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

This weekly notebook covers St. Louis Cardinals prospects playing in winter leagues in Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Jeremy Hazelbaker completed a strong stint in Venezuela.

Stats are through December 21st.

 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 –

Ismael Brito (Johnson City):  Brito was removed from Margarita’s active roster on November 3rd, having not appeared in a game since the 29th.  He resurfaced in the Venezuelan Parallel League whose regular season ended on December 4th.  His cumulative VL line:  7 G, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.37 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .182 BAA, .286 BABIP

Silfredo Garcia (Springfield):  For the second straight notebook, Garcia failed to come through in his only appearance of the week and took the loss, this time on December 17th.  The righty began the eighth charged with the task of holding Margarita’s slim 3-2 lead but got himself into trouble immediately by issuing two free passes around a sac bunt.  An infield single to short both loaded the bases and earned Garcia the hook.  Two of his three runners came around to score, tagging him with the “L”.  Fellow St Louis stable hand Justin Wright pitched earlier in the game with better results.  Garcia’s line so far: 8 G, 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 BB (2 IBB), 3 SO, 7.50 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, .320 BAA, .348 BABIP, 3 IR/2 IRS in two opportunities

Juan Perez (State College):  Perez’ stay in the Venezuelan League was brief, the 20-year-old relieving once on November 28th.  He began the ninth trying to maintain the Bravos’ 9-3 lead but alternated two outs with two base-on-balls.  Perez capped the performance with a two-run double before recording the final out.  He was removed from Margarita’s active roster on December 3rd. 

Breyvic Valera (Springfield):  After having posted an impressive .359/.440/.513/.952 in 78 at bats from mid-November to mid-December, Valera had a dreadful week at the plate.  The infielder mustered just three hits in 20 at bats, all of them coming in one game.  Valera did work three walks against just one strikeout, an average of one walk every 8.25 plate appearances versus a strikeout once every 23.1 plate appearances.  He divided his five starts between third (three) and second (two), batting fifth as a third baseman and first when playing second.  His overall mark:  .286/.376/.393/.768, 56-for-196 in 56 games/55 starts, 9 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 30 R, 20 RBI, 28 BB, 10 SO, 8 SB, 12 CS, 10 E, .289 BABIP 

Justin Wright (Memphis):  Wright was finally scored upon on Friday, the second of his two very brief relief efforts this week.  The southpaw started the eighth with the Bravos up 2-0 but allowed a lead-off double to his only batter, a lefty bat.  That runner crossed under Wright’s successor.  He was more effective against that same batter on Thursday, getting him to ground out, 4-3, to strand an inherited runner on first, thus ending the sixth with his team still ahead, 3-2.  His cumulative line:  10 G, 1 SV, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1.59 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, .381 BAA, .444 BABIP, 7 IR/3 IRS in four opportunities

Caribes de Anzoategui –

Jeremy Hazelbaker (Memphis):  Hazelbaker’s contract with Anzoategui ended earlier this month, much to the regret of his manager.  He led the team in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS and was second in on-base percentage, minimum 100 at bats.  Hazelbaker’s final line:  321/.382/.506/.888, 52-for-162 in 45 games, 11 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 30 R, 22 RBI, 15 BB, 35 SO, 11 SB, 1 CS, 3 E

Tiburones de La Guaira –

Juan Gonzalez (Triple-A):  Gonzalez, whom St. Louis signed as a minor league free agent last month, was removed from La Guaira’s active roster on December 8th.  His overall mark:  1-1, 14 G, 13.2 IP, 24 H, 19 R/ER, 3 HR, 1 HB, 8 BB, 5 SO, 12.51 ERA, 2.34 WHIP, .381 BAA, .375 BABIP, 8 IR/5 IRS in four opportunities

 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 either Mondays or Thursdays.  Three St. Louis farmhands began the season with the Gigantes de Carolina – pitcher Juan Caballero, outfielder Anthony Garcia and first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez – while Cuban right-hander Pedro Echemendia (State College) was added to Carolina’s roster on December 2nd.  Caballero left the organization in the Double-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 10th.

Gigantes de Carolina –

Pedro Echemendia (State College):  Having truly stank in three outings last week where he was charged with a loss in one affair plus two blown saves in his other two efforts, Echemendia was relegated to one appearance and that came with his team comfortably ahead.  The right-hander kicked off the eighth with Carolina up 5-0 and retired one of three batters faced.  Echemendia served up his first long ball to his initial opponent, got a fly out to left and departed after permitting a line-drive single up the middle.  His successor recorded a 4-3 double play to limit the damage.  His overall mark:  2-1, (2 BS), 6 G, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1.71 WHIP, .316 BAA, .385 BABIP, 5 IR/3 IRS in three opportunities. 

Anthony Garcia (Memphis):  Garcia’s dismal campaign continues with just two singles in 11 at bats over four starts this week.  Pretty much the only thing of note was on the 19th when he singled in his first and only at bat.  Garcia was the lead runner on a subsequent 6-3 double play and did not take the field the next inning.  He did start the next day, singling once in four at bats.  His overall numbers:  .198/.264/.315/.579, 22-for-111 in 30 games, with four doubles, three home runs, eight walks, 24 strikeouts, 11 runs scored, 17 RBIs and a .218 BABIP.  He has committed three miscues.

Jonathan Rodriguez (Springfield):  Rodriguez appeared in two games, going 0-for-2 with two bases-on-balls and one strikeout.  That makes his overall mark .240/.380/.333/.714, 18-for-75 in 24 games, with seven doubles, 15 walks, 29 strikeouts, seven runs scored and eight knocked in, .391 BABIP.  He has committed one error.


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