The Cardinals Winter League Notebook: 10/16

David Freese doubled in his first Venezuelan game on Wednesday, headlining a growing number of St. Louis Cardinals prospects playing in winter ball.

Hawaii Winter League


Tony Cruz (Palm Beach): Started as catcher and batted 4th.  0-for-3 at the plate.  Had a throwing error in the fourth inning on a base stealing attempt on second base, resulting in the runner advancing to third base but not scoring.  He also threw out two runners, one in the second inning and sixth.

Honolulu lost to West Oahu 7-2 in 7 innings: link


Post game: link


The Sharks fall to 10-4-1 and still hold the best record in HWL.


Honolulu visits West Oahu Thursday @ 3:00pm HT.


Also participating: Jim Rapoport (Springfield), Blake King (Palm Beach), and Tyler Herron (Palm Beach).


Instructional League

Ran from September 13-October 6.


Recap of the pitchers with camp coordinator Mike Shildt: link


Dustin Mattison caught up with Alex Castellanos (Batavia) for a post-Instructional League interview: link ran an article on infielders Gerardo Mannbel and Roberto De La Cruz: link


Arizona Fall League


Shane Robinson (Memphis): Started in center field and batted lead off.  1-for-4 at the plate.


Tyler Greene (Memphis): Started at second base and batted 5th.  1-for-4 with one run scored.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 2)


Brett Wallace (Springfield): Started at third base and batted 6th.  0-for-3 with one strikeout (looking).


Steven Hill (Palm Beach): Started at catcher and batted 7th.  0-for-2 with one intentional walk.  There were two stolen bases on him while behind the plate.  He was lifted in the eighth inning.


Tyler Norrick (Palm Beach): Entered in the fourth and pitched 2 innings.  Allowed one hit, one earned run, walked two, and struck out one.  (pitches-strikes: 42-23) (ground out-fly out: 3-2)


Peoria Saguaros scored two in the 7th and held off Phoenix for a 3-2 win: link


Post game: link


The Saguaros improve to 7-1 and have a three-game lead over the overall second-place teams in the league.


Peoria Saguaros visit Phoenix Thursday @ 7:05pm MST.


Be sure to read and leave comments on Justin Fiske's (Springfield) second entry in the AFL blog: link  (let him know The Birdhouse is watching)


Also participating: Adam Ottavino (Springfield) and Brad Furnish (Springfield).


Mexican Pacific League


Francisco Rivera (Quad Cities): Did not play for Culiacan.

Culiacan gave up four runs in the 7th to lose 4-2 to Navojoa: link

Navojoa visits Culiacan Thursday @ 7:30pm MDT.


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

Former Cardinals farmhand Iker Franco hit two home runs and drove in three runs.

Obregon lost 10-7 to Mazatlan: link

Obregon welcomes Mazatlan Thursday @ 7:30pm MST.


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


Venezuelan League


Tuesday's recaps:


Ron Flores (Memphis-free agent): Entered in the 7th and got the final two outs of the inning.  Allowed no hits or runs, walked one, and struck out one for the hold.  (ground out-fly out: 0-1).


Luke Gregerson (Springfield): Had not joined Margarita.


Margarita scored the only run of the game in the 1st inning, beating Lara 1-0: link


Jose Martinez (Springfield): Started at shortstop and batted 2nd.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts (looking and swinging).  He had a throwing error in the third inning that didn't finish off a double play and that same runner scored later in the inning.


Jose Rada (GCL): Entered in the ninth inning and pitched one inning.  Allowed one hit and no runs.  (ground out-fly out: 0-3)


Mark Worrell (Memphis): Did not pitch for Zulia, and is not listed on the roster at this time.


Aragua lost 8-0 to Zulia: link


Wednesday's games:


Rico Washington (Memphis-free agent): Started in left field and batted 4th.  1-for-4 with one two-out RBI and one strikeout (swinging).


David Freese (Memphis): Started at third base and batted 7th.  1-for-4 with one double and one strikeout (swinging).  He had one throwing error in the fifth inning, runner was caught stealing later in inning.


Caribes scored two in the 8th to beat Caracas 4-2: link

Caribes welcomes Caracas Thursday @ 7:30pm VST.


Luke Gregerson (Springfield): Pitched and picked up the win for Margarita.


Ron Flores (Memphis-free agent): Did not pitch for Margarita.


Jose Martinez (Springfield): Playing for Aragua, stats unavailable.


Margarita beat Aragua 3-1, post game: link  (no box score posted, will recap on Friday morning)


Margarita visits La Guaira Thursday @ 7:30pm VST.

Aragua has Thursday off, and takes on Magallanes Friday @ 7:30pm VST.


Ex-Memphis Redbird Orber Moreno is listed on the Leones del Caracas roster.


Cesar Izturis (St. Louis-free agent): Expected to join Lara in November.


Venezuelan Parallel League


Weather has caused the Cardinals and other league teams games to be suspended at this time.

Cardinals off Thursday, Pittsburgh Pirates visit Friday.

No rosters available for the team yet.


A partial roster of the Tigres de Aragua team has been released which includes: Ruben Alvarado (VSL), Deimer Bier (VSL), Jose Calero (GCL), Omar Diaz (GCL), Reynier Gonzalez (Johnson City), Pablo Ortiz (GCL), Jorge Rondon (Quad Cities), Eduardo Sanchez (Quad Cities), Ismael Cardona (Batavia), and Jesus Montero (VSL).  Infielders and outfielders are not listed yet.  This looks to be a mixed team wth Cardinals, Twins, Angels, and Rangers prospects.


Tuesday's results:


Kevin Moscatel (GCL): Started as designated hitter and batted 7th.  0-for-2 at the plate.

Caribes lost to Margarita 4-1: link


Also listed on the Caribes roster: Fernando Cedeno (VSL) and Orlando Munoz (GCL).


* Please note these rosters may change as the season gets under way.


Dominican Republic League


Amaury Marti (Memphis): Started in right field and batted 3rd.  0-for-3 with one intentional walk.  He also had an outfield assist in the eighth inning.


D'Angelo Jimenez (Memphis-free agent): Did not play.


Licey beat Escogido 2-1 in 10 innings: link

Licey welcomes Azucareros Thursday @ 7:30pm AST.


Ex-Cardinal Ronnie Belliard is expected to join the Tigres de Licey at the end of November.  He is currently recovering from an injury sustained at the end of the MLB season.


Luis Perdomo (Springfield): Did not pitch for Aguilas.

Aguilas @ Gigantes was postponed; no make up scheduled at this time.

Aguilas welcomes Escogido Thursday @ 8:00pm AST.


Kelvin Jimenez (St. Louis): Pitches for Estrellas.

Estrellas beat Azucareros 5-2, no box score. Recap on Friday morning.

Estrellas welcomes Gigantes Thursday @ 8:00pm AST.


Colombian League

Begins play October 24.


Players expected to play: Davis Bilardello (Palm Beach), Nick Derba (Palm Beach), Casey Mulligan (Palm Beach), Pete Parise (Palm Beach), Carlos Pupo (Quad Cities), Casey Rowlett (Springfield).


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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