Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 9, Pt 1

Results from Cardinals prospects competing last week in Australia, the Dominican, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Anthony Ferrara made his Mexican debut.

Australian League

Sunday was the All-Star Game with Team Australia taking on the World All-Stars in an arrangement comparable to how Major League Baseball organizes their Futures Game. Team Australia prevailed 6-4, though neither Adam Melker nor Geoff Klein took part.

Stats are through the games of December 18th.

Perth Heat –
Perth and Sydney went head-to-head with each squad taking two of four. Host Perth took game one of a Friday double-header 10-2 and edged Sydney 10-9 in the final game of the series on Saturday. They remain in first place with a 14-8 overall record but their lead has fallen to only a half game over Canberra.
- Adam Melker: Melker could not match his .971 OPS last week but still went a very respectable .286/.412/.500/.912 with two singles, a double and a triple in 14 at bats in four starts. While last week's OPS was driven by a .357 batting average, this week's was ‘powered' by three base-on-balls, all of which came on the 15th when he scored three of the six tallies he notched for the period. The Heat's number two batter did not drive in anyone and struck out four times. Melker played left in three games and center once.
Season-to-date: .247/.354/.358/.712, 81 AB, 20 R, 20 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 11 BB, 17 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, 3 HBP, .297 BABIP

Sydney Blue Sox –
Sydney took both Thursday's opener at Perth 5-2 and the nightcap of Friday's double-header 6-4. The Blue Sox continue in third place with an 11-11 record, three games behind Perth and a half game up on Brisbane.
- Geoff Klein: Klein had his best week at the plate by far with five singles and a double in 15 at bats over four starts. Batting mainly in the seven hole, Klein touched home once and knocked in four. He struck out four times and was charged with a passed ball. His line for the week: .400/.438/.467/.904 with a .545 BABIP. Klein caught three of four contests and was the designated hitter in the other once.
Season-to-date: .231/.268/.256/.904, 78 AB, 3 R, 18 H, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 19 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .305 BABIP

Dominican (Winter) League

The Toros (Bulls) del Este added Jaime Romak to their roster on December 13th. The outfielder, who finished the 2012 season on Springfield's championship team and recently re-upped for 2013, was expected to play immediately. Stats are through games of December 18th.

Aguilas Cibaenas –
Aguilas went 4-1 since the last report.
- Audry Perez: out with a right knee injury.
- Oscar Taveras: Taveras did not play this week. With Aguilas' regular season ending on the 21st, St. Louis' number one position prospect has likely been shut down for the season.
Season-to-date: .319/.385/.500/.855, 144 AB, 26 R, 46 H, 12 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 14 BB, 21 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS, 4 E, .350 BABIP

Gigantes del Cibao –
The Gigantes went 2-2 with one postponement.
- Ronny Gil: Gil went hitless in three contests this week, two of the three as the starting shortstop. Gil was a defensive replacement at second on Sunday, entering in the fourth inning and going 0-for-2. He drew two base-on-balls in Monday's start, touching home once before going 0-for-4 out of the two hole on Tuesday. Gil fanned three times.
Season-to-date: .278/.350/.361/.711, 36 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 7 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS, .321 BABIP, 2 E

Leones del Escogido –
Escogido won three and lost two this week.
- Keith Butler: Butler has not pitched since November 24th.
Season-to-date: 1.50 ERA/5.53 FIP, 6 G, 0 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1.00 WHIP, .211 BAA, .214 BABIP
- Starlin Rodriguez: Rodriguez has not played since November 2nd.
Season-to-date: .250/.250/.250/.500, 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .500 BABIP

Toros del Este –
Este was victorious in only one of five games.
- Jaime Romak: Romak got right into the action for the Toros, debuting in left on Friday, the day after the official announcement of his signing. His best game was on Saturday when the third baseman was a triple shy of the cycle in four at bats with two runs scored. In addition to left and third, Romak also played a bit at first.
Season-to-date: .278/.278/.500/.778, 18 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, 1 E, .308 BABIP

Tigres del Licey –
Licey went 4-2 for the week.
- Maikel Cleto: Cleto has not pitched since November 26th.
Season-to-date: 1.13 ERA/3.83 FIP, 8 G, 0 GS, 8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 5 SO, 1.13 WHIP, .129 BAA, .154 BABIP
- Victor Marte: Marte faced the minimum in the ninth and tenth on Thursday, a contest Licey won 5-4 in 16. He fanned two with three ground outs and a fly out. The 32-year-old picked up his second save on Sunday although he yielded a tally on a walk, defensive indifference and double that all happened with two outs. Marte tossed an uneventful ninth in Licey's 7-3 victory on Monday with his only base runner coming on a single with one out. His weekly stats: 2.25 ERA/1.95 FIP, 3 G, 0 GS, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0.75 WHIP, .143 BAA, .200 BABIP
Season-to-date: 4.15 ERA/3.66 FIP, 12 G, 0 GS, 2 SV, 13 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 4 BB, 11 SO, 1.08 WHIP, .200 BAA, .237 BABIP

Mexican Pacific League

Stats are through games of December 18th.

Caneros de Los Mochis –
The Caneros were winless for the period, going 0-4 with a tie.
- Jermaine Curtis: Curtis continues to swing a hot bat, posting a .350 plus batting average for the third straight week. He is also performing his job as lead-off batter by getting on base, with a .450 plus on-base percentage for that same period. The third baseman had five singles and a double in 17 at bats with eight walks against just one strikeout for a line of .353/.438/.412/.950. Curtis' teammates failed to maximize his production by failing to drive him in more than three times. In fact, the 25-year-old matched that by driving in three runs. He stole three bases in three attempts and had a .353 BABIP.
Season-to-date: .331/.422/.408/.830, 157 AB, 24 R, 52 H, 9 2B, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 25 BB, 20 SO, 8 SB, 2 CS, .367 BABIP, 3 E
- Anthony Ferrara: Ferrara made his Mexican Pacific League debut with a scoreless frame on the 11th before making his first start on Friday. The southpaw retired nine of the first ten batters faced prior to running into control issues in his fourth and final inning of work. He began by issuing two free passes then notched two outs on a swinging strikeout and a force. Ferrara hit the opposition's number six batter to load the bases but escaped via a strikeout looking. Although he left with his team up 3-0, Los Mochis went on to win 5-4 in regulation.
Season-to-date: 0.00 ERA/1.80 FIP, 2 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 HB, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0.80 WHIP, .118 BAA, .222 BABIP

Venados de Mazatlan –
Mazatlan went 4-1 with a postponement this week.
- Nick Additon: Additon remained on Mazatlan's reserve/inactive list this week.
Season-to-date: 3.74 ERA/3.50 FIP, 10 G, 10 GS, 53 IP, 49 H, 30 R, 22 ER, 3 HR, 2 HB, 21 BB (2 IBB), 49 SO, 1.32 WHIP, .246 BAA, .309 BABIP, 2.33 K/BB

Puerto Rico League

Stats are through games of December 18th.

Criollos de Caguas –
Caguas won three and lost four.
- Luis Mateo: After posting a dismal .650 OPS last week, Mateo rebounded for his best week at the plate to date. He started out with a bang on Thursday, going a combined 5-for-7 as the Criolles split a double-header. Caguas' starting shortstop went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI batting out of the nine hole in the opening loss. He was moved to the top of the order in game two and came through with two singles and a long ball in four at bats as the Criolles came from behind for a 4-2 victory. His solo shot in the third got his squad on the scoreboard. Mateo continued his torrid pace on Friday with two singles, a double, a base-on-balls, two runs scored and four RBI before cooling off over his next three games. He finished the week going 2-for-4 on Tuesday. His line for the week: .367/.412/.500/.912, 11-for-30 with a double, a home run and three walks. He drove in six tallies, scored five tallies and was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. The 22-year-old whiffed eight times and committed two errors.
Season-to-date: .327/.366/.446/.812, 101 AB, 15 R, 33 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 23 SO, 6 SB, 0 CS, .400 BABIP, 5 E

Gigantes de Carolina –
Carolina went 3-4 since the last report.
- Juan Caballero: Caballero appeared in his first contest since November 15th on Saturday in game two of a double-header. Down 6-0, he caught the batter looking for the final out of the seventh, thereby stranding an inherited runner at second.
Season-to-date: 0.00 ERA/2.45 FIP, 2 G, 0 GS, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.50 WHIP, .167 BAA, .250 BABIP
- Anthony Garcia: Garcia started in right three times and left once this week. He had three singles and his first triple of the season in 14 at bats with a run scored and two RBI. His line: .286/.286/.429/.714 with a .333 BABIP. Garcia fanned twice.
Season-to-date: .270/.357/.378/.736, 74 AB, 5 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 18 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, .345 BABIP
- Yadier Molina: Molina started all four contests since his debut on Saturday, splitting time between catching and acting as the designated hitter. He is off to a slow start, singling three times in 15 at bats while driving in one. Molina picked off a runner at second on Sunday, struck out once and was successful in his only stolen base attempt.

Indios de Mayaguez –
Mayaguez won five and lost two. Their record this week reflects the completion of a contest that was suspended on December 5th.
- Hector Hernandez: Hernandez started and pick up the win on the 13th as Mayaguez triumphed 2-0. The lefty yielded one each of a single, double and triple in five while issuing four free passes. Hernandez had four strikeouts, three ground outs and five fly outs.
Season-to-date: 3.15 ERA/4.70 FIP, 8 G, 3 GS, 20 IP, 19 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 0 HB, 8 BB, 10 SO, 1.35 WHIP, .275 BAA, .288 BABIP

Cangrejeros de Santurce –
Santurce went 3-3 this week. - Javier Machuca: Machuca has not made an appearance
- Jonathan Rodriguez: Rodriguez started at third on Sunday and was the designated hitter on the 13th and 18th. His best game was Tuesday when he singled in two at bats with a walk and an RBI. Rodriguez was replaced as his squad's designated hitter in the seventh. For the week he had a single and a double in nine at bats to go with a base-on-balls and five strikeouts.
Season-to-date: .190/.370/.381/.751, 21 AB, 4 R, 4 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 BB, 10 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .300 BABIP

Coming soon: Part two of this report will cover Cardinals prospects' results the past week in the Venezuelan and Venezuelan Parallel Leagues.

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