Cardinals Winter Ball Preview: 10/04/09

Want to know which Cardinals prospects will be playing where and when this winter? We have the information right here!

Arizona Fall League (begins Oct. 13)


Surprise Rafters: David Kopp (injured-will not pitch), Lance Lynn, Mike Parisi, Adam Reifer, Bryan Anderson, Daniel Descalso, Tyler Henley, Daryl Jones, and Gary Daley (Kopp's replacement).



Florida Winter Baseball League (Oct. 13)


Miami Diamantes: Alex Castellanos and Joey Hage.



Mexican Pacific League (Oct. 9)


Naranjeros de Hermosillo: Fernando Salas.



Veracruz Instructional League (Oct. 16)


Brujos de San Andres Tuxtla: Francisco Rivera.



Dominican Winter League (Oct. 16)


Gigantes del Cibao: Mark Hamilton, Osvaldo Morales, Hector Cardenas, Miguel Tapia, and Elvis Hernandez.


Estrellas Orientales: Evan MacLane, Tony Cruz, Francisco Samuel, and Joel Pichardo.


Tigres del Licey: Amaury Cazana.



Dominican Parallel League (?)


Quite a few Dominican-born Cardinals still in their early careers.



Venezuelan Winter League (Oct. 9)


Leones de Carcas: Jon Jay.


Tigres de Aragua: Jose Rada, Jose Martinez, Javier Avendano, Deimer Bier, Jose Calero, Omar Diaz, Reynier Gonzalez, Pablo Ortiz, Jorge Rondon, Eduardo Sanchez, Jesus Montero, Domnit Bolivar, Hector Garcia, Jose Garcia, Romulo Ruiz, Kleininger Teran, Kaizer Inojoza, Frederick Parejo, Moises Colorado, and Ruben Alvarado.


Cardenales de Lara: Richard Castillo.  If he does pitch, it will be a brief stay.


Bravos de Margarita: Kristhiam Linares.


Caribes de Anzoategui: Tyler Greene, Roberto Espinoza, and Kevin Moscatel.  VSL Cardinals manager Enrique Brito runs the team.


Aguilas del Zulia: Jonathan Gonzalez, Geney Rios, Carlos Oraa, and Orlando Munoz.



Venezuelan Parallel and Western Parallel League (2nd Week Of Oct.)


Many Venezuelan-born Cardinals' prospects spread across several teams.



Puerto Rican Winter League (Nov. 12)


Criollos de Caguas: Casey Mulligan.


Gigantes de Carolina: Luis Mateo. Jose Oquendo will not manage this season, instead staying behind in St. Louis.  The team is also facing some financial problems and has a chance of either not playing the 2009-10 season or being sold to another owner(s).


Leones de Ponce: Joe Thurston.  Thurston will be a free agent after the 2009 season and will most likely be looking to showcase for a job next season.



Colombian Winter League (Oct. 23)


Caimanes de Barranquilla: Donovan Solano and Alexander Castellano.


Leones de Monteria: John DeAguas with newly named manager and Cardinals' Colombian scout Neder Horta.  Horta held tryouts for any eager unsigned talents this past week.


Toros de Sincelejo: Cardinals' roving instructor Dann Bilardello returns to manage again for the 2009-10 season and he also announced Cardinals' Latin scout Christian Blanco as his third base coach.  Tim Leveque served as pitching coach for the Toros last season.  Expect a handful of Cardinals' prospects to play.


Both Jarred Bogany and Edwin Gomez have been rumored as possible candidates for the league.



Nicaraguan Prospect League (Currently Running)


La Trinidad: Johnny Polanco


Unica: Jem Argenal



Nicaraguan Winter League (Oct. 23)


Palm Beach's pitching coach Dennis Martinez has made numerous attempts to contact the league to communicate his interest in managing the Granada team, but the league continues to ignore him.  If the LNBP does allow him to coach, he has said he will bring along Cardinals' prospects to play this winter.



Note: These are not all set in stone at this time, as many teams are currently still in the midst of tryouts.



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