Cards Dominican Winter Instructs Results

Exclusive details on the performance of St. Louis Cardinals pitching and hitting prospects in Dominican Republic winter instructional league action.

Recently, I posted several articles focusing on Cardinals Caribbean players who have been invited to play this spring in the USA, either at Minor League Spring Training camp or in Extended Spring Training. (Click on the preceding links to be taken to those articles.)

Several players' names are relatively new to some Cardinals fans, spurring questions from a few of you. A number of these players competed last summer in the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer Leagues. In addition, a group took the field this winter in the Venezuelan winter minor league, the Liga Paralela. (Again, follow the link to see the final results.)

One group about which information had been unavailable until now is those who played in the Dominican Republic winter minor league. Better-known imports like Mike Smith and Mark Worrell competed in the Dominican winter major league, the winner of which, Las Aguilas Cibaenas, was crowned Caribbean Series champion. But, the Cardinals fielded an entire developmental squad at the next level down, too.

It is a developmental league, considered a rung lower on the competition ladder than the Liga Paralela. Here is how Cardinals Vice President of Player Procurement Jeff Luhnow describes it. "We have a formal schedule and play the teams in our area. We have instructional rules, such as we turn over innings if a guy goes too long or we might not go nine (innings) – we might go seven if we don't have enough pitchers. Or, we might go ten innings if we have an extra pitcher. So, it is a lot like the Instructional League in Florida."

To fill in this gap, I have secured the stats from the Dominican winter instructional league and present them to you, our readers. Overall, it was as impressive a group as the Liga Paralela group was disappointing.

First are the records. The Cardinals' entry played in the four-team North Division. They won 18 of their 26 contests, best in the division.

Teams	                  G      	W	L	PCT.	GB
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 	26	18	8	0.692	
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 	         23	13	9	0.591	3
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 	25	11	12	0.478	5.5
SEATTLE MARINERS	         26	6	18	0.250	11

Next are the divisional hitting leaders in various categories. The Cardinals players' names are CAPITALIZED to ease the reader in recognizing them. The most encouraging thing to me is the variety of names presented. Clearly, it was a balanced team.

Hitting Leaders

Runs
EDWIN GOMEZ	STL	16
Ambiorix Rincon	PHI	15
LUIS DE LA CRUZ	STL	13
		
RBI		
RAINEL ROSARIO	STL	14
EDWIN GOMEZ	STL	12
Filip Cuevas	PHI	12
		
Hits		
Filip Cuevas	PHI	24
CRISTIAN LOPEZ	STL	22
EDGAR LARA	STL	21
RAINEL ROSARIO	STL	19
Marcos Luis	OAK	19
		
Doubles		
EDGAR LARA	STL	9
CRISTIAN LOPEZ	STL	6
LUIS DE LA CRUZ	STL	6
Frank Martinez	OAK	5
Filip Cuevas	PHI	5

Triples		
Alex Valdes	OAK	3
RAINEL ROSARIO	STL	3
Carlos Triumfel	SEA	2
GUILLERMO TORIBIO	STL	2
Franklin Hernandez	OAK	2

Home Runs		
Rudy Vanderhors	SEA	2
Edwin Jacobo	SEA	2
LUIS DE LA CRUZ	STL	2

Stolen Bases		
Ambiorix Rincon	PHI	13
GUILLERMO TORIBIO	STL	8
EDWIN GOMEZ	STL	8
Filip Cuevas	PHI	7
Rudy Vanderhors	SEA	6

Next are the divisional pitching leaders. Again, the Cardinals are well-represented with multiple category leaders.

Pitching Leaders			
			
ERA			
Yohan Flande	PHI	0.90	
JOEL PICHARDO	STL	1.30	
Walter Suriel	SEA	2.67	
Miguel Matos	PHI	2.91	
Daury Luna	PHI	3.15	
			
Won-Loss		         W-L	PCT.
JOEL PICHARDO	STL	3-0	1.000
Pedro Vidal	OAK	2-0	1.000
Daury Luna	PHI	2-0	1.000
MIGUEL TAPIA	STL	3-1	0.750
Carlos Roa	PHI	2-1	0.667
Eifer Peralta	OAK	2-1	0.667
Hector Garcia	OAK	2-1	0.667
Richard Delgado	OAK	2-1	0.667
JOSE ARREDONDO	STL	2-1	0.667

Strikeouts			
Walter Suriel	SEA	40	
JOEL PICHARDO	STL	33	
Miguel Matos	PHI	26	
GUSTAVO MARTINEZ	STL	25	
JOSE DE LA ROSA	STL	25	

Saves			
JOSE DE LA ROSA	STL	4	
JOSE MATEO	STL	2
Daury Luna	PHI	2

As a reminder, be aware that these are small sample sizes. The most any pitcher threw was 27 2/3 innings and many were in the 12-18 inning range. Same for the hitters. No batter saw 90 at-bats, with many in the 30-40 range.

For many of the 49 players, the immediate future must be very exciting. 20 of them will be coming to America this spring to either full Minor League Spring Training Camp or Extended Spring Training Camp. Two others have since been released. Many of the other 27 will likely play in the Dominican Summer League in 2007.

 

Total

Full Minors

Extended

Released

Other

 

 

Spring Training

Spring Training

 

 

Pitchers

21

1

8

2

10

Hitters

28

1

10

0

17

Finally, due to space limitations, player pitching and hitting stats have been posted on a companion page. Just click on the link following to review the details by player:

Cards Dominican Winter Instructs Stats



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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