Winter Leagues Report: Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the winter leagues of the Caribbean!  In today’s addition, Myrtle Beach manager Buddy Bailey has steered his Aragua Tigers to first place in the Venezuelan Winter League with the help of Cubs prospect Carlos Penalver. For all the news on Cubs prospects this winter, make Cubs Den your destination.

Dominican Winter League

 Aguilas Cibaenas

Then season continues to be a struggle for Cibaenas, as their record dropped below .500 on Friday with a 3-1 loss to Escogido. Tennessee reliever Daury Torrez closed out the game for the Aguilas as he set down the side in order in a scoreless eighth inning. Cibaenas 3 – Escogido 1

Mexican Pacific League

Caneros de los Mochis

On Sunday, Los Mochis was locked in a titanic struggle with Culiacan, holding each other scoreless until the bottom of the fourteenth when the Tomateros eked out a run to edge the Caneros 1-0. Manuel Rodriguez came on with one out in the seventh and held Culiacan hitless over 1.2 innings striking out two batters. Culiacan 1 – Los Mochis 0

The Sugarcane Men used a four run eighth inning to secure a 6-5 win over Jalisco on Wednesday. The fourth pitcher of the night, Manuel Rodriguez fanned one in a three-up, three-down eighth inning for his first win of the season. Los Mochis 6 – Jalisco 5

Tomateros de Culiacan

Culiacan stumbled to keep up with the league leaders in the standings on Thursday as they lost 5-4 to Mexicali. Iowa Cubs catcher Ali Solis was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk for the Tomato Men. Mexicali 5 – Culiacan 4

Venezuelan Winter League

Cardenales de Lara

On Thursday, Lara was down 3-1 in the fifth inning to Anzoategui before putting up seven runs over the next four innings to beat the Caribes 8-3. Yapson Gomez played his part, entering with two out in the fifth and striking out a batter to get out the inning, as he would go to pitch 0.2 scoreless innings. Lara 8 – Anzoategui 3

A furious comeback by the Redbirds on Saturday ended less than satisfactorily in twelve innings, as Lara lost to Caracas 5-4. Yapson Gomez made a contribution, entering in the fifth inning and logging two scoreless innings while striking out a batter. Caracas 5 – Lara 4

Caribes de Anzoategui

The Caribes were able to finally notch their second win of the season on Friday in defeating Magallanes 5-1. Erick Castillo started at catcher and was 3-for-3 in the loss. Magallanes 5 – Anzoategui 1

Leones del Caracas

A three run lead for Caracas on Thursday turned into a romp for Magallanes as they rallied to beat the Leones 9-3. Eugene right-hander Enrique De Los Rios was ruffed up in the eighth, surrendering three earned runs as he struck out two in 0.2 innings. Magallanes 9 – Caracas 3

Tigres de Aragua

In his second start of the season on Wednesday, Stephen Perakslis had a little bit harder time than in his debut as Aragua outlasted Magallanes 11-7. Perakslis gave up four earned runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. James Pugliese also scuffled a little in the seventh, allowing an earned run and striking out a batter in 0.2 innings. Carlos Penalver continued his good start to the year, going 1-for-3 with a walk, and RBI, and a run scored. Aragua 11 – Magallanes 7

A doubleheader on Saturday saw the Tigers extend their first place lead with a 2-0 victory over Margarita in Game 1. Lead-off hitter Carlos Penalver set the table as he doubled in the first run of the game in the fifth inning, and then later scoring on a double. For the game, Penalver was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Aragua 2 – Margarita 0



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  • Thanks for the write up, Tom U. A couple of questions: 1. Who is Manuel Rodriguez? Also, how to do follow these winter leagues? Are there actually sites where you can watch the games or do you mostly pull from box scores?

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Manuel Rodriguez is a 20 year old right handed pitcher the Cubs signed out of Mexico. Rodriguez pitched for three years for Yucatan of the Mexican League, going 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA before coming to the Cubs organization this past season. Rodriguez saw time with both Eugene and South Bend, going 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 16 games (29.2 IP).

    I check the box scores on all the leagues daily through the MLB website. Occasionally, I will follow some games on GameDay. Sometimes you can get a game feed on some games, usually from Venezuela, but the are poor quality and freeze up a lot. The Australian Baseball League has a game feed through YouTube called

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Thanks for taking the time to answer and also for these write-ups!

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    At your service!

  • Thanks for the writeup, Tom. While everyone speculates over the Hot Stove League, it's still great to keep track of Cubs prospects. Appreciate your keeping us informed!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    You're welcome! Someone has to mind the store while the circus is in town.

  • Are there any players in specifc we should be watching

  • In reply to HJW49:

    This is not a particularly strong group of prospects. Rodriguez, Gomez and De Los Rios are all sleeper prospects, likely as relievers. Torrez is the closest to the majors. He has good velo and control (a nice change of pace from many Cubs pitching prospects). He was a minor league FA this year, but the Cubs just re-signed him last week. He'll be in the mix in the Iowa pen in 2018.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Many times, more players are added as the season progresses, while some drop out. These are the players that are on split season contracts and play one half or the other. The Cubs can also sign some players who are now free agents. Keep you eyes on this feature, as the roster is bound to change.

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