Cardinals Release Seven from VSL and DSL

The St. Louis Cardinals cut seven prospects from their Venezuelan and Dominican Republic academies.

Just as they recently announced for their US-based clubs, the St. Louis Cardinals have also undergone some housecleaning in their academies in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, cutting loose seven players.

It was a bad time to have the surname Marquez as two of the six Venezuelans released share that handle, right-handed relief pitcher Fabian Marquez and infielder Moises Marquez. The others are outfielder Jose Cortez, shortstop Carlos Yeguez, right-handed relief pitcher Gregorio Ramos and left-handed reliever Ruben Alvarado. In addition, second baseman Michael Avila, who played in the Dominican Summer League, was also given his release.

Position players Pos Age Years Lg. BA/OBP/SLG
Michael Avila 2B 20 2009 DSL .188/.317/.217 details
2008 DSL .219/.350/.385 details
2007 DSL .167/.292/.219
Jose Cortez  OF 20 2009 VSL .273/.340/.358 details
2008 VSL .251/.307/.371 details
2007 VSL .246/.319/.341
Moises Marquez  IF 19 2009 VSL .244/.372/.346 details
2008 VSL .111/.273/.111 details
Carlos Yeguez  SS 19 2009 VSL .240/.282/.365 details
2008 VSL .213/.250/.262 details

Of the four position players, two are 20 years old with three years of experience while the other two are a year younger with one less season as a professional. All except Cortez were in reserve roles this season.

A common thread is that in the ten player-seasons the four have logged, the group has exactly one .700 OPS season among them. That was Moises Marquez' .718 OPS in 2009. So, it is fair to observe this group consistently struggled with the bat.

Relievers Pos Age Years Lg. ERA K:BB
Ruben Alvarado  LHR 18 2009 VSL 6.30 18:9 details
2008 VSL 9.37 12:12 details
Fabian Marquez  RHR 18 2009 VSL 5.29 9:3 details
2008 VSL 2.97 32:16 details
Gregorio Ramos  RHR 20 2009 VSL 6.00 12:12 details
2008 VSL 4.82 8:15 details

While the three relievers ranged in age from 18 to 20, each had two years of professional experience. None posted an ERA under five this past season.

We have more!: To read detailed reports on the last two season's results by all of these seven released players, click on the highlighted "details" field in the tables above. That will take you to the appropriate edition of Josh Jones' yearly series on the DSL and VSL seasons.

In addition, in this and every article we run, you can also click on any player's name highlighted in red to be taken to his player information page. There, biographical information, photos, links to all articles referencing that player as well as links to stats can always be found.

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