Cards Winter League Notebook 6: Liga Paralela

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Venezuelan Parallel League. Jose Godoy batted .412 this week.

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 20th.

Bravos -
Record for the Period: 5-1
Overall Record: 14-16-1
- Ismael Brito (Johnson City): Brito has surfaced in the Venezuelan Parallel League although he has not been very impressive. So far he has tossed two frames in three appearances, giving up four hits and two walks. That resulted in three runs, all earned. Brito has fanned three. He has a 13.50 ERA, 3.20 FIP and 3.00 WHIP.

- Carlos Torres (Johnson City): Torres had his best week at the plate so far, going 2-for-7 in three games, two starts, one in center and once in right with the third game featuring a pinch hit appearance. He smashed his first home run of the season, touched home twice and knocked in three. That boosts his overall numbers to .211/.217/.316/.532, 12-for-57 in 22 games, 15 starts. The outfielder has three doubles, the aforementioned long ball and 17 strikeouts with nary a walk in sight.

- Breyvic Valera (Springfield): Fresh off his impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League, Valera plunged right into the VPL season, debuting on the 19th with a 1-for-4 effort. The following day the second baseman went 3-for-4, giving him four hits in eight at bats with four runs scored and an RBI. Valera has a single, double, triple and home run in that two-day span.

Caracas –
Record for the Period: 5-0-1
Overall Record: 17-12-2
- Jhohan Acevedo (State College): Acevedo started in five of Caracas’ six games, a season-high for him and garnered at least one hit in four those starts. Batting mainly fifth or sixth, the outfielder went 5-for-19 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Acevedo’s three base-on-balls was one more than his strikeouts for the week. Defensively, Acevedo played left four times and right once which bring his season totals to nine starts in center, five in left and two in right. Overall, he has a line of .347/.393/.413/.806, 26-for-75 in 24 games, 19 starts, with a .413 BABIP. Acevedo has committed two errors.

Caribes –
Record for the Period: 1-5
Overall Record: 9-21-1
- Ronnierd Garcia (Peoria): Garcia came off the bench twice in his three appearances this week, entering the game at third both times and going 1-for-3 with a home run, free pass, three runs scored and three knocked in. He was rewarded with a start at third on Thursday where he was hitless in three at bats, walking once. That gives him a cumulative stat line of .222/.288/.319/.607, 16-for-72 in 21 games, 18 starts.

- Jose Godoy (Johnson City): Godoy was an offensive weapon this week, compiling a line of .417/.462/.500/.962, 5-for-12 in three starts. He doubled once, drew 1 free pass, fanned twice, scored two runs and drove in four, batting third or fourth. Two of his three starts were at catcher with the other as the designated hitter. Godoy’s walks versus strikeouts are now even at nine each and his overall stats are .308/.438/.436/.873, 12-for-39 in 14 games, 11 starts, with two doubles, a home run, six scored and six knocked in, nine walks, nine strikeouts and a .379 BABIP.

La Guaira –
Record for the Period: 4-1-1
Overall Record: 22-8-2
- Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City): After hurling two scoreless frames for his team’s Venezuelan League club, Gerdel made his fourth start of the season for the VPL club on the 19th. The 21-year-old exited with a 3-1 lead after four, later squandered by the bullpen, the only tally scored on him being unearned. Gerdel surrendered a hit and walk, his first base-on-balls allowed in 16 frames. He struck out three, bringing his overall total to 10. Gerdel has given up eight hits in all, resulting in two runs, one earned, for an 0.56 ERA, 2.33 FIP, 0.56 WHIP and .178 BABIP.

- Kender Villegas (Johnson City): Villegas was pressed into action on the 17th when La Guaira’s starter recorded only two outs, entering with three runs across and a runner on first. His first batter reached on the second error of the inning. The right-hander quashed further damage by catching the next batter looking. Villegas went on to toss 4 2/3 frames, yielding two unearned runs on a hit and walk. Both runs scored in the sixth, one after Villegas’ departure, an inning featuring two of La Guaira’s five errors. The Tiburones went on to score four in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 7-5 win. Villegas has a 1.38 ERA, 2.37 FIP in 32 2/3 innings over eight games, six starts. The free pass he issued this week was hit first against 23 strikeouts with 26 hits allowed for a 0.83 WHIP. Opposing hitters are batting a measly .210 against him, .250 BABIP.

Zulia –
Record for the Period: 1-3
Overall Record: 10-17
- Jose Gomez (Johnson City): No Jose Gomez sightings again this week so his only appearance was in a relief appearance on the mound on October 17th.

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