Venezuelan Summer League Cards Report: 06/01

The third week of the 2008 Venezuelan Summer League is now history. The VSL Cardinals rookie-level club currently sits with a 9-7-1 record, still tied for third place in the league.

The third week for the Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals rookie-level club came and left as some players would like to forget one particular game.  The team went 3-2 and now has a 9-7-1 record, still sitting in a two-way tie for third place.





The team's hitting leader took back his spot at the top of the batting average race.  Several players came out of their shells and started connecting with the bat on the ball and the pitching continued to hold its ground except for one game. 


The team carried over a losing streak from the week before and extended it to just three games before rain cancelled their game on May 27.  The team lost a tight contest on May 26 to the third-place Pirates in a game that came down to a pitching duel since neither team could really get the hitting going or runners across the plate.  The Cardinals would win their next two games after the rainout with four and five-run leads.  But the wheels came off in their game vs. the Phillies, as the team committed five errors (a total of ten for both teams).  The score was run up to a disgraceful 19-10 win for the first-place Phils.  The Cards recovered the next day and restarted the winning streak all over again with a 7-2 win over the fourth-place Mariners.



Who's Hot


Osmir Medina picked up a little steam this week in the three games in which he played.  The 17-year old infielder went 5-for-10 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs, one walk, and two strike outs.  On May 28, he had his best day, going 3-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, two runs, and one strike out.


Alberto Rivero hops over form the "Who's Not" list this week.  The 19-year old outfielder has a four-game hitting streak going after a slow start to the season.  He bumped his average up from .163 to .237 this week, going 7-for-16 with two doubles, one home run, four RBIs, two walks, five runs, and only one strike out.  Rivero had a three-hit game on May 30 along with three runs and a double.


Hector Garcia is another hitter jumping over from the "Who's Not" list.  The 18-year old third baseman will be carrying a four-game hitting streak into the upcoming week.  Garcia went 6-for-12 with two doubles, one RBI, one walk, and one strike out.  He also managed to pick up another error and still leads the team with six.


Gerardo Mannbel continues his assault on league pitching.  This week, the 18-year old shortstop went 7-for-19 with one double, one home run, two RBIs, four runs scored, and one walk.  He's currently riding a two-game multi-hit streak.  Mannbel also leads the team in hits (22), home runs (3), total bases (35), walks (9), stolen bases (3), and only has five strike outs in 65 at-bats.  Can I do this here?  I'm calling for a promotion.


David Brito returns to the list this week after missing last week.  The 19-year old reliever made two appearances, pitching a total of four innings, allowing three hits, no runs, one walk, and striking out three.  His ERA dips to 0.54 on the season and leads the Cardinals pitching staff.


Hector Corpas added on to his win total for this young season.  The 18-year old reliever has claimed a total of three wins and is tied for the team lead with Brito.  This last week, he made two relief appearances, pitching six innings and allowing three hits,  no runs, one walk, and striking out four.


Moises Colorado made one start this past week, but it was well worth noting.  The 18-year old pitched on May 31 in limited innings (3.2), allowing three hits, no runs, three walks, and striking out another amazing five.  Also to note. he still has not given up a home run or hit a batter in 16.1 innings pitched.



Who's Not


Yorbel Alcala took a complete nose dive this past week.  After taking over the Cardinals team batting lead, he stumbled hard.  The 18-year old catcher/first baseman went 1-for-13 with one RBI, two runs, and one strike out.  Behind the plate, he has allowed a total of six stolen bases and only gunned down one.  Five of those came in one game on May 26.


Yonathan Gonzalez was looking very good heading into to the week with his two saves and possible closer role permanent.  But on May 30, the 20-year old reliever was rattled, allowing four hits, five earned runs, and one walk in the 19-10 loss to the Phillies.  Gonzales also allowed both inherited runners to score.


Wilfred Vivas is struggling at the plate, as he has only two hits in 22 at-bats this season.  This past week, the 18-year old second baseman stayed right on his current path, hitting 1-for-10 with one run, one strike out, and one stolen base.  He only has three total bases in his 12 games played in 2008.


Carlos Oraa made his debut this week for the Cardinals.  Although it was not great, it also was not too bad.  On May 28, he pitched one inning, allowing no hits or runs and striking out one.  On May 30, the 18-year old reliever gave up one hit, two runs (earned), two walks, and only struck out one.  In the same game, he managed to keep both inherited runners from scoring.



Venezuelan Summer League


The VSL Cardinals' hitting moved up a couple notches to .243.  The team sits in last in doubles, triples, OBP, SLG, and OPS.  And as you look over the stats, you'll note the scouts surely didn't sign a group of base stealers.  The team has a total of only eight, while the league lead sits at 33.  The team pitching still sits middle of the road with the rest of the league.  Team ERA is at 3.87 and has allowed a league second-most 143 hits.


Gerardo Mannbel is currently in eleventh with his .338 bating AVG, tied for ninth with 12 runs scored, tied for third with 22 hits, tied for second with three home runs, tied for tenth with ten RBIs, tied for third with 35 total bases, tied for eighth with nine walks, tied for tenth with a.434 OBP, fifth with a .538 SLG, and fifth with a .973 OPS.


Cristofher Dumont is tied for tied for fifth with two home runs and sixth with 14 strike outs.


Alberto Rivero jumped up into a tenth place tie with ten RBIs.


Roberto Perez is tied for sixth with 14 strike outs.


David Brito is tied for first with three wins, fourth with a 0.54 ERA, and seventh with 16.2 innings pitched.


Hector Corpas is tied for first with three wins


Geney Rios is in sixth with 17.1 innings pitched and is tied for sixth with 17 strike outs.


Moises Colorado is tied for ninth with 16.1 innings pitched and leads the league with 26 strike outs.



Next Up


June 2: @ Tigers (2-14-1)

June 3: Mets (11-6)

June 4: @ Pirates (9-7-1)

June 5: Rays/Reds (7-9-1)

June 6: @ Astros (8-9)

June 7: Phillies (10-4-3)



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