Breyvic Valera (Bravos de Margarita)

Hitting stats from 18 St. Louis Cardinals position players competing in winter leagues around the world.

In our fifth St. Louis Cardinals winter league report of the 2016-2017 period, from Venezuela, Breyvic Valera is the Hitter of the Week.

Welcome back to The Cardinal Nation’s weekly summary of St. Louis Cardinals players competing in winter leagues around the world. Here in Week 5, we start with the offense.

The leagues

The 2016 Arizona Fall League prospect showcase is now complete. This is the final week those player results will appear here.

The four leagues which join Cuba in the annual Caribbean Series in February are all underway – including the Dominican League (LIDOM), Mexico (LMP) and Venezuela (LVBP) and Puerto Rico League (PWL).

The hitters

In the AFL, the Cardinals position player contingent includes catcher Carson Kelly, shortstop Paul DeJong and outfielder Harrison Bader.

In Puerto Rico, two Cardinals hitters are still participating – Anthony Garcia and Yariel Gonzalez. Luke Voit was released this past week, so this is his final appearance here.

In the Dominican are catchers Luis Cruz and Alberto Rosario plus Peoria teammates, outfielder Magneuris Sierra and second baseman Eliezer Alvarez. A new, fifth addition is Palm Beach shortstop Juan Herrera.

http://www.scout.com/player/181847-juan-herrera?s=321

The two Mexican Winter League position players still under Cardinals contracts are Cuban outfielder Randy Arozarena and Mexican native and catcher Irving Wilson.

http://www.scout.com/player/148027-wilfredo-tovar?s=321

Five hitters are suiting up in Venezuela, including recently-signed free agent shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. Outfielder Jose Martinez, who finished in St. Louis, and his Memphis teammate and new 40-man roster player, second sacker and outfielder Breyvic Valera, are also competing. Catchers Jose Godoy and Joshua Lopez are active, too.

Hitting stats - season

Following are hitting stats for the winter ball season through November 19, sorted by OPS.

Hitter Pos Lvl Tm Lg AB AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS  
Valera, Breyvic UT Mem MAR LVBP 123 0.366 0.426 0.618 1.043
Martinez, Jose OF StL LAG LVBP 89 0.337 0.412 0.528 0.940
Arozarena, Randy OF TBA NAV LMP 126 0.341 0.424 0.421 0.844
Kelly, Carson C StL GDD AFL 77 0.286 0.387 0.455 0.842
Wilson, Irving C GCL CUL LMP 29 0.276 0.276 0.552 0.828
Herrera, Juan SS PB EST LIDOM 12 0.333 0.385 0.417 0.801
Bader, Harrison OF Spr GDD AFL 79 0.304 0.349 0.430 0.779
Tovar, Wilfredo SS Mem CAR LVBP 109 0.284 0.333 0.349 0.682
Garcia, Anthony OF Mem CAR PWL 62 0.274 0.308 0.355 0.663
Lopez, Joshua C JC MAR LVBP 20 0.200 0.273 0.350 0.623
Godoy, Jose C Peo ORI LVBP 9 0.222 0.364 0.222 0.586
DeJong, Paul SS Spr GDD AFL 69 0.232 0.257 0.290 0.547
Gonzalez, Yariel 3B SC AGU PWL 37 0.216 0.293 0.216 0.509
Voit, Luke 1B Spr AGU PWL 49 0.184 0.245 0.245 0.490
Sierra, Magneuris CF Peo TOR LIDOM 45 0.178 0.245 0.200 0.445
Alvarez, Eliezer 2B Spr ESC LIDOM 12 0.083 0.154 0.167 0.321
Rosario, Alberto C StL EST LIDOM 20 0.100 0.182 0.100 0.282
Cruz, Luis C StL TOR LIDOM 4 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Hitter Pos Lvl Tm Lg AB AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS  

 

Hitter G   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS  
Valera, Breyvic 34 123 26 45 8 4 5 15 14 13 5 5
Martinez, Jose 24 89 14 30 5 0 4 23 12 12 0 2
Arozarena, Randy 33 126 22 43 6 2 0 11 10 15 12 8
Kelly, Carson 21 77 12 22 4 0 3 18 13 4 2 0
Wilson, Irving 16 29 9 8 2 0 2 3 0 8 0 0
Herrera, Juan 5 12 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
Bader, Harrison 21 79 12 24 2 1 2 16 5 14 4 2
Tovar, Wilfredo 28 109 16 31 7 0 0 11 5 16 3 3
Garcia, Anthony 16 62 5 17 5 0 0 3 3 9 1 0
Lopez, Joshua 8 20 2 4 0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0
Godoy, Jose 4 9 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0
DeJong, Paul 19 69 4 16 1 0 1 9 3 21 1 1
Gonzalez, Yariel 13 37 3 8 0 0 0 1 4 5 1 0
Voit, Luke 12 49 0 9 3 0 0 5 3 11 1 0
Sierra, Magneuris 15 45 4 8 1 0 0 2 3 11 0 0
Alvarez, Eliezer 8 12 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0
Rosario, Alberto 9 20 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 0
Cruz, Luis 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Hitter G   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS  

Hitting standouts - season

There is no way around it. Valera is hitting like a man possessed. For the winter season, he leads all Cardinals in all four slash categories, in doubles, triples and home runs and has more walks than strikeouts.

http://www.scout.com/player/143613-breyvic-valera?s=321

Martinez and Arozarena have similar strong batting average and on-base marks, but Martinez has more power as well as an organization-best 23 RBI in 24 games. Arozarena leads Cards with 12 steals, though his success rate of 60 percent could use some improvement.

http://www.scout.com/player/210771-randy-arozarena?s=321

Kelly finished his AFL campaign strongly. His 18 RBI in 23 games tied for second-most in the league. Just four strikeouts in 77 at-bats is pretty impressive, indeed. It will be interesting to see if Kelly can continue his offensive upturn to start 2017. He certainly has momentum.

http://www.scout.com/player/161612-carson-kelly?s=321

Bader batted .304 in Arizona and his .779 OPS was certainly respectable. The outfielder’s 16 RBI in 21 games was also not shabby at all. In the desert, DeJong hit like a shortstop, which he now is.

Newcomer Tovar has a winter slash line comparable to his minor league career. Anthony Garcia has yet to get on one of his patented hot streaks, which once led him to the PR batting title. New 40-man roster players Sierra and Alvarez are showing absolutely nothing in winter ball.

Recent results

Following are hitting stats for the last week only, sorted by batting average.

Hitter G   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS   AVG
Valera, Breyvic 9 36 9 13 3 2 3 6 5 3 0 1 0.361
DeJong, Paul 5 18 2 6 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 1 0.333
Herrera, Juan 5 12 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.333
Arozarena, Randy 9 38 6 11 2 0 0 1 3 6 4 2 0.289
Bader, Harrison 6 21 2 6 1 0 0 3 2 3 1 0 0.286
Martinez, Jose 7 27 4 7 2 0 1 6 2 4 0 0 0.259
Kelly, Carson 5 20 2 5 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0.250
Lopez, Joshua 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.250
Garcia, Anthony 8 31 1 7 4 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 0.226
Sierra, Magneuris 4 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.222
Tovar, Wilfredo 3 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0.182
Gonzalez, Yariel 5 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.154
Voit, Luke 3 13 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 0.154
Wilson, Irving 4 11 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0.091
Rosario, Alberto 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0.000
Alvarez, Eliezer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Cruz, Luis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Godoy, Jose 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Hitter G   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS   AVG

Hitting standouts – week

Valera is showing impressive pop, with over half of his 13 hits for the week going for extra bases, including three long balls. The utilityman also drew five free passes on his way to our Player of the Week honors.

http://www.scout.com/player/118230-jose-martinez?s=321

Martinez tied Valera with six RBI, but did it in just seven contests. So far, he is St. Louis’ fourth outfielder for next season, though that will surely change in the weeks ahead.

Shortstops Herrera, starting his winter ball play, and DeJong, finishing his, each hit .333 last week.

On the other hand, Garcia and Sierra both batted in the .220s for the week. The former stroked four doubles, but just three singles in 31 at-bats. The latter had just 10 plate appearances, likely losing playing time due to poor results.

Tovar, Gonzalez, Voit, Irving and Rosario all hit under the Mendoza Line for the period. Alvarez did not play last week.

Next up

Look for the Week 5 Cardinals Winter Ball Pitching Report coming on Monday.

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