Players listed in order of number of at-bats received.
Jose Pena played
in 46 games batting .150 (19-for-127) with a .288 OBP, .260 SLG, and .547
OPS. He had six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 16 RBIs, 33 total
bases, 11 runs, 22 walks, and one stolen base. Pena was hit by a pitch
three times, caught stealing once, struck out 68 times (54%), grounded into
three double plays, committed five errors, and had two outfield assists.
He played 29 games in left field, 16 as designated hitter, and one in right
The Cardinals' December 10, 2008 signing really had trouble putting the bat on the ball on the ball and ended up losing a chance to start in left field on a daily basis. Pena had one multi-hit game (August 8) and four multi-RBI games (one with three). The 17-year old right-handed hitter had a three-game hitting streak between June 6 and June 9 when he went 3-for-10 (.300). He reached base in six consecutive games from July 31 through August 12. Pena's best game came on July 31 when he hit 1-for-4 with one double, three RBIs, and one strikeout.
I'm going to chalk his rookie season up to being young and immature. He'll be back for another season in the Dominican Summer League in 2010 and could become a hitting force in the lineup if he can turn everything around.
Outfielder Santo Sandoval played in 49 games batting .154 (19-for-123) with a .252 OBP, .260 SLG, and .512 OPS. He had five doubles, one triple, two home runs, 19 RBIs, 32 total bases, 21 runs, ten walks, and 15 stolen bases. Sandoval was hit by a pitch seven times, caught stealing four times, struck out 50 times (41%), grounded into one double play, committed five errors, assisted in one double play, and had two outfield assists. He played 27 games in left field, 13 in right field, five as designated hitter, two in right and left, one as a pinch hitter, and one as a pinch runner.
The Cardinals' March 28, 2008 signing battled with Pena for playing time in left field and spent another season struggling at the plate costing him quality time. Sandoval had four multi-hit and four multi-RBI games (one with three). The 20-year old right-handed hitter could only muster a pair of two-game hitting streaks during the season, nothing big. He reached base in eight straight games from July 10 through July 21. His best game came on July 15 when he went 2-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, one run, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Sandoval did not improve at the plate at all, actually going downward in most of his stats. He could possibly wind up back with the DSL squad in 2010 and fight it out with Pena for left or he could see his release. Right now the only thing he is bringing to the table is speed and a small amount of pop in his bat, if he connects.
Catcher/first baseman Juan Castillo played in 33 games batting .277 (31-for-112) with a .367 OBP, .402 SLG, and .769 OPS. He had eight doubles, two home runs, 20 RBIs, 45 total bases, 17 runs, 13 walks, and three stolen bases. Castillo was hit by a pitch three times, caught stealing once, struck out 14 times (13%), grounded into five double plays, committed six errors, assisted in 11 double plays, and threw out 12 of 30 runners. He played 18 games at first base, 13 as catcher, one as designated hitter, and one as pinch hitter.
The Cardinals' July 10, 2006 signing joined the DSL squad on July 16th after serving out his 50-game suspension, bumping Jesus Montero back to the Venezuelan Summer League. Castillo had nine multi-hit (two with three) and four multi-RBI games. The 20-year old right-handed hitter had two five-game hitting streaks with one coming between July 29 and August 4 (9-for-14, .643) and the other from August 8 through August 15 (7-for-16, .438). His best game came on July 24 when he hit 3-for-5 with three doubles, five RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.
The only reason I can think of for his demotion to the DSL is due to the restrictions on foreign-born players who test positive for and banned substance by not only the MLB but also the
Catcher/first baseman Jesus Montero played in 31 games batting .287 (29-for-101) with a .392 OBP, .366 SLG, and .758 OPS. He had six doubles, one triple, 20 RBIs, 37 total bases, 13 runs, 15 walks, and two stolen bases. Montero was hit by a pitch three times, struck out 18 times (18%), grounded into one double play, committed three errors, assisted in 11 double plays, allowed one passed ball, and threw out 12 of 29 runners. He played 13 games at first base, 12 at catcher, five as designated hitter, and one at both first and catcher.
The Cardinals' July 11, 2007 signing started the season with the DSL Cardinals and was later sent back to
Montero showed he could hit the pitching at the DSL level, but since he was the low man on the totem pole, he was returned to VSL. He could return to the Dominican in 2010 if Yorbel Alcala lands with the GCL team and/or if Castillo gets clearance.
Outfielder Andres Beras played in 22 games batting .246 (17-for-69) with a .316 OBP, .406 SLG, and .722 OPS. He had six doubles, one triple, one home run, eight RBIs, 28 total bases, ten runs, five walks, and four stolen bases. Beras was hit by a pitch twice, struck out 24 times (35%), and grounded into one double play. He played 15 games in right field, four as designated hitter, two in left field, and one in both left and right.
The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 signing joined the team on July 3 after serving a 50-game suspension and took over right field right away. Beras had four multi-hit games and one multi-RBI outing. The 18-year old right-handed hitter had two separate three-game hitting streaks from July 8 through July 13 (4-for-14, .286) and August 15 through August 18 (4-for-11, .364). He reached base in six straight games between July 18 and August 8. His best game came on August 20 when he went 1-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.
If Beras had been with the DSL squad the entire season, he might have added some pop to the offense and the team probably wouldn't have moved players in and out of the outfield rotation. He should be returning to play for the Dominican Summer League Cardinals in 2010 and finally play a full season with the team.
Infielder Michael Avila played in 28 games batting .188 (13-for-069) with a .317 OBP, .217 SLG, and .534 OPS. He had two doubles, six RBIs, 15 total bases, 12 runs, ten walks, and five stolen bases.
The Cardinals' March 26, 2007 signing was used mostly as a bench player, getting a few chances in the starting lineup before having his season cut short on August 1.
It wouldn't surprise me if
Catcher Luis Perez played in 30 games batting .308 (20-for-65) with a .494 OBP, .431 SLG, and .925 OPS. He had eight doubles, seven RBIs, 28 total bases, 18 runs, 22 walks, and two stolen bases. Perez was hit by a pitch twice, caught stealing twice, struck out eight times (12%), grounded into two double plays, committed seven errors, allowed four passed balls, assisted in one double play, and threw out 19 of 49 runners.
The Cardinals' August 20, 2008 signing looked to be the backup catcher until injuries and the activation of Castillo cost him plenty of playing time. Perez had six multi-hit and two multi-RBI games. The 18-year old right-handed hitter had a three-game hitting streak from June 18 through June 22, when he went 5-for-8 (.625). He had an eight-game on base streak that ran from May 30 through June 22. His best game came on July 18 when he hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs, one run, one walk, picked one runner off, and allowed one stolen base.
Perez hopefully makes a full recovery over the off season so he is ready to go in 2010 for the DSL Cardinals. He should again be competing for time with the likes of Montero, Castillo, or Alcala, if they return.
First baseman Victor Ferreira played in eight games batting .100 (3-for-30) with a .129 OBP, .133 SLG, and .262 OPS. He had one double and four total bases. Ferraira was hit by a pitch once, struck out 15 times (50%), committed one error, and assisted in one double play. He played five games as designated hitter and three at first base.
The Cardinals' December 15, 2007 signing struggled with an injury all season, as he would play in a couple games, then disappear and repeat. The 18-year old right-hander had his best game on June 20 when he went 1-for-3 with one double, one stolen base, two strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Ferreria showed a lot of promise
with the bat in 2008 and I was hoping he would improve and add to his RBI total
again this season. I'm figuring a return to the DSL in 2010 and maybe this
time around he'll be healthy to help the team out.
Braulio Hiraldo was assigned to the DSL Cardinals for the 2009 season, but did not play. The 21-year old right-handed hitter has a career batting average of .232 with ten doubles, eight triples, three home runs, 31 RBIs, 41 runs, 46 walks, 89 strikeouts, 16 stolen bases, .324 SLG, and .320 OBP. The Cardinals' April 1, 2006 signing played in the Dominican Summer League (2006) and Gulf Coast League (2007-08) in his three professional seasons. He is most likely not returning.
Wilson Perez, who played for the VSL Cardinals in 2007 and 2008, signed a contract with the New York Yankees organization and they assigned him to the Dominican Summer League #2 team. The 20-year old right-handed hitter never played a game and was probably released right away.
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