They may not be televised here in the states but several St. Louis Cardinals prospects have been busy in the fall and winter leagues.
The Dominican Winter League opened on October 14th and comes to an end this Friday. One of the stars of the Dominican circuit included Oscar Taveras. While the league ends on Friday, Taveras’ winter season with the Aguilas Cibaenas ended on December 9th. This will allow for him to get some much-needed rest and get ready for the start of spring training in February. In only 37 games, Taveras’ line was .319/.385/.500 with 4 home runs, 12 doubles, and 16 RBIs. As of this morning, the .319 batting average was good enough for 4th place in the league.
Anthony Garcia, who played for the Quad Cities affiliate this season, has been playing for Gigantes de Carolina this winter. Of course, he was just joined by Cardinals all-star catcher Yadier Molina. Molina, no doubt, is probably gearing up for the World Baseball Classic. In only 3 games, Molina is 2-11 with a stolen base.
Playing in the Mexican League, Jermaine Curtis has been hitting well over 42 games. His .335 batting average is impressive to go with 19 RBIs.
Luis Mateo is hitting .320 over 27 games in the Puerto Rican League that is named for Roberto Clemente.
Click here to view a full list of Cardinals that are participating in the fall and winter leagues.
Other news and notes:
Rick Hummel offers some updates on the St. Louis BBWAA dinner in January.
Jeff Gordon ponders the fate of Kyle Lohse. He wonders whether Lohse will succeed outside of St. Louis without the aid of Dave Duncan. It’s not so much about the money as it is whether Lohse goes in the same route of Jeff Suppan, Jeff Weaver and Joel Pineiro.