Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Kurt Heyer Interview On His 2018-19 Experience From Australia

Setting a goal to reach the majors may take some time and miles of travel.  Kurt Heyer has been doing both and still intends to see the day when he steps onto the field of a major league team.  The 28-year old right-hander has spent eight seasons pitching professionally making stops at six different St. Louis minor league affiliates, two separate trips to MLB spring training with two different organizations, three different independent league clubs, and hurled in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and now Australia during the offseason.

After all this, Heyer still has the drive to keep pushing along and take advantage of any opportunity to make that goal come true.  He signed a 2019 contract with the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Association, making this his fourth indy ball team in the last three seasons.

I reached out to Kurt about taking some questions on his recent tour of duty in Australia.  He played with one former Springfield teammate in Mikey Reynolds, on the Adelaide squad, and pitched against former St. Louis Cardinal Pete Kozma.

This is the third edition of Kurt Heyer from....wherever.

Joshua Jones: How do you feel about the past couple seasons, having pitched in the indy ball circuit?

Kurt Heyer: 2017 is a season I wanted to put behind me. I was at the lowest part of my career. But 2018 was a huge turnaround for me in terms of throwing striking and going deep into games.

J.J.: Do you still have a goal to pitch in the Major Leagues?  Any other goals for the coming 2019 season?

K.H.: Of course I’m still shooting be a big leaguer. The thought of retiring hasn’t even entered my mind. I’m aiming to get picked up by a affiliated team. 2019 is going to be exciting as I’m heading to the American Association to play for the Milkmen.

J.J.: What went into the decision to pitch in Australia instead of returning to Venezuela or Dominican Republic?  Were there any offers from Latin America?

K.H.: I wanted to travel to a new country and play baseball in Australia. I never got contacted from Venezuela or the DR. No offers lol

J.J.:  What did you intend to work on while pitching in Australia?

K.H.: I wanted get more innings under my belt and continue working on my Changeup.

J.J.:  What was the atmosphere like while pitching in Australia?  Fans/club embrace you?

K.H.: The atmosphere was the same as back in the states. Great fans and teammates. The club was first class and made feel like a real Aussie.

J.J.:  What were the similarities/differences pitching in Australia compared to Venezuela and Dominican Republic?

K.H.: Obviously there was no language barrier haha. The competition was great. I don’t think people realize that there are still MLB prospects sent to Australia where they can hone their batting and pitching.

J.J.:  What were the living arrangements like in Australia?

K.H.: Most of the imports either lived in apartments near the beach or some in the city. I stayed in the city with the other import pitchers.

J.J.: Did you do any sight seeing or take part in any activities in Australia?

K.H.: I tried to sight see as much as I could. I went to Bells Beach in Geelong and got to see the Indian Ocean. There was never a dull moment in AUS. There were also plenty of kangaroos.

J..J.:  Did you have to make any adjustments, living wise, while on your stay in Australia?

K.H.: living in the city was pretty simple. Getting a routine down was easy as there were many places to go and eat.

J.J.:  Was there anyone there that helped you settle in?  (I see you're playing with former teammate Mikey Reynolds)

K.H.: The imports stuck together for the most part. We all experienced everything at the same pace. I hung with Mikey quite a bit. He doesn’t want to leave haha

J.J.: What's it like getting to pitch against former Cardinal Pete Kozma?

K.H.: Pitching against Kozma was a great test to see how your stuff plays against a professional. I love pitching against guys like him.

J.J.:  Are at all disappointed you couldn't reach the majors with the Cardinals or Marlins?

K.H.: I think everyone gets a little disappointed with not making it with the team you started out with. But at the end of the day there are 30 teams and you just need to one to like you.

J.J.:  Would you recommend the ABL to other players?

K.H.: I would highly recommend young players to start their careers in AUS. For guys who don’t get a shot right off the bat it’s a great experience. You can’t go wrong with Australia. I might come back depending on my situation after this upcoming season.

Past Installments:
Kurt Heyer from Dominican Republic 2015 
Kurt Heyer from Venezuela 2016

Kurt Heyer on Twitter

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-12-19: Rangel Ravelo Hit .267 In The Caribbean Series; Luis Garcia Named Mexicali Manager

Caribbean Series:

Final Stats:
Allen Cordoba (former Johnson City-Herrera) played in five games going 7-for-18 (.389) with three RBIs, seven total bases, three runs, one walk, one stolen base, four strikeouts, .450 OBP, .389 SLG, and .839 OPS.
Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) played in four games going 4-for-15 (.267) with four total bases, two runs, one walk, .313 OBP, .267 SLG, and .579 OPS.
Audry Perez (former St. Louis-Estrellas) played in two games going 1-for-5 (.200) with one RBI, one total base, one strikeout, .167 OBP, .200 SLG, and .367 OPS.
Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Santurce) played in two games going 0-for-4 (.000) with one walk, one strikeout, and .200 OBP.


Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Lara) made three relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, and one save.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk over 3.2 innings.
Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 0.00 WHIP.  He allowed no hits or runs over 0.1 innings.
Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara) made one start posting a 1-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 0.80 WHIP.  He allowed four hits, one unearned run, and struck four out over five innings.
Harold Arauz (MiLB signing-Herrera) made two starts posting a 1-0 record, 0.90 ERA, and 0.90 WHIP.  He allowed seven hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck eight out over ten innings.
Ivan Maldonado (former MiLB tryout-Santurce) made one start posting a 0-0 record, 1.42 ERA, and 0.95 WHIP.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck one out over 6.1 innings.
Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Estrellas) made one start posting a 0-0 record, 6.23 ERA, and 1.85 WHIP.  He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out over 4.1 innings.
Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) made three relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 6.75 ERA, and 3.00 WHIP.  He allowed four hits, three runs (two earned), four walks, hit one batter, and struck one out over 2.2 innings.
Tyler Herron (former Springfield-Santurce) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 20.25 ERA, and 2.25 WHIP.  He allowed three hits, three earned runs, and struck one out over 1.1 innings.

Notes:
Mexicali named Luis Garcia (former New Haven) their manager for the 2019-20 season: XEU Deportes

Herrera was told after the Caribbean Series win that they did not qualify for bonus: Panama American

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-11-19: Harold Arauz Strikes Out Four & Allows One Run Over Five Innings For The Win; Allen Cordoba Singles, Walks, & Drives In One Run; Jose Leon Talks About Coaching Herrera

Caribbean Series Championship:

Alfredo Despaigne (Granma-Las Tunas) started in left field and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one double and one run.
Carlos Benitez (Granma-Las Tunas) started at second base and batted seventh.   1-for-3 with one two-out RBI, two strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Livan Moinelo (Pinar de Rio-Las Tunas) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:10-9)(g/f:2-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Allen Cordoba (former Johnson City-Herrera) started in left field and batted third.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, one walk, and one stolen base.
Harold Arauz (MiLB signing-Herrera) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, and struck four out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:72-56)(g/f:9-0)

Herrera beat Las Tunas 3-1
Panama American Post Game
TV Max Deportes Post Game

Notes:
Jose Leon (former Palm Beach-Herrera MGR) helped coach Herrera to the championship: El Nuevo Dia

Alfredo Despaigne (Granma-Las Tunas) and Lazaro Blanco (Granma-Las Tunas) were named to the 2019 Caribbean Series All-Star team: LVBP Official Site

Angel Ovalles (St. Louis Latin scout-Cibaenas GM) will begin the search for the new manager of Cibaenas: Listin Diario

The Confederation did not confirm if Panama would return: El Nuevo Dia

The Confederation is still discussing adding Panama, Nicaragua, and Colombia: El Nuevo Dia

Lara received big support from the Venezuelans living in Panama and many players like Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara) were surprised: El Nuevo Dia

Herrera will not receive a cash prize for reaching the Caribbean Series finals: TV Max Deportes

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-10-19: Luis Mateo Collects Five Hits & Two RBIs In Two Games; Pedro Rodriguez Pitched One & Two-Thirds Scoreless Innings & Held One Inherited Runner On Base; Rangel Ravelo Singles Twice



Coliceba Championship (Puerto Rico):

Luis Mateo (former Memphis-Orocovis) 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

Aibonito beat Orocovis 16-15 in 10 innings (2/2/19)

Luis Mateo (former Memphis-Orocovis) 2-for-4 at the plate.

Aibonito beat Orocovis 8-6 (2/9/19)
Coliceba Official Site Post Game
Aibonito wins the series 4-2


Caribbean Series:

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted third.  2-for-4 and assisted in one double play.
Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the fifth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, one unearned run, and three walks.  (p-s:23-11)(g/f:3-1)(ir-s:1-0)
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk.  (p-s:24-13)(g/f:3-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Yuniesky Larduet (Las Tunas) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  3-for-5 with two runs and one stolen base.
Alfredo Despaigne (Granma-Las Tunas) started in left field and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, one walk, and grounded into one double play.
Carlos Benitez (Granma-Las Tunas) started at second base and batted seventh.  1-for-1 with one two-out RBI and three walks.
Yurisbel Gracial (Matanzas-Las Tunas) started at third base and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one double.
Lazaro Blanco (Granma-Las Tunas) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed five hits, no runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out for the winning decision (2-0).  (p-s:113-71)(g/f:4-4)
Yoennis Yera (Matanzas-Las Tunas) entered in the sixth and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the hold (1).  (p-s:28-16)(g/f:1-3)
Raidel Martinez (Pinar del Rio-Las Tunas) entered in the eighth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out for the save (2).  (p-s:29-20)(g/f:2-0)(ir-s:1-0)

Las Tunas beat Lara 3-0
Baseball de Cuba Post Game

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Santurce) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted seventh.  0-for-1 at the plate.
Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) entered in the eighth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:4-3)(g/f:0-1)

Allen Cordoba (former Johnson City-Herrera) started in left field and batted third.  1-for-3 with one run and one strikeout.

Herrera beat Santurce 1-0
TV Max Deportes Post Game

Notes:
Roberto Alomar (former Tampa Bay) feels positive about the deal between MLB and Cuba: El Vocero

Sunday's Championship Game:
Cuba (2-2) visits Herrera (3-1) @ 4:00 PM ET

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-9-19: Allen Cordoba Collects Three Singles & One RBI

Caribbean Series:

Allen Cordoba (former Johnson City-Herrera) started in left field and batted third.  3-for-4 with one two-out RBI and one strikeout.

Estrellas beat Herrera 5-3
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted third.  0-for-4 with one walk and assisted in one double play.
Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the fifth and pitched to six batters.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, one intentional walk, and hit one batter.  (p-s:11-5)(g/f:2-0)(ir-s:2-2)

Jalisco beat Lara 9-4
LMP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
The Cuban team will face off against El Salvador next weekend: Diario de Cuba

Saturday's Games:
Lara (2-1) visits Las Tunas (1-2) @ 1:00 PM ET
Santurce (0-3) visits Herrera (2-1) @ 7:00 PM ET

Friday, February 8, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-8-19: Audry Perez Drives In One Run; Rangel Ravelo On Playing In LVBP

Caribbean Series:

Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus-Las Tunas) started as designated hitter and batted third.  1-for-5 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Alfredo Despaigne (Granma-Las Tunas) started in left field and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one walk, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.
Yordanis Samon (Granma-Las Tunas) started at first base and batted fifth.  3-for-5 with one pick off and assisted in two double plays.
Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila-Las Tunas) entered in the first and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, and hit one batter.  (p-s:72-47)(g/f:10-5)(ir-s:2-0)
Raidel Martinez (Pinar del Rio-Las Tunas) entered in the eighth and pitched 2.2 innings.  He allowed two hits and no runs.  (p-s:37-27)(g/f:5-2)

Jalisco beat Las Tunas 3-2 in 11 innings
LMP Official Site Post Game

Audry Perez (former St. Louis-Estrellas) started at catcher and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one RBI, one sac fly, one throwing error, and allowed four stolen bases.
Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Estrellas) started and pitched 4.1 innings.  He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out.  (p-s:69-48)(g/f:3-5)

Estrellas beat Santurce 5-4
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Frank Robinson managed Culiacan (Mexican Pacific League) during 1977-78 season: LMP Official Site

Frank Robinson played for Ponce and managed Santurce in Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Dia

LVBP suspended Gabriel Perez (Gary-Aragua) for 30 games after failing drug test: Aragua Official Site

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) talks about playing in Venezuela and his baseball career: El Emergente

Friday's Games:
Herrera (2-0) visits Estrellas (2-1) @ 3:00 PM ET
Lara (2-0) visits Jalisco (1-2) @ 8:00 PM ET

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-7-19: Pedro Rodriguez Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Save; Allen Cordoba Singles Twice & Drives In One Run; Ivan Maldonado Strikes Out One & Allows One Run Over Six & A Third Innings

Caribbean Series:

Freddy Alvarez (Villa Clara-Las Tunas) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed three hits, one unearned run, one walk, and struck three out for the losing decision (0-1).  (p-s:71-54)(g/f:7-5)

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted third.  1-for-3 with one run and grounded into one double play.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (1).  (p-s:12-8)(g/f:2-0)

Lara beat Las Tunas 1-0
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Allen Cordoba (former Johnson City-Herrera) started in left field and moved to second base, batting third.  2-for-5 with one two-out RBI, one run, and grounded into one double play.

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Santurce) started at first base and batted seventh.  0-for-3 with one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in two double plays.
Ivan Maldonado (former MiLB tryout-Santurce) started and pitched 6.1 innings.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:70-46)(g/f:8-3)
Tyler Herron (former Springfield-Santurce) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed three hits, three earned runs, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:24-16)(g/f:2-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Herrera beat Santurce 8-7
TV Max Deportes Post Game

Notes:
Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara) has been announced as the starter for Lara in the final game: El Emergente

Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Estrellas) is scheduled to start Thursday: Estrellas Official Site

Cuban players wait to sign with MLB teams: El Nuevo Herald

Las Tunas will change up their batting order and add Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus-Las Tunas): Pelota Cubana Blog

Thursday's Games:
Jalisco (0-2) visits Las Tunas (1-1) @ 3:00 PM ET
Santurce (0-2) visits Estrellas (1-1) @ 8:00 PM ET

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-6-19: Harold Arauz Strikes Out Four Over Five Scoreless Innings; Angel Ovalles Named Cibaenas' New GM; Allen Cordoba Reaches Base On Hit By Pitch



Caribbean Series:

Yuniesky Larduet (Las Tunas) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Alfredo Despaigne (Granma-Las Tunas) started in left field and batted fourth.  3-for-4 with three two-out RBIs.
Jorge Aloma (Industriales-Las Tunas) started at second base and batted ninth.  2-for-4 with one double, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Lazaro Blanco (Granma-Las Tunas) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, one walk, and struck three out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:93-61)(g/f:10-6)

Las Tunas beat Jalisco 3-1
Baseball de Cuba Post Game

Allen Cordoba (former Johnson City-Herrera) started in left field and batted third.  0-for-4 with one hit by pitch and two strikeouts.
Harold Arauz (MiLB signing-Herrera) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, two walks, and struck four out.  (p-s:77-46)(g/f:8-0)

Herrera beat Estrellas 4-2
Panama American Post Game

Notes:
Angel Ovalles (St. Louis Latin scout) was named General Manager for Cibaenas: Cibaenas Official Site

Ivan Maldonado (former MiLB tryout-Santurce) says he is ready to face Herrera: LBPRC Official Site

Wednesday's Games:
Las Tunas (1-0) visits Lara (1-0) @ 3:00 PM ET
Herrera (1-0) visits Santurce (0-1) @ 8:00 PM ET


California Winter League (February 7, 2019):

Notes:
Scouts were in attendance for the CWL's MLB workout day: CWL Official Site

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-5-19: Nestor Molina Strikes Out Four & Allows One Run Over Five Innings For The Win; Pedro Rodriguez Pitched One Hitless/Scoreless Inning; Audry Perez & Rangel Ravelo Each Single

Caribbean Series:

Audry Perez (former St. Louis-Estrellas) started at catcher and batted eighth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.

Estrellas beat Santurce 3-1
LIDOM Official Site Post Game

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one run.
Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed four hits, one unearned run, and struck four out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:70-46)(g/f:5-2)
Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the eighth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:11-8)(g/f:0-1)
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB singing-Lara) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:10-7)(g/f:2-1)

Lara beat Jalisco 5-1
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Chants against Nicolas Maduro were heard in the crowd during the Lara-Jalisco game: TV Max Deportes

Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Lara), Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara), and others talk about the days leading up to the protests in Venezuela: ESPN

Wednesday's Games:
Las Tunas (0-0) visits Jalisco (0-1) @ 3:00 PM ET
Estrellas (1-0) visits Herrera (0-0) @ 8:00 PM ET

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-4-19: Robelys Reyes Helps Dominican Republic Win Gold In Pan American Games Qualifier; Nestor Molina Starts In Opening Game For LVBP; Allen Cordoba Returns To Play For Panama



Pan American Qualifier:

Dominican Republic beat Colombia 17-4 for the gold medal
Nicaragua beat Canada 14-12 for the bronze medal


Caribbean Series:

Notes:
Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara) will get the first start for Lara: Lider

Hassan Pena (Quintana Roo free agent) has requested his suspension be lifted in order to return.  He was suspended for a year after failing drug test in which he tested positive for marijuana: El Emergente

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) wore his new shirt he showed off on his instagram: El Emergente

Allen Cordoba (former Johnson City-Panama Oeste) will play for Herrera in the Caribbean Series: El Nuevo Dia

The last time Panama hosted the Caribbean Series was in 1960: TV Max Deportes

Until political issues are settled, Cuba will not host the Caribbean Series: Diario de Cuba

Tuesday's Games:
Estrellas (0-0) visits Santurce (0-0) @ 3:00 PM ET
Jalisco (0-0) visits Lara (0-0) @ 8:00 PM ET

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-2-19: Pete Kozma Walks & Hits A Solo Home Run; Francisco Rivera & Edgard Montiel Each Drive In One Run

Australian Baseball League Championship:

Pete Kozma (former St. Louis-Perth) started at shortstop and batted second.  1-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, one run, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.

Brisbane beat Perth 9-4
ABL Official Site Post Game
Brisbane swept the series in two games and their fourth consecutive championship


Latin American Series Championship:

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Acayucan) drove in one run in the first inning and Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Leon) knocked in one run in the second inning to tie the game: LNBP Official Site

Leon beat Acayucan 3-1

Friday, February 1, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-1-19: Francisco Rivera & Jonathan Rivera Each Single & Drive In One Run; Robelys Reyes Collects Three Hits; Rangel Ravelo Will Play In Caribbean Series

Australian Baseball league Championship:

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


Latin American Series:

Jonathan Rivera (former Johnson City-Herrera) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one RBI.

Leon beat Herrera 5-4
LIV Official Site Post Game

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Acayucan) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one RBI.

Acayucan beat Xalapa 3-0
LIV Official Site Post Game

Friday's Championship Game:
Leon (6-0) visits Acayucan (3-3) @ 7:00 PM


Pan American Games Qualifier:

Notes:
Robelys Reyes (former Springfield-Dominican Republic) went 3-for-5 as the Dominican Republic beat Nicaragua 9-3: Listin Diario

Fidencio Flores (former GCL-Nicaragua) pitched two and a third innings of relief: Miguel Angel Espinoz Twitter


Caribbean Series (February 4, 2019):

Notes:
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Magallanes/Caracas), Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara), Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara), and Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) are on the Lara roster for the Caribbean Series and Williams Perez (MiLB signing-Lara) and Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Lara) were pulled: Lara Official Site

Erick Almonte (Peoria MGR), Julio Lugo (former St. Louis) and D'Angelo Jimenez (former Memphis) are all executives for the Dominican Hall Of Fame: El Caribe

MLB inspectors are looking over the Rod Carew Stadium before the Caribbean Series begins: TV Max Deportes

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-31-19: Edgard Montiel Singles Twice & Drives In One Run; Pete Kozma Singles & Doubles; Francisco Rivera Singles

Australian Baseball League Championship:

Pete Kozma (former St. Louis-Perth) started at shortstop and batted second.  2-for-4 with one double, one strikeout, one fielding error, and assisted in one double play.

Brisbane beat Perth 3-2
ABL Official Site Post Game

No Game Scheduled For Friday


Latin American Series:

Jonathan Rivera (former Johnson City-Herrera) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-4 at the plate.

Herrera beat Barranquilla 3-1
LIV Official Site Post Game

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Leon) started at third base and batted fifth.  2-for-4 with one RBI, two runs, and one strikeout.
Ronald Medrano (former GCL-Leon) started and pitched four innings.  He allowed four hits, four earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck four out.

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Acayucan) started as designated hitter and batted third.  1-for-3 with one run and two strikeouts.

Leon beat Acayucan 7-5
LIV Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Jose Leon (former Arkansas-Herrera) talks about coaching the Herrera squad: El Nuevo Dia

Thursday's Games:
Herrera (2-3) visits Leon (5-0) @ 2:00 PM
Xalapa (3-2) visits Acayucan (2-3) @ 7:00 PM


Pan American Games Qualifier (Brazil):

Notes:
Dewin Perez (former Peoria-Colombia) and Jose Calero (former GCL-Colombia) helped pitch Colombia to a 10-4 win over Panama: El Universal


Caribbean Series (February 4, 2019):

Notes:
Lara (Venezuela), Las Tunas (Cuba), and Jalisco (Mexican Pacific) will compete in Group A and Santurce (Puerto Rico), Estrellas (Dominican Republic), and Herrera (Panama) will be in Group B: LVBP Official Site

Herrera may add players who participated with other teams in the Latin American Series: Licey Official Site

Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Azucareros/Estrellas) is a candidate to start the first game for Estrellas: Estrellas Official Site

Fernando Tatis (former St. Louis-Estrellas MGR) feels his team is built to win: El Caribe

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-30-19: Francisco Rivera Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Jonathan Rivera Singles; Jose Almarante Strikes Out Three & Allows Three Runs Over Five Innings

Mexican Pacific League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Rainel Rosario (former Springfield-Culiacan) played in five games going 5-for-18 (.278) with one double, one triple, two RBIs, eight total bases, three walks, one stolen base, three strikeouts, one caught stealing, .409 OBP, .444 SLG, and .854 OPS.
Irving Lopez (Palm Beach-Hermosillo) played in four games going 2-for-9 (.222) with one home run, one RBI, five total bases, two runs, two strikeouts, .222 OBP, .556 SLG, and .778 OPS.
Yefri Perez (former MiLB signing-Obregon) played in 12 games going 6-for-35 (.171) with one double, one triple, two RBIs, nine total bases, three runs, four walks, two stolen bases, 12 strikeouts, .256 OBP, .257 SLG, and .514 OPS.
Iker Franco (former Springfield-Obregon) played in seven games going 1-for-7 (.143) with one double, two RBIs, two total bases, one walk, two strikeouts, .200 OBP, .286 SLG, and .486 OPS.
Niko Vasquez (former Springfield-Jalisco) played in two games going 0-for-1 (.000).

Maikel Cleto (former St. Louis-Obregon) made 12 relief appearances posting a 3-0 record, 2.87 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and four saves.  He allowed ten hits, five earned runs, four home runs, eight walks, and struck 18 out over 15.2 innings.
Hector Villalobos (State College-Mochis) made four relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 9.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP.  He allowed one hit, two earned runs, one walk, and struck one out over two innings.
Jaime Garcia (former St. Louis-Hermosillo) made two appearances (one start) posting a 0-1 record, 9.00 ERA, and 3.50 WHIP.  He allowed four hits, five runs (two earned), three walks, and hit one batter over two innings.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Hermosillo) made one relief appearance posting a 0-0 record, 81.00 ERA, and 6.00 WHIP.  He allowed no hits, three earned runs, two walks, and hit one batter over 0.1 innings.


Australian Baseball League Championship:

Thursday's Game:
Brisbane (0-0) visits Perth (0-0) @ 7:00 PM AWST


Latin American Series:

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Leon) started at first base and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one strikeout.

Leon beat Cordoba 4-0, suspended
La Prensa

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Acayucan) started at first base and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.

Jonathan Rivera (former Johnson City-Herrera) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Herrera beat Acayucan 4-0
TV Max Deportes Post Game

Jose Almarante (former Memphis-Xalapa) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed six hits, three earned runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out.

Xalapa beat Barranquilla 12-11

Wednesday's Games:
Herrera (1-3) visits Barranquilla (1-3)
Cordoba (1-3) visits Xalapa (3-1)
Acayucan (2-2) visits Leon (2-2)


Caribbean Series (February 4, 2019):

Notes:
57 companies were said to be invested in the Caribbean Series in Venezuela: Lider

Estrellas will begin practices on Wednesday: Bengaleses

The Caribbean Series will broken up into two groups with the winner of each group facing off for the championship: LBPRC Official Site

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-29-19: Jonathan Rivera Hits A Two-Run Homer; Francisco Rivera Singles & Drives In One Run; Iker Franco Knocks In One Run

Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Yefri Perez (former MiLB signing-Obregon) started in centerfield and batted second.  1-for-4 with one run and two strikeouts.
Iker Franco (former Springfield-Obregon) started at catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one RBI, one sac fly, and one strikeout.

Jalisco beat Obregon 11-1
LMP Official Site Post Game
Jalisco wins series four games to two


Venezuelan League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) played in 16 games going 26-for-65 (.400) with six doubles, two home runs, 11 RBIs, 38 total bases, ten runs, seven walks, eight strikeouts, .467 OBP, .585 SLG, and 1.051 OPS.
Leobaldo Pina (former Springfield-Caracas) played in three games going 4-for-11 (.364) with one double, one RBI, five total bases, one stolen base, three strikeouts, one caught stealing, .364 OBP, .455 SLG, and .818 OPS.
Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Lara) played in 16 games going 20-for-65 (.308) with seven doubles, nine RBIs, 27 total bases, 12 runs, 11 walks, one stolen base, ten strikeouts, two caught stealing, .403 OBP, .415 SLG, and .818 OPS.
Breyvic Valera (former St. Louis-Margarita) played in four games going 3-for-12 (.250) with one double, four total bases, one walk, two strikeouts, .308 OBP, .333 SLG, and .641 OPS.
Gabriel Lino (former Memphis-Aragua) played in three games going 2-for-8 (.250) with two total bases, two strikeouts, .250 OBP, .250 SLG, and .500 OPS.
Cesar Valera (former Palm Beach-Caribes) played in six games going 4-for-18 (.222) with three RBIs, four total bases, four strikeouts, .211 OBP, .222 SLG, and .433 OPS.
Ronny Cedeno (former St. Louis signing-Magallanes) played in 13 games going 11-for-50 (.220) with two doubles, one home run, six RBIs, 16 total bases, seven runs, two walks, seven strikeouts, .264 OBP, .320 SLG, and .584 OPS.
Wilfredo Tovar (former Memphis-Caracas) played in 16 games going 13-for-59 (.220) with one double, two RBIs, 14 total bases, four runs, three walks, nine strikeouts, .258 OBP, .237 SLG, and .495 OPS.
Rafael Ortega (former Memphis-Caribes) played in 11 games going 8-for-43 (.186) with two doubles, one home run, four RBIs, 13 total bases, eight runs, two walks, four strikeouts, .208 OBP, .320 SLG, and .511 OPS.
Imeldo Diaz (State College-Margarita) played in two games going 1-for-6 (.167) with one RBI, one total base, one run, one walk, one strikeout, .286 OBP, .167 SLG, and .452 OPS.
Rayder Ascanio (Peoria-Magallanes) played in six games going 1-for-10 (.100) with one RBI, one total base, one run, one walk, four strikeouts, .182 OBP, .100 SLG, and .282 OPS.
Jose Godoy (Palm Beach-Caribes) played in one game going 0-for-1 (.000) with one strikeout.

Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) made 11 relief appearances posting a 1-0 record, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and one hold.  He allowed five hits, no runs, two walks, and struck seven out over 12.1 innings.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Magallanes/Caracas) made nine relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, 0.39 WHIP, one hold, and three saves.  He allowed three hits, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck five out over 10.1 innings.
Kender Villegas (former Palm Beach-Margarita) made two relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and 1.33 WHIP.  He allowed four hits, one unearned run, and struck three out over three innings.
Williams Perez (MiLB signing-Lara) made five starts posting a 3-0 record, 1.32 ERA, and 0.88 WHIP.  He allowed 17 hits, four earned runs, one home run, seven walks, and struck 14 out over 27.1 innings.
Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara) made three starts posting a 1-0 record, 1.72 ERA, and 1.02 WHIP.  He allowed 12 hits, three earned runs, four walks, hit two batters, and struck ten out over 15.2 innings.
Miguel Socolovich (former St. Louis-Caracas) made nine relief appearances posting a 2-0 record, 3.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, one hold, and three saves.  He allowed nine hits, six runs (four earned), two home runs, five walks, and struck seven out over ten innings.
Angel Castro (former Memphis-Caribes) made two appearances (one start) posting a 0-1 record, 6.00 ERA, and 2.33 WHIP.  He allowed six hits, four runs (two earned), one home run, one walk, and struck one out over three innings.
Juan Gonzalez (former Memphis-Caribes) made two relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 13.50 ERA, and 2.25 WHIP.  He allowed six hits, four earned runs, four home runs, and struck three out over 2.2 innings.


Latin American Series:

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Leon) started at third base and batted seventh.  1-for-3 at the plate.

Jonathan Rivera (former Johnson City-Herrera) entered late in the game as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-1 with one home run, two RBIs, and one run.

Leon beat Herrera 5-3
LNBP Official Site Post Game

Geddy Guerra (former VSL-Barranquilla) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed six hits, four earned runs, and two walks.

Barranquilla beat Cordoba 5-4
El Heraldo Post Game

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Acayucan) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-5 with one RBI and grounded into one double play.

Xalapa beat Acayucan 4-3 in 10 innings

Tuesday's Games:
Cordoba (1-2) visits Leon (3-0)
Acayucan (1-2) visits Herrera (1-2)
Xalapa (2-1) visits Barranquilla (1-2)


Pan American Games Qualifier (Brazil):

Tuesday's Games:
Mexico (0-0) visits Dominican Republic (0-0) @ 10:00 AM
Nicaragua (0-0) visits Brazil (0-0) @ 2:30 PM
Panama (0-0) visits Canada (0-0) @ 3:00 PM


Caribbean Series (February 4, 2019):

Notes:
The Caribbean Series will be held in Panama and will include teams from the leagues of Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexican Pacific, and Panama: LMP Official Site

Venezuela plans to file a lawsuit over the Caribbean Series being pulled: XEU Deportes

Confederation responded to comments by Venezuela: El Caribe

Lara is hoping to have Williams Perez (MiLB signing-Lara) for the Caribbean Series but awaits word from St. Louis: El Emergente

Cibaenas met with Tony Pena (former St. Louis) to discuss vacant managerial job: Cibaenas Official Site

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Mayaguez), Ivan Maldonado (former MiLB tryout-Caguas/Santurce), Tyler Herron (former Springfield-Mayaguez), and Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) are on the roster for Santurce with Kiko Calero (former St. Louis-Santurce pitching coach): LBPRC Official Site

Jhonny Polanco (former Springfield-Leon) will pitch for Dantos during Nicaraguan Spring/Summer League: El Nuevo Diario

Monday, January 28, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-28-19: Francisco Rivera Singles, Walks, Homers, & Drives In Three Runs In Two Games; Ildemaro Vargas Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Knocks In Two Runs; Jackson Solarte Strikes Out One Over Three Scoreless Innings



Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Notes:
Next season Guasave returns and Monterrey will supply a team in the LMP: LMP Official Site

Monday's Game:
Obregon (2-3) visits Jalisco (3-2) @ 8:15 PM CT


Venezuelan League Championship:

Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Lara) started at second base and batted leadoff.  2-for-5 with one double, two two-out RBIs, one run, one walk, and assisted in one double play.
Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted fourth.  2-for-5 with one double, one RBI, one run, and assisted in two double plays.
Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:9-6)(g/f:1-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Leobaldo Pina (former Springfield-Caracas) started at third base and batted second.  1-for-4 with one double, two strikeouts, and one fielding error.
Wilfredo Tovar (former Memphis-Caracas) started at shortstop and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one double, one run, and grounded into one double play.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caracas) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:11-8)(g/f:1-0)

Lara beat Caracas 9-2
LVBP Official Site Post Game
Lara wins the series four games to one


Dominican League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Licey) played in 16 games going 15-for-65 (.231) with one double, one triple, nine RBIs, 18 total bases, five runs, four walks, 17 strikeouts, .275 OBP, .277 SLG, and .552 OPS.
Francisco Pena (St. Louis-Azucareros) played in ten games going 7-for-32 (.219) with two doubles, one RBI, nine total bases, two runs, two walks, one stolen base, nine strikeouts, .265 OBP, .281 SLG, and .546 OPS.
Alejandro Mejia (former DSL-Azucareros) played in 14 games going 9-for-48 (.188) with one double, two RBIs, ten total bases, three runs, one walk, 11 strikeouts, .200 OBP, .208 SLG, and .408 OPS.
Audry Perez (former St. Louis-Estrellas) played in ten games going 5-for-27 (.185) with two doubles, two RBIs, seven total bases, one run, five strikeouts, .185 OBP, .259 SLG, and .444 OPS.
Dean Anna (former St. Louis-Escogido) played in three games going 1-for-6 (.167) with one total base, one walk, .286 OBP, .167 SLG, and .452 OPS.
Tommy Pham (former St. Louis-Escogido) played in seven games going 4-for-26 (.154) with one double, two RBIs, five total bases, two runs, four walks, five strikeouts, .290 OBP, .192 SLG, and .483 OPS.
Alberto Rosario (former St. Louis-Estrellas) played in three games going 0-for-5 (.000) with two strikeouts.
Robelys Reyes (former Springfield-Escogido) played in two games.

Yeison Medina (Palm Beach-Estrellas) made nine relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and two holds.  He allowed four hits, no runs, one walk, and struck two out over 5.1 innings.
Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Azucareros) made six starts posting a 3-2 record, 1.64 ERA, and 0.91 WHIP.  He allowed 32 hits, 11 runs (eight earned), two home runs, eight walks, hit one batter, and struck 30 out over 44 innings.
Evan MacLane (former St. Louis-Estrellas) made seven appearances (two starts) posting a 1-1 record, 1.69 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and one hold.  He allowed 16 hits, seven runs (four earned), one home run, two walks, hit one batter, and struck 14 out over 21.1 innings.
Genesis Cabrera (Memphis-Licey) made three relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 2.45 ERA, 0.27 WHIP, and two holds.  He allowed no hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck three out over 3.2 innings.
Harold Arauz (MiLB signing-Azucareros) made two relief appearances posting a 0-0 record, 6.00 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP.  He allowed four hits, three runs (two earned), two walks, and struck one out over three innings.


Puerto Rican League Playoffs:

Final Stats:
Randy Ruiz (former MiLB signing-Mayaguez) played in seven games going 7-for-18 (.389) with two doubles, one home run, one RBI, 12 total bases, two runs, three walks, four strikeouts, .476 OBP, .667 SLG, and 1.143 OPS.
Jonathan Rodriguez (former Memphis-Santurce) played in eight games going 10-for-26 (.385) with two doubles, two home runs, six RBIs, 18 total bases, six runs, two walks, ten strikeouts, .429 OBP, .692 SLG, and 1.121 OPS.
Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Mayaguez) played in 15 games going 15-for-59 (.254) with three doubles, nine RBIs, 18 total bases, three runs, one walk, four strikeouts, .279 OBP, .305 SLG, and .584 OPS.
Anthony Garcia (former Memphis-Carolina) played in 11 games going 7-for-41 (.171) with two doubles, four RBIs, nine total bases, three walks, one stolen base, one strikeout, one caught stealing, .222 OBP, .220 SLG, and .442 OPS.

Ivan Maldonado (former MiLB tryout-Santurce) made three starts posting a 2-1 record, 0.45 ERA, and 0.80 WHIP.  He allowed 11 hits, one earned run, five walks, and struck eight out over 20 innings.
Tyler Herron (former Springfield-Mayaguez) made nine relief appearances posting 2-0 record, 0.75 ERA, and 0.58 WHIP.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, two walks, hit one batter, and struck five out over 12 innings.
Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) made three appearances (one start) posting a 2-0 record, 3.86 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP.  He allowed nine hits, four earned runs, two home runs, two walks, and struck five out over 9.1 innings.


Latin American Series:

Jose Almarante (former Memphis-Xalapa) entered in the ninth and pitched 1.3 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the winning decision (1-0).

Jonathan Rivera (former Johnson City-Herrera) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Xalapa beat Herrera 6-4 in 10 innings (1/26/19)

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Leon) started at first base and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with one strikeout.

Leon beat Barranquilla 5-0 (1/26/19)
LNBP Official Site Post Game

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Acayucan) started at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 at the plate.

Cordoba beat Acayucan 1-0 in 10 innings (1/26/19)

Jonathan Rivera (former Johnson City-Herrera) entered late in the game in left field.

Herrera beat Cordoba 7-1 (1/27/19)
TV Max Deportes Post Game

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Acayucan) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, one run, and one intentional walk.

Jackson Solarte (former VSL-Barranquilla) entered in the sixth and pitched three innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck one out.

Acayucan beat Barranquilla 6-1 (1/27/19)

Monday's Games:
Leon (2-0) visits Herrera (1-1) @ 1:00 PM
Barranquilla (0-2) visits Cordoba (1-1) @ 2:00 PM
Acayucan (1-1) visits Xalapa (1-1) @ 7:00 PM


Caribbean Series (February 4, 2019):

Notes:
Many players voiced their concerns about Venezuela and the Confederation is considering Panama, Mexico, and Dominican Republic: Listin Diario

The Caribbean Series has officially been pulled from Venezuela for 2019 and start date pushed back as they search for a new location: XEU Deportes

Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Azucareros), Evan MacLane (former St. Louis_Estrellas), and Audry Perez (former St. Louis-Estrellas) made the Estrellas roster for the Caribbean Series: Estrellas Official Site

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-27-19: Leobaldo Pina Singles Twice & Drives In One Run; Vicente Campos Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning; Ramon Vazquez Steps Down As Santurce Manager



Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Yefri Perez (former MiLB signing-Obregon) started in centerfield and batted second.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and one fielding error.

Jalisco beat Obregon 7-0
LMP Official Site Post Game

No Game Scheduled For Sunday


Venezuelan League Championship:

Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Lara) started at second base and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one run, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one run, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in two double plays.
Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the fifth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:10-6)(g/f:1-0)

Leobaldo Pina (former Springfield-Caracas) started at third base and batted second.  2-for-5 with one two-out RBI, one stolen base, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.
Wilfredo Tovar (former Memphis-Caracas) started at shortstop and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caracas) entered in the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the hold (1).  (p-s:14-9)(g/f:0-1)(ir-s:3-0)
Miguel Socolovich (former St. Louis-Caracas) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:13-9)(g/f:1-1)

Caracas beat Lara 8-4
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Sunday's Game:
Lara (3-1) visits Caracas (1-3) @ 1:00 PM VET


Australian Baseball League Semifinals:

Pete Kozma (former St. Louis-Perth) started at shortstop and batted second.  2-for-5 with one double, two runs, two strikeouts, and assisted in three double plays.

Perth beat Sydney 11-6
ABL Official Site Post Game
Perth wins the series taking two of three games


Latin American Series:

Jose Almarante (former Memphis-Acayucan) earned the win as Acayucan beat Herrera 6-4 in 10 innings: TV Max Deportes


Caribbean Series (February 2, 2019):

Notes:
Venezuela insists that it can still host the 2019 Caribbean Series: El Nuevo Dia

The LMP is making a push to host the Caribbean Series at either Obregon or Jalisco: Meridiano

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is a possibility to host the Caribbean Series, start of the tournament may be pushed back two days, Azucareros or the winner of the Latin American Series could replace the LVBP champion: Listin Diario

Estrellas celebrated their LIDOM championship with a parade: El Caribe

Benito Santiago (former New York-N) will manage Juana Diaz in the Puerto Rican Double-A League and Luis De Leon (former St. Louis) was named to the coaching staff: Primera Hora

Ramon Vazquez (former Memphis-Santurce MGR) will not continue managing Santurce after winning the LBRC championship: El Nuevo Dia

Puerto Rico is in line to host the Caribbean Series in 2020: El Nuevo Dia

Erick Almonte (Peoria MGR) was elected National Federation of Professional Players in the Dominican Republic:

Cuba will make a strong push to host the Caribbean Series in 2020 or 2021, if they are made a member of the Confederation: Pelota Cubana Blog

Alfredo Despaigne (Granma-Softbank free agent) is focused on winning the Caribbean Series with las Tunas but leaves open the possibility for a return to Japan or even playing in the MLB: Licey Official Site

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-26-18: Williams Perez Strikes Out One Over Five Scoreless Innings For The Win; Ildemaro Vargas & Pete Kozma Each Single, Double, & Drive In One Run; Yefri Perez Singles, Walks, & Knocks In One Run

Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Yefri Perez (former MiLB signing-Obregon) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, one walk, and one stolen base.
Iker Franco (former Springfield-Obregon) entered late in the game at catcher.
Maikel Cleto (former St. Louis-Obregon) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, one home run, two walks (one intentional), and struck two out.  (p-s:29-16)(g/f:1-0)

Jalisco beat Obregon 5-3
LMP Official Site Post Game

Saturday's Game:
Jalisco (2-2) visits Obregon (2-2) @ 7:10 PM CT


Venezuelan League Championship:

Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Lara) started at second base and batted leadoff.  2-for-6 with one double, one RBI, two runs, and assisted in one double play.
Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted fourth.  3-for-4 with one double, one strikeout, one hit by pitch, and assisted in one double play.
Williams Perez (MiLB signing-Lara) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:58-40)(g/f:10-2)

Wilfredo Tovar (former Memphis-Caracas) started at shortstop and batted second.  1-for-4 with one RBI and grounded into one double play.
Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Caracas) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:11-9)(g/f:1-0)

Lara beat Caracas 12-1
LVBP Official Site Post Game

Notes:
Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) has done very well since sliding into the clean-up spot in the batting order: Lider

Felix Perez (Monterrey free agent-Caracas) pulled out of playing with Caracas due to the turmoil in the country: El Emergente

The Confederation is still deciding on what to do with the Caribbean Series: El Caribe

Saturday's Game:
Lara (3-0) visits Caracas (0-3) @ 4:00 PM VET


Dominican League:

Notes:
Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Azucareros) will pitch for Estrellas in the Caribbean Series: Listin Diario


Australian Baseball League Semifinals:

Pete Kozma (former St. Louis-Perth) started at shortstop and batted second.  2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, two fielding errors, and assisted in one double play.

Perth beat Sydney 3-1
ABL Official Site Post Game

Sunday's Games:
Canberra (1-1) visits Brisbane (1-1) @ 12:30 PM AEST
Sydney (1-1) visits Perth (1-1) @ 3:00 PM AWST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Mayaguez) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one walk and assisted in one double play.

Jonathan Rodriguez (former Memphis-Santurce) entered late in the game as designated hitter and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one strikeout and grounded into one double play.

Santurce beat Mayaguez 1-0
LBPRC Official Site Post Game
Santurce swept the series in four games


Latin American Series:

Saturday's Games:
Xalapa (Veracruz #1) visits Herrera (Panama) @ 1:00 PM
Barranquilla (Colombia) visits Leon (Nicaragua) @ 2:00 PM
Acayucan (Veracruz #2) visits Cordoba (Argentina) @ 7:00 PM

Friday, January 25, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-25-19: Genesis Cabrera, Erick Almonte, & Raul Valdes Received Awards In The LIDOM; Iker Franco Drives In One Run; Maikel Cleto Pitched One & A Third Hitless/Scoreless Innings & Held Two Inherited Runners On Base For The Win

Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Niko Vasquez (former Springfield-Jalisco) entered late in the game at second base.

Yefri Perez (former MiLB signing-Obregon) entered late in the game in centerfield and batted leadoff.  1-for-2 with two walks and one stolen base.
Iker Franco (former Springfield-Obregon) entered late in the game at catcher and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one RBI and one sac fly.
Maikel Cleto (former St. Louis-Obregon) entered in the eighth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:11-9)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:2-0)

Obregon beat Jalisco 10-9
LMP Official Site Post Game

Friday's Game:
Jalisco (1-2) visits Obregon (2-1) @ 8:10 PM CT


Venezuelan League Championship:

Notes:
Caracas added Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Magallanes) to their roster: El Emergente

MLB has asked players and coaches to leave Venezuela: El Emergente

Caribbean Series is on hold and could be cancelled: ESPN

Friday's Game:
Lara (2-0) visits Caracas (0-2) @ 6:00 PM VET


Dominican League:

Notes:
Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Azucareros) talks about how he stays in shape and consistent at his age: Azucareros Official Site

Fernando Tatis (former St. Louis-Estrellas MGR) received the LIDOM Manager of the Year award and Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Azucareros) was named Pitcher of the Week for the final week Listin Diario

Genesis Cabrera (Memphis-Licey) received the Rookie of the Year award: Licey Official Twitter

Erick Almonte (Peoria MGR-President of LIDOM) received an award: Franklin Mirabal Twitter

Estrellas has asked Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Azucareros) to join the team for the Caribbean Series: El Caribe


Australian Baseball League Semifinals:

Pete Kozma (former St. Louis-Perth) started at shortstop and batted third.  0-for-4 and one fielding error.

Sydney beat Perth 7-0
ABL Official Site Post Game

Saturday's Games:
Canberra (0-1) visits Brisbane (1-0) @ 6:00 PM AEST
Sydney (1-0) visits Perth (0-1) @ 7:00 PM AWST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Jonathan Rodriguez (former Memphis-Santurce) started at first base and moved to third, batting fourth.  1-for-5 with one run and three strikeouts.
Hector Hernandez (former Palm Beach-Santurce) started and pitched 5.2 innings.  He allowed six hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck four out for the winning decision (1-0).  (g/f:9-3)

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Mayaguez) started at first base and batted ninth.  2-for-2 with one double.

Santurce beat Mayaguez 8-3
LBPRC Official Site Post Game

Friday's Game:
Mayaguez (0-3) visits Santurce (3-0) @ 7:10 PM AST

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-24-19: Rangel Ravelo Singles Twice, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Vicente Campos & Tyler Herron Each Pitched One Hitless/Scoreless Inning; Jonathan Rodriguez Singles & Doubles

Mexican Pacific League Championship:

Notes:
Javier Colina (former Memphis-Jalisco third base coach) talks about his second season as third base coach: Jalisco Official Twitter

Thursday's Game:
Jalisco (1-1) visits Obregon (1-1) @ 8:10 PM CT


Venezuelan League Championship:

Wilfredo Tovar (former Memphis-Caracas) started at shortstop and batted eighth.  0-for-3 and assisted in four double plays.

Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Lara) started at second base and batted leadoff.  2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Rangel Ravelo (Memphis-Lara) started at first base and batted fourth.  3-for-5 with one double, one RBI, two runs, and grounded into one double play.
Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Lara) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed four hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck three out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:78-51)(g/f:9-4)
Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Lara) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:9-6)(g/f:1-1)

Lara beat Caracas 8-2
LVBP Official Site Post Game

No Game Scheduled For Thursday


Dominican League Championship:

Alberto Rosario (former St. Louis-Estrellas) entered late in the game at catcher.

Estrellas beat Azucareros 4-0
LIDOM Official Site Post Game
Estrellas won the series 5-1


Australian Baseball League Semifinals:

Friday's Games:
Canberra (0-0) visits Brisbane (0-0) @ 6:00 PM AEST
Sydney (0-0) visits Perth (0-0) @ 7:00 PM AWST


Puerto Rican League Championship:

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria-Mayaguez) started as designated hitter and batted fifth.  0-for-4 at the plate.
Tyler Herron (former Springfield-Mayaguez) entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (g/f:0-1)

Jonathan Rodriguez (former Memphis-Santurce) entered late in the game as designated hitter and batted seventh.  2-for-2 with one double and two runs.

Santurce beat Mayaguez 7-1
LBPRC Official Site Post Game

Thursday's Game:
Santurce (2-0) visits Mayaguez (0-2) @ 7:10 PM AST


Caribbean Series:

Alfredo Despaigne (Granma-Softbank), Livan Moinelo (Pinar del Rio-Softbank), and Yurisbel Gracial (Matanzas-Softbank) are included on the Las Tunas roster: Diario de Cuba

Cuba has put in a request to be a regular member of the Confederation: Diario de Cuba