Cards Winter League Notebook 7: Liga Paralela

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Venezuelan Parallel League. Cesar Valera is off to a hot start.

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 29th.

Bravos -
Record for the Period: 1-3
Overall Record: 15-19-1

- Ismael Brito (Johnson City): Brito is not getting much playing time, appearing once in the team’s four most recent contests. The lefty did get the job done on Friday, retiring both batters faced via two groundball outs to finish the eighth, holding the Bravos’ deficit to 3-1. Brito has tossed 2 2/3 frames in four games, surrendering three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out three. He has a 10.11 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 2.25 WHIP and .444 BABIP.

- Carlos Torres (Johnson City): Torres made the most of his limited opportunities, singling three times in seven at bats over three games, one start, all losses. He pinch hit on Monday, striking out with a runner on first and one out in the eighth inning before taking over in center. On Wednesday, the 22-year-old started in left, batting seventh and went 2-for-4 while scoring his team’s only tally. Torres finished the period by singling once in two at bats after taking over in left. His .429 batting average raises his overall average to .234 but zero walks and one hit-by-pitch gives him only a .239 on-base percentage. Torres has three doubles and one home run for a .328 slugging percentage in 25 games, 16 starts. The outfielder has fanned 19 times, an average of once every 3.4 at bats.

- Breyvic Valera (Springfield): After two tune-up games for the VPL Bravos, Valera moved up to the big squad. He had four hits in eight at bats with four runs scored and an RBI. Valera had a single, double, triple and home run in that two-day span in the Parallel League.

Caracas –
Record for the Period: 4-1
Overall Record: 21-13-2

- Jhohan Acevedo (State College): A big day at the plate on Wednesday gave Acevedo a line of .364/.402/.407/.809 in 11 at bats over three starts. The outfielder went 3-for-4 in Caribes’ 6-1 win, touching home once and batting sixth while playing right. Acevedo singled once in four at bats with a stolen base in his first start of the period and finished up reaching base twice via a base-on-balls and hit batsman on Friday, despite going hitless in three at bats. He played left in both of those games, batting sixth. Overall, he has a line of .349/.402/.407/.809, 30-for-86 in 27 games, 22 starts, with five doubles, eight walks, eight runs scored and eight driven in. Acevedo has fanned 17 times, an average of once every five at bats and is 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts. He has a .423 BABIP and has committed two errors.

Caribes –
Record for the Period: 2-4
Overall Record: 11-23-1

- Ronnierd Garcia (Peoria): Garcia failed to produce in four starts, going 3-for-18 with a double, two base-on-balls and three strikeouts. He touched home twice and committed an error. Three of Garcia’s four starts were at third, the fourth coming as the designated hitter. Offensively, he batted fifth twice and seventh twice. Garcia has a cumulative stat line of .211/.280/.300/.580, 19-for-90 in 25 games, 22 starts, with two doubles, two long balls, eight walks and 19 strikeouts. He has a .243 BABIP and has been charged with eight errors.

- Jose Godoy (Johnson City): Godoy continues to swing a hit bat, compiling a line of .368/.409/.526/.935, 7-for-19 in five starts, batting either third or fourth. He smacked three doubles, touched home twice and knocked in seven. Godoy drew two free passes and did not strikeout, giving him 11 walks versus nine strikeouts to date. Defensively, the 20-year-old made two starts at catcher, one at first in which he moved to catcher later in the game and two starts as the designated hitter. His overall stats are .328/.429/.466/.894, 19-for-58 in 19 games, 16 starts, with five doubles, a home run, eight runs scored, 13 knocked in and a .429 BABIP.

- Cesar Valera (Palm Beach): Valera had his VPL debut on the 24th, going hitless in three at bats. He improved as the week went on, compiling an overall mark of 6-for-15 in four starts at short with two doubles and a walk, four runs scored and two RBI. Valera was plunked three times, batting either second or third, and was charged with two errors. His line: 400/.526/.533/1.060 with a .526 BABIP.

La Guaira –
Record for the Period: 2-4
Overall Record: 24-12-2

- Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City): Gerdel simply was not on his game in his Tuesday start, allowing three runs each in the first and fourth, his final inning of work. Four of the six tallies were earned, a product of three singles, two doubles, two free passes, a hit batsman and three errors. It was hit first bad start to date, the righty accumulating an overall mark of a 2.25 ERA, 2.85 FIP, in 20 innings over five starts. Gerdel has given up 13 hits and two walks, resulting in eight runs, five earned, and has a 0.80 WHIP and .210 BAA with a .250 BABIP.

- Kender Villegas (Johnson City): Villegas appeared twice out of the bullpen for the period, maintaining La Guaira’s 3-1 lead on the 21st, tossing a scoreless fifth by interspersing two singles around a ground out, fly out and caught-looking K. Villegas was impressive when facing his second inherited runner situation of the season on Thursday. The righty entered with a runner on first, none out and his squad behind 3-2. Villegas fanned the side, all swinging, yielding a harmless one-out single. After watching La Guaira tie it up in the visitor half of the eighth, He proceeded to hold that tie in the bottom of the frame, working around a fielding error at short and two-out single by catching two opposing batters looking and inducing a fielder’s choice. Villegas has a 1.26 ERA, 2.11 FIP in 35 2/3 innings over 10 games, six starts. He has struck out 29 with one free pass issued, yielding 13 runs, five earned, on 30 hits for a 0.87 WHIP and opposing hitters are batting just .217 against him, .269 BABIP.

Zulia –
Record for the Period: 2-2-1
Overall Record: 12-19-1

- Jose Gomez (free agent): St. Louis has released Jose Gomez, so his time on the report, such as it was, is over.

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