DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 4

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals remain in first place after a 2-3 week.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals had a very slow week, winning their first and last games for this period along with a couple of rainouts and a three-game losing streak in between.  The Cardinals are 14-10 and have a one and half game lead over the second place Athletics.  The team is 11-2 at home and 3-8 on the road.


The Cardinals opened this week's schedule hosting the Athletics.  The Redbirds scored three runs in the first and that was all the team needed to win the game, but they did add another in the sixth.   Willy Paulino and Luis Mata combined for nine innings allowing three hits, no runs, six walks, and nine strikeouts. 


The Cardinals' next game was on the road vs. the Mariners.  The game was started but was rained out after only a few innings before it could be considered an official game.  Carlos Matias tossed three scoreless innings giving up one hit, one walk, and striking out five. This game will be continued on Monday, June 28 with all previous stats counting.


The Cardinals' following game. hosting the Brewers, was also postponed.


The Cardinals and Athletics got in their second game of the week before rain cut it short after seven innings.  The Redbirds took an early lead at 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.  The A's went on a hitting spree and plated six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.  The Athletics would go onto add another in the seventh and held the Cardinals to just one run over the next three frames for the 8-4 win.  Jorge Lopez drove in two runs.


The Mariners visited the Cardinals in the next contest and shut down their offense.  Zeros went up on the scoreboard until the Mariners ran five across home plate in the fifth.  The Redbirds were unable to score until the bottom of the ninth and then it was too late as the M's held on to win 5-2.  Bryan Martinez tossed three scoreless and Hansel De La Santos finished off the game with six strikeouts and no runs over the last four innings.


The Brewers welcomed the Cardinals and added to the visitors' dreary week.  The Brewers scored first in the second then added on four more in the fifth and sixth innings before the Redbirds got on the board.  The Redbirds were held in check and lost 5-3.  Jose Pena legged out his first triple of the season and had one RBI.  Willy Paulino struck out eight over 4.2 innings.


In the second game of the doubleheader between the Brewers and Cardinals, the Redbirds finally ended the losing streak at three games.  This time the Cardinals plated the first run but the Brewers tied it up in the third.  The Redbirds showed a little spark scoring one in the fourth and two in the fifth.  Stalyn Lopez and Eduardo Estalis combined for seven innings, one hit, one run, five walks, and one strikeout. 



Who's Hot


Luis Perez picked up two multi-hit games in the past week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-13 (.385) with two RBIs, one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, and one stolen base.  He played three games at first base (one unassisted double play), one behind the plate (allowed two stolen bases), and one as pinch hitter.  Perez leads the team in SLG.


Robelys Reyes has a two-game multi-hit streak to work with in the next period.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 5-for-16 (.313) with one double, four runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, one sacrifice, and four strikeouts.  He played two games at second base (one throwing error), two at shortstop, and one at third base.  Reyes leads the team in runs scored, hits, home runs (tied), total bases, and stolen bases (tied).


Hansel De Los Santos extended his scoreless outings to four this past week.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on for relief in the June 25th contest.  He entered in the sixth innings and tossed four scoreless innings only giving up one hit and striking out a season-high six.  The rookie DSL participant had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-4.  De Los Santos has struck out 14 and walked three over 9.1 innings this season.

Luis Mata turned out his best season performance to date during this period.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched on June 21st allowing two hits, no runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out over three innings for his first career save.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-3.

Eduard Estalis is gradually getting back into the swing of things, showing us some of what he had in previous seasons.  The 21-year old right-hander was called on in the June 26th game and pitched three innings giving up one hit and no runs over three innings for the winning decision (1-0).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-4.



Who's Not


Amauris Capellan is slow to get started this season after a decent amount of hype about his signing over the offseason.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-14 (.143) with one double, one RBI, two runs, two walks, one sac fly, and two strikeouts.  He played two games in centerfield and two in right.


Victor Encarnacion has only collected two hits in 11 games he's played this season.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-10 (.100) with one run, two walks, two stolen bases, one sacrifice, and four strikeouts.  He played three games in centerfield and one at designated hitter. 


Victor Ferreira is currently riding a four-game hitless streak.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-10 (.000) with one stolen base and three strikeouts.  He played three games behind the plate (one passed ball, one throwing error, and threw out one of two base runners).


Addelin Ceballo had his worst outing of the season on June 25th.  The soon-to-turn 19-year-old gave up five hits, five runs (three earned), two walks, and struck one out over two innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-5.  The rookie DSL participant has pitched three scoreless outings out of his five appearances this year.


Victor De Leon was stung in his latest start of the season.  The 18-year old right-hander made his second start on June 24th pitching 3.1 innings and allowing five hits, five runs (four earned), two walks, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-5.  As a starter, De Leon has given up eight hits, six runs (five earned), one home run, three walks, and struck out two over 6.1 innings.



The Happenings


Andres Beras and Jean De La Cruz have not played since June 15th, Ariel Gonzalez since June 16th, Angel Tapia since June 17th, Luis Polanco since June 18th, and Arturo Toribio and Christian Concepcion since June 19th.  Many did not play due to weather. 


Jose Agustin made his return on June 24th after missing nearly two weeks.  He played in two games going 2-for-6 (.333) with one double, one run, grounded into one double play, and committed one fielding error during this period.


A pitcher the Cardinals had interest in during the offseason, Noel Arguelles, still has not pitched this season.  The Cuban left-hander has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis since spring training.


Former Cardinals player Brian Harper was named new skipper of Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican League.  Harper currently manages the San Francisco Giants A-Advanced ball club San Jose.


Raul Mondesi, Jr. signed a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.  Mondesi is the son of former MLB star and was playing in the Dominican Prospect League.


Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that Dominican right-hander Mauricio Cabrera is being eyed by the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves.


Cubans Adalberto Ibarra and Felix Perez finally received their visas to come into the United States.  Ibarra was picked up by the Boston Red Sox over the offseason.  Perez was playing for the DSL Reds while waiting and has been assigned to Single-A Lynchburg.


The Puerto Rican Winter League is considering moving Lobos de Arecibo to San Juan.  During the 2009-10 season, the owners had trouble paying players for short periods of time and still have not paid off everyone for last season's contributions.

Edgard Montiel (Former DSL) has played in 52 games going 40-for 144 (.278) with nine doubles, one triple, 22 RBIs, 17 runs, 25 walks, 14 strikeouts, and 17 errors as of June 21st.  Managua is 16-12 in the second round of the Nicaraguan National Championship.  The team just clinched a spot in the next round over the weekend.


Wagner Mateo (Former MiLB Signing/Diamondbacks) has played in 22 games going 20-for-80 (.250) with eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 15 RBIs, 35 total bases, 12 walks, seven stolen bases, 22 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .348 OBP, .438 SLG, and .785 OPS.


Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinal-Padres) did not pitch in the last week.



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .225 (22nd) with a .361 OBP (6th), .298 SLG (25th), and .659 OPS (tied for 11th).  The team is third in walks and ranks middle of the pack to lower half of the league in all other statistics.


The Cardinals pitching has a 2.89 ERA (7th) with a 1.28 WHIP (14th).  The team ranks third in strikeouts, tied for sixth in wins and hit batters, tied for seventh in shut outs, tied for eighth in home runs allowed, tied for tenth in saves. 


Robelys Reyes is ninth in runs scored and tied for eighth in hits.

Rafael Medina is tied for fifth in walks.

Willy Paulino is tied for seventh in wins.

Bryan Martinez is seventh in strikeouts.



Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)


June 28: @ Mariners (12-12, 3-4)

June 29: Brewers (9-14, 4-4)

June 30: @ Athletics (12-11, 3-6)

July 1: Mariners (12-12, 3-4)

July 2: @ Brewers (9-14, 4-4)

July 3: Athletics (12-11, 3-6)

July 4: Off Day



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