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2018 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Pitcher Of The Year: Julio Puello




The Dominican Summer League Cardinals rotations, for both teams, started off on the rough side but gradually improved as the season progressed.  The clubs saw the return of Jose Moreno, Francis Ventura, Enmanuel Solano, Wilfredo Pereira, Dionis Zamora, and Allinson Benitez Hector Soto pitched out of the bullpen in 2017 and made the jump into opening for 2018.  The remaining arms were all fresh faces.

June
GS
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
HBP
K
ERA
J.Moreno
6
1
2
26.0
24
19
15
4
18
1
28
5.19
H.Soto
4
3
1
22.1
23
12
10
3
3
3
19
4.03
F.Ventura
5
1
2
22.1
25
18
13
0
9
3
14
5.24
L.Jimenez
4
1
0
18.2
14
7
5
1
5
1
24
2.47
R.Suarez
5
0
2
16.1
24
15
10
1
9
2
17
5.51
E.Solano
3
2
0
16.0
18
12
10
1
2
0
13
5.63
J.Puello
3
1
0
14.2
7
4
3
0
7
3
14
1.90
I.Paniagua
5
1
2
14.0
16
12
10
1
5
4
12
6.43
L.Ortiz
3
0
1
11.2
14
10
6
0
4
2
10
4.82
M.Cordova
2
2
0
11.1
9
1
1
0
2
0
10
0.79
W.Pereira
2
0
0
11.0
10
5
2
0
1
1
11
1.64
A.Cuenca
3
0
1
11.0
14
10
6
0
7
2
14
4.91
D.Zamora
2
2
0
10.2
8
6
0
0
3
0
14
0.00
A.Benitez
2
0
0
7.0
8
6
4
0
6
1
4
5.14
W.Madera
1
0
0
3.2
5
3
1
0
1
0
3
2.81

During the month of June, Pereira and Zamora were promoted pretty quickly after short-season clubs went into action.  Moreno made the most starts and struck out the most but also coughed up the most walks and runs.  Ludwin Jimenez, Julio Puello, and Martin Cordova were strong in the opening month of the season. 

July
GS
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
HBP
K
ERA
F.Ventura
5
1
0
27.2
33
12
9
1
6
0
22
2.93
H.Soto
5
2
2
27.0
25
7
4
0
3
3
26
1.33
J.Puello
5
3
0
26.0
21
6
5
0
6
4
24
1.73
I.Paniagua
5
1
1
23.1
22
11
9
1
6
2
18
3.47
M.Cordova
4
4
0
22.0
22
5
0
0
5
0
14
0.00
J.Moreno
4
1
1
19.0
24
14
11
0
5
0
10
5.21
E.Solano
3
2
1
18.0
21
6
6
0
3
3
4
3.00
L.Jimenez
4
1
1
18.0
17
11
6
2
1
2
9
3.00
L.Ortiz
4
1
3
15.2
28
20
13
1
6
1
11
7.70
M.Maiz
4
0
0
13.0
8
3
2
0
5
1
17
1.38
A.Cuenca
2
1
0
8.1
14
10
9
1
2
1
6
10.00
A.Benitez
4
0
2
8.0
8
7
7
0
6
0
7
7.88
W.Madera
1
0
1
0.2
6
4
4
0
0
0
2
180.00

During the month of July, Solano received the well-deserved promotion.  Ventura, Soto, and Inohan Paniagua showed signs of improvement and settled.  Soto almost struck out a batter in each inning logged.  Puello, Cordova, and Jimenez continued strong campaigns from June.  Moreno struggled to turn around his sluggish season.  Luis Ortiz was the sore spot as he gave up the most hits, runs, and tied for the most in walks.

August
GS
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
HBP
K
ERA
J.Puello
5
2
0
27.0
23
8
8
0
8
1
36
2.67
F.Ventura
4
2
0
24.0
23
8
8
0
6
0
23
3.00
H.Soto
5
1
2
23.1
23
13
8
0
3
3
30
3.09
J.Moreno
4
1
2
22.0
20
9
6
0
4
0
21
2.45
E.Solano
4
3
0
21.0
24
7
4
0
4
2
17
1.71
I.Paniagua
4
1
0
20.0
15
6
5
1
5
1
21
2.25
L.Jimenez
4
2
2
19.1
19
15
7
1
7
2
28
3.26
A.Benitez
4
2
0
19.0
19
8
8
2
8
0
19
3.79
L.Ortiz
4
0
0
18.1
19
13
12
0
4
2
18
5.89
M.Cordova
3
0
2
11.1
19
16
14
0
2
2
4
11.35
W.Milman
1
0
0
5.0
7
1
1
0
0
0
6
1.80

In the final month, Moreno finally turned things around for a strong finish to the season.  Puello, Soto, Jimenez, Paniagua, and Benitez were striking out batters on average every innings pitched.  Ortiz showed some improvements and Cordova ended on a bad note.

2018
GS
W
L
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
HBP
K
ERA
WHIP
F.Ventura
14
4
2
74.0
81
38
30
1
21
3
59
3.65
1.38
H.Soto
14
6
5
72.2
71
32
22
3
9
9
75
2.72
1.10
J.Puello
13
6
0
67.2
51
18
16
0
21
8
74
2.13
1.06
J.Moreno
14
3
5
67.0
68
42
32
4
27
1
59
4.30
1.42
I.Paniagua
14
3
3
57.1
53
29
24
3
16
7
51
3.77
1.20
L.Jimenez
12
4
3
56.0
50
33
18
4
13
5
61
2.89
1.13
E.Solano
10
7
1
55.0
63
25
20
1
9
5
34
3.27
1.31
L.Ortiz
11
1
4
45.2
61
43
31
1
14
5
39
6.11
1.64
M.Cordova
9
6
2
44.2
50
22
15
0
9
2
28
3.02
1.32

My choice for 2018 DSL Starting Pitcher of the Year goes to Julio Puello as he led the openers in ERA, WHIP, and was just one strikeout short of also leading in that category.  He also did not accumulate a loss during the season.  Francis Ventura was a reliable arm and both Hector Soto and Ludwin Jimenez put up some solid numbers for consideration.