Cardinals International Notebook: 02/22/10

Josh Jones' report on baseball's international happenings with an eye toward the St. Louis Cardinals.

WEEI reported that the Boston Red Sox are not close to signing Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya.  This comes a day after rumors swirled around that the team was close to a deal.  Maya is looking for a job in a major league rotation and the Sox may consider using him as a reliever.


ESPN's Jorge Arangure states that the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, and possibly the Chicago Cubs will be the front runners to make a move on Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria.  Arangure also says that Dominican shortstop Eduardo Salcedo is close to getting clearance to sign with any MLB team.  Salcedo, while being represented by Scott Boras, was near a deal with the Cleveland Indians in 2008, but complications arose over his age.  ESPN Insider


The Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves are interested in Salcedo.  The Diamondbacks also signed 17-year old Dominican centerfielder Socrates Abrito.  The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 17-year old Dominican Willy Garcia.  Garcia played in the Dominican Prospect League this past winter.  ESPN


Braves MLB beat writer Mark Bowman reports that the Atlanta Braves are close to signing Salcedo.


Hechevarria could be cleared to sign sometime in the next week.  The New York Yankees are expected to make a run for him.  NY Post


Chelsor Cuthbert, who signed with the Kansas City Royals last summer, is ready to go for his dream and prove he was well worth the signing bonus.  Cardinals had little interest in the Cuthbert before he was signed.  La Prensa


Former Cardinal and All-Star Reggie Smith held a baseball clinic in Nicaragua.  He and Dave Stewart were the main players behind getting investors interested in building a baseball academy in the country. La Prensa


Sid Monge (former Cardinals MiLB pitching coach) is the pitching coach for Felix Fermin's Sultanes de Monterrey in the Triple-A Mexican League.  Monge is also the pitching coach for Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League.  MiLB


15 or so teams came out to scout Cuban Leslie Anderson in his workout in MexicoToronto Star


The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Seattle Mariners are all teams to be rumored to have interest in Anderson.


The Texas Rangers were one of the teams that scouted Anderson and are also visiting the Triple-A Mexican League spring camps seeing if there is any available young talent to sign.  MiLB


Former Cardinal and New York Yankee bench coach Tony Pena would like to see Ben Jukich (Rule 5 Selection) make a return to Aguilas in the Dominican League next winter. Pena took over the team midseason and was asked to return as the manager for next winter.  Aguilas Fan Site


Iker Franco (former Springfield) is in Tigres de Quintana Roo spring camp.  Franco played for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific league during the winter.  MiLB


The Chicago Cubs signed 18-year old Korean right-hander Kim Jin-YeongTrue Stories of Korean Baseball


Armando Rios (Former Memphis) is playing for Guaynabo in the Puerto Rican Double-A League.  Rios played for Carolina in the Puerto Rican Winter League and was drafted by Mayaguez for the Caribbean Series.  He earned post season All-Star honors in the Puerto Rican League and was named to the Caribbean Series All-Star team.   Primera Hora


Hugo Castellanos (Former Memphis) is in Sultanes de Monterrey spring camp in the Triple-A Mexican League.  Castellanos pitched for Obregon in winter ball before being traded to Mexicali, both teams in the Mexican Pacific League.  MiLB


The Atlanta Braves signed 17-year old Italian shortstop Alejandro SanchezMarca


Jorge Sosa (Former St. Louis) is once again having visa issues.  Last spring he had trouble entering the U.S. after having to serve out his 50-game suspension for a failed drug test.  This spring he signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox while pitching for Licey in the Dominican League.


The Godo Knights of the Italian Baseball League signed Gary Burnham (Former Memphis) to a contract for the 2010 season.  Burnham spent the last couple years touring baseball leagues in East AsiaMister Baseball


Ricardo Rincon (Former St. Louis) is in Petroleros de Minatitlan spring camp of the Triple-A Mexican League. Rincon was named the pitching coach for Cafeteros de Cordoba in the Veracruz Instructional League (Mexico) and later joined the rotation. MiLB


St. Louis Cardinals players affiliated with Aguilas in the Venezuelan League are as follows: Jonathan Gonzalez (Quad Cities), Francisco Guzman (VSL), Carlos Oraa (VSL), and Geney Rios (Former GCL).  Comandante del Beisbol


St. Louis Cardinals players affiliated with Aragua of the Venezuelan League are as follows: Ruben Alvarado (Former VSL), Javier Avendano (GCL), Deimer Bier (referred to as Dennis instead of Deimer, VSL), Moises Colorado (VSL), Omar Diaz (Former GCL), Eduardo Sanchez (Springfield), Jose Rada (Johnson City), Jorge Rondon (Quad Cities), Jesus Montero (VSL), Jose Garcia (Springfield), Hector Garcia (VSL), Jose Martinez (Memphis), Romulo Ruiz (Johnson City), Kleininger Teran (Johnson City), Domnit Bolivar (Quad Cities), and Frederick Parejo (Quad Cities). Comandante del Beisbol


Juan Gonzalez (Former MLB Spring Invite) made his debut with Melao Melao de Vega Baja in the Double-A Puerto Rican League.  Now 40 and last having played in the majors in 2005, Gonzalez has ruled out ever returning to professional ball in the U.S. Primera Hora


The Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox have interest in 17-year old Dominican Rafael DePaula.  He is expected to throw for teams for the next couple weeks before signing.  ESPN


The Colombian League held the expansion draft for the two newest teams joining play for the winter 2010-11 season.  Donovan Solano (Memphis) was protected by Barranquilla, Carlos Pupo (Former Quad Cities) by Sincelejo, and John De Aguas (VSL) by MonteriaLuis Orozco (GCL) went unprotected and was selected by Aguilas de Bogota.  Orozco pitched for Sincelejo the last two seasons.  Team Renteria


There may be some concern over the amount of players making the jump from Cuba to the MLB.  Terreno de Pelotta


Carlos Gonzalez (Former Johnson City) and Juan Mosquera (Former GCL) are listed on the Panama Metro roster in the Panama Baseball League, that began play February 18th.  

Feb. 19: Mosquera started at second base and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 at the plate.

Feb. 20: Mosquera started at second base and batted leadoff.  0-for-3 at the plate.

Feb. 21: Mosquera started at second base and batted leadoff.  0-for-2 with one run.


Rome has announced that it will set aside land to build a baseball stadium that is big enough to host IBAF events.  IBAF Official Site


Cuban right-handed pitcher Juan Yasser Serrano continues to work out for teams, looking for a contract for the 2010 season.  Scouts from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and Detroit Tigers have come to watch him.  Terreno de Pelotta


Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz will have a private workout for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra worked out for the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants.  Cuban Felix Perez earned great reviews from scouts while working out at the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs Dominican complex.  Cuban Ball Players


Edgard Montiel (Former DSL), has played in one game going 2-for-2 at the plate as of Feb. 15.  Montiel plays for Managua, who is currently 5-7 and are in tied for fourth place in the Nicaraguan National Championship League Group B Division.



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