The Cardinals Winter League Notebook: 09/30

Two more prospects join the growing list of Cardinals playing winter ball in Venezuela.

Hawaii Winter League

No games for Monday September 29, 2008.


The Honolulu Sharks won their Sunday game, putting them at 2-0 and in first place in the East Division for the winter season.  None of the four Cardinals prospects on the roster saw action. The Sharks visit North Shore on Tuesday.


Players participating: Tony Cruz, Blake King, Tyler Herron, Jim Rapoport


Venezuelan League

Begins play October 14


Dan Radison arrived in Bravos de Margarita camp on September 13, after spending time with the St. Louis Cardinals team at Instructional League.  The Bravos expect imported (MLB/MiLB) players to start arriving on October 8 (Luke Gregerson and Ron Flores are among the possibles).  Ex-Cardinal farmhand Dennis Abreu is currently in camp with the squad.


Aguilas de Zulia announced that Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals' pitchers Carlos Oraa and Geney Rios will be joining the team this winter. 


Oraa, in his second season at VSL, made 19 relief appearances, putting together a 3-2 record with a 2.31 ERA allowing 38 hits, 13 runs (9 earned), one home run, 14 walks, and striking out 24 over 35 innings. 


In his third season at VSL, Rios made 15 appearances (13 for starts) compiling a 4-3 record and 2.49 ERA, allowing 43 hits, 30 runs (19 earned), one home run, 26 walks, and striking out 57 over 68.2 innings.  Rios looks to catch an eye this winter so he may receive a promotion to the Gulf Coast League roster in 2009. After three seasons, he must be ready to make the jump or he must be released. 


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


Instructional League

Play began September 19


48 players are participating.


Arizona Fall League

Begins play October 7


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


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


Venezuelan Parallel League

Begins play mid-October


Numerous Cardinals prospects expected to participate.

Dominican League

Begins play October 15


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


Colombian League

Begins play October 24


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


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



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