Cardinals Winter Leagues Notebook: 01/15/10

Chris Swauger is the player of the day in our daily report on St. Louis Cardinals prospects past and present in winter ball.

Editor's note: The Notebook may be taking Saturday and Sunday off for Winter Warm-Up.


Mexican Pacific League Playoffs


Friday's Games:

Hermosillo (2-0) visits Culiacan (0-2) @ 7:30 PM MST.

Mazatlan (2-0) visits Obregon (0-2) @ 8:30 PM MST.



Veracruz Instructional League (Mexico) Championship


Francisco Rivera (Palm Beach), Kit Pellow (Former Memphis), and San Andres beat Ivan Bellazetin (Former MiLB Spring Training Invite) and Xalapa 11-3.


Friday's Game:

Xalapa (2-3) visits San Andres (3-2) @7:00 PM MST.



Venezuelan League Round Robin


La Guaira beat Magallanes 4-3

LVBP Official Site Post Game


Caracas beat Zulia 7-1

LVBP Official Site Post Game


Zulia fired manager Eduardo Perez: Comandante del Beisbol


Carlos Guillen (Tigers) has said he would like to play for Magallanes in the round robin tournament and Fernando Nieve (Mets) is expected to make his final appearance on Saturday: Comandante del Biesbol


Friday's Games:

Caracas (8-5) visits Zulia (3-9) @ 6:30 PM VST.

Margarita (4-8) visits La Guaira (7-5) @ 6:30 PM VST.



Dominican League Round Robin


Ricardo Rodriguez (Former Memphis-Escogido) entered in the sixth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed one hit, three runs (one earned), and two walks (one intentional) for the blown save (1).  (ir-s;2-2)


Timo Perez (Former St. Louis-Licey) started in left field and batted sixth.  2-for-3 with one intentional walk.

Ron Belliard (Former St. Louis-Licey) started at third base and batted seventh.  0-for-3 with one RBI, one run, and one walk.

Oneli Perez (Memphis Free Agent-Licey) entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, and struck out two for the save (4).  (g/f:2-2)(ir-s:2-1)


Licey beat Escogido 7-5

Listin Diario Post Game


Matt Pagnozzi (Memphis-Azucareros) started at catcher and batted eighth.  1-for-3 with one double, one run, one walk, two strikeouts, allowed one stolen base, and threw out one runner.


Scott Spiezio (Former St. Louis-Gigantes) started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with three strikeouts.


Gigantes beat Azucareros 7-4

Listin Diario Post Game


More on the Gigantes signing of Scott Spiezio: Gigantes Official Site


Friday's Games:

Gigantes (11-5) visits Escogido (8-8) @ 7:30 PM AST.

Licey (7-9) visits Azucareros (6-10) @ 7:30 PM AST - Ben Jukich (Rule 5 Selection) is scheduled to start for Azucareros.



Colombian League Round Robin


Monteria beat Barranquilla 8-7

Chris Swauger (Palm Beach-Barranquilla) hit a home run in the third inning.

El Heraldo Post Game

Friday's Games:

Sincelejo (4-4) visits Monteria (4-4)



Nicaraguan League Championship


Friday's Game:

Granada (30-24) visits Leon (29-24)

Championship League Poster from the La Prensa

La Prensa Pregame and El Nuevo Diario Post Game



Puerto Rican League Playoffs


Carolina @ Areibo was canceled.


No games Friday, Saturday's games:

Mayaguez (18-24) visits Arecibo (25-14) @ 7:30 PM AST.

Caguas (20-20) visits Carolina (21-20) @ 7:15 PM AST.



International Market Place


Former New York Yankees scout Carlos Rios was awarded $700,000 in damages in a Dominican court after he was fired for skimming allegations: ESPN


Wagner Mateo represented the Dominican Republic in the 2010 International High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby.  Baseball America's Jim Callis reports that Mateo did not connect for one home run in the event and says there is no news on any potential suitors.



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