Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9

Good morning! As the calendar turns to December, some of the half-season contracts for Cubs in the off-season leagues begin to expire, while others are heading home for the holidays. However, the games do go on and players like Ryan Court are looking for a chance to hook-up with an MLB team, quite possibly a return engagement with the Cubs. To find out how Court and others are doing, take a look at today's report.

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

As the saying goes “the big opossum walks late” as Cibaenas used an offensive surge in the final three innings to beat Escogido 7-1 on Tuesday. Daury Torrez entered in the sixth and struck out the first batter he saw to go 1-2-3 for the inning. Torrez earned the victory to go 2-1 on the season. Cibaenas 7- Escogido 1

In an intense contest on Friday, the Aguilas were not able to Oriente at bay in losing 3-2. Daury Torrez was able to preserve a 2-2 tie by coming on in the fifth inning and retire the side in order. Oriente 3 - Cibaenas 2

Leones del Escogido

Ryan Court (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Ryan Court (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Ecogido was able to rev-up their offense on Sunday as 12 hits led to six runs in a 6-2 win over Oriente. Ryan Court was able to benefit from hitting ahead of major-leaguer Tommy Pham and went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a walk.  Escogido 6 - Oriente 2

After a sluggish star on Tuesday, the Leones took the lead in the fourth only to be buried by Cibaenas 7-1. Ryan Court was 2-for-5 with a stolen base in the loss. Escogido 1 - Cibaenas 7

The Lions had things well in hand on Wednesday as only a late run blemished a 4-1 victory over Este. First baseman Ryan Court once again had a big night in going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Escogido 4 - Este 1

Escogido broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Oriente 7-3 on Thursday. Ryan Court played a large part in the win as he was 2-for-4 with two triples, two RBI, and two runs scored. Escogido 7 - Oriente 3

After jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the early innings on Friday, the Leones needed some ninth inning magic to pull out a 3-2 win over Cibao. Ryan Court kept the Escogido rolling by going 2-for-4 in the win. Escogido 3 - Cibao 2

Mexican Pacific League

Tomateros de Culiacan

On Sunday, Culiacan allowed Jalisco to catch up with them before putting the Charros away 4-3. Casey Coleman made short work of Jalisco in the ninth, going 1-2-3 in earning his seventeenth save. Culiacan 4 - Jalisco 3

Following a first inning in which the Tomateros allowed Obregon three runs on Saturday, the offense for Culiacan went on a tear as they wiped out the Yaquis 12-7. With a five-run lead, Casey Coleman was asked to slam the door after not working since Sunday. A fresh Coleman made short work of Obregon in the ninth, striking out the final two batters. Culiacan 12 - Obregon 7

Roberto Clemente League

Criollos de Caguas

Caguas played a doubleheader on Sunday and could not come back in Game 2 as they lost to Mayaguez 6-3. Vimael Machin moved to left field for the nightcap and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the loss. Mayaguez 6 - Caguas 3

On Wednesday, the Criollos were not able to support a fine pitching performance as they went down to Carolina 5-3. Zach Hedges continued to be effective as a starter as he struck out five and gave up three hits and three walks in five innings. Carolina 5 - Caguas 3

If you were late on Friday night, you missed all the scoring as the Creoles belted out a first inning home run and then held on for a 1-0 victory over Santurce. Vimael Machin was moved down to sixth in the order from clean-up, but still produced as he was 2-for-4 with a double in the win. Caguas 1 - Santurce 0

Gigantes de Carolina

After going up 1-0 in the second inning on Friday, Carolina was blown away by Mayaguez in losing 11-3. Moving over from Caguas, Raidel Orta was asked to mop up in the ninth and had a strikeout in working a scoreless inning. Mayaguez 11 - Carolina 3

Venzuelan Winter League

Navegantes del Magallanes

In a doubleheader on Sunday, Magallanes was able to overcome a rough first inning to blow past Caracas 10-7. Returning to his native Venezuela, Erick Leal looked a little out of practice as he gave up four earned runs in the first, including a three-run home run. Leal settled down as he would go on to pitch three innings, allowing four hits and two walks as he also had two strikeouts. Magallanes 10 - Caracas 7

Australian Baseball League


Geelong is still having some trouble competing in the ABL as they were dropped to 2-12 by the 7-7 Adelaide Bite in a 10-3 loss on Friday. Kwang-Min Kwon reached on a force out and scored on a wild pitch as he was 0-for-2. Adelaide 10 - Geelong 3

The frustration continued for Geelong-Korea on Saturday as they fell to Adelaide 7-2. The Koreans were only able make their mark in the seventh as Kwang-Min Kwon, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, scored one of their two runs. Adelaide 7 - Geelong 2


Erick Leal (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Erick Leal (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Myrtle Beach RHP Erick Leal has joined Navagantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.


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  • Thanks again (& always), Tom.

    Off topic, but Fangraphs updated their Cubs top 31 prospects with decent write ups on each one. I like comparing all of the lists & write ups & videos from all of the different sources & sift thru them to form my predictions/opinions. With that, I’m kind of more excited about Amaya than I have been.

    And I’m not a scout or pretend to be one, but I’m not as enthused about Ademan as I probably should be for a near top prospect... They’re both really young, so there’s plenty of time for more progress for me to get enthused again. :o)

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Thank you! I know there are different opinions, but I really think the Cubs got it wrong with several players last season, including Ademan. I certainly hope for the best, but it would not surprise me if Ademan now struggles for the rest of his career.


    The HOF "Today's Game Era Committee" unanimously elected former Cub reliever Lee Smith to baseball's Hall of fame. IMHO, this was long overdue and should be exhibit A in deciding that baseball "writers" should NOT be the electorate.

    I mean, look at Lee's stats :
    - 478 saves, which is 3rd all time and ahead of HOF relievers Wilhelm, Fingers, Eck, Sutter, and Gossage
    - 18 MLB seasons
    - 12 straight seasons of 60+ appearances
    - 13 straight seasons of 25+ saves
    - 10 straight seasons of 30+ saves
    - Top 5 in Cy Young voting 3 seasons

    Congratulations, Lee Smith . This was 15 years overdue.

  • I agree. Smith should not have been passed over for the past decade. He deserves to be in the HOF.

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    I wanted him to be elected for a long time. Baines, to me, was a very very good player but not quite HOF caliber.
    My choice for the HOF is Billy Wagner. He saved 422 games and his lifetime WHIP is .998---Lee Smith's is 1.256.

  • I see both sides of the HoF debate on Smith. He had a 12-13 yr period of being really good w/a few dominating seasons in there. Is that enough? Should it be between 15-20....? They are high leverage innings, so of course that should be taken into account. It’s not like he was coming on in the 4th/5th inning & shutting down a few batters... but what should the standard be for relievers? It”s a good debate.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    It IS difficult to figure out the baseball writers' criteria. But, in their infinite wisdom, they DID vote in 6 relievers prior to Lee Smith and only one (Trevor Hoffman) had more saves than Lee Smith. Hard to understand that "criteria" or "logic".

    One would assume that Mariano Rivera (the all-time saves leader) will be a slam dunk for January's regular election.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    I know. They set themselves up for a lot of closers to have be inducted based on those they’ve let in already. But should that HAVe to be the criteria going forward? I think this could be looked at & come to a similar standards the other positions are held to. 500 + HRs seems to be automatic. 3,000 + hits... a bazillion stolen bases. 300 wins was the standard for starters, maybe now it’s 275ish... Closers?

    Yes Rivera is a slam dunk. No doubt.

  • Sorry to have gone off topic on your column, Tom.

    But, like Ron Santo before him, Lee Smith's absence from the HOF has been a sore spot for a long time.

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