Cards Winter League Notebook 3: AFL, DR, MEX

Winter ball news from Cardinals prospects playing in Arizona, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Memphis reliever Heath Wyatt has yet to allow a run in the Dominican Winter League.

Stats are through October 27th.

Arizona Fall League

Surprise went 6-1 since the last report, moving into first place, one game up on Glendale (CHW, Hou, LAD, PHI, PIT).

The Pitchers

Dean Kiekhefer (Memphis): The southpaw relieved twice this week, each time for two innings. He closed the Saguaros’ 3-1 victory on the 20th, earning a save with two frames of scoreless ball. Kiekhefer finished Friday’s game, a 9-6 loss, giving up his first run on two hits. His cumulative line: 3 G, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.50 ERA, 2.20 FIP, 0.50 WHIP, .143 BAA, .167 BABIP. All three hits allowed are against right-handed batters.

Alex Reyes (Springfield): Reyes’ started on Thursday, going four innings while allowing a run on four hits and two free passes. The tally came in his final inning of work. Command remains the 21-year-old’s chief liability as Reyes has walked four in just 7 2/3 (he averaged 4.4 walks every nine innings this season). He has notched nine K’s to date with a 1.17 ERA, 5.94 FIP and batters are hitting .263 against him, .500 BABIP.

Robby Rowland (Springfield): Rowland has been effective in three of his four relief efforts to date but that final outing was a doozy. The right-hander, who turns 24 in December, came into Reyes’ start on the 20th to maintain a 3-2 lead. Instead, Rowland jammed the sacks full via two singles and a base-on-balls before serving up a grand slam. He has tossed a scoreless frame with one hit yielded in each of his other three stints, earning his second save on the 27th.

Luke Weaver (Palm Beach): Weaver has fanned 10 in 8 1/3 innings over three relief appearances, earning the win on Tuesday. The righty has allowed just two hits and two runs, one earned during that span with two free passes issued and two batters plunked. Weaver has a 1.08 ERA, 5.12 FIP, 0.48 WHIP and is holding the opposition to a .105 batting average, .222 BABIP.

The Hitters

Aledmys Diaz (Memphis): Diaz’ offensive performance has been fairly dismal this week with only four hits in 23 at bats over five games, four starts. He doubled twice with one home run, working three free passes to just one strikeout. Weekly line: .174/.269/.391/.661, .143 BABIP. Cumulative line: .176/.263/.324/.587, 6-for-34, 2 2B. 1 HR, 4 BB, 3 SO, 6 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 0 CS, 2 E (one fielding and one throwing), .167 BABIP, in eight games, seven starts.

Michael Ohlman (Springfield): Ohlman caught two games, going 1-for-6 with a walk, two strikeouts and an RBI. Cumulative line: .231/.353/.462/.814, 3-for-13, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO, 4 RBI, 0 E, .222 BABIP in four starts.

Charlie Tilson (Springfield): Tilson swung a hot bat in his two starts, going 4-for-8 with two doubles, five runs scored and two knocked in. The centerfielder worked two free passes against one strikeout and stole a base. Cumulative line: .308/.400/.462/.862, 4-for-13, 2 2B, 2 BB, 3 SO, 5 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 0 CS, 0 E, .400 BABIP, in three starts.

Patrick Wisdom (Springfield): Wisdom started four games at third this week, compiling a line of .267/.267/.267/.533, 4-for-15 with a run scored, two RBI and three strikeouts. Cumulative line: .242/.265/.394/.659, 8-for-33, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 6 SO, 6 R, 6 RBI, 0 SB, 1 CS, 1 E, .296 BABIP, in nine games, eight starts.

Dominican (Winter) League

Six-team league
Season runs from October 15th through December 21st

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Current Record: 2-7
Standing: Sixth, 4 1/2 back

Robelys Reyes (Palm Beach): Reyes, who started three games at second and pinch ran in another contest, is hitless in 10 at bats. He fanned twice.

Estrellas de Oriente –
Current Record: 6-3
Standing: Second, 1/2 game back

Alberto Rosario (Springfield): Rosario’s first three appearances came as a late innings’ insertion at catcher. He was the starting catcher in three subsequent contests, posting a line of .273/.273/.273/.545, 3-for-11 in six games with a run scored and two strikeouts. Rosario was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt and has committed one error.

Gigantes del Cibao -
Current Record: 3-6
Standing: Fifth, 3 ½ back

Xavier Scruggs (Memphis): Scruggs has been the Gigantes’ starting first baseman and clean-up hitter in eight of nine contests. Unfortunately, the California native is batting a cold .167/.265/.200/.465, 5-for-30 with a double, four walks, two runs scored and six strikeouts. He has committed two fielding miscues and a missed catch error.

Leones del Escogido –
Current Record: 5-4
Standing: Third, 1 1/2 back

Heath Wyatt (Memphis): Wyatt has come out of the bullpen three times so far and has yet to give up a run. The right-hander tossed a scoreless frame on the 17th, issuing one base-on-balls but gave up a hit to the only batter he faced the next time out. His best outing was his most recent, a 3 1/3-inning affair that saw him face one over the minimum and pick up his first win. His cumulative line: 3 G, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA, 3.43 FIP, 0.69 WHIP, .125 BAA, .133 BABIP, 10 ground- ball outs and one fly-ball out.

Mexican Pacific League

The eight-team Mexican League got underway October 9th with three St. Louis-affiliated players participating: second baseman Dean Anna, right-handed reliever Ronnie Shaban and catcher Irving Wilson. The regular season concludes December 29th.

Najanjeros de Hermosillo –
Current Record: 4-11
Standing: Seventh, seven games back

Ronnie Shaban (Springfield): Shaban has not been very effective, in 5 2/3 innings over six appearances. The righty has compiled a 1.76 WHIP, seven hits and three bases-on-balls, for a .302 batting average against (BAA). He was the losing pitcher on the 25th, his last time out, with a blown save on the 17th. Shaban garnered a save on the 21st and has struck out five. To date he has a 3.17 ERA, 3.02 FIP and has allowed three of four inherited runners to score.

Tomateros de Culiacan –
Current Record: 4-12
Standing: Eighth, 7 1/2 games back

Irving Wilson (DSL): The lightly used 19-year-old has gotten into just one game, pinch hitting in the sixth inning on the 14th, a 10-4 loss, before taking over behind the plate for three frames. Wilson is 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Yaquis de Obregon –
Current Record: 8-7
Standing: Tied for fourth, three games back

Dean Anna (Memphis): Anna started five of Obregon’s initial six contests, three times as the designated hitter, going 4-for-21 with two doubles, a home run and three walks, .190/.292/.429/.720 with a .200 BABIP. He was successful in both of his stolen base attempts and struck out five times. Anna has not played since the 15th and the only information on him surfaced on the 18th when a league tweet referenced the performance of the player replacing him on the roster due to an injury.

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