Cardinals Winter Notebook 11: DR-PR-Panama

Winter ball results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Panama this past week. Edmundo Sosa is playing well in Panama.

Stats through January 19th.

Dominican (Winter) League

The Dominican League’s regular winter schedule concluded on December 21st with the Round-Robin portion commencing on the 27th and finishing on January 15th. The league finals between Estrellas Orientales and Gigantes del Cibao started on the 17th and run through the 28th.

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Record for the Period: 2-1
Final Round-Robin Record: 7-9
Final Round-Robin Standing: Third, three games behind Estrellas and Cibao

- Carlos Martinez (St. Louis): Martinez got the win in his final start for Aguilas on the 15th, going 5 2/3 frames while surrendering three runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk. The righty gave up singles to his first two batters faced and committed an error that advanced a runner to third but escaped on a caught stealing and strikeout. He was not so fortunate the next frame when a lead-off single plus two errors, one by him, produced two unearned tallies. Martinez retired 12 of the next 13 batters, seven on strikeouts, before running into trouble in the sixth. It began with a base-on-balls followed by a steal of second and a fly out to center that allowed the runner to take third. An RBI single brought across an earned run, leading to Martinez’ exit and Nick Greenwood’s entrance.

For the postseason, he tossed 16 2/3 frames in three starts, yielding six runs, three earned, on 19 hits and two free passes for a 1.62 ERA, 0.86 FIP, 1.59 WHIP and a .284 BAA with a .464 BABIP. Martinez struck out 24, an average of one for every 12.9 nine innings pitched.

- Nick Greenwood (Memphis): Greenwood relieved twice, going back-to-back on the 14th and 15th. He began the fifth inning of Wednesday’s contest with his team down 3-1 in an eventual 4-2 loss and yielded an unearned run via a single, wild pitch, ground out and passed ball. The next day he came into the sixth with a runner on third and two outs and bailed Martinez out, recording a groundout to second.

His cumulative line for the Round Robin portion of the postseason finishes at 10 2/3 innings pitched over five games, three starts, with 17 hits allowed, resulting in nine runs, eight earned. Greenwood fanned five and did not issued a free pass. 6.75 ERA, 2.08 FIP, 1.59 WHIP, .370 BAA and .425 BABIP.

Puerto Rico League

Puerto Rico’s Round-Robin tournament began January 2nd and finished up on the 18th. Santurce and Mayaguez will meet in a seven-game finale, beginning on the 20th.

Criollos de Caguas –
Record for the Period: 0-4
Final Round Robin Record: 2-10
Final Standing: Fourth and last place,six behind Santurce

- Justin Wright (Memphis): Wright did not pitch during the postseason.

Gigantes de Carolina –
Record for the Period: 4-1
Final Round Robin Record: 7-6
Standing: Third, 1 1/2 behind Santurce and game behind second-place Mayaguez

- Juan Caballero (Johnson City): Caballero did not pitch over the team’s final five games. He yielded four runs on six hits and two base-on-balls in two postseason appearances covering 6 1/3 with four strikeouts, an 8.31 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 1.85 WHIP, .429 BAA and .500 BABIP.

- Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach): The unanimous selection as the MVP of the 2014 Puerto Rican Winter League season, Garcia finally heated in his last five games, going 6-for-17 with three walks, four runs scored and one driven in, .353/.476/.353/.829 with two strikeouts.

The right fielder raised his postseason line to .238/.364/.333/.697, 10-for-42 in 13 starts as Carolina’s clean-up bat. He drew eight free passes versus five strikeouts, scored seven runs and drove in five.

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
Record for the Period: 2-2
Final Round-Robin Record: 8-4
Final Standing: First, a half game in front of Mayaguez

Jonathan Rodriguez (Memphis): There were two very brief glimpses of Rodriguez this week. He pinch hit on both the 13th and 17th, taking over third in the latter game. Rodriguez was hitless in two at bats, giving him an 0-for-5 in five games with two walks, a run scored, RBI and two strikeouts in five Round Robin games.

Panama Winter League

The Panama Winter League (PROBEIS) got underway on December 15th and finished on January 19th. The Indios were eliminated while Aguilas faced off against Caballos in the series’ finale, a series they dropped two-games-to-none.

Indios de Urraca –
Record for the Period: 1-3
Final Record: 12-16
Standing: Third

- Allen Cordoba (DSL): Cordoba’s only appearance in the last four games came on the 16th as a late-innings’ replacement at short where he went 0-for-2. The 19-year-old’s line in 22 games was .262/.351/.277/.628, 17-for-65, with a double, eight free passes, nine strikeouts, seven runs scored and three RBIs. He committed three errors at second.

Aguilas Metropolitanas –
Regular Season Record for the Period: 4-0
Final Regular Season Record: 15-13
Final Standing: Second

- Jonathan Rivera (DSL): Rivera went 2-for-5 in his final start of the regular season on Wednesday, tripling once with a run scored. He has just one hit in six at bats in the two-game league finals, touching home once with three strikeouts and an error as the starting right fielder.

He finished with a regular season mark of .203/.236/.290/.526, 14-for-69 in 19 games, with two doubles, two triples, three walks, six runs scored, two knocked in, 21 strikeouts and five errors.

- Edmundo Sosa (State College): Sosa also made his last regular season start on the 13th, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He kept up the hot pace in the finals, singling three times in seven at bats at the top of the order. Sosa was charged with one error.

Aguilas’ starting shortstop had a cumulative line of .270/.362/.371/.733, 24-for-89 with six doubles, a home run, touched home 14 times, reached base another 14 times (most likely via a free pass), struck out 15 times and knocked in five. Sosa committed three errors in the regular season.

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