Good morning! Times are tough for everyone, including the winter leagues. Baseball in Puerto Rico and Venezuela still has not started. We are still about four weeks away from baseball in Australia. Play has been suspended in Mexico, while the Dominican League began on Sunday, but had problems. Here’s what is happening now.
Dominican Winter League
Opening evening for the DWL was on Sunday, but the Este/Orientales game was postponed with wet grounds. Meanwhile a contest between Cibao and Cibaenas was delayed due to a power outage.
At this time, no present Cubs prospects are on any Dominican Winter League roster. However, eight former Cubs prospects that are not affiliated with a major league team are participating. Presently, Cubs Den will be covering these former prospects.
The opening game for the Dominican Winter League got off to a rough start, as a power outage caused a delay. The Gigantes jumped on top in the first inning, as Juan Francisco doubled in Jose Siri and Ronald Guzman. Despite Cibaenas keeping up the pressure throughout the game. Cibao held a 5-3 lead until the Aguilas knotted the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, when Melky Cabrera‘s single brought in Wilmer Difo and Juan Lagares drove in Victor Robles. As they moved into extra innings, Francisco put the Giants ahead for good as his second double of the game brought in Guzman and Kelvin Gutierrez. Webster Rivas added some insurance as he singled in pinch-runner Melvin Mercedes.
Former Cub utility player Arismendy Alcantara entered in the eighth inning and went 0-for-2.
Like all of the games on Sunday, this one was delayed by a ceremony before play began. After a scoreless first inning, Licey jumped all over former Cubs lefty Casey Harman, as Anderson Tejeda tagged him for a two-run homer in the second. In the fourth inning, former Cub Welington Castillo helped chase Harman, as he served up a two-run gopher ball to Castillo. Another former Cub, Emilio Bonifacio, was a good table-setter for the Tigres, as he went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, an RBI, and a run scored. Castillo was 2-for-4 with a walk, home run, two runs scored, and 2 RBI. Former pitching prospect Fernando Cruz relieved starter Ervin Santana in the fourth and tossed 0.2 scoreless innings.
Mexican Pacific League
After teams had issues with COVID-19, the LMP suspended play. The games are set to resume on Tuesday, November 17.
Roberto Clemente League and the Venezuelan Winter League
Currently, there is no further information as to whether each of these leagues will play this winter.
Australian Baseball League
The ABL is set to start play on December 18. Currently, there are no rosters posted.