2009 Cardinals DSL Relief Pitchers

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

Eduard Estalis made 20 relief appearances posting a 2-5 record, 4.60 ERA, nine saves, and three blown saves.  He allowed 38 hits, 20 runs (16 earned), three home runs, 11 walks, threw five wild pitches, had one pick off error, and struck out 26 over 31.1 innings.  Estalis had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 36-to-29, let 12 of 21 inherited runners score, and had a 1.56 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 signing struggled all season to find what he brought to the table last year.  Estalis didn't give up a run in 11 appearances and no hits in five games.  He struck out three or more in four outings and pitched two or more innings in seven games.  The 21-year old right-hander had his best outing on August 17 when he tossed two scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out three for the save.  His worst game came on July 29 when he coughed up seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, and struck out four over 2.1 innings.

 

The Cardinals planned to bring Estalis to the Gulf Coast League but ran into some visa problems early in the season which returned him to the Dominican Summer League.  I'm guessing either the situation was never resolved or his pitching troubles scared the organization into holding off on a promotion.  He could get a look in extended spring training or pitch a third season with the DSL Cardinals to regain some of the fire lost over the past year.

 

Bryan Martinez made 13 appearances (three starts) posting a 6-0 record, 3.02 ERA, one save, and one blown save.  He allowed 42 hits, 18 runs (14 earned), hit five batters, walked 18, threw six wild pitches, had one balk, committed one error, struck out 38, and picked off five runners over 41.2 innings.  Martinez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 48-to-30, let one of seven inherited runners score, and had a 1.44 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' early 2009 signing began the season in the bullpen and pitched well enough to earn a couple shots at the starting rotation and some extended outings.  Martinez didn't let a run score in six games and no runs in three appearances.  He struck out three or more (season-high six on July 27) in six games and pitched four or more innings in five outings.  As a starter, he tossed 16 innings allowing 13 hits, six runs (five earned), seven walks, and 14 strikeouts.

 

The 18-year old right-hander had his best game on August 12 when he pitched five scoreless innings giving up two hits, one walk, hit one batter, struck out five for the winning decision. His worst outing came on August 1 when he was saddled with eight hits, five earned runs, four walks, hit one batter, and struck out two over 5.2 innings.

 

Martinez will most likely make a return to the DSL in 2010 and could be a great candidate for the starting rotation.  Like Stalyn Lopez, he seems to also have a pick off move to fool the runners.

 

Ramon Urena made 12 appearances (four starts) posting a 4-3 record, 3.89 ERA, and one save.  He allowed 38 hits, 23 runs (16 earned), one home run, hit three batters, walked 16, threw six wild pitches, had two balks, committed two errors, and struck out 29 over 37 innings.  Urena had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 37-to-36, let one of five inherited runners score, and had a 1.46 WHIP. 

 

The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 signing was one of the many hurlers that had a chance to begin the season in the rotation but injuries in late-June and a couple rough outings bounced him out.  Urena didn't give up a run in five games and no runs in two.  He struck out three or more in five appearances and pitched three or more innings in seven games.  As a starter, he pitched 17 innings allowing 20 hits, 14 runs (13 earned), one home run, seven walks, and striking out nine. 

 

The 19-year old right-hander pitched his best game on July 25 when he tossed six innings allowing six hits, one earned run, three walks, and struck out four for the winning decision.  His worst outing came on June 13 when he was tagged with three hits, six unearned runs, three walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one over one-third of an inning for the losing decision.

 

Urena could return next season to the Dominican and make another run at the rotation, but there seems to be plenty of pitchers available to fill the spot.  He could fill more of a middle reliever role or the other option is a release over the winter.

 

Rosalin Rudecindo made 11 appearances (two starts) posting an 0-1 record, 3.20 ERA, and one hold.  He allowed 26 hits, 17 runs (nine earned), one home run, 15 walks, threw four wild pitches, committed one error, struck out 25, and picked one runner off over 25.1 innings.  Rudecindo had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 73-to-55, kept all three inherited runners on base, and had a 1.62 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' early 2009 signing was pitching great as a long-reliever and as soon as he made a start, he was thumped and then dealt with some possible injuries that shelved him for 17 days in July.  Rudecindo didn't give up a run in two outings and no runs in one.  He struck out three or more in six games and pitched three or more innings in five appearances.  As a starter, he tossed six innings allowing 12 hits, seven runs (four earned), four wild pitches, and four strikeouts. 

 

The soon-to-turn 19-year old right-hander had his best game on August 22 when he tossed 4.1 innings and allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck out three.  His worst outing (start) came on June 26 when he coughed up seven hits, five runs (two earned), three wild pitches, one pick off error, and struck out three over three innings.

 

Rudecindo is probably going to see a return to the Dominican Summer League in 2010 and could make his mark again as a top middle reliever for the team.  Another possibility is closer depending how Estalis' future turns out over the off season.

 

Adriano Uribe made seven appearances (four starts) posting a 2-3 record, 5.89 ERA, and one blown save.  He allowed 23 hits, 15 runs (12 earned), hit two batters, walked 14, threw one wild pitch, committed one error, and struck out 20 over 18.1 innings.  Uribe had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 25-to-11, had a 2.02 WHIP, and assisted in one double play.

 

The Cardinals' December 15, 2007 signing missed all of the 2008 season with injuries and the same affected him during the 2009 year.  Uribe didn't allow a run in one game, struck out three or more in four outings, and pitched three or more innings in three appearances. 

 

The 20-year old left-hander's best appearance was on August 18 when he tossed 4.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit, three walks, hit two batters, and struck out a season-high six.  His worst outing came on August 21 when he gave up three hits, five runs (four earned), two walks, and committed one throwing error for the losing decision.

 

With the amount of time Uribe has missed and the injuries affecting him, a return to the DSL Cardinals is most likely.  He can pitch the innings and strikeout the batters when healthy, as shown, but it's just getting past the lumps from his first two seasons and proving he can do it on a daily basis.

 

Jefferson Segundo made 12 appearances (one start) posting a 2-0 record, 8.04 ERA, one save, and one blown save.  He allowed seven hits, 15 runs (14 earned), hit four batters, walked 25, threw 17 wild pitches, had one balk, committed one error, and struck out 17 over 15.2 innings.  Segundo had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 15-to-12, let three of nine inherited runners score, and had a 2.04 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' early-2009 signing was used as a late innings reliever coming in to pitch one and maybe a second frame.  Segundo didn't give up a run in five games and no hits in six.  He struck out three or more in four appearances and pitched two or more innings in five outings. 

 

The soon-to-be 20-year old right-hander's best game was on August 10 when he tossed two innings allowing no hits, one earned run, two walks, two wild pitches, one balk, and struck out a season-high five.  His worst game came on July 28 when he was tagged with two hits, six earned runs, seven walks, hit one batter, threw five wild pitches, and struck out three.

 

When he gets his pitching under control, Segundo could end up being a tough pitcher to hit next season.  He should expect a return to the DSL and probably will stick around in the late innings, maybe getting time in as a set-up man or make a run for closer.

 

Delvi Rodriguez made nine relief appearances posting a 1-0 record, 4.50 ERA, and one hold.  He allowed five hits, nine runs (five earned), hit four batters, walked 11, threw six wild pitches, committed one error, and struck out four over ten innings.  Rodriguez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 14-to-11, let three of five inherited runners score, and had a 1.60 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' November 25, 2008 signing began the season, much like Segundo, pitching in the late innings but injuries cut his year in half from July until the end.  Rodriguez didn't give up a run in four outings and no hits in five.  He pitched beyond one inning twice. 

 

The 19-year old left-hander's best game was on August 8 when he tossed three scoreless innings allowing one hit, hit two batters, and struck out one for the winning decision.  His worst appearance came on August 21 when he gave up one hit, two earned runs, three walks, threw six wild pitched, committed one pick off error, and struck out one.

 

Rodriguez will probably be back for another season in the Dominican Summer League and hopefully he recovers so he can pitch some more innings.  He looks to be another added arm in the bullpen.

 

Luis Mata made four appearances (one start) posting a 0-0 record and 5.63 ERA.  He allowed three hits, eight runs (five earned), hit four batters, walked 11, threw one wild pitch, and struck out nine over ten innings.  Mata had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-10 and had a 1.88 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' early 2009 signing basically dealt with injuries all season costing a lot of experience.  He didn't allow a hit or run in one game.  Mata struck out three or more in two appearances and pitched beyond two innings twice. 

 

The 18-year old right-hander's best game was on July 31 when he tossed two hitless and scoreless innings, walked two, and struck out a season-high four.  His worst game came on June 22 when he was saddled with one hit, five runs (four earned), one home run, four walks, and struck out one over a third of an inning.

 

Mata is another possible starter that could return to DSL in 2010 looking to bounce back from injuries.

 

Juan Mercedes made six appearances (one start) posting a 0-0 record and 21.60 ERA.  he allowed five hits, nine runs (eight earned), hit one batter, walked seven, threw one wild pitch, committed one error, and struck out four over 3.1 innings.  Mercedes had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2, let one of two inherited runners score, and had a 3.60 WHIP.

 

The Cardinals' December 15, 2007 signing is another pitcher that dealt with control and injury issues all season.  Mercedes didn't give up a run in four outings and no runs in three.  He pitched beyond one inning three times. 

 

The 20-year old left-hander's best games were on July 2 and July 17 (start) where he pitched identical one hitless and scoreless innings while striking out two.  His worst appearance came on June 22 where he was tagged with four hits, four runs (three earned), one walk, and committed one fielding error.

 

Mercedes' time seems to be running out after pitching two unsuccessful seasons in the organization, but then there's always a chance that he could be brought back for another season to prove something, anything really.

 

Christian Concepcion missed the entire season after spending parts of the 2008 year with the Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer League Cardinals.  The 19-year old right-hander had made a combined nine appearances posting a 1-1 record and 24.65 ERA last season.  He was signed by the organization on July 12, 2008.

 

Junior Astacio also missed the entire 2009 season for unknown reasons.  He is a 19-year old right-hander signed on January, 10, 2009.

 

 

Link to previous articles:

2009 DSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers

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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