Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-4-15: Juan Gonzalez & Carlos Baerga Honored; Joel Pineiro Strikes Out One & Allows Two Runs Over Six Innings; Anthony Garcia Singles Twice

Caribbean Series

Yulieski Gourriel (Industriales/Pinar del Rio) started at second base and batted third.  2-for-4 at the plate.
Alfredo Despaigne (Granma/Pinar del Rio) started in left field and batted fourth.  2-for-4 at the plate.
Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus/Pinar del Rio) started as designated hitter and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with two ground into double plays.
Norge Ruiz (Camaguey/Pinar del Rio) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed nine hits, three earned runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out for the losing decision (0-1).  (p-s:84-58)(g/f:7-4)

Cibao beat Pinar del Rio 6-1
ESPN Deportes Post Game

Anthony Garcia (Palm Beach-Carolina/Santurce) started in left field and batted fourth.  2-for-4 at the plate.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-San Juan/Santurce) started at first base and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with one run, one walk, and grounded into one double play.
Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Santurce) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed six hits, two earned runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.  (p-s:82-55)(g/f:8-8)

Culiacan beat Santurce 3-2
ESPN Deportes Post Game

Wednesday's Games:
Cibao (1-0) visits Caribes (1-0) @ 12:05 PM ET
Santurce (0-2) visits Pinar del Rio (0-2) @ 6:30 PM ET

Caribbean Series payed tribute to the 1995 Puerto Rican team which featured Juan Gonalez (former MiLB signing) and Carlos Baerga (former St. Louis): ESPN Deportes

Justin Christian (former Memphis-Mochis) signed with Quintana Roo (Triple-A Mexican League): MiLB Official Site

Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caribes) has re-signed with Puebla (Triple-A Mexican League): MiLB Official Site

Josh Lueke (Tampa Bay free agent) signed with Cuidad del Carmen (Triple-A Mexican League): MiLB Official Site

Yoan Moncada (Cienfuegos) has been cleared to sign with a MLB club: MLB Official Site

Matt Slater (St. Louis scout) is one of the many scouts eyeing the Cuban team for possible future talent: New Zealand Herald

Dainer Moreira (Matanzas/Pinar del Rio) and Vladimir Gutierrez (Pinar del Rio) have defected from the Cuban team: USA Today

Cuban officials have come out and said a group is encouraging players to defect from the team: Diario de Cuba

Cuban officials say Vladimir Gutierrez (Pinar del Rio) has attrached attention from scouts: Cafe Fuerte

Cuban defectors no longer need an official permit to sign contracts with MLB teams: ESPN Deportes

Felix Fermin is leaving Lara (Venezuelan League) to manage Azucareros (Dominican League) next winter: Lider

Nippon Professional Baseball

Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham) will play in an intra-squad game as a position player: Yakyubaka

Yokohama signed Yulieski Gourriel (Industriales) to a one-year deal and Lourdes Gourriel, Jr. (Industriales) to a two-year pact: Yakyubaka

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