Cards Winter Notebook 8: DR-PR-NIC-COL-PAN

Winter ball results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Panama this past week. Carlos Martinez continues to pitch well.

Stats through December 29th.

Dominican (Winter) League

The Dominican League’s regular winter schedule concluded on December 21st with the Round-Robin portion commencing on the 27th.

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Round-Robin Record: 1-2
Round-Robin Standing: Third, two games behind Cibao
Regular Season Record: 30-20
Final Regular Season Standing: Second, two behind Estrellas Orientales.

- Carlos Martinez (St. Louis): Martinez’ impressive start on the 27th went for naught as Aguilas fell 2-1 in 11. The right-hander was in line for the win after shutting down the opposition through five on six hits but the bullpen failed to hold the tenuous 1-0 advantage. Martinez negated the six hits yielded by fanning 10, four looking and picking off one of his two first-inning batters. He also worked around two errors that permitted two more runners to reach.

- Nick Greenwood (Memphis): Greenwood took the loss on Monday, surrendering single tallies in the first and second on five hits in total over three frames. Three of the five singles occurred in the first with the balance coming the next frame. The southpaw retired his final five batters faced, fanning four in his three-inning stint.

Puerto Rico League

Criollos de Caguas –
Record for the Period: 4-1
Overall Record: 25-13
Standing: First, three ahead of Mayaguez

Caguas clinched their fifth straight regular season championship with a win on the 28th. The Criollos lead Mayaguez by three with one game remaining.

- Justin Wright (Memphis): Wright took part in the clincher, taking the ball from starter Michael Nix to begin the seventh and assigned the task of holding a slim 3-2 lead. After a 16-day lay-off, the lefty came through brilliantly, fanning San Juan’s six, seven and eight batters swinging. That brings his cumulative stats to 11 innings pitched in 13 relief efforts with nine hits and five walks resulting in seven runs. He has fanned 13 and has a 5.73 ERA, 3.38 FIP, 1.27 WHIP, .220 BAA and .296 BABIP.

Gigantes de Carolina –
Record for the Period: 1-4
Overall Record: 18-20
Standing: Fourth, seven behind Caguas

Carolina dropped four of five games, falling from third to fourth.

- Juan Caballero (Johnson City): Caballero acquitted himself well in mop-up duty on the 27th, retiring three of four batters faced. The righty yielded a one-out single but struck out his next two swinging, keeping Carolina’s deficit to 5-1. Caballero has now pitched 16 1/3 innings in 10 games, one start, yielding six runs, four earned, on 13 hits and eight free passes with 20 strikeouts for a 2.20 ERA, 2.40 FIP, 1.29 WHIP and .317 BABIP. The opposition is batting .228 against him.

- Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach): Garcia cooled off at the plate, going 6-for-21 with two doubles and four K’s for a line of .286/.286/.381/.667 in five starts, four in right and one as the designated hitter. He has a cumulative line of .324/.415/.625/1.040, 44-for-136 in 38 games with nine doubles, a triple and the league-leading total of 10 home runs. Garcia has worked 19 free passes versus 26 strikeouts and has a .337 BABIP and .294 ISO. He has knocked in a league best 34 runners.

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
Record for the Period:
Overall Record: 15-17
Standing: Fourth, 5 ½ in back of Caguas

- Jonathan Rodriguez (Memphis): Rodriguez went 3-for-14 in five starts, doubling twice and working three free passes. He scored one and drove in another with eight strikeouts. Defensively, Rodriguez played right three times, first once and was the designated hitter once. That improved his overall line to .155/.284/.275/.511, 15-for-97 in 32 games, 30 starts with seven doubles, 17 walks, seven runs scored and eight knocked in. He has fanned 37 times, stole one base in three tries and committed three errors.

Nicaraguan League

Indios del Boer -
Record for the Period: 1-3
Overall Record: 21-20
Standing: Third, three games behind the Gigantes

- Jhonny Polanco (Peoria): Polanco did not pitch. Overall, he has tossed 10 1/3 innings over 11 games, permitting 11 runs on 11 hits and seven walks, three intentional, while fanning 11 and garnering four saves. Polanco has a 9.58 ERA, 4.26 FIP, 1.74 WHIP with a .379 BABIP. The opposition is batting .275 against him.

Colombian League

The league runs from November 7th through January 7, 2015 with a postseason following through January 25th. It is comprised of four teams and has a Home Run Derby scheduled for December 12th with the league’s All-Star Game the next day.

Toros de Sincelejo –
Record for the Period: 1-5
Overall Record: 15-20
Standing: Fourth, 6 1/2 games behind Caimanes

Ronald Castillo (Peoria): Castillo’s numbers have not changed since the last notebook, the 22-year-old having 11 hits in 47 at bats with a double, five walks, five runs scored and 10 RBIs. He has struck out 10 times and is one-for-one in stolen base attempts. Castillo has committed a fielding error. His line: .234/.302/.255/.557.

Caimanes de Barranquilla –
Record for the Period: 4-2
Overall Record: 22-14
Standing: First, 3 ½ up on Tigres

Jonathan Escudero (Johnson City): Escudero’s stat line is also unchanged since our last report. The right-hander has given up six runs, two earned on six hits and five walks in 6 1/3 frames. Escudero has fanned six and has a 2.84 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 1.74 WHIP, .222 BAA and .286 BABIP.

Panama Winter League

The Panama Winter League (PROBEIS) got underway on December 15th and runs until January 19th. The four-team league includes three St. Louis prospects: shortstop Edmundo Sosa (State College) and outfielder Jonathan Rivera (DSL Cardinals) suit up for Aguilas Metropolitanas while shortstop Allen Cordoba (DSL Cardinals) plays for Indios de Urraca.

Indios de Urraca –
Record for the Period: 4-2
Overall Record: 6-6
Standing: Second

- Allen Cordoba (DSL): Cordoba appeared in four of his team’s six most recent contests, starting at second and third each once and subbing in at short and third the other two games. The 19-year-old managed just two hits in 13 at bats, dropping his overall line to .192/.250/.231/.481, 5-for-26 with a double, a base-on-balls, six runs scored and five strikeouts.

Aguilas Metropolitanas –
Record for the Period: 1-5
Overall Record: 5-7
Standing: Third

- Jonathan Rivera (DSL): Rivera made four starts for Aguilas, two in center and two in right, going hitless in 12 at bats with two free passes and two strikeouts. The 17-year-old has gone 6-for-36 with two doubles and a triple while touching home four times and knocking in one, .167/.211/.278/.488 with eight strikeouts, two walks and five errors.

- Edmundo Sosa (State College): Sosa started short and led off in all but one of Aguilas’ six games for the period, going 6-for-17 with his first home run and three runs scored. The 18-year-old compiled an overall line of .279/.404/.419/.822, 12-for-43 with three doubles, a home run, touched home seven times, reached base another nine times (most likely via the free pass), struck out six times and knocked in one. Sosa has committed three errors.

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