"It is basically a six-week program geared toward a lot of individualized instructional work, similar to what we do here in Jupiter," noted Cardinals director of international operations Moises Rodriguez. "We play a couple of games per week, a lot of intersquads, a lot of repetitions."
At least 37 players, all either new signees or 2013 Dominican Summer League veterans, are participating in the program, which runs through December 1.
"The list consists of mostly Dominican Summer League players," Rodriguez said. "We bring in some of the younger Dominican guys and Venezuelans who played at some of the lower levels here and incorporate them into the program."
Several players not listed below, including catcher Luis Cruz and shortstop Juan Herrera, participated for a few weeks but went home since they also attended US instructs earlier. Infielder Robelys Reyes and outfielder Bladimil Franco are two other players doing instructional league double duty. Reyes, a late arrival to Johnson City this summer, is the only player among the 37 who played in the US in 2013.
"We have instructors go down there and work with the kids," Rodriguez noted. "It also gives the US coaches a little time to get some history behind the players here at the academy for when they travel to Jupiter in the next year or two."
Latin American field coordinator Luis Aguayo and DSL Cardinals manager Fray Peniche are leading the instructional league activities. DSL coaches as well as US-based coaches and coordinators are also spending time working with the young players.
St. Louis Cardinals Dominican Republic Instructional League Roster
|Andy De La Cruz||L||L||6-1||187||8/29/1994||Dominican||DSL|
|Joaquin De La Cruz||R||R||6-2||193||10/13/1995||Dominican||DSL|
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