 6-6-1
- Ronnierd Garcia (Peoria): Garcia has failed to capitalize on the playing time he has been given despite being in the starting line-up 10 times in Caribes’ initial 13 games. He is hitting a paltry .179/.267/.205/.472, 7-for-39, with a double, four walks and eight strikeouts. Garcia has been charged with six errors while playing mainly first and third although he started in left once.

- Jose Godoy (Johnson City): Godoy has received limited playing time, appearing in six games, four of them as the starting catcher. He did not see any action until almost a week into the season when he subbed into the game at catcher. Godoy’s other late-innings’ appearance came at first. Just turned 21, Godoy has a line of .250/.526/.500/1.026, 3-for-12, with a home run and three driven in. He has been issued seven free passes to just four strikeouts and has been charged with one error.

La Guaira –
Overall Record: 7-7-1
- Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City): Gerdel makes his first appearance in this report having made three starts for La Guaira, all immediately following Villegas in the rotation. The righty has been impressive in the early going, giving up just seven hits in 12 innings while not walking a batter. Opponents are hitting just .163 off him, .194 BABIP, resulting in one run during that span. Gerdel has a 0.75 ERA/2.28 FIP with a 0.58 WHIP with seven strikeouts.

- Kender Villegas (Johnson City): Villegas has been outstanding in five games, four starts, totaling 18 innings. The 21-year-old has fanned 17 while matching Gerdel’s zero free passes issued. All four unearned tallies Villegas has given up came in his first start where he took his only loss to date. The right-hander faced minimum in one-inning relief appearance on the 24th and received his first win on the 28th when he shut down opposition on three hits through five. Overall, Villegas has allowed 15 hits, including one long ball, resulting in three earned runs for a 1.50 ERA/2.03 FIP and 0.83 WHIP. He is holding opponents to a .221 batting average, .280 BABIP.

Zulia –
Overall Record: 7-8
- Jose Gomez (Johnson City): In an interesting development, it appears that catcher Jose Gomez may be in the process of becoming pitcher Jose Gomez. The only glimpse of the 22-year-old to date was on October 17th when he pitched the seventh inning of 7-3 loss. Gomez retired the first batter but then yielded two runs, one earned, on two singles and a walk.

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