Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues – Week 15

Good morning! It was a somewhat abbreviated week of action in the off-season leagues due to the holiday and the beginning of the playoff round-robin in the Dominican Republic. To see how the Cubs’ prospects are doing as we go into the new year, take a look inside!

Roberto Clemente League

Cangrejeros de Santurce

It was all Santurce on Sunday as their pitching staff held Caguas to 1 hit in a 9-0 shut-out victory. Aneuris Rosario came into the game in the seventh and only gave up a walk as he tossed a scoreless inning and struck out a batter. Santurce 9 – Caguas 0

Criollos de Caguas

On Monday, Caguas was unable to break through against Mayaguez as the bullpen slipped in the ninth to lose 3-2. Victor Caratini started at third base and was 1-for-3 for the night. Caguas 2 – Mayaguez 3

After plating 2 runs in the first inning on Friday, the Criollos were blanked the rest of the way as they fell to Mayaguez 4-2. Victor Caratini lined up at third base and batted second, going 1-for-2 with 2 walks and a run scored in the loss. Nelson Velazquez got a start in right field and went 0-for-3. Mayaguez 4 – Caguas 2

Nelson Velazquez by Rikk Carlson

Nelson Velazquez by Rikk Carlson

Although the Creoles had 10 hits on Saturday, it was a sacrifice fly in the top of the eleventh that was the most important as Caguas defeated Santurce 3-2 in 11 innings. Victor Caratini started at third base and was 1-for-4 with a double before being lifted in the eighth for a pinch-runner. Nelson Velazquez got his second straight start, this time in centerfield, while going 0-for-4. Shortstop Luis Vazquez entered the game in the eleventh as a defensive replacement. Caguas 3 – Santurce 2, 11 innings

Indios de Mayaguez

In an exciting finish on Monday, Mayaguez was able to pull out a 3-2 victory over Caguas in the ninth. After a walk to Chris Heisey, Zach Davis entered the game as a pinch-runner. Davis was bunted over to second and then stole third base. Davis scored the go-head on a single from Carlos CorporanMayaguez 3 – Caguas 2

Venezuelan Winter League

Leones del Caracas

Monday saw Caracas make-up a game rained out on December 1 as the Leones fell to Magallanes 6-5. Enrique De Los Rios entered the game with 1 out in the second and allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks as he struck out 3 in 3.2 innings. Magallanes 6 – Caracas 5

On Saturday, the Leones had a doubleheader with Margarita and ended up splitting with them by taking Game 2 by a score of 4-2. Enrique De Los Rios got the start and as typical gave up some contact but not a lot of runs as he allowed 2 unearned runs on 7 hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. Caracas 4 – Margarita 2, 7 innings

Navegantes del Magallanes

Gioskar Amaya

Gioskar Amaya

There are marathon baseball games and then there games like the one between Magallanes and Aragua on Friday night, as to took 20 innings before the Navegantes prevailed 6-4. Entering the game in the fourteenth at DH, Gioskar Amaya was still able to go 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in the victory. Magallanes 6 – Aragua 4, 20 innings

Australian Baseball League

Canberra Cavalry

On Thursday, Canberra faced Geelong-Korea and were able to lock them down in a 3-0 victory. Jerrick Suiter got Canberra on the board first as he cracked a solo home run in the second inning. The right fielder went 2-for-4 in the win. Canberra 3 – Geelong-Korea 0

Friday saw the Cavalry once again blank Geelong, as the offense revved up more to defeat the Koreans 7-0. Right fielder Jerrick Suiter maintained his hot pace as he went 1-for-5 in the victory. Canberra 7 – Geelong-Korea 0


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  • I read where the Cubs might convert Suiter to a pitcher. Wonder how true that is, being that he’s been playing OF in the winter leagues. Maybe he’d already committed to playing before he was taken in the rule 5 minors phase. Or the Cubs, with the new “13 pitchers only” rule, plan on grooming him as a 2 way player. The article said he throws low to mid 90s.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I've read that also, but I have my doubts. No matter how good your fastball is, it is hard to regain your secondary pitches at (soon to be) 27-year's old. We will see.

  • Caratini playing 3B. Sure it's Winter League but I'll read something into it anyway. Never know.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Ditto. With Contreras on the team, Bryant being shopped, I’m sure playing 1st & 3rd in the winter leagues can’t hurt his chances for more playing time at other positions besides catcher come spring then summer. He has a decent bat. Food for thought.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I don’t mind him playing 3b once in awhile but not as a replacement for KB. Such a drop off on offense and what KB can do on the bases.

  • Another “prospects list” is out. Prospects Live. It Has Amaya, Davis, Hoerner, Marquez & Alzolay 1-5 in that order. I have for beginning of this year Marquez as my slight edge over Hoerner at #1. Amaya slight edge over Davis at 3 only because I want to see Davis get it done at high A like he’s done at SB. Alzolay 5.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I am still surprised Amaya gets so much love. Given the other players there is no justification for Amaya at #1. The only acceptable piece of his offense is Bb/K. He was brutal in the AFL. The bat has been bad for 1 1/2 years now. I need to see more from him to rank him in my Top 5. Maybe the prognosticators will be right on him. I am in a “proceed with caution” mode with him.

    My Top 3 is Marquez, Hoerner, Davis, I think there is a drop off after those guys where I consider Jensen, McAvene, Stumpf, Roederer, Abbott among a group of guys pretty interchangeable today that 2020 will help sort them out.

    I just don’t see how anyone could not have Marquez #1 in our system. I’m with you on that.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    It's part of "the game" as far as publishing goes. It is considered "boring" to place the same name at the top of your list 2 years in a row, particularly when there is little margin between the top few prospects. Expect to see a number of different names at the top of these Cub "lists". They are designed to get hits on an article.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Yeah rb, I’d go along with your top three. Also, I could see the Cubs using Amaya as a sweetener to a Bryant trade - if they can lock up Willson for a few more years, beyond where they are now. Of course the return for KB and Amaya would have to be substantial.
    Speaking of KB, Donaldson better sign soon because once the KB grievance is settled, Donaldsons value on the open market, takes an immediate hit.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Yeah. How many LH pitchers throw that hard & have starter’s secondaries with his control/command having almost fully developed.

    I have Abbott cracking my top ten after what he did last season. I’m hoping they let Alzolay roll out as the 5th starter out of spring. Not ready to give up on Amaya in the 5 yet. I’m guessing he starts at AA & blossoms ala Willson.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I found that list to lack a bit of context. They rank the Cubs prospects but don’t lost them in terms of overall league rankings. Alzolay is I guy I’ve long felt Cubs fans wildly overrated.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    You also have to be concerned about a list that doesn't have Jack Patterson in the top 30.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    He sounds promising. For me, this year is going to be very interesting on the prospect front. If one or even two Cubs prospects can break into the top 50 (or 20!), coupled with a reboot of the system through trades, the team could be well positioned for 2021 and beyond. If the current prospects don’t develop, it seems bleak.

  • My top 50 article will be out on Prospects 1500 on January 16.

    A slight preview: 2 long-time Cubs prospects failed to make the cut.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    DeLaCruz and Alzolay? :-D

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Nice guesses, but no.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Maples & Steele?

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Once again, nice guesses but not correct.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Ademan & Norwood?

  • Happy 28th Birthday, Kris Bryant

    Wishing that 2020 will find you
    - Healthy
    - Wearing a Cub uniform
    - Winning your second MVP
    - Sporting your second WS Championship ring

  • Castro to the Nats for 2/12M

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