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Smokies pitcher Eduardo Figueroa returned to action in Venezuela, infield prospect Jonathan Mota contributed to his team in Puerto Rico, and Frank Batista picked up the win in Dominican play. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean.
Frank Batista, RHP – Batista picked up the win, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings of relief for Cibaenas. He struck out one in his first victory of the winter.
Walter Ibarra, SS – Ibarra was hitless in four at-bats, striking out three times for Mazatlan.
Jonathan Mota, 3B – Mota blasted his first homer of the winter, driving in a pair. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Ponce loss.
Rubi Silva, CF – Silva went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored Wednesday.
Greg Rohan, DH – Rohan finished 1-for-4 with a single for Ponce.
Eduardo Figueroa, RHP – Figueroa returned to action for the first time since Oct. 17, pitching a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one and allowing no hits for La Guaira.
Mesa scored four runs in the eighth to tie the game, but a lack of offense cost the Solar Sox in a 5-4, 11-inning loss to Glendale Thursday. Albert Almora recorded two of the club’s five hits, and Matt Loosen pitched well despite earning the loss. Elsewhere, Junior Lake tore it up at the plate in the Dominican, and Eduardo Figueroa picked up a win in Venezuelan league play. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.
Arizona Fall League
Albert Almora, CF – Almora recorded his first hit of the game in the eighth inning, when he ripped a single to right, scoring Max Muncy (Athletics) from third. He scored two batters later on a Devon Travis (Tigers) single to tie the game at four. He singled again in the 10th on a line drive to right.
Matt Loosen, RHP – Loosen got the side out in order in the bottom of the 10th, including a Jared Mitchell (White Sox) strikeout. He gave up a leadoff double in the 11th, and after fanning Marcus Semien (White Sox), Travis Mattair (Reds) singled down the right-field line, scoring Colin Moran (Marlins) from second to end the game. His final line read: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB.
Mesa will host Surprise Friday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 CST. Sammy Solis (Nationals) will pitch for the Solar Sox, while Eduardo Rodriguez (Orioles) will take the mound for the Saguaros.
Junior Lake, LF – Lake had a huge day, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double in an 8-4 Estrellas loss.
Eduardo Figueroa, RHSP – Starting for the Tiburones, Figueroa earned the win going five scoreless innings, fanning seven and walking one while giving up six hits. He is 2-1 on the season.
Lioger Padron, RHP – Padron pitched one inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk as Caracas lost 13-1.
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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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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.