Venezuelan Summer League Cards Report: 06/08

After four weeks of play in the 2008 Venezuelan Summer League, the VSL Cardinals rookie-level club sits with a 12-10-1 record, good for fourth place in the eight-team league.



Four weeks have passed for the 2008 Venezuelan Summer League.  By now, we start to see the players settle into their everyday spots (starting pitcher, bullpen, position player, or bench). 


This week the Cardinals split their schedule going 3-3, adding up to 12-10-1 for the season.  They fell from 3rd place to 4th behind the Astros.  They began the week off with another win on the season over the Tigers, who still continue to rot in the cellar.  That brings the season series to a Cardinals lead of 2-1.  The next two games the Cardinals were held to only one run in each.  The Mets hammered out nine runs in the 6th on June 3rd to win 9-1 in one of those two games.  Then the Cardinals won after the two straight losses, as the Rays committed four errors in the field and the Cardinals bullpen kept the lead for a win.  On June 6th the team's starting pitcher gave up the game in the 2nd as the Astros rolled to a 8-1 win and took sole control of third in the division.  But the Cardinals did rebound and won the Saturday game vs. the 1st place Phillies 5-3, scoring three runs in the 7th and holding the lead.


Who's Hot


Gerardo Mannbel carried a two-game hitting streak into the week, extending it to five games before the VSL Rays silenced him on June 5th.  The 18-year old second baseman/shortstop didn't do too much damage this week as he went 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles, three RBIs, three runs, five walks, one stolen base, and one strike out.  It seems more and more as the weeks go on that the competition is starting to figure out that they need to pitch around him somehow.


Osmir Medina has caught the attention of the VSL Cardinals coaching staff, enough to bump Mannbel to second base.  The 17-year old shortstop picked up steam last week and continued onward this week.  Medina has a three-game hitting streak, two of those being multi-hit games.  On June 4th, he collected four hits and for the week went 7-for-16 (.438) with one double, one RBI, one run, and two strike outs.  But Medina now leads the team with eight errors.


Hector Garcia continues to catch on at the plate.  After a slow start to the season, the 18-year old third baseman has raised his batting average up to .275.  His four-game hitting streak extended to five at the beginning of the week, but it ended with a two-game hitless streak.  He has since started another hitting streak, now at three games.  On June 2nd, Garcia went 4-for-6 and on June 7th, he hit his first home run for the 2008 season.


Deimer Bier rebounded from a tough week last week.  Bier made his only start on June 3rd, pitching five innings allowing two hits, no runs, and only striking out one vs. a top-notch Mets club.  However the Cardinals squad did not back him up, hitting or bullpen, and he had to settle with a no decision.  On the season, Bier has made five appearances (four starts), with a 3.57 ERA and no decisions.


Javier Avendano had a very good week also.  The 17-year old pitcher made two starts for the week and kept the competition pretty much at a standstill.  On June 2nd, he pitched five innings allowing four hits, one (earned) run, one walk, one home run, and striking out four in a no decision team win.  On June 7th, the Venezuelan went five innings again, allowing seven hits, two (earned) runs, one walk, and striking out only one. 


Fabian Marquez showed that the week before was just a bad week.  This period, the 16-year old long reliever made two appearances.  The best showing came June 3rd following Bier vs. the Mets.  Marquez pitched three innings of relief allowing only one hit, no runs, and striking out an amazing five batters.  He didn't allow any earned runs in his two appearances, totaling seven innings.  Also the right-hander can swing a bat, as he doubled on May 29th, as a pinch hitter for the designated hitter.


Who's Not


Cristofher Dumont's season just continues to drag.  The 21-year old outfielder showed some pop in his bat at the beginning of the season, but has calmed down to a quiet simmer.  This is the Venezuelan's third season in the rookie level league and his batting average has remained at a low .200 or below over that time.  This week he went 4-for-16 (.250) with one RBI, one walk, and seven strike outs.  On a positive note, he has a three-game hitting streak that includes a two hit game on June 6th.  He may not be around next season if he doesn't improve.


Alberto Rivero returns to the Who's Not side this week.  The 19-year old outfielder had a four-game hitting streak extended to six games, then fell off, collecting only one hit over the next four games.  For the week, the left-handed hitter went 3-for-22 (.136) with two runs, three walks, one stolen base, and one strike out.


Roberto Perez' season also continues to drag along, like Dumont.  This week, the 19-year old first baseman went 2-for-14 (.143) with one double, one home run, one RBI, three runs, three walks, and four strike outs.  The right-handed swinging Venezuelan hit his first home run of the season on June 3rd vs. the Mets squad.  His season batting average is sitting at .169 currently.


Hector Corpas was just plain out hammered this week.  The 18-year old reliever made two appearances, allowing 13 hits, 11 runs (ten earned), three walks, and not striking out a single batter.  The right-hander allowed both runners he inherited, in his first outing of the week, to score.  Corpas' ERA shot up to 6.60 and he collected a loss, bringing his win-loss record to 3-2.


Venezuelan Summer League


The VSL Cardinals team hitting dropped a couple notches to .241 and fell to last overall in the league.  The team still sits in last in all categories stated last week   The team has struck out 152 times which puts them at 3rd in the league, 27 behind the Mets.  The team also is in 3rd with 12 home runs, only three behind the Rays for the lead.  The pitching still sits middle of the road compared to the rest of the league.  The team's ERA improved to 3.51 and they have only allowed seven home runs, carrying a 1.39 overall WHIP.


Gerardo Mannbel is in 5th with a .345 batting average, 7th with 15 runs, 4th with 29 hits, tied for 4th with three home runs, tied for 7th with 13 RBIs, 4th with 44 total bases, 2nd with 14 walks, 4th with a .455 OBP, 5th with a .524 SLG, and 3rd with a .979 OPS.


David Brito is tied for 1st with three wins, 2nd with a 0.47 ERA,


Hector Corpas is tied for 1st with three wins.


Carlos Noguera is in 10th with a 2.25 ERA.


Yonathan Gonzalez is tied for 2nd with four saves.


Moises Colorado is in 3rd with 26 strike outs.


Geney Rios is in tied for 8th with 18 strike outs.


Comings and Goings


The VSL Cardinals added 18-year old right handed pitcher Jackson Solarte to the roster.  The 6-foor-0, 170-pounder made his first appearance, in relief, on June 6th.  He pitched just one inning allowing one hit, one (earned) run, one walk, along with hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch.


Gustavo Silva has been cut, opening up a roster spot for Solarte.  The 17-year old pitcher only made one appearance last season, on May 20, 2007.  He allowed four hits, five runs (four earned), and one walk in a 1/3 of an inning vs. the Pirates and hasn't been seen in game action since.


Next Up


June 9: @ Mariners (11-11-1)

June 10: Tigers (4-18-1)

June 11: @ Mets (14-9)

June 12: Pirates (14-8-1)

June 13: @ Rays (7-15-1)

June 14: Astros (13-10)


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