Cardinals Winter Leagues Notebook: Wk 6, Pt 2

Results by Cardinals prospects during the last week in the Venezuelan and Venezuelan Parallel Leagues. Silfredo Garcia is doing well against advanced hitters.

Venezuelan League

Among the more recent arrivals in the Venezuelan League is St. Louis' Deryk Hooker, who reported on November 19th. The right-hander will join Richard Castillo on Lara's pitching staff but has not yet been activated, although he did start for Lara's Parallel League squad on the 28th. Kender Villegas is ‘present but not pitching' for La Guaira after his promotion from the Venezuelan Parallel League on the 26th. Stats are through the games of November 28th.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
The Caribes went 7-4 for the period.
- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas saw more playing time but continued to struggle at the plate. He started four times for Anzoategui, three at short and once at second. He batted second twice and ninth twice. The 21-year-old pinch hit and remained in another contest at second as well. Vargas singled twice plus a triple in 11 at bats with a run scored and another driven in, .231/.333/.385/.718, .231 BABIP. He drew two base-on-balls and continued to make contact with no strikeouts. Vargas has struck out twice in 20 at bats for an overall K percentage of 8.3%.
Season-to-date: 15 G, 20 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 1 3B. 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, .300/.364/.450/.814, .333 BABIP

Tigres de Aragua –
Aragua went .500 since the last report, winning five and losing five.
- Jorge Rondon: Rondon relieved four times with three or the four being for multiple frames. His first two appearances were in like situations of him relieving a starter that exited early after getting pounded. Each required him to notch the final out of the frame with runners on board. Both inherited runners crossed in his first appearance but Rondon stranded the runner in his second. He took an extra-inning loss on the 23rd when his replacement allowed one of the two runners charged to Rondon to touch home. The only scoreless outing by the right-hander was on Wednesday when he tossed a scoreless eighth in a 9-1 win by the Tigres. His line: 4 G, 8.1 IP, 2.16 ERA/4.16 FIP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 3 BB, 10 SO, 1.08 WHIP, .194 BAA, .250 BABIP, 3 IR/2 IRS
Season-to-date: 3.22 ERA/5.39 FIP, 14 G, 0 GS, 22.1 IP, 20 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 3 HB, 10 BB, 16 SO, 1.34 WHIP, .238 BAA, 258 BABIP
- Eduardo Sanchez: Sanchez is averaging about three stints per week so far. The righty saw action five times since the last report, with mixed results. He tossed a 1-2-3 ninth in a 6-0 shut out on the 16th but followed that up with an uneven performance on the 20th. The 23-year-old jumped into a two-on, one-out fix that he exacerbated by wild pitching the runners up a base then loading ‘em full via a base-on-balls. Sanchez got two swinging K's to end the threat but was not so fortunate the next frame when he yielded a lead-off single-double-single combination that brought across a tally and left runners at the corners. He exited without recording an out then watched as both runners eventually touched home.

Although he was credited with the win, his appearance on the 22nd was shaky as well. Sanchez' wild pitch permitted the inherited runner at third to cross before he gave up a tally of his own on a walk and a single. Another ‘W' ensued in his next appearance on the 24th but this one came about because of two perfect frames, including three strikeouts. Sanchez followed Rondon to the mound on Wednesday and threw a 1-2-3 ninth. His line for the period: 5 G, 0 GS, 6 IP, 6.00 ERA/1.87 FIP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1.00 WHIP, .190 BAA, .286 BABIP, 3 IR/1 IRS
Season-to-date: 4.15 ERA/2.97 FIP, 8 G, 0 GS, 8.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 6 BB, 10 SO, 1.34 WHIP, .172 BAA, .263 BABIP

Cardenales de Lara –
Lara won eight and lost four since our last report.
- Richard Castillo: Castillo saw action six times during this period with his longest stint being his first one on the 17th when he went 1 1/3 innings. He was not scored upon although he yielded two doubles and a base-on-balls. The right-hander retired the first two batters faced on the 20th before departing after giving up a single. His next two outings were not as productive. Castillo experienced a rare, for him, inherited-runner situation on the 22nd and issued a free pass to the only batter he faced. The next day he coughed up a lead-off single and run-scoring double to his first two opponents before recording his only out of the stint. Castillo finished the week with two shutout innings. For the period: 6 G, 0 GS, 4.1 IP, 2.07 ERA/5.27 FIP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB (1 IBB), 3 SO, 2.07 WHIP, .278 BAA, .333 BABIP
Season-to-date: 4.08 ERA/4.95 FIP, 16 G, 0 GS, 17.2 IP, 19 H, 8 R/ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 8 BB, 9 SO, 1.58 WHIP, .268 BAA, .295 BABIP

Bravos de Margarita –
Margarita went 3-7 with two postponements.
- Silfredo Garcia: Garcia got the call from the bullpen four times. He replaced Margarita's starter on the 17th after the latter got a quick hook in the second. Garcia stranded two runners in scoring position with a fly out to center then worked around a two-out double and a walk for a scoreless third. He exited after striking out the first batter in the fourth. On the 21st, the 21-year-old kept his squad within two of its opposition by inducing a double-play ball that wiped out the one single given up with one out.

Garcia generated a bunt out to third in a failed sac attempt two days later, freezing two inherited runners at first and second in a tie game. It was his shortest outing of the period as the manager brought in a southpaw to face the lefty bat. He capped his week with his first win the next day, holding his opponents to a single unearned run on three hits over two. His line: 4 G, 0 GS, 5 IP, 0.00 ERA/3.00 FIP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.20 WHIP, .250 BAA, .278 BABIP
Season-to-date: 1.76 ERA/3.33 FIP, 15 G, 0 GS, 15.1 IP, 16 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 4 BB, 5 SO, 1.30 WHIP, .281 BAA, .308 BABIP

Venezuelan Parallel League

Stats are through games of November 28th except for the Bravos and Zulia which are through the 27th.

Bravos –
The Bravos went 6-4 since the last report.
- Ismael Brito: Brito was the Bravos' starter on the 19th, his first winter ball start. He permitted a tally, earned, on four hits and two walks in four frames in a 14-1 thrashing by his team. The run came in the third when Brito loaded the bases on two singles on each side of a free pass to begin the frame. A 6-4-3 double play allowed one to touch home before he notched the first of five strikeouts. Brito recorded four ground outs and two fly outs. He also threw a wild pitch.
Season-to-date: 2.19 ERA/4.34 FIP, 9 G, 1 GS, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 9 BB, 8 SO, 1.62 WHIP, .262 BAA, .324 BABIP
- Breyvic Valera: Valera has continued to swing a hot bat since our last report. He was the starting shortstop nine times in the Bravos' 11 contests. Valera's best day at the plate was on the 16th when he had three doubles and a single in four at-bats. The lead-off hitter scored twice before being pinch hit for in the seventh in his squad's eventual 8-0 whitewash of the Caribes. His line for the week was .351/.415/.486/.901, 13-for-37, with five doubles, four walks, six runs scored, two driven in, four strikeouts and an error. Valera had a .394 BABIP.
Season-to-date: .398/.449/.531/.980, 98 AB, 20 R, 39 H, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 8 BB, 7 SO, 6 SB, 8 CS, .422 BABIP, 5 E, 6.5 K%, 7.4 BB%

Caracas –
Caracas won six and lost two games for the period.
- Gerwuins Velazco: Velazco made three starts for Caracas, one at catcher and two at first base. He had a single and a home run, his first extra-base hit, in nine at bats. That bomb was a three-run shot in a losing effort on the 16th. Velazco had four RBIs overall, touched home twice, walked twice, struck out once and was charged with two errors while playing first.
Season-to-date: .233/.313/.326/.639, 43 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .250 BABIP, 6 E

Caribes –
Caribes went 3-6 for the period.
- Ronnierd Garcia: Garcia had five starts - three at third and two as the designated hitter. He also moved from third to left during one start. Garcia walked as a pinch hitter on Wednesday, the 28th. He batted seventh and third twice each and eighth once. Garcia singled twice in 18 at bats, touched home twice and knocked in two more. He worked two base-on-balls and fanned three times to lower his K rate percentage from 28.2% to 25% overall.
Season-to-date: .143/.190/.242/.432, 91 AB, 7 R, 13 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 3 BB, 25 SO, 0 SB, 2 CS, .164 BABIP, 4 E
- Alirio Negrette: Negrette's struggles in the Parallel League continued through one start and a relief appearance this period. He lasted just two innings in a start of the 20th, yielding five tallies, earned, on six hits, two base-on-balls and two wild pitches. He struck out one. Negrette made his first relief appearance of the season on Tuesday and was charged with the loss, giving up three runs, earned, on a solo bomb and two free passes that were sandwiched by singles in just one inning of work. His record drops to 0-3 as a result. Negrette compiled a 24.00 ERA/10.20 FIP, 4.33 WHIP, .600 BAA and .615 BABIP.
Season-to-date: 9.13 ERA/8.05 FIP, 8 G, 7 GS, 22.2 IP, 29 H, 24 R, 23 ER, 5 HR, 3 HB, 20 BB, 12 SO, 2.16 WHIP, .319 BAA, .320 BABIP
- Cesar Valera: Since our last report, Valera experienced his most productive time of the winter league season. Not coincidentally, he had his most at-bats as well. Valera was the starting shortstop in eight of nine games, batting third, fifth (twice), sixth (twice) and seventh three times. He singled eight times, doubled twice, walked two times, scored four and brought across four in 28 at bats for a line of .357/.419/.429/.848 with a .435 BABIP. Valera swiped a bag, was hit by a pitch, struck out five times and committed three errors.
Season-to-date: .293/.341/.451/.792, 82 AB, 13 R, 24 H, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 5 BB, 16 SO, 3 SB, 0 CS, .343 BABIP, 8 E

La Guaira –
La Guaira went 2-6 with one tie for the period.
- Anderson Gerdel: Gerdel came out of the pen twice since the 14th with La Guaira falling in both games. On the 19th, Gerdel gave up a run on three hits in three frames with four strikeouts. His outing on the 28th was not a positive one. He relieved Dail Villanueva to begin the fifth, working around two singles to keep Lara off the board. Gerdel issued a free pass to open the sixth, wild pitched the runner to second then yielded a double, single and another double for three tallies, all without an out being recorded. The right-hander limited the damage with two ground outs and a swinging strikeout.
Season-to-date: 4.55 ERA/4.21 FIP, 8 G, 2 GS, 25.2 IP, 32 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 7 BB, 20 SO, 1.52 WHIP, .311 BAA, .354 BABIP
- Dail Villanueva: Villanueva made a relief appearance on the 23rd, permitting a tally in both the fifth and sixth frames on two walks, two steals and two singles in all. He faced off against Deryk Hooker in a start on the 28th with neither figuring in the decision. Villanueva gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits, three base-on-balls and a wild pitch in four. He fanned six with three fly outs and three ground outs.
Season-to-date: 4.85 ERA/3.51 FIP, 5 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 12 BB, 16 SO, 2.00 WHIP, .280 BAA, .400 BABIP
- Kender Villegas: Villegas' last appearance in the Parallel League prior to his call up was on November 16th in a contest that was called at five all after 11 innings. Villegas shut out the opposition in the ninth and tenth, allowing two hits and a free pass while fanning three. He threw a wild pitch as well.
Season-to-date: 1.80 ERA/4.60 FIP, 7 G, 0 GS, 15 IP, 13 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 5 BB, 11 SO, 1.27 WHIP, .241 BAA, .286 BABIP

Lara –
Lara won eight and lost one, the latter with Deryk Hooker starting for them on Wednesday, the 28th, as he gets his arm back into pitching shape.
- Deryk Hooker: The right-hander allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits, a free pass and two wild pitches in three innings. He had one strikeout, a fly out and three ground outs. Four of the seven hits, including both doubles, which he gave up came in his third inning of work, as did two of the three tallies.

Zulia –
Zulia went 4-7 for the period.
- Jose Gomez: Gomez was the starting designated hitter on the 16th, going hitless in three at bats with two strikeouts. He caught the final inning on the 20th, 22nd and 23rd as well as the first inning on the 26th before being pinch hit for in the second frame.
Season-to-date: .250/.375/.400/.775, 20 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 7 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .333 BABIP, 1 E

Related article: Part one of this report covered Cardinals prospects' results the past week in the Australia, the Dominican, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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