DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week Two

Josh Jones' weekly report on the Dominican Summer League Cardinals, just a half game out of first place.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals looked at a tough schedule which included two doubleheaders during a six-day work week.  The Cardinals went 4-3 during this period, bringing their record to 7-5 and a half game out of first place.  The team is 5-1 at home and 2-4 on the road.


The Cardinals visited the Mariners for the first game of a doubleheader.  The Redbirds struck first putting three runs on the board in the first inning.  The M's made a slow comeback to come within one run, but the Cards slammed the door shut with five in the ninth and took advantage of errors committed.   The Cardinals won the first game 10-4.  Robelys Reyes had four hits, one home run, and drove in four runs.  Luis Mata struck out five of 13 batters faced.


The two teams then switched home and visitor in the second game.  The Cardinals again plated three runs in the first and that was all the runs scored during the game.  Willy Paulino and Hansel De Los Santos combined for seven innings, four hits, no runs, two walks, and eight strikeouts.  Amauris Capellan had two hits and two RBIs.


The next game was postponed for the Cardinals and Brewers.


The Athletics hosted the Cardinals next.  The A's scored two runs in three separate innings, while the Cardinals tried their best to stay close.  Errors cost the Redbirds a chance to remain within reach late in the game as the Athletics won 7-4.  Delvi Rodriguez struck out five batters in relief.


The Cardinals visited the Mariners in the first game of a second doubleheader for the team.  The M's did the striking first scoring three runs in the first two innings, then shutting down the Redbirds offense.  The Cardinals managed one run in the third, but couldn't get anything going after.  The Mariners won 3-1.  Arturo Toribio struck out six of 16 batters faced.


The Cardinals and Mariners flip flopped roles in the second game.  The Redbirds plated five runs over the third and fourth innings, taking advantage of Mariners errors.  Carlos Matias, Luis Polanco, and Addelin Ceballo combined for seven innings, three hits, no runs, three walks, and 11 strikeouts.  Andres Beras had a double and two RBIs.


The Brewers welcomed in the Cardinals in the second-to-last game of the week.  The Brewers held onto a 3-0 lead until the Redbirds crossed home three times in the sixth.  Both teams added a run each in the seventh, but the Brewers plated the winner in the bottom of the ninth (on a hit by pitch). 


In the final game of this period the Cardinals played host to the Athletics.  The A's had the lead at 2-1 until the Redbirds scored two in the fifth.  The Cardinals then scored another in the eighth and won 4-2.  No errors were committed by either team.  Daniel Barbuena had three hits, a double, and one RBI.  Delvi Rodriguez struck out seven of 12 batters.



Who's Hot


Robelys Reyes has connected for a hit in seven of his ten games played including a four-hit and four-RBI game during this period.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 9-for-17 (.529) with one double, one home run, four RBIs, seven runs, three walks, two stolen bases, and two strikeouts.  He played two games at shortstop (assisted in one double play) and four at second base (assisted in one double play).


Eduardo Celestino has a six-game hit and seven-game on base streak to carry over into the next week.  The 17-year old left-handed hitter went 9-for-21 (.429) with one double, one RBI, three runs, four walks, three stolen bases, one strikeout, grounded into one double play, and one caught stealing.  The November 24, 2009 signee played all six games in left field and had one outfield assist.


Carlos Matias has not allowed runs in his two starts, spanning seven innings.  The 18-year old right-hander started on June 10th, pitching four scoreless innings and allowing one hit, committing one throwing error, and striking out six.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 2-to-2.


Arturo Toribio has not allowed an earned run in his three appearances this season, spanning 9.2 innings.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on for relief on June 10th.  He gave up three hits, one unearned run, and struck out a season-high six.  The October 28, 2009 signee had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-4 and kept both inherited runners on base.


Delvi Rodriguez took over the team lead in strikeouts with both his performances this past week.  The 19-year old left-hander made his first relief appearance on June 9th pitching 3.2 innings and allowing two hits, three unearned runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out five.  Then on June 12th he was called on and tossed three scoreless innings giving up two hits, one walk, and striking out a season-high seven.  The November 25, 2008 signee had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-1 and kept all three inherited runners on base during the two outings.



Who's Not


Luis Perez will look to put an end to his three-game hitless streak.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-15 (.133) with one double, one RBI, three runs, four walks, one hit by pitch, and two strikeouts.  The August 20, 2009 signee played four games behind the plate (one passed ball, allowed one stolen base, and threw one runner out), one game at first base, and two as a pinch hitter.


Andres Beras has a two-game hitless streak to work on ending in the next week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-12 (.083) with one double, three RBIs, one run, four walks, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, three strikeouts, grounded into one double play, and one caught stealing.  The July 2, 2007 signee played two games in right field, two as designated hitter, and one at first base.


Jose Pena is still having trouble seeing the ball, much like last season.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-19 (.158) with one RBI, two runs, one sacrifice, five strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  The December 10, 2008 signee played all five games in right field, having two outfield assists and committing one fielding error.


Stalyn Lopez couldn't get into the fourth inning in either of his starts this past week.  The 18-year old left-hander made his first start on June 7th, pitching just one inning (nine batters) and allowing no hits, two earned runs, five walks, hit one batter, and striking out one.  In his next start, Lopez made it through three innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, three walks, threw three wild pitches, and struck one out.  The April 7, 2009 signee had a ground to-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-3 during those appearances.


Christian Concepion showed signs of what we all saw in 2008.  The 20-year old right-hander was called on for a spot start on June 10th.  He lasted six batters giving up no hits, two earned runs, four walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out for the losing decision (0-1).  The June 12, 2008 signee had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 0-to-1.



The Happenings


Eduard Estalis made his 2010 debut on June 11th, hitting a batter with the bases loaded in the ninth and costing the DSL Cardinals the game.


Victor Encanacion made his 2010 debut on June 10th.  He has played in two games going 0-for-1 at the plate.


On Sunday (6-13-10) mornings 550 KTRS, Jeff Luhnow visited with John Marecek and told him the investigation by MLB into Carlos Matias' background is not done yet.  Luhnow said they are optimistic it will check out and hope to have the righty in the States sometime in July.


Alejandro Pinard was released from extended spring training during the week.  Pinard pitched three seasons for the DSL Cardinals between 2007-09.  He made 49 appearances (17 starts) posting a 12-10 record, 3.71 ERA, one save, and three complete games. 


Here is a video taken by former Baseball Prospectus writer Kiley McDaniel on Dominican outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz.  He will be available to sign when the July 2nd signing period roles around in a couple weeks.  The St. Louis Cardinals are rumored to be interested.

Wagner Mateo (Former Free Agent Signing-Diamondbacks) has played in 12 games going 10-for-44 (.227) with four doubles, one triple, one home run, ten RBIs, 19 total bases, ten runs, eight walks, three stolen bases, ten strikeouts, one caught stealing, .346 OBP, .432 SLG, and .778 OPS.

Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinal-Padres) has made four appearances (one start) posting an 0-1 record and 12.86 ERA.  He's allowed six hits, ten earned runs, ten walks, and struck six out over seven innings. 



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .232 (14th) with a .362 OBP (t-7th), .314 SLG (t-15th), and .676 OPS (11th).  The team is tied for eighth in walks and rank middle of the pack to lower end of the league in all other batting stats.


The Cardinals have a 2.51 ERA (t-3rd) and 1.43 WHIP (t-19th) on the season.  The team ranks third in strikeouts (tied), fourth in walks allowed, tied for ninth in shutouts and holds, but also are one on the better teams in hits allowed, runs allowed, and earned runs.


Rafael Medina is tied for seventh in runs.

Luis Perez is eighth in OBP.

Ariel Gonzalez is tied for sixth in saves.

Delvi Rodriguez, Luis Mata, and Eduardo Hiraldo are tied with others for eighth in holds.



Up Next


June 13: Off Day

June 14: Athletics (8-5, 2-3)

June 15: @ Mariners (4-8, 1-3)

June 16: Brewers (5-6, 2-1)

June 17: @ Athletics (8-5, 2-3)

June 18: Mariners (4-8, 1-3)

June 19: @ Brewers (5-6, 2-1)



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