Cardinals Winter League Notebook 7: Venezuela

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in Venezuela. Breyvic Valera is now active.

Venezuelan League

Stats through November 27th.

Bravos de Margarita –
Record for the Period: 1-5
Overall Record: 12-28
Standing: Eighth, 16 ½ back

The Bravos followed up a 1-4 performance last week by winning only one of their six most recent efforts, dropping them another 2 ½ games off Caribes’ pace. Neither Ismael Brito nor Silfredo Garcia took part.

- Ismael Brito (Johnson City): Brito has not appeared in a game since October 19th but has pitched a bit for the Bravos’ Venezuelan Parallel League (VPL) team. He has compiled an 11.57 ERA/8.78 FIP and 2.57 WHIP in four appearances totaling 2 1/3 innings in this league.

- Silfredo Garcia (Palm Beach): Garcia has not pitched since October 26th and is not listed on the Bravos’ active roster. 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.

- Breyvic Valera (Springfield): Valera debuted for the VPL team on November 19th, starting twice. The big club activated him on the 25th and the second baseman started both of Margarita’s subsequent contests. Valera doubled twice in five at bats on Wednesday, driving in two runs in a 6-3 loss and taking part in two double plays. He followed that up with a 1-for-4 performance the next day, with a sac bunt, one strikeout and a missed catch error.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
Record for the Period: 5-2
Overall Record: 29-12
Standing: First, two games ahead of Aguilas

Caribes reclaimed first with a strong effort this week, moving gaining three games on Aguilas, their chief rival.

- Cesar Valera (Palm Beach): Valera was re-assigned to the Parallel League after receiving only 12 at bats in nine of Caribes’ first 29 games. He went 3-for-12 with a double, walk, two runs scored and five strikeouts. Valera made three starts at short for the Venezuelan League squad. More on him in the upcoming VPL report.

Leones del Caracas –
Record for the Period: 3-3
Overall Record: 19-23
Standing: Sixth, 10 ½ back

Caracas’ second straight week of .500 ball dropped them from fifth to sixth in the standings, with the Cardenales moving past them into fifth.

- Tommy Pham (Memphis): Pham’s abbreviated winter campaign ended on October 26th. The outfielder had a line of .143/.317/.265/.583, 7-for-49, in 14 games.

- Miguel Socolovich (free agent signee): Socolovich had his first poor outing of his Venezuelan League season this week, one of two relief appearances for him. On the 21st, the right-hander gave up two runs on a triple plus two singles in the eighth, but Caracas held on to win 3-2 in regulation. He rebounded by striking out two of three faced in a one-two-three eighth on the 23rd. Overall, Socolovich has tossed 16 frames in 15 games, yielding four runs on nine hits and two walks for a 2.25 ERA/2.08 FIP and 0.69 WHIP. His 20 K’s gives him an average of 11.25 strikeouts for every nine innings pitched. Opposing batters are hitting .161, .222 BABIP.

- Boone Whiting (Memphis): Whiting was given his walking papers by the league on the 19th, ending a string of dismal starts. 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: 2-4
Overall Record: 13-26
Standing: Seventh, 15 back

La Guaira remained in seventh but fell another game and a half out of first.

- Rafael Ortega (Memphis): Ortega did not get a single at bat this week, appearing twice as a ninth-inning centerfield replacement in both of La Guaira’s wins. Overall, the centerfielder has posted a line of .167/.231/.208/.439, 4-for-24 in 18 games, seven starts.

Coming up next

Our next report will include results from Cardinals prospects competing in the Venezuelan Parallel League.

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