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St. Louis Cardinals prospects in the Arizona Fall League, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Premier 12

Weekly notebook focuses on St. Louis Cardinals prospects in the Arizona Fall League, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Premier 12. Aledmys Diaz is swinging a hot bat in the desert.

Stats are through November 17th.

Arizona Fall League - Surprise Saguaros

The Pitchers

Dean Kiekhefer (Memphis):  Kiekhefer tossed two strong efforts this week, retiring six straight on Thursday, notching two K’s, maintaining the Saguaros’ 1-0 lead.  He acquired his second save in Saturday’s Military Appreciation game, using three groundball outs to work around a one-out single for a 6-5 win.  Kiekhefer has yet to issue a free pass to any of the 52 batters faced spanning 14 1/3 innings.  His cumulative line:  1-1, 8 G, 2 S, 2.51 ERA, 2.67 FIP, 0.70 WHIP, 14.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R/ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 13 SO, .208 BAA, .237 BABIP

Alex Reyes (Springfield): Reyes’ participation in the 2015 Arizona Fall League came to a screeching halt after the 21-year-old tested positive for a ‘drug of abuse’, marijuana.  He received the mandated 50-game suspension, effective immediately.  His final numbers:  0-1, 4 G/GS, 3.60 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 1.60 WHIP, 15 IP, 14 H, 6 R/ER, 10 BB, 14 SO, .333 BAA, .333 BABIP 

Robby Rowland (Springfield):  Rowland came out of the bullpen twice, each time in an inherited runner situation.  On the 11th, the 24-year-old entered with a runner on second, one out and his squad down 6-3.  Rowland escaped on one of his two strikeouts and a pop out but not before wild pitching the runner to third.  A one-two-three seventh ensued.  He proceeded Kiekhefer to the mound on the 14th, taking the mound with two runs already across, the sacks jammed, one out and Surprise up 5-3.  Rowland recorded the second out but surrendered a two-run single that sent the game into extras.  It was the right-hander’s third blown save but he was the pitcher of record when the Saguaros retook the lead in the visitors half of the 10th.  His line:  1-0, 2 SV, 3 BS, 9 G, 0 GS, 9.1 IP, 5.79 ERA, 4.54 FIP, 1.50 WHIP, 4 BB, 8 SO, .370 BAA, .333 BABIP

Luke Weaver (Palm Beach):  On Friday, Weaver fell prey to the long ball in his second start, the poorest of his six AFL appearances.  He dug a 4-0 hole after one, the result of two home runs, giving up five runs in all on five hits and a walk over four and was charged with his first loss in three decisions.  His line to date:  2-1, 6 G, 2 GS, 3.93 ERA, 4.94 FIP, 0.87 WHIP, 18.1 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 2 HB, 4 BB, 16 SO, .226 BAA, .188 BABIP 

The Hitters

Aledmys Diaz (Memphis):  Diaz was an offensive star this week, going 6-for-16 in four starts with two doubles, two home runs, two walks, five runs scored and five RBI - .375/.444/.875/1.319.  He whiffed five times.  Defensively, he started twice each at short and second, committing a fielding error at short.  Cumulative line:  .302/.366/.635/1.001, 19-for-63, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 15 R, 12 RBI, 7 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 4 E, .306 BABIP in 18 games, 17 starts 

Michael Ohlman (Springfield):  Ohlman made two starts this week, one as catcher and the other at first.  He singled and doubled in eight at bats, driving in one run and fanning four times.  Cumulative line:  .226/.286/.387/.673, 7-for-31, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 11 SO, 5 RBI, 0 E, .300 BABIP in nine starts

Charlie Tilson (Springfield):  Tilson’s offensive struggles continue with only three hits in 15 at bats in four starts.  The outfielder doubled and walked one time each, touched home four times and struck out three times = .200/.250/.267/.517.  That dropped his overall mark to .216/.333/.275/.608, 11-for-51, 3 2B, 9 BB, 13 SO, 14 R, 4 RBI, 4 SB, 0 CS, 0 E, .289 BABIP in 13 starts

Patrick Wisdom (Springfield):  Wisdom was a mediocre 6-for-24 in six starts but one of his two doubles for the week drove in three in Surprise’s division-clinching win on Monday.  Four of the third baseman’s five RBI came in that contest.  He scored twice, worked a base-on-balls and stole a base for the period to go with four strikeouts.  Wisdom committed a throwing error while playing third.  Cumulative line:  .238/.273/.405/.677, 20-for-84, 6 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 17 SO, 13 R, 16 RBI, 3 SB, 1 CS, 3 E, .277 BABIP in 22 games, 21 starts

Dominican (Winter) League

Six-team league

Season runs from October 15th through December 21st 

Aguilas Cibaenas -

Weekly Record:  3-4

Cumulative Record: 11-16

Standing:  Sixth, 4 ½ back

Robelys Reyes (Palm Beach):  Reyes got to the plate for the first time since October 25th when he started Tuesday’s contest.  The centerfielder singled once in two at bats, his first hit in 12 at bats so far, but was pinch hit for in the seventh. 

Leones del Escogido –

Weekly Record:  4-2

Cumulative Record:  13-11

Standing:  Second, one back

Heath Wyatt (Memphis):  Wyatt took the mound on Saturday in the home half of the eighth with his team up by a tally and left with two on and one out.  While the right-hander yielded a lead-off single, the jam was not all of his own making as the next batter reached via an E5 throwing error on an attempt at second.  Wyatt notched a swinging K before departing, the lead runner eventually scoring an unearned tally.  On Tuesday the 27-year-old maintained Escogido’s 4-2 advantage with a clean sixth, erasing a lead-off free pass on a 6-4-3 double play.  His cumulative numbers:  1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 9.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, .222 BAA, .258 BABIP, 6 IR/3 IRS

Mexican Pacific League 

The eight-team Mexican League got underway October 9th and the regular season concludes December 29th.

Naranjeros de Hermosillo –

Weekly Record:  0-6

Cumulative Record:  10-23

Standing:  Eighth, 10 1/2 back 

Ronnie Shaban (Springfield):  Shaban has not pitched since October 25th.  He has compiled a dismal record with one blown save in one game, a loss in another and three of four inherited runners crossing and has given up seven hits and three base-on-balls in 5 2/3 frames over six appearances for a 1.76 WHIP and .304 BAA, .389 BABIP.  Shaban has been charged with only two runs, giving him a misleading 3.17 ERA and 3.02 FIP.  Three of four inherited runners have scored. 

Tomateros de Culiacan –

Weekly Record:  3-3

Cumulative Record:  13-21

Standing:  Seventh, eight back

Irving Wilson (DSL):  Wilson generated his first two hits of the season this week.  Both hits came in a start on the 11th, the catcher singling twice in five at bats with two runs scored and an RBI.  He grounded out as a pinch hitter before taking over catching duties on Saturday.  Overall, Wilson is 2-for-14 with two walks, touched home twice, knocked in one and fanned five times in nine games. 

Premier 12

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12 is comprised of 12 countries and regions.  Their inaugural world baseball championship tournament, to be held every four years, got underway in Taiwan, on November 10th.  St. Louis farmhand Trey Nielsen is on Italy’s roster.

Trey Nielsen (Palm Beach):  Nielsen has relieved twice so far and has not done very well either time.  On the 10th, Nielsen began the fifth with Italy down 1-0 and basically put the game out of reach, considering how the offense was hitting.  The right-hander fanned his first batter swinging but yielded a base-on-balls, single and two-run triple.  A coaching visit to the mound resulted in a run-scoring wild pitch before the reliever notched another K and a 6-3 groundout.  He took the loss on Saturday, giving up a run on three hits and two free passes in two frames.  Cumulative line:  0-1, 12.00 ERA, 2.67 WHIP, 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, .357 BAA, .500 BABIP, 1 IR/0 IRS


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