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St. Louis Cardinals prospects in the Venezuelan, Venezuelan Parallel, Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan Leagues

The second of two weekly notebooks focuses on St. Louis Cardinals prospects in the Venezuelan League (VL), Venezuelan Parallel League (VPL), Puerto Rican League (PR) and Nicaraguan League (NIC). Anthony Garcia is heating up in Puerto Rico.

Stats are through November 22nd.

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.  The first-half season stats closed on November 15th.

Bravos de Margarita

Second-Half Record:  5-1

Second-Half Standing:  First, one game up

First-Half Record:  9-23

First-Half Standing:  Eighth, 10 back

Silfredo Garcia (Springfield):  Garcia was used very sparingly this week but his one appearance came in a tough situation.  He entered the home half of the ninth inning in a tie game with one out and runners on first and second.  Garcia loaded the bases when he plunked his first batter but recorded a fly out to right for the second out.  The game ended, however, after he yielded a single to center for a walk-off loss.  His line so far:  3 G, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 IBB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .200 BAA, .250 BABIP, 3 IR/2 IRS 

Breyvic Valera (Springfield):  Valera had a good week both at the plate and in the field, hitting .304/.407/.304/.712, 7-for-23 in six starts at second and third.  While he displayed little power, Valera worked four more free passes without striking out at all, giving him an overall  mark of 18 walks against four strikeouts.  He was active on the base paths, swiping three bags in five attempts.  He handled the hot corner at least part of the time in five games and did not commit an error.  His overall mark:  .264/.359/.339/.698, 32-for-121 in 35 games/34 starts, 5 2B, 2 3B, 18 R, 14 RBI, 18 BB, 4 SO, 6 SB, 8 CS, 5 E, .269 BABIP 

Justin Wright (Memphis):  Wright joined Margarita this week, pitching twice.  He was eased into action on Friday, tossing a one-two-three eighth with his team holding a very comfortable 10-0 lead.  The lefty fanned one.  On Sunday he again pitched a clean eighth with the Bravos up 12-0, sandwiching a double around two strikeouts, one looking.  A wild pitch advanced the runner to third before Wright ended the frame with a 5-3 ground out.  His line:  2 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, .250 BAA, .250 BABIP

Leones del Caracas

While he has yet to appear in a game, reports out of Venezuela indicate that Miguel Socolovich (Memphis) may pitch for the Leones for the last month of the season.

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

Record for the Period:  2-3

Overall Record:  18-14-2

Carlos Torres (Gulf Coast):  Torres started twice in right, going 2-for-10 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs.  He struck out four times.  His cumulative line:  .246/.302/.491/.793, 14-for-57 in 16 starts, with four doubles, two triples and two home runs, four walks, 14 strikeouts, eight runs scored and 10 driven in, .286 BABIP.  Torres is two-for-two in stolen base attempts.

Ismael Brito (Johnson City):  Brito’s only appearance came on the 16th when he inherited runners on first and second with two gone in the sixth and his team down 4-1.  The southpaw walked his first batter, jamming the sacks full but notching a swinging strikeout to end the threat.  His cumulative VPL line:  0-0, 2 G, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 HB, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP 

Kender Villegas (State College):  Villegas took the walk-off loss in his only effort, permitting two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in 2/3 of an inning.  His cumulative VPL line:  0-1, 2 G, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 HB, 1 BB, 1 SO, 10.78 ERA, 2.40 WHIP, .375 BAA, .479 BABIP

Caribes de Anzoategui -

Record for the Period:  2-2

Overall Record:  16-16-1

Ronnierd Garcia (State College):  After batting a meager .152/.278/.217/.495, 7-for-46 in the first 18 games, 12 starts, Garcia has not played at all since November 5th.  He has a double, triple, eight walks, nine strikeouts, three runs scored and two knocked in, .189 BABIP.  He has committed three errors.

Leones del Caracas

Record for the Period:  3-1

Overall Record:  16-13

Gerwuins Velazco (State College):  Velazco started three of his team’s first 12 games but 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):  After mustering just three hits in 21 at bats going back to his season debut on October 17th, Acevedo garnered four hits in 11 at bats over three starts this week, twice in right and once at third.  He worked four more free passes against just two strikeouts and was one-for-two in stolen base attempts.  His line for the week:  .364/.533/.364/.897, 4-for-11 with a run scored, three knocked in, four base-on-balls and two strikeouts.  That raises his cumulative mark to .219/.405/.219/.624, 7-for-32 in 12 games, nine starts, with 10 walks, five strikeouts, two runs scored and three stolen bases in five attempts, .259 BABIP.

Tiburones de La Guaira

Record for the Period:  2-2

Overall Record:  16-17-1

Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City):  Gerdel tossed two scoreless frames on the 18th, holding La Guaira’s deficit to one run in an eventual win for the Tiburones.  The righty worked around a single and fielding error that placed a runner in scoring position with none out in his first inning of work, recording a fly out, swinging K and ground out.  The two-out single he yielded the next frame did not result in damage. His line to date:  1-1, 8 G, 4 GS, 3.33 ERA, 24.1 IP, 30 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 3 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 18 SO, 1.32 WHIP, .326 BAA, .375 BABIP

Puerto Rican League

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

Gigantes de Carolina

Record for the Period:  2-3

Current Record:  7-10

Standing:  Third, 4 1/2 back

Juan Caballero (Johnson City):  Caballero relieved twice but once again had mixed results.  On the up side he finished Carolina’s 13-5 win on the 18th, notching two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.  The right-hander’s Saturday outing began auspiciously after he stranded an inherited runner on second by recording the final two outs of the frame.  But a sign of things to come was the walk he issued that frame, one of four base-on-balls yielded in two.  Caballero worked around a two-out walk and single in the third but got the hook after issuing consecutive free passes with one gone the next inning.  One of those two runners eventually came around to score.   His numbers:  0-1, 6 G, 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 6 BB (1 IBB), 7 SO, 1.22 WHIP, .152 BAA, .192 BABIP, 3 IR/0 IRS

Anthony Garcia (Memphis):  After an ice cold start in which he batted .170/.259/.298/.557, 8-for-47 in 12 starts through November 15th, Garcia’s bat ignited this week.  The outfielder went a torrid 9-for-22 with a double, two bombs and two walks in five starts, .409/.480/.727/1.207.  He touched home six times, driving in eight and striking out three times.  His overall numbers:  .246/.329/.435/.764, 17-for-69 in 17 starts, with four doubles, three home runs, six walks, 11 strikeouts, 10 runs scored, 13 RBIs and a .250 BABIP.  He has committed three miscues.

Jonathan Rodriguez (Springfield):  Rodriguez had another down week at the plate, going 5-for-20 in five starts at first, with three doubles, two free passes and nine strikeouts.  He crossed three times with two RBI.  His cumulative mark:  .246/.343/.344/.687, 15-for-61 in 17 games, with six doubles, seven walks, 22 strikeouts, seven runs scored and seven knocked in, .385 BABIP.  He has not committed an error.

Nicaraguan League

The four-team Nicaraguan League got underway on November 3rd and the regular season finishes on January 3rd.  Reliever Jhonny Polanco is part of the Indios del Boer bullpen.

Indios del Boer

Record for the Period:  0-3

Overall Record:  6-7

Standing:  Fourth, 1 1/2 back

Jhonny Polanco (Springfield):  Polanco has not pitched since the last report.  Overall, he relieved five times in Boer’s first 10 games.  The 23-year-old has permitted just one hit in seven innings, issuing two walks – one intentional, and striking out six.  He has yet to allow a run and has one save so far.  5 G, 1 SV, 7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.29 WHIP.


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