Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 13, Pt 2

Results by St. Louis Cardinals prospects during the last week in the Venezuelan winter league playoffs. Richard Castillo is pitching well in relief.

Venezuelan League

The regular season of the Venezuelan League finished on December 30th. Five of the eight teams advanced to the post-season: Anzoategui, Caracas, Lara, Magallanes and Zulia moved on while Aragua, La Guaira and Margarita went home.

Stats are through the games of January 16th.

Caribes de Anzoategui –
The Caribes are 6-6 in the playoffs.

- Ildemaro Vargas: Vargas' only appearance through the 16th was on January 11th when he was a defensive replacement at second in the seventh. He struck out swinging with runners at the corners and one out in his only at bat.
Season: .286/.355/.393/.748, 28 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 3B. 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0 E, .320 BABIP, .071 ISO, 9.1% BB/PA, 9.1% K/PA

Cardenales de Lara –
Lara has a 6-6 mark so far.

- Richard Castillo: Castillo's six innings pitched to date encompass five outings with three of them in his usual fireman role. The right-hander has not allowed any of the four inherited runners to score although he came in twice with one out and once with none. Two of the three tallies he has given up crossed after his exit and the other one came via a lead-off double, ground out and sac fly. Castillo has pitched back-to-back twice with five ground outs to eight fly outs in all.
Season: 4.50 ERA/5.34 FIP, 26 G, 0 GS, 24 IP, 28 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 2 HR, 1 HB, 14 BB, 13 SO, 1.75 WHIP, .286 BAA, .313 BABIP
Post-season Stats: 4.49 ERA/2.53 FIP, 5 G, 0 GS, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.67 WHIP, .222 BAA, .235 BABIP, 4 IR/0 IRS

Navigantes del Magallanes –
Magallanes has won six and lost eight to date.

- Victor Marte: Marte has relieved three times, all of them with inherited runners. He stranded runners at first and second by recording the final out on the 3rd but was not as successful when he had to notch two outs in each of his two most recent appearances. Marte permitted a runner at second to touch home on the 7th and allowed two of three to score on the 11th. He has one ground out to eight fly outs so far.
Post-season Stats: 8.31 ERA/3.43 FIP, 3 G, 0 GS, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO,1.85 WHIP, .316 BAA, .375 BABIP, 6 IR/3 IRS

Related articles: Part one of this report covered Cardinals prospects' results the past week in Australia, the Dominican, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Coming up next is a summary of the Cardinals who participated in the Venezuelan Parallel League this winter.

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