DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 5

Carlos Matias continues to dominate for the first place Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals opened up this week's schedule by losing the first two games, then won the next three followed by splitting the last two.  The Redbirds are 18-13 and are two games up in the Santo Domingo North Division. They are 14-2 at home and 4-12 on the road.


The Cardinals began with a doubleheader against the Mariners that did not go very well.  The Redbirds were the first to score in game one, but were shut down for the following eight innings.  The Mariners ran two across in the fourth and fifth innings for the 2-1 win.  Carlos Matias struck out 11 as the Cardinals went to sleep at the plate.


In the second game, the Cardinals put up a better fight.  The Redbirds scored first and took an early lead of 6-3 after three innings.  The Mariners gradually ate away at their padding before overtaking them in the ninth with three runs.  The Cardinals had a late rally but could only get one across in the ninth and lost 8-7 in the end.  Victor Ferreira slugged his first home run of the year, a solo shot.  Eduardo Hiraldo struck out six in the final three frames.


The Cardinals welcomed in the Brewers in the next contest.  The Redbirds would capitalize on 11 walks, one hit by pitch, and the Brewers' three errors.  The Brewers had the lead 7-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth when the Cardinals offense used their smarts to score ten runs in the inning to win 13-7.  Four different Cardinals hitters drove in two runs apiece and Bryan Martinez struck out five over 3.1 innings.


The Cardinals then went on the road to face the Athletics.  The Redbirds again attacked first, scoring five runs in the first two frames.  The A's bullpen came in early and shut down the Cardinals for the next five innings as they added three of their own to the scoreboard.  It still wasn't enough as the Cardinals plated another run for the 6-3 win.  Victor Ferreira drove in two runs and Stalyn Lopez tossed three scoreless to end the game.


The Cardinals hosted the Mariners for their third match-up of the week and the Redbirds had a win on their minds this time around.  The M's scored one in the first but the Cardinals took the lead with two in the third.  The Mariners would tack on another four in the fourth but the Cardinals canceled that out with four of their own in the sixth.  The bullpens worked their magic for both teams and the Redbirds came out on top 6-5.  Rafael Medina doubled and had five RBIs.  Victor DeLeon struck out four in the final four scoreless frames.


The Brewers opened up their doors for the Cardinals in the next game, which ended up being a nail biter for both teams.  The Brewers completely took the Redbirds offense out of the game holding the team to just two hits.  It wasn't until the sixth inning before the first and only run was scored, by the Brew Crew.  The bullpens kept both teams at bay and the Brewers won 1-0.  Delvi Rodriguez struck out five over 5.2 innings and Eduardo Estalis fanned four over 2.2 innings.


In the finale of the week, the Cardinals hosted the Athletics.  The Redbirds led the march with four crossing the plate in the second and then one more in the fourth.  It wasn't until the ninth inning that the A's were able to get a run on the board as the Cardinals won 5-2.  Carlos Matias allowed one hit and no runs over seven innings. Walks and errors played a key part in the Cardinals runs this game.



Who's Hot


Robelys Reyes will look to add onto his six-game on base streak in the next period.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 6-for-20 (.300) with one triple, one RBI, six runs, three walks, one stolen base, and two strikeouts.  He played three games at shortstop (assisted in one double play), one in centerfield, two games at second base, and one as designated hitter.  The 2010 free agent signee leads the team in runs scored, hits, home runs (tied), total bases, stolen bases (tied), and batting average.


Rafael Medina will look to build onto his 11-game on base streak in the next week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-20 (.200) with one double, six RBIs, five runs, five walks, one hit by pitch, two stolen bases, one sac fly, and three strikeouts.  He played four games at third base (assisted in one double play and committed one throwing error), one game at shortstop, and one game between both shortstop and first base.  The 2010 free agent signee leads the team in home runs (tied), and walks.


Victor Ferreira has his own five-game on base streak to work with.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-17 (.353) with one home run, four RBIs, three runs, five walks, one stolen base, and three strikeouts.  He played three games behind the plate (one missed catch error, one throwing error, and threw out three of six base runners), one as designated hitter, and one at first base (assisted in one double play).


Carlos Matias continues to show that he pretty much owns the Dominican Summer League.  The 18-year old right-hander finished off his June 22nd start on June 28th.  Combined he tossed eight innings allowing four hits, two earned runs, one home run, two walks, hit one batter, committed one pickoff error, and struck out 11 for the losing decision.  He then pitched again on July 3rd, going seven innings and giving up one hit, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out six for the inning decision (2-1).  The 2010 free agent signee had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 12-to-13.  He leads the team in innings pitched, ERA, strikeouts, and WHIP.


Delvi Rodriguez made a solid first career start and probably impressed enough to get another.  The 19-year old left-hander pitched 5.1 innings allowing seven hits, one earned run, one walk, committed one pickoff error, and struck out five for the losing decision on July 2nd.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-2.  The November 25, 2008 free agent signee has struck out 24 and walked 11 over 17.1 innings this season.



Who's Not


Amauris Capellan has a four-game hitless streak to break in the next period.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-13 (.077) with two RBIs, one run, four walks, one stolen base, one sac fly, and eighth strikeouts.  He played three games in centerfield (one outfield assist and assisted in one double play) and two in right field.


Jose Agustin wore the sombrero for the week.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-8 (.000) with two walks and for strikeouts.  He played two games as designated hitter and one game at third base (assisted in one double play). 


Bryan Martinez has struggled to make it well into the fourth inning in his last two starts.  The 19-year old right-hander made his latest start on June 29th going 3.1 innings allowing four hits, six runs (five earned), three walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, committed one throwing error, and struck five out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-1.  The June 3, 2009 free agent signee pitched into the fifth and sixth innings in the two appearances before these last two and seems to have gone in reverse.


Arturo Toribio was welcomed back with a rough first career start after being out since June 19th.  The 18-year old right-hander started on July 1st and coughed up eighth hits, five runs (four earned), two walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out five over five innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-6.  The October 28, 2009 free agent signee has struck out 19 and walked eight over 17.2 innings.


Anthony De La Cruz was knocked out very quick in his first career start.  The 17-year old left-hander was called on for the June 28th spot start and pitched just 1.1 innings giving p one hit, three earned runs, two walks, threw two wild pitches, had two balks, and struck out two.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-2.  The 2010 free agent signee joined the team mid-June and has not yet been able to pitch beyond three innings in his three appearances.



The Happenings


Jean De La Cruz has been out since June 15th, Ariel Gonzalez since June 16th, Angel Tapia (left hamstring injury) since June 17th, Luis Polanco since June 18th, and Ronard Castillo since Jun 28th.


Andres Beras returned to action this past week after missing 15 days.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter played in four games going 1-for-10 (.100) with one run, two walks, and two strikeouts.


Juan Bautista was signed and added to the roster during this period.  The 17-year old right-hander made two relief appearances logging two innings and allowing three hits, three runs (two earned), one home run, one walk, and struck two out for one winning decision.


Baseball Amerca's Ben Badler lists Dominican shortstop Antonio Gonzalez as a potential target of the Cardinals in the international market.  He listed at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, throws and bats right-handed.  He's not built to hit for power, but has a solid swing and should find a spot in the middle infield with the team that signs him.  He trains with Rafael Montero, who worked with San Francisco Giants' player Rafael Rodriguez.


Wagner Mateo (Former MiLB Signing-Diamondbacks) has played in 31 games going 28-for-110 (.255) with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs, 49 total bases, 22 runs, 18 walks, ten stolen bases, 35 strikeouts, three caught stealing, .359 OBP, .445 SLG, and .805 OPS.


Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinal-Padres) has been out of action since June 19th.


Miguel Sano, a former target of the Cardinals, was promoted from DSL Twins to the Gulf Coast League.



July 2nd Signings Reported from the Dominican Republic


Braves - Mauricio Cabrera, right-handed pitcher

Rays - Yoel Araujo, outfielder

Twins - Reyson Zopuier, left-handed pitcher

Cubs - Daniel Sanchez, third baseman



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are hitting .218 (25th) with a .357 OBP (6th), .285 SLG (t-26th), and .642 OPS (20th).  The team ranks second in walks, tied for sixth in stolen bases, tied for eighth in runs scored, and middle of the pack in all other statistics.


The Cardinals pitching has a 2.92 ERA (9th) and 1.26 WHIP (t-12th).  They rank first in strikeouts, sixth in home runs allowed and hit batters (tied), eighth in wins (tied), ninth in walks allowed, and tenth in shutouts (tied).  All other stats fall middle of the pack except for hits allowed which is second best among the league.


Robelys Reyes is seventh in runs scored.

Rafael Medina is fifth in walks.

Luis Perez is ninth in walks.

Carlos Matias is eighth in ERA, sixth in strikeouts, and first in WHIP.



Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)


July 4: Off Day

July 5: @ Mariners (16-15, 5-5)

July 6: Brewers (14-17, 5-5)

July 7: @ Athletics (14-17, 3-8)

July 8: Mariners

July 9: @ Brewers

Jul 10: Athletics



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