Cardinals International Notebook: 03/29/10

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

Baseball Business


ESPN's Jorge Arangure writes that there are concerns in organizations that if the International Draft does come to light in the next collective bargaining agreement meeting that baseball in the Dominican will fall by the wayside like it did in Puerto Rico.  He states that most likely the buscones (Dominican trainers/agents) will get squeezed out, but the sport will continue to grow.  ESPN (subscriber only)


The international free agent world meets the extreme drug scene.  Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and current buscone Arias Castillo is being held in jail after being found with cocaine and guns in his truck.  Castillo's career was gradually picking up as he helped several players get signed by major league organizations recently.  Sports Illustrated


Other Organizations' Prospects


Colorado Rockies DSL pitcher Jose Belen was suspended 50-games for a failed drug test.  MiLB Official Site


The Cleveland Indians have voided the contracts of Dominicans Steve Lebron, Manuel Boscan, and Jeffry Ceto after all three failed drug tests.  The Indians are planning on implementing their own testing.  Listin Diario


Haitian outfielder Joel Cayot Gaillard, who signed with the Houston Astros, is still waiting for the MLB to verify his age and identity.  MLB says it does not have the staff to do the background check and Gaillard can not play or even get paid until this all happens.  Listin Diario


International Free Agents


The Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Colorado Rockies all reportedly have some interest in Dominican shortstop Luis Marte, who is currently playing in the Dominican Prospect League.  Dominican Prospect League Official Site


The Dominican Prospect League is posting up summaries and videos of some of the top players in the league.  Currently up: outfielder Edwin Moreno, shortstop Esteilon Peguero, third baseman Hector Veloz, left-handed pitcher Geronimo Fransua, centerfielder Yoel Araujo, centerfielder Kelvin Vizcaino, and shortstop Jean Carlos BatistaDomincan Prospect League Scouts Corner


The Dominican Prospect League has decided to extend their regular season beginning on April 7th and running through June 2nd.  Dominican Prospect League Official Site


20 plus scouts came out to see Cubans Jose Julio Ruiz and Yadil Mujica for their first workouts since hiring new agents.


Nine Spanish prospects have been invited to a ten-day training camp at Tenerife.  Three members of the Atlanta Braves scouting department will be on hand to evaluate the players.  Mister Baseball


Venezuelan League


The Caribes de Anzoategui have decided not to bring back manager Omar Malave for the 2010-11 season.  Comandante del Beisbol


The Tigres de Aragua traded Luis Rodriguez (Indians) to Tiburones de La Guaira for Luis Hernandez (Royals).  Rodriguez has continued to publicly criticize Aragua manager Buddy BaileyEl Universal


Korean Baseball Organization


22-year old Korean left fielder Kim Hyun-Soo said he would like to one day play with Albert Pujols (St. Louis), as he took questions in a recent interview for Naver.  Hyun-Soo is considered one of the top players in the league, having collected two batting titles and two gold gloves in the last two seasons he's played.  Kim is under contract with the Doosan Bears for the next three seasons, but for the right price his contract can be bought. 


Former Cardinals


Wilmer Alvarado (Former Quad Cities), Juan Lucena (Former Springfield), and Jonathan Sivira (Former Quad Cities) are representing Venezuela in the South American Games.  Baseball World


Javier Colina (Former Memphis) signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.  He played for Monteria in the Colombian League this past winter.


Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan League named John Tamargo (Former St. Louis) their manager for the 2010-11 season.  Tamargo currently manages the Clinton Lumber Kings, a Seattle Mariners' Single-A minor league club.  Comandante del Beisbol


Kelvin Jimenez (Former St. Louis) was named opening day starter for Doosan in the Korean Baseball Organization.  He pitched five innings and allowed four hits, two runs, one walk, and struck out three for the winning decision.  (p-s:99-67)  True Stories Of Korean Baseball


New South Whales Patriots' Wayne Lundgren (Former Palm Beach) won the 2010 Helms Award awarded to Australia's top player.  He is the first pitcher to take home the award since 1986 and it has been handed out every year in Australia since 1962.  Australia Baseball


The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League sold the rights to Julio Manon (Former Johnson City) to the Newark Bears.  He was the closer for Azucareros in the Dominican League during the regular season, later pitched for Magallanes in the Venezuelan League playoffs, and joined Escogido (Dominican) for the Caribbean Series.


The Somerset Patriots signed Josh Pressley to a contract for the 2010 season.  Pressley played for Estrellas in the Dominican League this past winter.


Olmecas de Tabasco of the Triple-A Mexican League signed Matt Perisho to a contract for the 2010 season.  He was released by Acereros de Monclova during spring camp.


So Taguchi (Former St. Louis) hit a homer run for Orix as the team lost 6-2 in the NBP. Japan Ball


The Yuma Scorpions of the independent Golden Baseball League signed Bill Pulsipher to a contract for the 2010 season.  Pulsipher pitched in the starting rotation for Arecibo of the Puerto Rican League and later joined Mayaguez for the Caribbean Series. Baseball World


Juan Mosquera (Former GCL) is playing for Panama Metro in the Panama League Playoffs:

Mar. 23: Started at second base and batted ninth.  1-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, and one error.

Mar. 24: Started at second base and batted ninth.  0-for-3 at the plate.

Mar. 25: Started at third base and batted ninth.  0-for-3 at the plate.

Mar. 26: Started in the outfield and batted eighth.  1-for-2 at the plate.

Mar. 28: Entered late in the game at third base.  0-for-1 at the plate.


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

Mar 23: Entered in the fourth and pitched two-thirds of an inning.  He allowed no hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck one out.

Mar. 25: Entered in the fifth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk.


Panama Metro is currently 4-5 and in first place in the Group A Division.


No stat updates on Edgard Montiel (Former DSL) from last week.  Managua is currently 16-16 and tied for third in the Nicaraguan National Championship Group B Division.


Fabian Marquez (Former Johnson City) has made four starts posting an 0-4 record and 6.30 ERA.  He's allowed 25 hits, 23 runs (14 earned), 22 walks, hit seven batters, threw four wild pitches, and struck out 23 over 20 innings.  The CB Viladecans are 2-6 and ninth in the ten-team Spanish League.


Ivan Bellazetin (Former MiLB Spring Invite) has played in six games going 4-for-20 (.200) with one double, two RBIs, five total bases, four runs, four strikeouts, .200 OBP, .250 SLG, and .450 OPS.  Mintitlan is 3-8 and tied for seventh in the Triple-A Mexican League Hidalgo Division. 


Hugo Castellanos (Former Memphis) has made seven relief appearances posting an 0-2 record and 3.52 ERA. He's allowed nine hits, four runs (three earned), one home run, one walk, and struck out three over 7.2 innings.  Monterrey is 6-5 and in third place in the Triple-A Mexican League Madero Division.


Iker Franco (Former Springfield) has played in 11 games going 9-for-43 (.209) with two doubles, one home run, six RBIs, 14 total bases, four runs, five walks, 11 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .292 OBP, .326 SLG, and .617 OPS.  Quintana Roo is 5-6 and tied for fifth in the Triple-A Mexican League Hidalgo Division.


D'Angelo Jimenez (Former Memphis) has played in 11 games going 12-for-44 (.273) with two doubnles, two home runs,  five RBIs, 11 runs, 20 total bases, seven walks, five strikeouts, .373 OBP, .455 SLG, and .827 OPS.  Yucatan is 6-5 and tied for third in the Triple-A Mexican League Hidalgo Division.


John Rodriguez (Former St. Louis) has played in 11 games going 4-for-41 (.098) with two home runs, three RBIs, five runs, ten total bases, four walks, six strikeouts, .213 OBP, .244 SLG, and .457 OPS.  Veracruz is 6-5 and tied for third in the Triple-A Mexican League Hidalgo Division.


Nerio Rodriguez (Former St. Louis) has made three starts posting a 2-1 record and 3.57 ERA.  He's allowed 15 hits, eight runs (seven earned), one home run, four walks, and struck out 11 over 17.2 innings.  Monclova is 5-6 and tied for fourth in the Triple-A Mexican League Madero Division.



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