Cardinals Winter Notebook 4: DR, PR, NIC, COL

Winter ball results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Colombia this past week. Xavier Scruggs is among a group of slumping Cards.

Stats through November 23rd.

Dominican (Winter) League

Gigantes de Cibao -
Record for the Period: 3-1
Overall Record: 15-13
Standing: Fourth, three games behind Estrellas

Despite winning three of four, Cibao dropped another game behind the pace set by Estrellas and remained in fourth.

- Xavier Scruggs (Memphis): Scruggs’ ice cold bat is beginning to affect his playing time. After starting 23 of his team’s first 24 games, he sat twice in their four most recent contests. Scruggs did not help his cause when he did play, going hitless in eight at bats in starts at first and as the designated hitter. Cibao dropped him in the batting order as well, from fourth to sixth and seventh. Scruggs’ overall line is now down to .242/.336/.463/.800 in 95 at bats with 28 strikeouts, 12 free passes and a .286 BABIP.

Puerto Rico League

Criollos de Caguas –
Record for the Period: 4-1, one postponed
Overall Record: 10-7
Standing: Second, a half game in back of Mayaguez

Caguas’ strong week vaulted them from fourth to second in the standings.

- Justin Wright (Memphis): Wright did not pitch. Overall, his seven relief efforts cover 6 2/3 frames with four hits and three walks resulting in four runs. He has fanned six and has a 5.40 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 1.05 WHIP and .222 BABIP. Runners are hitting just .167 against him.

Gigantes de Carolina –
Record for the Period: 1-1, one suspended, one postponed
Overall Record: 8-7
Standing: Third, 1 ½ back

Carolina’s light week on the field left them 1 ½ out of first, the same as last week, but in third, rather than second place.

- Juan Caballero (Johnson City): Caballero had mixed results in his only relief appearance. He induced a ground out to finish the fifth, stranding an inherited runner at first but was not nearly as effective the next frame. The 22-year-old fanned the first batter swinging before giving up a double and base-on-balls then uncorking a wild pitch that moved the lead runner up a base. A line drive single to left both brought one run across and ended Caballero’s day. His successor recorded back-to-back outs, keeping the score 7-0 in favor of the opposition. He has now pitched 7 2/3 innings in three games, one start, yielding two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two free passes with nine strikeouts for a 1.17 ERA, 2.03 FIP, 1.17 WHIP and .368 BABIP. The opposition is batting .259 against him.

- Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach): Garcia mustered just one hit in nine at bats this week, a double in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over Santurce. The right fielder’s two-bagger drove in one, the first score of the game. He has a cumulative line of .283/.400/.566/.966, 15-for-53 with four doubles, a triple and three home runs. Garcia has worked nine free passes versus 11 strikeouts and has a .300 BABIP and .264 ISO.

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
Record for the Period: 0-4, one postponement
Overall Record: 8-8
Standing: Fourth, two in back of Mayaquez

Four straight losses dropped Santurce from first to fourth in just one week.

- Jonathan Rodriguez (Memphis): Rodriguez made three starts at third plus one as the designated hitter, going hitless in 12 at bats with three walks and four strikeouts. He dropped from fourth to sixth then seventh in the batting order. Rodriguez’ overall line: .164/.292/.218/.510, 9-for-55 in 16 games, all starts with three triples, nine walks, four runs scored and five knocked in. He has fanned 19 times and stole one base in three tries.

Nicaraguan League

Indios del Boer -
Record for the Period: no games played
Overall Record: 9-6
Standing: Tied for first with the Tigres, a game in front of the Gigantes

- Jhonny Polanco (Peoria): The Nicaraguan League is in the midst of an extended break which was originally set to resume on November 22nd. That date has been extended to November 25th. Overall, Polanco has tossed 6 1/3 innings over seven games, permitting seven runs on eight hits and four walks, two intentional, while fanning seven and garnering four saves. Polanco has a 9.95 ERA, 3.83 FIP with a .571 BABIP. The opposition is batting .381 against him.

Colombian League

After several technical glitches, we are finally able to bring you some results from the Colombian League where Ronald Castillo (Peoria) and Jonathan Escudero (Johnson City) are playing. Data is a bit limited but we will report what is available.

The league runs from November 7th through January 7, 2015 with a postseason following through January 25th. It is comprised of four teams.

Toros de Sincelejo –
Overall Record: 7-4
Standing: First, a half-game up on Caimanes

Ronald Castillo: Castillo has singled three times in 23 at bats with three walks, two runs scored and four RBIs. The 22-year-old has struck out seven times and is one-for-one in stolen base attempts. Castillo has committed a fielding error. His line: .125/.222/.125/.347.

Caimanes de Barranquilla –
Overall Record: 7-5
Standing: Second, a half-game behind Toros

Jonathan Escudero: The right-hander has given up two runs on five hits and three walks in four frames. Escudero has plunked one batter and fanned four. He has a 4.50 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 2.00 WHIP and .333 BABIP.

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