The Cardinals Winter League Notebook: 10/17

Bryan Anderson to play in Puerto Rico, headlining Thursday St. Louis Cardinals prospects news in winter ball.

Hawaii Winter League


Jim Rapoport (Springfield): Starter in center field and batted 7th.  0-for-3 with one strikeout (looking).


Honolulu scored two in the top of the 9th take the lead and beat West Oahu 4-2: link


Post game: link


The Sharks improve to 11-4-1 and have a four-game lead over the second best team in the league.


Honolulu visits division rival Waikiki Friday @ 7:30pm HT.

Also participating: Tony Cruz (Palm Beach), Blake King (Palm Beach), and Tyler Herron (Palm Beach).


As "highrent" mentioned on our insider message board, you can also listen in live to games at the HWL official site: link (look for the headphones on the left side)


Instructional League

Ran from September 13-October 6.


Part one of Brian Walton's interview with Cardinals' Director of International Operations, Moises Rodriguez: link


Dustin Mattison caught up with Alex Castellanos (Batavia) for a post-Instructional League interview: link


Also check out the MiLB article on Cardinals' July 2nd signing Roberto De La Cruz and The Birdhouse's 2008 Co-VSL Player of the Year Gerardo Mannbel.  Quotes from Cardinals' Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jeff  Luhnow and Cardinals' Director of MiLB Operations John Vuch are included: link


Derrick Goold at Birdland had a post-Instructional League chat with Samuel Freeman (Palm Beach): link


Arizona Fall League


Shane Robinson (Memphis): Started in center field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one RBI.


Brett Wallace (Springfield): Started as designated hitter and batted 5th.  1-for-4 with one double, scored one run, one walk, and struck out twice.  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 1)


Peoria Saguaros beat Phoenix 8-2: link


The Saguaros improve to 8-1 and have a three-game lead over the second place team in the league.


Mesa visits Peoria Saguaros Friday @ 12:35pm MST.

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


Mexican Pacific League


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

Culiacan shut out Navojoa 6-0: link

Culiacan visits Guasave Friday 7:30pm MDT.


Hugo Castellanos (Memphis-free agent): Entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  Allowed one hit, no runs, struck out one and he picked a runner off first base.  (ground out-fly out:1-0)

Obregon lost to Mazatlan 5-2: link

Obregon visits Mexicali Friday @ 7:00pm PDT.


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


Venezuelan League


Wednesday's recaps:


Luke Gregerson (Margarita-Springfield): Entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  Allowed one hit, no runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck out two en route to a win.  (ground out-fly out:1-0)


Jose Martinez (Aragua-Springfield): Started at shortstop and batted 9th.  0-for-3 and assisted in one double play.

Margarita scored two in the 9th for a 3-1 win over Aragua: link


Jose Rada (GCL): Did not pitch for Zulia.

Zulia scored four in the 9th to beat La Guaira 6-2: link


Thursday's games:


Rico Washington (Memphis-free agent): Started in left field and batted 4th.  1-for-3 with one run scored, one walk, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and two strikeouts (swinging).


David Freese (Memphis): Started at third base and batted 7th.  2-for-4 with one double, one run scored, and struck out once (swinging).

Caribes scored the go-ahead run in the 8th and held off Caracas 6-5: link

Caribes visit Margarita Friday @ 8:00pm VST.


Luke Gregerson (Springfield): Entered in the 8th and pitched one inning.  Allowed no hits or runs, walked one, and struck out one.


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

Margarita beat La Guaira 5-3: link

Margarita visits Aragua Friday @ 7:30pm VST.


Jose Rada (VSL): Did not pitch for Zulia.

Zulia beat Magallanes 8-4: link

Zulia visits Caracas Friday @ 7:30pm VST.

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

Mark Worrell (Memphis): Tentatively expected to pitch for Zulia.


Venezuelan Parallel League

Cardinals day off, Pittsburgh Pirates visit Friday.

And all other games look to have been suspended for Thursday.


Partial roster released for the Cardinals includes: Javier Avendano (VSL), David Brito (VSL), Moises Colorado (VSL), Yonathan Gonzalez (VSL), Francisco Guzman (VSL), Miguel Lopez (VSL),  Fabian Marquez (VSL), Carlos Noguera (VSL), Carlos Oraa (VSL), Gregory Ramos (VSL), Geney Rios (VSL), Jackson Solarte (VSL), Yorbel Alcala (VSL),  Roberto Espinoza (Quad Cities), Limbert Rivas (VSL), and Omar Viloria (VSL).


July 2nd signings on the roster: Jose Weffer, Sergio Nieves, and Gerwuins Velazco.


Also included on the roster are a few that were listed on the Aragua roster that I posted yesterday: Ruben Alvarado (VSL), Deimer Bier (VSL), and Eduardo Sanchez (Quad Cities).


Infielders and outfielders have not been released at this time.  Rosters are subject to change.


Dominican Republic League


Wednesday's recap:


Kelvin Jimenez (St. Louis): Did not pitch for Estrellas.

Estrellas lost to Azucareros 5-2: link


Thursday's games:


Amaury Marti (Memphis): Started in right field and batted 3rd.  1-for-4 with one hit by pitch and one strikeout (swinging).


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

Ex-Cardinal Timo Perez hit two home runs and drove in three runs.

Licey fell short in a comeback run mid-game and lost to Azucareros 8-5: link

Licey visit Azucareros Friday @ 7:30pm AST.


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

Estrellas lost to Gigantes 7-1, no box score available.  Recap Saturday. 

Estrellas visits Gigantes Friday @ 7:30pm AST.


The Dominican's World Baseball Classic team manager is hoping Albert Pujols can still join the team in March after having surgery: link


Colombian League

Begins play October 24.


Pete Parise (Palm Beach) was chosen as The Birdhouse's Quad Cities Reliever of the Year for 2008: link


Also tentatively expected to play: Davis Bilardello (Palm Beach), Nick Derba (Palm Beach), Casey Mulligan (Palm Beach), Carlos Pupo (Quad Cities), and Casey Rowlett (Memphis).


Puerto Rican League

Begins play November 6.


Ex-Memphis Redbirds outfielder Armando Rios has confirmed he will play for Gigantes de Carolina.  In the same article, the team has announced Memphis  catcher Bryan Anderson will be joining the team and Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina has until mid-December to report before his contract is up: link


Money continues to be short in the league, as Criollos de Caguas can not afford to pay New York Mets' prospect Nelson Figueroa to join the team: link


Tentatively expected to play: Juan Gonzalez (Memphis-free agent).



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