VSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 5

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals had a .500 week this period but are still in last place.

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals were looking at a very long week ahead on Sunday June 13th, but rain saved them from playing three games.  The Cardinals played five of their eight scheduled games, going 2-2-1.  The Redbirds are now 9-15-1 and sit in last place, six and a half games out of first place.  They have a 6-8 record at home and 3-7-1 on the road.


The Cardinals' first three games of this period were postponed due to rain - a doubleheader vs. the Pirates and a road game against the Rays.


The Cardinals hosted the Tigers on June 15th in what was supposed to be the second doubleheader on their schedule.  Deimer Bier was dominant, striking out six and holding the Tigers scoreless for six innings.  Anderson Gerdel complimented Bier by giving up no runs in the final inning of the game for the save.  The Cardinals hitters didn't get to swinging in this game, only connecting for three hits but pulled off the win, 1-0.  Breyvic Valera had a double and drove in the only run for the team.


In the second game between the Cardinals and Tigers, the Redbirds plated four after the Tigers put one on the board to start the contest.  The Tigers would score another run in the third then tallied six more combined in the sixth and seventh innings.  The Cardinals tried to make a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, but came up short losing 8-6.  Marlon Sucre and Jem Argenal each had two RBIs.


The Cardinals went on the road to face the Phillies in the next game.  The Redbirds scored the first run, then both teams switched off leads before they were tied in the eighth.  Neither could get a run across in the final three and a half frames, leaving both to a tie in the record books.  Gerwuins Velazco had two hits and three walks, while Lainer Bueno and Jose Gomez each drove in one run.  Fermin Montanez started and pitched five scoreless and Douglas Planchart added another three hitless innings.


The Reds came to town to take on the Cardinals in the following game.  This game ended up being another pitcher run contest.  Combined, both teams only scored three runs with the Reds getting two of those.  Marlon Sucre had a double and RBI.  Ramon Ulacio allowed the only run over five innings.


The Cardinals then hosted the Mariners, and were winless against them until Saturday.  The Cardinals went on a rally in the fourth and fifth innings scoring a total of nine runs to the get the game going.  The M's tried to make a late comeback with one in the fifth and six in the seventh, but came up short losing 9-7.  Tharick Martines hit a three-run shot and Jhohan Acevedo added another three RBIs.  Dail Villanueva had a better start this time around only giving up one run over four innings.



Who's Hot


Marlon Sucre will have a four-game hitting streak to add onto during the next period.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-20 (.300) with two doubles, three RBIs, two runs, one walk, two sacrifices, and four strikeouts.  He played all five game in right field committing one fielding error.  The 2010 offseason free agent signing leads the team in doubles and is third in RBIs.


Gerwuins Velazco has a four-game on base and three-game hitting streak to work with.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-15 (.400) with one double, one RBI, three runs, four walks (one intentional), and three strikeouts.  He played three games behind the plate (throwing out 3-of-4 baserunners) and two as designated hitter.  The second-year VSL participant leads the team in home runs (tie) and RBIs.


Jem Argenal collected two multi-hit games in the past week.  The 18-year old left-handed hitter went 6-for-19 (.316) with two doubles, three RBIs, two runs, one walk, and three strikeouts.  He played two games in left field, two at first base, and one between both positions.  The second-year VSL participant is tied for the team lead in triples and home runs, and second in RBIs and total bases.


Fermin Montanez extended his scoreless starts to two.  The 19-year old right-hander made his latest start on June 16th.  He tossed five scoreless innings, allowing five hits, one walk, hit one batter, one balk, struck two out, and picked two runners off for a no decision.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 6-to-5.  The second-year VSL participant leads all starters with a 2.74 ERA and is second with a 1.13 WHIP.


Deimer Bier picked up his second win in his second scoreless start.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched on June 15th giving up only one hit, hitting one batter, and striking out six.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-4.  The third-year VSL participant has struck out five or more in his last four starts and leads the team in strikeouts and WHIP.


Douglas Planchart also extended his scoreless streak to two appearances.  The 18-year old right-hander was called in during the June 16th contest.  He pitched three relief innings, allowing no hits or runs, walking one, and striking out three.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 4-to-2.  The rookie hurler is second on the team with 18 strikeouts.



Who's Not


Jose Gomez has struck out nine times to his eight hits in the last ten games.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-13 (.231) with one RBI, one run, two walks, and five strikeouts.  He played two games at catcher (allowed two stolen bases) and two as designated hitter.


Alberth Almeida made a good spot start for the team, but was thumped when he returned to the bullpen.  The 18-year old right-hander made his first start of the season on June 15th, allowing three hits, two runs (one earned), hit two batters, and struck out two over four innings.  He then made a relief appearance on June 19th and coughed up six hits, five earned runs, one home run, and threw one wild pitch over 2.1 innings.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 10-to-7 and kept his only inherited runner on base.


Geudy Guerra didn't get a great welcome back after returning to action on June 15th.  The 16-year old right-hander gave up three hits and two earned runs over a third of an inning.  He did earn the hold for that game and had been out since May 24th.


Jackson Solarte made it two rough appearances in a row.  The newly turned 20-year old right-hander made his latest relief outing on June 15th.  He pitched one inning allowing two hits, three earned runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.  The third-year VSL participant had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-0 and let his only inherited runner score.



The Happenings


Jose Martinez and John De Aguas still have yet to make appearances this season.


Correction: Angelo Echeverria was not activated from the disabled list. Jhonatan Escudero pitched instead on June 16th.


Edubray Ramos has been out since May 18th, Jose Perez since June 2nd, and Kevin Cueto since June 4th, Silfredo Garcia since June 12th (due to rain).  Hayrich Martina has played in only one game (June 18th) since May 31st.


Current Rotation: Deimer Bier, Fermin Montanez, Ramon Ulacio, Dail Villanueva (replaced Jose Perez), and Silfredo Garcia.


Baseball America's Ben Badler tweets that the Seattle Mariners are expected to sign Colombian right-handed pitcher Jose Tores for $800,000 when the July 2nd international period begins.  Badler also posts that the Toronto Blue Jays have a similar agreement in place with Venezuelan right-handed pitcher Adonis Cardona, but for $2.8 million.  The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals are in the hunt for Colombian switch-hitting third baseman Pedro Perez and the Colorado Rockies are keeping an eye on Venezuelan left-hander Jose Tovar.


Vicente Campos (Former Cardinals MiLB signing) has made five starts posting a 3-0 record, 2.22 ERA, and one complete game shut out.  He's allowed 15 hits, eight runs (six earned), six walks, and struck out 27 over 24.1 innings.



Venezuelan Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .249 (6th) with a .335 OBP (6th), .332 SLG (5th), and .667 OPS (6th).  The team is second in strikeouts; third in runs scored, doubles, RBIs (tied), and walks; tied for fourth in home runs; and fifth in hits and total bases.


The Cardinals have a 4.85 ERA (7th) and 1.42 WHIP (tied for 4th) on the season.  The team is first in shutouts (tied), earned runs, and hit batters; second in hits allowed and runs allowed; and fourth in walks (tied) and strikeouts.


Breyvic Valera is tied for third in batting average, second in runs, tied for second in hits, tied for third in doubles, tied for sixth in triples, third in total bases, fourth in OBP, sixth in SLG, and fifth in OPS.

Lainer Bueno is ninth in runs and second in walks.

Marlon Sucre is second in doubles and tied for tenth in RBIs.

Gerwuins Velazco is tied for seventh in doubles, tied for fifth in home runs, fourth in RBIs, tied for ninth in total bases, and tied for fifth in walks.

Jem Argenal is tied for tenth in doubles, tied for sixth in triples, tied for fifth in home runs, and eighth in total bases.

Limbert Rivas is tied for eighth in walks.

Fermin Montanez is eighth in ERA, seventh in innings pitched, and eighth in WHIP.

Deimer Bier is tied for third in wins, tied for tenth in innings pitched, tied for third in strikeouts, and second in WHIP.

Silfredo Garcia is tied for first in complete games.

Anderson Gerdel and Ismael Brito are tied, with others, for ninth in saves.

Kender Villegas is tied for ninth in saves, tied for seventh in holds, tied for seventh in game finishes.

Ramon Ulacio is tied for fifth in innings pitched.

Douglas Planchart is tied for eighth in strikeouts.

Jhonatan Escudero is tied for seventh in holds and tied for seventh in game finishes.

Geudy Guerra is tied for seventh in holds.



Up Next (Overall, vs. Cardinals)


June 20: Doubleheader @ Pirates (13-8, 0-1)

June 21: Rays (13-12, 3-1)

June 22: @ Tigers (11-14, 2-3)

June 23: Phillies (11-12-1, 2-2-1)

June 24: off day

June 25: @ Reds (14-14, 4-1)

June 26: @ Mariners (15-11, 4-1)



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