The Cardinals Winter League Notebook: 10/22

Yadier Molina's commitment to play for Jose Oquendo in Puerto Rico in December leads Tuesday's St. Louis Cardinals prospects news in winter ball.

Hawaii Winter League


Tony Cruz (Palm Beach): Started as catcher and batted 4th.  2-for-4 with one double.  Two runners stole bases while he was behind the plate.


Blake King (Palm Beach): Entered in the seventh inning and pitched 1.1 innings.  Allowed one hit, one earned run, walked one, struck out one and blew the save opportunity.  (pitches-strikes: 27-16) (ground out-fly out: 0-2) (inherited runners-scored: 3-0)


Honolulu couldn't hold onto an early lead and blew the game in the later innings, losing to North Shore 3-2: link


Post game: link


The Sharks fall to 13-6-1 and have a three-game lead over the second-best team in the league.


Honolulu visits North Shore (7-12-1) Wednesday @ 7:00pm HT.

Also participating: Jim Rapoport (Springfield) and Tyler Herron (Springfield)


Instructional League

Ran from September 13-October 6.


Dustin Mattison had a post-Instructional League interview with Jonny Bravo (Johnson City): link


Arizona Fall League


Brett Wallace (Springfield): Started at third base and batted 4th.  0-for-6 with one strikeout (swinging).  (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 2)


Tyler Norrick (Palm Beach): Entered in the third inning and pitched one inning.  Allowed four hits, three earned runs, two home runs, hit one batter, and struck out three.  (pitches-strikes: 39-25)


Justin Fiske (Springfield): Entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  Allowed two hits, two unearned runs, walked one, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one.  (pitches-strikes: 35-16) (ground out-fly out: 1-1)


Peoria Saguaros just could not keep up with Peoria Javelinas and lost 18-11: link


Post game: link


The Saguaros fall to 8-5 and a three-way tie for best record in the AFL.


Peoria Saguaros welcome Surprise (4-9) Wednesday @ 12:35pm MST.


Wallace was the guest blogger for the Cardinals on Tuesday: link


And the Cardinals 2008 first-round selection was also selected to participate in the 3rd Annual AFL Rising Stars game scheduled for October 24. Pop Warner will manage the team: link


Also participating: Shane Robinson (Memphis), Adam Ottavino (Springfield), Steven Hill (Palm Beach-taxi squad), and Tyler Greene (Memphis).


Mexican Pacific League

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

Culiacan lost to Mochis in 12 innings, 3-2: link

Culiacan (2-7) welcomes Mochis (4-5) Wednesday @ 7:30pm MDT.


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

Obregon fell behind early and lost 8-5 to Hermosillo: link

Ex-Cardinal farmhand Josh Pressley was placed on the inactive list for Obregon.

Obregon (2-7) visits Hermosillo (5-4) Wednesday @ 7:30pm MST.


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


Venezuelan League


Jose Martinez (Springfield): Started at shortstop and batted 9th.  0-for-3 at the plate.

Jose Rada (GCL): Entered in the fifth and pitched two innings.  Allowed no hits or runs, and struck out two.  (ground out-fly out:4-0)

Aragua fell behind early and never came back, losing 8-4 to Lara: link


Luke Gregerson (Springfield) and Ron Flores (Memphis-free agent): Pitch for Margarita.

Margarita lost to Magallanes 9-2.  No box score available, recap coming Thursday.


Margarita (4-2) visits Aragua (2-4) Wednesday @ 7:30pm VST.

David Freese (Memphis) and Rico Washington (Memphis-free agent): Caribes had day off.

Caribes (4-1) welcome Magallanes (2-4) Wednesday @ 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


Kevin Moscatel (GCL): Pinch hit and took over at the catcher position, batting 4th.  1-for-2 with one RBI, one run scored, and one strikeout.

Caribes held off Houston 7-6: link


Wednesday's scheduled games:

St. Louis (2-1) @ Detroit (3-2)

Caribes (5-1) @ Aragua (6-0)


Dominican Republic League


Amaury Marti (Memphis): Started in right field and batted 3rd.  1-for-3 with one RBI, two runs, two walks, hit by a pitch, and one strikeout (looking).

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


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


Licey put the smackdown on Aguilas, blowing them out 21-6: link

Licey (2-3) welcome Gigantes (3-1) Wednesday @ 7:30pm AST.

Aguilas (0-4) welcome Estrellas (2-4) Wednesday @ 8:00pm AST.


Kelvin Jimenez (St. Louis): Tentatively expected to pitch for Estrellas.


St. Louis Cardinals' players Albert Pujols and Kelvin Jimenez have all signed on to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic: link (front page)


Colombian League

2 more days before league play begins.


Quite a few of the imported players that will be playing for Toros de Sincelejo, which will be coached by Dann Bilardello, have ties to the St. Louis Cardinals organization: link


An update with Neder Horta from Indios de Cartegena camp. The Caimanes de Barranquilla released their roster which includes Donovan Solano (Springfield), Alexander Castellano (DSL), and former Cardinal farmhand Luis Martinez: link


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


Puerto Rican League

Begins play November 6. 


Update with Jose Oquendo from Gigantes de Carolina camp: link

Also mentioned in the article is that Oquendo has attempted to contact Juan Gonzalez (Memphis-free agent), but he has not returned phone calls.


Yadier Molina (St. Louis) has confirmed that he will join the Gigantes in December for league play: link


Also expected to play: Bryan Anderson (Memphis).



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