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Cubs Winter League Recap: 1/4/15

Christian Villanueva blasted a big postseason home run, and Frank Batista pitched well in relief Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Dominican Republic

  • RHP Frank Batista pitched two scoreless innings of relief in the Aguilas Cibaenas’ loss to the Gigantes del Cibao. Batista did not allow an opponent to reach base and struck out three.
  • RHP Starling Peralta struggled in relief, giving up two earned runs over 1.1 innings as the Estrellas de Oriente fell to the Toros del Este. He gave up one hit and one walk in the effort.
  • LF Junior Lake went 0-for-3 with a walk for the Estrellas.

Mexico

  • 3B Christian Villanueva hit the eventual game-winning home run for the Yaquis de Obregon in their win over Aguilas de Mexicali. Trailing by a run with two on in the eighth inning, Villanueva launched his first homer of the postseason. He was 1-for-4 on the day.

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the Cangrejeros de Santurce’s win over Criollos de Caguas.

Venezuela

  • 3B Jonathan Herrera went 1-for-3 with a double as the Navegantes del Magallanes edged out the Caribes de Anzoategui 1-0.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/30/14

Junior Lake had a two-hit game, and Joseph Ortiz pitched well in relief Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Dominican Republic

  • LF Junior Lake recorded a double and two walks as the Estrellas de Oriente picked up a 4-1 playoff victory over the Aguilas Cibaenas. He also scored a run in the win. Postseason play resumes Friday, Jan. 2.

Venezuela

  • LHP Joseph Ortiz pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his first save of the winter in a Tiburones de La Guaira victory over the Aguilas del Zulia. He surrendered one hit but struck out two to end the game.
  • 2B Jonathan Herrera went 0-for-4 in the Navegantes del Magallanes’ loss to the Caribes de Anzoategui.

 

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/23/14

Christian Villanueva continued his power surge with another home run Tuesday. Here are a few notes from yesterday’s Cubs action around the Caribbean:

Mexico

  • LF Christian Villanueva launched his 10th homer of the year in the first inning, scoring the Yaquis de Obregon’s only run in a 7-1 loss to the Charros de Jalisco. He finished the day 2-for-4, and his 10 home runs are tied for fourth in the league.

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk as the Cangrejeros de Santurce dropped the first game of a doubleheader against the Senadores de San Juan. In the second game, he finished 1-for-7 with an RBI double in a losing effort. The marathon affair lasted 14 innings.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/22/14

With the Dominican League wrapping up its regular season over the weekend, there are fewer games being played around the Caribbean. None of the Cubs in action put up noteworthy stats on Monday, but a few made contributions to their respective clubs. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action in the Caribbean:

Mexico

  • 3B Christian Villanueva scored a run and finished 0-for-2 with a pair of walks as the Yaquis de Obregon fell to the Charros de Jalisco.

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez drove in a run but went 0-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts. His Cangrejeros de Santurce squad topped the Gigantes de Carolina.

Venezuela

  • RHP Lioger Padron struggled in 0.2 innings, giving up a hit and allowing an earned run in the Leones del Caracas’ win over the Tiburones de La Guiara. He did strike out two batters.

 

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/18/14

Right-hander Yoanner Negrin had his finest outing of the winter Thursday, while Christian Villanueva recorded another home run for his squad. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action in the Caribbean:

Venezuela

  • RHP Yoanner Negrin had a stellar outing, giving up one run and striking out 11 over 7.2 innings to give the Leones del Caracas a 9-1 win over the Bravos de Margarita. He surrendered just four hits and walked none to pick up his third victory of the winter.
  • DH Luis Valbuena went 0-for-2 but drew a walk in the Cardenales de Lara’s 9-1 loss to the Tiburones de La Guaira.

Mexico

  • 3B Christian Villanueva hit his second home run in as many days for the Yaquis de Obregon in their loss to the Caneros de los Mochis. His fifth-inning blast marked his eighth home run of the season.

Dominican Republic

  • RHP Starling Peralta gave up no earned runs in 1.2 innings of relief as the Estrellas de Oriente fell to the Aguilas Cibaenas. He gave up three hits, fanned two and walked none in the effort.
  • RHP Frank Batista got the start in the Aguilas Cibaenas win and went three innings. He struck out five and gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk.
  • LF Junior Lake was hitless in three at-bats for the Estrellas de Oriente.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua pitched 0.2 innings, giving up no earned runs in the Toros del Este’s loss to the Tigres del Licey.

 

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/17/14

Christian Villanueva boosted his team with an extra-inning, walk-off homer, while Ivan Pineyro picked up his first victory of the winter on Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Mexico

  • 3B Christian Villanueva recorded a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give his Yaquis de Obregon club a 5-4 win over the Caneros de los Mochis. It was his 10th home run of the season.

Dominican Republic

  • RHP Ivan Pineyro picked up his first win of the winter, pitching five scoreless innings in the Estrellas de Oriente’s win over the Tigres del Licey. Pineyro struck out six and walked none while giving up six hits in the victory.
  • LF Junior Lake finished 0-for-1 with two walks for the Estrellas.

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez recorded a double and scored the Cangrejeros de Santurce’s lone run in a 2-1 loss to the Senadores de San Juan. He went 1-for-3 and added a walk.

Venezuela

  • DH Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 in the Cardenales de Lara’s 6-1 loss to the Tigres de Aragua.
  • LHP Joseph Ortiz pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, giving up one hit, as the Tiburones de La Guaira topped the Navegantes del Magallanes.

 

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/16/14

Not many Cubs prospects took the field Tuesday, but Arismendy Alcantara stole the show for his squad in the Dominican Republic. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Dominican Republic

  • CF Arismendy Alcantara recorded three hits, including a two-run homer, as the Tigres del Licey cruised past the Leones del Escogido. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
  • CF Junior Felix Arias went 0-for-2 in the Gigantes del Cibao’s win over Aguilas Cibaenas.

Mexico

  • 3B Christian Villanueva struggled to find any rhythm, going 0-for-5, despite the Yaquis de Obregon pulling out a 6-5 win over the Caneros de los Mochis.

 

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/15/14

With most Caribbean teams taking a day off, there weren’t many Cubs representatives on the field Monday. Here are some notes from action around the Caribbean:

Venezuela

  • LHP Joseph Ortiz pitched 1.1 scoreless innings as the Tiburones de La Guaira outhit the Aguilas del Zulia Monday en route to a win. Ortiz surrendered two hits and fanned one in the effort. The Cubs claimed the southpaw off waivers from Texas shortly after the 2014 season. The 24-year-old pitched only 18.0 innings in the minors after dealing with complications from a broken foot in 2014. He had a 4.50 ERA in 16.0 innings of Double-A ball. Ortiz made his major league debut in 2013, when he pitched out of the bullpen and compiled a 2-2 record with a 4.23 ERA in 44.2 innings. The Rangers originally signed the Venezuelan native as an amateur free agent in 2006.

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez drew a walk and struck out in a suspended game between his Cangrejeros de Santurce and the Indios de Mayaguez. The game will be made up Tuesday.

 

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/14/14

Javier Baez blasted his first home run of the winter Sunday, while Junior Lake contributed to his Dominican squad. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez ripped a two-run, first-inning home run for his first round-tripper of the winter. He also recorded a double to go 2-for-4 in the Cangrejeros de Santurce’s win over the Senadores de San Juan.
  • CF John Andreoli struggled at the plate, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the San Juan loss.

Venezuela

  • 2B Luis Valbuena had an RBI single. He finished with a hit in his only at-bat in the Cardenales de Lara’s win over the Tiburones de La Guaira.
  • C Willson Contrereas was 0-for-3 as the Tigres de Aragua were shut out by the Navegantes del Magallanes.
  • RHP Loiger Padron got only one batter out, giving up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. His Leones del Caracas squad fell to the Caribes de Anzoategui.

Dominican Republic

  • LF Junior Lake went 2-for-3 and drew a walk in the Estrellas de Oriente’s 10-3 win over the Gigantes del Cibao. He also scored a run.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara finished 0-for-4 with a walk as the Tigres del Licey fell to the Aguilas Cibaenas.

Mexico

  • 3B Christian Villanueva went hitless with a sacrifice fly and a walk for the Yaquis de Obregon in their narrow loss to the Aguilas de Mexicali.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 12/11/14

Javier Baez made his winter league debut Thursday, and Jonathan Herrera put up a solid hitting line. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez made his winter league debut with an 0-for-3 effort, striking out three times, but he did drive in a run on a sacrifice fly in the Cangrejeros de Santurce’s 2-0 win over the Indios de Mayaguez. Strikeouts have long plagued the infielder projected to be the Cubs’ Opening Day second baseman. Though he whiffed in more than 41 percent of his 229 major league plate appearances last year, he does have a history of struggling when he first moves up a level before eventually settling in. Despite his issues, the slugger has undeniable power. He hit 23 homers in 104 minor league games before a promotion to the majors, where he launched another nine bombs in 52 top-level games. He entered the 2014 season as the No. 5 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America. It’s also easy to forget Baez will be entering just his age 22 season in 2015.

Venezuela

  • DH Jonathan Herrera finished 2-fo-5 with two RBI and three runs scored as the Navegantes del Magallanes rolled past the Aguilas del Zulia.
  • 2B Luis Valbuena went hitless for the Cardenales de Lara in a loss to the Bravos de Margarita.

Dominican Republic

  • LF Junior Lake recorded a single as the Estrellas de Oriente cruised past the Torors del Este Thursday.
  • RHP Frank Batista pitched two scoreless innings in the Aguilas Cibaenas’ loss to the Gigantes del Cibao. It wasn’t the cleanest effort, as Batista surrendered two hits and walked two, but he did manage to strike out one batter.

Mexico

  • 3B Christian Villanueva was 0-for-4 as the Yaquis de Obregon were shut out by the Venados de Mazatlan.

 

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