Good Morning! Without fanfare, Venezuela began their winter leagues this past Friday. Meanwhile, it was a tale of two pitching performances in the Mexican Pacific League, and some former prospects shined in the Dominican Republic. For more,take a look inside!
Note: With more prospects seeing action this winter, Cubs Den will focus this article on their performance while highlighting select games featuring former prospects.
Dominican Winter League
Orientales put on a late rush, but was unable to overcome Cibaenas as they lost 9-7. Left fielder Junior Lake had another good game, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, 2 RBI. And 2 runs scored. Lake’s Estrellas teammate, former pitching prospect Oscar De La Cruz, served up a solo home runs as he went only 0.1 innings. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-3 with a walk as the lead-off for Cibaenas while Daury Torrez needed only four pitches to get out of the fifth inning.
Mexican Pacific League
Yaquis de Obregon
On Tuesday, the Obregon steamroller continued along its way as they crushed Los Mochis 17-2. Taking over in the sixth, Jose Albertos used 12 pitches to dispatch three batters as he had a strikeout while setting down the side in order. Obregon 17 - Los Mochis 2
It was a night for the hitters on Thursday as the Yaquis came out on the short end against Los Mochis 16-10. After a good outing, Jose Albertos was given a start and was lit up by the Cañeros, surrendering 9 earned runs. Seven of those nine were on 3 home runs, as Abertos lasted only 2 innings and gave up 7 hits and 2 walks. Los Mochis 16 - Obregon 10
Venzuelan Winter League
Caribes de Anzoategui
Unable to start with the rest of the league on Friday, Anzoategui played a doubleheader on Saturday and beat Aragua 3-1 in 7 innings. Cubs catching prospect Erick Castillo was the Designated Hitter and was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the victory. Anzoategui 3 - Aragua 1, 7 innings
Tiburones de la Guaira
As the Venezuelan Winter League started on Friday, La Guaira stumbled in the opener by losing to Caracas 7-4. Cubs infield prospect Nestor Heredia lined up at Designated Hitter was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. Heredia would score on a triple from Maikel Garcia as he went 0-for-3 in the loss. Caracas 9 - La Guaira 7
The Dominican Winter League had six games postponed this week due to COVID-19, while three games were lost to rain.
The Venezuelan Winter League opened play on Friday, November 27. There are nine current and former Cubs prospects now playing in Venezuela.