‘08 DSL Cards Starting Position Players Recap

The third of a four-part series looks at season highlights for the 2008 Dominican Summer League Cardinals' starting position players.

Wader Perez played in 62 games, batting .247 (57-for-231) with a .261 OBP, .329 SLG, and .690 OPS.  The 18-year-old switch hitter had 13 doubles, three triples, 20 RBIs, 76 total bases, scored 41 runs, and walked 35 times.  He was 17-for-28 in stolen base attempts, struck out 12% (27) of the time, and committed 15 errors.  Perez split time throughout the season between 2B (26 games) and 3B (24), with a couple games at SS and as the team's DH.

 

The 1st year DSL participant was placed at the top of the batting order for the Cardinals most of the season.  He had 14 multi-hit games including one of his best games where he went 4-for-6 with two doubles and four RBIs on August 6.  The 5' 10" 170-pounder had a six-game hitting streak between August 6-12, during which he went 11-for-24 picking up four doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, and scoring seven runs.  Perez made it safely on base in 13 straight games from July 28-August 12 by either a hit, walk, or hit by pitch.  He also took on seven walks in back-to-back games coming June 23 and 25. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 24)

 

Perez should be back for a 2nd season at DSL in 2009 and probably will put more work in at 2B and 3B.  This does all depend on where infielders Jorge Lopez and Michael Avila end up at and if he can keep the errors to a minimum.  July 2, 2008 signing Roberto De La Cruz could also factor into the equation too.

 

 

Juan Cabrera played in 57 games, batting .258 (49-for-190) with a .355 OBP, .368 SLG, and .723 OPS.  The 20-year-old right-handed swinger had eight doubles, two triples, three home runs, 26 RBIs, 70 total bases, scored 34 runs, and walked 26 times.  He was 14-for-16 in stolen base attempts, struck out 17% (33) of the time, and committed 13 errors.  Cabrera was the everyday SS for the Cardinals, putting in a small amount of time at 2B, along with being tapped for LF, DH, PH, and even a pinch runner.

 

The 2nd year DSL participant had a six-game hitting streak from June 18-23 and another from July 18-24.  Cabrera drove in a run in his very first game of the season and hit his first home run on June 19.  He collected his first multi-hit game on July12 and followed with seven more through the end of the season.  During the time period from July 12-16, the 6'1" 151-pounder went 11-for-25 including a 4-for-7 game with a double and two RBIs.  He also had a 16 game on-base streak that ran from July 18-August 6 by either hit, walk, hit by pitch, or opponents error. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 25)

 

Cabrera probably will return for a 3rd season at DSL in 2009 as the team's starting shortstop, but could get some competition from Michael Avila, Jorge Lopez and newcomer Grabiel Martinez.  There's also the possibility of seeing him in the Gulf Coast League during the season, if he continues improvement at the plate like he did in 2008 from 2007.

 

 

Luis Pimentel played in 64 games, batting .239 (52-for-218) with a .321 OBP, .298 SLG, and .619 OPS.  The 19-year-old right-handed swinger had ten doubles, one home run, 25 RBIs, 65 total bases, scored 24 runs, and walked 26 times.  He was 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts, struck out 13% (28) of the time, and committed ten errors.  Pimentel played 15 games at 1B, 11 at 3B, eight in LF, and was used as DH in 21 games.

 

The 1st year DSL participant ended up being penciled in hitting ahead of Audris Perez in the 3rd spot.  He had 12 multi-hit games including a 3-for-5 performance on August 17 (his only three-hit game).  Pimentel's best game came on June 16 when he went 2-for-3 with a double, hitting his first professional home run, and driving in four runs.  The 6'1" 180-pounder had an 11-game hitting streak from July 31-August 12, going 12-for-41 with two doubles, nine RBIs, and five runs scored. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 20)

 

Pimentel, who attended the Cardinals' 2008 extended spring camp, should make a return to the DSL in 2009 and probably will be tossed around the field much like he was in 2008 until he finds a spot.  He did play a lot more 1B as the season went on, so that could be an indication of where he could end up.

 

 

Audris Perez played in 46 games, batting .322 (57-for-177) with a .342 OBP, .525 SLG, and .868 OPS.  The 19-year-old right-handed swinger had 15 doubles, seven home runs, 40 RBIs, 93 total bases, scored 29 runs, and walked five times.  He was 3-for-5 in stolen base attempts, struck out 9% (16) of the time, and committed seven errors.  Perez was the team's starting catcher, but also played nine games at 1B and one as the DH.

 

The 1st year DSL participant gunned down 40 of 88 attempting base stealers, allowed nine passed balls, and picked off two base runners.  He had 17 multi-hit games including a 4-for-4 performance on July 28.  The 5'9" 180-pounder had a ten-game hitting streak from July 7-July 22, then a 12-game hitting streak to round out his season from July 23 (2nd game)-August 11.  Perez had a six-game multi-hit streak from July 12-July 22 added to that.  He knocked out his first home run on June 7 and jacked his first grand slam on August 6.  Perez took a little time to get going but by mid-July he was driving the ball everywhere and before he left he was putting a hurting on the league.  He was also selected to the DSL All-Star Game on July 27 going 1-for-3 with one double and two RBIs.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 8)

 

The only thing I'm surprised about is that Perez didn't get promoted at the same time as Angel Cruz. 

 

 

Alexander Castellano played in 52 games, batting .237 (42-for-177) with a .328 OBP, .316 SLG, and .645 OPS.  The 19-year-old switch hitter had four doubles, five triples, ten RBIs, 56 total bases, scored 23 runs, and walked 19 times.  He was 11-for-14 in stolen base attempts, struck out 27% (48) of the time, and committed three errors.  Castellano was the team's starting RF, with a small amount of time in CF, LF, and as the team's DH.

 

The 1st year DSL participant began the season in the number three and two hole in the lineup.  With time and a lack of hitting, he was dropped to middle and bottom part of the order.  His lack of hitting put him on the bench in the last couple weeks of the season.  He had eight multi-hit games including a 4-for-6 game on July 14.  The 6'1" 160-pounder drove in his first run on June 5 and legged out his first triple on June 7.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 20)

 

Castellano should make a return to the organization in 2009 with some time in winter ball and we hope to see some more production out of him.  He does show a great deal of speed, if he could just get on base more.

 

 

Santo Sandoval played in 56 games, batting .208 (36-for-173) with a .360 OBP, .318 SLG, and .678 OPS.  The 19-year-old right-handed swinger had nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 17 RBIs, 55 total bases, scored 33 runs, and walked 16 times.  He was 16-for-21 in stolen base attempts, struck out 34% (58) of the time, and committed three errors.  Sandoval was the team's starting LF, spending some time in CF, RF, and as the DH.

 

The 1st year DSL participant started the season out a little slowly but heated up in late July and early August.  He had six multi-hit games with four of those coming after the All-Star break.  The 6'1" 180-pounder drove in his first run on June 15, collected his first triple on July 14, and blasted his first home run on August 1.  His best game was August 6 when he went 1-for-5 hitting his 2nd home run of the season and driving in three runs.  He also scored four runs on July 12.  Sandoval got on base in 11 straight games from July 23-August 13. (Runners left in scoring position: 24)

 

Sandoval should make another DSL return in 2009.  I hope to see the strikeouts drop and see him more on base, as he is another that shows a lot speed that will help this team out in the next year.

 

 

Roberto Reyes played in 50 games, batting .174 (28-for-161) with a .291 OBP, .255 SLG, and .546 OPS.  The 19-year-old left-handed swinger had three doubles, five triples, 16 RBIs, 41 total bases, scored 15 runs, and walked 22 times.  He was 6-for-8 in stolen base attempts, struck out 31% (50) of the time, and committed three errors.  Reyes was the starting CF and was tapped for five games as the DH.

 

The 1st year DSL participant had a tough time at the plate and only had three multi-hit games.  Let's just say there is a lot of zeros in my paperwork for him.  He drove in his first run on June 6 and picked up his first triple on June 8.  With his lack of hitting he, like Castellano, saw some time on the bench in August.  The 6"0" 185-pounder had a six-game hitting streak from July 28-August 3 and was on base ten straight games from July 22 until August 7.  His best game came on July 28 when he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 12)

 

Reyes also seems to show some speed; let's hope he can get the bat on the ball in 2009 when he comes back for a 2nd year.  He could be an added threat as a lefty bat.

 

 

Marcos Martinez played in 46 games, batting .194 (24-for-124) with a .294 OBP, .306 SLG, and .600 OPS.  The 19-year-old right-handed swinger had five doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs, 38 total bases, scored 13 runs, and walked 14 times.  He was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts, struck out 49% (61) of the time, and committed eight errors.  Martinez was the team's starting 1B, played seven games in RF, and a few others in LF and as the DH.

 

The 2nd year DSL participant started the season out on a sour note and didn't pick up too much at the plate at all.  He actually only had eight hits in his first 18 games (where he made plate appearances).  He had two multi-hit games including a 3-for-5 with one double and two RBI performance on July 29.  The 6'5" 195-pounder drove in his first run on July 1. Martinez hit his first home run on July 18, followed by his second on July 23 (in his next game).  He also ended the season hitting his third home run on August 23. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 24)

 

Martinez improved from 2007 to 2008, seeing his average jump 100 points and other stats going upward too.  But his strikeouts stayed pretty much the same.  Maybe next season we will get to see him improve that much more for a 3rd year at DSL and drive in some runs.  There's power there; it's just waiting.

 

 

Link to Part One: 2008 DSL Cardinals Starting Rotation Recap

 

Link to Part Two: 2008 DSL Cardinals Relievers Recap

 

 

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