DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week One

Josh Jones' weekly report on the 2010 Dominican Summer League Cardinals and a recap of the many changes since last season ended.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals opened the 2010 season winning their first three games, but lost the last two.  The team is 3-2 and tied for first in the four-team Santo Domingo North Division.  They are 2-1 at home and 1-1 on the road.


The Cardinals hosted the Athletics in the opening game of the 2010 season.  The Cardinals jumped all over the A's scoring all six of their runs in the first four frames.  The A's put one on the board in the third, but the Redbirds bullpen was able to shut them down for the last six innings.  Luis Perez had a double and drove in two runs.  Willy Paulino pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings.


The Cardinals away game at the Mariners was postponed due to rain.


The Cardinals welcomed in the Brewers in the next game and attacked early.  The Redbirds had a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth when they added another three runs over the next two innings.  The bullpen again had another strong outing only giving up two hits and one run in the last six innings.  Andres Beras has a double and RBI.  Stalyn Lopez struck out seven of twelve batters faced over three scoreless innings of relief.


The Cardinals went on the road to face the Athletics for the second time this period.  The Cardinals stung the A's scoring first and often.  The Redbirds had the first two runs on the board by the end of the second and racked up the runs in the late innings.  They played two in the fifth, five in the sixth, and one more in the seventh.  The Cardinals won 10-3 over the A's.  Rafael Medina had the team's first home and two RBIs, while Andres Beras had the team's first triple and three RBIs.  Bryan Martinez tossed four scoreless in his first start.


The Cardinals had their second game of the week postponed due to rain, this time a home contest vs. the Mariners.


The Cardinals then went on the road to visit the Brewers in the next game.  The Redbirds scored first, but not as much like previous games.  The Brewers had a 3-2 lead when the Cardinals made a small comeback, but came up short 5-4.  Luis Perez his his first home run of the season, a two-run shot.  Carlos Matias pitched three scoreless in his second start.


The Cardinals invited the Athletics over in the finale of this period.  The A's were the ones this time to do the scoring.  The A's jumped out in front 3-0 and the Redbirds tied it up in the fifth, but were slapped in the sixth with six runs.  The Redbirds comeback came up short as they plated two more in the eighth and ninth.  The Athletics won 9-5, taking advantage of walks.  Ronard Castillo legged out his first triple of the season.  Daniel Barbuena and Fernando Baez each added two RBIs.



Individual Highlights


Luis Perez is riding a four-game hitting streak into the next week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-11 with one double, one home run, six RBIs, six runs, six walks, one hit by pitch, one sac fly, three strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played all four games behind the plate throwing out 4-of-5 attempting base runners.


Rafael Medina began the season with a four-game hitting streak that was broken up in the last contest.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-20 (.350) with two doubles, one home run, two RBIs, six runs, three walks, and four strikeouts.  He played four games at third base (one throwing and one fielding error) and one at first.


Daniel Barbuena has collected a hit in four his his five games played.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 6-for-19 (.316) with one double, three RBIs, four runs, one walk, one stolen base, and four strikeouts.  He played all five games at shortstop where he helped turn two double plays and committed one fielding and throwing error (both errors in same game).


Jorge Lopez will carry a five-game on base streak on into the next week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-17 (.294) with two RBIs, four runs, three walks, one stolen base, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.  He played three games at first base (assisted in three double plays) and two at third (assisted in one double play).


Andres Beras also has a five-game on base streak to work with in the coming week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-18 (.278) with one double, one triple, four RBIs, two runs, three walks, one hit by pitch,one stolen base, and eight strikeouts.  He played three games in right field, one between both center and left field, and one at first base (assisting in two double plays).


Carlos Matias made two good starts for the Cardinals this past week.  The 18-year old right-handed was called on to be the opening day starter.  He tossed three innings allowing two hits, one earned run, committed one pickoff error, and striking out six.  On June 4th, Matias tossed three scoreless innings giving up two hits, three walks, hit one batter, committed one throwing error, struck out three, and picked off one.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 7-to-2 in both starts.


Bryan Martinez didn't allow a single run in his only start of the week.  The 19-year old right-hander tossed four scoreless on June 2, giving up one hit, two walks, and striking out four.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-1.


Stalyn Lopez struck out a current team season-high seven in his only relief appearance.  The 18-year old left-hander was called for duty on June 1st and pitched three hitless and scoreless only allowing three walks for the winning decision.


Arturo Toribio has made two relief appearances without allowing an earned run.  The 18-year old tossed 2.1 scoreless innings on May 29th giving up one hit and striking out one.  He then pitched three innings allowing no hits, one unearned run, three walks, and struck out four.  He kept both inherited runners on base and had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-6.


Willy Paulino earned a win and loss in both his appearances this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander made his 2010 on May 29th tossing 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up four hits, and striking out three for the winning decision.  On June 4th, Paulino allowed one hit, one unearned run, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one for the losing decision.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 8-to-2 in both games.





Jesus Montero, Luis Pimentel, Juan Castillo (banned for one-year from States for failed PED test), Wader Perez, Roberto Reyes, Oscar Taveras, Yorbel Alcala, Charllan Jimenez, Alejandro Pinard, Starlin Rodriguez, and Adriano Uribe were all invited to extended spring camp. 


Michael Avila, Santo Sandoval, Marcos Martinez, Keury Herrera, Ramon Urena, and Juan Mercedes were all released.


Pedro Pena, Braulio Hiraldo, and Jefferson Segundo were all placed on the restricted list.


Rosalin Rudecindo is serving a 50-game suspension for a failed performance-enhancing drug test.


Ronny Gil (formerly Grabiel Hernandez) is serving a one-year ban after a failed background check.


Luis Polanco made first professional trip to the mound on June 5th.  The 19-year old right-hander allowed one hit, two runs (one earned), three walks, and struck out one for the losing decision.  He originally began his tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher and under the name Jeudis Polanco.


Christian Concepcion returned to the hill on June 5th after missing the entire 2009 season due to injury.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched one inning allowing one hit, no runs, three walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.


Amauris Capellan, who is said to be having some back issues, made his professional debut on June 4th.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter entered in the bottom of the ninth in left field and didn't have a ball hit his way.


Cristian Mateo was signed on October 28th and was released sometime shortly after.  He was listed as a 5'11", 165 pound, switch-hitting infielder, who throws right-handed out of Santo Domingo, DR.  Mateo failed a background check and will have to serve a mandatory one-year suspension if signed by another team.


Wagner Mateo was assigned to the DSL Diamondbacks and Eddy Rivera returned after a one-year suspension to now pitch with the DSL Padres.



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .252 with a .374 OBP (8th), .374 SLG (5th), and .748 OPS (6th).  The team ranks second (tied) in home runs, sixth in triples, eighth in walks, and tenth (tied) in strikeouts.  All others stats fall into the middle of the pack.


The Cardinals pitching has a 2.44 ERA (7th) and 1.53 WHIP.  The Redbirds one of the best top ten teams when it comes to hits allowed, runs allowed, earned runs, and home runs allowed.  They are however ranked third (tied) in walks but eighth in strikeouts.


Luis Perez is tied for eighth in batting average, tied for tenth in runs, tied for fifth in home runs, tied for ninth in RBIs, tied for sixth in walks,second in OBP, fourth in SLG, and third in OPS.

Rafael Medina is tied for tenth in runs and tied for fifth in home runs.

Andres Beras and Ronard Castillo are tied, with others, for fifth in triples.

Carlos Matias is tied for tenth in strikeouts.

Ariel Gonzalez is tied for sixth in saves.

Delvi Rodriguez and Luis Mata are tied, with others, for first in holds.



Up Next (Overall, vs. Cardinals)


June 6: Off Day

June 7: @ Mariners (2-3, 0-0)

June 8: Brewers (2-3, 1-1)

June 9: @ Athletics (3-2, 1-2)

June 10: Mariners (2-3, 0-0)

June 11: @ Brewers (2-3, 1-1)

June 12: Athletics (3-2, 1-2)



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