Winter Leagues Week 10

Good morning! While there wasn’t a variety of prospect participation in the winter leagues this past week, the prospects in play saw plenty of action. Both top prospects and surprise additions shined. To find out more, take a look inside!




Roberto Clemente League

Criollos de Caguas

Miguel Amaya (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Miguel Amaya (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

On Sunday, Caguas extended their winning streak to six games as they were able to defeat Manati 3-1. Catcher Miguel Amaya was able to provide the insurance run in the seventh inning, as he blasted a solo home run while going 1-for-3. Designated hitter Trent Giambrone was 0-for-4 in the win. Caguas 3 – Manati 1

Wednesday saw the Criollos streak end at seven as they were up-ended by Mayaguez 4-3. Catcher Miguel Amaya had a big night as he was 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, two RBI, and run scored. Amaya also threw out a runner attempting to steal third base. Mayaguez 4 – Caguas 3

The Creoles were able to get back on the winning track on Thursday, as they were able to pay back Mayaguez by beating them 8-1. The win had a distinct Cubs flavor as Duane Underwood Jr. started and gave up two hits while striking out a batter over three innings. Luis Vazquez started at second base and was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Miguel Maya moved over to DH, going 0-for-2 with a run scored while left fielder Trent Giambrone went 0-for-4. Caguas 8 – Mayaguez 1

Caguas kept churning out the victories on Friday, as they faced down RA12 and came away a 10-3 winner. Cubs prospects were responsible for cross the plate mostly as Designated Hitter Trent Giambrone was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored. Meanwhile, catcher Miguel Amaya went 1-for 2 with a walk, two RBI, and three runs scored. Amaya also picked off a runner at second base. Former Cubs prospect Zach Hedges started and allowed three earned runs whiel striking out a batter over five innings. Caguas 10 – RA12 3

Venzuelan Winter League

Bravos de Margarita

Doubleheader Tuesday in the VWL saw Margarita sweep as they took the nightcap 6-2 over Aragua.  Manuel Rondon started for the Bravos and allowed two earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks as he struck out two in four innings of work. Margarita 6 – Aragua 2, 7 innings

Caribes de Anzoategui

Fernando Kelli (photo by Jared Ravich courtesy of

Fernando Kelli (photo by Jared Ravich courtesy of

The week began with a doubleheader on Sunday, as Anzoategui took the opener from Zulia 8-4. Rafael Ortega was installed back at the top of the line-up and in centerfield. Ortega paced the attack by going 2-for-5, including a solo home run in the sixth. Fernando Kelli started in left field and contributed as he went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Antoategui 8 – Zulia 4, 7 innings

It was practically over as soon as it began in Game 2 on Sunday, as the Caribes crushed Zulia 13-1. Rafael Ortega once again struck as he blasted a Grand Slam in the second inning in route to going 2-for-5 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored. Fernando Kelli flashed his speed by belting a triple in the seventh as he went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored in the triumph. Antoategui 13 – Zulia 1, 7 innings

In Game 2 of a doubleheader on Tuesday, the Tribe was unable to put the game away as they stumbled to Magallanes 7-4 in 8 innings. Rafael Ortega was moved down to third in the order and went 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Fernando Kelli entered the game in the in the sixth inning as a pinch-runner for former Cubs prospect Andruw Monasterio and stole a base while goin 0-for-1. Magallanes 7 – Anzoategui 4, 8 innings

On Wednesday, Anzoategui could not handle the offense of Caracas as they fell 9-6 to the Leones in 11 innings. Rafael Ortega remained at third in the order and went 2-for-4 with two walks and a run scored. Erick Castillo started at Designated Hitter and was 1-for-3, while Fernando Kelli entered in left field in the tenth inning and was 0-for-1 with a run scored. Caracas 9 – Anzoategui 6, 11 innings

The Caribes got back on the winning side of the ledger on Friday as they defeated Aragua 4-3. Rafael Ortega moved up to second in the batting order and went deep for the third time this past week, clubbing a solo home run in the first inning while going 1-for-3 with a walk. Fernando Kelli came on in the eighth inning as a pinch-runner and promptly sole second and third base. Anzoategui 4 – Aragua 3

A busy week for the Tribe concluded on Saturday with a doubleheader, losing Game 1 to La Guaira 3-1. Rafael Ortega drew three walks as he went 1-for-1 with an RBI. Fernando Kelli pinch-ran in the sixth inning and stole his fourth base. La Guaira 3 – Anzoategui 1, 7 innings

In Game 2, Anzoategui was thumped 13-7 by La Guaira to drop both ends of the doubleheader. Erick Castillo started at catcher and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Fernando Kelli entered in the fourth inning and was 1-for-2 with a walk, RBI, and run scored. Rafael Ortega started but got a breather, going 0-for-1 with a walk before exiting in the fourth inning. La Guaira 13 – Anzoategui 7, 7 innings



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  • Tom, once again thank you for the updates. Great way to start a Monday. Nice to see Amaya doing well. Can’t wait to see him in spring training. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  • In reply to 1945AD:

    There have been rumors this winter that the Cubs have been willing to trade Contreras for mlb ready prospects. They figure that they have two number ones with Wilson and Victor. Amaya has a huge upside so fans might see him in Chicago before too long. Generally, orgs don't rush catchers to the show, but occasionally it happens and works.

  • Thanks, Tom, for the update. Much appreciated.

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    Thanks again Tom. A Fernando Kelli sighting!!

  • Lots of Darvish to Padres rumors. It makes too much sense for both sides not to happen!

  • In reply to cubs09:

    Agree, the Padres' are stacked, need an ace and have the farm hands to make it happen. Darvish has a very reasonable contract for as good as he has been since the second half of 2019. Plus the $$ and years, that number ones are pulling in. Yu is signed for three more years.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Well ok then. I really would not want to lose Yu anyway.

  • Here is the thing with moving players at the top of their trade value. One needs a trading partner. It wouldn't be shockin, in the end, if Jed ends up unable to make any trades this winter. Free agents Schwarber and Lester anyone?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    The Rays were able to find a trading partner. The Rays and A’s always find trading partners. I really hope Jed pulls the trigger. My concern is that we fall back to the pre-Theo days and rely on Wrigley Field and marketable players to fill the seats and boost TV ratings. Sure, sign Lester! Sign Schwarber! Loveable losers.

  • In reply to cubs09:

    Cubs front office seem to go into trades saying-this guy has so much value!

    Schwarber had trade value last off-season. Cubs maybe even had talks/offers on the table for him, and a few other players. Offers other teams make, are the market value for veterans. Most players are replaceable, especially for a large market club.

    Why would a team trying to make itself better worry about bringing back any player well past his prime? Marketable players-kind of nonsense, that is how losing club think. This front office should be way too smart for that kind of thinking.

    I was hoping the Cubs would be making multiple deals this off-season veterans going out for youth/prospects. Get creative for a large market team, money might be tight, but take some chances.

    Teams like the Reds are looking to cut payroll. Why not make a deal for players like S. Akiyama CF-leadoff hitter. Cubs met with him last off-season. Cubs might even be able to acquire a second-tier prospects for taking on his 2 year $16 million dollar contract maybe for a player like D. Maples. Add and subtract at the same time in this unique off-season. Add some young depth/prospects, and take some chances on what should be affordable veterans available at the same time.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I think that was the approach in the past. They would trade someone if they were made an offer that blew their socks off, as opposed to teams like the Rays and A's who were definitely going to trade a player, and would just take the best deal.

    There are a LOT of rumors flying now that the Padres are still trying to land Darvish, and San Diego is not on the no trade list. If Hoyer pulls it off, after letting Schwarber walk, I am going to really, really be happy with his hire.

  • In reply to cubs09:

    I hope, and believe you are right about the current approach being different.

    People have mention in the past about Yankees trading in 2016 mid-season deals of Chapman, Miller, & Beltran deals for 11 players. Cubs 2021 season could look a little like that?

    Yankees also added talent before and after the 2016 season. I expect the large market Cubs to use some of their financial might to at least add some value in deals this off-season.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Well, the rotation lacks a lefty at the moment & I’m not sure Marquez is quite ready, so Lester could be back if him & Jed can work it out. I wouldn’t mind Schwarbs back either with only 3 rostered OFers so far.

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