Good morning! Now the entire Caribbean is begun their winter leagues as the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico opened last Tuesday. That meant more chances for former and present Cubs prospects to show their stuff. For more information on all of the action, take a look inside!
Dominican Winter League
On Saturday, Este was able to nudge their record over .500 by defeating Cibao 5-1 with the help of some former Cubs prospects. With former major-leaguers Peter O’Brien and Yasiel Puig on the Toros, it was lefty James Russell that stole the show. Russell started for the Bulls and struck out 5 while scattering 4 hits over five innings. Jeimer Candelario lined up at Designated Hitter and went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while infielder Cristhian Adames was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Roberto Clemente League
Criollos de Caguas
The Roberto Clemente League kicked off their season on Tuesday as Caguas defeated Roberto Alomar’s RA12 team 7-5. Cubs prospect Trent Giambrone started at second base, but moved to left field in seventh and went 1-for-4 with double at the plate. Shortstop prospect Luis Vazquez entered in the eighth and then switched to right field for the ninth, going 0-for-1. Former Cubs prospect Giovanni Soto entered the game in the fifth and struck out 4 in 2 perfect innings, as the lefty garnered the win. Caguas 7 – RA12 5
It was a fun time for the Criollos on Wednesday, as they put a 21-9 thumping on RA12. Trent Giambrone moved over to first base to start before shifting to left field. Giambrone muscled two home runs, a solo shot in the second and a two-run blast in the seventh, as he was 2-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Luis Vazquez took over at shortstop in the seventh and ripped a three-run homer of his own as he went 1-for-2. Miguel Amaya started a catcher and went 0-for-2 with a walk. Caguas 21 – RA12 9
The Creoles continued their winning ways on Friday as the were twice as good as Manati in a 4-2 victory. Trent Giambrone went the whole way at second base and was 1-for-2 with 3 walks, an RBI, and a stolen base. Miguel Amaya also played the whole game at catcher and went 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Caguas 4 – Manati 2
Caguas finished up opening week by going a perfect 5-0 with a 7-5 win over Manati on Saturday. Lefty Giovanni Soto started for the Creoles and gave up 2 earned runs on 2 hits and 4 walks while striking out five over 4 innings. Trent Giambrone moved over to first base and was 0-for-3 with 2 walks, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. Caguas 7 – Manati 5
Venezuelan Winter League
Caribes de Anzoategui
After a Sunday off, Anzoategui spotted Margarita a run on Monday and then blew them away 9-1. Leadoff hitter Rafael Ortega had a big night as the centerfielder was 3-for-4 with 2 walks, a stolen base, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Anzoategui 9 – Margarita 1
Tuesday’s results were not as desirable for the Caribes as it was the day before, as they lost to Aragua 7-1. Rafael Ortega still came to play as he went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored as the lead-off hitter. Erick Castillo got some time at catcher and was 1-for-2 in the loss. Aragua 7 – Anzoategui 1
The Tribe continued to roll on Wednesday as they were able to edge out Aragua 4-3. Rafael Ortega was moved down to third in the batting order but remained hot, going 2-for-4 with a walk. Catcher Erick Castillo was 1-for-5 in the game. Anzoategui 4 – Aragua 3
Anzoategui had everything go their way on Friday as a ninth inning run by Caracas was the only blemish in a 5-1 victory. Rafael Ortega was bumped up to second in the batting order and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a RBI for the Caribes. Anzoategui 5 – Caracas 1
On Saturday, the Caribes closed out the week with a 14-4 loss to Aragua. Rafael Ortega was back at the top of the line-up and was 2-for-5 in the loss. Speedy Cubs outfield prospect Fernando Kelli entered the game late as a defensive replacement in left field and did not have an at bat. Aragua 14 – Anzoategui 4
Tiburones de la Guaira
It’s been a struggle to the start of the season for La Guaira, but they were able to take out some frustration on Friday as they beat Aragua 13-5. Nestor Heredia entered in the sixth inning as pinch-runner and remained for the rest of the game as the Designated Hitter. Heredia would go 0-for-1 with a walk and 2 runs scored in the win. La Guaira 13 – Aragua 5
The Australian Baseball League is set to open play on Friday, December 18, making them the final winter league to begin play. Currently, there is no final word on rosters.
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