The team was 11th in batting average (.245) and slugging percentage (.355) and 12th in on-base percentage (.322) and fielding percentage (.947). Collectively, the hitters' 414 strikeouts were the most in the league.
The pitching staff was dead last in opposing batting average at .298 and ERA at 5.19. They led the league with 70 wild pitches and they had the second-most hit batters (51) and balks (6). On the positive side, the pitchers were fourth in strikeouts (347).
With the primary focus remaining player development, there were several standout individual performances on the "San Luis" club that kept the season from being a loss.
Alvarado and Garcia led the hitters
Catcher/third baseman Wilmer Alvarado was Cardinals' offensive star. The Cards' number three hitter finished seventh in the league in slugging percentage (.497) and fifth in hits (56). The 18-year old tied for sixth in home runs (eight) and was second in total bases (91). He hit .306 overall.
Second baseman Jose Garcia also excelled, as he ended up fifth in on-base percentage (.425) and fourth in hits (59). The Cards' two-hole hitter tied for fourth in the league in walks (30), tied for second in sacrifice bunts (five) and tied for seventh in stolen bases with 12 (in 17 attempts). The 18-year old's batting average was .326.
To qualify as league batting leaders, players must have had 2.5 at-bats per game and 2.7 plate appearances per contest. Pitchers were required to log 0.8 innings pitched per game.
On the downside, Alvarado and Garcia committed 14 and 12 errors respectively, the second- and third-most on their club after shortstop Dognnt Bolivar's 15.
Struggling hitters included this group of sub-.200 batters: Romulo Ruiz, Edwin Conde, Peter Jaspe and Oswaldo Morales.
Rondon and Rada among top arms
Swingman Jorge Rondon's 2.01 ERA was fifth-best among league qualifiers while teammate and relief pitcher Jose Rada was seventh at 3.09, demonstrating the few players who posted sub-3.00 ERAs. Rondon, age 18, started seven games and relieved in six more.
Rondon held his opponents to a sterling .210 batting average, fourth-lowest in the league and did not allow a home run all season long. Rada's seven walks allowed were third-lowest and Rondon's 13 just made the top ten, too. The 18-year old Rada fanned 33 in 46-2/3 innings and Rondon whiffed 26 in 44-2/3 frames.
Reliever Eduardo Sanchez, age 17, tied for second in the league with eight saves and led the circuit with 25 appearances and 22 games finished. He tied for seventh in batters struck out looking with 16. Like so many, there was downside along with the good, as Sanchez' ERA was 4.72 and opposing hitters managed a .304 average against him.
Here I lowered the at-bats and innings-pitched requirements to show the leaders on the San Luis club.
Team Batting Leaders
|1||Jose Garcia||12 of 17|
|2||Freddy Parejo||5 of 7|
|3||Dognnt Bolivar||4 of 4|
|T4||Romulo Ruiz||3 of 3|
|T4||Quincy Martinez||3 of 5|
|T4||Willian Sandoval||3 of 7|
Team Pitching Leaders
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