Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 6

Good morning! While the sun set on the Arizona Fall League in the west in week 6 of Cubs in the off-season leagues, it rose both in the east and far east with the start of the Roberto Clemente League and the Australian Baseball League. To see how thing both ended an began, take a look at today's report.

Arizona Fall League

Mesa Solar Sox

Mesa made their bid to play in the AFL championship a little bit tougher on Monday as they lost 4-2 to Glendale. Toeing the bump to start the game for the Solar Sox was Justin Steele, who gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks as he struck out three in four innings. Manuel Rondon retired the only two batters he faced to begin the seventh inning. Shortstop Nico Hoerner was 1-for-4 with his fourth triple of the fall in the loss. Glendale 4 - Mesa 2

While the Solar Sox remained mathematically in the hunt, it’s bid for the postseason took a major hit with a 14-3 loss to Peoria. After a great fall run, the bottom dropped out for Erick Leal as the starter as he gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits and two walks as Leal struck out three in three innings (Leal pitched to six batters in the fourth, but failed to record an out). Catcher Jhonny Pereda had the best day of Cubs prospects in going 2-for-4 with a RBI. Shortstop Nico Hoerner went 1-for-4 and third baseman Trent Giambrone was 0-for-4 in the loss. Peoria 14 - Mesa 3

On Wednesday, Mesa kept their slim playoff hopes alive by defeating Surprise 10-6. Left fielder DJ Wilson picked the right time to have his best game of the fall in going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored. Designated hitter Trent Giambrone was 1-for-5 with a run scored. Bailey Clark had a rocky eighth inning as he allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out a batter. Mesa 10 - Surprise 6

Nico Hoerner (photo by Jared Ravich at

Nico Hoerner (photo by Jared Ravich at

In the final regular season game of the Arizona Fall League on Thursday, Mesa was eliminated despite beating Surprise 11-10. Shortstop Nico Hoerner went out in grand style in going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI, and a run scored. Left fielder DJ Wilson also finished positively as he went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while second baseman Trent Giambrone was 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Lefty Manuel Rondon entered the game in the fifth inning and set down the side in order. Mesa 11 - Surprise 10

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

Despite a seventh inning rally on Wednesday, the Cibaenas bullpen could not hold Este in a 5-3 loss. Daury Torrez dazzled after taking the mound to start the sixth, giving up only a walk as he struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings. Cibaenas 5 - Este 3

In a pitcher’s duel on Saturday, the Aguilas came out on the short end as they lost to Escogido 2-1. Daury Torrez took over in the seventh and once again provided quality relief as he allowed no base runners and had a strikeout in 2.1 scoreless innings. Escogido 2 - Cibaenas 1

Mexican Pacific League

Tomateros de Culiacan

In a tense game on Tuesday, Culiacan was able to use a middle inning surge and an effective bullpen to secure a 3-2 win over Los Mochis. Casey Coleman was called on once again to nail down the victory in the ninth and set down the side in order with a strikeout for his eleventh save. Culiacan 3 - Los Mochis 2

The Tomateros were able to blunt a late inning rally by Mexicali on Friday to win 5-3. The usually reliable Casey Coleman ran into some trouble in the ninth, giving up a double that led to a run as well as a single before retiring the final batter for his twelfth save. Culiacan 5 - Mexicali 3

After spotting Mexicali a run in the first inning the Pickers took over the game and handed the Eagles a 5-2 defeat. Casey Coleman regained his form, as he retired all four batters he faced for his thirteenth save. Coleman fanned two, including the final batter, as he tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. Culiacan 5 - Mexicali 2

Yaquis de Obregon

The Yaquis scored all of their runs in the eighth inning on Wednesday as they were able to ride their offensive outburst to a 4-2 win over Mazatlan. Starting at second base, Carlos Sepulveda drew two walks and had no official at bat in the win. Obregon 4 - Mazatlan 2

On Friday, Navojoa hung around despite a lead by Obregon until the Tribe put up five runs in the ninth to win 10-2. Carlos Sepulveda entered the game defensively at second base in the eighth inning and walked in his only plate appearance. Obregon 10 - Navojoa 2

Roberto Clemente League

Criollos de Caguas

Zach Hedges

Zach Hedges

In the second game of the season on Friday, Caguas pounded out 15 hits in blowing past Santurce 5-3. Iowa right-handed pitcher Zach Hedges came on to start the sixth and recorded a walk and a strikeout as he tossed a scoreless inning. Caguas 5 - Santurce 3

It took ten innings on Saturday, but the Creoles were finally able to edge Carolina 5-4. Tennessee utility player Vimael Machin drew two walks in the victory as he went 0-for-2 and played both second and first base. Caguas 5 - Carolina 4, 10 innings

Venzuelan Winter League

Cardenales de Lara

Things did not look good for Lara on Thursday until the Cardinals scored three in the fifth inning and held on for 3-2 win over Margarita. Coming in with two out in the sixth inning, Yapson Gomez retired the only batter he faced. Lara 3 - Margarita 2

Leones del Caracas

When your week starts with giving 14 runs on 20 hits, as it did for Caracas in a 14-3 loss to Lara on Sunday, you’ve got to hope that things get better. Enrique De Los Rios entered the game with two outs in the fourth and eight runs already in and served up a two-run homer to allow two earned runs in an inning pitched. Jeffrey Baez lined up in left field and was 1-for-4 in the loss. Lara 14 - Caracas 3

Australian Baseball League


Kwang Min Kwon

Kwang Min Kwon

Drawing the Sydney Blue Sox in their opening series was not advantageous for Geelong-Korea as they fell behind early on Friday and lost 7-2. Starting in right field and batting third, Kwang-Min Kwon was 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in the loss. Sydney 7 - Geelong 2

It’s been a tough start for Geelong as they fell to 0-3 on Saturday in losing to Sydney 4-1. Kwang-Min Kwon recorded his first hit of the season as he doubled to lead off the second inning. Kwon was 1-for-3 for the night. Sydney 4 - Geelong 1


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  • Great stuff, Tom. Baseball truly is an international sport!

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    Thanks Tom. How much do young major leaguers make playing in Winter ball?

  • In reply to From the burg:

    Great question! In all the years I have covered the winter leagues, I never thought to ask how much the players get paid. I will look into that for you.

  • Thanks, Tom.

    Did I miss a rule five write-up?

  • In reply to Oneear:

    No, not yet. They had some conversation about it in an earlier article, but the Cubs pre rule 5 roster isn’t locked yet. They’re going too add & subtract some players. I think the rosters are due to the mlb office by some time next week. 2nd Thursday in Dec the draft will be held.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Actually rosters have to be set by 7:00 tonight. Cubs lost Jack Reinheimer on waivers, but gained Ian Clarkin off waivers from white sox. They stand at 39 unless they made some maneuvers.

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    Thanks so much Tom. It reminds us that baseball is played all over the world and Cubs have prospects everywhere!

  • Thank you all for your kind words. Even though things with my wrist/forearm are getting better, there are some days where getting things done is a little difficult. I really appreciate the recognition.

  • Six year FA Daury Torrez is having a nice winter in the D.R..

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    He’s put together a few good years before struggling a little last year. If he pitches well next season he could be another one of those “depth” guys on the yo-yo train.

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