Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 4

It was a busy Week 4 for the Cubs in the off-season leagues, as 19 players saw action and the Arizona Fall League had their Fall Stars Game. For all the details, take a look at today’s report.

Arizona Fall League


Mesa Solar Sox

Monday seems like a day that both Mesa and many Cubs prospects would just as soon forget, as the Solar Sox took it on the chin from Salt River 12-3. Manuel Rondon started the game and could last only 0.2 innings, as he gave up five earned on two walks and three hits, including a three-run home run. Trent Giambrone continued to dazzle in limited action as the DH was 2-for-2 with two walks, while catcher PJ Higgins was 1-for-3 with a walk. Both shortstop Nico Hoerner and left fielder DJ Wilson were 0-for-4, with Wilson striking out all four times. Salt River 12 - Mesa 3

Things did not get any better for the Solar Sox on Tuesday, as Salt River destroyed them once again, this time 14 -4. Justin Steele also had a rough start, surrendering three earned runs on two walks and four hits while striking out two in two innings. Battery mate Jhonny Pereda was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the loss. Salt River 14 - Mesa 4

Erick Leal (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Erick Leal (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Mesa turned things around on Wednesday as they were able to double up Surprise 4-2. Erick Leal continued his great run through the AFL, as the starter worked around three hits and four walks as he struck out four in four scoreless innings. Bailey Clark had some trouble as he was touched for an earned run on two hits, two walks, and a strikeout as he pitched an inning. Shortstop Nico Hoerner was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, while left fielder DJ Wilson went 1-for-03 with a double and a walk. Mesa 4 - Surprise 2

On Thursday, the Solar Sox were unable to repeat their previous day’s success as the stumbled to Surprise 5-4. Catcher PJ Higgins went 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss, while left fielder DJ Wilson was 0-for-4. Manuel Rondon did his best to keep Mesa in the game as he struck out two and gave up a walk and a hit in two scoreless innings. Surprise 5 - Mesa 4

They played only seven innings on Friday in advance of Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, with Mesa and Scottsdale tying 1-1. Shortstop Nico Hoerner was able to run a misplayed ball into a triple as he was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Second Baseman Trent Giambrone was 0-for-3. Mesa 1 - Scottsdale 1

In Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, fans saw five lead changes as the West squad put up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to edge out the East 7-6. Coming on defensively at third base in the bottom of the fifth, Nico Hoerner muscled a ball through the middle of the infield in the seventh to end up going 1-for-2. Bailey Clark started the fourth and was hit hard, yielding two earned runs on three hits in 0.2 innings. West 7 - East 6

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

On Saturday, Cibaenas scored two in the top of the thirteenth and then held on to defeat Cibao 8-7. Daury Torrez was able to stem the Eagles attack by getting the final pout in the ninth after they tied the game 6-6. Torrez went on to contribute two more scoreless innings, giving up two hits fanning two batters. Cibaenas 8 - Cibao 7, 13 innings

Estrellas de Oriente

It was a good start to the week for Oriente on Sunday, as they built a six-run lead in the first three innings against Este and holding on to win 6-2.  Oscar De La Cruz started the seventh and retired the first two batters quickly before being replaced after issuing two walks. For the game De La Cruz pitched 0.2 innings, giving two walks and striking out a batter. Oriente 6 - Este 2

Mexican Pacific League

Tomateros de Culiacan

Culiacan was unable to stop the avalanche on Wednesday as they blew a 2-1 lead to lose 6-3 to Mazatlan. Casey Coleman mopped up in the eighth inning, striking out a batter as he set down the side in order. Mazatlan 6 - Culiacan 3

The Tomateros used four runs in the eighth inning to blow past Mazatlan 5-2 on Thursday. The Pickers turned the game over to Casey Coleman in the eighth inning and retired all six batters, two on strikeouts, as he earned his fifth save. Culiacan 5 - Mazatlan 2

Things looked dire for the Tomato Pickers on Saturday until they scored four in the bottom of the eighth to sneak past Jalisco 4-3. Casey Coleman came on in the ninth to slam the door, giving up a walk, striking out a batter, and inducing a game-ending double play to collect his sixth save. Culiacan 4 - Jalisco 3

Yaquis de Obregon

Carlos Sepulveda

Carlos Sepulveda

A ninth inning rally on Saturday for Obregon fell short as they lost to Navojoa 4-3. Although he only went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, it was a significant first step for second baseman Carlos Sepulveda, as he saw his first game action in two years after having shoulder surgery. Navojoa 4 - Obregon 3

Venzuelan Winter League

Bravos de Margarita

Margarita played a doubleheader on Sunday, and in Game Two, the Bravos could not make anything out of six hits in losing 7-0 to Caracas. Eugenio Palma was a bright spot, as he set down the side in order with two strikeouts in the sixth inning. Caracas 7 - Margarita 0

The Halloween spirits were against the Bravos on Wednesday, as they were thoroughly vanquished by Magallanes 18-2. Even left-hander Eugenio Palma could not escape the onslaught, as he surrendered two earned runs on four hits as he struck out a batter while pitching an inning. Magallanes 18 - Margarita 2

A week the Braves would like to forget ended in similar fashion on Saturday as they lost 7-3 to Aragua. Keiber Arredondo took over in the fourth and after retiring a batter issued three walks, all of whom would come around to score. For the night, Arredondo gave up three earned runs on three walks in 0.1 innings. Aragua 7 - Margarita 3

Cardenales de Lara

It was over for Lara on Thursday almost before things began, as Zulia scored six uncontested runs in a 6-1 loss for the Birds. Yapson Gomez came on for mop up in the eighth and had a strikeout as he went 1-2-3. Zulia 6 - Lara 1

The Cardenales were no match for Anzoategui on Saturday, as they lost 4-1. Yapson Gomez entered the game with a man on second and third and no outs in the sixth and proceeded to allow three earned runs, all charged to the previous pitcher. Gomez would officially go 0.2 innings with a hit and two walks. Lara 1 - Anzoategui 4

Caribes de Anzoategui

Despite a four run sixth inning on Tuesday, Anzoategui was not able to score any more as they lost to Aragua 7-4. Pinch-hitting the sixth inning, catcher Erick Castillo delivered a big three-run double as he was 2-for-2 with a run scored. Aragua 7 - Anzoategui 4

The Caribes received plenty of treats on Wednesday as they defeated Aragua 10-2. Catcher Erick Castillo remained on pace during his breakout season, as he went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the win. Anzoategui 10 - Aragua 2

On Thursday, Anzoategui gave away the game late as they fell to La Guaira 6-3. Now seemingly established as the starting catcher, Erick Castillo continued to be rock-solid consistent as he was 1-for-3 in the loss. La Guaira 6 - Anzoategui 3

The Caribes were able to close out the week right on Saturday as they defeated Lara 4-1. Erick Castillo put up what has now become a familiar line for him, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the victory. Anzoategui 4 - Lara 1

Leones del Caracas

Caracas was dominating in the early innings on Tuesday and ended up cruising to an 8-2 victory over Magallanes. Enrique De Los Rios entered the game in the seventh and gave up one of the two earned runs for the Lions, as he struck out two in 1.1 innings of work. Caracas 8 - Magallanes 2

Jeffrey Baez

Jeffrey Baez

In a thrilling back-and-forth game on Friday, the Leones prevailed over Anzoategui 5-4. Jeffrey Baez got the start in left field and was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the victory. Caracas 5 - Anzoategui 4

The Lions succumbed to two runs in the bottom on the ninth from Zulia in a 4-3 loss on Saturday. Enrique De Los Rios took the mound in the fourth and surrendered an earned run on a walk and three hits as he struck out a batter in two innings. Jeffrey Baez lined up again in left field and was 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Zulia 4 - Caracas 3


Infielder Nico Hoerner joined RHP Bailey Clark in representing the Mesa Solar Sox in the Fall Stars Game of the Arizona Fall League after winning online voting.

Kwang Min Kwon

Kwang Min Kwon

While league play will not begin until November 15, Geelong-Korea of the Australian Baseball League announced their roster. Among the selections are 20-year old outfielder Kwang-Min Kwon. The left-handed hitter went .225/.317/.275/.591 with 3 doubles, two triples, 10 RBI, and 7 stolen bases in 44 games between the Arizona Rookie League and Short Season-A Eugene in 2018.


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  • Thanks for the info, Tom U!

    I’m really liking this Hoerner kid. Leal not pitching bad either.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    You're welcome!

  • And in other news, the countdown to Girardi has begun.

  • In reply to charactercounts:

    Joe’s definitely on the clock... Another World Series could definitely delay his Cousin Eddy trips.

  • In reply to charactercounts:

    I like Maddon, but I think that he can be a little stubborn, like when he was determined to make Schwaber into a leadoff. Also, I think he tries too hard to be the out of the box creative manager when being creative is actually detrimental to winning a ballgame. Still, he has managed to become one of my favorite Cub skippers and I've seen quite a few over the years. I think that Joe M. Is unparalleled at getting the best out of young players, but this team is no longer that. It's made up of professionals in there prime, who might have outgrown playing dress up. So I think if the Cubs make to the Series Maddon will be back, if not, maybe not.

  • In reply to charactercounts:

    Wasn't Girardi available when we signed Joe?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I think he was the NY manager.

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  • In reply to charactercounts:

    Girardi is much too old-school for a Theo Epstein-run FO.

  • Read a great article in The Athletic about the Cubs ability to recruit both Free Agents and draft picks. The story's focus is on Kohl Franklin, the Cubs 6th round pick in June.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Do you work for The Athletic?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    No. But maybe I should. I enjoy most of their writers & articles

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    Yeah, about that - I won't even pay the Tribune the 99 cents they want for me to read their crummy articles. I'm not paying the Athletic's exorbitant fees to read their stuff, either.

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    That's fine by me. I'm not even sure what I paid for it, but it wasn't much. I just had many Cub fan friends emailing articles from them & you can only read a few a month without subscribing, so I bit the bullet & paid the $20 or so for the year. I didn't realize I've linked their articles that much. Sorry, I'll quit linking any of their articles.

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    The athletic is worth every penny.30 bucks for a year, well worth it

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  • Saw a very interesting tweet quoting Hoyer. Doesn’t sound good for current staff. Not sure who made him mad. Looks like trouble in cubland

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