Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 2

Good Morning! In today's edition of Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues, Iowa pitcher Casey Coleman becomes a workhorse in the Mexican Pacific League, while first round pick Nico Hoerner continues to enjoy playing in the Arizona Fall League. For all that and more, take a look inside.

Arizona Fall League

Mesa Solar Sox

Nico Hoerner (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Nico Hoerner (photo by Rikk Carlson)

It was a great start of the week for the Solar Sox on Monday, as they blasted Glendale 8-0. Shortstop Nico Hoerner has shaken off some of the rust to go 3-for-4 with a run scored. Trent Giambrone was in right field and went 0-for-4 but had a walk and a run scored, while PJ Higgins was 0-for-4 with a run scored as he lined up at catcher. Mesa 8 - Glendale 0

On Tuesday, Mesa allowed Salt River to score in the top of the ninth to lose 2-1. Bailey Clark provided quality relief by entering in the fifth and striking out two in 2 perfect innings. Jhonny Pereda and DJ Wilson started at catcher and in left field respectively, and each went 0-for-4. Salt River 2 - Mesa 1

The offense deserted Mesa again on Wednesday as the lost 6-1 to Salt River. Manuel Rondon came on in the third inning had two strikeouts while walking two in two scoreless innings. Nico Hoerner was at shortstop and was 1-for-4 in the game. Salt River 6 - Mesa 1

Big games seem to happen when the Solar Sox line-up is full of Cubs prospects, as they thrashed Surprise 18-2 on Thursday. Justin Steele got the start and struck out two while walking two in three scoreless innings. DJ Wilson batted lead-off and played centerfield, drawing three walks and going 1-for-3 with an RBI and four runs scored. Nico Hoerner was at shortstop and drove in three as he went 1-for-6, while catcher PJ Higgins blasted a three-run home run in the 8th inning as he was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Mesa 18 - Surprise 2

Mesa pitching could not hold a lead on Friday, while their bats were unusually silent in a 3-1 loss to Surprise. Erick Leal did his part as the Solar Sox starter, giving up two hits and striking out two in three scoreless innings. Trent Giambrone provided the only run with his first inning solo home run as the shortstop was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Lead-off hitter and centerfielder DJ Wilson was 1-for-3 with a walk. Second baseman Nico Hoerner went 0-for-4, with catcher Jhonny Pereda going 0-for-2 with a walk. Surprise 3 - Mesa 1

On Saturday, it was the Nico Hoerner show in Mesa as the shortstop power the Solar Sox to an 11-8 victory over Glendale. Hoerner stepped up in the first inning and delivered a two-run triple, and followed that up with a solo home run in the sixth. For the night, Hoerner was 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI. Left fielder DJ Wilson scored two runs as he was 1-for-4 on the night, while Bailey Clark allowed a hit in a scoreless sixth inning. Mesa 11 - Glendale 8

Dominican Winter League

Estrellas Orientales

It was trouble from the very beginning for Estrellas on Thursday, but after allowing four runs in the first inning they chipped away to beat Este 6-5. Oscar De La Cruz was brought in for the second inning after the rocky start and struck out four while giving up a hit in 1.2 scoreless innings. Estrellas 6 - Este 5

Mexican Pacific League

Charros de Jalisco

Sunday was a long day for Jalisco, as they were buried 9-0 by Mazatlan. Jesus Camargo came on in the eighth and had a walk and a strikeout in one inning of work. Mazatlan 9 - Jalisco 0

While the Charros hung tough on Saturday, they could not keep up with Los Mochis as they lost 7-5. Entering in the seventh, Jesus Camargo gave the Caneros some extra cushion as he served up a solo home run to Ramon Urias. Los Mochis 7 - Jalisco 5

Tomateros de Culiacan


The Tomateros were able to score in the top of the ninth on Sunday and then hold on for a 2-1 victory over Navojoa. In a game started by former Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler, Casey Coleman struck out the only batter he faced for the final out and collected his first save. Culiacan 2- Navojoa 1

After a day off on Monday, Culiacan came back strong on Tuesday and defeated Los Mochis 6-1. Casey Coleman once again played a role out of the pen, as he pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out a batter. Culiacan 6- Los Mochis 1

The Pickers pitching staff was hit hard in the early innings on Thursday, and an offensive rally fell short in a 6-5 loss to Los Mochis. Casey Coleman continues to be steady in the bullpen, as he struck lout a batter in a perfect eighth inning. Los Mochis 6 - Culiacan 5

It was a back-and-forth affair on Friday as Culiacan ended up with a 3-2 win over Mexicali. Becoming a bullpen workhorse, Casey Coleman set down the side in order in the ninth to collect his second save.  Culiacan 3 - Mexicali 2

Venezuelan Winter League 

Cardenales de Lara

In an 11-inning game on Monday, Lara bowed to Caracas 1-0. Yapson Gomez retired the only batter he faced with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Lara 1 - Caracas 0 (11 innings)

It took thirteen innings on Wednesday, but the Cardenales ended up being bested by Magallanes 6-4. Yapson Gomez came in with two outs in the seventh and would go on to pitch a perfect inning of relief.  Magallanes 6 - Lara 4 (13 innings)

Caribes de Anzoategui

Anzoategui finished strong on Wednesday, scoring three runs in the ninth as they defeated Caracas 6-1. Erick Castillo started at catcher and went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Anzoategui 6 - Caracas 1

Leones del Caracas

Jeffrey Baez

Jeffrey Baez

It was all Caracas from the get-go on Sunday as they beat up on Aragua 9-0. Tennessee’s Jeffrey Baez started in right field was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. Caracas 9 - Aragua 0

The Leones almost let one get away from them on Thursday, as they used two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Aragua 6-5. Jeffrey Baez (1-for-5, RBI) delivered the walk-off, as his RBI single provided the winning margin. Enrique De Los Rios entered with two outs in the fifth and had a strikeout while surrendering two hits in 1.1 scoreless innings. Caracas 6 - Aragua 5



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    thanks Tom. This is just what I wanted--to check on how our prospects are doing in the fall leagues. I especially want to see how Nico does and Bailey Clark and ODLC. Our pitchers are vital to take that next step next year, and if we can find a starter or one or two relievers then we don't have to spend big money to go and get one.
    Thanks again.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Your welcome. This is how I got started in the business so it's really close to my heart. It's great to see players that no one heard of turn into ones like Marwin Gonzalez or Willson Contreras.

  • Ditto the appreciation, Tom. Love hearing/reading about our prospects.

    It’s interesting to see that Steele is being used as a starter. Albeit a 3 inning starter. I know it’s about getting pitchers quality innings up & down the roster. Not sure if he’s in the Cub rotation plans down the road or not. I think of him more as a relief option, but if he could be a Monty type all the better.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Thank you! Considering my condition at this time, this is about the best speed I can contribute at.

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    In reply to Tom U:

    I hope you’re ok Tom, and get better. We all need you and your insights.

  • I don't know you Tom, but get well soon ! After reading your article, I wonder if Nico Hoerner will be ready for the bigs. I'm pretty sure Addison Russell has worn out his welcome on the North side. Boy, I would love to see D.J.Wilson in the outfield. A true leadoff man with speed is just what the Cubbies need.

  • Not sure D.J. Wilson will ever hit his weight.

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