Winter Leagues Week 5

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

Dominican Winter League

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.

Gigantes del Cibao 8 – Aguilas Cibaenas 5, 10 innings

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.

Licey 8 – Escogido 3

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.


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    Thanks for the update again Michael. Is EJM done for the winter? Our 40 man roster will be announced Friday and I wonder if he'll be added or will the Cubs just take a chance to leave him off? Thanks again.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Thank you. I am not Michael. We will see on Tuesday whether Eddy Julio Martinez is back in the lineup. I doubt whether he will be added to the 40 man roster, unless they do something drastic like releasing Almora (which I also doubt). You can never tell with the Rule 5 Draft, but it would be a mild surprise if another team selected him.

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    Thank you Tom. I should really learn to read the whole column before I comment.
    btw, I'm surprised that no one here has mentioned that Theo just stepped down and Jed Hoyer is taking his place. Thanks.

  • In my book, Theo Epstein will go down as the greatest executive in Chicago sports history. His body of accomplishments doesn’t warrant such a title, as people like Jerry Krause and George Halas, to name just two, accomplished a lot more. But he broke a 108-year curse, and completely reshaped the image of the Cubs from Lovable Losers to a team that most fans now believe should win. Thank you Theo! Going forward, I am hopefully that Theo leaving a year before his contract expires signals a willingness by the team to down and rebuild. Actually, “willingness” is not a strong enough word. “Commitment” would be better. I hope they follow an Oakland A’s like approach and trade away expensive, short termers, for controllable players. I hope they lay down a lot of bets—AA, single A guys—in the hope that one or more turn into the next Kyle Hendricks (as one example). I hope they are will to trade the players with real value. I believe those are Hendricks, Darvish, Contreras, and Baez (to a lesser extent). It would be particularly cool if they could trade guys like Bryant and Schwarber and eat some of the contracts to improve the return, although based on rumors of budget tightness I see that as unlikely.

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