In fact, as they increase their investment in Latin America, the Cardinals have added two new scouts in Venezuela and have plans for another to cover the Western part of the country.
Frank Campos is assigned to Caracas/Central Venezuela. The 40-year-old is a former minor league pitcher in the Chicago Cubs and White Sox systems during the late 1980's and early 1990's.
Ramon Mora has assumed scouting responsibility for Eastern Venezuela. Mora, 27, is also a former minor league hurler. The native of Maturin, VZ pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays system from 2001 through 2004.
In addition, the organization has added a pair of new scouts in the Dominican Republic.
Carlos Lugo now owns the Cibao region for the Cardinals. The 29-year-old was a minor league outfielder in the Cleveland Indians system in 1999.
Cesar Saba has a dual role, covering the South of the Dominican as well as serving as an instructor at the Cardinals' academy. Saba, 28, was a shortstop in the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres systems from 1999 through 2001.
Four members of the Cardinals staff have left the organization. An area scout in the Dominican, Cristian Valdez, has joined the Pittsburgh Pirates, while Venezuelan area scout Jose Gregorio Gonzalez has also left the Cards' employ.
Both academy trainers are no longer with the organization, Jose Rafael Caldera in Venezuela and Marconis Cabrera in the Dominican. Their replacements have not yet been named.
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