2008 Cards Dominican Summer League All-Stars

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Angel Cruz and catcher/first baseman Audris Perez have been named to the 2008 Dominican Summer League All-Star Game.

I am proud to share the news that two of our very own have been chosen to play in the DSL's version of the summer classic.  Right-handed starting pitcher Angel Cruz and C/1B Audris Perez have both been named to the 2008 Dominican Summer League All-Star Game scheduled for Sunday, July 27, playing for the National League.


Cruz, 20, was a free agent signing by the St. Louis Cardinals in early 2007 out of the Dominican Republic.  This is the right-hander's second season in the DSL under the St. Louis Cardinals umbrella.  Last season the 6'4" 200 pounder was used in relief and also made four starts for the Cardinals.  He posted a 4-4 record with a 3.76 ERA striking out 41 and walking 16 over 40.2 innings. 


The Santo Domingo born pitcher was assigned to DSL for another season instead of being brought to the states for 2008.  This season the ace of the Redbirds rotation has made nine starts posted a 4-2 record with a 1.62 ERA allowing 33 hits, 14 runs (nine earned), one home run, nine walks, and striking out 47 over 50 innings.  He also has the only complete game for the Cardinals squad, which is tied for 1st overall in the league.  Cruz leads the team in most if not all pitching categorizes and is ranked 8th in the league (last updated July 23) with a 0.80 WHIP.


Perez, 19, was a free agent signing by the St. Louis Cardinals in early 2008 out of the Dominican Republic.  The catcher/first baseman is currently playing his very first season in professional ball and is leading the Cardinals squad when it comes at the plate.  The 5'9" 180 pounder has seen his average gradually raise to a now .275 and has collected ten doubles, five home runs, 25 RBIs, five walks, and struck out 13 times in 131 at-bats.  Like Cruz, Perez is also the leader of the team when it comes to batting stats.   As soon as MiLB updates their stats for the DSL, Perez will jump into the top ten in home runs as he hit his fifth Wednesday night.


Even though the team has fallen back into last place in the Santo Domingo North Division, both have been huge contributors to the Cardinals 2008 season.  There have been others but not on a daily or weekly basis like these two have.


Subscribers, make sure you check out the Dominican Summer League Cardinals reports for weekly updates, here at The Birdhouse, on these up and coming young stars: link


The DSL official site will be hosting the All-Star Game on their site: link



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