2009 Cardinals DSL Starting Pitchers

Josh Jones' detailed report on the nine pitchers who saw action as tandem starters for the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

Charllan Jimenez made 15 appearances (seven starts) posting a 6-0 record, 2.14 ERA, and one save.  He allowed 45 hits, 18 runs (15 earned), four home runs, hit five batters, walked 23, threw two wild pitches, had one balk, committed one error, struck out 76, and picked one runner off over 63 innings. Jimenez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 39-to-61, let two of three inherited runners score, and had a 1.08 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' January 11, 2008 signing was completely dominant. Whether it was as a starter or as a reliever, he was on track.  He didn't give up a run in five games and struck out four or more batters 11 times (season-high nine on June 26).  Jimenez pitched four or more innings in ten outings and earned winning decisions in three consecutive games (between June 26 and July 13).  As a starter, he pitched 34.2 innings allowing 22 hits, seven runs (five earned), 15 walks, and striking out 40. 

 

The 20-year old right-hander' made his best appearance on July 13 (start) giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out nine over six innings for a winning decision.  His worst outing came on June 11 as he was tagged with four hits, three earned runs, one home run, one walk, one wild pitch, and struck out four over two innings.

 

Jimenez has received quite a bit of buzz among scouts through the Cardinals system.  He recovered almost perfectly after dealing with injuries in 2008 and is most likely headed to extended spring camp in 2010.  The question remains whether the organization will use him as a starter or reliever when he arrives.

 

Keury Herrera made 16 appearances (eight starts) posting a 2-2 record, 3.34 ERA, one hold, and three saves.  He allowed 52 hits, 23 runs (21 earned), three home runs, hit one batter, walked 32, threw 11 wild pitches, committed two errors, struck out 61, and picked off three runners over 56.2 innings.  Herrera had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 37-to-53, kept all four inherited runners on base, and had a 1.48 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' February 3, 2008 signing alternated through the entire season between starting and relieving and looked to fit best into a long reliever role.  He didn't give up a run in six games and struck out four or more in ten appearances.  Herrera pitched four or more innings in eight outings.  As a starter, he pitched 33.1 innings allowing 34 hits, 28 earned runs, two home runs, 20 walks, and struck out 31. 

 

The 18-year old left-hander made his best appearance (start) on June 30 pitching five scoreless innings and giving up three hits, four walks, one wild pitch, one error, and striking out a season-high six for a winning decision.  His worst outing (start) came on June 20 when he coughed up eight hits, five earned runs, four walks, and struck out five over six innings for the loss.

 

As I said last season, Herrera will be a guy to watch as the next season rolls around.  He struggles a little with control but when he's on, he can strike 'em out.  Herrera may not fit fully in the future rotation plans but could be a solid innings eater when needed.  I look for him to return for a third season in the DSL.

 

Alejandro Pinard made 15 appearances (seven starts) posting a 6-3 record, 3.65 ERA, one hold, one save, and completing three games (one a shut out).  He allowed 56 hits, 30 runs (23 earned), four home runs, hit eight batters, walked nine, threw five wild pitches, struck out 45,m and picked one runner off over 56.2 innings.  Pinard had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 73-to-55, kept all three inherited runners on base, had a 1.15 WHIP, and assisted in one double play.

 

The Cardinals' March 19, 2007 signing was the only member of the Cardinals pitching staff to go the distance and did it three separate times (five innings on July 6, seven on August 18, and seven on August 21).  He didn't allow a run in four games and struck out four or more in six outings.  He pitched four or more innings in eight appearances.   As a starter, he pitched 33.2 innings and allowed 37 hits, 16 runs (14 earned), three walks, and struck out 27. 

 

The soon-to-be 21-year old had his best game (start) on August 18 as he hurled seven innings and gave up two hits, two unearned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck out a season-high six.  His worst outing came on June 4 when he was saddled with three hits, four earned runs, one walk, one wild pitch, and struck out three over two-thirds of an inning.

 

Pinard made a great transition from a middle-to-late inning reliever into the starter role during the 2009 season.  He can very well take on the innings given to him and keeps the walks down.  Pinard could get a shot at extended spring training and a chance to crack the GCL roster for 2010.  He's also referred to as Alejandro Pinales on several sites.

 

Michael Santana made 15 appearances (six starts) posting a 2-2 record, 3.10 ERA, and three saves.  he allowed 44 hits, 22 runs (17 earned), two home runs, hit one batter, walked 16, threw four wild pitches, committed one error, struck out 40, and picked off one runner over 49.1 innings.  Santana had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 57-to-41, let two of five inherited runners score, and had a 1.22 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' early 2009 signing began the season out of the bullpen and was moved into the rotation mid-season to only return to relief action for the end of the season.  Santana didn't allow a run in seven games and no hits in two outings.  He struck out three or more in nine games (season-high seven on June 20) and pitched three or more innings in eight appearances.  As a starter, he pitched 31.2 innings giving up 21 hits, four earned runs, one home run, five walks, and striking out 23. 

 

The 19-year old right-hander had his best game (start) on August 4 when he pitched six scoreless innings and allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out four for a winning decision.  His worst game came on July 23 when he was sacked with three hits, six earned runs, four walks, and struck out one over 1.1 innings and earned the loss.

 

Santana looks to be a returnee to the DSL in 2010 and could be an important arm in the rotation, if he's placed there.  He kept the walks to a minimum and wasn't a wild thing like many rookies are when they enter the league.

 

Angel Tapia made 14 appearances (six starts) posting a 4-2 record, 3.65 ERA, and one save.  He allowed 41 hits, 29 runs (20 earned), one home run, hit six batters, walked 24, threw seven wild pitches, struck out 32, and picked one runner off over 49.1 innings.  Tapia had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 51-to-61, kept all three inherited runners on base, had a 1.32 WHIP, and assisted in one double play.

 

The Cardinals' November 25, 2008 signing began the season in the tandem rotation and was later moved into the bullpen after struggling later in the season.  He didn't give up a run in four games and no hits in one.  Tapia pitched three or more innings in six games and struck out four or more in seven outings (season-high five on July 16).  As a starter, he hurled 23.2 innings allowing 29 hits, 23 runs (17 earned), one home run, 11 walks, and struck out 15. 

 

The 19-year old right-hander had his best appearance on July 4 pitching five hitless and scoreless innings and striking out three for the win.  His worst outing came on June 24 when he was tagged with ten hits, seven earned runs, two walks, one wild pitch, and struck out two.

 

Tapia will most likely be on the DSL roster when 2010 rolls around and possibly get another shot a starting.  I really don't see him sticking around in the rotation, as he seems more of a middle reliever to me personally.

 

Willy Paulino made 17 appearances (five starts) posting a 3-0 record, 3.80 ERA, two holds, and two saves.  He allowed 34 hits, 24 runs (19 earned), two home runs, hit eight batters, walked 22, threw five wild pitches, had one error, struck out 44, and picked off two runners over 45 innings.  Paulino had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 25-to-28 and a 1.24 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' early 2009 signing began the season coming out of the bullpen for and inning here or an inning there and moved into the rotation in late-July.  Paulino didn't give up a run in seven games and no hits in four.  He struck out and three or more and pitched three or more innings in seven outings.  As a starter, he tossed 25 innings allowing 16 hits, nine runs (six earned), 11 walks, and struck out 26. 

 

The 19-year old right-hander had his best game (start) on August 5 when he pitched six scoreless and gave up two hits, two walks, hit one batter, one wild pitch, and struck out a season-high seven for a winning decision.  His worst outing came on June 22 when he was saddled with three hits, four earned runs, and two walks over one inning.

 

Paulino was a great addition to the struggling and fatigued rotation in late July.  He'll probably spend another season back with the Dominican Summer League Cardinals in 2010 and should get a good look at a spot in the starting five.

 

Stalyn Lopez made 16 appearances (five starts) posting a 4-1 record, 3.70 ERA, and two holds.  He allowed 40 hits, 19 runs (17 earned), two home runs, hit two batters, walked 18, threw six wild pitches, had one balk, one error, struck out 29, and picked off eight runners over 41.1 innings.  Lopez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 31-to-49, let six of 12 inherited runners score, and had a 1.40 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals early-2009 signing began the season in the bullpen and was moved into the rotation in the first week of July.  Lopez didn't give up a run in seven outings and no hits in three.  He pitched four or more innings in four games and struck out three or more in seven appearances.  As a starter, he hurled 21.2 innings allowing 19 hits, five runs (four earned), one home run, ten walks, and struck out 11.

 

The 17-year old left-hander had his best game (start) on July 21 pitching five innings and giving up three hits, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck out a season-high six for the win.  His worst outing (start) came on July 2 when he was drilled for five hits, four earned runs, one home run, five walks, one wild pitch, and struck out one.

 

Lopez could become a welcome addition to the DSL starting rotation in 2010 and give the other two lefties (Keury Herrera and Pedro Pena) a run for a slot.  The kid looks to have a devastating pickoff move as he led the team in that category.

 

Pedro Pena made 12 appearances (seven starts) posting a 1-2 record and 2.11 ERA.  He allowed 30 hits, 14 runs (nine earned), two home runs, hit one batter, walked 24, threw four wild pitches, had one balk, one error, struck out 43, and picked off two runners over 38.1 innings.  Pena had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 20-to-47, let three of five inherited runners score, a 1.41 WHIP, and assisted in one double play.

 

The Cardinals' January 11, 2008 signing joined the team almost a week late after participating in extended spring training camp and dealt with injuries in July, causing him to miss up to three or four games.  Pena didn't allow a run in four outings and no hits in three.  He pitched three or more innings in seven games and struck out four or more in six appearances.  As a starter, he tossed 25.2 innings allowing 25 hits, nine runs (five earned), one home run, 17 walks, and striking out 28. 

 

His best game came on July 16 when he pitched a team-high 8.1 innings and gave up seven hits, one earned run, six walks, struck out a season-high ten, and picked off one runner for a winning decision.  His worst outing came on June 24 when he coughed up three hits, three earned runs, one home run, three walks, two wild pitches, and struck out six over 6.1 innings.

 

Pena will probably be one of a few 2009 DSL Cardinals that could get a call to the States and be showcased in extended spring training in 2010.  He could be a very important addition to the rotation or bullpen at GCL since they only carried two lefties during the past season. It looks like Pena will bring a great pitching arsenal with him.

 

Jose Pasen made nine appearances (six starts) posting a 1-3 record, 1.73 ERA, and one hold.  He allowed 25 hits, 19 runs (seven earned), one home run, hit three batters, walked 21, threw five wild pitches, had one error, struck out 40, and picked off two runners over 36.1 innings. Pasen had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 25-to-28 and a 1.27 WHIP. 

 

The Cardinals' March 28, 2007 was the ace of the staff last season (after Angel Cruz moved on) and most likely would have been this season but instead received a promotion in July to Jupiter, FL.  Pasen didn't give up a run in two games and no runs in one.  He pitched four or more innings in five outings and struck out four or more in six.  As a starter he hurled 25.1 innings allowing 21 hits, 16 runs (six earned), 13 walks, and struck out 32. 

 

The 19-year old right-hander had his best game (start) on June 23 when he pitched five innings and gave up one hit, one earned run, one home run, three walks, and struck out a season-high eight.  His worst appearance came on June 1 when he was tagged with five hits, six runs (two earned), two walks, struck out four, and picked one runner off over 2.1 innings for the losing decision.

 

As mentioned above, Pasen was promoted to GCL in July, this coming after only making the transition from outfielder to pitcher a year and half before.  Had he joined the Jupiter squad earlier in the season, he might have been one of the team's top pitchers and seen another promotion sometime during the 2009 season, somewhat like former teammate Angel De Jesus.

 

 

Link to previous articles:

2009 VSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers

2009 VSL Cardinals Relief Pitchers

2009 VSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

2009 VSL Cardinals Reserve Position Players 

 

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