The Dominican Summer League is even more of a exhibition league than the Gulf Coast League and the players are usually just as young, if not younger. In this league you will generally find players who have yet to get their work visa for the US or have just signed from Venezuela or the DR. Let’s get familiar with a few of the players who are playing well in the DSL.
Robelys Reyes – age 21. Reyes just turned 21 this week and is very old for this league and is his second tour through the DSL. But, still as a 2nd baseman, he is slashing 394/483/598 for a 1.082 OPS. (37 games) Reyes probably needs to be moved up to the US-based leagues at this point.
Amaury Capellan – age 18. Capellan is also in his second tour of the DSL. He’s the right age for the league and the outfielder is slashing 309/432/536 for a .968 OPS. (29 games)
Junior Agustin – age 18. Agustin is also in his second tour. The 3rd baseman so far has 20 walks in 23 games and an outstanding .417 OBP.
Hansel De Los Santos – age 19. De Los Santos has been the most reliable starter for the DSL Cardinals with a K/BB ratio of 30/9 in 37 innings. His ERA stands at 2.63.
Anderson Gerdel – age 20. Gerdel just turned 20 this month and the Venezuelan product moved up to the DSL after the Cardinals shuttered operations in the VSL after last season. Gerdel is a reliever and spot starter with K/BB ratio of 26/4 in 31.2 innings. Gerdel’s ERA stands at 1.14 ERA for the season so far.
Kender Villegas – age 18. Villegas also has moved up from the VSL, with success. He has featured as a reliever and has a K/BB ratio of 23/7 in 20.1 innings. His ERA is 1.33.
Please keep in mind that performance in the DSL is not predictive of anything in the future, but these are some names to keep an eye on for the next 3 years in the Cardinals system.