Good Morning! Wishing everyone had a good holiday and are staying safe as we enter a new year. The beginning of the holidays usually means an abbreviated schedule in the winter leagues. But Cubs prospects were still able to shine in the past week. For more details, take a look inside.
Mexican Pacific League
Tomateros de Culiacan
On Wednesday, Culiacan tried to keep their playoff hopes alive but stumbled against Mexicali 1-0. Infield prospect Luis Verdugo started at third base and went 1-for-3. Former Cubs minor-leaguer Efren Navarro was at first base and was 1-for-4, while Alberto Baldonado pitched a scoreless ninth and had a strikeout. Mexicali 1 – Culiacan 0
Roberto Clemente League
Criollos de Caguas
Caguas began the week on Sunday with a good. old-fashioned laugher as they defeated RA12 16-0. Miguel Amaya started at catcher but moved over to first base in the sixth inning. Amaya blasted a Grand Slam home run in the seventh as he went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and four RBI. Trent Giambrone was in left field, as he added another three RBI in going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Luis Vazquez entered at shortstop in the seventh inning and was 1-for-1 in his appearance. Caguas 16 – RA12 0
Wednesday saw the Criollos lose only their second game of the season as the bowed to Manati 3-1. Duane Underwood Jr. started for Creoles and scattered three hits and two walks over three innings, while striking out two batters. Both left fielder Trent Giambrone and catcher Miguel Amaya had the same batting line: drawing two walks while going 0-for-2. Manati 3 – Caguas 1
On Saturday, Caguas got revenge over Manati for their loss on Wednesday by by beating the Athenienses 7-4. Trent Giambrone moved to his more natural position of second base and drove in two in going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Former Cubs pitching prospect Zach Hedges came on in the fifth and pitched 0.2 scoreless innings, yielding two walks. Caguas 7 – Manati 4
Venezuelan Winter League
Caribes de Anzoategui
Tuesday saw Anzoategui lose some ground in the standings, as they fell to Lara 8-6. Centerfielder Rafael Ortega batted second in the lineup and went 5-for-5 with a an RBI and a run scored. Ortega also pegged a runner at home plate as he tried to score. Former Cubs prospect Andruw Monasterio was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Lara 8 – Anzoategui 6
The Caribes were able to make up for Tuesday’s loss by taking it to Lara in a 4-1 victory on Wednesday. Fernando Kelli took over the lead-off slot in the second inning as he played left field and went 1-for-3 with a run scored at the plate. Rafael Ortega remained both in center and second in the lineup and also would go 1-for-3, with a walk and a run scored. Anzoategui 4 – Lara 1
The Dominican Winter League ended their regular season. There were no current Cubs prospects participating in the DWL.
All games involving the Aragua Tigres of the Venezuelan Winter League this past week were postponed due to COVID-a9 concerns.
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