DSL Cardinals Report: July 13, 2009

Josh Jones' weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals, currently playing .600 ball.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals had a so-so week, splitting their four games played and postponing two games due to weather.  The Cardinals are now 21-14 on the season and three games out of first.  The Redbirds are 12-6 at home and 9-8 on the road.


The Cardinals opened this period up hosting the Mariners.  The M's jumped out in front in the second and added another three runs in the following inning.  The Cardinals were held to only three hits and only scored on run on the three errors committed by the Mariners.  The Redbirds started pitched the entire game as it was called after five and the M's went on to win 4-2.


The Cardinals then went on the road to face the Athletics.  The Cardinals plated two in the first and both pitching staffs shut each other down after wards.  The Redbirds went on to win 2-0.


The Phillies visited the Cardinals in the next contest.  The Phillies struck first but the Cardinals tied it up and both teams switched scoring in the next couple innings.  After the eighth both teams' bullpens held their opponents scoreless for the next six frames until the Phils plated one in in the top of the 15th.  The Redbirds committed five errors during the game and the Phils held them off for the 5-4 victory.


The Cardinals were supposed to visit the Mariners in the next contest but the game was postponed until further notice.


After a day off, the Cardinals hosted the Athletics for another low scoring game.  The Redbirds scored first and the A's tied it up and the Athletics again tied it up in the seventh.  The Cardinals starter held the A's to two hits and one run and combined with the game finishing reliever to strikeout 11.  The Redbirds plated one in the bottom of the tenth for a 3-2 win.


The Cardinals had their second game of this period postponed at the end of the week as they were scheduled to visit the Phillies.  No makeup is set at this time.


Who's Hot


Grabiel Hernandez extended his on base streak to 18 games and fired up another hitting streak at now three games.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 4-for-13 (.308) with one triple, one RBI, three runs, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, one sac fly, and two strikeouts.  He played all three of his games at shortstop assisting in one double play and committing one fielding error.  Hernandez leads the team in batting average, hits, runs, triples, total bases, stolen bases, OBP, SLG, OPS, and also errors.


Wader Perez is now back in the mix getting playing time.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 5-for-14 (.357) with one run, two walks, two stolen bases, and struck out once.  He played two games at third base, one at second, and assisted in one double play while playing a game at shortstop.  Perez has had three multi-hit games in his last six played.


Oscar Taveras collected the most hits than any other Cardinal hitter this past week.  The 16-year old left-handed hitter went 6-for-17 (.353) with three doubles, one RBI, three runs, one walk, one stolen base, three strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played one game each in left and center, split time in left and center, and was tapped as designated hitter in the last game.  Tavares had two three-hit games this last week, has picked up three multi-hit games in the five games, and leads the team in RBIs.


Keury Herrera has put together a string of six great outings.  The 18-year old left-hander made his only start on July 10, allowing two hits, one earned run, two walks, threw away a ball on a pickoff attempt for an error, and struck out a season-second best five batters over four innings.  Herrera has given up only two earned runs and struck out four or more over his last 19 innings.


Stalyn Lopez turned it around in his second start of the season.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched four scoreless innings allowing three hits, two walks, hit one batter, and picked one runner off.  Lopez has had four scoreless appearances out his his eight pitched this season.


Willy Paulino has earned two saves in his last two relief appearances.  The 19-year old right-hander had his first extended outing on July 7, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing one hit, uncorking one wild pitch, and striking out a season-high four.  He has only had three bad games out of his eight pitched this season.


Who's Not


Luis Pimentel had his five-game hitting streak snapped at the beginning of this period.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-11 (.091) with one hit by pitch and three strikeouts.  He played three of his four games at first base and assisted in two double plays during the week.  Pimentel had a four-game hitless steak which he ended at the end of the week.


Roberto Reyes hit a two game rut to start the week off.  The 20-year old left-handed hitter went 1-for-10 (.100) with one RBI, one walk, two stolen bases, and two strikeouts.  He played two games in centerfield, one between both center and first base, and one as designated hitter.  Reyes is second on the team in strikeouts and tied for second in RBIs.


Jorge Lopez like the others above also had a slow week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-9 (.111) with two strikeouts.  He played two games at second, assisted in one double play, and another as the team's designated hitter.  Lopez is hitting .304 (7-for-23) in his last ten games but hasn't drove in a run in nine consecutive games.


Santo Sandoval stretched out his hitless streak to seven games.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-6 with one run, one walk, three stolen bases, two strikeouts, and was thrown out once.  He played both his games in left field where he threw out one runner for an outfield assist and committed one fielding error.  Sandoval has now gone 3-for-29 (.103) with ten strikeouts in his last ten games.


The Happenings


Adriano Uribe hasn't pitched since June 11, Ramon Urena since June 16, and Luis Mata since June 22.


Charllan Jimenez and Rosalin Rudecindo haven't pitched since July 1, Bryan Martinez since July 2, and Delvi Rodriguez and Juan Mercedes since July 3.  These five pitchers listed probably didn't get a chance due to the postponed games during the week.


Former DSL Cardinal Edgard Montiel and his team Boer-Managua were eliminated from the Nicaraguan National Championship on Friday, July 10.  Montiel played in 56 games during the regular season batting .256 (40-for-156) with seven doubles, two home runs, 19 RBIs, 21 runs, 12 walks, one stolen base, 22 strikeouts, and committed 17 errors.  During the playoffs he went 4-for-18 (.222) with two runs, two strikeouts, and one error in six games.


Another former DSL Cardinal in Walter Santos was in the starting rotation for the team before a shoulder injury knocked him out mid-season.  He made eight starts posting a 5-1 record and 1.91 ERA.  He allowed 35 hits, 13 runs (nine earned), one home run, 20 walks, and struck out 24 over 42.1 innings.  The Seattle Mariners were rumored to be scouting the lefty at the beginning of the league's season.


Dominican Jacob Beltre was apparently looking for a one million dollar plus bonus and never received that offer from any team.  He and his agent have headed back to the drawing board to improve the interest in the catcher.


The Birdhouse's Dustin Mattison asked Baseball Prospectus' Kiley McDaniel on whether the Cardinals had scouted any other players.  McDaniel replied back the organization made early attempts at Dominican LHP Edgar Ferreira.  They have since backed off.  Ferreira is currently showcasing at the New York Yankees complex for scouts.


The reasoning for much of the slowness in the international signings is due to a combination of identity checks and high asking prices.  Many second tier prospects were or are looking for million dollar bonuses.


Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals hitting took a dip this week going from .251 to .248 on the season.  The team is tied for first in doubles, tied for second in triples, sixth in stolen bases, eighth in SLG, and ninth in runs scored, total bases, and OPS.


The Cardinals pitching made a huge improvement dropping their ERA from 4.02 to 3.78.  Their WHIP also dropped from 1.51 to 1.46 on the season.  The team is tied for fifth in shutouts, and sixth in strikeouts and home runs allowed.


Grabiel Hernandez is ninth in batting average, tied for second in runs, tied for tenth in hits, tied for first in triples, tied for fifth in total bases, tied for fifth in SLG, and eighth in OPS.


Luis Pimentel is tied for ninth in doubles.


Up Next (Overall, Vs. Cardinals)

July 13: Mariners (24-11, 6-5)

July 14: @ Athletics (10-26, 3-9)

July 15: Phillies (16-20, 5-7)

July 16: @ Mariners (24-11, 6-5)

July 17: Athletics (10-26, 3-9)

July 18: @ Phillies (16-20, 5-7)

July 19: All-Star Game



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