Cardinals Winter Notebook 9: DR-PR-COL-PAN

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

Stats through January 5th.

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 –
Record for the Period: 3-2
Round-Robin Record: 4-4
Round-Robin Standing: Second, two games behind Cibao

- Carlos Martinez (St. Louis): Martinez was not as impressive in his January 3rd start as he was in the prior one but it was enough for the win, as Aguilas downed former Redbird Nick Additon and first-place Cibao 4-3. All three tallies charged to the righthander crossed in the first on four hits and an error, the latter resulting in one of the three runs being unearned. Martinez proceeded to retire nine of the next 10 batters before pitching himself both into and out of trouble in the fifth. He loaded the bases on a double, infield hit and walk but escaped via a force at home, foul out and one of his six strikeouts. Martinez plunked the lead-off batter the next frame then alternated two wild pitches around three outs.

His cumulative line: 11 innings pitched in two starts, 13 hits and one walk allowed resulting in three runs, two earned, along with 16 strikeouts, 1.64 ERA/0.84 FIP, 1.27 WHIP and a .295 BAA, .464 BABIP.

- Nick Greenwood (Memphis): Greenwood notched his first win on the 5th, holding the last-place Toros to a run on three hits over five. Two of those three hits were surrendered in the first, resulting in the sole tally charged to him. The southpaw worked around a one-out error that allowed another runner to reach the next frame by inducing a 4-5-3 double-play ball. Greenwood fanned two and did not walk a batter.

Overall, he has given up three runs on eight hits in eight innings, with six K’s and no free passes issued, a 3.38 ERA/1.70 FIP, 1.00 WHIP and a .258 BAA, .320 BABIP.

Puerto Rico League

Criollos de Caguas –
Round Robin Record: 1-2
Standing: Three-way Tie for Second, two behind Santurce

- Justin Wright (Memphis): Wright has not pitched since taking part of Caguas’ regular-season championship clincher on December 28th.

Gigantes de Carolina –
Round Robin Record: 1-2
Standing: Three-way Tie for Second, two behind Santurce

- Juan Caballero (Johnson City): Caballero pitched two frames in Carolina’s regular-season finale on December 30th, holding a 7-2 lead and giving up a hit and walk. Things did not go so well for the righty on the fourth when he took the extra-inning loss. Caballero maneuvered around a two-out single in the 10th but was bitten by a base-on-balls to begin the 11th. The runner was sacrificed to second, bringing about an intentional free pass to the opposition’s number two bat. Caballero surrendered an RBI double for a walk-off loss.

- Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach): Garcia doubled and scored a run to kick off his team’s seven-run second on the 30th, working a free pass later that frame. He was pinch-hit for in the fourth. The right fielder has two hits in nine at bats through the first three post-season games with one double. Garcia has worked three free passes against just one strikeout.

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
Round-Robin Record: 3-0
Standing: First, two games in front of the other three play-off teams

- Jonathan Rodriguez (Memphis): With reinforcements arriving as a result of the playoff draft, Rodriguez started only once in Santurce’s three games to date. The left fielder walked and scored his team’s first run in an eventual 9-1 win over Caguas, notched an RBI sac fly and struck out once.

Colombian League

The four-team league runs from November 7th through January 7, 2015 with a postseason following through January 25th.

Toros de Sincelejo –
Record for the Period: 2-1
Overall Record: 17-21
Standing: Fourth, 5 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: 1-2
Overall Record: 23-16
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: 3-3
Overall Record: 9-9
Standing: Second

- Allen Cordoba (DSL): Cordoba had his best week at the plate so far, slashing .348/.423/.348/.771, 8-for-23 in five games with three walks, eight runs scored, two strikeouts and committed two errors, his first miscues of the season. His overall line is .265/.333/.286/.619, 13-for-49 with a double, four base-on-balls, 13 runs scored and seven strikeouts.

Aguilas Metropolitanas –
Record for the Period: 3-3
Overall Record: 8-10
Standing: Third

- Jonathan Rivera (DSL): Rivera played in three games for Aguilas, managing just one hit in 11 at bats while fanning four times and not working a free pass. The 17-year-old has gone 7-for-47 with two doubles and a triple while touching home four times and knocking in one, .149/.184/.234/.418 with 12 strikeouts, two walks and five errors.

- Edmundo Sosa (State College): Sosa went 4-for-21 with a double and two walks in five games in the lead-off slot. He scored two and drove in another two with six strikeouts. The shortstop has an overall line of .250/.355/.359/.715, 16-for-64 with four doubles, a home run, touched home seven times, reached base another 11 times (most likely via a free pass), struck out 12 times and knocked in three. Sosa has committed three errors.

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