Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues – Week 12

Good Morning! Extra innings and extra base hits were part of the action in the off-season leagues this past week, as well as some eye opening pitching performances. For more of the highlights. take a look inside!

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

The week started for Cibaenas with a game that looked like neither the Aguilas nor Escogido wanted to win, as Cibaenas prevailed in 14 innings 4-3. Robel Garcia returned to second base and was 1-for-5 with a walk on Sunday. Cibaenas 4 – Escogido 3, 14 innings

Mexican Pacific League

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

On Saturday, Hermosillo was able to keep pace with Mexicali early, but the Aguilas broke things open in the middle innings to hand the Naranjeros an 8-1 defeat. Lefty Saul Vazquez entered in the eighth and struck out the first batter he saw in setting the side down in order. Mexicali 8 – Hermosillo 1

Yaquis de Obregon

Carlos Sepulveda (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Carlos Sepulveda (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Obregon was able to keep within range of first place on Wednesday when they were able to rally and defeat Mexicali 5-4 in 10 innings. Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda helped keep the pressure on the Aguilas by going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk for the night. Obregon 5 – Mexicali 4, 10 innings

Another extra inning ballgame on Saturday propelled the Yaquis into first place by half a game as they beat Monterrey 8-7 in 14 innings. Carlos Sepulveda scored in the first inning on a bases-clearing single and set up the game-winning run with his sacrifice in the fourteenth. For the game, the second baseman was 1-for-5 with a walk and a run scored while turning 2 double plays on defense. Obregon 8 – Monterrey 7, 14 innings

Roberto Clemente League

Cangrejeros de Santurce

It was a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday as Santurce staked their staff to an early lead and then held on for a 2-0 victory over Manati. Aneuris Rosario was called on to slam the door, as he gave up two hits in the ninth but thwarted the threat with a strikeout as he picked up his first save of the winter. Santurce 2 – Manati 0

Criollos de Caguas

The week began with a doubleheader for Caguas as Game 2 with Carolina went into extras with the Criollos prevailing 3-1 in 8 innings. Vimael Machin started at first base and was 1-for-3 with a triple in the win. Caguas 3 – Carolina 1, 8 innings

Vimael Machin swing

On Thursday, the Criollos were able to keep pace with the league, as they came out swinging against Santurce and did not stop in a 6-1 victory. Vimael Machin was once again at first base and went 2-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored in the win. Caguas 6 – Santurce 1

The bullpen was not able to hold up for the Creoles on Friday as Manati exploded in the ninth to hand Caguas a 4-1 defeat. First baseman Vimael Machin did his part by going 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Manati 4 – Caguas 1

Caguas was able to creep to a game out of first place on Saturday as they scored 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Mayaguez 4-2. Vimael Machin scored the Crioloos first run after a second inning walk as the first baseman was 2-for-3 with a triple in the win. Caguas 4 – Mayaguez 2

Indios de Mayaguez

In a game that had 5 lead changes on Thursday, Mayaguez was able to prevail in 13 innings as they defeated Manati 6-5. Zach Davis entered the game in the tenth as a pinch-runner and gave the Indios a lead as he scored on a sacrifice fly. Davis would remain in centerfield and was 0-for-1. Mayaguez 6 – Manati 5, 13 innings

Venzuelan Winter League

Leones del Caracas

Sunday saw Caracas finishing off a suspended game from November 26, as Magallanes scored 5 of their runs in the last 3 innings to win 6-3. Enrique De Los Rios started for the Leones and allowed an earned run on a walk and 5 hits as he also struck out a batter in 5 innings. Caracas 6 – Magallanes 3

Enrique De Los Rios (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Enrique De Los Rios (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

The second game on Sunday was more in the Lions’ favor, as they came from behind to beat Magallanes 6-5. In an odd quirk, Enrique De Los Rios also started the game and gave up 2 earned runs on 6 hits as he pitched 5 innings. Caracas 6 – Magallanes 5

Caracas continued to claw their way out of the VWL basement on  Saturday as they defeated Lara 3-1. Enrique De Los Rios posted another quality start as the 24-year old scattered 4 hits over 5 scoreless innings as he walked 2 and struck out 3 in the win. Caracas 3 – Lara 1

Navegantes del Magallanes

It was unfinished business for Magallanes on Sunday as they completed a suspended game from November 26 with Caracas and won 6-3. Gioskar Amaya moved across the diamond to first base and was 1-for-2 with an RBI in the victory. Magallanes 3 – Caracas 6

In Sunday’s regularly scheduled game, the Navegantes were unable to complete the sweep as Caracas scored 2 in the ninth to deal Magallanes a 6-5 loss. Gioskar Amaya was back at third base and went 1-for-5 in the game. Magallanes 5 – Caracas 6


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  • For those looking for a potential inexpensive fix for the Cubs, take a look at Taiki Sekine. The 24-year old left-handed hitting centerfielder from Japan is tearing up the Mexican Pacific League.

    As the lead-off hitter for Obregon, Sekine is slashing .314/.389/.379/.768 with 6 doubles and 2 triples in 153 at bats, good for eighth in the league. Sekine is also second in the league with 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Is Sekine a free agent?

  • In reply to DaveP:

    I haven't found any information one way or another. All I know is that he is 24, has played for Yokohama in both the Japanese Central and Japanese Eastern Leagues for 6 seasons, and is now playing in Mexico.

  • I don't see this as a fix but more of a lottery ticket.
    I do see Shogo as more of a fix or at least a platoon partner.

  • Dang. Phillies grabbed & traded Machin in the rule 5 today.

  • Orioles grabbed Michael Rucker in the 2nd round.

    Cubs grabbed Trevor Megill withe1st pick. A RH pitcher out of the Padres system.

  • They also lost Sepulveda & Faustino Carrera in the minor league phase but nabbed 4 picks in that phase.

    I liked Machin’s hit tool & Sepulveda’s fielding. Cubs don’t really use their own minor league pitchers, rare that they do, so losing Carrera & & Rucker is actually an opportunity for them to advance.

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