Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 07/07

The 9-17 Cards rookie level club is coming off a 2-2 week, but remain in last place, ten games back.

Recap

 

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals ended the last week with a win and looked to continue during this period.  The team ended up splitting the schedule, going 2-2.  The Cards outscored their opponents 16-12, but were outhit 16-15 in four games.  They also out did the competition with six errors compared to five.  

 

The Cardinals would split a doubleheader, have a great game, and the next were completely shut down to a point of standstill.  Overall, the team stayed steady with a 9-17 record, still in the cellar holding hands with the Phillies.  A positive is they didn't lose any ground, staying just ten games out.

 

At the start of this period on June 30, the Cardinals were scheduled for a doubleheader vs. the Athletics #2 squad, but weather prevented the games.  They were pushed back one day to July 1st.  Game 1 ended their winning streak, as the A's struck out ten and held the Cardinals to just two hits and one run.  The starter for the Redbirds had a great outing, but a sacrifice in the 6th would be the nail in the coffin as they lost 2-1.  Game 2 saw better results, as the Cardinals were given nine free bases (eight walks and one hit by pitch).  The closer blew the save, but the hitting picked him up for the win, 4-3. 

 

The Cardinals extended their winning streak to two games as they visited the 1st place Mariners and pounded them, 11-3.  The team scored four in the 6th and the bullpen held the Mariners to one hit in the final three frames.  Adding a little insult, the Cardinals ran up the score in the 9th, scoring four more.  The team's ace hit a slight bump in the road but still managed to collect the win. 

 

The Cardinals then hosted the Athletics #1 squad, and what transpired is probably the most embarrassing game this DSL Cardinals team has played all season.  The A's would use only two pitchers and they would go on to no-hit the Redbirds.  It would have been a perfect game if it wasn't for one error committed by the A's left fielder.  On a positive note, the Cardinals' pitching was almost as great, allowing two hits, four runs, three walks, and striking out 13.  The three walks and three errors committed would haunt the team. 

 

We all know the team's hitting is pretty much horrible, but I personally would have never thought they would be held to no hits in a game.  Somebody forgot to bring the bats that day...fire the bat boy immediately.

 

Who's Hot

 

Santo Sandoval had three straight games where he got on base, before the no-hitter July 3.  The 19-year old outfielder went 1-for- 9 (.111) for the week, but he walked six times, scored six runs, and stole two bases.  The 6'1" 180 pounder took over the team lead in walks and leads the squad with five stolen bases.  He's 5-for-8 in stolen base opportunities and leads the team with OBP (.373). Also during the week, he struck out five times.

 

Jeudis Polanco started a two-game hitting streak with the playing time he was provided.  The 18-year old catcher went 2-for-6 with one RBI, two runs, two walks, and three strike outs.  The second-year DSL participant also gunned down the only base stealing attempt in his two games.  The 6'1" 190 pounder out of Santo Domingo bumped his batting average up to .158 and we hope to see more of him with Audris Perez slumping.

 

Jose Pasen rebounded from his two previous bad outings to pitch a very nice game.  The 18-year old right-hander made his only start on July 1 in the first game of the doubleheader vs. the Athletics #2 squad.  He pitched five strong innings allowing three hits, one (earned) run, one walk, one hit batter and striking out three.  The 6'1" 180 pounder also kept the ball down, with a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 8-2.  Pasen spent last season as a DSL Cardinals' outfielder, mainly in right field, and there he had a .165 batting average with one double and six RBIs.

 

Ramon Urena made a decent outing for the DSL Cardinals this week and has been a steady arm in the rotation for the team.  The 18-year old right-hander started on July 3, pitching five innings allowing only one hit, two (earned) runs, one walk, one hit batter, five strikeouts, and threw four wild pitches.  His control is what scored the runs and the team not hitting gave him his third loss of the season.  The Cardinals' 2007 July 2nd signee carries a 2.86 ERA, which is second best among regular starters.

 

Eddy Rivera made one relief appearance this week for the DSL Cardinals.  On July 3, the 19-year old right-hander finished off the Cardinals' 4-0 loss to the Athletics #1 squad.  He pitched two no-hit innings allowing one walk and striking out five of eight batters faced.  The 2007-08 fall/winter signee has not allowed an earned run in his last three relief appearances (5.2 innings) and has struck out ten over eight innings.

 

Randy Santos has been a solid addition to the Cardinals' bullpen.  This week the 17-year old left-hander made one relief appearance on July 2, pitching two no-hit innings allowing only two walks.  The recent signee out of Puerto Plata, kept both inherited runners on base as he collected his first save of the season.  Santos has pitched 7.2 innings in five games and hasn't allowed a single earned run, but has walked six and struck out four. 

 

Who's Not

 

Alexander Castellano makes it a second week in a row on the DSL "not" list.  The 19-year old outfielder went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts this week.  In the last two weeks he has gone 4-for-28 (.143) with three runs, two walks, and eight strike outs.  The right-handed hitter had his playing time cut back this last week, only getting in two of the four games played.  And his batting average has dropped to .220, sliding to second overall on the team.

 

Audris Perez had a tough week at the plate and in the field.  The 19-year old catcher/first baseman went 1-for-15 (.067) with one RBI and two strikeouts.   5'9" 180-pounder out of Sabana Grande is still the power in the lineup as he leads the team in home runs, RBIs, and SLG.  Perez managed to stay constant, nailing 50% of the attempting base runners (3-for-6).  But he also had a pick off attempt error, a throwing error, and one passed ball.

 

Eduard Estalis blew his only save opportunity of the week.  The 19-year old right-handed closer pitched July 1, in the second game of a doubleheader, allowing three hits, one (earned) run, one walk, one wild pitch, and struck out two in two innings.  Even though he blew the save, the team scored and he took the win. If pushed to pitch two full innings, Estalis seems to get tired and give up the runs.  The Haitian has had four two-inning outings and chalked up six earned runs.

Missing From The Rosters 

17-year old right-hander Jaime Sanchez was signed last July.  Farm Director Jeff Luhnow listed him at 6'5", 190 pounds and had an 86-87 mph fastball along with a solid curve.  Luhnow also projected him to be a starter.  Sanchez was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic and has not shown up on any of the rookie-level rosters.

 

Dominican Summer League

 

The team batting took another step back, falling from .191 to .184, now last overall in the league.  The Cardinals are second to last in these categories: hits (147), stolen bases (23), and OPS (.560).  And are third to last in these categories: total bases (210), OBP (.297), and SLG (.263).  All other stats are in the bottom half compared to the league. 

 

The Cardinals pitching had another week of improvement, with 0.13 of ERA shaved off last week's to 3.49.  They have allowed 176 hits (3rd best), 111 runs (6th best), and four home runs (tied for 3rd best).  The team's WHIP improved to 1.27.  But they could use a little help in the strikeout department, only having claimed 212 victims (6th worst).

 

Audris Perez is tied for 4th with four home runs.

 

Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with one complete game and tied for 9th with a 0.82 WHIP.

 

Alejandro Pinales is tied for 10th with two holds.

 

Next Up

 

July 7: Mariners (20-8, 1st Place)

July 8: @ Athletics #1 (12-7, 2nd Place)

July 9: Phillies (9-17, tied for 4th Place)

July 10: Off Day

July 11: Athletics #2 (10-11, 3rd Place)

July 12: @ Mariners (20-8, 1st Place)

July 13: Athletics #1 (12-7, 2nd Place)

 

 

 

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