Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8

Good morning! The Cubs are seeing a rising force in the off-season leagues, as Kwang-Min Kwon is emerging as a player in far off Australia. For more about Kwon and the rest of the Cubs, take a look inside today's report.

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

Daury Torrez

Daury Torrez

Despite pounding out 9 hits on Monday, Cibaenas could not bring one of those runners’ home as the lost 3-0 to Escogido. The seventh once again belonged to Daury Torrez as he struck out two and allowed a hit in an inning of work. Cibaenas 0 - Escogido 3

The bullpen failed to hold up their end for the Aguilas on Tuesday in an 8-2 loss to Oriente. Daury Torrez contributed to the downfall as he served up a solo home run in the seventh inning. Oriente 8 - Cibaenas 2

The Eagles had the game in control on Friday, piling up five runs and then coasting to a 5-1 win over Este. Seventh inning specialist Daury Torrez performed his duties as he held the Toros scoreless, giving up only a walk and a hit. Cibaenas 5 - Este 1

Cibaenas ended the week on a positive note as they let their pitching staff take over in a 2-0 shut-out of Este on Saturday. Daury Torrez was called on in the eighth and struck out two while walking one and hitting a batter in a scoreless inning. Cibaenas 2 - Este 0

Leones del Escogido

Escogido started the week off right on Sunday by pounding out 15 hits and blowing away Cibao 10-1. First baseman Ryan Court remained a contributor by going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Escogido 10 - Cibao 1

There was some noise but not a lot of action on Monday for the Leones as they used 8 hits to score 3 runs in a 3-0 shut-out of Cibaenas. Ryan Court drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run as he was 0-for-3 in the win. Escogido 3 - Cibaenas 0

On Tuesday, the Lions jumped out to a four-run lead in the second but failed to hold as they lost 7-6 to Este. Ryan Court reached base three times in going 2-for-4 with a walk. Este 7 - Escogido 6

While Escogido out-hit Cibao 5-2 on Thursday, they could not make those hits count as they lost 1-0. Ryan Court once again got himself on base as he went 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss. Cibao 1 - Escogido 0

The Leones sparred with Licey in the middle innings on Friday and came out a 3-2 winner in the end. First baseman Ryan Court moved back into the lead-off spot and went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the victory. Escogido 3 - Licey 2

Mexican Pacific League

Tomateros de Culiacan

On Sunday, Culiacan tried to hold out for some late inning magic, but it just wasn’t meant to be as they lost to Navojoa 5-4. The Tomateros brought in closer Casey Coleman to set down the side in order in the hopes of rallying in the ninth, but could only manage a two-out walk. Navojoa 5 - Culiacan 4

The Tomateros let their pitching staff take over on Wednesday as they blanked Mazatlan 3-0. Closer Casey Coleman racked up his fifteenth save by setting down the side in order in the ninth. Culiacan 3 - Mazatlan 0

It took ten innings on Friday, but the Tomato Pickers were able to put up a three-spot in the top of the tenth and then close out Jalisco 6-3. Casey Coleman was called on to slam the door and, aside from lead-off double, was able to routinely pick up his sixteenth save. Culiacan 6 - Jalisco 3, 10 innings

Roberto Clemente League

Criollos de Caguas

Caguas played a doubleheader on Sunday and were outclassed by Carolina in the opener, losing 10-3. Vimael Machin moved over to first base and went 2-for-3 in the loss. Carolina 10 - Caguas 3, Game 1

In Sunday’s nightcap, the Criollos were not able to make use of their six hits in losing 1-0 to Carolina. Remaining at first base for Game 2, Vimael Machin was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Carolina 1 - Caguas 0, Game 2

Vimael Machin

Vimael Machin

It was over for the Creoles fairly early on Wednesday as six runs in the fourth inning by Mayaguez sunk Caguas 7-3. First Baseman Vimael Machin stayed hot at the plate as he was 2-for-2 with three walks in the loss. Mayaguez 7 - Caguas 3

Solid pitching and an offensive outburst in the fifth inning were just what Caguas needed on Thursday to come away with a 7-0 victory over Carolina. Zach Hedges was dominant in the win as he struck out six and gave up only two hits in five scoreless innings. Vimael Machin was once again at first base and went 2-for-4 with a walk. Caguas 7 - Carolina 0

The Criollos were unable to maintain their edge on Friday was they were nosed out by Santurce 3-2. First baseman and clean-up hitter Vimael Machin went 1-for-4 in the loss. Santurce 3 - Caguas 2

Down by four runs in the top of the ninth, the Creoles were only able to make up half of that difference in losing 10-8 to Mayaguez on Saturday. Vimael Machin finished up a busy week at DH by going 2-for-2 with three walks and a run scored to raise his season average to .447. Mayaguez 10 - Caguas 8

Venzuelan Winter League

Leones del Caracas

Caracas broke open a 1-1 tie on Sunday with a six run seventh inning in route to a 7-1 victory over Aragua. Jeffrey Baez swung between left and right field defensively as he was 0-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the win.  Caracas 7 - Aragua 1

Australian Baseball League


On Sunday, Geelong-Korea actually grabbed the early lead and put up a fight before being snowed under by Perth 9-5. Right Fielder Kwang-Min Kwon remained consistent as he went 1-for-3 with a double and an outfield assist in the loss. Perth 9 - Geelong 5

Kwang-Min Kwon

Kwang-Min Kwon

Geelong was able to record their second win of the season on Thursday when they made the most out of four hits to beat Melbourne 3-1. Kwang-Min Kwon got the Koreans off to a good start by belting a solo home run in the first inning as he was 1-for-3 with a walk in the game. Geelong 3 - Melbourne 1

It was back to the familiar on Friday as the Koreans were unable to keep their offense productive in a 4-1 loss to Melbourne. Geelong moved their best hitter, right fielder Kwang-Min Kwon, up to the third spot in the batting order and he responded by going 1-for-4 in the loss. Melbourne 4 - Geelong 1

Saturday night was “swing from the heels” night in Melbourne as the Aces and the Koreans combined for 28 hits in an 18-12 loss for Geelong. Kwang-Min Kwon tried to ignite a late inning rally as he went deep with a three-run homer in the seventh, going 1-for-4 in the game. Melbourne 18 - Geelong 12


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  • Thanks again, Tom. The power is nice, but Kwang-Min Kwon will need to get his BA / OPB up to move ahead in the Cubs system. Coleman had a couple more good outings (and one stinker...).

  • Looks like Eddie Butler has joined the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Yeah. Good move for him. Lets him get regular reps, which he needs against solid competition. He has spent a lot of time injured, or on the AAA/MLB shuttle, or working infrequently as a 5/6th starter, or as the 13th guy in a bullpen. A couple years overseas and he could figure out enough to potentially resurface as a viable MLB pitcher.

  • Thanks for the update. Torrez has been on my radar the last few seasons. He has shown some good flashes, hitting a speed bump at aaa in ‘18, so I’m hoping he can somehow make this year be his year to get on the shuttle plan or be a viable option to consider for 2020.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Torrez, Jeff Baez, and Coleman are all 6 years FA's.

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    Coleman & Jeff Baez don’t do anything for me. Coleman is in his 30s already & Baez is a light hitting OF w/a little speed. Torrez is just entering his age 26 year w/some promise, AAA experience & past succes in the minors. To me there’s no comparison.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Agree with Milk Stout.

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    Thanks again for all the work Tom. I hope Butler does work out--I think he does have potential and would like to see him back in the majors.
    A question--all these leagues that you mentioned, would you say that the play is about single A or AA here? It's hard to get a feeling of the quality of the play. Thanks.

  • Tom, any of your sources have any info/updates on our injured guys? Darvish, Alzolay, etc...? No rush to get an answer, just curious.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I have not asked. I can try, but organizations are very strict about that information, especially with HIPPA. But I do know that Alzozay is putting in a lot of work with yoga/pilates coach Katherine Roberts. Hopefully, he can achieve the flexibility to avoid any more lat strains.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Thanks Tom! Appreciate it. Yeah, I get it. But it seems baseball is at least a bit more open on info regarding progress of players vs hockey & foot ball. Like “throwing on flat surface, mound, simulated games, soft toss, lite jogging, running but not swinging a bat, etc, etc...” Hockey “upper body - lower body” LoL!

    Hope you’re doing well.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Thanks! A little pain now and again, but hanging tough.

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    In reply to Tom U:

    Have you had Mark Prior over to show you the towel throw technique?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    No need for Prior, as my shoulder and elbow are okay. However, I would have some trouble doing the Rick Sutcliffe wrist wrap.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Don't try matching Sutcliffe drink for drink

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