Welcome back to The Cardinal Nation’s weekly summary of St. Louis Cardinals players competing in winter leagues around the world. We conclude the Week 7 pair of reports with pitching.
The four leagues which join Cuba in the annual Caribbean Series in February continue – the Dominican League (LIDOM), Mexico (LMP) and Venezuela (LVBP) and Puerto Rico League (PWL).
While over a dozen Cardinals hitters are still playing, we are down to just three active pitchers.
Springfield teammates Kevin Herget and Robby Rowland are pitching in Puerto Rico. Herget had been with Mayaguez, but was cut loose this past week. In an oddity, he was snapped up by Carolina, where he joins outfielder Anthony Garcia.
Cardinals farmhands pitching in Venezuela include relievers Pedro Echemendia and David Oca. However, the latter has been removed from the report after not pitching since mid-November.
No Cardinals are on pitching staffs in either Mexico or the Dominican Republic, though there is a rumor that likely World Baseball Classic pitcher Carlos Martinez might appear in a tune-up stint for Aguilas in the Dominican later in the winter.
Pitching stats - season
Following are pitching stats for the winter ball season through December 13, sorted by ERA.
Pitching standouts - season
Rowand continues to pace both the strikeout and walk rate categories, with the latter on the rise. Herget has taken over the ERA lead among Cardinals pitchers.
Rowland and Echemendia have shaky peripherals, as highlighted by WHIPs over 1.50. It is a bit surprising their ERAs are not higher.
Following are pitching stats for the last period.
Pitching standouts – week
Rowland yielded two runs on a whopping 11 baserunners over four innings. Given that, it could have been a lot worse.
Two of the four hurlers did not give up a run last week with Echemendia keeping his low walk and low strikeout numbers in sync.
That leaves our Pitcher of the Week as an easy decision. Despite changing teams, Herget did not miss a beat, with no runs allowed on two hits, just one free pass and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
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