Cardinals International Notebook: 03/01/10

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

The Atlanta Braves signed Dominican shortstop Eduardo Salcedo to a $1.6 million bonus.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Dominican right-handed pitcher Rafael DePaula has hired a new agent and is considering an offer from the Seattle Mariners, according to ESPN's Jorge Arangure.


Matt Perisho (Former Memphis) has signed with Acereros de Monclova in the Triple-A Mexican League.  Perisho will be competing for a spot in the rotation along with Nerio Rodriguez (Former St. Louis).


Cuban first baseman-outfielder Leslie Anderson is currently training in Tigres de Quintana Roo spring camp.  If Anderson does not sign with a major league team, he has no problems playing in the Triple-A Mexican League.  MiLB Official Site


The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Milwaukee Brewers are all teams that have come to scout Anderson while in Mexico.


Readers should know by now that The St. Louis Cardinals signed Dominican right fielder Amauris Capellan to a contract.  The news was reported on Wednesday by Baseball America's Ben Badler and The Cardinal Nation's Brian Walton came through that same day with extensive notes on Capellan. Premium Article


Some of the other signings mentioned in the above Baseball America link were the Colorado Rockies signing of Dominican right-handed pitcher Johendi Jiminian, the Los Angeles Angels inking of Dominican centerfielder Luis Jolly to a contract, and Dominican right-handed pitcher Victor Payano signing a deal with the Texas Rangers.  Payano had landed a deal earlier in the 2009 international signing period with the Boston Red Sox but was released due to shoulder problems.


Toronto Blue Jays' general manager Alex Anthopoulos beefed up his scouting department and took a visit to the Dominican Republic to scout unsigned talent.  Cuban first baseman-outfielder Jose Julio Ruiz is still the main target of the organization to sign, but they still won't confirm any progress in the talks.  Toronto Star


The Washington Nationals have ruled out the possibility of making a run for Ruiz.  The Nationals did sign 25-year old Mexican reliever Rafael Martin.  Marin has spent the three seasons launching for Saraperos de Saltillo in the Triple-A Mexican League.  Washington Post


The Boston Red Sox and Ruiz seem to have mutual interest.  The Red Sox may be considering bringing aboard Ruiz as a back-up/replacement for David OrtizDiario Libre


The Toronto Blue Jays are also rumored to have interest in Cuban shortstop Adeiny HechevarriaBlue Jays Official Site


Premium Article The St. Louis Cardinals signed ten Latin American position players and added another ten pitchers to the minors.  The Cardinals did miss out on landing 21-year old Nicaraguan shortstop Ivan Marin, who signed with the Atlanta Braves a couple weeks ago, Brian Walton reports.  Also profiled in the position players article is a Dominican infielder who will be invited to extended spring camp.  Starlin Rodriguez is someone high on my list of players to watch this coming season.


Cuban pitcher Juan Yasser Serrano had a private workout with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Terreno de Pelotta


Cuba has decided not to participate in either the Central America Games or Caribbean Series due to the concern of more players defecting.  Listin Diario


The Viladecans of the Spanish Baseball League have signed Fabian Marquez (Former Johnson City) to a contract for the 2010 season. This Marquez was released after the 2007 season, not to be confused with the younger Marquez who was cut this past winter.  Mister Baseball


The Yuma Scorpions of the independent Golden Baseball League signed an affiliation agreement with the Venezuelan Baseball Federation.  This will bring more unsigned talent to the mainstream that does not get noticed by scouts in Venezuela.  Last season Yuma hosted an all Colombian-born team.  Golden Baseball League Official Site


The Dominican Prospect League announced three minor league signings in right-handed pitcher Luis Angeles with the San Francisco Giants, third baseman Eddy Morobel with the Colorado Rockies, and right-handed pitcher Luis Morel with the Cleveland Indians.


C.J. Nitkowski (Former Memphis) is currently rehabbing from offseason surgery and looking to return to one of the Asian baseball leagues during the 2010 season. Last season, Nitkowski pitched for Doosan in the Korean Baseball Organization.  CJBaseball


Juan Mosquera (Former GCL) playing for Panama Metro:

Feb 23: Started at shortstop and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 at the plate.

Feb 24: Did not play.

Feb 25: Entered late in the game at shortstop.  1-for-2 with one error.

Feb 26: Entered late in the game at shortstop.  No at-bat.

Feb 27: Started at shorstop and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with two runs and one error.

Feb 28: Entered late in the game at shortstop.  0-for-1 at the plate.


Carlos Gonzalez (Former Johnson City) pitching for Panama Metro:

Feb 27: Started and pitched five innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, one walk, and struck out eight.


Panama Metro is 6-3 and in fifth place in the Panama League.



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