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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. Jonathan Escudero pitched well for the first-place club in Colombia.

Stats are through January 6th.

 Dominican (Winter) League

The six-team league wrapped up its regular season on December 21st with the top four teams advancing to post-season play.  Licey, Escogido, the Toros and Estrellas all moved on while Aquilas and Cibao were eliminated.  The Round Robin tournament commenced on December 27th and ends on January 17th. 

Aquilas Cibaenas –

Kurt Heyer (Memphis):  Although Licey chose Heyer in the dispersal draft, the righty is not participating in the Round Robin tournament.  Heyer’s time in the Dominican Republic ended after three starts.  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. 

Leones del Escogido –

Jeremy Hefner (Memphis):  St. Louis signed the former Mets hurler, who is trying to rebound from two Tommy John surgeries, to a minor league contract in late December after the 29-year-old performed well enough during the regular season.  Hefner tossed 15 1/3 frames in five appearances, three starts, for Cibao, giving up just two earned runs on 15 hits and four free passes, a 1.15 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.  Escogido selected the right-hander in the dispersal draft, slotting him into their rotation.  He debuted for the Leones on January 2nd, receiving a no decision despite yielding just one run on two hits and three base-on-balls in 4 2/3.  That run crossed the plate after Hefner left the game.  At one point Hefner retired eight straight, his string broken by a free pass which he then erased with a double play.

Heath Wyatt (Memphis):  Wyatt’s name does not appear on Escogido’s postseason roster so it appears as if his season is over.  That gives the non-roster reliever, who pitched for Escogido the entire season, some time off before beginning the 2016 campaign for the Cardinals. His regular season 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 concluded December 29th.  The top six teams advanced to postseason play with both Hermosillo and Culiacan finishing in the bottom two teams.

Naranjeros de Hermosillo –

Ronnie Shaban (Springfield):  Shaban’s time with Hermosillo was brief and bad, the latter undoubtedly leading to the former.  The righty appeared in six games from October 11th through October 25th then moved to the roster’s reserve list for the season’s balance.  Shaban gave up seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3, allowing three of four inherited runners to cross, compiling a 1.76 WHIP.  He saved one game, blew another and absorbed a loss in a third contest.  Shaban was charged with only two runs, earned, for a misleading 3.17 ERA.

Tomateros de Culiacan –

Irving Wilson (DSL):  Wilson’s primary role with Culiacan was as a late-innings replacement behind the plate, so the 19-year-old started just five times.  While he mustered just five hits in 24 at bats in 19 games, Wilson worked five base-on-balls, raising his on-base percentage to .345.  Defensively, he did not commit a miscue.   His overall mark:  .208/.345/.250/.595, 5-for-24 in 19 games with a double, five walks, four runs scored, two driven in and eight strikeouts, .313 BABIP.

 Colombian League

The Colombian League’s season commenced on November 13th and finished on January 6, 2016.  Right-hander Jonathan Escudero (Johnson City) pitched for Caimanes while southpaw Dewin Perez (Peoria) is part of the Tigres de Cartegena’s staff.  Caimanes finished on top with a 26-16 mark while Cartegena ended up 10 games back.  The top three teams move on to the postseason with Caimanes receiving a bye while the Leones and Toros battle in a best-of-five playoff for the right to face Caimanes in the best-of-seven finals.

Caimanes de Barranquilla –

Jonathan Escudero (Johnson City):  Escudero tossed four frames, permitting an unearned run on five hits and a base-on-balls.  The 22-year-old fanned four.  His cumulative numbers:  0-0, 2.67 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 27 IP, 22 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 HR, 3 HB, 4 BB, 24 SO, .220 BAA, .273 BABIP

Tigres de Cartegena –

Dewin Perez (Peoria):  Perez retired one of five batters faced since the last notebook, on a strikeout, yielding three hits and a walk that generated two runs, both earned.    His cumulative line:  1-3, 9.19 ERA, 2.30 WHIP, 15.2 IP, 22 H, 17 R, 16 ER, 3 HR, 1 HB, 14 BB, 10 SO, .319 BAA, .333 BABIP

 Panama League

The four-team Panama League’s season got underway on December 10th and runs through mid-January 2016.  The league’s official website has been under construction for weeks and only recently became available.  While three St Louis Cardinals’ farmhands - shortstop Allen Cordoba (GCL), outfielder Jonathan Rivera (GCL) and shortstop Edmundo Sosa (Johnson City) – were scheduled to take part in the league, only Rivera shows up on any team’s stats page. 

Aguilas Metropolitanos –

Jonathan Rivera (GCL):  The 18-year-old is putting together quite a nice season, going 31-for-82 in 21 games with four doubles, two triples and two home runs for the Metropolitanos.  Rivera’s line, .378/.420/.549/.969, puts him second in the league in batting average and OPS and first in slugging percentage.  His 31 hits lead the league while he is second in both triples and home runs (the latter a tie for second).

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