Cardinals Winter Notebook 10: 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. Allen Cordoba is playing well in Panama.

Stats through January 12th.

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: 1-4
Round-Robin Record: 5-8
Round-Robin Standing: Third, five games behind Cibao

- Carlos Martinez (St. Louis): Martinez has not pitched since January 3rd. Overall, he tossed 11 frames in two starts, yielding three runs, two earned, on 13 hits and one base-on-balls for a 1.64 ERA, 0.84 FIP, 1.27 WHIP and a .295 BAA with a .464 BABIP. Martinez has struck out 16, an average of 13.1 every nine innings pitched.

- Nick Greenwood (Memphis): Greenwood got pecked to death on Saturday, taking the loss and not finishing the second. All eight hits the lefty surrendered in 1 1/3 frames were singles, producing five runs. The damage would have been worse except for a first-inning double play. Greenwood yielded one tally in the first then got the hook with the bases loaded and a run already across the next inning. His successor, Cubs’ right-hander Frank Batista, immediately served up a bases-clearing triple that put a resounding finish to Greenwood’s stat line. His cumulative line now stands at 9 1/3 innings pitched over three starts with 16 hits allowed, resulting in eight runs. Greenwood has fanned five and has not issued a free pass. 7.72 ERA, 1.91 FIP, 1.71 WHIP, .390 BAA and .457 BABIP.

Puerto Rico League

Criollos de Caguas –
Record for the Period: 1-4
Overall Round Robin Record: 2-6
Standing: Fourth and last place, four behind Santurce

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

Gigantes de Carolina –
Record for the Period: 2-3
Overall Round Robin Record: 3-5
Standing: Third, three behind Santurce

- Juan Caballero (Johnson City): Caballero was part of a 10-run debacle served up by the Gigantes’ pitching staff on Friday, a game in which they were shut out 10-0. The 22-year-old began his three-inning outing with his club in a 7-0 hole to start the fourth and gave up two that frame plus another tally the next inning on two doubles, two singles, a hit batsman and two sac flies. He has yielded four runs on six hits and two base-on-balls in two appearances covering 6 1/3 with four strikeouts, a 8.31 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 1.85 WHIP, .429 BAA and .500 BABIP.

- Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach): Garcia’s offensive slump continues, the right fielder managing just two hits in 16 at bats this week. One of those hits was a two-run bomb that accounted for two of Garcia’s four RBIs for the game. He worked two free passes, struck out three times and hit two sac flies off Juan Caballero. Garcia has a post-season line of .160/.294/.320/.614, 4-for-25 in eight starts as Carolina’s clean-up bat. He has five walks, four strikeouts, scored three runs and driven in four.

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
Record for the Period: 3-2
Round-Robin Record: 6-2
Standing: First, a game in front of Mayaguez

- Jonathan Rodriguez (Memphis): Rodriguez has been relegated to the pine for the postseason, his only two appearances coming as a pinch hitter before taking over in the outfield. He is hitless in three at bats in three games with a walk, run scored, RBI and strikeout.

Colombian League

The league’s regular season ended on January 7th with the postseason commencing on January 10th and running through January 25th. Caimanes qualified for the league finals by winning the regular season while the Toros were eliminated from the postseason.

Toros de Sincelejo –
Final Regular Season Record: 19-23
Final Standing: Fourth and last, 5 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 –
Final Regular Season Record: 24-18
Final Standing: First, three 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: 2-4
Overall Record: 11-13
Standing: Three-way tie for Second, four in back of Caballos (horses)

- Allen Cordoba (DSL): Cordoba combined a solid .286 batting average (4-for-14) with four walks in 18 plate appearances that produced a stellar .444 on-base percentage this week. Unfortunately, none of his teammates were able to drive him in although Cordoba’s four singles knocked in three. The second baseman’s line in 21 games stands at .270/.361/.286/.647, 17-for-63, with a double, eight free passes, nine strikeouts, seven runs scored and three RBIs. The 19-year-old has committed three errors at second.

Aguilas Metropolitanas –
Record for the Period: 3-3
Overall Record: 11-13
Standing: Three-way tie for Second, four in back of Caballos

- Jonathan Rivera (DSL): Rivera has hit best week at the plate so far, going 5-for-17 in five starts in right field, touched home once, drove in one and worked one free pass: .294/.333/.294/.627 with six K’s. The 17-year-old’s cumulative stats: .188/.224/.250/.474, 12-for-64 in 18 games, with two doubles, a triple, three walks, five runs scored, two knocked in, 18 strikeouts and five errors.

- Edmundo Sosa (State College): Aguilas’ starting shortstop and leadoff hitter managed just five hits in 20 at bats in six games, a .250 average. Sosa doubled once, scored five runs, fanned twice and reached base another three times. He has an overall line of .250/.354/.345/.699, 21-for-84 with five doubles, a home run, touched home 14 times, reached base another 14 times (most likely via a free pass), struck out 14 times and knocked in three. Sosa has committed three errors.

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