The St. Louis Cardinals had two representatives, both Dominicans. They are catcher Luis Cruz and pitcher Luis Perdomo. On Sunday, Cruz had one at-bat, striking out. Though 11 NL pitchers saw action in the all-star tilt, Perdomo was not one of them.
Cruz, 19, is in his second DSL season after signing in November 2010. The right-handed hitter leads the Cardinals in batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.403), slugging (.445) and of course OPS (.848). Cruz is also tops on the club in home runs with two and tied for the team lead with six doubles and 12 RBI.
To help put that into perspective, the Cardinals as a team are 33rd of 35 DSL clubs in batting at .219 and team OPS at .608.
Perdomo, not to be confused with the older Luis Perdomo who was briefly a Cardinals farmhand in 2008, is also 19, also signed in November 2010 and is also in his second DSL campaign. The right-hander has made seven starts, logging a 2.17 ERA. Perdomo has fanned a team-high 39 and walked just six in 37 1/3 innings.
Perdomo and his mates are 11th in the DSL with a team 3.17 ERA and are third with 288 strikeouts.
The Dodgers' Pedro Mega led the NL All-Star team, with former Cardinals manager Claudio Almonte, now with the Mariners, the skipper of the victorious American League squad.
17 countries are represented in the rookie-level league, with Venezuelans being the second-largest population. About a third of the combined All-Star Game rosters were foreigners, 27 players in total, but no Cardinals.
Last season, the Cardinals had three DSL all-stars, pitcher Hansel De Los Santos, outfielder Amauris Capellan and infielder Robelys Reyes. De Los Santos and Capellan are with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in 2012, but Reyes remains stuck in the DSL due to visa problems that have remained unresolved for two years.
The 2012 DSL Cardinals will exit the break in fourth place at 19-16, seven games out of first place in the eight-team Boca Chica North Division.
What's next? Check back this coming week here at The Cardinal Nation for a full first-half DSL Cardinals recap with the organization's Director of International Operations Moises Rodriguez.
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