Winter League Highlights: Figueroa secures first win of winter


(Photo by Rodger Wood)

Cubs prospect Eduardo Figueroa was a workhorse for Single-A Daytona in 2012. The reliever saw action in 37 games, pitching 77.2 innings, the most of any bullpen arm. The 6-foot-1 righty also made five starts and picked up a pair of saves. Overall, he posted a 4-5 record with a 2.90 ERA.

Signed as a nondrafted free agent in May of 2007, the 24-year-old found solid footing in High-A over the last year after bouncing around at the rookie and Low-A levels. Though his numbers this winter for Venezualan team Tiburones de La Guaria haven’t been great, he’s been able to get in good work, throwing 29.1 innings and posting a 4.91 ERA.

On Sunday, Figueroa picked up his first win of the winter, pitching 1.1 innings of relief, surrendering one hit and a walk in a 7-4 win over the Leones del Caracas.

Other highlights around the Caribbean:

Luis Valbuena continued to impress in Venezuela. He homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the Cardenales de Lara cruised to an 8-1 win. He also scored a run and drew a walk.

Nelson Perez ripped a pinch-hit, two-RBI single in a win for the Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican league.

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