Venezuelan Summer League Cards Report: 06/22

After six weeks of play in the 2008 Venezuelan Summer League, the VSL Cardinals rookie-level club has a 17-16-2 record, in fifth, 4.5 games out of first place in the eight-team league.



The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals came into the sixth week of the 2008 season with a three game winning steak, but that all reversed as they went on a three game losing binge to start the week.  The squad would go 1-4-1 on the week; yes another tie on the season.  I ask, why can't we go beyond the 11 inning limit to break a tie?  The Cardinals dropped to 5th place in the Venezuelan Summer League with a 17-16-2 record and are 4 ½ games out of first.


The Cardinals went on a road trip to visit the Phillies to begin the week.  They got some great starting pitching, but the bullpen didn't hold and the hitting was just not there.  The Cardinals would only get five hits in the game, serving up 13 in a 5-1 loss.  Next they faced the Mariners, as the Cards were held again to only one run and committed three errors at home in a 4-1 loss.  The Cardinals then hit the road to face the last place Tigers and the same result occurred as the last game.  Only one run scored and three errors were committed as the Tigers won 4-1. 


The club then ended the three game slide with a 5-4 victory over the Mets, who are currently a half game ahead in the standings.  The Cardinals got some almost perfect pitching from their starter and the team had nine hits and only one error.  The bullpen almost gave up the game but a couple solid arms from past contests came through to hold the game and a 10th inning hit would end it.  The last game for the week, played at home, ended in a 2-2 tie with the Rays.  Can't say it was a great thing since the Cardinals could not capitalize on the three errors committed by their opponent.  There was solid pitching, but runs just did not cross the plate.


Who's Hot


Gerardo Mannbel had an up and down week.  The 18-year-old shortstop/second baseman had hits in his first two games for the week then went 0-for the next two.  He has however rebounded to collect three hits in his last two games.  The right-handed hitter went 6-for-20 (.300) with two doubles, three walks, and two strike outs.  Overall, a productive week for the 5'11" 165 pound Venezuelan.


Alberto Rivero also had a slower week, unlike the last.  The 19-year old outfielder went 6-for-21 (.286) with one triple, two RBIs, four walks, two runs, three strike outs and was caught stealing twice.  But the left-handed hitter has gotten on base the last 12 straight games and is carrying a three-game hitting streak into the next week.


Moises Colorado returned this past week.  I'm assuming he has been out with an injury.  The 18-year-old pitcher is gradually being eased back into his past role with the squad.  The lefty made his return on June 18, only pitching 2/3 of an inning allowing no hits or runs getting two ground outs and holding his inherited runner on base.  The next night, the 6'3" 170 pound Venezuelan made his second appearance of the week only pitching 1/3 of an inning; he faced four batters, walking three. Then on June 21 we saw better results as he pitched two innings of relief striking out all six batters faced.


Javier Avendano made another impressive start for the VSL Cardinals this past week.  On June 19, the 17-year old right-handed starter and pitched a solid five innings allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out six.  He also did give up four walks and lay claim to a balk in the outing.  In eight appearances (seven starts), Avendano has posted a 1-1 record with an astounding 2.25 ERA.  In his last six starts he has lasted four or more innings.


Carlos Noguera made two starts this past week for the VSL squad, both decent and worth mentioning.  The 19-year old right-hander opened the week for the Cardinals on June 16, going five innings allowing seven hits, two (earned) runs, two wild pitches, one home run, and striking out one en route to a loss (0-2 on the season).  The 6'0" 175 pound Venezuelan would also end the week for the Cardinals on June 21 as he pitched six innings allowing four hits, two (earned) runs, one hit batter, one home run, and striking out three in a tie with the Rays.  Over the past month as he moved into the rotation, Noguera has increased his innings pitched, gradually moving from four to now five-to-six innings now.


Who's Not


Wilfred Vivas is struggling at the plate this season.  The 18-year old second baseman had a very good week the week before, but this past week went cold.  The right-handed hitter went 1-for-17 (.059) with one run, one stolen base, and four strike outs.  He's hitting .145 with one double, ten runs, one RBI, and 13 strike outs in 62 at-bats on the season.


Billy Bolivar has also gone into a slump since beginning the season on the right foot.  This last week the 20-year old utility player went 2-for-16 (.125) with three runs, three walks, one stolen base, and four strike outs.  The third-year VSL participant has only collected three hits in his last 30 at-bats.


Fabian Marquez, who had a great start to his 2008 season, was rocked this period.  The 16-year old reliever made two appearances this week.  The first came on June 16 as he went two innings allowing five hits and three (earned) runs.  The next was June 20 as he pitched only 1/3 of an inning allowing four hits, two (earned) runs, one home run, and striking out one before being pulled.


Deimer Bier was roughed up in his only start of the week.  The 17-year old right-hander made his turn in the rotation on June 20, lasting only four innings allowing seven hits, four (three earned) runs, one walk, one home run, and striking out one en route to a loss.  The 6'2" 174 pound Venezuelan has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.23 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) on the 2008 season.


Venezuelan Summer League


The VSL Cardinals hitting took a couple steps back this week dropping their average to .241.  The team is last in doubles and triples overall.  Their home run total fell to a tie for third in the league.  Their walks total is at 126 good enough for third overall.  All other totals sit where they have sat all year. 


The team's ERA improved to 3.36, now third best in the league.  All other pitching total stats sit where they have been all year.  Another positive note: They still are the best at not hitting batters with 20 and their WHIP is 1.35.


Gerardo Mannbel is 7th with a .328 batting average, tied for 3rd with 41 hits, 5th with four home runs, 4th with 62 total bases, 5th with 18 walks, 7th with a .432 OBP, 7th with a .496 SLG, and 5th with a .928 OPS.


Alberto Rivero is tied for 3rd with three triples and tied for 7th with 21 RBIs.


Cristofher Dumont is tied for 8th with three home runs.


Hector Corpas is tied for tied for 2nd with four wins


David Brito is tied for 2nd with four wins


Javier Avendano is 11th with a 2.25 ERA.


Yonathan Gonzalez is 3rd with five saves.


Carlos Noguera is 4th with 36 innings pitched


Moises Colorado is 4th with 32 strikeouts.


Geney Rios is 9th with 26 strikeouts.


Deimer Bier is 9th with a 1.14 WHIP.



Life after VSL in 2008...Moving On Up


C/1B Ismael Cardona, 3B Kleininger Teran, SS Ted Obregon, P Omar Diaz, and P Orlando Munoz were assigned to the Rookie-Level GCL Cardinals.


P Jose Calero and OF/DH Cristofher Dumont were on the original GCL roster provided by the Cardinals, but have yet to appear there.


P Richard Castillo was assigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach, later re-assigned to Single-A Quad Cites.


P Jorge Rondon was assigned to Rookie-Level Johnson City.


Next Up


June 23: @ Astros (16-19, 6th Place)

June 24: Phillies (18-14-3, 3rd Place)

June 25: @ Mariners 20-13-1, 2nd Place)

June 26: Off Day

June 27: Tigers (8-26-1, 8th Place)

June 28: @ Mets (18-16, 4th Place)


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