Cardinals Winter League Notebook 6: Venezuela

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Venezuelan Winter League. Newcomer Miguel Socolovich is pitching well.

Venezuelan League

Stats through November 19th.

Bravos de Margarita –
Record for the Period: 1-4
Overall Record: 11-23
Standing: Eighth, 14 back
The Bravos’ dismal performance continued this week, dropping them into last in the league and none of it can be attributed to either Ismael Brito or Silfredo Garcia, neither of whom apparently are active.

- Ismael Brito (Johnson City): Brito has not appeared in a game since October 19th. He has compiled an 11.57 ERA/8.78 FIP and 2.57 WHIP in four appearances totaling 2 1/3 innings. Look for his more recent stats in our upcoming report covering the Parallel League.

- Silfredo Garcia (Palm Beach): Garcia has not pitched since October 26th. 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: 3-3
Overall Record: 21-7
Standing: Second, one game behind Aguilas
Caribes’ second straight week of .500 ball resulted in a loss of their position atop the leader board.

- Cesar Valera (Palm Beach): After pinch running and taking over at second in the late innings of November 13th’s 7-4 loss, Valera spent the rest of the week watching from the bench. The shortstop has a line of .250/.308/.333/.641, 3-for-12 in nine games, three starts. Valera has walked once with five strikeouts.

Leones del Caracas –
Record for the Period: 3-3
Overall Record: 16-20
Standing: Fifth, nine back
Caracas remained in fifth this week but dropped a game further off the pace set by Aguilas.

- Tommy Pham (Memphis): Pham is apparently done for the winter, last appearing on October 26th. His results in 14 games: .143/.317/.265/.583, 7-for-49.

- Miguel Socolovich (Memphis): Socolovich relieved three times his week, pitching three frames in all. The righty entered the seventh on the 14th having witnessed his predecessor’s blown save served up on a three-run bomb. Socolovich retired all five batters faced. On Tuesday, he tossed a one-two-three eighth to keep his squad’s deficit to a single tally, a game eventually won in extras. The next day, Socolovich faced his first inherited runner scenario and came through, inducing a 5-3 ground out to end the ninth. He picked up his first win when the Leones rallied for three in the bottom of the frame.

- Boone Whiting (Memphis): Sunday was what appears to be Whiting’s last start for Caracas and it was not pretty. The right-hander did not finish the fourth, giving up five runs on six hits, including two home runs, and two walks, dropping his record to 0-4. He appears to have been given his walking papers on Wednesday and is no longer listed on the team’s active roster.

In eight starts covering 30 innings, Whiting surrendered 20 runs, 18 earned, on 29 hits and more free passes (22) than strikeouts (21). He compiled a 5.40 ERA, 5.40 FIP, 1.70 WHIP and .289 BABIP. Control was his big bugaboo as Whiting gave up less than a hit an inning, opposing batters hitting .257 against him.

Tiburones de La Guaira –
Record for the Period: 3-3
Overall Record: 11-22
Standing: Seventh, 13 ½ back
La Guaira moved from last to seventh, going past Margarita, but dropped a game further back.

- Rafael Ortega (Memphis): Ortega singled once in three at bats in his only start this week but appeared as a late-innings defensive replacement in all three of his team’s victories. Overall, the centerfielder has posted a line of .167/.231/.208/.439, 4-for-24 in 16 games, seven starts.

Coming up next

Saturday’s report will include results from Cardinals prospects competing in the Venezuelan Parallel League.

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