Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 08/24

The Cardinals rookie-level club finished the season 12 games under .500 at 27-39, but played much better after their 1-9 start.

Recap

 

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals basically played the reserves this week and wrote off the season in terms of winning.  The Redbirds did extend their winning streak from the week before to three games, to only be handed four straight losses to end the season.  So the team went 1-4, dropping them 12 games under .500 to 27-39.  They finish in the cellar 1 ½ games behind 4th place and 15 games out of first place.

 

The Cardinals opened up this period with a doubleheader vs. the Athletics #2 squad.  The club's starter was knocked out after one inning but they received quality pitching from their relievers over the next 11 innings.  Both teams kept each other to six hits each and the Cardinals were lucky, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 12th on walks.  The A's #2 took revenge in the second game, winning 4-3, scoring all four runs in the top of the 7th.  The Cardinals had the game in the bag, as the A's committed four errors to allow the three runs to score.  But the Redbirds' long reliever must of gotten tired and was pounded on in the final frame.

 

The Cardinals visited the 1st place Mariners in the next game and struck first, scoring two runs in the first.  The M's answered back getting the runs across in the 2nd and 3rd innings, then the two winning runs in the 5th.  The Redbirds committed three fielding errors dooming the game for the team.  They did their best to rebound, scoring two in top of the 9th, but came up short.

 

The Athletics #1 team came to town and blanked the Cardinals 3-0.  This pretty much ensured that the A's would claim the 4th place spot in the standings.  The Cardinals were held to five hits and committed two errors, giving away the runs in the 5th.  The Redbirds' staff pitched a great game as the starter went five innings of six-hit ball and the two relievers following allowed two hits and no runs over the final four frames.

 

The final game of the season started and ended like the three previous did.  The Cardinals scored first, the Phillies answered back with the tying and leading runs, and the Cardinals tried to make a final run in the end.  The home team Phils held the Redbirds to five hits as they clubbed 11.  The Cardinals pitching took a hit, as two of the four arms used coughed up the six runs in five innings and the other two pitched three scoreless innings.  The bats were again not there to help out and the fielders threw away three balls for errors.

 

Who's Hot

 

Michael Avila ends the season on a four game hitting streak.  The 18-year old second baseman went 5-for-18 (.278) with three doubles, one home run, two RBIs, four runs, one walk, and eight strike outs.  He was also 3-for-4 in the stolen base department.  After sitting the bench most the season, Avila was gradually eased into a small starting role and did pretty well, only committing one error this week.  The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 free agent signee also got the bump to the lead-off spot in the last two games of the season.  In his last ten games, Avila compiled a .344 batting average increasing his average to .219 on the season.

 

Jorge Lopez will also end the 2008 season on a hitting streak of five games.  The 17-year old shortstop went 5-for-15 (.333) with one double and two strike outs.  The rookie VSL participant collected a two hit game on August 20 and improved his batting average on the season to .218.  His five hits tied Avila for the team high on the week.  Lopez also picked up his 5th error on the season on August 22.

 

Angel De Jesus missed last week but returns this week with a so-so start.  The 19-year old right hander made his 5th start of the season on August 22, pitching five innings, allowing six hits, three unearned runs, one walk, throwing one wild pitch, and striking out five.  De Jesus made one of the better starts for the VSL Cardinals, but it still ended in him collecting his 4th loss on the 2008 season.  The rookie VSL participant ends the season with a 2-4 record and 1.75 ERA.  De Jesus allowed only one earned one and struck out 18 in his last five appearances (21 innings).

 

Eduard Estalis makes his return to the ‘Hot List', but this time as a long reliever.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched four innings of two hit ball on August 20, striking out five, walking one, hitting one batter, and throwing one wild pitch.  He also had a 4-2 ground out-fly out ratio.  The rookie VSL participant was called upon in the 8th to possibly close the game out, but the Redbirds did not score a run and it was extended to 12 innings.  Estalis ends the season with a 2.31 ERA and struck out 40 over 35 innings, only walking 17.

 

Charllan Jimenez made one of his best appearances since returning to the VSL roster.   The 18-year old right-hander was called on after Ramon Urena couldn't pitch beyond the 1st inning on August 20.  Jimenez allowed only one hit, no runs, walked one, and struck out three over the next six innings.  The rookie VSL participant was called on again to finish off the August 23 game and did so giving up two hits in one scoreless inning.  Jimenez didn't allow a single earned run in his return, which spanned eight innings and earned The Birdhouse's ‘Pitcher of the Day' honors on August 21.

 

Who's Not

 

Juan Cabrera had a rough week picking up only one hit in his three game-shortened week.  The 20-year old shortstop went 1-for-11 (.091) with one walk, two stolen bases, one hit by pitch, and struck out six times.  Cabrera spent time at 2B, SS, and even in LF this past week.  Cabrera ends the season pretty much a safe distance away, in 2nd, from team leader Audris Perez in the batting stats.

 

Victor Ferreira not only had a bad week at the plate, but also behind it too.  The 17-year old C/RF went 2-for-12 (.167) with one run, one RBI, one walk, and three strike outs.  Ferreira had his ten-game on base streak snapped August 21 and couldn't get a hit in the last two games.  The rookie DSL participant played two of four games at the catcher position, where six bases were stolen on him and he had a throwing error on top of that.  He was only able to throw out one attempted base stealer.

 

Santo Sandoval ends his season pretty much where it has been all season, on the ‘Not List'.  The 19-year old left fielder went 1-for-10 (.100) with two walks, one stolen base, five strike outs, and one caught stealing.  In his last ten games he had more strikeouts than hits (9-to-8), but did manage to keep his batting average above .200 (at .208).  The rookie DSL participant ends the season 2nd on the team in stolen bases and was only nabbed five times.  Just imagine what Sandoval may of done if he had gotten on base more; lots of possibilities here.

 

Jose Pasen stumbled in his last start of the season, this after being the go-to guy with Angel Cruz's promotion.  The 18-year old right-hander made his last start on August 21, where he allowed six hits, four runs (two earned), two walks, and struck out only two before being pulled after the 3rd.  Pasen also threw one wild pitch and threw away a ball on a pick off attempt, to collect his 4th loss on the season.  With the Cardinals rotation struggling lately, Pasen's performance was a complete downer for the club.  The 2nd year DSL participant ends the season as the team's strike out leader (59) and pitched the most innings (53.1).

 

Ramon Urena had trouble in his last two starts.  The 18-year old made his first start on August 20, giving up two hits, one earned run, and tossing a wild pitch in only one inning.  On August 23, Urena was up again in the rotation pitching four innings coughing up five hits, three earned runs, two walks, one wild pitch, and striking out five.  Twice In the last ten games the Cardinals' July 3, 2007 free agent signee was limited to only one inning in a start.  He also picked up five losing decisions in those ten outings, for a final 1-6 record.  Urena's 3.42 ERA does stand out as 2nd best on the team among the full-time rotation.

 

Various Notes

 

C/1B Audris Perez received a well overdue promotion to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on August 22.  He made his last start with the DSL Cardinals on August 20 and was pulled before he made a plate appearance.  The 19-year old prospect left the team leading in doubles, home runs, RBIs, total bases, SLG, AVG, and OBP. Wader Perez tied him for the lead in hits during the week.

 

Keury Herrera was bumped to the bullpen on August 21.  The 17-year old left-hander came out with the same results he has shown in the last half of the season.  He pitched two innings allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), one walk, and chalked up one home run.

 

Right-handed reliever Amaury Castillo hadn't pitched since August 11.

 

Right-handed reliever Christian Concepcion hadn't pitched since August 6.....possible release?

 

Dominican Summer League

 

The Cardinals team batting took a couple steps back, falling from .226 to .224, which is 8th from last in the league. All other batting stats pretty much fell closer to bottom half of the league, with only a few categories staying in the middle (such as triples and home runs).

 

The Cardinals team ERA improved a lot from 3.85 to 3.67, but their WHIP stayed at 1.41.  The team did finish 12th with five shut outs, but all other pitching stats where right in the middle as it has been all season.

 

The individual player stat leaders will not be posted in the final week.  The MiLB site is way behind on updates, possibly a week or so.

 

Up Next

 

The St. Louis Cardinals Instructional League for a few in the fall and rest probably will play for the organization in the Dominican Parallel League.

 

DSL official site: http://dominicansummerleague.com/

LDBP Official Site: http://www.lidom.com/

MiLB DSL Cardinals site: link

 

 

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