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Cubs minor league recap: 4/25/13


Esmailin Caridad tallied his first win in relief for the I-Cubs Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Iowa, Tennessee and Daytona all secured wins while Kane County couldn’t overcome an early deficit. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action:

Iowa Cubs (7-12)

Iowa scored six runs in the first inning, defeating Omaha 9-3 in the opener of a four-game set. The nine runs scored mark a season high for the I-Cubs.

  • RF Ryan Sweeney (.404) extended his hitting streak to 11 games (.390/16-for-41) with a three-run homer in the first inning. He went 4-for-5 with a walk, a triple (2), two runs and four RBI (12), finishing a double shy of the cycle.
  • LF Brent Lillibridge (.462) went 4-for-5 with a walk and two RBI (2).
  • 3B Ian Stewart (.111) singled and scored a run as part of a 1-for-3 outing in the eighth game of his rehabilitation assignment.
  • DH Darnell McDonald (.204) went 2-for-5 with a double (2), two runs and a RBI (5).
  • RHP Esmailin Caridad (2.1 IP, 2 BB, 3 K) earned his first win of the season in relief of starter Barret Loux.

Tennessee Smokies (12-9)

Tennessee defeated Pensacola 2-1 in a pitchers’ duel, moving into a first-place tie in the Southern League North Division.

  • 2B Ronald Torreyes (.344) recorded half of the Smokies hits, going 3-for-3 with a double (2), a triple (1) and a run scored.
  • CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.297) went 1-for-4, recording his 10th RBI of the season.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler tossed 7.0 innings for the second consecutive start, allowing no runs for the first time this season.
  • RHP Brian Schlitter (1.0 IP, 1 K) converted his first save of the season. He has made eight appearances (11.1 IP) without allowing an earned run.

Daytona Cubs (9-11)

Daytona jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings and held on for a 5-3 victory over visiting Lakeland in the opener of a three-game home series.

  • SS Javier Baez (.238) blasted his fourth home run of the season in the first inning. He finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI (11).
  • C Chad Noble (.295) hit his first home of the year, a solo shot to left in the second inning. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI (3).
  • RHP David Cales (2.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 K) converted his first save of the year. He has allowed no runs and one hit in two appearances (4.0 IP) to start the season.

Kane County Cougars (7-10)

Kane County allowed five runs in the third inning in a 6-4 setback at Fort Wayne.

  • RF Bijan Radenmacher (.314) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI (6).
  • CF Oliver Zapata (.220) hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, finishing 1-for-4.
  • RHP Justin Amlung (1.0 IP, 2 K) and RHP Stephen Perakslis (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) combined for 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Winter League Highlights: Top Cubs performers

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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: Caridad’s strong effort not enough


(Photo by Stephen Green)

All year long, Cubs prospect Esmailin Caridad has had to be ready to enter the game in any situation. The 29-year-old racked up 65.1 innings in 44 games in Triple-A Iowa and has pitched more than his fair share of innings for the Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican league this winter.

In 42.0 innings pitched over 37 games (including one start), the Dominican native has put up a 2.57 ERA, fanned 49 batters and walked just 12. Ironically, the right-handed pitcher seems to handle left-handed batters slightly better, posting a 2.45 ERA against them, compared to 2.66 against righties.

These stats shouldn’t come as a total surprise to Cubs fans, as Caridad was also tough in the Pacific Coast League this summer. Despite a 1-4 record, his 3.03 ERA was strong, especially considering how often he was used. In his 65.1 innings, he fanned 65 hitters and surrendered just four home runs.

In two scoreless innings of relief Wednesday, Caridad struck out one and scattered two hits, but the Yaquis fell in the ninth by a score of 4-3. Caridad’s squad is now 3-3 in the playoff round robin.

Other notes around the Caribbean:

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles for the Cardenales of the Venezuelan league.

Winter League Highlights: Lake’s bat does the work


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The Estrellas de Oriente were one of the Dominican winter league’s most dominant teams during the regular season. They finished 30-20, two games out of the lead, and easily made the four-team round-robin postseason.

Though the team was led by its solid pitching staff, the offense was powered by Cubs IF/OF Junior Lake, whose bat not only led the Estrellas in multiple categories, but also ranked high among the rest of the league.

The 22-year-old had an excellent all-around season, hitting .312/.382/.474 (AVG/OBP/SLG), good for third, fifth and fifth respectively in the Dominican. His five home runs were tied for seventh, and his 11 stolen bases were tied for second. The only knock on his season offensively is that he struck out a league-high 46 times.

While his nine errors on the defensive side were a little alarming, the natural shortstop was asked to play a bevy of positions this winter, including third base, left field and occasionally center. Lake, who is expected to start the season at Double-A Tennessee, will likely continue honing his craft at multiple positions this year, as he is blocked by Starlin Castro at shortstop.

Playing left field on Thursday, the Dominican native recorded a pair of hits and drove in a run, giving Estrellas its first win of the postseason in six chances. He reached on a bunt single in the third inning, and drove in Eliezer Mesa from third on a single in the fifth. Lake also recorded a walk in the 10-inning game.

Other news around the Caribbean:

Justin Bour ripped an RBI double for the Gigantes in Puerto Rico. He finished 1-for-4.

Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Yaquis de Obregon of Mexico, striking out the side.

Winter League Highlights: Valbuena stays solid at the plate


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Luis Valbuena‘s winter play has been a hot topic of discussion for Cubs fans this entire offseason. Though the coaching staff was impressed with his glove in 2012, it’s his bat that’s been opening eyes in the Venezuelan league. Not only did the infielder’s Cardenales de Lara side capture the final spot in the circuit’s round robin postseason tourney, but Valbuena was a key component in an offense that ranked near the top in many categories.

Though the re-signing of third baseman Ian Stewart might have blocked Valbuena’s best chance to play every day for the Cubs in 2013, he again demonstrated his ability to play multiple positions, including second base, his natural position, and third, where he spent most of his time in 2012. His flexibility around the infield as well as his solid glove work might give him the inside track at a hotly contested utility spot on the Opening Day roster.

The 27-year-old finished the winter league regular season hitting .306/.414/.497 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 183 at-bats and drawing 34 walks, second best on the team. He recorded a team best 15 doubles, and his six homers ranked second. The Venezuelan native also scored 32 runs.

The Cardenales dropped their opening game of the postseason 10-6, though Valbuena recorded a single and scored one of the team’s runs. Lara hosts Caribes on Thursday.

Notes around the Caribbean:

Esmailin Caridad picked up the win for the Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican league Wednesday. The right-handed reliever pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, fanning two and walking one.

Justin Bour had a base hit in a losing effort for the Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican league.

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: 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: 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.

Winter League Highlights: Lake is swinging the lumber

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For years, Cubs infielder Junior Lake has been seen as a raw, toolsy talent with a ton of potential. But it looks like the 22-year-old might be starting to put it all together. This year at Double-A Tennessee, he hit .279/.341/.432 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 10 home runs, 26 doubles, 50 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 405 at-bats. On Wednesday, Vine Line discussed how Luis Valbuena is tearing up the Venezuelan league; the same can be said for Lake, who is having his way with Dominican league pitching.

Lake’s .330 batting average is fourth best in the Dominican; his .398 OBP is good for fifth; and his eight stolen bases are tied for third. Plus, he’s doing this all while alternating between DH, third base and left field.

His 1-for-4 outing yesterday lowered his batting average a bit, but he drove in a run and scored another in a 4-3 loss. Fellow Cub Nelson Cruz was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBI.

Other highlights around the Caribbean:

In the Mexican league, Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless eighth inning, surrendering no hits and striking out two in a Yaquis de Obregon win.

In the Venezuelan league, Luis Valbuena continued his run of success, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk and a run scored in a Cardenales win.

Also in Venezuela, Dave Sappelt recorded a pair of hits and scored a run for the Bravos de Margarita in a loss.

Winter League Highlights: Perez reaches base 5 times

Alberto Cabrera pitched a pair of scoreless innings for Toros del Este Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Estrellas de Oriente went more than the distance Tuesday in a 6-5, sixteen-inning win over Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican League. The almost seven-hour game finally ended when Juan Diaz singled to left in the top of the 16th, scoring Jonathan Galvez. A pair of Cubs prospects played a role in the win.

Nelson Perez‘s on-base percentage jumped when he reached base in five of his eight at-bats. The Double-A outfielder went 1-for-4 and drew four walks. He’s hitting .244 with a .385 OBP on the season. Dominican teammate Junior Lake went 1-for-7 with an RBI single in the seventh.

Another pair of Cubs arms played for Toros del Este Tuesday. Major league reliever Alberto Cabrera made his second appearances of the Dominican season, going two innings, surrendering no runs on two hits, and striking out four in a Toros loss. Jeffry Antigua pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two.

Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt hit his first homer of the Venezuelan season, a two-run shot to center. He finished the day 1-for-5 in a 12-2 Bravos de Margarita win.

In other Venezuelan action, Luis Valbuena had a pair of hits, including a double, in a 6-5 loss for Cardenales de Lara.

In Mexico, Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless eighth in a 3-0 win for Yaquis de Obregon.