The Cardinals Winter League Notebook: 10/05

Jose Martinez is returning from injury as more St. Louis Cardinals prospects suit up in winter ball action.

Hawaii Winter League


Tony Cruz (Palm Beach): Started at catcher and batted 7th. 1-for-2 with one RBI and one sac fly.  He had one passed ball behind the plate.


Jim Rapoport (Springfield): Started in LF and batted 9th. 1-for-3 with one strikeout.


Blake King (Palm Beach): Entered in the 6th and pitched 3 innings.  Allowed two hits, one (earned) run, two walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out three (pitches-strikes: 56-30) (ground out-fly out: 3-3).


West Oahu beat Honolulu 8-1: link


Post game: link


The Sharks fall to 4-2-1, but still hold a 2.5 game lead over Waikiki in the East Division.


West Oahu visits Honolulu Sunday @ 1:00pm HT.


Also expected to participate: Tyler Herron (Palm Beach).


Instructional League

Began play September 19.


48 players participating: link


Arizona Fall League 

Peoria Saguaros (Cardinals prospects) open Tuesday night at Scottsdale @ 7:05 pm MST.


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


Mexican Pacific League

Begins play October 11.


Photos of former St. Louis Browns' outfielder Mel Almada have been posted at the Naranjeros de Hermosillo site: link

Almada played for the Browns in 1938 and 1939.


Expected to participate: Francisco Rivera (Quad Cities) and Jason Motte (St. Louis).


Venezuelan League

Begins play October 14.


Jose Martinez (Springfield) had a short batting session with the Tigres de Aragua coaching staff.  Martinez is feeling much better after injuring his left foot late in the 2008 season, and will join the rest of the team Sunday for regular scheduled batting practice: link


Other players expected to participate: Cesar Izturis (St. Louis-free agent), David Freese (Memphis), Luke Gregerson (Springfield), Ron Flores (Memphis-free agent), Geney Rios (VSL), and Carlos Oraa (VSL).


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 (Memphis) and D'Angelo Jimenez (Memphis-free agent).


Colombian League

Begins play October 24.


Players tentatively expected to participate: Casey Mulligan (Palm Beach), Nick Derba (Palm Beach), Davis Bilardello (Palm Beach), Carlos Pupo (Quad Cities), and Casey Rowlett (Springfield).


Nicaraguan League

Begins play late-October.


Puerto Rican Winter League

Begins play November 6.


Former Cardinals' closer Mike Perez is the leader of the Association of Professional Ballplayers of Puerto Rico.


Players tentatively expected to participate: Yadier Molina (St. Louis, injury may prelude) and Juan Gonzalez (Memphis-free agent).



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