Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 07/14

The 12-20 St. Louis Cardinals rookie level club played .500 ball for the second consecutive week and moved out of last place, but are now eleven games back.



The Dominican Summer League Cardinals ended last week on a bad note (the no-hit thing) and looked to get well past that moment.  This week we saw the hitting come alive, at least enough to keep up with their opponents.  The pitching was so-so. At some points the starting pitching seemed tired and not in the game. 


The Cardinals losing streak of one game from last week was extended to three games, including a rain out in there, but they took the next two of three.  For this period the Redbirds split the schedule, 3-3 taking their record to 12-20.  They fell back one more game out of first, to 11, but climbed out of the cellar to 4th place.


After three days of rest (and I would imagine a lot of practice) the Cardinals started the week off inviting the Mariners to town.  The Mariners pitching held the Cardinals to no runs until the bottom of the 9th, when they scored three.  And the team's pitching was just completely off, allowing 13 walks and claiming a total of four balks.  They did stay within winning distance but still lost 5-3. 


Next up the Cardinals visited the Athletics #1 squad and outhit them 10-8.  But once again the starting pitcher and errors cost the game allowing four runs to score in the 3rd. The Mariners won the game 5-2. 


The Phillies came to town next and the Cardinals losing streak ended.  The pitching was great in this game and the bullpen held the Phillies to no hits in the final two frames.  Perfect example of what no walks can do for a team.  Cardinals won 4-1 as they bagged this game in the 5th inning. 


The Redbirds' winning streak didn't last long as the Athletics #2 team visited and pitched a complete game and only allowed three hits and one run, in the first game of a doubleheader.  But the Cardinals got retribution in the second game, as they held the A's to two hits and no runs on their home field.  It was a flip flop doubleheader that saw the visiting teams claim the games. 


And for the finale, the Cardinals starting pitcher was shelled for seven runs in the first two innings.  The bullpen did fine until the third arm was brought in and he was hit hard also.  This game would go into extra innings as the Cardinals scored four in the 9th.  This game ended in the 13th with the Cardinals knocking in a run and the closer saving the game, 12-11.


Who's Hot


Audris Perez jumps back over to the hot list and will be carrying a five-game hitting streak into the next week.  The 19-year old C/1B went 6-for-20 (.300) with two doubles, two RBIs, three runs, and four strikeouts.  He still continues to lead the Cardinals in most hitting categorizes.  The rookie DSL participant also gunned down five steal attempts and only gave up two steals in four games behind the plate.


Wader Perez collected the most hits of any of the DSL Cardinals and move to 2nd on the team in bating average (.224).  The 18-year old second baseman went 8-for-26 (.308) with one double, one RBI, one walk, one stolen base, three strikeouts, and two caught stealing.  The switch hitter has a four-game hitting streak before it was ended in game two on July 11 and three of his games were multi-hit games.  He does however lead the Cardinals with eight errors.


Tharick Martines managed to nudge his batting average up to .200 this past week.  The 17-year old outfielder went 4-for-10 (.400) with one double, one run, collected his first two RBIs, one walk, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  The 6'2" 185 pounder will also be continuing a three game hitting streak on into next week.


Alejandro Pinales made two impressive relief appearances this week.  The 19-year old right-hander made his first on July 9, pitching one hitless and scoreless inning, getting three batters to ground out en route to his third hold of the season.  The next outing for the second year DSL participant came July 12 as he entered in the 8th and saved the bullpen.  Pinales pitched a season high five innings, allowing three hits, one (earned) run, and tying a season high with five strikeouts for his second win of the season. 


Pedro Pena made one start and one relief appearance for the Cardinals this period.  On July 8, the 17-year old left-hander came in to save Jose Pasen who couldn't make it out of the 3rd inning.  Pena pitched four innings allowing three hits, one (unearned) run, and striking out a season high five.  The Cardinals may have not won the game, but this outing earned the 6'1" 189 pounder a second start on the 2008 season.  On July 11, he pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit, two walks, striking out two, and throwing one wild pitch.


Who's Not


Alexander Castellano is gradually fading in the Cardinals batting stats, hovering at .216 now.  The 19-year old outfielder went 3-for-15 (.200) with one triple, one RBI, two runs, one stolen base, and one strikeout.  He also committed his second error of the season.  The 6'1" 160 pounder has been hitting in the top of the order (2nd and 3rd slot) and it may be time to drop him down to see if this generates anything.  In his last ten games he's gone 5-for-34 (.147).


Luis Pimentel saw his batting average dip under .200 this last week.  The 19-year old 3B/DH went 4-for-24 with one double, one RBI, three runs, two walks, and struck out five times.  The right-handed swinger did have a three-game hitting streak mid-week and is fourth on the team with 19 hits, third with 12 RBIs, and tied for second with 15 walks.


Jose Pasen was one of three starters that couldn't burn any innings this week.  The 18-year old right-hander made his only start July 8, lasting three innings, allowing two hits, four runs (one earned), two walks, and striking out four.  The one error committed in the 3rd inning doomed his start, which gave the Athletics #1 team four runs and saddled Pasen with his second loss on the 2008 season (0-2). I don't understand the reason to pull him early unless the Cardinals staff was not confident in the way he was throwing.


Keury Herrera made the second of three horrible starts for the DSL Cardinals.  The 17-year old left-hander had trouble finding the strike zone.  Herrera pitched two innings on July 7, allowing one hit, two runs (one earned), a season-high five walks, three strikeouts.  The 6'1" 180 pounder also threw one wild pitch and had two balks.  He collected his first loss (2-1) on the season.  The rookie DSL participant also has also walked 18 compared to 19 strikeouts over 19.1 innings.


Juan Jaquez missed about two weeks before making his return for one of the worst starts of the week.  The 21-year old right-hander only lasted 1.1 innings on July 12, allowing four hits, seven (earned) runs, four walks, two home runs, striking out one, and throwing one wild pitch.  Jacquez, signed by the Cardinals April 26, 2006, has a skyrocketing ERA which now sits at 11.57.  He may not be asked back next year by the Cardinals if this season continues like it has.


Missing In Action


18-year old starting pitcher Charllan Jimenez has now been out since June 20.


19-year old reliever Carlos Mejia out since July 2.


17-year old catcher Victor Ferreia out since July 3.


Dominican Summer League


The team batting average improved from .184 to .195 and tip-toed out of the cellar to third-to-last.  All other batting stats are where they were last week, basically in the bottom half of the league.  The teams pitching also improved from 3.49 to 3.44 and the WHIP stayed at 1.27.  Like the hitting the other stats are staying steady compared to last week.


Audris Perez is tied for 9th with four home runs.


Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with one complete game and 7th with a 0.78 WHIP.


Eduard Estalis is tied for 5th with six saves and tied for 8th with 11 game finishes.


Alejandro Pinales is tied for 4th with a 0.75 WHIP and tied for 7th with three holds.


Next Up


July 13: Athletics #1 (game results not posted when report compiled)

July 14: @ Phillies (11-21, 5th Place)

July 15: Off Day

July 16: @ Athletics #2 (12-13, 3rd Place)

July 17: Mariners (24-10, 1st Place)

July 18: @ Athletics #1 (14-9, 2nd Place)

July 19: Phillies (11-21, 5th Place)

July 20: Off Day


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