DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 3

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals stormed into first place this past week based on a 5-2 showing.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals went 5-2 during this period including winning four straight before going down in the last game.  The Cardinals are 12-7 and two and half games ahead in first place in the Santo Dominigo North Division.  They are 9-1 at home and 6-4 on the road.


The Cardinals opened the week hosting the Athletics.  The A's scored first but the Redbirds plated three in the first innings.  The Cardinals then added three in the third, four in the fourth, and slammed the door shut with three in the eighth.  The A's could only manage three more runs in the final six frames as they lost 13-4.  Bryan Martinez struck out nine over five innings.  Jorge Lopez had a triple and three RBIs, Andres Beras had a double and two RBIs, and Luis Perez came through with a double and two RBIs.


The Mariners welcomed in the Cardinals in the next game.  The Redbirds outhit the M's but couldn't get the runners across the plate.  The Mariners had their own troubles scoring but broke through in the sixth and seventh innings and shut out the Cardinals 4-0.  Willy Paulino tossed five scoreless innings.


The Brewers visited the Cardinals for a doubleheader in the following games.  Carlos Matias and Ariel Gonzalez combined for seven innings, two hits, no runs, and seven strikeouts.  The Cardinals scored all four of their runs in the third for a 4-0 victory.  Jose Pena had three hits and drove in two runs.


The Brewers and Cardinals went into extras in the second game of the doubleheader.  The Redbirds had a 2-1 lead until the Brewers plated one in the sixth and both teams went scoreless for the next five frames.  The Cardinals came through with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th.  The Redbirds scored all three of the runs on the five errors committed by the Brew Crew.  Addelin Ceballo was left in for an extensive five innings of relief to round out the game and allowed no runs.


The Cardinals visited the Athletics for their second go-around during this period.  The Redbirds would score first in the third but the A's tied it up in the fourth frame.  Both teams went scoreless for the next three innings and the Cardinals crossed the winning run in the eighth for the 2-1 victory.  Hansel De Los Santos picked up the win and Arturo Toribio earned the save as they combined for three innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, and two strikeouts in relief.  Luis Perez and Ronard Castillo each drove in a run.


The Cardinals then hosted the Mariners for their second meeting during the week.  The M's scored three runs in the second and their starter held the Cardinals to three hits and no runs, while striking out ten.  It wasn't until the eighth that the Redbirds were able to get to the Mariners, through their bullpen.  The Cardinals pulled off the comeback win in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.  Daniel Barbuena had three hits, a double, and one RBI.  Luis Polanco finished off the game with one and a third scoreless innings for the winning decision.


The Cardinals rounded out the week with third game against the Brewers, this time on the road.  The Cardinals struck first and had a comfortable lead of 8-3 heading into the eighth.  The Brew Crew ran through four Cardinals pitchers in the final three frames and scored six runs for the 9-8 win.  Bryan Martinez struck out 11 over six innings.  Rafael Medina drove in three runs and Fernando Baez knocked in two.



Who's Hot


Daniel Barbuena is riding a nine-game hitting streak.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 11-for-22 (.500) with four doubles, one RBI, six runs, six walks, one stolen base, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played one game at third base (assisted in one double play) and five games at shortstop (assisted in two double plays and committed one fielding error).  The rookie DSL participant leads the team in hits, doubles, total bases, and batting average.


Ronard Castillo has a nine-game on base and four-game hitting streak to work on in the next period.  The newly-turned 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-15 (.333) with four RBIs, three runs, six walks, two stolen bases, and one strikeout.  He played two games in right, two in left field, and one as designated hitter.  The rookie DSL participant leads the team in OBP, SLG, OPS, and is second for second in walks.


Luis Perez collected two multi-hit games this past week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-21 (.333) with two doubles, one triple, five RBIs, six runs, one walk, one stolen base, one sac fly, and four strikeouts.  He played four games at catcher (committed one throwing error and threw out one of three runners), two games at first base, and one game between the two positions.  The second-year DSL participant leads the team in runs scored, home runs (tied), RBIs, and walks (tied).


Robelys Reyes has a two-game hitting streak and had two multi-hit games.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 7-for-24 (.292) with one double, four runs, four walks, two stolen bases, one sacrifice, five strikeouts, and two caught stealing.  He played two games at shortstop and five games at second base (assisted in two double plays).  The rookie DSL participant leads the team in stolen base, tied for the lead in walks, and is second in runs scored and total bases.


Angel Tapia made his second straight start where he went five innings or more.  The 20-year old right-hander started on June 17th pitching six innings and allowing three hits, one earned run, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out five.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 7-to-6.  The second-year DSL participant is tied for the team lead in innings pitched.


Bryan Martinez sat batters down in his latest two starts.  The 19-year old right-hander started on June 14th giving up two hits, two earned runs, three walks, hit two batters, threw two wild pitches, and struck out nine over five innings for his first winning decision (1-0) of the season.  He then pitched again on June 19th allowing six hits, three earned runs, hit two batters, threw one wild pitch, and struck out 11 over six innings.  Martinez had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-5.  The second-year DSL participant leads the team in strikeouts and tied for innings pitched.


Carlos Matias has now pitched three consecutive scoreless outings.  The 18-year old right-hander tossed six scoreless innings on June 16th allowing just two hits, hitting tow batters, and striking out six for his first winning decision (1-0) of the season.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-4.  The rookie DSL participant has struck out six in three of his four starts, leads all starters in WHIP, and is second in strikeouts.


Willy Paulino has not allowed a run in his only two starts of the season.  The soon-to-turn 20-year old right-hander pitched five scoreless innings on June 15th giving up two hits, three walks, and striking out three.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 8-to-3.  The second-year DSL participant has not given up an earned run in all four outing he has pitched this year. 


Addelin Ceballo came through in relief for the DSL Cardinals this past week.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on for the June 16th contest and tossed five scoreless innings allowing three hits, one walk, hit two batters, and struck one out for the winning decision (2-0).  He had a ground out -to-fly out ratio of 5-to-8.  The rookie DSL participant has only given up one earned run in his ten innings pitched this season and could be making a strong case for a rotation spot as the year goes on.


Hansel De Los Santos extended hit scoreless streak to 4.2 innings as he made two relief appearances this past week.  The 18-year old right-hander was called into action on June 14th and pitched 1.1 innings giving up no hits or runs and striking three out.  Then on June 17th he was once again summoned to pitch another 1.1 innings.  De Los Santos allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, hit two batters, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out for his first winning decision (1-0).  He had a combined ground out-to-fly ratio of 1-to-3 and kept his only inherited runner on base.



The Happenings


Jose Agustin has been out since June 12th, Andres Beras since June 15th, and Amauris Capellan since June 16th.


Anthony De La Cruz made his 2010 debut for the DSL Cardinals on June 14th.  He pitched 2.2 innings allowing four hits, two earned runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.


Cuban right-handed pitcher Yuniesky Maya was cleared to sign with major league teams.  The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, and New York Yankees are showing the most interest.


The Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, and Arizona Diamondbacks are all showing interest in Dominican outfielder Wilmer Romero.


Baseball America's Ben Badler says that the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in Dominican third baseman Elvis Sanchez.  Scouts say Alberto Triunfel is much better at the shortstop position than his older brother, Mariners' property Carlos Triunfel.


Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal posted that the Minnesota Twins are in on Dominican outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz.  He says that the Twins, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers are interested in Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero and the Twins, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves are in the hunt for Panamanian shortstop Carlos Martinez.


Wagner Mateo (Former MiLB Signing-Diamondbacks) has played in 17 games going 15-for-62 (.242) with seven doubles, one triple, one home run, 14 RBIs, 27 total bases, 12 runs, ten walks, five stolen bases, 15 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .347 OBP, .435 SLG, and .783 OPS.


Eddy Rivera (Former VSL Cardinal-Padres) has made eight appearances (one start) posting an 0-1 record, 7.94 ERA, and two saves.  He's allowed six hits, ten earned runs, 11 walks, and struck out 13 over 11.1 innings.



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .233 (t-14th) with a .368 OBP (6th), .309 SLG (15th), and .677 OPS (11th).  The team is third in walks, and tied for tenth in runs scored and stolen bases.  They rank middle of the pack in all other offensive statistics.


The Cardinals pitching has a 2.82 ERA (8th) and 1.31 WHIP (16th).  The team is second in strikeouts, tied for third in wins, tied for fourth in hit batters, sixth in walks, tied for seventh in shut outs, and tied for tenth in saves.  The team ranks as one of the better teams in hits allowed, runs allowed, and earned runs.


Daniel Barbuena is ninth in batting average, tied for sixth in doubles, and tenth in OBP.

Luis Perez is tied for fifth in runs.

Robelys Reyes is tied for tenth in runs.

Bryan Martinez is tied for fourth in strikeouts.

Carlos Matias is fourth in WHIP.



Up Next (Overall, vs. Cardinals)


June 21: Athletics (9-10, 2-5)

June 22: @ Mariners (9-9, 2-4)

June 23: Brewers (7-11, 3-3)

June 24: @ Athletics (9-10, 2-5)

June 25: Mariners (9-9, 2-4)

June 26: @ Brewers (7-11, 3-3)

June 27: Off Day



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