Good morning! It was a somewhat abbreviated week of action in the off-season leagues due to the holiday and playoffs in the Dominican Republic, the Mexican Pacific League, Roberto Clemente League, and the Venezuelan Winter League. To see how the Cubs' prospects are doing at the start of the new year, take a look inside!
Roberto Clemente League
Criollos de Caguas
Despite tying the game in the fifth on Sunday, the Caguas bullpen was not able to hold and the offense could not generate any more runs as they lost to Santurce 3-2. Third baseman Victor Caratini went 0-for-2, but drew a walk and scored one of the two runs. Centerfielder Nelson Velazquez was 0-for-2 with a walk for the night. Santurce 3 - Caguas 2
Venzuelan Winter League
Leones del Caracas
After gaining the upper hand in the first inning on Saturday night, Caracas had to rally back three times in order to defeat La Guaira 5-4 in 10 innings. Enrique De Los Rios started for the Leones and gave up 3 earned runs on 3 walks and 5 hits in 1.1 innings before being replaced. Caracas 5 - La Guaira 4, 10 innings
Navegantes del Magallanes
Magallanes started out the week well as they broke out the bats on Sunday and pounded La Guaira 10-4. Gioskar Amaya provided the big bat as the third baseman thumped a 3-run homer with two out in the second and added a 2-run blast in the fourth. For the night, Amaya was 2-for-4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored. Magallanes 10 - La Guaira 4
Despite out-hitting Lara 6-3 on Saturday, the Navegantes committed 3 errors and lost to the Cardenales 2-0. Gioskar Amaya replaced former Cub Ronny Cedeno at second base in the seventh and was 0-for-1 with a walk in the loss. Lara 2 - Magallanes 0
News and Notes
The Mexican Pacific League, the Roberto Clemente League, and the Venezuelan Winter League have joined the Dominican Winter League in beginning their playoffs. Caguas was eliminated from the playoffs in the LBPRC, while Bravos de Margarita and Tigres de Aragua are out in the VWL round-robin. Estrellas Orientales and Gigantes de Cibao have already been eliminated from the DWL playoffs.
The series between the Canberra Cavalry and the Adelaide Giants has been cancelled because of hazardous air quality as a result of serious bush fires in the area. No word as to whether the series will be made up at a later date.
Cuba will not participate in the Caribbean Series this February in Puerto Rico, according to sources from the Venezuelan Winter League. Issues with visas due to increasing sanctions on Cuba by the Untied States is cited as the reason. Major League affiliated players are already banned from playing in Venezuela due to ongoing US sanctions. However, the ban will not effect Venezuela's invitation to the Caribbean Series. It has been announced that Columbia will replace Cuba in the series.
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