Cardinals Winter Notebook 12: PR-Panama-Ven

Winter ball results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in Puerto Rico, Panama and Venezuela this past week. Edmundo Sosa finished red hot in Panama.

Stats through January 27th.

Puerto Rico League

Santurce and Mayaguez met in a best-of-seven league finale, beginning on the 20th. Santurce added league MVP Anthony Garcia to its roster and, after dropping two of the first three, came back to take the championship, four games to two.

Cangrejeros de Santurce –

- Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach): Garcia started all six games, playing left five times and right once while batting clean-up in four games and second twice. After hitting a dismal 2-for-13 in the first three games, the 23-year-old finished with a bang, going 4-for-9 with a double, home run and walk, three runs scored and two driven in. You can view his long ball, to the accompaniment of some zippy music, here. He was plunked twice. His line for Santurce: .273/.385/.455/.839 in 22 at bats.

- Jonathan Rodriguez (Memphis): Rodriguez’ only plate appearance versus Mayaguez came in the 9-1 Game five win. With Santurce holding a hefty 7-0 lead, Rodriguez pinch hit for Anthony Garcia to begin the ninth and worked a free pass. He came around to score the first of two tallies.

Panama Winter League

Aguilas faced off against Caballos in the three-game championship series. The teams played all three games, despite Aguilas losing the first two, and the Metropolitanas were swept, three games to none.

Aguilas Metropolitanas –

- Jonathan Rivera (DSL): Rivera started in right, batting eighth, in the championship’s final game, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored. That performance raised his three-game line to .400/.400/.500/.900, 4-for-10 with a double, two runs scored and three strikeouts in three starts in right.

- Edmundo Sosa (State College): Sosa did his part at the top of his team’s order, going 2-for-3 with a home run and combined with Rivera to take part in all four of the Metropolitanas’ four tallies. Sosa drove in two while touching home once as a result of his long ball. He bat a torrid .500/.500/.800/1.300, 5-for-10 in three starts at short, with the aforementioned run scored and two RBI. He struck out twice. The 18-year-old received three votes for Rookie of the Year which was won by Phillies’ prospect Jose Mayorga, a 22-year-old catcher.

Venezuelan League

While Anderson Gerdel and Kender Villegas were added to La Guaira’s postseason roster, neither saw action until the 20th, two days before the Round Robin tournament finished. Both pitched then and in their team’s final game on January 22nd.

Tiburones de La Guaira –
The Tiburones finished in fourth, well behind Magallanes and league champion Caribes.

- Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City): Gerdel faced the minimum in each of his one-inning stints, preventing further damage with his team down 10-4 on the 20th and maintaining his squad’s 2-0 lead on the 22nd. The righty fanned one swinging with one ground- and one fly- ball out in each inning.

- Kender Villegas (Johnson City): Villegas had mixed results in his two appearances. He worked around a fielding error that allowed his lead-off batter to reach on the 20th, recording a force at second before catching the next two batters looking. As he did on the 20th, the 21-year-old took the ball from Gerdel on the 22nd but was unable to duplicate his teammate’s results. Villegas used a 5-4-3 double play to erase a lead-off single but sandwiched a free pass around two more singles, resulting in a tally that halved La Guaira’s lead to 2-1. A swinging K prevented further damage.

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