2010 DSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers

Victor DeLeon

Josh Jones' detailed report on the ten pitchers that saw action as starters for the 2010 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

Willy Paulino made 16 appearances (ten starts) posting a 4-3 record and 2.76 ERA.  He allowed 45 hits, 21 runs (19 earned), four home runs, hit 12 batters, walked 31, and struck 55 out over 62 innings.  Paulino had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 68-to-38, let five of six inherited runners score, and had a 1.23 WHIP.

 

The February 5, 2009 free agent signing began the season pitching out of the bullpen before moving into the starting rotation and then into a piggy back system to end the year.  He pitched four or more innings in six games struck out four or more five times.  The 20-year old right-hander didn't allow a run in seven appearances and no hits in one.  He kept opponents at two or less runs in 12 games.  Paulino pitched three consecutive scoreless outing from June 7-21 spanning 16 innings.  His best game came on June 21st when he tossed six scoreless and allowed one hit, three walks, threw one widl pitch, and struck out six for the winning decision.  His worst outing came on July 6th when he gave up five hits, four earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one over 1.2 innings.

 

Paulino has pitched very well in his two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and is a candidate for an invite to extended spring training next year.

 

 

Carlos Martinez made 12 starts posting a 3-2 record and 0.76 ERA.  He allowed 28 hits, eight runs (five earned), one home run, hit six batters, walked 14, and struck out 78 over 59 innings.  Martinez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 49-to-36 and 0.71 WHIP.

 

The April 20, 2010 free agent signing pitching a small amount of innings and built up until the end of the season where he alternated three or four to six or seven.  He pitched four or more innings in six games and struck out six or more eight times.  The 19-year old right-hander didn't allow a run in eight appearances and no hits in one.  He didn't allow a run in three consecutive starts between June 4-16 spanning 13 innings and four starts from July 24-August 5 spanning 19 innings.  His best start came on August 5th when he tossed seven hitless and scoreless innings walking one, hitting one batter, and striking out eight while combining with Hansel De Los Santos for the no-hitter.  His worst outing came on July 15th when he gave up four hits, three runs (two earned), two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out four over five innings.

 

As we all know, Martinez received clearance on his visa and should be in extended spring training next year competing for a spot possibly on the Johnson City or even Batavia roster.

 

 

Victor DeLeon made 14 appearances (eight starts) posting a 4-3 record, 2.76 ERA, and one blown save.  He allowed 39 hits, 20 runs (15 earned), five home runs, hit two batters, walked 26, and struck out 40 over 49 innings.  DeLeon had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 55-to-38 and 1.33 WHIP.

 

The December 10, 2009 free agent signing didn't allow a run in five games and no hits in two.  He kept opponents to two or less runs in 11 appearances and struck out four or more six times.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched three or more innings in nine games.  His best game came on July 28th when he tossed five scoreless innings (complete game) and allowed two hits and struck out two for the winning decision.  His worst outing came on June 24th when he gave up five hits, five runs (four earned), one home run, two walks, and struck one out for the losing decision.

 

DeLeon will be one of the guys to keep an eye on next season in the Dominican Summer League.  Still young and could probably develop into a good strikeout guy for the rotation and innings eater.

 

 

Eduard Estalis made 12 appearances (four starts) posting a 1-4 record, 2.01 ERA, one save, and two blown saves.  He allowed 36 hits, 13 runs (ten earned), six home runs, hit four batters, walked seven, and struck out 45 over 44.2 innings.  Estalis had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 44-to-38, let four of six inherited runners score, and 0.96 WHIP.

 

The July 2, 2007 free agent signing came into the season a little late and was tabbed for the bullpen before entering the piggy back rotation in July.  He didn't allow a run in five games and no hits in one.  The 21-year old right-hander kept opponents to one or less runs in eight appearances and struck out three or more in eight with a season-high 11 coming on August 2nd.  He pitched four or more innings in six games.  His best game came on July 27th when he pitched eight innings (complete game) and allowed four hits, one earned run, one home run, one walk, and struck out five for the losing decision.  His worst game came on June 19th when he gave up a grand slam after getting one out for the blown save and losing decision.  As a starter, Estalis was 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA and gave up 16 hits, six earned runs, two home runs, five walks, and struck out 30 over 25 innings in four starts.

 

Estalis rebounded this season after struggling during the 2009 year.  Hopefully he can get his background check cleared up over the offseason and make his long awaited debut in the states in 2011.  During the 2010 season Estalis had a impressive ratio of a little over one walk and nine strikeouts per nine innings.  Expect him to make a move back to the bullpen and possibly the closer role like he had previously held down in his first two seasons.

 

 

Arturo Toribio made 13 appearances (four starts) posting a 1-2 record, 2.81 ERA, and three saves.  He allowed 38 hits, 17 runs (13 earned), hit three batters, walked 14, and struck 41 out over 41.2 innings.  Toribio had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 33-to-4o, let two of eight inherited runners score, and 1.25 WHIP.  

 

The October 28, 2008 free agent signing began the season on the back end of the bullpen, even getting save opportunities, and was later moved into the piggy back rotation.  He didn't allow a run in five appearances and no hits in three.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched three or more innings in five games and struck out four or more in six games with a season-high six coming twice.  He kept opponents to two or less runs ten times.  His best game came on August 18th when he pitched five innings and allowed four hits, one earned run, and struck out six.  His worst game came on July 1st when he gave up eight hits, five runs (four earned), two walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out five.  As a starter, Toribio was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and allowed 27 hits, 12 runs (ten earned), six walks, and struck out 21 over 22 innings.

 

Look for Toribio to make a return to the Dominican Summer League for the 2011 season but the question is whether he'll be in the rotation or bullpen.  Other than the his first start on July 1st, he was pretty good in the opening role and also held down the closer job for a short time.

 

 

Bryan Martinez made eight starts posting a 2-1 record and 2.97 ERA.  He allowed 20 hits, 15 runs (12 earned), hit nine batters, walked 13, and struck 55 out over 36.1 innings.  Martinez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 29-12 and 0.91 WHIP.

 

The June 3, 2009 free agent signing continued on the same path as he did during the 2009 season and received a promotion to GCL in early July.  Martinez didn't allow a run in three games and kept opponents to two or less runs in six outings.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched four or more innings in five games and struck out four or more six times including 11 and 12 K performances.  His best game came on July 10th when he went a season-high seven innings and allowed one hit, no runs, two walks, hit one batter, and struck out eight.  His worst outing came on June 29th when he gave up four hits, six runs (five earned), three walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, had one throwing error, and struck out five over 3.1 innings.

 

It's no surprise that Martinez was promoted to the Gulf Coast League.  He dominated his entire stay in the Dominican Summer League and went on to take care of business in the GCL.  Expect to hear more about this player as the 2011 season gets going.

 

 

Angel Tapia made ten appearances (five starts) posting a 2-0 record, 1.87 ERA, and one blown save.  He allowed 31 hits, 12 runs (seven earned), hit two batters, walked 15, and struck out 29 over 33.2 innings.  Tapia had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 31-to-33, let both inherited runners score, and a 1.37 WHIP.

 

The November 25, 2008 free agent signing began the season in the rotation before injuries took him out of action for some valuable time and he pitched out of the bullpen for the final two months of the year.  Tapia didn't allow a run in two games and no hits in one.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched three or more innings in eight games and struck out three or more six times.  As a starter, Tapia was 0-0 with a 2.05 ERA as he allowed 14 hits, nine runs (five earned), ten walks, and struck out 17 over 22 innings.  His best game came on June 17th when he pitched a season-high six innings and gave up three hits, one earned run, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out a season-high five.  His worst game came on June 11th when he allowed four hits, three runs (two earned), two walks, one pickoff error, and struck out four.

 

Tapia had somewhat a similar year as he did in his rookie season.  The injuries were the big difference maker for him in 2010 taking him away from the starting rotation and causing him to miss some much needed innings.  The 2009 DSL All-Star could be a candidate for extended spring training in 2011.

 

 

Stalyn Lopez made 13 appearances (seven starts) posting a 2-2 record and 7.64 ERA.  He allowed 32 hits, 34 runs (28 earned), two home runs, hit six batters, walked 37, and struck out 30 over 33 innings.  Lopez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 26-to-31, let four inherited runners score, and a 2.09 WHIP.

 

The April 7, 2009 free agent signing was completely the opposite he was in 2009 and ended up taking himself out of the starting rotation in late July.  Lopez didn't allow a run in three games and no hits in three outings.  The 19-year old left-hander pitched three or more innings in ten games and struck out three or more six times.  As a starter, Lopez was 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA and allowed 21 hits, 20 runs (15 earned), one home run, 23 walks, and struck out 15 over 21.2 innings.  His best game came on June 1st when he pitched three hitless and scoreless innings allowing three walks and striking out a season-high seven for the winning decision.  His worst outing came on July 31st when he coughed up five hits, nine runs (eight earned), three walks, hit two batters, and threw one wild pitch.

 

Lopez tailed off in his second season in the Dominican Summer League due to some personal issues back home.  He had looked to be one of the highlights coming into the 2010 season, but nothing ever came.  He'll most likely return in 2011 for a third season and if he can get his head on straight will be a monster next year.

 

 

Delvi Rodriguez made 14 appearances (three starts) posting a 3-1 record, 3.74 ERA, one hold, one save, and one blown save.  He allowed 34 hits, 20 runs (14 earned), hit three batters, walked 24, and struck out 41 over 33.2 innings.  Rodriguez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 34-to-18, let two of ten inherited runners score, and a 1.72 WHIP.

 

The November 25, 2008 free agent signing began the season in the bullpen and moved into the tandem rotation in July.  Rodriguez didn't allow a run in four games and no hits in three.  The 20-year old left-hander pitched three or more innings in six games and struck out four or more five times.  As a starter, he was 0-1 with a 0.63 ERA and allowed 13 hits, two runs (one earned), six walks, and struck out 13 over 14.1 innings.  His best game came on June 12th when he pitched three innings and gave up two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck out a season-high seven for the winning decision.  His worst game came on August 12th as he allowed seven hits, nine earned runs, one walk, hit two batters, and struck two out over 1.1 innings.

 

Rodriguez was handed a 50-game suspension shortly after the 2010 season and will begin serving when 2011 opens play.  Since he failed the drug test he will have to spend all of next season in the Dominican Summer League and will not be allowed to come stateside.   When he's activated look for him in the bullpen.

 

 

Jefferson Segundo made four appearances (two starts) posting an 0-1 record and 3.27 ERA.  He allowed ten hits, 11 runs (four earned), 13 walks, and struck out 14 over 11 innings.  Segundo had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-7, let one of three inherited runners score, and a 2.09 WHIP.

 

The April 7, 2009 free agent signing opened the 2010 season with a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test and when activated was placed in the piggy back rotation.  He kept opponents to two or less runs in two appearances.  The 21-year old right-hander pitched three or more innings twice and struck out four or more three times.  His best game came on August 10th when he pitched four innings and allowed two hits, one earned run, five walks, threw three wild pitches, one pickoff error, and struck out four.  His worst outing came on August 16th when he coughed up one hit, four runs (one earned), four walks, threw six wild pitches, and struck out two over 1.2 innings.

 

Segundo pitched much like he did during the 2009 season.  His wild pitches and walks each came up one short of his strikeout total.  He had plenty of time to work out and improve, but didn't.  So he could be on his way out to make room for another Latin prospect.

 

 

Pedro Pena spent the entire 2011 season on the restricted list.  The 19-year old left-hander was a major part of the 2009 Dominican Summer League rotation and would be a big welcome back if he decides to return.  He was signed on January 11, 2008.

 

 

Links to previous articles in this series:

2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

2010 VSL Cardinals Reserve Position Players

2010 VSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers

2010 VSL Cardinals Relief Pitchers

2010 DSL Cardinals Starting Position Players

2010 DSL Cardinals Reserve Position Players

 

 

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