Monday, July 24, 2017

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 7-24-17



The Dominican Summer League Cardinals opened the week extending their losing streak to three games, then winning one, followed by three more losses, and ending the week on a win for a 2-4 record.  The Redbirds are 16-25 with a .390 PCT, 13.5 games out of first place in the South Division, and are 18 games away from being eliminated from postseason play.  The club is 8-12 at home and 8-13 on the road.

Week In Review:

July 17, 2017:  First game back from the All-Star break, the Cardinals hosted the Phillies Red.  Both teams starters put zeroes on the scoreboard for the first four frames.  The Phillies Red were the first to score with two runs in the fifth and added five in the eighth for a 7-0 lead.  The Redbirds attempted a comeback plating one in the eighth and four in the ninth but still came up short in the loss.  Ivan Herrera, fresh off his All-Star appearance, lead the offense with a double and three RBIs.

July 18, 2017:  In the second game of the series, the Cardinals headed out on the road against the Phillies Red.  Enmanuel Solano continued his strong showing since entering the rotation and pitched into the seventh.  He allowed one hit, two earned runs, and one walk over six and a third.  The offense was hopping as they cranked out 18 hits and drove in 12 runs.  Ivan Herrera connected for three singles and knocked in two runs and Alexander Samuel contributed two singles, one triple, and two RBIs.  Roy Garcia and Anthony Trompiz closed out the game ton combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings in the win.

July 19, 2017 (game one):  The Cardinals welcomed in the Twins for the first game of a doubleheader.  The Twins offense pounded on the Redbirds first two pitchers for eight hits and seven runs.  Cristhian Longa drove in the only two runs for the Cardinals, on a double in the fifth inning.  Jose Geronimo stopped the bleeding by pitching the two final innings without giving up a run.

July 19, 2017 (game two):  The Cardinals defended home territory in the second game of the doubleheader against the Twins.  Both teams were scoreless through the third before the Twins opened the contest up with three runs.  The Redbirds finally reached home plate with RBIs by William Jimenez and Victor Garcia.  Jesus Cruz and Wilman Madera combined to strikeout ten over the final three hitless/scoreless innings in the loss.

July 20, 2017: The Cardinals looked to avoid the three-game sweep, on the road, against the Twins.  The Redbirds scored first but the Twins plated two in the bottom half of the first.  The Cardinals tied it up in the second but went silent for a good portion of the contest.  The Twins tacked on another run in the fifth.  Diego Cordero hurled six innings allowing ten hits, three earned runs, and struck out a season-high six.  Dionis Zamora followed with four strikeouts over three scoreless innings.  The Redbirds tied the game up in the eighth and went into extras.  In the tenth, the Cardinals scored one but could not hold on as they coughed up two in the bottom half for the defeat.  Ivan Herrera connected for three singles and two RBIs.

July 21, 2017:  The Cardinals, limping after a three-game sweep, stayed out on the road to face the Angels.  The Halos scored in the first two frames for a 2-0 early lead.  The Redbirds were silent until the fourth when they scored in each of the middle innings.  Raffy Ozuna lead the way with two singles, one double, one home run, and five RBIs (three-run shot in the fifth).  Anthony Trompiz came on in relief and tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out five and holding two inherited runners on base for the winning decision.

July 22, 2017:  The final game of this period was postponed due to rain and was scheduled for Angels @ Cardinals.  Doubleheader is set for August 7, 2017.

Who's Hot:

Ivan Herrera has a six-game hit streak to build on and collects three multi-RBI games.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, seven RBIs (three w/two-outs), two runs, three walks, one hit by pitch, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played six games at catcher and threw out three of eight base runners.  The July 7, 2016 free agent signing leads the team in doubles, SLG, AVG, and tied in RBIs.

Franklin Soto has a five-game hit streak to extend in the next period.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 12-for-24 (.500) with one double, three RBIs, six runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, one sacrifice, and four strikeouts.  He played four games at second base (assisted in two double plays) and two at shortstop.

Raffy Ozuna will look to extend his eight-game on base streak and four-game hit streak in the next week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 10-for-18 (.556) with one double, one home run, six RBIs (one w/two-outs), three runs, four walks, four strikeouts, one caught stealing/pickoff, and grounded into one double play.   He played four games at shortstop (assisted in two double plays) and one as designated hitter.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing leads the team in runs scored, walks, strikeouts, errors, and is tied in RBIs.

Enmanuel Solano has logged five or more innings in each of his four starts and only allowed runs in two.  The 18-year old right-hander started on July 18th and allowed one hit, two earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out over six and a third innings for the winning decision (3-0).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 11-to-3.  Since entering the rotation, the July 2, 2016 free agent signing has pitched 23.1 innings and given up 12 hits, five earned runs, two walks, hit two batters, and struck out 15.

Dionis Zamora extended his scoreless streak to nine relief appearances, spanning 15 innings.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched a career-high three innings on July 20th and allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck out a career-high four.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-2.

Anthony Trompiz pitched two scoreless relief outings this period.  The 19-year old right-hander was called on from the bullpen on July 18th and tossed one hitless/scoreless inning.  Then on July 21st, he pitched a career-high 2.2 innings allowing two hits, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out for the winning decision (2-0).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-2 and held two inherited runners on base.

Who's Not:

Diomedes Del Rio will look to end his four-game hitless streak in the next week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-6 (.000) with three runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and four strikeouts.  He played two games as designated hitter, one in centerfield, and one in left.

Oneiver Diaz has given up one or more runs in three of his last relief appearances.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched one and a third innings allowing three hits, four earned runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out on July 17th.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0.  The November 5, 2013 free agent signing hasn't faired very well since returning from injury as he has pitched 11.2 innings and given up nine hits, six earned runs, walked seven, and struck out six.

Allinson Benitez has only lasted longer than three innings in two of his six starts this season.  The 17-year old right-hander started on July 19th and gave up three hits, three earned runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out over one and a third innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-2.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing has logged 17 innings this season and allowed 20 hits, 13 earned runs, 11 walks, and struck out 25.

Larimel Soriano has allowed at least one run in his last three appearances.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched a career-high three and a third innings on July 19th but coughed up five hits, four earned runs, one walk, hit two batters, and struck out a career-high three.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-0 and held two inherited runners on base.

Notes:

Freddy DeJesus has been out of action since July 10th and Leonardo Taveras since July 12th.  Erik Pena played in one game on July 17th and Joyser Garcia on July 19th.  Alexander Samuel and Luis Montano played in only two games during this period.

Victor Garcia returned to action after missing nearly a month.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-8 (.000) with one RBI, one run, three walks, one sac fly, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.

The St. Louis Cardinals added 22-year old Mexican right-handed pitcher Jesus Cruz the DSL roster, who began the season with Monterrey in the Mexican League.  He debuted on July 19th and pitched two hitless/scoreless innings, walking one and striking out five.

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The team is hitting .251 (t-10th, 340-for-1352) with 64 doubles (7th), 12 triples, 13 home runs (t-9th), 160 RBIs, 467 total bases, 197 runs, 172 walks, 33 stolen bases (4th worst), 386 strikeouts (worst), 28 caught stealing, .347 OBP (t-11th), .345 SLG (t-10th), .692 OPS (9th).

The club is 16-25 with a 4.76 ERA (38th), 1.55 WHIP (t-37th), six holds, and eight saves (10th worst).  They have allowed 380 hits (3rd worst), 223 runs, 188 earned runs (4th worst), ten home runs, 172 walks, hit 29 batters (8th best), and struck 290 out over 355.2 innings.

Raffy Ozuna is tied for eighth in walks and fourth in strikeouts.

Carlos Soler is tied for ninth in caught stealing.

Wilfredo Pereira is tied for fourth in losses.

Dionis Zamora is tied for sixth in saves and tied for ninth in game finishes.

Diego Cordero is fourth in hits allowed.

Up Next (2017 Record, Record Vs. Cardinals):

July 24: Nationals (16-26)(2-4)
July 25: @ Nationals
July 26: @ Rockies (21-21)(4-2)
July 27: Rockies
July 28: Yankees (18-24)(2-4)
July 29: @ Yankees
July 30: Off Day

Past 2017 Notebooks:

June 12, 2017: Roy Garcia, Ivan Herrera, William Jimenez, Luis Montano, and Brian Pirela.
June 19, 2017: Cristhian Longa, Jose Moreno, Raffy Ozuna, Erik Pena, and Hector Soto.
June 26, 2017: Oneiver Diaz, Jose Geronimo, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 3, 2017: Diego Cordero, Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, Franklin Soto, Hector Soto, and Francis Ventura.
July 10, 2017: Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, Ivan Herrera, Erik Pena, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 17, 2017 (All-Star Edition): William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, and Dionis Zamora.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 7-17-17



The Dominican Summer League Cardinals opened the week losing their first game, then winning the next two, and rounding out this period with two losses for the 2-3 record.  The Redbirds are 14-21 with a .400 PCT and are 11 games out of first place in the South Division and 27 games away from being eliminated from postseason play.  The club is 8-9 at home and 6-12 on the road.

Week In Review:

July 10. 2017:  The Cardinals hosted the Rockies in the second game of the series.  The Rockies got things going with two runs in the first then tacked on one run in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings for a 5-0 lead.  Nelson Prada settled their offense down with three innings of relief only allowing one run.  The Redbirds offense reached the scoreboard on RBIs by Ivan Herrera and Carlos Soler.  Luis Montano hit a solo home run in the eighth but the Cardinals came up short 5-3, with errors playing a key in the game.

July 11, 2017:  The Cardinals opened a new series hosting the Yankees in the first contest.  The game was marked by strong pitching from both teams.  Enmanuel Solano pitched a career-high seven scoreless innings to open for the Redbirds.  The Cardinals scored first on a balk in the third inning and Franklin Soto drove in the second and final run for the club in the seventh.  Errors again played a role as the Yankees scored in the eight but still came up short in the low-scoring game.

July 12, 2017:  The Cardinals went on the road in the second game of the series against the Yankees.  Wilfredo Pereira was strong for the Redbirds, going five and a third and giving up six hits, one run, and striking out a career-high six.  The Cardinals offense blew up with two runs in the second, three in the third, and two in the fourth.  The Yankees got to the Redbirds bullpen and tacked on a total of nine runs but still lost in the end.  William Jimenez singled twice, tripled, walked, and drove in three runs while Joyser Garcia added one single, two doubles, and three RBIs.

July 13, 2017:  The Cardinals stayed out on the road in the next series against the Mets One.  The Redbirds pitching struggled and the defense didn't help out either as the Mets One scored seven runs with two on errors.  The Cardinals offense didn't show up as they only connected for five hits and Francisco Hernandez drove in the only run.

July 14, 2017:  The Cardinals returned home and welcomed in the Mets One for the second game of the series.  The Redbirds took an early lead with four runs in the first two frames to the Mets two.  The Mets One tied it up in the third at four.  Errors caught up to the Cardinals and helped hand the win to the Mets One.  William Jimenez singled, doubled, and drove in one run and Ivan Herrera added one single, one double, and one RBI.  Dionis Zamora struck out one and held one inherited runner on base for the final one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

July 16, 2017:  Pablo Gomez and Ivan Herrera were named to the 2017 National League All-Star Game.  Gomez entered the game in the sixth at second base.  Herrera entered in the seventh behind the plate.  Gomez walked in his first at-bat then reached base in the second on a wild pitch strikeout and advanced to second on a balk.  Herrera grounded out for the final out of the eight in his sole at-bat.  The NL beat the AL 3-2.

Who's Hot:

William Jimenez extended his on-base streak to eight games and connected for three multi-hit games this past week.  The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 8-for-19 (.473) with three doubles, one triple, four RBIs (one w/two-outs), three runs, three walks, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing/pickoff.  He played all five games in right field.  The December 1, 2015 free agent signing leads the team in hits, RBIs, total bases, OBP, SLG, and OPS and is tied for the team lead in doubles, triples, and stolen bases.

Cristhian Longa has an on-base streak of nine games to work on in the next period.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-17 (.412) with one double, one RBI, two runs, and two walks.  He played four games at first base and assisted in two double plays.

Enmanuel Solano continue his strong showings since entering the rotation.  The 18-year old right-handed had his best appearance of his career on July 11th, when he went seven innings and allowed only one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck out four for the win (2-0).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 13-to-0.  Since entering the rotation, The July 2, 2016 free agent signing has logged 17 innings in three games and striking out 13 while walking one.

Wilfredo Pereria hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his six appearances this season.  The 18-year old right-handed had his best start of his career on July 12th, when he tossed five and a third innings and gave up six hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck out a career-high six for the winning decision (1-4).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-1.  The March 19, 2016 free agent signing leads the starting rotation in ERA.

Dionis Zamora hasn't allowed a run in eight consecutive appearances, spanning 12 innings.  The 20-year old right-hander was called from the bullpen on July 10th to face one batter and got him to ground into a double play.  On July 11th, he pitched the final inning and struck out two while giving up one hit, no runs, and throwing one wild pitch for the save (5).  In his final appearance of this report on July 14th, Zamora gave up two hits, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-1 and held four inherited runners on base.  The June 2, 2017 free agent signing leads the relievers in strikeouts.

Who's Not:

Raffy Ozuna has only connected for three hits in his last 13 played but has a four-game on-base streak.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-14 (.071) with one double, three runs, five walks, and eight strikeouts.  He played five games at shortstop and assisted in two double plays and committed one throwing error.  The July 2, 2015 free agent signing leads the team in walks, strikeouts, and errors.

Alexander Samuel hasn't picked up a hit in four straight games.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-12 (.000) with two runs, one walk, four strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played one game in left field and two as designated hitter.

Jose Geronimo has give up at least one or more runs in four consecutive appearances.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched on July 13th and allowed three hits, three earned runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out over one and two-thirds innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-1.  The May 29, 2015 free agent signing has coughed up nine hits, ten runs (nine earned), five walks, and only struck out three over last four and a third innings since his scoreless streak ended.

Leonardo Taveras has allowed three or more runs in his last three relief appearances.  The 18-year old right-hander was called from the bullpen on July 12th and gave up two hits, five earned runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one over and was pulled after facing seven batters.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-0.  The September 12, 2016 free agent signing, who was originally scheduled to open at GCL, has coughed up seven hits, 12 earned runs, six walks, and struck four over the last three and a third innings.

Larimel Soriano could only sitting one of five batters he faced this period.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched in relief on July 12th and went two-thirds of an inning while allowing two hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 0-to-1 and let all three inherited runners score.

Notes:

Victor Garcia has been out since June 23rd, with an injury, and is expecting to return on Tuesday.  Rodard Avelino has been out since July 6th and Allinson Benitez since July 8th.  Freddy DeJesus last played on July 10th, Yowelfy Rosario on July 11th, and Joyser Garcia and Erik Pena on July 12th.

Diomedes Del Rio returned to action, after missing almost two weeks, and went 2-for-8 (.250) with one RBI, two stolen bases, one strikeout, and one caught stealing in two games.

Francisco Hernandez, who was signed last week, was signed out of Marymount Academy High School in Montreal, Canada: Baseball America

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The club is hitting .242 (20th, 280-for-1155) with 57 doubles (t-5th), ten triples, 12 home runs (9th), 133 RBIs, 393 total bases, 162 runs, 143 walks, 30 stolen bases (4th worst), 344 strikeouts (worst), 23 caught stealing, .336 OBP (24th), .340 SLG (t-11th), and .676 OPS (t-17th).

The team has a 14-21 record with a 4.78 ERA (38th), 1.57 WHIP (38th), six holds, and eight saves.  They have allowed 328 hits (2nd worst), 195 runs, 162 earned runs (4th worst), nine home runs, 151 walks, hit 24 batters (t-5th best), and struck out 248 (t-tenth worst) over 305.1 innings.

Raffy Ozuna is tied for tenth in walks and tied for first in strikeouts.

Carlos Soler is tied for third in caught stealing.

William Jimenez is ninth in OBP.

Wilfredo Pereira is tied for fourth in losses.

Dionis Zamora is tied for third in saves and tied for fifth in game finishes.

Diego Cordero is fourth in hits allowed.

Up Next (2017 Record, Record Vs. Cardinals):

July 17: Phillies Red (14-21)(1-3)
July 18: @ Phillies Red
July 19: Doubleheader vs. Twins (25-10)(2-1)
July 20: @ Twins
July 21: @ Angels (16-19)(4-0)
July 22: Angels
July 23: Off Day

Past 2017 Notebooks:

June 12, 2017: Roy Garcia, Ivan Herrera, William Jimenez, Luis Montano, and Brian Pirela.
June 19, 2017: Cristhian Longa, Jose Moreno, Raffy Ozuna, Erik Pena, and Hector Soto.
June 26, 2017: Oneiver Diaz, Jose Geronimo, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 3, 2017: Diego Cordero, Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, Franklin Soto, Hector Soto, and Francis Ventura.
July 10, 2017: Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, Ivan Herrera, Erik Pena, and Cristoffer Zapata.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 7-10-17



The Dominican Summer League Cardinals began this period losing their first four games, then won two in a row, and lost the finale.  The Redbird are 12-18 with a .400 PCT and are 12 games out of first place in the North Division.  They are 7-7 at home and 5-11 on the road.

Week In Review:

July 3, 2017: The Cardinals faced the Twins in a doubleheader with the first game schedule on the road.  The Redbirds offense was almost non-existent with only three hits.  Jose Moreno started and pitched four innings allowing two runs and Nelson Prada followed giving up one run over the final two innings.  Ivan Herrera had the sole extra base hit with a double and Raffy Ozuna reached base twice on walks.

July 3, 2017 (June 15, 2017 makeup): The Cardinals hosted the Twins in the second game of the doubleheader.  Hector Soto got the spot started and struck out a season-high five but allowed two runs over three innings.  The Twins offense continued on plating another six runs on the following two Redbird relievers in three innings.  Freddy DeJesus hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth and jump started the Cardinals offense.  The Twins would only give up another three runs and hold on for the victory.  Dionis Zamora was the only Redbird pitcher not to allow a run as he struck out three of six batters in the seventh.

July 4, 2017:  The Cardinals returned to the road to take on the Angels.  Both teams pitching was solid to open and rolled until the middle of the game.  The Redbirds were first on the scoreboard with one run in the first but went silent for the next six frames.  Enmanuel Solano cruised easily until the sixth when he was knocked out on three runs.  The Cardinals bullpen could not hold on and gave up another three runs with the walks racking up.  The Redbirds offense made a comeback but came up short and Pablo Gomez lead the way with a double and two RBIs.

July 5, 2017:  The Cardinals looked to end their losing streak as they welcomed in the Angels for the second game of the two-game set.  Wilfredo Pereira had a decent start for the Redbirds as he went five innings and only allowed two runs.  The Cardinals problem was the offense as they did not show up for most of the game, they could hit but could not get the run across home plate.  The Halos hammered the Redbirds reliever following the starter then cooled.  Anthony Trompiz and Cristoffer Zapata pitched the final three and a third, combining to strike out three and not allow a walk or run. Franklin Soto hit a three-run homer in the ninth and Pablo Gomez contributed with an RBI but the comeback came up three runs short as the Angels prevailed.

July 6, 2017:  The Cardinals took in the Nationals for the first contest of the two-game series.  The Redbirds opened the first with a run and went quiet for the next three frames.  Diego Cordero was strong to start as he allowed only one run in the first five innings but the Nats opened up the sixth and tagged him with another four runs.  The Cardinals offense re-booted in the fifth and sixth with a total of eight runs lead by Pablo Gomez and his solo home runs along with two more RBIs, Yowelfy Rosario added another three runs and Alexander Samuel contributed two.  Dionis Zamora closed out the game with two and a third scoreless innings and ended the Redbirds losing streak.

July 7, 2017:  The Cardinals looked to extend their winning streak and sweep the Nationals on the road.  The Redbirds offense fired away in the first with four runs including a three-run homer by Freddy DeJesus.  Francis Ventura was solid as he went five innings and allowed only two runs, the Oneiver Diaz followed with three scoreless.  The Cardinals added another runs in the fourth and seventh innings to build the lead by four runs.  The Nationals came to life in the ninth as they plated four and sent the contest into extras.  William Jimenez drove in the winning run in the tenth and Hector Soto rebounded from the ninth to earn the save.

July 8, 2017:  The Cardinals, riding a two-game winning streak, headed out on the road to case the Rockies.  Both team exchanged two runs in the first innings.  The Redbirds starter was knocked out in the second inning.  Wilman Madera followed by striking out one over three and two thirds innings, including holding the bases loaded in the second.  The Cardinals added another two runs in the fourth, one in the seventh, and two in the ninth as the Nationals plated one run in each of the innings from sixth until the ninth to tie the contest.  The Nats held the Redbirds off the board in the top of the tenth and scored in the bottom half for the victory.  Freddy DeJesus had another great game with two singles and two RBIs.

Who's Hot:

Pablo Gomez finished the week on a five-game hitting streak which included four multi-hit games on the end.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 10-for-22 (.455) with two doubles, one home run, seven RBIs (one w/two-outs), five runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, one sacrifice, three stolen bases, and three strikeouts.  He played four games at third base (assisted in one double play and one throwing error) and two at second base (assisted in one double play).  The September 15, 2016 free agent signing leads the team in AVG, hits, total bases, and tied for the most in stolen bases.

Ivan Herrera will look to extend his eight-game on base streak.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), two runs, four walks, one hit by pitch, two strikeouts, and one caught stealing/pickoff. He played five games behind the plate where he threw out two of six base runners.  The July 7, 2016 free agent signing is tied for the team lead in doubles.

Freddy DeJesus has an eight-game one base streak to work on that includes collecting a hit in last two contests.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 9-for-20 (.450) with one double, two home runs, six RBIs, four runs, six walks, three hit by pitches, five strikeouts, one caught stealing, and grounded into two double plays.  He played four games at first base (assisted in two double plays and one fielding error) and three as designated hitter.  The September 6, 2016 free agent signing leads the club in home runs.

Erik Pena had his eight-game on base and five-game hit streak snapped in the final game of this period.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 6-for-15 (.400) with one double, one RBI, three runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, one strikeout, one caught stealing (one pickoff), and grounded into one double play.  He played three games at second base (assisted in two double plays and one throwing error) and two as designated hitter.

Cristoffer Zapata extended his scoreless streak to six appearances, spanning six and two-thirds innings.  The 18-year old left-hander was called from the bullpen on July 5th and pitched one inning allowing one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-1.

Who's Not:

Luis Montano managed  to snap his five-game hitless streak in the final contest of the week.  The 17-year old left-handed hitter went 1-for-17 (.059) with one double, two runs, two walks, and eight strikeouts.  He played three games in left field, two in right, and one in center.

Allinson Benitez has only gone beyond three innings in two of his starts this season.  The 17-year old right-hander started on July 8th and allowed four hits, two earned runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out for his shortest outing of the season of one and a third innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 0-to-2.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing leads the team in strikeouts but does have the worst ERA and WHIP among the starting rotation.

Roy Garcia struggles continue as he has given up one or more runs in each of his last six relief appearances.  The 16-year old right-hander came out of the bullpen on July 4th and gave up two hits, one earned run, two walks (one intentional), one balk, and struck one out over one and two-thirds innings.  He pitched again on July 8th, where he lasted two innings but allowed four hits, two earned runs, and hit one batter for the blown save.  The September 6, 2016 free agent signing had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-1.

Leonardo Taveras coughed up three or more runs in his two appearances this period.  The 18-year old right-hander made his first on July 3rd as he gave up three hits, three earned runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, committed one throwing error, and struck two out over two and a third innings.  On July 7th, four of the five batters he faced scored on two hits and two walks.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-3 and held one inherited runner on base.  The September 12, 2016 free agent signing has struck out seven, walked 12, and allowed 12 hits and 16 runs (13 earned) over eight innings this season.

Rodard Avelino has been thumped all season long with only one of six appearances he tossed a zero.  The right-hander pitched his first relief outing on July 3rd where he lasted six batters and allowed one hit, three earned runs, three walks, two balks, and struck one out.  In his second game, he lasted five batters and gave up two hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk before being pulled.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing carries the worst ERA and WHIP on the pitching staff.

Notes:

Victor Garcia has been out of action since June 23rd, Diomedes Del Rio since June 29th, and Joyser Garcia and Yowelfy Rosario only played two games each in the last week.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed 17-year old Canadian Francisco Hernandez on July 7th.  He began his professional career on July 8th with the Dominican Summer League Cardinals.  Hernandez started at third base and went 2-for-5 (.400) with one strikeout and grounded into one double play.

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The team is hitting .238 (21st, 235-for-987) with 48 doubles (6th), nine triples, 11 home runs (t-8th), 115 RBIs, 334 total bases, 141 runs, 126 walks, 28 stolen bases (5th worst), 305 strikeouts (worst), 17 caught stealing, .336 OBP (t-23rd), .338 SLG (14th), and .674 OPS (t-21st).

The club is 12-18 with a 4.75 ERA (36th), 1.57 WHIP (t-37th), five holds, and six saves.  They have allowed 278 hits (t-3rd worst), 166 runs, 138 earned runs (6th worst), eight home runs (t-5th best), 133 walks, hit 20 batters, and struck 216 out over 261.1 innings.

Raffy Ozuna is ranked tied for fourth in strikeouts.

Luis Montano is ranked tied for seventh in strikeouts.

Carlos Soler is ranked tied for seventh in caught stealing.

Wilfredo Pereira is ranked tied for fourth in losses.

Dionis Zamora is ranked tied for fourth in saves.

Diego Cordero is ranked tied for seventh in hits allowed.

Up Next (2017 Record, Record Vs. Cardinals):

July 10: Rockies (15-15)(3-2)
July 11: Yankees (13-17)(2-2)
July 12: @ Yankees
July 13: @ Mets One (20-11)(4-0)
July 14: Mets One
July 15: All-Star Break
July 16: All-Star Game

Past Notebooks:

June 12, 2017: Roy Garcia, Ivan Herrera, William Jimenez, Luis Montano, and Brian Pirela.
June 19, 2017: Cristhian Longa, Jose Moreno, Raffy Ozuna, Erik Pena, and Hector Soto.
June 26, 2017: Oneiver Diaz, Jose Geronimo, William Jimenez, Cristian Longa, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 3, 2017: Diego Cordero, Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, Franklin Soto, Hector Soto, and Francis Ventura.