Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 11

Good morning! As the regular season wound down for the Cubs in the off-season leagues, a couple of major league veterans made their mark. For more details, take a look at today's report.

Dominican Winter League

Leones del Escogido

A steady offensive output on Monday allowed Escogido to double-up Cibao for a 6-3 victory to close out the regular season.  Ryan Court played a big part as he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored in the win. Escogido 6 - Cibao 3

Playoff time in the Dominican Republic began on Friday in round-robin format. On Saturday, the Leones used superior pitching to limit Este to five hits in blanking them 3-0. Ryan Court helped sustain the Escogido attack by going 1-for-3 with a walk in the win. Escogido 3 - Este 0

Mexican Pacific League


Culiacan kept the pressure up all night on Tuesday as they blew away Navojoa 13-1. Even though it was a non-save situation, closer Casey Coleman got in some work as he struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning. Culiacan 13 - Navojoa 1

On Thursday, the Tomateros stepped on the gas after the third inning and put away Navojoa 6-3. Sandwiching two strikeouts around a fly out in the ninth, Casey Coleman racked up save number 21. Culiacan 6 - Navojoa 3

In a duel of closers on Friday, the Tomatomen came out on top over Jalisco with a 3-2 win. Trailing 2-0 in the ninth, Casey Coleman gave Culiacan a chance by retiring the Charros in order. The Tomateros then rallied against MLB veteran Sergio Romo for three runs to give Coleman his third victory of the season. Culiacan 3 - Jalisco 2

Roberto Clemente League

Criollos de Caguas

It was another crushing victory for Caguas on Sunday, as the Creoles flatted Carolina 10-2. Catcher Victor Caratini was an on-base machine in going 2-for-3 while drawing three walks. Caratini also both drove in and scored a run. Vimael Machin was at first base and was 2-for-6 with a triple and three RBI in the win. Caguas 10 - Carolina 2

Zach Hedges

Zach Hedges

On Tuesday, the Criollos played a make-up game from December 14 and edged out Santurce 7-5. Zach Hedges was on the mound to start the game and allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. Victor Caratini moved to first base and was 2-for-3 with a walk, belting a two-run homer. Caguas 7 - Santurce 5

Wednesday saw the Creoles break out their pitching as they blanked Santurce 5-0. The Caguas pitching staff got support from first baseman Vimael Machin, who was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. Designated hitter Victor Caratini went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Caguas 5 - Santurce 0

After spotting Carolina two runs in the third inning on Friday, Caguas revved up their offense to double-up the Giants 4-2. Victor Caratini lined up at third base and was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, while first baseman Vimael Machin was 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. Caguas 4 - Carolina 2

Vimael Machin

Vimael Machin

The Criollos could not keep up with high-flying Mayaguez on Saturday but was respectable in a 2-1 loss. Vimael Machin remained at first base and was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Mayaguez 2 - Caguas 1

Gigantes de Carolina

Carolina took it on the chin on Sunday as Caguas had their way in a 10-2 defeat of the Giants. Raidel Orta came on in the ninth to mop up against his former teammates and was touched for two earned runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work.  Carolina 2 - Caguas 10

Venzuelan Winter League

Navegantes del Magallanes

A steady offense and defense helped Magallanes to a 5-4 victory over Aragua on Thursday. Erick Leal got the start and was effective, striking out four and allowing only a walk and a hit in four scoreless innings. Magallanes 5 - Aragua 4

Australian Baseball League


The only game in town on Thursday night, Geelong-Korea put up a good fight but bowed to Canberra 6-4. Kwang-Min Kwon remained productive as he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored. Kwon was also unsuccessful in an attempt to steal home. Canberra 6 - Geelong 4


Leave a comment
  • Coleman having an insane winter, Ha Ha! And Caratini is kicking tail as well. Good to see him wanting to stay sharp & be ready for ‘19.

  • fb_avatar

    Leal is beginning to grow on me. He seems effective and while I don't believe he's an answer to our pitching questions he could fill in adequately now and then.
    Thanks again for the work Tom, we do appreciate it. Happy Holiday!

  • Off topic, now Schwarber is engaged. We are never going to win another title.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Great news for Kyle. Happy people in a healthy relationship perform better in all facets of life. The Cubs just might go on a tear. :-)

  • In reply to John57:


  • Wishing each of my fellow Cubs Denizens the most blessed of Christmases and the happiest of holiday seasons. My Christmas stockings are blue (with stirrups)...

  • Merry Christmas to the Cubs Denizens. I hope you are all happy and in good health.

  • fb_avatar

    Happy Holidays and let's have a great New Year Denizens!

  • I’m hearing rumors about a Quintana/Russell/Heyward package trade to Atlanta for Dansby Swanson. Unclear about if any money to be eaten on the Heyward deal. If I can confirm a source, will post ASAP.

    On the surface, it makes sense. Swanson hasn’t lived up to expectations in ATL.

    Cubs get:
    Payroll space for Bruce Harper
    Unload Heyward contract
    Cheap replacementfor Addy with some upside

    Braves get:
    Solid rotation piece at a bargain
    A solid right fielder
    A high upside SS project

    Braves have the payroll to take on dead weight to get Quintana. I’m guessing that if this story is legit, some of the Heyward money is eaten

  • In reply to mcoley32:

    Outside of Quintana I don't see the benefit to Atlanta and Swanson, while as you say still has some upside, is basically slightly better Russell without the baggage. Plus there's no bad money coming back from Atlanta which would seem to be a prerequisite to moving Heyward. You would think the Cubs would have to eat $60 mil plus to make that happen. I think the rumored SF deal with Melancon and Smith for Heyward and some combination of Happ, Hoerner, Alzolay makes much more sense to me.

    On the positive side of the news lately I'm glad to see that the national media has finally figured out that Harper's real market is the Cubs and Dodgers. It's been obvious to everyone not chasing scoops for a long time.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I don’t see any confirmation that this had any legs but I would think the offset to the money was getting Contreras. He’s cheap, an Allstar caliber catcher. Swanson and Russell are basically a wash. Flowers is a backup catcher. I think you’re right, ATL doesn’t do it but I thought it was interesting.

  • In reply to mcoley32:

    Where did contreras name come in? It was Quintana, Heyward and Russell.

  • If this has legs, it would be a huge deal for both clubs.

Leave a comment