Venezuelan Summer League Cards Report: 05/25

The second week of the Venezuelan Summer League is now in the books. The VSL Cardinals rookie-level club currently sits with a 6-5 record, tied for third in the league.


In their second week, of the VSL Cardinals had potential starters and a closer emerging and a bullpen that is struggling to get on track.  One of the starting pitchers leads the league in strikeouts.  The team's hitting leader took a small dive for the week as he caught opponents' attention and another takes over the top spot.





The Venezuelan Cardinals carried a two-game winning streak into the week and extended it to five games, climbing in the standings.  The winning streak was put on hold as the team faced off against the last place Tigers.  And now the team carries a two-game losing streak into Monday's action.  (The League always takes Sunday off.) The Cards did go toe-to-toe with the first-place Mets and held them to only four hits and one run in a losing effort on Saturday.  The team reached second place but with the losses dropped back into a third place tie with the Pirates and Mariners.



Who's Hot


Anthony Fonseca has a four-game hitting streak going over two weeks.  The last three games for the 19-year old outfielder, have been multi-hit ones.  He went 2-for-5 on May 20th and 2-for-3 with one RBI, one walk, and one strike out on May 22nd.  Currently on the season, Fonseca is hitting .500 with one double, three RBIs, one walk, and two strike outs in a limited 16 at-bats.


Yorbel Alcala has had multiple hits in his last two games played.  The 18-year old catcher/first baseman went 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI on May 23rd and 3-for-4 with a double on May 24th.


Gerardo Mannbel struggled slightly this week.  The 18-year old still leads the team with 15 hits, eight RBIs, 24 total bases, seven walks, and is tied with for team lead in home runs (two) and second on the team in runs (eight).  The last two games the Cardinals infielder hasn't had a hit, and for the week went 5-for-19 with one home run, one triple, four RBIs, two walks, and two strike outs.


Geney Rios pitched a gem this week for the VSL Cardinals.  On May 23rd, the 20-year old starter pitched five innings allowing four hits, no runs, and fanning five.  He didn't pick up the win but did lower his ERA on the season to 2.40 and still averages a strikeout victim per inning.


Moises Colorado made his third start and shut down the first place VSL Mets.  The 18-year old pitched five innings, allowing just two hits, no runs, walked one, and struck out ten.  Colorado also lowered his ERA to 3.55 on the young season.


Carlos Noguera continued this week with another great start.  On May 22nd the 18-year old pitched 4.2 innings allowing seven hits, one earned run, one walk, and striking out three.  His ERA slightly rose to 1.59.


Yonathan Gonzalez has picked up on the closer role very well for the VSL squad.  The 20-year old racked up two saves and a win out of his four appearances and struck out five in 4.1 innings.  He hit a small bump in the road on May 22nd allowing two hits and a run in his only inning pitched.



Who's Not


Hector Garcia committed two more fielding errors, bringing his team-leading total to five.  He did have a bright spot this week when he broke out the lumber on May 21st going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, one walk, and one strike out.  The 18-year old third baseman bumped his AVG up a tad to .161.


Alberto Rivero had a four-game RBI streak entering the week that was snapped hard.  The 19-year old outfielder's bat has only connected twice this week and that was in one game.  He's currently on a three-game hitless streak.  His AVG has dropped on the season to .163 and he has only one triple, six RBIs, three walks, and eight strike outs in 43 at-bats.


Ruben Alvarado continues his struggles on the mound.  In his only relief appearance this last week, he pitched in 1/3 of an inning allowing one hit, three earned runs, two walks, and no strikeouts on May 21st.  The 16-year old reliever's ERA has climbed to 10.29.


Limbert Rivas struggled in his last appearance behind the plate for the Cardinals.  He allowed one passed ball and two stolen bases to the VSL Tigers.  The 18-year old also went 1-for-5 with one walk and two strike outs at the plate for the week.



Venezuelan Summer League


The VSL Cardinals hitting pretty much sits were it ended last week – second-to-last in average at .239.  The strike outs weren't as bad as they fell to fourth with now 82.  On a positive note, the team is tied for second with seven home runs.  The Cards' overall pitching sits at about middle of the road compared to the rest of the league, except for a league-high six hit batters and they have allowed a league second-to-worst 101 hits.


Yorbel Alcala has now reached ninth place with his .344 AVG.


Cristofher Dumont is tied for fourth with nine runs scored and tied for first with two home runs.


Gerardo Mannbel is tied for seventh with eight runs scored, sixth with 15 hits, tied for first with two home runs, tied for ninth with eight RBIs, tied for fourth with 24 total bases, and tied for seventh with seven walks


Billy Bolivar is also tied for seventh with eight runs scored.


Geney Rios is in second with 15 innings pitched and sixth with 15 strikeouts.


David Brito leads the league with three wins and is fifth with a 0.71 ERA


Moises Colorado leads the league with 21 strikeouts.



Up Next


May 26: VSL Pirates (6–5-1)

May 27: @ VSL Rays (4-7-1)

May 28: VSL Astros (5-7)

May 30: @ VSL Phillies (6-3-3)

May 31: VSL Mariners (6-5-1)


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