The final installment of a four-part series looks at season highlights for the 2008 Dominican Summer League Cardinals' reserve position players.
Jeudis Polanco played in 40 games, batting .233
(27-for-116) with a .385 OBP, .284 SLG, and .670 OPS. The 18-year-old right-handed swinger had
six doubles, 19 RBIs, 33 total bases, scored 17 runs, and walked 25 times. He struck out 22% (25) of the time and
committed ten errors. Polanco
played 26 games as the C, ten at 1B, and four between both.
The 2nd year DSL
participant caught 19-of-67 attempting base stealers and allowed 11 passed
balls. He was Audris Perez's
back-up, and took over for Perez when he was promoted in August. The 6'1" 190-pounder's bat really didn't
get going until late July and it cooled back off in mid-August. Polanco had a four-game hitting streak
from July 23-August 1 as he went 7-for-13 with three doubles, seven RBIs, and
scored four runs. He had seven
multi-hit games including a 3-for-4 performance on August 6. His best game came August 1 when he went
2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs, and two runs. In four games over the season he allowed
four or more stolen bases. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs:
Polanco should see a return at DSL
in 2009 and possibly get more playing time behind the plate. If he can improve his skills behind the
plate, he may look at a promotion after his 3rd season is
Jorge Lopez played in 36 games, batting .218
(24-for-110) with a .287 OBP, .255 SLG, and .541 OPS. The 17-year-old right-handed swinger had
four doubles, ten RBIs, 28 total bases, scored eight runs, and walked ten
times. He was 2-for-5 in stolen
base attempts, struck out 22% (24) of the time, and committed five errors. Lopez played 21 games at 2B, ten at SS,
four as either DH or PH, and made an appearance in one game as a pinch
The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 free
agent signing began the season as the team's starting 2B and later was
alternating in the middle infield with Michael Avila. Lopez had four multi-hit games and began
his professional career with a four-game hitting streak. The 5'11" 175-pounder was 6-for-17 with
three RBIs and one run opening the season.
He then ended the year with a five-game hitting streak going 6-for-20
with a double and one RBI. Lopez
picked up his first double on July 2 and first RBI on June 1. His best game came
July 28 when he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. (Runners left in scoring position
with 2-outs: 8)
Lopez probably will be looking at
a 2nd season at DSL and again switching off with Michael Avila
until he can finally take over 2B on his own or lose
Michael Avila played in 37 games, batting .219
(21-for-96) with a .350 OBP, .385 SLG, and .736 OPS. The 19-year-old right-handed swinger had
five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 11 RBIs, 37 total bases, scored 21
runs, and walked 16 times. He was
caught in all three of his steal attempts, struck out 40% (38) of the time, and
committed ten errors.
Avila played 13 games at 2B, ten at SS, six as
the DH, three in RF, two in LF, one at 3B, and one other game as pinch
The Cardinals' March 26, 2007 free
agent signing opened the season with a 7-for-23 run and then went on a hitless
streak over the next nine games. He
had four multi-hit games and three of those came in the month of August. The 6'0" 160-pounder legged out his
first triple on June 1 and clubbed his first home run on June 11. He had two games where he drove in three
RBIs, on June 12 and July 28.
ended the season with a four-game hitting streak going 5-for-16 with three
doubles, one home run, two RBIs, and scored three runs. (Runners left in scoring
position with 2-outs: 8)
Avila could return for the 2009 season,
but could get caught in a competition for playing time. He'll be up against Jorge Lopez/Wader Perez at 2B and Juan B. Cabrera/Grabiel Martinez at SS. If he can get his bat going like he did
at the beginning and end of the season he could see more middle infield work in
his 3rd season.
Hayrich Martina played in 32 games, batting .158
(15-for-95) with a .266 OBP, .168 SLG, and .434 OPS. The 18-year-old right-handed swinger had
one double, five RBIs, 16 total bases, scored nine runs, and walked ten
times. He was 2-for-5 in stolen
base attempts, struck out 24% (23) of the time, and committed 11 errors. Martina played 19 games at 3B, ten as
DH, two at 1B, and one between both 3B/1B.
The 2nd year DSL
participant began the season as the Cardinals starting 3B and even had a
five-game hitting streak to start.
But after not getting a hit in his next nine games, Martina saw his
playing time dwindle. The 6'0"
170-pounder had three multi-hit games all in July and August. He drove in his first run of the season
on June 12 and only double on August 18.
His best game came July 14 as he went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. (Runners
left in scoring position with 2-outs: 16)
Martina picked up a couple more
hits this season from last, but that was about all the improvement he had. In his possible 3rd season in
2009, he could play pretty much a roster filler role if he doesn't pick it up,
especially with Wader Perez getting reps at 3B and Roberto De La
Cruz most likely on his way to join the team.
Victor Ferreira played in 29 games, batting .235
(20-for-85) with a .327 OBP, .341 SLG, and .668 OPS. The 17-year-old right-handed swinger had
four doubles, one triple, one home run, 16 RBIs, 29 total bases, scored seven
runs, and walked eight times. He
was caught stealing both times on stolen base attempts, struck out 29% (25) of
the time, and committed three errors.
Ferreira played ten games in RF, six at C, four as DH and PH, three in
LF, and two between both RF and C.
The 1st year DSL
participant backed up Jeudis Polanco at C and Alexander Castellano in RF. He had five multi-hit games including a
3-for-5 performance on August 6.
The 5'11" 180-pounder had a seven game hitting streak between August 1-17
going 11-for-26 with two doubles, one triple, six RBIs, and three runs. Ferriera only caught 1-of-11 base
stealing attempts and allowed four passed balls. His best game came July 14 when he went
2-for-3 with one double, one home run, five RBIs, and two runs. He got on base in 13 straight games
between July 23 and August 21. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs:
Ferreira could return for a
2nd season in the DSL in 2009 and see more playing time at the
catcher position with Audris Perez gone. The outfield may also be an option if
players underperform of if the organization feels he may fit better
Tharick Martines played in 23 games, batting .119
(8-for-67) with a .203 OBP, .194 SLG, and .397 OPS. The 17-year-old right-handed swinger had
two doubles, one home run, three RBIs, 13 total bases, scored five runs, and
walked five times. He was 3-for-5
in stolen base attempts, struck out 51% (34) of the time, and committed one
error. Martines played ten games in
CF, six in RF, four in LF, split a game in LF and CF, and was the team's DH in
The Cardinals' August, 23, 2007
free agent signing didn't really make too much of an impact this season. He collected two hits in his first three
games and had a three-game hitting streak between July 8-12 going 4-for-10 with
two doubles, two RBIs, and one run.
The 6'2" 185-pounder had one multi-hit game, on July 11, and jacked his
first professional home run on August 21.
Mainly he struck out a lot, whiffing two or more times in 11 games. Martines also had two stolen bases in
one game on August 21. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs:
Martines could be back for another
year in the DSL to see what he may become in the outfield. He has shown he can play all three
spots, it's just we need to see more out of him at the plate if he wants the
playing time. Maybe a little more
experience and he will start to produce.
Bernardo Villar played in 17 games, batting .148
(8-for-54) with a .324 OBP, .167 SLG, and .490 OPS. The 17-year-old right-handed swinger had
one double, five RBIs, nine total bases, scored five runs, and walked 12
times. He was 2-for-3 in stolen
base attempts, struck out 30% (16) of the time, and committed seven errors. He played eight games at 3B and was
tapped as DH in nine.
The 1st year DSL
participant started the season with a four-game hitting streak, going 5-for-12
with two RBIs and two runs. Villar
had two multi-hit games and had one multi-RBI game on July 12. He missed over a month of play in June
and July and returned rusty, collecting only five hits in his next 14
games. The 6'0" 180-pounder
committed three errors in his first two games and spread out the rest over the
rest of the season. Villar hit his
only double on August 23.
Villar could return for another
season in the DSL and make a push for playing time at 3B if his fielding pans
out. If that doesn't work out, we
could see him at the DH spot as they placed him during 2008 or another position.
(Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 6)
Andres Beras played in 16 games, batting .133
(6-for-45) with a .188 OBP, .156 SLG, and .343 OPS. The 17-year-old right-handed swinger had
one double, three RBIs, seven total bases, scored one run, and walked three
times. He was 1-for-2 in stolen
base attempts, struck out 29% (13) of the time, and committed one error. Beras played six games in RF, five in
LF, two in CF, and three as DH.
The Cardinals' July 4, 2007 free
agent signing unfortunately had his 2008 season cut short after testing positive
for performance enhancing drugs on July 29. His best game came July 13 when he went
1-for-3 with one double and one RBI.
The 6'2" 175-pounder drove in his first professional run on June 5. Oddly enough, Beras seems to have played
in the August 8 game for the Cardinals days after being suspended. (Runners left in scoring position with
Beras will be back in the
Cardinals system next season (as confirmed by Jeff Luhnow in the four-part
interview posted at The Birdhouse), but will miss time at the beginning of the
season to complete his 50-game suspension.
He showed he could play all three spots in the outfield and be a decent
back-up. He's still young so
there's still plenty of time yet.
Quincy Martina's tenure in the St. Louis Cardinals
organization seems to be over. Last
fall Jeff Luhnow confirmed that the 21-year-old outfielder left the team and
unofficially announced his retirement.
had been placed on the restricted list so the team could protect their rights in
case he had planned to make a return.
If the right-handed swinger was going to return, he would have played in
the Gulf Coast League in 2008, as he already put in three years between the DSL
and VSL. Martina hit .226 in
2005 at the DSL, .266 in 2006 at the VSL, and .171 in 2007 at the DSL. His younger brother Hayrich played for
the DSL Cardinals in 2008.
Link to Part One: 2008 DSL Cardinals Starting
Link to Part Two: 2008 DSL Cardinals Relievers
Link to Part
Three: ‘08 DSL Cards Starting
Position Players Recap
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