Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 06/30

The offense for the 7-15 Cards rookie level club is trailing the pitching by a considerable margin.



The Dominican Summer League Cardinals headed into their fourth week of play looking to snap a three game slide.  They began with two straight wins, where the team scored 6+ runs in both games, then were shut down the next two.  And the squad would round out this period with their second shutout of the 2008 season.  The Cards ended the week with a 3-2 record, improving to 7-15 but still are cellar-dwelling and slipped to 10 games out. 


The Cardinals began the week with a 7-6 win over the Phillies.  The starting pitching was not on their game and the bullpen, the two hurlers following, would struggle.  Runs in the 8th and 9th innings clinched the contest.  The team took another away game as they beat the Athletics #2 squad 6-5 in 11 innings. The Cardinals only had three hits in the game, capitalizing on the four errors committed and 14 walks given up by the A's club.  The Mariners visited the next game and won, 5-1.  The Cardinals committed two errors and only had four hits, costing them the game.  Next up, the Cards visited the A's #1 squad and scored in the first inning but blew it in the fourth, giving up four runs.  The team would not recover and lost 5-2.  And for the finale for this period, the Cardinals only allowed three hits and claimed their second shutout of the season.  The Cardinals won 3-0 over the visiting Phillies. 


Outstanding pitching is the only thing keeping the Cardinals in the game in the 2008 season. There is not too much hitting to talk about, though certain players on certain days come through.  There really is no consistent hitter.


Who's Hot


Audris Perez took a dip in the hitting department this week, but still produced some runs for the Cardinals.  The 19-year old catcher went 3-for-16 (.188) with two doubles, three RBIs, two runs, two walks, and only one strike out.  Aside from his lack of hitting this week, we see he is improving behind the plate.  The 5'9" 180 pound Dominican gunned down 50% of his base stealers, eight stolen and eight not fast enough.


Keury Herrera made an impressive start on June 28.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched five innings, allowing only one hit, no runs, three walks, and struck out six against the Phillies.  In his last two starts, the 6'1" 180 pound Dominican has only allowed one hit in ten innings.  For the season, Herrera has struck out 16, but walked 13, over 17.1 innings.


Eduard Estalis made three relief appearances for the Cardinals this week.  The 19-year old right-hander collected a win on June 23 as he pitched 1.2 innings of relief not allowing a hit or run and striking out one.  The 6'1" 172 pound Haitian collected his 3rd save on June 25 with a no hit inning while striking out three vs. the Athletics #2 club.  On June 28, he made his 3rd relief appearance of the week, pitching one inning and again not allowing a hit or run and striking out two runs claiming his team leading 4th save.  Estalis hasn't allowed an earned run and only one hit in his last five relief appearances (5.2 innings).

Angel Cruz made his only start on June 25 vs. the Athletics #2 squad.  He pitched six innings allowing seven hits, four runs (two earned), one walk, and striking out four in a team win of 6-5.  On the 2008 season, the second year DSL participant has made five starts, posting a 1-1 record and 1.00 ERA. 


Alejandro Pinales came out of the bullpen for the Cardinals twice this week. On June 25, the 19-year old right-hander pitched four innings of relief allowing two hits, one (earned) runs, and striking out two en route to his first win of the season.  The on June 28 the long reliever pitched three innings, allowing two hits, no runs, and struck out three.  He also claimed his 2nd hold on the season setting up closer Estalis.


Who's Not


Tharick Martines continues to struggle this season.  The 17-year old outfielder played in two games this week going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts.  The right-handed hitter out of Curacao has managed to strike out a total of 11 times in 18 at-bats and has only two hits.


Alexander Castellano had a couple multi-hit games this week, but that was pretty much it.  After getting lukewarm last week, the 19-year old outfielder went 4-for-17 (.235) with three runs, two walks, and two strike outs.  He also had one outfield assist and committed his first error this season.  The Colombian does still lead the team in hits (18), batting average (.240), and is tied for first with four stolen bags.


Jose Pasen made one start this week, which ended ugly for him.  After striking out ten in his last start, the 18-year old right-hander was shelled for nine hits, five runs (four earned), two walks, and struck out six over 3.2 innings.  It didn't help that the reliever following, Randy Santos, allowed one of his runners to score.  On the season, the 2nd year DSL participant has struck out 24 over 17.1 innings and walked eight.


Roster Additions, Releases, and Changes


Randy Santos was added to the DSL Cardinals roster this past week.  Please don't confuse him with the Johnson City right-hander.  The DSL pitcher is a lefty and is 17 getting ready to turn 18 on July 4th.  As he was added, a few changes were made to past boxscores and he has made four appearances for the Rookie-Level squad over the 2008 season.


The St. Louis Cardinals have also signed and added two left-handers, Braulin Beltre and Yedilson Pena to the DSL roster.  Both made their debuts on June 26.  Beltre, a 6'4" 180 pounder, pitched one inning of relief allowing one hit, one (earned) run, and walking two.  Pena, a 6'1" 165 pounder, pitched one no-hit inning of relief striking out two.


It seems that OF Jahir Montilla, OF Bernardo Garay, OF Quincy Martina, 3B Ramon Ito, P Julio Maza, and P Edwin Grullion, who all played last season, were not brought back for the 2008 campaign.  They join C Edgard Montiel, who's playing in the Nicaraguan Summer League and 3B Juan Cabrera as former DSL Cardinals members from 2007.


Dominican Summer League

The DSL Cardinals' hitting took another dip this week, dropping from .192 to .191.  They also dropped from 3rd worst overall to 2nd worst.  The hitting has been horrible for the team.  They sit pretty much in the bottom half of the league in all stats now.  It's not pretty, Jeff Luhnow needs to make another plane trip to the Dominican.  On a slightly positive note the team is stealing 65% of attempts made (20-for-31).  The Cardinals pitching, once again, improved from a 3.84 ERA to now 3.62.  The pitching has only allowed 160 hits (9th best in league), 99 runs (9th best), and  three home runs (tied for 3rd best).  The team overall WHIP is 1.34. 

Roberto Reyes is tied for 9th with three triples.


Audris Perez is tied for 2nd with four home runs.


Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with one complete game.


Eduard Estalis is tied for 6th with four saves and tied for 7th with eight game finishes.


Alejandro Pinales is tied for 7th with two holds.


Up Next


June 30: @ Athletics #2 (6-8, 3rd Place)

July 1: Athletics #2 (6-8, 3rd)

July 2: @ Mariners (17-5, 1st)

July 3: Athletics #1 (8-5, 2nd)

July 4: @ Phillies (8-13, 4th)

July 5 and 6: Off Days



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