Cardinals Winter Leagues Notebook: 12/31/09

Globetrotter Amaury Cazana returns to Mexico in our daily report on St. Louis Cardinals prospects past and present in winter ball.

Editor's note: The Winter Leagues Notebook will take New Years Day off, returning on Saturday.

Mexican Pacific League Playoffs


Mike McCoy (Former Memphis-Culiacan) started at shortstop and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one walk, one caught stealing, and assisted in two double plays.


Culiacan beat Navojoa 3-1

LMP Official Site Post Game


Iker Franco (Former Springfield-Obregon) started at catcher and batted fifth.  1-for-4 at the plate.


Obregon beat Hermosillo 4-3

LMP Official Site Post Game


Alberto Castillo (Former MLB Spring Invite-Mochis) started and pitched three innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck out two.  (g/f:6-1)


Mochis beat Mexicali 6-3

LMP Official Site Post Game


Mazatlan beat Guasave 9-1

LMP Official Site Post Game


Final Standings (overall):

1. Hermosillo 20-13 (38-29)

2. Culiacan 19-13 (30-35)

3. Obregon 19-13 (37-30)

4. Guasave 19-13 (29-37)

5. Mazatlan 15-18 (40-28)

6. Navojoa 15-18 (32-36)

7. Mochis 14-19 (28-39)

8. Mexicali 13-20 (34-34)


Navojoa signed Amaury Cazana (Memphis-Licey) and called up Jose Macias (Campeche-Triple-A Mexican League) from the Veracruz Instructional League to assist the team in the playoffs.  Licey did not plan to use Cazana regularly, so they decided to release him. Navojoa Official Site


Hermosillo signed Jose Vargas (Yucatan-Triple-A Mexican League) for the playoffs: Hermosillo Official Site


No games Thursday or Friday, Saturday's games:

Navojoa visits Hermosillo

Culiacan visits Mazatlan

Mexicali visits Obregon



Veracruz Instructional League (Mexico) Championship


Ivan Bellazetin (Former MiLB Spring Invite) and Xalapa beat Alexander Francisco (Former DSL), Ricardo Rincon (Former St. Louis), Felix Jose (Former St. Louis), and Cordoba 11-9.  Xalapa wins series 4-2.


Francisco Rivera (Palm Beach), Kit Pellow (Former Memphis), and San Andres beat Soledad 6-3.  San Andres wins series 4-1.


No games Thursday or Friday, Saturday's game:

San Andres visits Xalapa



Venezuelan League Round Robin


Magallanes beat La Guaira 9-6

LVBP Official Site Post Game


Dennis Abreu (Former Tennessee-Margarita) entered in the ninth as a pinch hitter.  )-for-1 with one strikeout.

Kristhiam Linares (Palm Beach-Margarita) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:20-11)(g/f:3-0)


Caracas beat Margarita 8-3

LVBP Official Site Post Game

Carlos Silva (Cubs-Caribes) has decided to head home to be with his family and will not be pitching for Margarita.  Jeff Farnsworth (Caribes) has refused to pitch for Caracas, who selected him in the Round Robin Draft, and would like to pitch for Margarita.  League rules prohibit any such request and it is under review.  Beisbol Venezolano


Francisco Samuel (Springfield-Estrellas) has decided to head back home and will not pitch for Margarita in the Round Robin Tournament.  The team called up Angel Marquez (MiLB Free Agent) from the Parallel Leagues to fill his spot: Margarita Official Site


No games Thursday and Friday, Saturday's games:

Magallanes (1-1) visits Caracas (3-0) @ 5:00 PM VST.

Margarita (0-2) visits Zulia (1-0) @ 6:30 PM VST.



Dominican League Round Robin


Yasser Gomez (Cuban Free Agent-Gigantes) started in left field and batted seventh.  1-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.


Matt Pagnozzi (Memphis-Azucareros) started at catcher and batted eighth.  0-for-1 with one run, one walk, one sacrifice, and threw out one runner.

Julio Manon (Former Johnson City-Azucareros) entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, threw one wild pitch, and struck out four for the losing decision (0-1). (g/f:1-0)


Gigantes beat Azucareros 6-5

Listin Diario Post Game


Timo Perez (Former St. Louis-Licey) started in left field and batted third.  0-for-2 with two hit by pitches.

Ron Belliard (Former St. Louis-Licey) started at third base and batted eighth.  1-for-3 with one hit by pitch, one fielding error, and was ejected in the ninth.


Abraham Nunez (Former St. Louis-Escogido) started at third base and batted eighth.  0-for-2 with one RBI, one sacrifice, and one sac fly.


Escogido beat Licey 3-0

Listin Diario Post Game

Exciting game as the benches cleared a couple times, photos: Escogido Official Site


Licey released Jake Fox (Cubs) and Randy Keisler (Former St. Louis), while Eric Byrnes (Diamondbacks) decided to leave on his own terms.  Carlos Marmol (Cubs) received permission to pitch for Licey. Listin Diario


Azucareros have signed Yurendell de Caster (Yankees MiLB Free Agent), who was playing for Guasave in the Mexican Pacific League: Azucareros Official Site


Gigantes signed Saul Soto (Monclova-Triple-A Mexican League), Brandon Duckworth (Royals MiLB Free Agent), and Arturo Lopez (Mets).  All three were playing for Mochis in the Mexican Pacific League before they were eliminated from postseason play. Gigantes Official Site


The New York Yankees denied permission for Damaso Marte to pitch for Licey: Licey Official Site


No games Thursday or Friday, Saturday's games:

Escogido (3-2) visits Licey (2-3) @ 7:30 PM AST.

Azucareros (2-3) visits Gigantes (3-2) @ 7:30 PM AST.



Colombian League


Adron Chambers (Palm Beach-Barranquilla) started in left field and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and two strikeouts.

Donovan Solano (Memphis-Barranquilla) started at shortstop and batted second.  0-for-3 with two walks and one strikeout.

Mark Shorey (Memphis-Barranquilla) started in right field and batted third.  1-for-5 with one RBI.


Carlos Pupo (Former Quad Cities-Sincelejo) started at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-3 with one double, one run, and one walk.


Barranquilla beat Sincelejo 10-2: El Heraldo Post Game


Monteria beat Cartagena 4-1: Team Renteria Post Game


Round Robin Draft, players from Cartagena:

SincelejoEdgar Ramirez

Monteria - Angel Tovar

Barranquilla - Juan Diaz


Monteria placed John DeAguas (VSL) on the reserve list.


Julio Vinas hopes to return as manager of Cartagena next season: El Heraldo


No games Thursday through Saturday, return on Sunday:

Sincelejo (25-29) visits Monteria (30-24)

Barranquilla finished 30-24 and hold the first place spot in the tournament.



Nicaraguan League


Managua beat Leon 5-1, Gustavo Martinez (Former GCL) earned his ninth save of the season: La Prensa Post Game and El Nuevo Diario Post Game

Chinandega beat Granada 4-3: La Prensa Post Game and El Nuevo Diario Post Game

LNBP Official Site Post Game


Top 10 Moments in Nicaraguan baseball in 2009 includes Everth Cabrera (Padres), Cheslor Cuthbert (Royals), Erasmo Ramirez (Mariners), Wilton Lopez (Astros), Vicente Padilla (Dodgers Free Agent), and etc: La Prensa


No games Thursday or Friday, Saturday's games:

Chinandega (20-26) visits Leon (25-21)

Managua (22-24) visits Granada (25-21)



Puerto Rican League


Antonio DeJesus (Springfield-Mayaguez) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one run, one outfield assist, and assisted in one double play.

Julian Tavarez (Former St. Louis-Mayaguez) started and pitched 3.1 innings.  He allowed seven hits, six runs (five earned), four walks, threw three wild pitches, and struck out three. (g/f:3-3)


Miguel Negron (Former MLB Spring Invite-Arecibo) started in left field and batted second.  1-for-2 with one run, two walks, and one strikeout.

D'Angelo Jimenez (Former Memphis-Arecibo) started at third base and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and two strikeouts.

Mike Smith (Former Memphis-Arecibo) started and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed three hits, four earned runs, three walks, and struck out two. (g/f:2-1)


Arecibo beat Mayaguez 9-8 in 7 innings

Primera Hora Post Game


Ponce @ Caguas was postponed due to rain


Remembering Roberto Clemente 37 years after his death: Primera Hora


No games Thursday or Friday, Saturday's games:

Carolina (17-14) visits Arecibo (21-11) @ 7:30 PM AST.

Caguas (13-19) visits Mayaguez (15-19) @ 7:15 PM AST.



International Market Place


If the New York Yankees were to sign Cuban free agent Aroldis Chapman, there is no guarantee he would even pitch in the majors during the 2010 season: Lo Hud Baseball Blog



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