2008 VSL Cardinals Reserve Players Recap

The final installment of our four-part series looks at season highlights for the 2008 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals' position player reserves.

Carlos Yegues played in 39 games (13 starts) batting .213 (13-for-61) with a .250 OBP, .262 SLG, and .512 OPS.  The 17-year old right-handed swinger had three doubles, four RBIs, 16 total bases, walked twice and scored ten runs.  He was 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts, struck out 33% (20) of the time, and committed four errors.  Yegues mainly played 3B (16 games) for the club with five stops at 2B, five at 1B, one between both 2B and 1B, and four in the DH slot.

 

The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 free agent signing had four multi-hit games including his best on May 15 when he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI, and two runs scored.  That same game he picked up his first professional hit, double, and RBI.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 7)

 

Yegues didn't get much solid playing time due to being Hector Garcia's back up at third.  I suspect he will make a stop in Parallel League play during the winter to get him ready for the starting role with the VSL Cardinals in 2009.  (Note: for future reference, his name has been spelled a couple different ways on The Birdhouse site as Yeguez, Yeques and Yequez, if anybody wants to search him.)

 

 

Jesus Montero played in 37 games (22 starts) batting .190 (15-for-79) with a .312 OBP, .228 SLG, and .540 OPS.  The 17-year old right-handed swinger had one home run, ten RBIs, 18 total bases, nine walks, and scored eight runs.  He was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts, struck out 23% (18) of the time, and committed five errors.  Montero played in 28 games as the team's catcher, three as a DH, two at 1B, three as a PH, and one game playing both C and 1B.

 

The rookie VSL participant had 24 stolen bases on his watch, caught 14 stealing, allowed four passed balls, and picked a runner off at first. Montero had his best game July 1 when he went 1-for-1 (pinch hitter) clubbing his first professional home run and driving in two runs.  The 5'11" 180 pounder didn't pick up a hit in his first three games, but on May 30 got it and drove in his first pro RBI.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 5)

 

Montero was caught in a backup catching rotation with Limbert Rivas and Omar Viloria during the season.  He did end up playing more games, but didn't get enough quality playing time.  He should see play in winter ball along with a return to the VSL in 2009.  I also wanted to note he is the younger brother of Yankees prospect catcher Jesus Montero. 

 

 

Osmir Medina played in 36 games (30 starts) batting .269 (25-for-93) with a .324 OBP, .344 SLG, and .668 OPS.  The 17-year old right-handed swinger had five doubles, one triple, 11 RBIs, 32 total bases, seven walks, and scored 16 runs.  He was 3-for-5 in stolen base attempts, struck out 32% (30) of the time, and committed 17 errors.  Medina played basically all his games at shortstop, five games spread across pinch hitter, pinch runner, and DH.

 

The rookie VSL participant started the 2008 season hot as can be going 19-for-52 in his first 18 games.  As the season went on he slipped and soon lost playing time due to his bat and lack of fielding skills.  Medina picked up his first hit on May 15 (second game played), and had a three game hitting streak between June 4-6 where he went 7-for-13.  His best game came June 4 when he collected four hits in four at-bats and also had a 2-for-5 performance on July 25 when he bagged his first pro triple and drove in two runs.  The 6'2" 170 pounder had eight multi-hit games and committed two errors in two separate games.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 12)

 

Medina should also see some playing time in winter ball to possibly prepare him for a starting job at SS for the VSL Cardinals in 2009.  If he can keep a consistent bat and improve his fielding skills, he could be a star in no time.  He surely wasn't going to get much playing time this season behind Gerardo Mannbel.

 

 

Limbert Rivas played in 31 games (20 starts) batting .224 (15-for-67) with a .307 OBP, .239 SLG, and .545 OPS.  The 18-year old right-handed swinger had one double, six RBIs, 16 total bases, eight walks, and scored nine runs.  He struck out 31% (21) of the time and committed two errors.  Rivas played 23 games as the catcher, four as the DH, two at first, and two as a PH.

 

The rookie VSL participant allowed 18 stolen bases and four passed balls, caught eight trying to steal, and picked one off base.  He had three multi-hit games including a 3-for-5 game on May 16 when he picked up his first pro hit and RBI.  The 6'1" 185 pounder had a three-game hitting streak between July 25-30 where he went 4-for-10 driving in four runs.  His best game came on July 30 legging out his first pro double and knocking in two runs in a 2-for-4 performance.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs:6)

 

Rivas was a part of the backup catcher rotation that followed starter Yorbel Alcala and may see time in winter ball this off-season and a return to VSL next season, probably as Jesus Montero's backup.

 

 

Peter Jaspe played in 30 games (17 starts) batting .203 (12-for-59) with a .230 OBP, .254 SLG, and .484 OPS.  The 18-year old switch hitter had one double, one triple, four RBIs, 15 total bases, two walks, and scored four runs.  He struck out 31% (18) of the time and committed one error.  Jaspe played ten games in LF, four in RF, and 12 as the team's DH.

 

The Cardinals' July 2, 2006 free agent signing had two multi-hit games including a 2-for-5 performance on May 16, driving in one run and scoring one run on top of that.  The 6'2" 162-pounder picked up his only double on June 21 and only triple of the season on July 25.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 8)

 

Jaspe lost a considerable amount of playing time compared to the 2007 season and could be looking at a third season in the VSL in 2009 or a release over the off-season. 

 

 

Kaiser Inojoza played in 23 games (8 starts) batting .189 (7-for-37) with a .302 OBP, .189 SLG, .492 OPS.  The 17-year old right-handed swinger had two RBIs, seven total bases, five walks, and scored three runs.  He was 1-for-4 in base stealing attempts, struck out 32% (12) of the time, and committed one error.  Inojoza played eight games in LF, one in RF, one in both LF and CF, and was chosen as DH in eight games.

 

The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 free agent signing picked up his first professional hit and stolen base on June 10.  Inojoza had a four-game hitting streak from July 1-11, during which he went 4-for-8.  The 6'0" 175 pounder drove in his first run on July 7, then collected his second in his next game on July 11.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 4)

 

Inojoza will most likely join the others in Parallel League play and make a return in 2009 to the VSL.  He will be looking to earn some more playing time in the outfield.  Jeff Luhnow found him to be one of the more interesting players of the organization's 2007 free agent class.

 

 

Wilson Perez played in 22 games, batting .275 (14-for-51) with a .393 OBP, .490 SLG, and .884 OPS.  The 19-year old right-handed swinger had six doubles, one triple, one home run, four RBI's, 25 total bases, eight walks, and scored five runs.  He was caught stealing in both of his attempts, struck out 35% (18) of the time, and committed one error.  Perez played nine games in RF, eight as DH, two in both CF and LF, and one as a pinch hitter.

 

The second year VSL participant started off the season as the Cardinals right fielder but between June 8-July 15 missed playing time due to unknown causes (injury?).  When he returned, he was plugged into the DH role and played a couple of games in left field.  He had two-multi hit games including a 2-for-4 game in which he clubbed his first professional home run on May 19.  The 6'2" 180 pounder also went 2-for-4 collecting two doubles on July 31.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 2)

 

With Perez being signed late in 2007 and missing time in 2008, he could be headed to the Parallel League for some rehab time.  I also think he will make a return to VSL in 2009 since he hasn't completed a full season there yet, and showed an improvement at the plate in 2008.

 

 

Omar Viloria played in 20 games (11 starts) batting .171 (6-for-35) with a .293 OBP, .279 SLG, and .521 OPS.  The 17-year old right-handed swinger had two doubles, two RBIs, eight total bases, four walks, and scored four runs.  He struck out 23% (8) of the time and committed four errors.  Viloria played eight games at catcher, seven at 1B, one as the DH, one at 3B, and three as a pinch hitter.

 

The rookie VSL participant allowed nine stolen bases and one passed ball on his watch and didn't throw anybody out.  Viloria had one multi-hit game, on June 23, when he went 2-for-4 with a double and strike out.  The 6'2" 176 pounder picked up his first hit on May 14 and drove in his first professional run on May 30.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 2).

 

Next season, Viloria may be looking at more playing time at the corners as he wasn't too impressive behind the plate during the season and the catching position seems to be locked up between Limbert Rivas and Jesus Montero.

 

 

Moises Marquez played in 15 games (5 starts) batting .111 (2-for-18) with a .273 OBP, .111 SLG, and .384 OPS.  The 18-year old right-handed swinger had two total bases, three walks, and scored two runs.  He struck out 22% (4) of the time and didn't have any errors.  Marquez played ten games at 2B, three at SS, and two as the team's DH.

 

The rookie VSL participant didn't really get any playing time during the season.  I would consider him Wilfred Vivas' backup. He missed a significant amount of time in the month of June, and lost more time as the team signed Ildemaro Vargas.  Marquez didn't get his first professional hit until his tenth game played, on July 7, and only had one more after on August 1.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 4)

 

Marquez, like the others, will probably see time in winter ball and a return to VSL in 2009, hoping to get more playing time up the middle for the Cardinals.

 

 

Ildemaro Vargas played in 12 games (10 starts) batting .231 (6-for-26) with a .310 OBP, .231 SLG, and .541 OPS.  The 17-year old had two RBIs, six total bases, three walks, and scored five runs.  He stole a base in his only attempt, struck out 12% (3) of the time, and committed four errors.  Vargas saw time at 2B (eight games), SS (two), one at both 2B/SS, and one in the DH slot.

 

Vargas made his debut with the VSL Cardinals on July 2, but weather prevented the game from finishing.  Vargas struggled in his first six games, going 1-for-12, but after that he had a three-game hitting streak from July 22-25.  He picked up his first pro hit on July 10 and first RBI on July 25.  By the end of July, the 6'0" 170-pounder kind of nudged Wilfred Vivas out of playing time at 2B.  His best game came August 1 when he went 2-for-4 with one RBI, scored two runs, and stole his only base of the season.  He also had a two error game on July 22, but calmed down in the field afterwards not juggling the ball in his next four games.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 4)

 

Vargas will probably follow along with the others to winter ball and look for a starting job next season at either 2B or SS.  If his bat picks up like it did at the end of the season, he could become a nice addition to the line up.

 

 

Link to part one: 2008 VSL Cardinals Starting Rotation Recap

 

Link to part two: Venezuelan Summer League Cards Bullpen Recap

 

Link to part three: ‘08 VSL Cards Starting Position Players Recap

 

 

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