The Cardinals Winter League Notebook: 10/14

Tony Cruz leads Hawaii Winter Baseball in average, slugging and OPS, headlining St. Louis Cardinals prospects playing in winter ball.

Hawaii Winter League


Tony Cruz (Palm Beach) leads the league with a .480 batting average, fourth with six doubles, first with a .517 OBP, second with a .720 SLG, and first with a 1.237 OPS.*


Jim Rapoport (Springfield) is ranked third with a .361 batting average, fifth with nine runs scored, tied-second with eight walks, tied-third with three stolen bases, and third with a .477 OBP.*


Blake King (Palm Beach) is tied-first with six games pitched and tied-sixth with one hold.*


The Honolulu Sharks (10-3-1) look to extend their five-game winning streak Tuesday at West Oahu @ 3:00pm HT.

Check out the fourth report by our very own "highrent", this one on Tyler Herron (Palm Beach): link


* stats ranked in the top five only.


Instructional League

Ran from September 13-October 6.


Recap of the hitters with camp coordinator Mike Shildt: link


Arizona Fall League


Shane Robinson (Memphis): Started in center field and batted lead off.  1-for-5 with one two-out RBI, one run, and one strikeout.


Brett Wallace (Springfield): Started as designated hitter and batted 8th.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.


Peoria Saguaros came from behind, scoring nine in the 8th inning to beat Surprise 11-6: link


Post game: link


The Saguaros improve to 6-0 and have a three-game lead over the league's second-ranked teams.


Robinson, Wallace, and Tyler Norrick (Palm Beach) received mentions in the latest AFL Notebook for the week: link


Also participating: Tyler Greene (Memphis), Steven Hill (Palm Beach-taxi squad), Brad Furnish (Springfield), Adam Ottavino (Springfield), and Justin Fiske (Springfield).


Mexican Pacific League


Francisco Rivera (Quad Cities): No game.

Culiacan takes on Navojoa Tuesday @ 7:30pm MDT.


Hugo Castellanos (Memphis-free agent): Did not pitch.

Obregon beat down Navojoa 20-1: link


Jason Motte (St. Louis): Tentatively expected to pitch for Hermosillo.


In other games...Mochis no-hit Guasave: link


Venezuelan League

Begins play today!!!


Geney Rios# (VSL), Carlos Oraa# (VSL), and Mark Worrell (Memphis): Aguilas del Zulia.

Zulia opens play at Aragua @ 7:30pm.


Luke Gregerson (Springfield) and Ron Flores (Memphis-free agent): Bravos de Margarita.

Margarita opens play at Lara @ 7:30pm.


David Freese (Memphis) and Rico Washington (Memphis-free agent): Caribes de Anzoategui.

Caribes opens play vs. Caracas @ 7:30pm.


Jose Martinez (Springfield) and Reynier Gonzalez# (Johnson City): Tigres de Aragua.

Aragua opens play vs. Zulia @ 7:30pm.

Cesar Izturis (St. Louis-free agent) will be joining the Cardenales de Lara in November.


# tentative at this time, possibility of ending up on Parallel League rosters instead.


Venezuelan Parallel League

Begins play today, @ Bravos de Margarita.


Numerous prospects expected to play, no rosters published at this time.


Dominican League

Begins play this Wednesday, October 15.


The big news is former Chicago Cubs outfielder and slugger Sammy Sosa plans to announce his retirement, possibly after the 2008 World Series: link (front page at this time) 


Many memories, for myself and others, go with him.  The summer of 1998 has to be the biggest for any Cardinals and Cubs fan, Mark McGwire and Sosa knocking the ball out of the park got me back into baseball after the strike of 1994.


The other big news is Albert Pujols (St. Louis) going under the knife: link

He has a working contract with Gigantes del Cibao, but was not expected to play this winter.

Cardinals' prospects tentatively expected to play: Kelvin Jimenez (St. Louis), Amaury Marti (Memphis), Luis Perdomo (Springfield), and D'Angelo Jimenez (Memphis-free agent).


Colombian League

Begins play October 24.


Players tentatively expected to play: Davis Bilardello (Palm Beach), Nick Derba (Palm Beach), Casey Mulligan (Palm Beach), Pete Parise (Palm Beach), Carlos Pupo (Quad Cites), and Casey Rowlett (Memphis).


Puerto Rican League

Begins play November 6.


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



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