Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 06/23

The DSL Cardinals rookie-level club posted a 2-4 record in their third week of play in the 2008 Dominican Summer League and slipped into the divisional cellar.



The DSL Cardinals headed into their third week of play hoping to capitalize on much improved play the week before.  The team went 2-4 on the week, not better but not worse either.  The hitting took a dive and the pitching continues to improve as the weeks go on.


The team extended their winning streak to two games at the beginning of the week with a slugging of the Phillies 11-3.  The pitching was solid and three players drove in nine runs.  The other two runs were scored on the three errors committed by their opponent.  The next game the 1st place Mariners visited. They ended the winning streak and held the Cardinals squad to just two hits, while scoring six runs.  The Cardinals would visit the Phillies and claim their first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win on June 19.  The Cardinals received great pitching from their best starter and the team outhit the Phillies 6-4. 


The winning streak would be short-lived as the team hit a road block and went on a three game losing slide heading into the upcoming week.  The first loss came as the Athletics #2 team held the Cardinals to just four hits and the bullpen coughed up the winning runs even though the A's committed two errors.  The team would then visit the Mariners and once again the same result ensued as the team was outhit (7-6) and outscored (3-2). 


This game reminded me of one of Tony La Russa's bullpen games.  The pitching staff for the game was all relievers and only lasted between two-three innings each.  Does TLR have a visa?  The Atheltics #1 team would come to town and finish off the Cardinals squad, for their third straight loss, with a 5-2 victory.  The team got some impressive starting pitching, but the bullpen would once again give up the game and two errors sure didn't help the cause.


The DSL Cardinals have now fallen to 4-13 overall, sitting in 5th place in a five-team division, and are 9.5 games out of first.  They are 3.5 behind the 4th place Athletics #2 team.



Who's Hot


Juan Cabrera began the week with only one hit on the season.  Now the just-turned, 20-year old shortstop has a five-game hitting streak heading into this next week.  He went 5-for-20 (.250) with one double, one home run, two RBIs, five runs, three walks, and four strike outs on the week.  The 6'1" 151 pound Dominican hit his first home run (solo) of the season on June 19.  The second-year DSL player has only one error on the season.


Luis Pimentel exploded at the beginning of the week but has since calmed down.  The 19-year old utility player went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season and four RBIs to help the DSL Cardinals to a win.  The 6'1" 180 pound Dominican did collect a hit in the next game, but has gone hitless in his last three games.  He also had five walks during the week.


Audris Perez had another great week for the DSL squad.  The 19-year old C/1B slugged a home run, bringing his total to four.  On the week he went 5-for-20 (.250) with one home run, six RBIs, four runs, and three strikeouts.  He's also getting a little better behind the plate, nailing three of seven runners attempting to steal.


Alexander Castellano picked it up this week.  The 19-year old outfielder went 7-for-17 (.412) with one double, two runs, one walk, one stolen base, and four strike outs.  This brought his season batting average up to .241.  He had a three hit game on June 19 and a two hit game on June 22.  Castellano leads the team with four steals on the season.


Angel Cruz made another impressive start this week.  The 20-year old right-hander made his only start on June 19 going six innings allowing three hits, no runs, and striking out eight en route to his first win on the season.  Cruz has made four starts this season posting a 1-1 record with a 0.43 ERA.  In all of his starts, he has made it through the 5th inning.


Jose Pasen also had a great start for the DSL Cardinals.  The 18-year old right-hander made his only start on June 18 going six innings, allowing three hits, three (earned) runs, two walks, one home run, and striking out a Cardinals season-high ten batters.  Despite the great pitching performance, the Cardinals squad were held to only two hits and lost the game 6-1.



Who's Not


Roberto Reyes had a tough week.  The 19-year old outfielder went 2-for-15 (.133) with one triple, one walk, and three strike outs.  The left-handed hitter still continues to lead the DSL Cardinals team in triples, but is really struggling to get a hit as he also leads the squad with 20 strikeouts.


Marcos Martinez had an even worse week than Reyes.  The 19-year old outfielder also struggled at the plate going 1-for-11 (.091) with one run, one walk, and six strikeouts.  His only hit came in the June 19 game vs. the Phillies.  The right-handed hitter has only two hits in his last 10 games played, and only four on the season in 31 at-bats.


Pedro Pena made two relief appearances this week.  The first for the 17-year old reliever came June 19 as he pitched a solid two innings not allowing a hit or run, on walk, and three strike outs.  The left-hander was able to hold the Phillies and pass the game to closer Eduard Estralis and the Cardinals won 2-0.  The next outing he was pounded upon.  On June 22 he blew the save and picked up his third loss on the season as he pitched 1.1 innings allowing six hits, and four (earned) runs.


Amuary Castillo gave up runs in both his relief outings on the week.  The 17-year old reliever made his first relief appearance on June 16 allowing one hit, one (earned) run, one walk, and striking out one.  The Cardinals were far enough ahead that it did not matter as the team won 11-3.  In his second appearance he pitched 1.1 innings allowing one hit, two (earned) runs, two walks, and striking out one.  The walks came back to bite and Walter Santos inherited both his runners, allowing them to score.  Castillo would pick up the loss (0-1) as the Cardinals lost 4-2.



Dominican Summer League


The DSL Cardinals hitting took a hit this week as the team's average dropped to .192, third worst in the league.  The team is just not generating any hitting or runs as they sit in the bottom half of the hitting stats.  The team is tied for 8th with six triples and 10th with seven home runs.  They are also only 10-for-18 in stolen bases.  The Cardinals' team pitching improved to a 3.84 ERA.  They also ended their streak without giving up a home run, sitting at a total of three on the season now.  In all other mound stats, they are sitting middle of the pack or in the lower half of the league.


Roberto Reyes is tied for 4th with three triples.


Audris Perez is tied for 1st with four home runs.


Angel Cruz is 5th with a 0.43 ERA, tied for 1st with one complete game, and tied for 8th with a 0.71 WHIP



Life after DSL in 2008....Moving on Up and Out


SS Juan Mosquera, C Juan Castillo, SS Ted Obregon, and OF David Medina were assigned to Rookie-Level GCL.


OF Edwin Gomez, P Arquimedes Nieto, and P Miguel Tapia were assigned to Short-Season Single-A Batavia.


P Randy Santos was assigned to Rookie-Level Johnson City.


P Hector Corpas was assigned to Rookie-Level VSL.


P Jose Rosario was picked up by the White Sox and assigned to their #1 DSL affiliate.

More updates will come when rosters are finally settled with the rookie-level affiliates.



Up Next


June 23: @ Phillies (6-9, 3rd Place)

June 24: Off Day

June 25: @ Athletics #2 (4-6, 4th Place)

June 26: Mariners (14-4, 1st Place)

June 27: @ Athletics #1 (6-2, 2nd Place)

June 28: Phillies (6-9, 3rd Place)

June 29: Off Day

June 30: @ Athletics #2 (4-6, 4th Place)


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