Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 2, Pt 1

Results from St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing last week in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Dominican (Winter) League

It was a light week in the Dominican Winter League as rain forced the postponement of several contests.

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Aguilas got in three of five scheduled games this week, winning two and losing one.
- Jermaine Curtis: Curtis started at third on October 29th, batting ninth. He struck out swinging with a runner on second for the first out in the third and lined a one-out single to center in the fifth. Curtis' failed attempted steal of second resulted in the inning's third out. He was pinch hit for in his next at bat.
- Audry Perez: did not play

Gigantes de Cibao -
Cibao has won two, lost two with two games postponed.
- Ronny Gil: Gil saw time in three contests, all as a substitute. He was a defensive replacement in center in the Gigantes' blow-out win on the 28th and got caught looking at strike three in his only at bat. Gil was in center for the ninth inning the next day but did not come to the plate. The 24-year-old played third in the ninth inning on Saturday, grounding out in the bottom of the frame.

Leones de Escogido –
Escogido split their six games, going 3-3. - Nick Additon: Late last Monday afternoon Escogido reported that Additon had returned to the United States after suffering a side injury. The injury was incurred during his first start for the Leones.
- Starlin Rodriguez: is not currently listed on Escogido's roster

Tigres de Licey –
Licey has a record of 6-3 with one postponed. Former Redbird Victor Marte is on their roster.
- Willy Paulino: is not currently listed on the Tigres' roster.

Nicaraguan League

The four-team Nicaraguan League runs from October 25,, 2013 through January 5, 2014. Righty reliever Jhonny Polanco, who finished the season with State College, is one of 10 pitchers on the Indios (Indians) del Boer roster. Former Cardinals' farmhand Amaury Cazana also plays for Boer.

Indios del Boer –
Boer posted a 4-2 record through its first six games.
- Jhonny Polanco: has made three relief appearances to date, totaling 1 2/3 frames. Polanco came into the season opener on the 25th and gave up two hits and a walk in a 7-6 victory by Boer. The 21-year-old returned on the 2nd, yielding an unearned run on a double then finished the period by notching his first win in an extra-inning victory on the 2nd. Overall, he has given up three hits and a base-on-balls while fanning three.

Puerto Rico League

Puerto Rico's baseball season got underway November 1st, a week earlier than last year. Nine St. Louis' representatives are slated to compete for four of the five teams comprising the league.

Criollos de Caguas –
Second baseman Luis Mateo (Springfield) returns to for the Criollos again this season while lefty pitcher Iden Nazario (Palm Beach) is on their reserve list. Another name of Caguas' roster from St. Louis' past is right-hander pitcher Shaun Garceau. The team's season opener was rained out and they dropped Saturday's game.
- Luis Mateo: Mateo was the starting shortstop and number nine batter on Saturday. He was hitless in three at bats with three strikeouts, two swinging. Mateo left two runners on base, one of them in scoring position.

Gigantes de Carolina –
The Giants' roster includes three current Cardinals' minor leaguers: right-handed hurler Juan Caballero (GCL), outfielder Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach) and pending minor league free agent infielder Ruben Gotay (Springfield). Former righty pitcher David Kopp, now in Detroit's organization, is also on the squad. Carolina's season opener versus Caguas was postponed due to rain but the team won their next two.
- Juan Caballero: did not play
- Anthony Garcia: The Gigantes' designated hitter is off to a slow start, going 1-for-8 with his only hit a two-run bomb on Sunday that increased his team's lead to 5-1.
- Ruben Gotay: The veteran is off to a strong start for Carolina, going 3-for-8 with two doubles and two runs scored. Gotay started at third both games and hit fifth. He is on loan from Manati, which did not field a team this season.

Indios de Mayaguez –
Southpaw pitcher Hector Hernandez (Palm Beach) is back with Mayaguez for 2013. Joining him is shortstop Chris Rivera (GCL) who is currently on the Indians' reserve list. Former first rounder (2005) Tyler Herron is on the roster as well. Mayaguez dropped its season opener on Friday and saw their game on Sunday postponed due to rain.
- Hector Hernandez: did not play

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
With the league containing an odd number of teams this year, Santurce's season opener was on Saturday instead of Friday. The Cangrejeros won their opener but lost on Sunday. Palm Beach first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez suits up for Santurce again this season.
- Jonathan Rodriguez: did not play

Coming soon: Part two of this report will cover Cardinals prospects' results the past week in Venezuela.

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