Cards Venezuelan Parallel League Relievers

Josh Jones looks back at the recently completed Venezuelan Liga Paralela season for standout relief pitching performances by St. Louis Cardinals prospects.

In part one of this report, we checked out the starting pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals Venezuelan Parallel League entry. This time around, we move to the relievers. Each player's age and regular season 2007 team are noted in parentheses following his name.

Closer

Eduardo Sanchez (18-Johnson City) made 21 relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals, posting a 1-0 record with 10 saves and a 1.54 ERA.  Sanchez led the team in saves (also tied for first in Parallel League play), ERA (among relievers), and third in strikeouts.  He was 10 of 11 in when it came to save opportunities.  Sanchez was able to turn four straight save opportunities between October 16 and November 2.  He had a ratio of 9-4 when it came to inherited runners-scored.  Sanchez allowed 20 hits, four runs (all earned), nine walks, and struck out 33 in 23.1 innings of relief.  He also struck out more batters then he got to either ground out or fly out.  This winter looks to be a way to prepare him for the closer's role at Johnson City next year or on up in the farm system in the future.

 

Relievers

 

Carlos Oraa (18-VSL) made 21 relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals, posting a 2-2 record with a 4.67 ERA.  Oraa was second among relievers in innings pitched.  Oraa allowed 26 hits, 16 runs (14 earned), three home runs, 11 walks, and struck out 15 over 27 innings.  Over his first six relief appearances, he only allowed two hits, no runs, two walks, and struck out nine over 8.2 innings.  After that he had five bad outings which ran his ERA up.  His best outing came October 17th when he pitched three innings, giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out two for the win.  His inherited runners-scored ratio was 19-2, not bad at all.

 

Deimer Bier (16-July 2nd signing) made 19 relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals posting a 3-2 record with an 8.04 ERA.  Bier only had three horrible outings, the rest were from one earned run here or there when he pitched only one or two innings.  He gave up 33 hits, 29 runs (25 earned), six home runs, 14 walks, and struck out 35 in 28 innings.  Bier was second on the team (starters and relievers) with his 35 strikeouts, second on the team in earned runs, fourth in runs allowed, first among relievers in innings pitched, tied for second in wins, and second in home rns allowed.  His best outing came October 19th when he pitched 2.2 innings, giving up no hits or runs and striking out two.  His inherited runner-scored ratio was 18-7.  This will be a guy I will keep an eye on for next year - pure strikeout machine.

 

Miguel Lopez (18-VSL) made 18 relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals posting a 2-1 record with a 5.14 ERA.  Lopez gave up 29 hits, 19 runs (12 earned), one home run, 12 walks, and struck out 15 over 21 innings.  His best outing was November 24th when he pitched two innings of relief, giving up one hit, no runs, one walk, and striking out one for a no decision. In Lopez's first four outings, he gave up five hits, two runs (all unearned), three walks, two wild pitches, and struck out three over 4.1 innings and had one win, before he started getting hit.  His inherited runners-scored ratio was 6-4.

 

Javier Avendano (17-July 2nd signing/GCL) made 13 relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals posting a 1-0 record with a 2.33 ERA.  Avendano didn't show up until late October, but the way he pitched, he would have made more appearances if he had shown up earlier.  Avendano had the second-best ERA among relievers for the Cardinals.  He gave up 15 hits, seven runs (five earned), nine walks, and struck out 18 over 19.1 innings.  Avendano was a consistent arm out of the bullpen only having three bad outings.  His best game came October 20th when he pitched three innings, giving up no hits or runs and striking out three for his first and only win in Parallel League play.  His inherited runners-scored ratio was 8-5.  He will be another name I will be watching next year at GCL or above.

 

Moises Colorado (18-VSL) made 10 relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals posting a 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA.  Colorado gave up 12 hits, 12 runs (nine earned), one home run, eight walks, and struck out 14 over 15 innings.  He had four bad outings which rang up his ERA, but did just fine in the rest.  He had very limited time, only pitching once in November.  His best outing came Dec 14th when he pitched two innings, giving up one hit, no runs, and striking out four.  He seemed to be more of a fly ball pitcher with a 10-17, ground ball-fly ball ratio.

 

Ruben Alvarado (16-July 2nd signing) made eight relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals posting a 0-0 record with a 9.31 ERA.  Alvarado gave up 12 hits, 11 runs (10 earned), two home runs, 12 walks, and struck out 10 over 9.2 innings.  Alvarado seemed to struggle with his placement, as he had 12 walks, two wild pitches, and one hit by pitch.  He is only a July 2nd signing and had no prior experience against minor league players, so only time will tell with him.

 

Gregorio Ramos (18-fall signing) made six relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals posting a 0-0 record with a 4.00 ERA.  Ramos gave up seven hits, four runs (all earned), 14 walks, and struck out seven over nine innings.  Really don't know too much about him, as he has no prior experience with any team.

 

Carlos Noquera (18-VSL) made four relief appearances for the Parallel Cardinals posting a 0-0 record with a 11.57 ERA.  Noquera gave up 13 hits, seven runs (six earned), four home runs, one walk, and struck out one over 4.2 innings.  Noquera really showed nothing this winter and either spent all his time riding the bench or was sent home.  Four home runs in 4.1 innings is not too pretty.

 

 

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