We’ll resume our top twenty next Monday, but in case anyone’s out there and is interested, there is still some baseball being played. Here’s an update on some of the Cardinal players of interest-
It’s notable that since Yadier Molina has been catching P.J. Walters, Walters has improved. Currently for Carolina, P.J. has a 4.34 ERA with 38 strikeouts, which is good for 3rd in the league. His control is back after deserting him all year in Memphis, with just 11 walks (2.65 per 9) in 37.1 innings.
Along with Walters, Cardinal newbie Joe Thurston is also in the Puerto Rican Winter League, only for rival Ponce. He’s hitting .285/.369/.423 over 123 at bats and has stolen 7 bases in 10 attempts.
Amaury Marti‘s bat was forged in the fires of Mt. Doom. It’s name is Stitchbane, Destroyer of Spheroids; cold as steel and as black as its possessors soul. For the DR Licey Tigers, Marti is hitting .314/.390/.535 in 172 at bats.
A couple of noteworthy pitchers are late joining the action: Richard Castillo has a 4 K’s, 3 BB’s and a 1.13 ERA over 8 innings for the Lara Cardinals (VZ). Fernando Salas, our 19th ranked prospect, has a 5.14 ERA mostly thanks to a rough outing in which he gave up three runs while retiring just a batter. He’s struck out 5 and walked 3.
In case you are wondering about Bryan Anderson, he hasn’t had an at bat in nearly a month, so I’d say it’s a safe bet he’s back home.