Cardinals Winter League Notebook 4: Venezuela

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in Venezuela. Ronnierd Garcia hit a grand slam.

Venezuelan League

Stats through November 5th.

Bravos de Margarita –
Record for the Period: 3-3
Overall Record: 8-15
Standing: Sixth, 10 ½ back
- Ismael Brito (Johnson City): Brito compiled an 11.57 ERA/8.78 FIP and 2.57 WHIP in four appearances totaling four innings and has not been seen in a game since October 19th.

- Silfredo Garcia (Palm Beach): Like Brito, Garcia has been idle since the last report. To date, he has a 0.00 ERA/5.30 FIP and 1.20 WHIP in 6 2/3 frames over seven games. The opposition has five hits during that span for a .250 average against him, .250 BABIP.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
Record for the Period: 4-2
Overall Record: 18-4
Standing: First, 1 ½ up on Aguilas
- Cesar Valera (Palm Beach): Valera has been watching the game from the bench this week with no game action. After posting a line of .333/.333/.444/.778 in nine at bats over six games, he has sat in favor of Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia.

Leones del Caracas –
Record for the Period: 3-4
Overall Record: 11-13
Standing: Fourth, eight back
- Tommy Pham (Memphis): In what seems to be an unfortunate pattern this week, Pham also sat instead of played. He’s off to an ice-cold start, .143/.317/.265/.583, 7-for-49 in 14 games.

- Boone Whiting (Memphis): Whiting was ineffective in his Halloween start this week, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in three plus. He faced the minimum in the first, thanks to a double play that erased a lead-off single, but was not as fortunate the next inning. The first four batters reached as Whiting sandwiched a double between two free passes before giving up a bases-loaded single. A play at home nailed the trail runner, keeping the damage to one run. A one-two-three third ensued featuring two fly outs and the righty’s only strikeout but it all fell apart in the fourth when Whiting did not retire a single batter. A single-walk-double-throwing error sequence brought two across and left a runner at third who scored on a sac fly after Whiting’s departure. Overall, he has a 3.52 ERA/6.52 FIP with a 1.30 WHIP in five starts and 18 1/3 frames.

Tiburones de La Guaira –
Record for the Period: 0-6
Overall Record: 6-16
Standing: Eighth, 12 back
- Rafael Ortega (Memphis): There were two very brief Ortega sightings this week. On the 30th he pinch ran for former Redbird Jaime Romak in the ninth with his team up three, a game they went on to lose in 12, taking over in center. Ortega walked in his only plate appearance but was stranded. His time on the field was even briefer on Sunday when he took over in center in the top of the fourth and was pinch hit for in the bottom of the frame. Ortega’s line: .118/.167/.176/.343, 2-for-17 in 10 games.

Tigres de Aragua -
Record for the Period: 4-3
Overall Record: 13-7
Standing: Third, four back
- Jorge Rondon: Rondon was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies this week and, therefore, drops off the report.

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 November 5th.

Bravos -
Record for the Period: 0-5
Overall Record: 8-11-1
- Carlos Torres (Johnson City): Torres appeared in all five of the Bravos’ games this week. He struck out as a pinch hitter twice before going 1-for-7 with a run scored and two more strikeouts over two starts in right. Torres finished the week by taking over at second on the 5th, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. The 22-year-old is batting .214/.222/.286/.508 with a 290 BABIP in 42 at bats covering 16 games, 11 starts.

Caracas –
Record for the Period: 1-4
Overall Record: 11-9
- Jhohan Acevedo (State College): After beginning his winter season by going 10-for-30 in 11 games, seven starts, the 21-year-old was ice cold in four contests this week. Acevedo singled once in nine at bats with two base-on-balls and a strikeout. He started in center three times but was pinch hit for in the latter stage of his most recent start. Acevedo was inserted into center in Wednesday’s game in which he walked once. He has a cumulative line of .282/.333/.333/.667, 11-for-39 in 15 games, 10 starts, and has a .333 BABIP.

Caribes –
Record for the Period: 2-3
Overall Record: 8-9-1
- Ronnierd Garcia (Peoria): A big day at the plate pumped up Garcia’s numbers, giving the 21-year-old a line of .318/.318/.455/.773 in 22 at bats. He went back to his more typical 1-for-whatever performance the rest of the period but did have a grand slam as one of those hits. Garcia continues to split time fairly evenly between the corner infield positions and has been dropping in the batting order from fourth/fifth to seventh.

- Jose Godoy (Johnson City): Godoy made one start and subbed into another game this week, singling once in five at bats. He was the starting catcher on the 4th, batting sixth and came in to play first the next day. Godoy is batting .235/.458/.412/.870, 4-for-17 in eight games, five starts.

La Guaira –
Record for the Period: 5-0
Overall Record: 12-7-1
- Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City): Gerdel’s three starts have immediately followed Villegas in the rotation but that was broken up this week as the right-hander did not pitch on November 5th. Gerdel has tossed 12 frames, surrendering a tally on seven hits and has not walked a batter.

- Kender Villegas (Johnson City): Villegas notched one of La Guaira’s five wins, tossing five innings on November 4th. The righty yielded two runs, one earned, on seven hits but continues his season-long streak of not issuing a free pass. Villegas struck out two. He has a cumulative 1.57 ERA/2.11 FIP with a 0.96 WHIP and .304 BABP in 23 innings over six games, five starts. Villegas has fanned 19 and batters are hitting .247 against him.

Zulia –
Record for the Period: 2-3
Overall Record: 9-11
- Jose Gomez (Johnson City): Gomez did not play this week so his only appearance came in a relief appearance on the mound on October 17th.

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