2008 DSL Cardinals Reserve Players Recap

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: 8)

 

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 complete.

 

 

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 runner.

 

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 it.

 

 

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 runner.

 

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.  Avila 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: 13)

 

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 there.

 

 

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 two games.

 

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: 11)

 

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 2-outs: 2)

 

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.  Marina 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 Rotation Recap

 

Link to Part Two: 2008 DSL Cardinals Relievers Recap

 

Link to Part Three: ‘08 DSL Cards Starting Position Players Recap

 

 

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