Winter Leagues Report: Week 12

A Happy New Year to everyone at Cubs Den! In the first article of the new year, we see the winter leagues all moving into the post-season, with the Caribbean world Series on the horizon. The recently signed Ryan Court is making an impact in the Dominican Winter League, while Williams Perez keep putting up good numbers in Venezuela.

Dominican Winter League

Leones del Escogido

The DWL playoffs began this week in a lurch due to stadium issues, as Escogido was not able to play until Thursday, when they beat Cibao 8-3. Newly minted Cub Ryan Court led off for the Lions and played first base, going 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored. Escogido 8 - Cibao 3

Friday saw a reversal of fortune for the Leones as they went up 3-0 in the second inning, but eventually lost 9-3 to Cibaenas. Ryan Court once again was at lead-off and first base as he went 2-for-4 with a walk in a losing effort. Cibaenas 9 - Escogido 3

It was another loss for the Big Cats on Saturday, as they were topped by Cibaenas 5-3. Ryan Court remained at first base and lead-off and was 1-for-4. Cibaenas 5 - Escogido 3


Mexican Pacific League

Tomateros de Culiacan

With the Mexican Pacific League regular season going down to its final days, Culican got an important 4-3 win over Jalisco on Wednesday. Starting catcher Ali Solis singled in the first run for the Tomateros, as he was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Culiacan 4 - Jalisco 3


Venezuelan Winter League

Cardenales de Lara

Trying to protect their first place lead in the VWL on Wednesday, Lara turned to Williams Perez, who delivered a 2-1 victory over Margarita. Perez went 6.1 innings, giving up an earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Lara 2 - Margarita 1


Tigres de Aragua

With the final push for a playoff spot in the balance, Aragua got a much needed 9-6 win over La Guaira on Wednesday. Carlos Penalver was the starting shortstop and went 1-for-4 in the victory. Aragua 9 - LaGuaira 6

The Tigres made it two in a row on Thursday as they scored four runs in the seventh to pull past Caracas 4-1. Carlos Penalver moved over to second base and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Aragua 4 - Caracas 1



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    Again, thanks for these reports Tom. I was interested in Ryan Court because I hadn't heard his name before, but then I saw he was 29 and probably won't help the Cubs.
    Off topic, I saw on MLB Trade Rumors that a Japanese pitchers named Kodai Senga wants to come to the US. He will be 25 and might not come this year, but another talented starter with a plus FB and slider. One player to keep an eye on.
    Happy new year Tom.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you!

  • Thanks, Tom. These reports are great, and it's so nice that there's baseball to keep an eye on during the offseason.

  • Thanks get some signings and trades rolling!

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    No kidding, thanks to Tom and all the other writers not named John Aguello, whom have keep hot stove warm with numerous pieces on trade rumors, FA signings, prospects, winter leagues, ways to improve etc.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Thank you! I'm sorry that the winter leagues have not been as exciting as they have in the past, but the Cubs have a record low number of players participating.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Yeah, I’m surprised Williams Perez just went 6 + innings. When I pitched adult hardball spring/summer leagues I always loved having the time off in the fall & winter to rest the arm. I pitched a fall league after the spring/summer 1 time. Big mistake... My arm wasn’t ready in the spring & my velocity took a big decline. I can see it for relievers who didn’t get a lot of work during the season or guys coming off injury plagued seasons where they didn’t pitch much...

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