Marti shows off stroke in Arizona

Marti shows off stroke in Arizona

Amaury Marti leads the Arizona Fall League's Peoria Saguaros in home runs, but after smashing three long balls over his first 20 AFL at-bats, the 32-year-old Cuban defector has not gone yard over his last 61.

That doesn't mean Marti hasn't been hitting well. In fact, he has collected two hits in each of his last four games and has hit safely in seven straight overall. Marti's average now stands at a team-leading .346, and his stellar performance in the AFL has gone a long way toward proving that the little-known slugger may have what it takes to perform in the big leagues.

Here's how the Cardinals' other five AFL competitors did this week, as well as updates on St. Louis farmhands currently honing their skills in the Dominican Winter, Mexican Pacific and Venezuelan Winter Leagues.

Peoria Saguaros
Dennis Dove, RHP: While Dove is still on the Saguaros roster, he has not appeared in a game since Halloween. Over six appearances, the 25-year-old is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .129 against him.

Mike Parisi, RHP: Parisi hurled two perfect innings against Phoenix on Saturday, marking just the second time in nine appearances that he did not allow a run. The 23-year-old has allowed 16 runs over 16 innings pitched this season.

Stuart Pomeranz, RHP: Pomeranz started against Scottsdale on Monday, and unfortunately it was one of his worst outings of the season. The 21-year-old right-hander took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits over just two innings. He is 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA over 17 innings pitched for the Saguaros.

Brendan Ryan, SS: When the month began, Ryan was hitting a gaudy .351. A subsequent 5-for-36 tailspin caused his average to drop to .292, but he has since improved. The 24-year-old has put together three straight two-hit games to increase his average to .310 and his league-leading hit total to 39.

Nick Stavinoha, OF: It was a forgettable week for Stavinoha, who appeared in two games and went 0-for-6 to lower his average to .216. The Texas native has especially struggled at Peoria Sports Complex, the Saguaros' home ballpark, as he has collected just six hits in 39 at-bats there.

Dominican Winter League
Ricardo Rodriguez, RHP: Rodriguez is 0-2 with a 12.60 ERA over three relief appearances for the Azucareros del Este.

Dennis Tankersley, RHP: Tankersley has pitched well for the Tigres del Licey, as he is 2-1 with a 2.11 over 21 1/3 innings pitched. Opponents are batting just .197 against him.

Mexican Pacific League
Andy Cavazos, RHP: Cavazos earned his second save for the Algonderos de Guasave on Nov. 9, despite allowing two runs over two innings. He hurled two-thirds of a scoreless inning three days later, picking up his second win in the process. The Texas native is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA over 14 innings pitched this season.

Iker Franco, C: The Yaquis de Obregon backstop went 4-for-10 over five games this week to raise his average to .253. He blasted his fifth home run of the season on Sunday.

John Webb, RHP: Webb started for the Algodoneros de Guasave on Saturday and did not factor in the decision, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings while striking out six. He is 1-4 with a 3.83 ERA over seven starts, and his 42 1/3 innings pitched ranks second in the league.

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Garcia, RHP: Garcia hurled a perfect inning for the Caribes de Oriente on Sunday and now has a 3.00 ERA over nine appearances on the season.

Rayner Laya, 2B: Laya went 3-for-14 with a double, three runs scored, and two RBIs, and is now batting .179 over 39 at-bats on the season.

Jose Martinez, IF: Martinez appeared in two games for the Tigres de Aragua and went 1-for-6. The 20-year-old is 4-for-20 with four runs scored over 12 games overall.

Benjamin Hill is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.