Cardinals 2009 Liga Paralela Roster

Exclusive details on the St. Louis Cardinals prospects suiting up in the Venezuelan winter minor league.

In the Venezuelan winter minor league, the Liga Paralela or Parallel League, the St. Louis Cardinals sponsor one entire team of 31 players in the 18-team circuit. The 2009 season began last week with a 55-game schedule that runs through December 17. Games are played six days a week, excluding Sundays. A four-team playoff final concludes league play on December 21.

Most of the Cardinals players assigned to their Venezuelan academy are taking part, along with at least eight players that appeared in the US this past summer. Some number of tryout players also traditionally pass through. This offers the organization the opportunity to gauge whether some number of young men have what it takes to become Cardinals before deciding whether or not to offer them contracts.

Due to injuries, the fact their first three games each went extra innings and overall heavy use of pitching early on, the organization will likely bring in additional pitchers who played in the US this past season.

Some of the currently sidelined players include left-handed starting pitcher Moises Colorado (left knee; day to day), right-handed reliever Hector Corpas (right bicep; day to day), left-handed reliever Angelo Echeverria (left elbow; 10-15 days) and catcher Gerwuins Velazco (left wrist surgery; 2-3 weeks).

In the upcoming days, I hope to be able to provide information on the Cardinals club in the Dominican Winter Instructional League, as well.

The Cardinals 2009 Liga Paralela roster follows.

PITCHERS (16) Pos. B/T HT WT Age DOB Yrs. 2009
Javier Avendaño RHS R/R 6-3 180 19 9/6/1990 2 VSL/GCL
Deimer Bier RHS R/R 6-2 174 18 1/6/1991 2 VSL 
Moises Colorado LHS L/L 6-3 190 19 12/18/1989 3 VSL
Hector Corpas (PAN) RHR R/R 6-3 180 19 1/8/1990 3 VSL
Kevin Cueto RHR R/R 6-0 170 16 4/12/1993 0 New Sign
Angelo Echeverria LHR L/L 6-2 170 17 01/02/1992 1 VSL
Jhonatan Escudero (COL) RHR R/R 6-1 147 16 7/7/1993 0 New Sign
Francisco Guzmán RHR R/R 5-11 190 21 02/20/1988 3 VSL
Fermin Montañez RHR R/R 6-4 200 18 1/1/1991 1 VSL
Orlando Muñoz RHS R/R 6-2 190 19 2/22/1990 3 GCL
Carlos Oraá RHS R/R 6-3 176 20 10/05/1989 3 VSL
Jhonny Polanco (NIC) RHR R/R 6-3 192 17 4/28/1992 1 VSL
Geney Rios RHR R/R 5-11 180 21 2/12/1988 4 GCL
Jackson Solarte RHR R/R 6-0 180 19 06/14/1990 1 VSL
Ramon Ulacio RHS R/R 6-1 190 18 03/17/1991 1 VSL
Dail Villanueva LHR L/L 6-3 180 19 01/23/1990 1 VSL
CATCHERS (3)
Yorbel Alcala C R/R 6-0 185 19 1/17/1990 2 DSL/VSL
Kevin Moscatel C R/R 6-1 181 18 5/16/1991 2 GCL
Gerwuins Velazco C R/R 6-1 190 17 10/07/1991 1 VSL
INFIELDERS (7)
Hector García 3B R/R 6-2 180 19 05/16/1990 3 VSL
Ronnierd Garcia 3B R/R 6-2 175 16 1/1/1993 0 New Sign
Hayrich Martina (CUR) IF R/R 6-1 180 19 08/03/1990 3 VSL
Gerardo Mambell IF R/R 6-0 185 19 5/16/1990 3 GCL
Ted Obregon IF S/R 5-11 170 19 4/5/1990 3 APPY
Cesar Valera SS R/R 6-1 180 17 3/8/1992 1 GCL
Wilfred Vivas IF R/R 5-10 165 19 11/08/1989 2 VSL
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Kaizer Inojoza OF R/R 6-0 180 18 11/07/1990 1 VSL
Tharick Martines (CUR) OF R/R 6-3 185 18 11/19/1990 1 VSL
Jem Argeñal (NIC) LF/1B L/L 5-11 180 17 11/19/1991 1 VSL
Alexander Castellano (COL)  OF S/R 6-0 180 20 11/19/1988 1 VSL
Alberto Rivero OF L/L 5-10 185 20 4/20/1989 3 GCL

To learn more about any of the players, click on their highlighted names above. For additional information on three newest signees, Kevin Cueto, Jhonatan Escudero and Ronnierd Garcia, refer to this recent article, "Three New Cardinals Assigned to Liga Paralela".



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