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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
David Brito is tied for first with three
wins, fourth with a 0.54 ERA, and seventh with 16.2 innings
Hector Corpas is tied for first with three
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.
June 2: @ Tigers (2-14-1)
June 3: Mets
June 4: @
June 6: @ Astros
June 7: Phillies (10-4-3)
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