Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-9-17: Randy Ruiz Jersey Heading To Baseball Hall Of Fame; Yadier Molina Anxious To Represent Puerto Rico In World Baseball Classic; List Of Current & Former Cardinals Players On WBC Rosters



Australian Baseball League Championship:

Friday's Game:
Brisbane (23-19) visits Melbourne (26-14)) @ 7:30 PM AET


California Winter League:

Final Regular Season Standings:
1. Palm Spring Chill 11-3
2. Palm Springs Power 11-3
3. Toronto 9-6
4. New York 9-6
5. Oregon 9-6
6. British Columbia 7-6
7. Canada 7-7
8. Hit King 7-7
9. Manitoba 6-9
10. Coachella Valley 5-10
11. Washington 3-12
12. Alberta 3-12

Thursday's Playoff Games:
Manitoba (6-9) visits Hit King (7-7) @ 9:00 AM
Washington (3-12) visits British Columbia (7-6) @ 10:00 AM
Coachella Valley (5-10) visits Canada (7-7) @ 11:30 AM
Alberta (3-12) visits Oregon (9-6) @ 12:30 PM


Caribbean Series:

Final Stats:
Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) played in four games going 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, four RBIs, 11 total bases, three runs, four strikeouts, .474 OBP, .579 SLG, and 1.053 OPS.
Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) played in four games going 2-for-16 (.125) with two total bases, three strikeouts, .125 OBP, .125 SLG, and .250 OPS.
Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) played in three games going 1-for-11 (.091) with one total base, four strikeouts, .167 OBP, .091 SLG, and .258 OPS.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) played in six games going 1-for-20 (.050) with one total bases, three runs, six walks, three strikeouts, .269 OBP, .050 SLG, and .319 OPS.

Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Caguas) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 0.00 WHIP.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out over one inning.
J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Caguas) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 13.50 ERA, and 1.50 WHIP.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, and one home run over 0.2 innings.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Zulia) made two relief appearances posting a 0-1 record, 36.00 ERA, 5.00 WHIP, and one hold.  He allowed four hits, four earned runs, one home run, one walk, and struck one out over one inning.

Notes:
Randy Ruiz's (former MiLB signing-Caguas) jersey will be one of the items on display, from the Caribbean Series, at the Baseball Hall of Fame: MLB Official Site

Miguel Batista (former St. Louis) and Octavio Dotel (former St. Louis) will hold their first seminar on Friday for the education of ballplayers coming up in the Dominican Republic: El Caribe

Caguas arrived home to the welcome of fans after winning the championship: El Nuevo Dia

Misael Siverio (Aguascalientes-Mexicali/Aragua) considered retirement after being released by Seattle and talks Caribbean Series: El Nuevo Herald


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Tony Pena (former St. Louis-Dominican Republic MGR) said everyone will get a chance to play that was selected for the team: El Caribe

Yadier Molina (St. Louis-Puerto Rico) is very anxious to represent his country in the WBC: El Vocero

Current & Former Cardinals Listed On Rosters:
John Axford (former St. Louis) - Canada
Corey Baker (Memphis) - Israel
Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis) - Puerto Rico
Matt Carpenter (St. Louis) - USA
Brett Cecil (MLB signing) - USA
Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis) - Italy
Jaime Garcia (former St. Louis) - Mexico
Sam Gaviglio (former Springfield) - Italy
Luke Gregerson (former Springfield) - USA
Tyler Herron (former Springfield) - Israel
Ty Kelly (former Memphis) - Israel
George Kottaras (former St. Louis) - Canada
Jason Marquis (former St. Louis) - Israel
Carlos Martinez (St. Louis) - Dominican Republic
Yadier Molina (St. Louis) - Puerto Rico
Efren Navarro (former Memphis) - Mexico
Pat Neshek (former St. Louis) - USA
Trey Nielsen (Springfield) - Italy
Seung-Hwan Oh (St. Louis) - Korea
Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis) - Puerto Rico
Edubray Ramos (former VSL) - Venezuela
Alex Reyes (St. Louis) - Dominican Republic
Jamie Romak (former Memphis) - Canada
J.C. Romero (former St. Louis) - Puerto Rico
Alberto Rosario (St. Louis) - Dominican Republic
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis) - Mexico
Ryan Sherriff (Memphis) - Israel
Curt Smith (former Springfield) - Netherlands
Donovan Solano (former Memphis) - Colombia
J.C. Sulbaran (Memphis free agent) - Netherlands
Rowan Wick (Springfield) - Canada

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-8-17: Alex Cora's Caguas Wins Caribbean Series & He Turns Attention To WBC; Ronny Cedeno Showed His Experience During Caribbean Series; J.C. Sulbaran & Curt Smith On Dutch Preliminary WBC Roster



Australian Baseball League:

Notes:
The league is talking with Asian teams about expansion: Fox Sports


Caribbean Series Championship:

Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and assisted in three double plays.

Caguas beat Mexicali 1-0 in 10 innings
MLB Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Cuba will return for a fifth consecutive season as a special guest in the 2018 Caribbean Series to be held in Barquisimeto, Venezuela: ESPN Deportes

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Magallanes/Zulia) showed his experience in the Caribbean Series: Magallanes Official Site

Miguel Batista (former St. Louis), Octavio Dotel (former St. Louis), and others have teamed up to raise awareness with Dominican players in the wake of recent deaths: El Caribe

There was a gun battle several hours before the championship game that left six dead: El Vocero

Roberto Canache (former Johnson City-Caribes) is expected in Italy in early March: Mister Baseball

The 2017 Caribbean Series had the best attendance in the past 14 held: ESPN Deportes

2017 All-Caribbean Stars: LVBP Official Site

Alex Cora (former MiLB signing-Caguas GM) was emotionally overjoyed when Caguas won: Primera Hora

The Confederation of the Caribbean will have a meeting in March to discuss adding Panama and their interest in Nicaragua and Colombia: TV Max Deportes


Arizona Winter League:

Notes:
The league says there are still open spots on the rosters: AWL Official Twitter


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Cuba announced their roster: ESPN Deportes

Rules have been announced: WBC Official Site

Edubray Ramos (former VSL-La Guaira) was placed on the Venezuelan reserve list and could be used in the second round: La Guaira Official Site

J.C. Sulbaran (Memphis free agent) and Curt Smith (former Springfield-Chinandega) were named to the Dutch team that will play spring trainings games from February 12-26, 2017: Mister Baseball

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-7-17: Ronny Cedeno Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Two Runs; Ruben Gotay Walks; Alberto Rosario Added To D.R.'s WBC Preliminary Roster



Caribbean Series:

Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted second.  2-for-6 with one double, two RBIs, one run, and three strikeouts.

Caguas beat Zulia 9-6
LMP Official Site Post Game

Alexander Ayala (Camaguey-Granma) started at shortstop and batted third.  1-for-4 with one double, two strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Lazaro Blanco (Granma) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, three walks (one intentional), and struck five out for the losing decision (1-1).  (p-s:103-60)(g/f:6-3)
Livan Moinelo (Pinar del Rio-Granma) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:15-9)(g/f:1-1)

Mexicali beat Granma 1-0
LMP Official Site Post Game

Tuesday's Game:
Caguas (2-3) visits Mexicali (4-1) @ 9:00 PM ET


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Alberto Rosario (St. Louis-Estrellas) was added to the Dominican Republic's preliminary roster: Listin Diario

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-6-17: Alfredo Despaigne Hits A Three-Run Homer; Ronny Cedeno Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Vladimir Banos Strikes Out Five Over Eight & Two-Thirds Scoreless Innings For The Win



Caribbean Series:

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at second base and batted sixth.  0-for-4 at the plate.

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted second.  2-for-4 with one double, one two-out RBI, one run, one strikeout, and one fielding error.

Zulia beat Licey 4-3
Culiacan Official Site Post Game

Roel Santos (Granma) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with one run.
Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) started in left field and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one home run, three two-out RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.
William Saavedra (Pinar del Rio-Granma) started at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one home run, one two-out RBI, one run, and assisted in one double play.
Guillermo Aviles (Granma) started as designated hitter and moved to first base, batting sixth.  2-for-4 at the plate.
Carlos Benitez (Granma) started at second base and batted seventh.  2-for-4 and assisted in one double play.
Frank Morejon (Industriales-Granma) started at catcher and batted eighth.  1-for-4 with one double.
Yoelkis Cespedes (Granma) started in right field and batted ninth.  2-for-3 and one outfield assist.
Vladimir Banos (Pinar del Rio-Granma) started and pitched 8.2 innings.  He allowed six hits, no runs, two walks, and struck five out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:123-72)(g/f:9-8)
Jose Angel Garcia (Artemisa-Granma) entered in the ninth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (1).  (p-s:4-2)(ir-s:2-0)

Granma beat Mexicali 4-0
Culiacan Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Licey did not have players on the roster that they had available during the LIDOM and contributed to the poor performance: ESPN Deportes

Monday's Games:
Granma (3-1) visits Zulia (3-1) @ 3:00 PM ET
Caguas (1-3) visits Mexicali (3-1) @ 7:00 PM ET

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-5-17: Ronny Cedeno Collects Three Singles & One RBI; Ruben Gotay Walks Twice; Australian Baseball League Championship Set



Australian Baseball League Playoffs:

Brisbane won the series over Adelaide two games to one and will face Melbourne for the championship beginning on Friday.


Caribbean Series:

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at third base and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and one fielding error.

Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with one run and two walks.

Caguas beat Licey 10-2
Culiacan Official Site Post Game

Roel Santos (Granma) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-3 at the plate.
Alexander Ayala (Camaguey-Granma) started at shortstop and batted third.  1-for-4 with one double, one strikeout, grounded into one double play, one throwing error, and assisted in one double play.
William Saavedra (Pinar del Rio-Granma) started at first base and batted fifth.  2-for-4 with one run, one strikeout, one fielding error, and assisted in one double play.
Carlos Benitez (Granma) started at second base and batted seventh.  2-for-3 with one home run, three RBIs, one run, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Jose Angel Garcia (Artemisa-Granma) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:14-8)(g/f:1-1)

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted second.  3-for-5 with one RBI, one run, and assisted in one double play.

Zulia beat Granma 8-3
Culiacan Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Yoelkis (Granma) and Yoenis Cespedes (New York-N) are similar, but not the same: ESPN Deportes

NPB (Japan) and LBPRC (Puerto Rico) are working to build a stronger relationship: El Nuevo Dia

Sunday's Games:
Licey (0-3) visits Zulia (2-1) @ 3:00 PM ET
Mexicali (3-0) visits Granma (2-1) @ 7:00 PM ET

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-4-17: Joel Pineiro Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning; Carlos Martinez Confirms Pitching In WBC After Missing Out On LIDOM; Randy Ruiz Singles



Australian Baseball League Playoffs:

Sunday's Game:
Adelaide (1-1) visits Brisbane (1-1) @ 1:00 PM AEST


Caribbean Series:

Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one ground into double play and assisted in one double play.
Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) started as designated hitter and batted sixth.  1-for-3 at the plate.
Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Caguas) entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:13-9)(g/f:2-0)

Yunior Paumier (Holguin-Granma) started at third base and batted second.  2-for-5 with one double, one run, and assisted in one double play.
Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one RBI, two runs, and two walks.
William Saavedra (Pinar del Rio-Granma) started at first base and batted fifth.  3-for-4 with one double, one home run, three RBIs, one run, and assisted in one double play.
Dennis Laza (Granma) started in left field and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one run, two walks, and one stolen base.
Carlos Benitez (Granma) started at second base and batted seventh.  2-for-3 with one double, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), one sac fly, grounded into one double play, and assisted in one double play.
Frank Morejon (Industriales-Granma) started at catcher and batted eighth.  2-for-4 and one passed ball.
Yoelkis Cespedes (Granma) started in right field and batted ninth.  1-for-4 with one double.
Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila-Granma) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck two out.  (p-s:88-56)(g/f:9-4)
Livan Moinelo (Pinar del Rio-Granma) entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck two out for the hold (1).  (p-s:33-19)(g/f:3-0)
Miguel Lahera (Artemisa-Granma) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:11-7)(g/f:1-1)

Granma beat Caguas 6-1
LMP Official Site Post Game

Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Zulia) entered in the ninth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed two hits, four earned runs, one home run, and one walk for the losing decision (0-1).  (p-s:18-11)(g/f:1-0)

Mexicali beat Zulia 5-1
LMP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Cuba and Panama could return, full-time, for the 2018 Caribbean Series: Lider

Saturday's Games:
Licey (0-2) visits Caguas (0-3) @ 3:00 PM ET
Granma (2-0) visits Zulia (1-0) @ 7:00 PM ET


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Carlos Martinez (St. Louis-Cibaenas) said negotiations didn't work out for him to pitch for Cibaenas (Dominican League) but confirmed he will launch in the WBC: El Caribe

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-3-17: Pedro Rodriguez Strikes Out One Over One Scoreless Inning For The Hold; Ruben Gotay Singles & Walks Twice; Ronny Cedeno Singles Twice



Australian Baseball League Playoffs:

Saturday's Game:
Adelaide (0-1) visits Brisbane (1-0) @ 6:00 PM AEST


Caribbean Series:

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted eighth.  2-for-4 at the plate.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Zulia) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:13-7)(g/f:0-1)

Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with one hit by pitch and two strikeouts.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-2 with one run, two walks, and one strikeout.

Zulia beat Caguas 4-3
LMP Official Site Post Game

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at third base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout, grounded into one double play, and assisted in two double plays.

Mexicali beat Licey 7-2
LMP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) talks about the team performing in the series: XEU Deportes

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Cibao) visited the Dominican Republic, invited by his pastor, to talk about his faith: Listin Diario

The Confederation will meet in Panama to discuss the return of the country to the Caribbean Series: TV Max Deportes

Friday's Games:
Caguas (0-2) visits Granma (1-0) @ 5:00 PM ET
Zulia (1-0) visits Mexicali (2-0) @ 10:00 PM ET


World Baseball Classic: (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham) may need surgery on his ankle and was removed from the Japan roster: WBC Official Site and Yakyubaka

Dewin Perez (State College) and Oscar Mercado (Palm Beach) are currently training with the Colombian team: El Meridiano

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-2-17: Curt Smith Helps Chinandega Win The Latin American Series; Carlos Martinez & Alex Reyes Named To Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic Rotation; Donovan Solano Singles



Australian Baseball League Playoffs:

Friday's Game:
Brisbane (21-18) visits Adelaide (23-17) @ 7:00 PM ACT


Latin American Series:

Notes:
Chinandega returned home with the championship trophy: La Prensa


Caribbean Series:

Roel Santos (Granma) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with one double, one triple, two RBIs, and one run.
Lazaro Blanco (Granma) started and pitched 6.1 innings.  He allowed five hits, no runs, three walks, and struck six out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:104-62)(g/f:3-7)
Livan Moinelo (Pinar del Rio-Granma) entered in the seventh and pitched 2.2 innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck two out for the save (1).  (p-s:39-26)(g/f:2-4)

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at second base and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.

Granma beat Licey 4-0
LMP Official Site Post Game

Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Aguadilla/Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with one walk.
J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Santurce/Caguas) entered in the seventh and pitched to three batters.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, and one home run for the blown save (1).  (p-s:10-7)(g/f:2-0)(ir-s:2-2)

Mexicali beat Caguas 4-2
LMP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Julian Javier (former St. Louis-Cibao) donated equipment to Dominican kids: Cibao Official Site

Bartolo Hernandez (former agent) denies he trafficked Cubans: El Vocero

The Caribbean Confederation is negotiating making Cuba a member: El Vocero

Thursday's Games:
Zulia (0-0) visits Caguas (0-1) @ 5:00 PM ET
Mexicali (1-0) visits Licey (0-1) @ 9:00 PM ET


World Baseball Classic (Marc 6, 2017):

Notes:
Ty Kelly (former Memphis) excited to represent Israel after trip: WBC Official Site

Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham) will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic due to ankle injury: Carlos Yamazaki Twitter

Jeong Keon-Woo (Hanwha) has pulled out due to knee injury: Yonhap News Agency

Carlos Martinez (St. Louis) and Alex Reyes (St. Louis) will pitch out of the rotation for the Dominican Republic: WBC Official Site

Edgar Renteria (former St. Louis-Colombia) is proud to see his team looked at like a Cinderella: El Heraldo

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-31-17: Breyvic Valera Received 2016-17 LVBP MVP Award; Dewin Perez Tries Out For Colombian World Baseball Classic Team



Venezuelan League:

Notes:
Breyvic Valera (Memphis-Margarita) excepted the MVP award on Monday: LVBP Official Site

Margarita will be searching for outfielders during the offseason: Meridiano


Caribbean Series (February 1, 2017):

Notes:
All games can be watched on ESPN: ESPN Deportes

Everth Cabrera (Chicago-A-Chinandega) hopes Nicaragua is invited to the Caribbean Series: El Meridiano


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Jorge Cantu (Tijuana) was not happy he was not asked to play for Mexico: XEU Deportes

Dewin Perez (State College) was in the opening of Colombian camp and Jolbert Cabrera (former Memphis-Colombian hitting coach) is expected on Tuesday: El Universal

Ah-Seop Son (Lotte) puts the team first and not make it an individual showcase: Yonhap News Agency

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-30-17: Edgard Montiel Collects Three Doubles & One RBI; Curt Smith Doubles, Walks Twice, & Drives In One Run; Fidencio Flores Strikes Out Two Over Two Scoreless Innings



Venezuelan League:

Notes:
Jorge Martinez (Mexico/York-Lara) has expressed his desire to return next year with Lara: Meridiano


Mexican Pacific League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) played in 18 games going 19-for-70 (.271) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, nine RBIs, 33 total bases, 12 runs, three walks, four stolen bases, ten strikeouts, two caught stealing, .297 OBP, .471 SLG, and .769 OPS.
Luis Garcia (former New Haven-Hermosillo) played in fie games going 2-for-8 (.250) with two RBIs, two total bases, two walks, five strikeouts, .400 OBP, .250 SLG, and .650 OPS.
Lance Zawadzki (former Memphis-Navojoa) played in six games going 3-for-17 (.176) with one double, four total bases, one walk, five strikeouts, .222 OBP, .235 SLG, and .458 OPS.
Niko Vasquez (former Springfield-Navojoa) played in six games going 4-for-23 (.174) with one home run, one RBI, seven total bases, three runs, five strikeouts, .174 OBP, .304 SLG, and .478 OPS.
Efren Navarro (former Memphis-Hermosillo) played in 14 games going 8-for-47 (.170) with three doubles, one home run, seven RBIs, 14 total bases, three runs, 11 walks, 13 strikeouts, .311 OBP, .298 SLG, and .609 OPS.
Iker Franco (former Springfield-Culiacan) played in five games going 0-for-4 (.000) with one RBI, one run, two walks, two strikeouts, and .286 OBP.
Irving Wilson (GCL-Culiacan) played in one game going 0-for-2 (.000).

Dennys Reyes (former St. Louis-Culiacan) made eight relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and one hold.  He allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, and struck one out over 2.2 innings.
Victor Marte (former St. Louis-Culiacan) made seven relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 4.05 ERA, and 1.20 WHIP.  He allowed five hits, three earned runs, one home run, three walks, and struck six out over 6.2 innings.


Dominican League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) played in 23 games going 24-for-68 (.353) with six doubles, eight RBIs, 30 total bases, nine runs, five walks, one stolen base, eight strikeouts, .416 OBP, .441 SLG, and .857 OPS.
Tommy Pham (St. Louis-Escogido) played in 17 games going 16-for-58 (.276) with one double, two home runs, nine RBIs, 23 total bases, seven runs, eight walks, two stolen base, 16 strikeouts, .358 OBP, .397 SLG, and .755 OPS.
Brayan Pena (St. Louis free agent-Cibaenas) played in 14 games going 7-for-30 (.233) with two doubles, five RBIs, nine total bases, five runs, three walks, five strikeouts, .303 OBP, .300 SLG, and .603 OPS.
Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Cibaenas) played in 13 games going 8-for-39 (.205) with three doubles, six RBIs, 11 total bases, one run, four walks, eight strikeouts, .311 OBP, .282 SLG, and .593 OPS.
Rainel Rosario (former Springfield-Cibaenas) played in six games going 3-for-16 (.188) with one double, four total bases, two walks, three strikeouts, .278 OBP, .250 SLG, and .528 OPS.
Eliezer Alvarez (Peoria-Escogido) played in one game going 0-for-4 (.000) with two strikeouts.

Evan MacLane (former St. Louis-Licey) made six starts posting a 3-0 record, 2.21 ERA, and 0.95 WHIP.  He allowed 33 hits, ten runs (nine earned), three home runs, two walks, hit one batter, and struck 16 out over 36.2 innings.
Angel Castro (former Memphis-Cibaenas) made six appearances (five starts) posting a 1-2 record, 6.32 ERA, and 1.85 WHIP.  He allowed 27 hits, 14 runs (11 earned), two walks, and struck nine out over 15.2 innings.
Maikel Cleto (former St. Louis-Licey) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 9.00 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP.  He allowed two hits and one earned run over one inning.

Notes:
Evan MacLane (former St. Louis-Estrellas/Licey) will not attend Caribbean Series with Licey due to exhaustion: Listin Diario


Australian Baseball League:

Final Stats:
Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) played in 39 games going 42-for-152 (.276) with seven doubles, three home runs, 22 RBIs, 58 total bases, 23 runs, 20 walks, 14 stolen bases, 36 strikeouts, five caught stealing, .362 OBP, .382 SLG, and .744 OPS.

Championship Begins On Friday


Latin American Series Championship:

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Chinandega) started as designated hitter and batted third.  3-for-4 with three doubles, one RBI, and one run.
Curt Smith (former Springfield-Chinandega) started in right field and batted fourth.  1-for-2 with one double, one RBI, one run, and two walks.
Fidencio Flores (former GCL-Chinandega) entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:23-16)

Chinandega beat Monteria 4-0
LCBP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Managua, Nicaragua will host the 2018 Latin American Series: El Nuevo Diario


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Jose 'Cafecito' Martinez (St. Louis) was added to the preliminary roster for Venezuela: El Emergente

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-29-17: Hector Salazar Strikes Out Three & Allows One Run Over Five & Two-Thirds Innings; Donovan Solano Collects Two Singles & One RBI; Edgard Montiel Singles & Walks Twice



Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  1-for-3 with one run, one walk, one stolen base, and grounded into one double play.

Mexicali beat Mochis 13-1
LMP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Mexicali won the series over Mochis four games to two and will head to the Caribbean Series.


Dominican League Championship:

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at second base and batted second.  2-for-5 with one RBI, grounded into one double play, and assisted in two double plays.

Brayan Pena (St. Louis free agent-Cibaenas) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 at the plate.
Angel Castro (former Memphis-Cibaenas) started and pitched to four batters.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and one walk.  (g/f:1-0)

Licey beat Cibaenas 6-2
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Licey won the series over Cibaenas five games to four and will head to the Caribbean Series.

The LIDOM had a little trouble paying the players in the playoffs: El Caribe

Cibaenas fans upset over the loss set fire to a tree near city hall: El Caribe

Donovan and Jonathan Solano (Licey) celebrated winning the LIDOM championship: El Heraldo


Australian Baseball League:

Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) started in left field and batted second.  1-for-3 with one double, one walk, one stolen base, and one caught stealing.

Adelaide beat Sydney 4-3
Adelaide Official Site Post Game

Monday's Game:
Sydney (15-24) visits Brisbane (21-18) in makeup game for 1/15/17


Latin American Series:

Hector Salazar (former GCL-Panama Metro) started and pitched 5.2 innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, five walks, and struck three out.  (p-s:92-49)
Hector Corpas (former Quad Cities-Panama Metro) entered in the eighth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and struck one out.  (p-s:15-10)(ir-s:3-3)

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Chinandega) started as designated hitter and batted third.  1-for-3 with one run, two walks, and one strikeout.
Curt Smith (former Springfield-Chinandega) started in right field and batted fourth.  1-for-5 with one run and one strikeout.

Panama Metro beat Chinandega 7-5
LCBP Official Site Post Game

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Xalapa) started at catcher and batted third.  1-for-4 at the plate.

Monteria beat Xalapa 9-0
LCBP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Panama Metro lost out on the championship game in the tie-breaker coin flip: Probeis Oficial Twitter

Sunday's Championship Game:
Monteria (2-1) visits Chinandega (2-1) @ 3:00 PM


Caribbean Series (February 1, 2017):

Notes:
Zulia arrived in Culiacan, Mexico and added Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caribes/Lara) roster: LVBP Official Site

Rumors are swirling that the Puerto Rican League may not operate for the 2017-18 season and Ramon Vazquez (former Memphis-Santurce MGR) will look for opportunities elsewhere: Primera Hora


Arizona Winter League (February 3, 2017):

Notes:
Players report on January 30, 2017: Arizona Winter League Twitter


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
The Colombian team will begin training tomorrow to create the 28-man roster from 50 players with Neder Horta (former St. Louis scout) as manager and Luis Urueta (former Palm Beach) as assistant: El Meridiano

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-28-17: Donovan Solano Doubles & Drives In One Run; Fidencio Flores Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning; Francisco Rivera Singles Twice & Walks



Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Stats:
Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) has played in 17 games going 18-for-67 (.269) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, nine RBIs, 32 total bases, 11 runs, two walks, three stolen bases, ten strikeouts, two caught stealing, .286 OBP, .478 SLG, and .763 OPS.

Saturday's Game:
Mexicali (3-2) visits Mochis (2-3) @ 6:00 PM MT


Dominican League Championship:

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at third base and batted second.  1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, grounded into one double play, and assisted in one double play.

Cibaenas beat Licey 7-3
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Carlos Martinez (St. Louis-Cibaenas) finished in second place for Dominican Republic 2016 Pitcher of the Year: Listin Diario

Angel Castro (former Memphis-Cibaenas) was named starter for the final game: Kevin Cabral Twitter

Saturday's Game:
Licey (4-4) visits Cibaenas (4-4) @ 8:00 PM AST


Australian Baseball League:

Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) started as designated hitter and batted leadoff.  0-for-5 with one run and two strikeouts.

Adelaide beat Sydney 15-3
Adelaide Official Site Post Game

Sunday's Games:
Sydney (15-23) visits Adelaide (22-17) @ 12:00 PM ACT
Brisbane (20-18) visits Canberra (20-19) @ 1:00 PM AET
Melbourne (26-13) visits Perth (13-26) @ 4:00 PM AWST


Latin American Series:

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Chinandega) started as designated hitter and batted third.  1-for-4 with one double, one run, and grounded into one double play.
Curt Smith (former Springfield-Chinandega) started in right field and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one double, one run, and one hit by pitch.
Fidencio Flores (former GCL-Chinandega) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:11-7)

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Xalapa) started at first base and batted third.  2-for-3 with one walk.

Chinandega beat Xalapa 7-2
LCBP Official Site Post Game

Saturday's Games:
Panama (1-1) visits Chinandega (2-0) @ 3:00 PM
Xalapa (0-2) visits Monteria (1-1) @ 7:30 PM


Caribbean Series (February 1, 2017):

Notes:
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Aguadilla/Caguas), Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas), Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Caguas), and J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Santurce) are included on the Caguas roster: ESPN Deportes

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-27-17: Hector Hernandez Strikes Out Two Over Two Hitless/Scoreless Innings In LBPRC Playoffs; Eugenio Velez Collects Three Singles & One RBI; Malik Collymore & Edgard Montiel Each Singles Twice & Score One Run



Venezuelan League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) played in 15 games going 14-for-59 (.237) with three doubles, six RBIs, 17 total bases, nine runs, 13 walks, five strikeouts, two caught stealing, .378 OBP, .288 SLG, and .667 OPS.
Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) played in 13 games going 10-for-45 (.222) with one home run, nine RBIs, 13 total bases, two runs, six walks, one stolen base, 11 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .327 OBP, .289 SLG, and .616 OPS.
Breyvic Valera (Memphis-Margarita) played in two games going 2-for-9 (.222) with one RBI, two total bases, one run, one strikeout, .222 OBP, .222 SLG, and .444 OPS.
Jose Martinez (St. Louis-La Guaira) played in six games going 4-for-20 (.200) with one double, two RBIs, five total bases, four runs, five walks, seven strikeouts, .360 OBP, .250 SLG, and .610 OPS.
Jose Gonzalez (former Springfield-La Guaira) played in three games going 0-for-5 (.000) with three strikeouts.
Joshua Lopez (Johnson City-Margarita) played in one games going 0-for-1 (.000) at the plate.

Roberto Canache (former Johnson City-Caribes) made seven relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and one hold.  He allowed three hits, no runs, two walks, and struck five out over seven innings.
Richard Castillo (former Memphis-Lara) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP.  He allowed two hits and no runs over one inning.
Kender Villegas (former Palm Beach-Margarita) made four relief appearances posting a 1-0 record, 3.00 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP.  He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, and struck two out over three innings.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caribes/Lara) made six relief appearances posting a 1-0 record, 3.18 ERA, and 1.24 WHIP.  He allowed seven hits, two earned runs, two home runs, and struck two out over 5.2 innings.
Geudy Guerra (former VSL-La Guaira) made four relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 15.00 ERA, and 3.67 WHIP.  He allowed five hits, five earned runs, one home run, six walks, and struck one out over three innings.

Notes:
Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) worked with Cesar Izturis (former St. Louis-Lara coach) and had positive things to say: Lara Official Site

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Magallanes/Zulia) will stick with the Zulia roster in the Caribbean Series: El Emergente


Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  3-for-4 with one two-out RBI and one stolen base.

Mexicali beat Mochis 5-2
LMP Official Site Post Game

No Game Scheduled For Friday


Dominican League Championship:

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at second base and batted second.  1-for-4 with one walk and assisted in two double plays.

Cibaenas beat Licey 3-2 in 10 innings
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Friday's Game:
Cibaenas (3-4) visits Licey (4-3) @ 7:30 PM AST


Puerto Rican League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) played in 14 games going 15-for-51 (.294) with three doubles, one home run, 11 RBIs, 21 total bases, five runs, five walks, 12 strikeouts, .357 OBP, .412 SLG, and .769 OPS.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) played in 14 games going 14-for-48 (.292) with four doubles, seven RBIs, 18 total bases, five runs, 11 walks, 14 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .433 OBP, .375 SLG, and .808 OPS.
Jonathan Rodriguez (former Memphis-Mayaguez) played in four games going 1-for-15 (.067) with one double, two total bases, one run, eight strikeouts, .067 OBP, .133 SLG, and .200 OPS.
Anthony Garcia (Memphis-Carolina) played in five games going 1-for-17 (.059) with two RBIs, one total base, two walks, three strikeouts, .158 OBP, .059 SLG, and .217 OPS.

Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) made two relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 0.00 WHIP.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out over two innings.
Justin Wright (Memphis free agent-Caguas) made five relief appearances posting a 1-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 2.14 WHIP.  He allowed three hits, two unearned runs, two walks, and struck three out over 2.1 innings.
J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Santurce) made eight relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 1.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and three holds.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, one home run, four walks, hit one batter, and struck five out over 5.2 innings.
Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Santurce) made three relief appearances posting a 1-0 record, 1.93 ERA, and 1.29 WHIP.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, hit one batter, and struck one out over 4.2 innings.
Tyler Herron (former Springfield-Mayaguez) made three relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and one hold.  He allowed three hits, three runs (two earned), one walk, and struck three out over five innings.
Ivan Maldonado (former MiLB tryout-Mayaguez) made two relief appearances posting a 0-1 record, 5.40 ERA, and 3.60 WHIP.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, two walks, and hit one batter over 1.2 innings.
Pete Parise (former Memphis-Mayaguez) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 11.57 ERA, and 1.29 WHIP.  He allowed three hits, three earned run, and one home run over 2.1 innings.

Notes:
Ramon Vazquez (former Memphis-Santurce MGR) is interested in managing next season: El Nuevo Dia


Australian Baseball League:

Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) started in left field and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with one run and one strikeout.

Adelaide beat Sydney 5-2
Adelaide Official Site Post Game

Saturday's Games:
Brisbane (19-18) visits Canberra (20-18) @ 7:00 PM AET
Melbourne (24-13) visits Perth (13-24) for a doubleheader beginning @ 4:00 PM AWST
Sydney (15-22) visits Adelaide (21-17) @ 7:00 PM ACT


Latin American Series:

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Xalapa) started at first base and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with one run.

Panama Metro beat Xalapa 3-1
LCBP Official Site Post Game

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Chinandega) started as designated hitter and batted third.  2-for-4 with one run.
Curt Smith (former Springfield-Chinandega) started in right field and batted fourth.  0-for-5 with one run.

Chinandega beat Monteria 5-2
LCBP Official Site Post Game

Friday's Games:
Chinandega (1-0) visits Xalapa (0-1) @ 3:00 PM
Panama Metro (1-0) visits Monteria (0-1) @ 7:30 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-26-17: Evan MacLane Strikes Out Two Over Seven Scoreless Innings For The Win; Ruben Gotay Singles & Walks Twice; Adam Ottavino & Daniel Descalso Not Participating In World Baseball Classic With Italy



Venezuelan League Championship:

Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) started at second base and batted leadoff.  0-for-2 with two walks, one fielding error, and assisted in one double play.

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts and one throwing error.

Zulia beat Lara 5-2
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Zulia won the series four games to one over Lara and will head to the Caribbean Series.


Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one double, one run, and two strikeouts.

Mexicali beat Mochis 6-1
LMP Official Site Post Game

Thursday's Game:
Mochis (2-2) visits Mexicali (2-2) @ 7:30 PM PT


Dominican League Championship:

Angel Castro (former Memphis-Cibaenas) entered in the eighth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out. (ir-s:2-1)

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at second base and batted second.  1-for-4 with one hit by pitch and one strikeout.
Evan MacLane (former St. Louis-Licey) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed four hits, no runs, and struck two out for the winning decision (3-0).  (g/f:8-4)

Licey visits Cibaenas 5-2
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Thursday's Game:
Licey (4-2) visits Cibaenas (2-4) @ 8:00 PM AST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

J.C. Romero (former St. Louis--Santurce) entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He no hits or runs, and one walk.  (ir-s:1-0)

Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-6 with one run and two strikeouts.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one run, two walks, two strikeouts, and one unassisted double play.
Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Caguas) entered in the 12th and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk for the winning decision (1-0).  (g/f:0-1)

Caguas beat Santurce 6-5 in 12 innings
LBPRC Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Caguas wins the series over Santurce five games to three and will head to the Caribbean Series.


Australian Baseball League:

Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-5 with one run and one strikeout.

Sydney beat Adelaide 5-4
Adelaide Official Site Post Game

Friday's Games:
Brisbane (19-17) visits Canberra (19-18) @ 7:00 PM AET
Sydney (15-21) visits Adelaide (20-17) @ 7:00 PM ACT
Melbourne (24-12) visits Perth (12-24) @ 7:00 PM AWST


Latin American Series (Colombia):

Notes:
Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Chinandega) has seen his level of play improve over the past year: La Prensa

Thursday's Games:
Xalapa (Veracruz) visits Panama Metro (Panama) @ 3:00 PM
Chinandega (Nicaragua) visits Monteria (Colombia) @ 7:30 PM


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Adam Ottavino (former St. Louis) and Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis) either declined or were blocked from playing for Italy: Mister Baseball

Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham) will be used as a starting pitcher, but could also be used in a designated hitter or pinch-hit role.  Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank) will be used as primary third baseman: Yakyubaka

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-25-17: J.C. Romero & Ramon Vazquez Receive Their Awards; Ronny Cedeno Singles, Walks Twice, Homers, & Drives In Three Runs In Two Games; Ildemaro Vargas Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs In Two Games



Venezuelan League Championship:

Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) started at second base and batted second.  0-for-4 with one walk.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the eighth and pitched to five batters.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, and one home run.  (p-s:16-11)(g/f:0-1)

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted eighth.  2-for-3 with one home run, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), one run, two walks, and one stolen base.

Zulia beat Lara 8-7 in 10 innings in completion of 1/23/17
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) started at second base and batted leadoff.  2-for-6 with two two-out RBIs, two strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the tenth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:6-5)(g/f:1-1)

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted eighth.  0-for-3 with one hit by pitch.

Lara beat Zulia 3-1 in 11 innings
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Wednesday's Game:
Lara (1-3) visits Zulia (3-1) @ 7:00 PM VET


Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) started in left field and batted leadoff.  2-for-6 with one double, one run, and two strikeouts.

Mochis beat Mexicali 6-5 in 11 innings
LMP Official Site Post Game

Wednesday's Game:
Mochis (1-1) visits Mexicali (1-1) @ 7:30 PM PT


Dominican League Championship:

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at third base and batted second.  3-for-5 with one double, one run, one strikeout, grounded into one double play, and assisted in one double play.

Licey beat Cibaenas 7-0
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Miguel Tejada (Cibaenas) did not want to be added to the championship roster and has retired: El Caribe

Wednesday's Game:
Cibaenas (2-3) visits Licey (3-2) @ 7:30 PM AST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Notes:
Ramon Vazquez (former Memphis-Santurce MGR) and J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Santurce) received their awards: LBPRC Official Site

Wednesday's Game:
Santurce (3-4) visits Caguas (4-3) @ 7:15 PM AST


Australian Baseball League:

Thursday's Games:
Brisbane (18-17) visits Canberra (19-17) @ 7:00 PM AET
Sydney (14-21) visits Adelaide (20-16) @ 7:00 PM ACT


Latin American Series (January 26, 2017):

Notes:
Chinandega arrived in Colombia and Fidencio Flores (former GCL-Boer) will be plugged into the rotation: La Prensa

Curt Smith (former Springfield-Chinandega) and Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Chinandega) are on the roster for  Chinandega: El Nuevo Diario

Panama will attend a meeting with the Caribbean Series: TV Max Deportes

Panama Metro arrived in Colombia: Probeis Oficial Twitter


Caribbean Series (February 1, 2017):

Notes:
Granma announced their roster which includes Alfredo Despaigne: Baseball de Cuba

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-24-17: Luis Urueta Talks Edgar Renteria & World Baseball Classic; Ronny Cedeno Singles, Homers, Walks Twice, & Drives In Three Runs Before Game Suspended; Evan MacLane Holds A 2-0 Record & 2.73 ERA In Five Starts In LIDOM Playoffs



Venezuelan League Playoffs:

Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) started at second base and batted second.  0-for-4 with one walk.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the eighth and pitched to five batters.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, and one home run.  (p-s:16-11)(g/f:0-1)

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted eighth.  2-for-3 with one home run, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), one run, two walks, and one stolen base.

Lara and Zulia tied 7-7, suspended after ten innings
Game was suspended due to violence in the stands: LVBP Official Site

Tuesday's Game:
Lara (0-2) visits Zulia (2-0) @ 7:00 PM VET


Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Stats:
Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) has played in 14 games going 12-for-53 (.226) with one double, one triple, three home runs, eight RBIs, 24 total bases, nine runs, two walks, two stolen bases, six strikeouts, two caught stealing, .250 OBP, .453 SLG, and .703 OPS.

Tuesday's Game:
Mochis (1-1) visits Mexicali (1-1) @ 7:30 PM PT


Dominican League Playoffs:

Stats:
Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) has played in 18 games going 16-for-46 (.348) with four doubles, six RBIs, 20 total bases, eight runs, four walks, one stolen base, six strikeouts, .415 OBP, .435 SLG, and .850 OPS.
Brayan Pena (St. Louis free agent-Cibaenas) has played in 13 games going 7-for-29 (.241) with two doubles, five RBIs, nine total bases, five runs, three walks, five strikeouts, .313 OBP, .310 SLG, and .623 OPS.
Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Cibaenas) has played in 13 games going 8-for-39 (.205) with three doubles, six RBIs, 11 total bases, one run, four walks, eight strikeouts, .311 OBP, .282 SLG, and .593 OPS.

Evan MacLane (former St. Louis-Licey) has made five starts posting a 2-0 record, 2.73 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP.  He's allowed 29 hits, ten runs (nine earned), three home runs, two walks, hit one batter, and struck 14 out over 29.2 innings.

Tuesday's Game:
Licey (2-2) visits Cibaenas (2-2) @ 8:00 PM AST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Stats:
Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) has played in 13 games going 14-for-45 (.311) with three doubles, one home run, 11 RBIs, 20 total bases, four runs, five walks, ten strikeouts, .380 OBP, .444 SLG, and .824 OPS.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) has played in 13 games going 13-for-44 (.295) with four doubles, seven RBIs, 17 total bases, four runs, nine walks, 12 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .426 OBP, .386 SLG, and .812 OPS.

Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) has made two relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 0.00 WHIP.  He's allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out over two innings.
Justin Wright (Memphis free agent-Caguas) has made five relief appearances posting a 1-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 2.14 WHIP.  He's allowed three hits, two unearned runs, two walks, and struck three out over 2.1 innings.
J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Santurce) has made seven relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 1.59 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and three holds.  He's allowed three hits, one earned run, one home run, three walks, hit one batter, and struck five out over 5.2 innings.

Notes:
Caguas will retire Ivan Rodriguez's number: Primera Hora

No Game Scheduled Until Wednesday


Colombian League Championship:

Stats:
Jose Calero (former GCL-Sincelejo) has a 0-1 record and 3.86 ERA.  He allowed three hits, three runs (one earned), and one walk over 2.1 innings.
Jose Almarante (former Memphis-Sincelejo) has a 0-0 record and 10.80 ERA.  He allowed four hits, three runs (two earned), one home run, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out over 1.2 innings.


California Winter League:

Notes:
Katie Griffith (Hit King) became the first woman to pitch in the league: CWL Official Site


Caribbean Series (February 1, 2017):

Notes:
Cuba has filed paperwork to become a permanent member of the Caribbean Series.  The board is still considering Nicaragua, Panama, and Colombia: ESPN Deportes


World Baseball Classic (March 6, 2017):

Notes:
Luis Urueta (former Palm Beach-Colombia MGR) talks Edgar Renteria (former St. Louis) and the Colombian team: El Heraldo

Monday, January 23, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-23-17: Jonathan Rivera Finished With A Slash Line Of .357/.379/.429 In Panama; Donovan Solano Singles Twice, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Randy Ruiz Doubles & Knocks In One Run


Cuban League Championship:

Granma, with the help of Alfredo Despaigne and Guillermo Aviles, won the championship over Avila and will advance to the 2017 Caribbean Series: Baseball de Cuba


Venezuelan League Championship:

Stats:
Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) has played in 12 games going 12-for-47 (.255) with three doubles, four RBIs, 15 total bases, nine runs, ten walks, three strikeouts, two caught stealing, .390 OBP, .319 SLG, and .709 OPS.
Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) has played in ten games going 8-for-35 (.229) with six RBIs, eight total bases, one run, four walks, nine strikeouts, one caught stealing, .308 OBP, .229 SLG, and .536 OPS.

Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caribes/Lara) has made four relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 2.25 ERA, and 0.75 WHIP.  He's allowed three hits, one earned run, and struck two out over four innings.

Monday's Game:
Lara (0-2) visits Zulia (2-0) @ 7:00 PM VET


Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.

Mexicali beat Mochis 7-2
LMP Official Site Post Game

No Game Scheduled For Monday


Dominican League Championship:

Brayan Pena (St. Louis free agent-Cibaenas) entered late in the game at catcher and batted ninth.  1-for-2 with one two-out RBI and one run.

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) started at second base and batted second.  3-for-5 with one double, one two-out RBI, one run, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.

Licey beat Cibaenas 9-6
Listin Diario Post Game

Notes:
Licey and Cibaenas before Sunday's game took a moment of silence for Yordano Ventura (Kansas City-Cibaenas) and Andy Marte (KT-Cibaenas).  Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Cibaenas) and Brayan Pena (St. Louis-Cibaenas) showed the most emotion:  El Caribe and El Caribe

Carlos Martinez (St. Louis-Cibaenas) is nominated for Dominican Pitcher of the Year: El Caribe

No Game Scheduled For Monday


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, and one strikeout.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Justin Wright (Memphis free agent-Caguas) entered in the fourth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (ir-s:2-0)

J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Santurce) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and picked one runner off.  (g/f:2-0)

Notes:
Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) brought his son, R.J., out before the game to play in the field: Primera Hora

Caguas beat Santurce 4-1
LBPRC Official Site Post Game

No Game Scheduled For Monday


Australian Baseball League:

Stats:
Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) has played in 35 games going 38-for-135 (.281) with six doubles, three home runs, 22 RBIs, 53 total bases, 20 runs, 19 walks, 13 stolen bases, 32 strikeouts, four caught stealing, .372 OBP, .393 SLG, and .764 OPS.


Panama League Championship:

Notes:
Panama Metro beat Cocle 3-2 in the playoff game: ProbeisOficial Twitter

Panama Metro won the championship over Panama, 6-4: TV Max Deportes

Jonathan Rivera (Johnson City-Metropolitanas) finished with a .357 AVG with .379 OBP, .429 SLG, and .808 OPS.


Latin American Series (Hosted By Colombia - January 26, 2017):

Thursday's Games:
Xalapa (Veracruz) visits Panama Metro (Panama) @ 3:00 PM
Chinandega (Nicaragua) visits Monteria (Colombia) @ 7:00 PM


Asia Professional Baseball Challenge (November 16, 2017):

Notes:
Will be a three-day tournament between the champions of the NPB, KBO, and CPBL: Yonhap News Agency

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-22-17: Ruben Gotay Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; Ronny Cedeno Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs; Pedro Rodriguez & Hector Hernandez Each Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning



Venezuelan League Championship:

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted ninth.  2-for-5 with two two-out RBIs and three strikeouts.

Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) started at second base and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 and one missed catch error.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:11-7)(g/f:2-0)

Zulia beat Lara 11-1
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) was eager to return and help in the championship: LVBP Official Site

Tito Landrum (former St. Louis-Lara) played in the last championship series between Zulia and Lara: LVBP Official Site

No Game Scheduled For Sunday


Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) started in left field and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and one caught stealing.

Mochis beat Mexicali 3-1
LMP Official Site Post Game

Sunday's Game:
Mexicali (0-1) visits Mochis (1-0) @ 5:00 PM MT


Dominican League Championship:

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) entered late in the game at second base and batted second.  0-for-1 and one fielding error.

Brayan Pena (St. Louis free agent-Cibaenas) started at catcher and batted seventh.  0-for-2 at the plate.

Cibaenas beat Licey 11-4
Listin Diario Post Game

Notes:
Andy Marte (KT-Cibaenas) died in a car accident early Sunday morning: El Caribe and El Caribe

Yordano Ventura (Kansas City-Cibaenas) also died in a car accident this morning: El Caribe

Sunday's Game:
Cibaenas (2-1) visits Licey (1-2) @ 4:00 PM AST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:0-2)

Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Caguas) started at first base and batted fifth.  2-for-4 with one double, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), three runs, one walk, and assisted in two double plays.
Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Caguas) entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and hit one batter.  (g/f:4-1)

Caguas beat Santurce 12-1
LBPRC Official Site Post Game

Sunday's Game:
Caguas (3-3) visits Santurce (3-3) @ 4:15 PM AST


Australian Baseball League:

Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) started in left field and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one intentional walk.

Sydney beat Canberra 7-6

No Games Scheduled Until Thursday


Colombian League Championship:

Notes:
Monteria beat Sincelejo 6-1 to win the series four games to two: LCBP Official Site


Veracruz League Championship:

Notes:
Xalapa beat Minatitlan 13-2 to win the championship: LBEV Twitter


Panama League Championship:

Notes:
Panama Metro and Cocle will play tiebreaker game to move on to the championship: David Salayandia Twitter

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-21-17: Malik Collymore Singles & Drives In Two Runs In Doubleheader; Evan MacLane Strikes Out Two & Allows Two Runs Over Five & Two-Thirds Innings; Richard Castillo Pitched One Scoreless Inning



Venezuelan League Championship:

Ronny Cedeno (former MLB signing-Zulia) started at third base and batted ninth.  2-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Richard Castillo (former Memphis-Lara) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits and no runs.  (p-s:9-7)(g/f:2-0)

Zulia beat Lara 12-2
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caribes/Lara) looks forward to helping Lara win the championship: LVBP Official Site

Ildemaro Vargas (former Palm Beach-Lara) rejoined Lara as expected: LVBP Official Site

Saturday's Games:
Zulia (1-0) visits Lara (0-1) @ 5:30 PM VET


Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Stats:
Eugenio Velez (former Memphis-Mochis) has played in 12 games going 11-for-45 (.244) with one double, one triple, three home runs, eight RBIs, 23 total bases, nine runs, two walks, two stolen bases, four strikeouts, one caught stealing, .271 OBP, .511 SLG, and .782 OPS.
Efren Navarro (former Memphis-Hermosillo) has played in 14 games going 8-for-47 (.170) with three doubles, one home run, seven RBIs, 14 total bases, three runs, 11 walks, 13 strikeouts, .311 OBP, .298 SLG, and .690 OPS.
Iker Franco (former Springfield-Culiacan) has played in five games going 0-for-4 (.000) with one RBI, one run, two walks, two strikeouts, .286 OBP.

Dennys Reyes (former St. Louis-Culiacan) has made eight relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and one hold.  He's allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, and struck one out over 2.2 innings.
Victor Marte (former St. Louis-Culiacan) has made seven relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 4.05 ERA, and 1.20 WHIP.  He's allowed five hits, three earned runs, one home run, three walks, and struck five out over 5.2 innings.

Saturday's Games:
Mexicali (0-0) visits Mochis (0-0) @ 6:00 PM MT


Dominican League Championship:

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Cibaenas) started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  1-for-2 at the plate.
Brayan Pena (St. Louis free agent-Cibaenas) entered lated in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) entered late in the game at third base.
Evan MacLane (former St. Louis-Licey) started and pitched 5.2 innings.  He allowed six hits, two runs (one earned), and struck two out.  (g/f:7-5)

Licey beat Cibaenas 4-2
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Saturday's Games:
Licey (1-1) visits Cibaenas (1-1) @ 5:00 PM AST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Stats:
Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Caguas) has played in 11 games going 12-for-37 (.324) with two doubles, one home run, nine RBIs, 17 total bases, three runs, five walks, nine strikeouts, .405 OBP, .459 SLG, and .864 OPS.
Ruben Gotay (former Memphis-Cahuas) has played in 11 games going 10-for-36 (.278) with three doubles, four RBIs, 13 total bases, one run, eight walks, 11 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .422 OBP, .361 SLG, and .783 OPS.

Joel Pineiro (former St. Louis-Caguas) has made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 1.80 WHIP.  He's allowed three hits, no runs, and struck one out over 1.2 innings.
J.C. Romero (former St. Louis-Santurce) has made six relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 1.59 ERA, 1.07 SHIP, and three holds.  He's allowed three hits, one earned run, one home run, two walks, hit one batter, and struck five out over 4.2 innings.

Saturday's Games:
Santurce (3-2) visits Caguas (2-3) @ 7;15 PM AST


Nicaraguan League Championship:

Stats:
Curt Smith (former Springfield-Chinandega) played in five games going 7-for-19 (.368) with one home run, six RBIs, ten total bases, four runs, three walks (one intentional), three strikeouts, grounded into one double play, .478 OBP
Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Chinandega) has played in five games going two doubles, one home run, three RBIs, 12 total bases, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts, .375 OBP, .526 SLG, and .920 OBP.

Fidencio Flores (former GCL-Rivas) has made one start posting a 0-1 record, 0.00 ERA.   He's allowed four hits, two unearned runs, two walks, hit one batter.


Australian Baseball League:

Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with two RBIs (one w/two-outs) and two strikeouts.

Sydney beat Canberra 5-1 in game one of doubleheader

Malik Collymore (former Johnson City-Sydney) started in left field and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one run.

Canberra beat Sydney 2-1 in game two of doubleheader
Sydney Official Site Post Game

Sunday's Games:
Adelaide (19-16) visits Melbourne (24-11) @ 1:00 PM AET
Perth (12-23) visits Brisbane (17-17) @ 2:00 PM AEST
Canberra (19-16) visits Sydney (13-21) @ 4:00 PM AET


Colombian League Championship:

Saturday's Game:
Sincelejo (2-3) visits Monteria (3-2) @ 5:00 PM


Veracruz League Championship:

Notes:
Xalapa beat Minatitlan 10-8 in the first game of the championship: LBE Ver Twitter