Cardinals Winter League Notebook: Wk 13, Pt 1

Results from Cardinals prospects competing last week in Australia, the Dominican, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Geoff Klein continues his hot hitting in Australia.

Australian League

Stats are through the games of January 15th.

Perth Heat –
Perth (20-18) hosted fifth-place Adelaide (18-20) over the week-end with whom they split their four-game set. The Heat has sole possession of second, two games out of first.
- Adam Melker: Melker remains on the Reserve List and did not participate in the series.
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 –
Host Sydney (22-16) notched their first sweep of the season, taking four from last-place Melbourne (13-25). The Blue Sox swept themselves right into a first-place tie with Canberra who they face on the road next week-end.
- Geoff Klein: Klein produced his second strong showing in three weeks, singling twice and doubling three times in 14 at bats. Sydney's starting catcher drew three walks against just one strikeout with five runs scored and another driven in. Klein alternated hitless outings with multi-hit ones but was productive even when not making contact, as each of his walks resulted in a run scored. One of those runs came in a tight 2-0 win on Friday and Klein was responsible for three of his squad's tallies in Saturday's 5-4 victory. His line for the week: .357/.471/.571/1.042 with a .385 BABIP and .214 ISO.
Season-to-date: .260/.340/.374/.714, 131 AB, 14 R, 34 H, 9 2B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 16 BB, 29 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, .320 BABIP

Dominican (Winter) League

Play-off stats are through January 15th.

Toros del Este –
Este went 3-3 for the period to bring them to 8-8 overall in the post-season. They are locked in a very tight race in which only two games in the standings separate Aguilas in first from Este in third.
- Jaime Romak: Romak was hitless in 10 at bats over four contests. He has not played since January 3rd.
Regular Season: .280/.308/.440/.748, 25 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, 2 E, .333 BABIP, .150 ISO, 3.8% BB/PA, 23.1% K/PA
Round-Robin Stats: .000/.000/.000/.000, 7 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 SO, 30% K/PA

Mexican Pacific League

The Mexican Pacific League play-offs began on January 2nd. In the first round, regular-season champion Culiacan swept fifth-place Hermosillo 4-0 to send the Naranjeros home. Third-place Mexicali downed sixth-place Mazatlan four games to three, which eliminated Nick Additon's former team. Obregon and Guasave, tied for second in the regular season, faced each other and the results of their series follow. Stats are through games of January 15th.

Yaquis de Obregon –
Obregon returned to Guasave up 3-2, needing only one more victory to take the series. Game six saw them fall 4-3 in 11, setting up a decisive game seven. The Yaquis could not recover from an early deficit as they fell 7-5 in regulation. As a result, Obregon faces Culiacan in the second round where they have a 2-1 lead in the series.
- Jermaine Curtis: Curtis is still looking for his first hit of the post-season. He was the starter in right for game seven against Guasave where he went hitless in two at bats but did draw three base-on-balls. Defensively, a throwing error by Curtis in the second permitted former Redbird Mark Hamilton to score one of the Algodoneros' three tallies for the frame. Curtis was unsuccessful in his one stolen base attempt. The 25-year-old was again the starting right fielder in game one of Obregon's series against the Tomateros de Culiacan where he got on once via a free pass. Curtis was replaced in right to start the 11th in a series of defensive shifts triggered by a pinch hit at bat in the 10th. In game two, he worked a pinch hit walk to begin the seventh with his team down 3-2 but was erased on a double play.
Regular Season: .306/.405/.372/.777, 180 AB, 27 R, 55 H, 9 2B, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 30 BB, 25 SO, 9 SB, 2 CS, .344 BABIP, 4 E
First-round Stats: .000/.250/.000/.250, 9 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 1 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS, 1 E
Second-round Stats: .000/.500/.000/.500, 2 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, 0 E

Puerto Rico League

The play-offs began on January 2nd with the top four teams playing each other through the 16th and the finals beginning on January 18th. With one game remaining in the round-robin portion of the postseason, it appears that Caguas and Mayaguez will face off in the finals. Stats are through games of January 8th.

Criollos de Caguas –
The Criollos won three and lost two for a 7-4 record.
- Luis Mateo: Mateo's bat heated up this week with seven hits in 17 at bats, flashing some extra-base power with three doubles. Batting at the bottom of the order, Mateo touched home three times and drove in two. He scored his squad's only tally in a 2-1 loss on the 9th and his sac fly in the sixth on Friday brought the tying run across in an eventual 5-3 triumph. Mateo drew one base-on-balls and fanned four times. His line: .412/.421/.588/1.009 with a .500 BABIP.
Regular Season: .313/.345/.403/.748, 134 AB, 19 R, 42 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 28 SO, 7 SB, 0 CS, 8 E, .380 BABIP, .082 ISO, 5.4% BB/PA, 19.0% K/PA
Post-season Stats: .270/.317/.405/.722, 37 AB, 5 R, 10 H, 3 3B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP, .333 BABIP

Gigantes de Carolina –
Carolina won only one of five games this week to bring their record to 4-7 overall.
- Juan Caballero: After making three appearances the entire regular season, Caballero matched that total in a five-game span this week. All three outings were with his team trailing, twice by a considerable margin. On the 9th, the righty entered the third with runners at first and second, none out and his squad down 6-1. He promptly served up a long ball but settled down to hold the opposition scoreless on three hits over the next four innings. Caballero was not as productive during Sunday's contest, which began for him at the start of the third with Carolina once again in a hole, this time 3-1. The 20-year-old yielded a tally on a free pass, double and sac fly in his first inning of work then departed the next frame with a run across, one out and runners at first and second, both of whom subsequently scored. Caballero tossed a scoreless ninth on Tuesday in mop-up duty during a 14-2 loss.
Regular Season: 5.40 ERA/6.19 FIP, 3 G, 0 GS, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 2 SO, 3.00 WHIP, .250 BAA, .333 BABIP
Post-season Stats: 7.11 ERA/5.10 FIP, 3 G, 0 GS, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1.74 WHIP, .296 BAA, .318 BABIP

- Anthony Garcia: After compiling a line of .296/.321/.667/.988, 8-for-27, with a double and three home runs in his first six post-season contests, Garcia managed just two singles in 11 at bats in the next three. He knocked in one run and the sole run he scored may have been the highlight of his week. With Carolina up 2-0 on Friday, Garcia singled to left to open the fourth. He advanced to third on a one-out single then stole home as the front end of a double steal. Garcia sat in the Gigantes' two most recent games.
Season: .279/.377/.433/.810, 104 AB, 13 R, 29 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 14 BB, 25 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 2 E, .338 BABIP, .144 ISO, 11.5% BB/PA, 20.5% K/PA
Post-season Stats: .263/.275/.526/.801, 38 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 12 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, 1 HBP, .292 BABIP

Indios de Mayaguez –
Mayaguez went 3-2 for the week, with one of their victories coming in a start made by Hector Hernandez. The Indios have a 7-4 record that ties them with Caguas for the post-season lead.
- Hector Hernandez: While Mayaguez won Hernandez' start on Sunday 14-7, the southpaw did not contribute much to their success, compiling a nearly identical line to his outing on the 5th in which the Indios fell 7-2. Hernandez was staked to an early lead when his team scored three in the bottom of the first but he gave one right back in the next frame. After a lead-off single, Hernandez wild pitched the runner to second where he was in position to take advantage of a two-out single to left that made the score 3-1. Mayaguez got that run back in the bottom of the third but Hernandez began the fourth by plunking the first batter, then sending him home on a double and single that put runners on the corners with none out for his replacement. The runner on third came home on a 6-4-3 double play. For the start he allowed three runs, earned, on five hits, a wild pitch and a hit batsman in three plus frames while fanning one. Hernandez did not issue a free pass.
Regular Season: 4.55 ERA/5.04 FIP, 10 G, 5 GS, 27.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 14 ER, 3 HR, 0 HB, 13 BB, 14 SO, 1.66 WHIP, .314 BAA, .333 BABIP, 10 IR/4 IRS
Post-season Season: 9.00 ERA/4.70 FIP, 2 G, 2 GS, 6.00 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 2 HB, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1.83 WHIP, .300 BAA, .348 BABIP

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

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