The Dominican Summer League has named three St. Louis Cardinals prospects to the 2009 All-Star team. Shortstop Grabiel Hernandez and right-handed pitchers Angel Tapia and Charllan Jimenez have all been called on to represent the organization in Sunday's DSL Summer Classic.
Hernandez, 17, was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic last July when the international signing period opened in 2007. Cardinals VP of Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow said he's a scrappy hitter at the plate and is smooth and quick defensively in the field.
The 5-foot-10, 150-pounder is currently hitting .354 (45-for-127) with seven doubles, nine triples, one home run, 20 RBIs, 73 total bases, 35 runs, 14 walks, 14 stolen bases, and 22 strikeouts this season. He also carries a .432 OBP, .575 SLG, and 1.006 OPS.
Hernandez is on a four-game hitting streak and extended his on base streak to 19 games. He leads the Cardinal hitters in most categories and ranks seventh in batting average, eight in runs, first in triples, fifth (tied) in total bases, fifth in SLG, and fifth (tied) in OPS in the Rookie-Level league.
Tapia, 19, was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cardinals in early 2009 and hails from Santiago, Dominican Republic.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder has made eight appearances (four starts) posting a 3-0 record and 3.60 ERA. He's allowed 27 hits, 18 runs (12 earned), one home run, 13 walks, and struck out 18 over 30 innings. His opponents are batting .235 against him and he has a 1.33 WHIP.
Tapia has not allowed an earned run over his last two outings (six innings) and struck out a season-high four twice on June 12th and 18th.
Jimenez, 19, was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cardinals out of Valverde Mao, Dominican Republic during the 2007-08 off-season.
This is the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder’s second season in the league. His 2008 season was cut short as he made only seven appearances (two starts) posting an 0-2 record and 2.92 ERA over 24.2 innings.
Jimenez has become one of the more reliable arms available to the team, making eight appearances (four starts) posting a 4-0 record and 1.32 ERA. He's allowed 25 hits, eight runs (five earned), one home run, eight walks, and striking out 47 over 34 innings. Opponents are batting .207 against him and his WHIP sits at 0.97 on the season.
Jimenez leads the Cardinals pitching staff in wins (tied), ERA, strikeouts, and WHIP. He has also struck out a season-high nine twice, with the first on June 26th and again in his latest start on July 13th.
Last season, the Cardinals sent pitcher Angel Cruz and catcher Audry Perez to the All-Star game and soon after, both were promoted to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals squad.
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