Cards Winter League Notebook 6: VL, VPL, PR

The second of two weekly notebooks focuses on the Venezuelan League (VL), Venezuelan Parallel League (VPL) and Puerto Rico League (PR). Jeremy Hazelbaker is swinging a hot bat.

Stats are through November 5th.

Venezuelan League

The Venezuelan League consists of eight teams competing in one group. Opening Day was October 7th and the regular season ends on December 29th.

Bravos de Margarita -
Weekly Record: 3-3
Overall Record: 6-18
Standing: Eighth, 9 back

Ismael Brito (Johnson City): Brito was removed from Margarita’s active roster on November 3rd, having not appeared in a game since the 29th. His cumulative line: 7 G, 2.3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.37 ERA, 2.45 FIP, .182 BAA, .286 BABIP

Silfredo Garcia (Springfield): Garcia was placed on the active roster on the 3rd after dealing with some shoulder discomfort. He has yet to see action.

Kender Villegas (State College): This past week, Villegas did not appear in a game, either in the Venezuelan League or Venezuelan Parallel League. Villegas has been touched for five runs on six hits, including a two-run home run, in just 2 1/3 innings over two games. He has struck out two with no base-on-balls permitted.

Breyvic Valera (Springfield): Valera posted a line of .286/.400/.381/.781, 6-for-21 in six starts with a triple, four runs scored and two driven in, .300 BABIP. The 22-year-old again walked more than he fanned, three to one, giving him seven free passes in all against just three strikeouts. He needs to work more on his base-stealing since he was nailed for the fourth straight time. Defensively, Valera played all three outfield positions as well as second and short, where he committed a fielding miscue. He was credited with an outfield assist at third while playing right on Sunday. His overall mark: .253/.321/.373/.695, 19-for-75 in 21 starts, 5 2B, 2 3B, 11 R, 8 RBI, 7 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, 4 CS, 2 E, .260 BABIP

Caribes de Anzoategui –
Weekly Record: 2-4
Overall Record: 11-12
Standing: Seventh, 3 ½ back

Jeremy Hazelbaker (Memphis): Hazelbaker’s bat continued to heat up, going a torrid .478/.538/.565/1.104, 11-for-23 with two doubles, two walks, four runs scored and one knocked in over six starts. He struck out just twice and stole a base. That raises his cumulative numbers to .316/.372/.506/.878, 25-for-79 in 22 games, 4 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 13 R, 10 RBI, 7 BB, 19 SO, 4 SB, 0 CS, 1 E, .407 BABIP

David Oca (State College): Oca relieved twice this week with unimpressive results. On the 30th, the lefty began the sixth with his team just having taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the frame. Oca recorded a groundout but yielded back-to-back singles, leading to his exit. All three players, two of whom were pinch hitters, batted from the right side of the plate. On Sunday he was given a quick hook after allowing consecutive hard-hit singles to two right-handed batters without recording an out. None of the four runners scored. Oca’s cumulative line: 1-0, 9 G, 1.42 ERA, 1.46 FIP, 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1.11 WHIP, .240 BAA, .333 BABIP

Venezuelan Parallel League

The VPL is the developmental arm of the Venezuelan League with its own regular season, play offs and championship. 14 teams compete in the league and St. Louis has four players currently active on four of the squads.

Bravos de Margarita –
Weekly Record: 4-2
Overall Record: 12-9-2

Carlos Torres (GCL): Torres’ cold bat last week, when he hit .214 in 14 at bats, led to reduced playing time this week with only two starts. His only hit in eight at bats was an RBI triple to go with two strikeouts. His cumulative line: .278/.341/.500/.841, 10-for-36 in 11 starts, with a double, two triples and home run, four walks, five strikeouts, five runs scored and seven driven in. Torres has swiped two bags.

Caribes de Anzoategui -
Weekly Record: 2-4
Overall Record: 12-12

Ronnierd Garcia (State College): Garcia’s offensive struggles continue, as the first baseman went hitless in seven at bats over three games, two starts. He worked two free passes, fanning once. His mark to date: .152/.278/.217/.495, 7-for-46 in 18 games and 12 starts, with a double, triple, eight walks, nine strikeouts, three runs scored and two knocked in, .189 BABIP. He has committed three errors.

Leones del Caracas –
Weekly Record: 2-4
Overall Record: 13-11

Gerwuins Velazco (State College): After starting three of his team’s first 12 games, Velazco has not pitched since October 19th. His overall mark: 0-1, 3 G/GS, 3.75 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 12 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1.50 WHIP, .318 BAA., 333 BABIP.

Jhohan Acevedo (State College): Acevedo started twice in three games this week, once in right and once in center. He singled twice in eight at bats, working a base-on-balls, his first two hits in 14 at bats over five games, three starts. Acevedo has walked once and fanned twice.

Tiburones de La Guaira –
Weekly Record: 3-2
Overall Record: 11-10-1

Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City): Gerdel tossed 5 2/3 frames in two games, one start, this week. On the 30th he faced the minimum, using a double play to erase the single allowed and keeping his team’s deficit to 2-0. The right-hander started on Wednesday, giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits and a free pass in 4 2/3, receiving a no decision. His line to date: 1-0, 6 G, 3 GS, 3.72 ERA, 4.34 FIP, 19.1 IP, 24 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 13 SO, 1.35 WHIP, .329 BAA, .362 BABIP

Puerto Rico League

The struggling Puerto Rico League is down to just four teams with a regular season running from October 30th through December 30, 2015. They do not play on either Mondays or Thursdays. Three St Louis farmhands are participating this season, all of them playing for the Gigantes de Carolina.

Gigantes de Carolina –
Current Record: 2-3
Standing: Third, two back

Juan Caballero (Johnson City): Caballero pitched the fifth and sixth of Carolina’s season opener on October 30th. The right-hander worked around a lead-off double and one-out walk in his initial frame then maneuvered around a one-out double in the sixth, holding his squad’s deficit to 5-2. On Wednesday, Caballero entered the ninth with two runs already across, a runner on second with none out and his team newly down 6-4. An intentional free pass was sandwiched around a fly out and pop out in foul ground before the threat ended on a called strike three. His numbers: 0-0, 2 G, 0.00 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1.33 WHIP, .182 BAA, .250 BABIP

Anthony Garcia (Memphis): Garcia, who was added to St Louis’ 40-man roster on Thursday, started all five games in right, batting third. He went 5-for-20, touched home three times and knocked in three. Two of his five hits went for extra bases, a double and a home run. Garcia reached base four more times, twice each via a base-on-balls and hit-by-pitch. He struck out three times and committed a fielding error. His numbers: .250/.375/.450/.825 with a .250 BABIP.

Jonathan Rodriguez (Springfield): Rodriguez is off to a solid start, batting clean-up while primarily manning first base. The 26-year-old has six hits in 20 at bats in five games with a double, three walks, three runs scored and four RBI - .300/.417/.350/.767, .462 BABIP. He has fanned seven times and been plunked once. But half of his hits occurred in one game with the other three hits spread out over the four other contests.

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