Cards Weekly Winter Ball Recap: 10/29

A look at a busy week for some of the St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leaguers in action in Arizona, south of the border, and in the Caribbean. Also of note, Team USA started its exhibition schedule to gear up for the IBAF Tournament in Taiwan.


Colby Rasmus has three hits in his first six at bats and has three runs scored. 


Bryan Anderson is hitless in four at bats.


Chris Perez has pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three walks.



Arizona Fall League


Mitchell Boggs is establishing himself as one of the Cardinals' top pitching prospects.  In nine innings of work, he has allowed only two runs to go along with six strikeouts.  Boggs was selected to appear in the AFL Rising Stars game this past Friday night and pitched a scoreless inning.  The big right-hander loaded got himself into a bases loaded jam but also got out of it with a double play.


It started out to be a disappointing week for Joe Mather.  He was shut down for some elbow tenderness.  The week ended on an upswing for Mather as he was put on the Cardinals' 40 man roster.


His replacement is 30-something Amaury Marti.  So far, Marti is hitless in six AFL at bats.


Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir continues to make his case for a shot at making the big league squad in Spring Training.  The 24-year-old is hitting .318/.423/.318 in 22 at bats.


Mark Hamilton has found the early going tough with a .222 batting average as well as slugging percentage.  On the upside, his on base percentage is a terrific .440.


Stuart Pomeranz has been outstanding in his first three starts.  The 22-year-old has two wins and has yet to allow a run in three games.  

Even though Jason Motte is still fairly new to pitching, he sure isn't acting like it.  In six innings of work, Motte has allowed only two earned runs.  The converted catcher has been credited with two victories and opponents are hitting only .174 against him.


Kyle McClellan has appeared in six games and the results have been mixed.  In four of the appearances, McClellan has been very efficient, not allowing a run.  Unfortunately, McClellan has been touched for four total runs in the other two appearances.  His ERA stands at 5.86 but he does have seven strikeouts in six and a third innings.



Mexican Pacific League


Hugo Castellanos has continued to be lights out for Obregon.  In six and a third innings, he has yet to allow a run and has given up only three hits.


Fernando Salas has come out of the bullpen for Mazatlan in six games and given up three runs for a 4.50 ERA.



Venezuelan League


Mike Smith picked up his first victory this week, scattering nine hits in five innings.  The journeyman starter has an ERA of 2.25 in eight innings of work.


Matt Scherer was roughed up in his last outing, giving up three runs on five hits in one inning pitched.  That leaves Scherer with an ERA over eight to go along with six strikeouts in six and two thirds innings.


Rico Washington has hit in seven of his last ten games and is hitting .297 during that stretch.  Overall, Washington is batting .250/.345/.333.


Jose Martinez is still looking for consistency in the early going.  He had a stretch where he had six hits in four games and is now hitless in his last three.  In ten games, the 21-year-old is hitting .261/.292/.435. 


Juan Lucena has been out of action since October 17.  At the time, he was hitting .154/.154/.308 in 13 at bats.



Hawaii Winter League


Michael Cooper is probably one of the few in America who doesn't like Hawaii.  So far, the relief pitcher has found the island to be inhospitable, as he has posted a 9.53 ERA in 11 innings of work.


Marco Gonzalez had not pitched in nearly a month until this week. He probably wishes he had waited a day to return.  In his first game back, Gonzalez gave up four runs without getting an out.  Two days later, he had a much better outcome, picking up his first save with a scoreless inning.



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