Cardinals International Notebook: 03/15/10

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

Business news


First off I want to say congratulations to Kiley McDaniel who was hired on by the Baltimore Orioles organization over the winter.  McDaniel used to write for Baseball Prospectus covering international baseball happenings.


MLB has hired former ex-vice president Sandy Alderson as a consultant to clean up the many problems going on in the Dominican.  Alderson began with firing Ronaldo Peralta, who was the leading executive in Latin America.


The Milwaukee Brewers are looking to re-establish themselves in the Dominican.  Brewers Official Site


The third-annual Major League Baseball Tournament will take from March 28-April 1 at the Regensburg Academy in Europe.  Players range in age from 15-19 and are considered the best from six different European nations.  Mister Baseball


International free agents


Dominican pitcher Carlos Matias could receive a higher bonus then he previously signed for.  Matias originally signed for $160,000 with the Boston Red Sox, but had his contract voided out by the MLB after false identification.  The New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks have picked up interest and some are saying he could get more than $500,000 now.


Cuban first baseman/outfielder Jose Julio Ruiz had offers from Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays pulled off the table due to him being out of shape in workouts.  Ruiz felt his agents were not doing their job and switched a couple weeks ago.  El Nuevo Herald


Cuban shortstop Yadel Mujica followed in Jose Julio Ruiz's footsteps and dropped Prestige Sports Agency.  ESPN's Jorge Arangue also reports that Mujica has been cleared to sign with MLB teams.


Major League Baseball suspended Dominican pitcher Michael Feliz 50-games for failing a drug test.  He is listed as unsigned, but there had been a Feliz signed by the Oakland Athletics earlier this year.  Same person? Still unsure.


Other organizations' prospects 


Four Dominican Summer League players were handed 50-game suspensions for failed drug tests which included Israel Tolentino (Yankees), Josue Rodriguez (Yankees), Melvin Colon (Mets), and Steven Lebron (Indians).  MiLB Official Site


The Tampa Bay Rays signed Cuban first baseman and outfielder Leslie Anderson to a $3.75 million four-year deal.  Anderson had been training with Quintana Roo in the Triple-A Mexican League and was prepared to play the 2010 season with the team if he did not sign a major league deal.


Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria passed up the New York Yankees to sign a $10 million four-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.


Current Cardinals prospects


Mark Shorey (Memphis), Adron Chambers (Palm Beach), and Chris Swauger (Palm Beach) were all featured on the front cover of the latest Colombian League magazine.  El Heraldo and Team Renteria


Former Cardinals


Tomo Ohka (former Memphis) has signed with Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Triple-A Mexican League and is looking to crack their starting rotation.


Alberto Castillo (former MLB Spring Invite) signed a contract for the 2010 season with the Baltimore Orioles.  Castillo pitched for Mochis in the Mexican Pacific League and later moved onto to La Guaira in the Venezuelan League this past winter.


Jason Simontacchi (former St. Louis) signed a contract for the 2010 season with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the indpendent Atlantic League.  Simontacchi pitched for Lara in the Venezuelan League and was later drafted by Magallanes for the playoffs.


Luther Hackman (former St. Louis) signed a contract for the 2010 season with Uniform 7-Eleven Lions in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.  Hackman began the 2009 season with Tabasco in the Triple-A Mexican League before leaving for the CPBL.


D'Angelo Jimenez (former Memphis) signed a contract with Leones de Yucatan in the Triple-A Mexican League.  Jimenez played for Licey in the Dominican League and was later loaned to Arecibo in the Puerto Rican League during the winter.


Abraham Nunez (former St. Louis) signed a 2010 contract with the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am League.  Nunez played for Escogido in the Dominican League during the winter.


Robinson Cancel (former Memphis) signed a 2010 contract with the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League.  Cancel played for Ponce in the Puerto Rican League over the winter.


Juan Gonzalez (Former MLB Spring Invite) drilled two home runs this weekend for Vega Baja in the Puerto Rican Double-A League.  Jose Leon (Former Arkansas) is playing for Toritos de Cayey in the same league. Primera Hora

Juan Mosquera playing for Panama Metro in the Panama League:

Mar 8: Started at second base and batted ninth.  1-for-2 with one run.

Mar 9: Started at second base and batted ninth.  1-for-1 with one RBI, two runs, and two walks.

Mar 10: Entered late in the game at shortstop.

Mar 12: Entered late in the game at third base.

Mar 14: Entered late in the game at third base.  0-for-2 at the plate.


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

Mar 14: Started and pitched 3.1 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned runs, three walks, and struck out five.


Panama Metro is currently 12-7 and are sixth in the league.  They have also qualified for postseason play with the regular season wrapping up on March 15th.


No stat updates on Edgard Montiel (Former DSL), but Managua is 11-13 and in fourth place in the Nicaraguan National Championship Group B Division.




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