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Winter League Highlights: Top Cubs performers

9/19/20 REDS @ CUBS

Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt was one of the top performers in the Venezuelan league this winter (Photo by Stephen Green).

Winter league regional play finally came to a conclusion last night as Magallanes fended off Luis Valbuena and his Lara squad to win the Venezuelan title and claim the final spot in the Caribbean Series. The offseason leagues were an opportunity for players to rack up a few more innings of experience while still competing at a high level. Many of the Cubs took advantage of the opportunity, and some excelled in their respective leagues. Below is a list of Cubs representatives who fared well this winter.

Dominican League

Michael Bowden: Pitching for the Aguilas Cibaenas, Bowden posted a 2.76 ERA in 32.2 innings of work. He earned a 3-2 record and struck out 35 batters.

Alberto Cabrera: Playing for the Toros del Este, the Dominican native was used more frequently in the postseason. In 19.2 innings and four starts, Cabrera went 1-1 with a 0.92 ERA, fanning 15 batters and walking just six. He surrendered two earned runs in the playoffs.

Junior Lake: Representing the Estrellas de Oriente, Lake tore apart opposing pitchers, finishing with a line of .312/.382/.474 (AVG/OBP/SLG). The infielder was one of the Cubs’ top performers, hitting five homers, driving in 24 and stealing 11 bases in 154 at-bats.

Nelson Perez: A teammate of Lake’s in the Dominican, Perez was often utilized as a bat off the bench. In 84 at-bats, he compiled a .443 on-base percentage, drawing 29 walks and driving in 21. The Estrellas made the playoffs but were eliminated in the round robin portion.

Mexican League

Esmailin Caridad: The lone Cubs representative who will be participating in the Caribbean Series, Caridad was a solid bullpen arm this winter. In 42.0 innings during the regular season, the righty had a 2.57 ERA, struck out 49 and walked 12.

Jay Jackson: Jackson put up consistent numbers for the Venados de Mazatlan, posting a 3.86 ERA in 49.0 innings of work. The righty went 3-2 and struck out 34 batters over 10 starts.

Venezuelan League

Yoanner Negrin: In 12 starts for the Leones del Caracas, Negrin was tough to beat. Not a huge strikeout guy (38 K in 58.2 innings), the righty still managed a 2.61 ERA and a 4-1 record.

Dave Sappelt: Sappelt was another elite player this winter. In 116 at-bats, the outfielder put up a .336/.378/.526 line, belting five home runs and five doubles. He also stole five bases and drove in 15.

Luis Valbuena: One of the top performers in all the winter leagues, Valbuena powered his Cardenales de Lara side all the way to the Venezuelan championship. The Cardenales were eliminated last night, losing 11-9 in a back-and-forth Game 7 affair. During the regular season, the Cubs infielder hit .306/.414/.497 with 39 RBI in 183 at-bats. He also drew 34 walks. All of those totals were good enough for top 10 in the league. In the postseason, he hit .341 and drove in 21 in 91 at-bats.

Winter League Highlights: Boscan, Sappelt power teams to wins


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Recently acquired Cubs catcher J.C. Boscan continued to swing a hot bat in the Venezuelan Winter League Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI to lead Caracas to a 10-5 win over Magallanes. Boscan staked Caracas to a 5-4 lead in the fourth, when he took former Blue Jays and Astros pitcher Gustavo Chacin deep to left for a three-run blast. He followed that up in the sixth with a two-run single off Dodgers minor leaguer Amalio Diaz.

The Cubs signed Boscan, a 32-year-old longtime Braves farmhand, to a free agent contract on Nov. 14. He is hitting .271 with one home run and 10 RBI in winter ball.

Rule 5 pick-up Hector Rondon pitched a perfect eighth for Caracas, allowing no hits and striking out one.

Other notes around the Caribbean:

Dave Sappelt had only one hit on Thursday, but he made it count, smacking a go-ahead solo home run in the ninth to propel the Bravos de Margarita to a 2-1 victory over the Caribes in Venezuela. Sappelt is batting .336/.378/.526 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with five home runs and 15 RBI on the winter.

Cubs right-hander Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Obregon of the Mexican Pacific League, giving up two hits and striking out one, to lower his winter ERA to 2.84.

Winter League Highlights: Boscan making strides

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Most baseball people don’t invest a ton of stock in a player’s winter stats. But if nothing else, a solid offseason should give the player a boost of confidence heading into Spring Training.

The Cubs took a flyer by signing free agent catcher J.C. Boscan from the Braves organization on Nov. 14. The 32-year-old’s 2012 Triple-A season wasn’t much to get excited about. He hit .189/.264/.284 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 222 at-bats with 23 RBI. Of his 42 hits, 12 were doubles and three were home runs. Defensively, he threw out 40 percent of baserunners.

But Boscan’s stats in his native Venezuela have been significantly better. In 78 at-bats for the Leones del Caracas, he carries a .269/.321/.295 line. With a slew of catchers on the roster, Boscan only sees action once every few days. What’s interesting about his stats is that the right-handed hitter is significantly better vs. right-handed pitching than against southpaws (.302 AVG vs. .133). He also fares better at home, hitting .333 vs. .205 on the road.

Boscan was a Double-A Southern League Midseason All-Star in 2009.

Other notes around the Caribbean:

Junior Lake made a start in center field and recorded a single for the Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican league.

Jay Jackson gave up seven earned runs in 4.2 innings for the Venados of Mexico. He struck out five.

Dave Sappelt had a hit and scored a run for the Bravos of Venezuela.

Winter League Highlights: Negrin powers Leones to victory

Right-handed starter Yoanner Negrin has had a solid 2012 winter ball campaign for the Leones del Caracas of Venezuela. He’s been tough all year, posting a 2.61 ERA in 12 starts, fourth-best of all starters in the league. The 28-year-old also has a 4-1 record, which is tied for third in the league. Over his last 20 innings, he’s allowed just two earned runs and struck out 10 batters.

Negrin continued his consistent ways Thursday, allowing three hits over five innings and surrendering one unearned run in a Leones victory. He was awarded the win for his efforts.

Other notes around the Caribbean:

Rafael Dolis pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Estrellas of the Dominican league, striking out a batter in the loss. Dominican teammate Nelson Perez had a pair of hits.

Justin Bour had a two-RBI double and scored a run for Carolina of the Puerto Rican league.

Tony Campana had a pair of hits and a walk for Leones. He also scored a run.

Dave Sappelt had a base hit for the Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan league.

Winter League Highlights: Bour pours it on


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As Vine Line noted on Wednesday, Justin Bour didn’t arrive in Puerto Rico until Dec. 6, so his totals thus far are limited. But he made a big impact Wednesday afternoon for his Gigantes de Carolina team.

Batting third and playing left field, the 6-foot-4 slugger went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and two walks. His RBI came in the first on a single to center, and he was left stranded after ripping a double in the third. He grounded out in the fifth, and his next two at-bats resulted in walks.

Bour had a successful year in Double-A Tennessee this season. The natural first baseman finished with a .283/.360/.455 (AVG/OBP/SLG) line and had a franchise record 110 RBI. He hit 36 doubles and 17 home runs, good for third and seventh best, respectively, in the Southern League.

The Cubs’ 25th round pick in 2009 was also a Southern League midseason and postseason All-Star this year.

Other notes around the Caribbean:

Jay Jackson got the start for the Venados de Mazatlan of the Mexican league. He went 4.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits.

Dave Sappelt led off and had a pair of hits for the Bravos of Venezuela. He drove in a run, scored a run and recorded a walk.

Johermyn Chavez recorded a pinch-hit, two-RBI triple in his lone at-bat for the Caribes of Venezuela.

Winter League Highlights: Jay Jackson bounces back in Mexico


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After enduring a rough summer, Cubs pitcher Jay Jackson found it necessary to spend the winter working on his game in the Mexican league.

Jackson struggled for Triple-A Iowa in 2012. He finished the year with a 3-7 record and a 6.57 ERA, and was removed from his starter role in early June. In 86.1 innings, he struck out 76 batters, but he also walked 43 and surrendered 14 home runs.

Drafted by the Cubs in 2008, Jackson saw immediate success at the lower levels. In 2009, he started at Class-A Daytona, spent most of the season at Double-A Tennessee and finished the year at Iowa. Heading into 2010, Baseball America rated him the Cubs’ fifth-best prospect.

Jackson has been solid this offseason for Venados de Mazatian. In seven starts, he has a 2-2 record with a 2.53 ERA in 32 innings, and has allowed just one home run. In three of his winter outings, he went at least five innings without surrendering a run, including a Nov. 9 game in which the righty went five strong and gave up only one hit.

But on Thursday, Jackson might have had his finest outing of the season. He went seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out three in a 7-0 win over Mayos de Navojoa.

Other news from around the Caribbean:

Dave Sappelt had a 2-for-4 day with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in the Venezuelan league for Margarita.

Tony Campana recorded a hit and scored a run in a losing effort for Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan league.

Eduardo Figueroa pitched 1.2 innings of hitless baseball in a Tiburones win in Venezuela.

Winter League Highlights: Another big day for Sappelt


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Dave Sappelt continued his hot stretch for the Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan league, leading his side to a 9-0 win Wednesday. The Cubs outfielder went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored.

After striking out in his first at-bat, he singled in the fourth inning and scored on a double one batter later. He forced a walk the sixth and would eventually score from second.

Sappelt then led off the eighth with a home run to left and doubled in the ninth, finishing a triple away from the cycle for the second time in the last week. On the winter, Sappelt is batting .314/.364/.514 with 3 home runs, 14 runs scored and 9 RBI.

Other highlights from around the Caribbean:

Jeffry Antigua pitched 1.1 innings, allowing no hits and no runs in a Toros win in the Dominican league.

Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican league.

Winter League Highlights: Campana capitalizes on opportunity


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Cubs outfielder Tony Campana might not pass the eye test of most major league scouts. At 5-foot-8 and no more than 170 pounds, Campana doesn’t possess a lot of raw power—and his two career professional home runs back that notion.

But in 89 games with the Cubs last season, he put his speed and defense on display, stealing 24 bases and taking away numerous hits in center field. In just 37 minor league games last year, the 26-year-old swiped 18 bases and posted a .280 average.

Campana has continued his base stealing exploits this winter for Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan league. He’s played in only 11 games, but he has managed to steal six bags. And he hasn’t been caught yet.

Although he’s hitting only .214 so far, he made the most of his start Tuesday, going 2-for-5, driving in a run in the fifth inning and scoring a run in the eighth in a 10-7 win over the Bravos de Margarita.

Other highlights around the Caribbean:

Dave Sappelt finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs in a losing effort for his Margarita team in Venezuela.

In the Dominican league, Junior Lake went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in an Estrellas de Oriente win.

Winter League Highlights: Sappelt just misses a cycle


After battling rain delays all last week, Dave Sappelt‘s Bravos de Margarita team in the Venezuelan league finally got back onto the field over the weekend. Apparently the layoff didn’t hurt the Cubs outfielder, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, falling just a triple short of the cycle, as the Bravos beat the Tiburones 11-9 on Saturday. On Sunday, Sappelt went 2-for-4, raising his winter batting average to .274, in a 6-3 loss to the Cardenales de Lara.

In his first year in Chicago, Sappelt made a good case for a spot on the 2013 roster, hitting .275 with a .351 on-base percentage in 78 major league plate appearances.

Other highlights around the Caribbean:

Cubs reliever Michael Bowden continued to prove he might have a future as a starter in the Aguilas Cibaenas 14-1 win over Licey on Sunday in the Dominican. Bowden scattered five hits and surrendered only one earned run in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five. Bowden is now 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA in six Dominican league starts.

Junior Lake hit a three-run home run and scored twice for the first-place Estrellas in a 5-1 victory over Licey on Saturday. Arismendy Alcantara slugged a solo shot for the losing side in the same game. Lake is hitting .333 with four homers, 17 RBI and nine stolen bases on the winter.

Winter League Highlights: Caridad on cruise control


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It’s difficult to get excited about a one-inning reliever, especially one who doesn’t close out games. So it would be easy to overlook Cubs pitcher Esmailin Caridad, who seems to be throwing in almost every game in the Mexican league.

But the 29-year-old reliever has been making contests an inning shorter for opponents, posting a 1.80 ERA in 30 innings over 26 appearances for the Yaquis de Obregon. The Dominican native has fanned 35 batters this winter and boasts a 1.20 WHIP. He spent 2012 in Triple-A Iowa with a 3.03 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, mostly in relief.

Thursday was more of the same for Caridad, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Yaquis, allowing no runs, no walks and striking out two in an 8-7 loss. The right-hander appeared in 22 games for the Cubs in 2009 and 2010, and should be in consideration for a spot in the Cubs bullpen in 2013.

Other highlights around the Caribbean:

Luis Valbuena was 0-for-4 with an RBI on a bases-loaded walk for his Cardenales team in Venezuela.

Recently acquired Johermyn Chavez went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a walk in a win for his Venezuelan Caribes team. The Cubs signed the 23-year-old to a minor league deal on Nov. 21.

Dave Sappelt went 1-for-4 with a single in a Margarita win in Venezuela.

The Dominican league was off on Thursday.