Good Morning! Week 4 this off-season brought us the opening of two leagues, in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, as well as the annual Fall Stars game in Arizona. For more, take a look inside.
Note: Coverage runs from Sunday to Saturday
Arizona Fall League
Mesa Solar Sox
The week began with Mesa roaring back from a 2-0 deficit to double-up Peoria 4-2 on Sunday. Although Cubs’ prospects did not figure into the scoring, they still had good games. Catcher Miguel Amaya went 2-for-4, while DH Zack Short was 1-for-4 and first baseman Jared Young 1-for-2 with two walks. Erich Uelmen came on in the fourth and had 2 strikeouts while giving up only one hit in 2 scoreless innings. Jordan Minch picked up a hold as he surrendered a hit but struck out a batter in a scoreless eighth inning. Mesa 4 - Peoria 2
Tuesday saw more frustration for the Solar Sox offense as they managed only 4 hits in a 6-1 loss to Surprise. Both shortstop Zack Short and first baseman Jared Young were part of the misery, as both went 0-for-3 in the game. Surprise 6 - Mesa 1
Mesa was on the wrong end of a see-saw affair on Wednesday as they lost to Surprise 12-10 in 10 innings. Keegan Thompson was once again touched up in a start, as he gave up 2 earned runs on a walk and 3 hits (including a solo home run) while striking out 3 in 4 innings. Scott Effross relieved and was ineffective, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits as he pitched an inning. Jordan Minch entered with 2 out in the seventh and had 3 strikeouts in 1.1 scoreless innings. It was a big day at the plate for shortstop Zack Short, going 2-for-3 with 3 walks, 2 RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Catcher Miguel Amaya was 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Surprise 12 - Mesa 10, 10 innings
It was all Solar Sox on Thursday as Mesa thumped Salt River 9-3. First baseman Jared Young broke out at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Shortstop Zack Short was 0-for-5 but showed off his arm strength by turning a nifty 6-3 double play on a line drive in the first inning. Mesa 9 - Salt River 3
In preparation for the Fall Stars game on Saturday, all AFL teams played 7 inning contests on Friday. Facing the Salt River Rafters, Mesa was able to prevail 3-2. Erich Uelmen came on for the Solar Sox in the sixth, holding Salt River to a hit and striking out 2 in a scoreless inning to gain the victory. Mesa 3 - Salt River 2, 7 innings
The annual Fall Stars game in the Arizona Fall League was held on Saturday. As expected, the Eastern squad relied on their star power to best the West squad 4-2. It was a quiet night for Cubs prospects, as Miguel Amaya started at catcher and was 0-for-2 before leaving in the game in the sixth. Jordan Minch came on to pitch with 2 outs in the third and walked 2 batters before recording the final out in his 0.1 innings. East 4 - West 2
Dominican Winter League
On opening night, both teams looked tight until the offense broke out in the sixth, as Cibaenas was unable to match Cibao in losing 4-3 on Saturday. Robel Garcia started at second base and went 0-for-4 in the loss. Cibaenas 3 - Cibao 4
Gigantes del Cibao
Opening night Saturday saw Cibao put up a 4-spot on Cibaenas in the sixth and then hang on for a 4-3 victory. Iowa outfielder Donnie Dewees batted third and played center, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on the night. Tennessee outfielder Roberto Caro was in left and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Cibao 4 - Cibaenas 3
Mexican Pacific League
Aguilas de Mexicali
The LMP opened on Friday night and Mexicali could not overcome a 3 run first by newcomer Sultanes de Monterrey in losing 4-3. Phillip Evans got the start at third base but moved across the diamond to first in the eighth inning, going 1-for-5 at the plate. Monterrey 4 - Mexicali 3
Yaquis de Obregon
In their opening game on Saturday, Obregon let Jalisco back in the game with a 6 run fifth before putting up 6 of their own in the ninth to win 13-8. Carlos Sepulveda batted second and played second base, going 1-for-4 with 2 walks, an RBI, and a 2 runs scored in the victory. Obregon 13 - Jalisco 8
As of this time, there has been no resolution to the standoff between MLB and the Venezuelan Winter League, which begins play on October 18. Currently, all MLB and affiliate players are banned from playing in the LVBP due to sanctions on Venezuela be the current Unites States government.
More Cubs prospects have surfaced in the off-season leagues, as Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League have added LHP Saul Vazquez, who played in the Dominican Summer League in 2018.
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Tags: Carlos Sepulveda, Donnie Dewees, Erich Uelmen, Jared Young, Jordan Minch, Keegan Thompson, Miguel Amaya, Phillip Evans, Robel Garcia, Roberto Caro, Saul Vazquez, Scott Effross, Tom U, Zack Short