The Cardinals Winter League Notebook: 09/28

Continuing our daily reports into the winter season as Cardinals prospects play all over the world, beginning with Hawaii Winter Baseball.

Hawaii Winter League


Jim Rapoport (Springfield): Started in right field and batted 9th. 1-for-2 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run, 2 walks, and 1 stolen base.


Blake King (Palm Beach): Entered in the 8th inning and pitched the final two frames. Allowed no hits or runs, walked two, threw one wild pitch, and struck out two. (pitches-strikes: 23-12) (ground out-fly out: 3-1)


Honolulu (Cardinals prospects) beat Waikiki 8-4: link


Post game notes: link


Also participating: Tyler Herron and Tony Cruz.


Instructional League


As a follow-on to our four-part interview with Cardinals Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow, make sure you check out his Friday chat at


Especially interesting are comments on Curt Smith, Colt Sedbrook, Adam Ottavino, Moises Colorado, and three new signees, Roberto De La Cruz, Santo Franco and Cesar Valera.  


Several of these players are currently competing in the Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida, which began on September 13 and runs through October 6. 48 players are participating.





Arizona Fall League

Begins play October 7, 2008


Players scheduled to participate: Brad Furnish, Tyler Norrick, Justin Fiske, Adam Ottavino, Steven Hill (taxi squad), Tyler Greene, Brett Wallace and Shane Robinson.


Mexican Pacific League

Begins play October 11, 2008


Players expected to participate: Francisco Rivera, Jason Motte (tentative)


Venezuelan League

Begins play October 14, 2008


Players expected to participate: David Freese, Jose Martinez, Luke Gregerson, Ron Flores (free agent)


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Memphis left-handed reliever Flores will be experimenting with a sidearm delivery in winter ball.


Venezuelan Parallel League

Begins play mid-October


Numerous Cardinals prospects expected to participate.

Dominican League

Begins play October 15, 2008


Players expected to participate: Amaury Marti, D'Angelo Jimenez (free agent)


Colombian League

Begins play October 24, 2008


Players tentatively expected to participate include: Casey Mulligan, Nick Derba, Davis Bilardello, Carlos Pupo and Casey Rowlett.


Nicaraguan League

Begins play late-October


Players expected to participate: TBD


Puerto Rican League

Begins play November 6, 2008


Players tentatively expected to participate: Yadier Molina (injury may preclude)



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