On Thursday, the Puerto Rican Winter League held their draft selecting from a pool of minor league players who would be rookies if they join the league. Indios de Mayaguez took Hector Hernandez in the first round and Antonio DeJesus in the seventh round, Cangrejeros de Santurce selected Jonathan Rodriguez in the second round, Gigantes de Carolina picked Anthony Garcia in the third round, and Lobos de Arecibo took Pete Parise in the fourth round.
Hernandez, 18, was the 10th round (309th overall) selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 draft out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy High School. After signing with the organization, he was assigned to the short-season rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals to begin his professional career. The left-handed hurler made 13 appearances (eight starts) posting a 2-1 record and 2.21 ERA. He allowed 37 hits, 16 runs (ten earned), nine walks, and struck out 33 over 40.2 innings. Hernandez lead the team in starts, innings, ERA (among starters), and ranked second in strikeouts.
Rodriguez, 20, was the 17th round
(519th overall) selection by the Cardinals in the 2009 draft out of
Garcia, 17, was the 18th round
(549th overall) selection by the Cardinals in the 2009 draft out
Previously it was announced that Parise would pitch for the Leones de Ponce team but plans have changed and he will be joining former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Bill Pulsipher on the Lobos de Arecibo squad. He was also recently selected as the Scout.com 2009 Memphis Redbirds Relief Pitcher of the Year.
DeJesus, 23, was the 16th round (502nd overall) selection by the Cardinals in the 2007 draft out of
This past season, DeJesus made the move up the ladder to Double-A Springfield where he played a very limited amount of time in the outfield. He batted .229 (41-for-179) with six doubles, two triples, one home run, 19 RBIs, 27 runs, 26 walks, and 26 strikeouts in 75 games. DeJesus finished the season on the disabled list for the second consecutive year.
All the above may be joining
Cardinals affiliated players Casey Mulligan (Caguas), Luis Mateo (Carolina), and
Joe Thurston (Ponce)
in the league, which begins play on November 12. Last season,
Jose Oquendo managed
For a full wrap-up of the St. Louis Cardinals players and prospects in the 2008-09 Puerto Rican League, you can read it here: Link
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