Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 06/16

The DSL Cardinals rookie-level club posted a 2-3 record in their second week of play in the 2008 Dominican Summer League.



As the 2008 Dominican Summer League Cardinals headed into the second week of play, they sat with a 0-6 record.  That all changed this week.  The hitting picked up and the pitching was much better as they all got more experience under their belts.


The Cardinals faced off against the Mariners three times and the Phillies twice this past week.  The results were much better as the Cards won their first games of the season. 


At the beginning of the week, their losing streak extended to seven games with a 7-4 loss to the first-place Mariners.  Three errors and a fresh face on the mound didn't help the team out any.  The next game the Cardinals once again played the Mariners and pounded them 12-6 as the whole team contributed at the plate and the middle relievers held their opponents in check. 


The next two games they faced off against the third-place Phillies.  In both games, the Cards only lost by one run in each, 7-6 in the first and 1-0 in the second.  And on to Sunday's game, as the Cardinals went on to claim their second victory of the season vs. the Mariners.  This time, the first-place club was held to four hits and only one run.  The bullpen only gave up one hit in the final three frames en route to the win. 


On the week, the Cardinals improved with a 2-3 record and carry a modest one-game winning streak into this coming week.  The team sits with a 2-9 record, six games out of first place.


Who's Hot


Audris Perez had a great week at the plate.  The 19-year old catcher brings a three-game hitting streak into this next week.  In the last two games, the right-handed hitter has exploded going 4-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs, and three runs scored.  Perez still does continue to struggle behind the plate.  During the week, 13 bases were stolen on his clock while only five were gunned down.  He does lead the team in most hitting stats.


Luis Pimentel had a three-game hitting streak snapped mid-week.  On the week, the 19-year old shortstop went 5-for-16 (.313) with five runs, four walks, and two strike outs.  Pimentel raised his season average to .226 and still has not committed an error. 


Angel Cruz made another great start for the DSL Cardinals this week.  On June 13, the 20-year old right-hander pitched a complete game (five innings) allowing four hits, one (earned) run, one walk, and striking out four.  The Cardinals however did not support Cruz, only collecting three hits in game two of a double header. On the season, Cruz has posted a 0-1 record with an incredible 0.60 ERA and going five innings in each of his three starts.  He's also struck out 14 over 15 innings pitched, while only walking four.


Ramon Urena also only made one start this week for the DSL Cardinals.  On June 15th, the 18-year old right-hander pitched six innings allowing three hits, one (earned) run, three walks, and striking out three.  He was able to get support from his bullpen and the Cardinals went on to claim their 2nd win on the season.  Urena has made three appearances (two for starts) on the season, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.77 ERA striking out six over 13 innings.


Who's Not


Michael Avilia started off the week going 3-for-8 with one home run, four RBIs, two runs, two walks, and striking out four times.  The last two games, the 18-year old infielder has three strike outs in his last six at-bats.  He's second on the team in strike outs and leads the team with six errors (collecting two this week).


Alexander Castellano had a four-game hitting streak during the week.  But during that period, the 19-year old outfielder had only one hit in each of those games (4-for-18, .222).  The Colombian also had three doubles and two RBIs.  He's getting plenty of plate opportunities but not really producing at this time and it seems he's getting a big push, having played in ten games now.


Charllan Jimenez began the DSL season in the Cardinals rotation.  He made one solid start for the squad and was hammered in his second.  This week the 18-year old lefty made one appearance (out of the bullpen) and once again struggled.  The Dominican allowed three hits, two (earned) runs, and one walk in the last 2 2/3 innings of the Cardinals loss to the Phillies.  Jimenez has posted an 0-2 record with a 5.59 ERA on the 2008 season.


Keury Herrera made his debut this week for the DSL Cardinals.  For the 17-year old lefty it was a short outing, as he lasted just 2 1/3 innings allowing one hit, four (earned) runs, three walks, and striking out four on June 11.  He also had two wild pitches, hit a batter, and balked once in his outing.


Dominican Summer League  


The DSL Cardinals raised their team batting average up to .201 for the season.  The club still sits in the bottom of the rankings in most offensive stats, but they have jumped up to the middle of the pack with four triples and four home runs total in 2008.  All their other stats are gradually rising as play continues. 


The team's overall ERA improved to 4.19, good enough for 10th from the bottom.  The pitching staff continues to keep the ball in the park allowing only a total of two home runs on the season.  Compared to the league, the team pitching sits middle of the road or near the bottom.  The team did collect their first save on the season.


Roberto Reyes is tied for 4th with two triples.


Audris Perez is tied for 3rd with three home runs and tied for 5th with a .645 SLG.


Eduard Estalis is tied for 8th with four game finishes.


Next Up

June 16: Phillies (6-4)

June 18: Phillies (6-4)

June 20: Athletics #2 (3-5)

June 21: @ Mariners (9-4)

June 22: Athletics #1 (4-2)

June 23: @ Phillies (6-4)



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