Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues – Week 11

Good morning! There was an abbreviated schedule in the off-season leagues this past week due to the holiday and weather. However, there were some good performances in both the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. For more, take a look inside!

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

The week began with Cibaenas tallying 3 runs in the second on Sunday and then holding on for a 3-0 win over Cibao. Robel Garcia started at second base and was 1-for-3 with 2 walks for the evening. Cibaenas 3 - Cibao 0

Monday was a day off throughout the off-season leagues. When the action picked back up on Tuesday, the Aguilas were able to keep up the offensive pressure and defeat Cibao 9-7. The move to left field was a little shaky for Robel Garcia, as he committed an error while going 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Cibaenas 9 - Cibao 7

On Friday, the Eagles entered into a three-way tie for second place as the were on better than Este in a 3-2 victory. The bottom of the order produced all the runs for Cibaenas, as number three hitter Robel Garcia went 1-for-4 while playing left field. Cibaenas 3 - Este 2

Mexican Pacific League

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Both Hermosillo and Obregon brought their bats with them on Sunday as they combined for 28 hits and went 14 innings in what ended up as a 9-8 loss. Lefty Saul Vazquez drew the short straw as he took the mound in the fourteenth and struck out a batter, but gave up the game winning run on a walk and a single. Obregon 9 - Hermosillo 8

Yaquis de Obregon

Jose Albertos

Jose Albertos

Obregon has gotten into a funk after going on a run about a week ago, as they dropped a 6-2 loss to Guasave on Tuesday. Jose Albertos came into the game in the eighth inning, allowing an earned run on a walk and a hit. Guasave 6 - Obregon 2

Bad weather pushed the Yaquis next game to Friday, as the rest seemed to benefit Obregon in a 10-2 victory over Mazatlan. Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda broke out of a slump as he was moved to third in the order and went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Obregon 10 - Mazatlan 2

The Tribe finished out the month by getting their offense back on track, as their 10-2 win over Mazatlan on Saturday put them a game and a half out of first place. Carlos Sepulveda racked up his 24th RBI of the winter as the second baseman was 1-for-4 in the victory. Obregon 10 - Mazatlan 2

Roberto Clemente League

Cangrejeros de Santurce

Sunday was for doubleheaders in the Roberto Clemente League as one mistake doomed Santurce in a 1-0 loss to Carolina. Aneuris Rosario came on to pitch the sixth and although he struck out 2, he allowed what would be the game’s only run on a walk and 2 hits. Caroliona 1 - Santurce 0

Criollos de Caguas

After a few days off this week, Caguas was back in action on Saturday as they took it to Mayguez in a 6-1 win. Vimael Machin appeared as the DH and went 1-for-4, singling in the second run of the game. Caguas 6 - Mayaguez 1

Indios de Mayaguez

Zach Davis (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Zach Davis (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

It was doubleheader day on Sunday in the LBPRC as Mayaguez took the opener from Manati 7-6 in 7 innings. Zach Davis started in centerfield and had a bunt single and a run scored in the win. Mayaguez 7 - Manati 6, 7 innings

On Wednesday, it was nothing but fun and games for the Indians as the shut-out Carolina 7-0. Zach Davis entered the game in the eighth as a defensive replacement in centerfield. Davis reached on an error in the bottom of the inning and scored on a Henry Ramos double. For the game, Davis was 0-for-1 with an RBI and a run scored. Mayaguez 7 - Carolina 0

Venzuelan Winter League

Navegantes del Magallanes

On Sunday, Magallanes was overwhelmed by league-leading Zulia as they lost 11-3. Third baseman Gioskar Amaya brought his A-game though as he went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Zulia 11 - Magallanes 3

Gioskar Amaya

Gioskar Amaya

As the Navegantes continue to struggle to gain traction in the VWL, they were able to boost their record with a 5-4 win over Caracas in 10 innings on Thursday. Gioskar Amaya once again was the hero as his bases loaded walk in the tenth provided the winning margin. The third baseman was 1-for-3 with 2 walks, and RBI, and a run scored in the game. Magallanes 5 - Caracas 4, 10 innings

Things started out well for the Nav’s on Friday, but quickly went south as they lost to Lara 7-6. Magallanes was up 5-0 to start the third inning, but only scored one more run as third baseman Gioskar Amaya doubled in a run in the first inning as he went 1-for-4. Lara 7 - Magallanes 6

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  • Thanks again Tom!

    BA also Ranked Marquez as #1 Cub prospect over Hoerner. Wonder where they’ll rank him overall. I think he could crack top 50. I would not be surprised.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    You're welcome!

    My take on prospect lists is similar to what is said about Chicago weather. If you don't like it, wait five minutes and it will change.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Ha ha! Yeah, that’s for sure. It makes discussion fodder for the fans. For a “bottom tier” farm, they were/are still able to acquire decent pieces. A farm works 2 ways, trade pieces & depth. It’s as valuable as what another GM is willing to take & what players are available/developing for our own in-house needs.

  • Tom, thank you for all the work on these updates. I really enjoy reading how Cub prospects are doing in the winter leagues. I have a question for you. How much stock should I put into the performances in the winter leagues. Thanks.

  • You’re welcome!

    The greatest takeaway from the winter leagues is not so much performance as experience. The winter leagues are the only place short of the majors that prospects have day to day exposure to experienced professionals.

    In spring training, prospects are for the most part segregated to the back fields. In the winter, they get to see first hand how a professional prepares. Not everyone learns the lessons, but many do. The experience gained by Willson Contreras in winters in Venezuela helped turn him from “just a guy” into an elite prospect.

    However if a player does dominate, it can also be helpful to their development. Marwin Gonzalez went out and dominated one winter and it basically changed his life.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Tom, thanks for the reply and keep up the good work. Go Cubs.

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