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Weekly notebook focuses on St. Louis Cardinals prospects in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia and Panama.

Weekly notebook focuses on St. Louis Cardinals prospects in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia and Panama. Pitcher Kurt Heyer is improving in the Dominican.

Stats are through December 23rd.

 Dominican (Winter) League

The six-team league wrapped up their regular season on Monday with the top four teams advancing to post-season play.  The Round Robin tournament commences on December 27th and finishes on January 17th.  Licey, Escogido, the Toros and Estrellas all moved on while Aquilas and Cibao were eliminated.

Aquilas Cibaenas –

Kurt Heyer (Memphis):  Heyer made three starts for Aguilas during their stretch run, beginning with a shaky debut in which he was charged with the loss after yielding five runs, three earned, on two doubles, a base-on-balls, sac bunt and miscue in 2 1/3.  All five scores occurred in Heyer’s final inning of work.  Five days later the right-hander faced off against former Cardinals’ farmhand Nick Additon, Heyer tossing 4 1/3 frames and giving up three runs, one earned, on eight hits.  His strongest outing without question came on the 19th against the Toros, who finished a game ahead of the Cibaenas and clinched the final play-off slot.  Heyer fanned six over six strong innings, blanking his opponents on three hits plus two free passes and earning the 1-0 win.  His line:  1-1, 3 G/GS, 2.84 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 12.2 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO, .250 BAA, .295 BABIP.  On Tuesday Heyer was selected by Licey in the playoff draft.

Leones del Escogido –

Heath Wyatt (Memphis):  Wyatt inherited a tough jam in Escogido’s 1-0 loss on Friday, entering with runners at the corners and none out.  He struck out his initial batter swinging but gave up a single up the middle, scoring what proved to be the difference in the game.  Wyatt limited further damage by inducing a double play to end the inning.   His cumulative numbers:  2-0, 25 G, 1.66 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 21.2 IP, 21 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 BB, 16 SO, .256 BAA, .308 BABIP, 22 IR/9 IRS in 12 chances

 Mexican Pacific League

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

Naranjeros de Hermosillo –

Ronnie Shaban (Springfield):  Shaban is still listed as a reserve on Hermosillo’s roster, having 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. 

Tomateros de Culiacan –

Irving Wilson (DSL):  Wilson’s weekly appearance was on Friday when he subbed in as catcher in the sixth inning of a 15-4 loss.  The 19-year-old worked a free pass in the eighth and scored from first on a double, his team’s final run of the game.  His overall mark:  .217/.333/.261/.594, 5-for-23 in 18 games with a double, four base-on-balls, four runs scored, two driven in and seven strikeouts, .313 BABIP.

 Colombian League

The five-team Colombian League’s season commenced on November 13th and finishes on January 6, 2016.  Right-hander Jonathan Escudero (Johnson City) pitches for Caimanes while southpaw Dewin Perez (Peoria) is part of Cartegena’s staff. 

Caimanes de Barranquilla –

Jonathan Escudero (Johnson City):  Escudero pitched 1 2/3 innings since last week’s notebook, issuing one free pass and striking out two.  His cumulative numbers:  0-0, 3.13 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 23 IP, 17 H, 8 R/ER, 1 HR, 3 HB, 3 BB, 20 SO, .205 BAA, .250 BABIP

Tigres de Cartegena –

Dewin Perez (State College):  Perez was pretty bad this week, surrendering five runs, four earned, on three hits (including two long balls) and five walks in just two innings.  He was charged with his third loss in four decisions.  His cumulative line:  1-3, 8.22 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, 15.2 IP, 19 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 3 HR, 1 HB, 13 BB, 9 SO, .292 BAA, .296 BABIP

 Panama League

The Panama League got underway on December 10th and runs through mid-January 2016.  It includes three St. Louis Cardinals’ farmhands:  shortstop Allen Cordoba (GCL), outfielder Jonathan Rivera (GCL) and shortstop Edmundo Sosa (Johnson City).  The league’s official website is still under construction so information is very difficult to obtain.  Rivera’s team, Metro, tweets regularly so we know he hit a home run in one of his team’s wins and had two more hits in another victory.  How Cordoba and Sosa are doing is not known.

Update: The league has released basic stats through December 22nd, for 10-11 games.

Rivera is leading the league in hitting at .452 (19 for 42), including two triples and a home run. His slash line is a robust .452/.489/.667/1.156.

Cordoba and Sosa do not appear to be active on any of the four league teams.

Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation: Cardinals Winter League Notebook 16: Venezuela and Puerto Rico

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