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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 making strides

Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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: Bour pours it on

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(Photo by Rodger Wood)

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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(Photo by Stephen Green)

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.

Cactus Notes: B. Jackson, Rizzo, 5 others sent to minor league camp

Mesa, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs sent seven players to minor league camp Friday, including a pair of elite prospects in Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson.

Rizzo, as well as infielder Adrian Cardenas were optioned to Triple-A Iowa, while Brett Jackson, Jim Adduci, Michael Brenly, Jay Jackson and Bobby Scales were assigned to minor league camp.

Rizzo, a 22-year-old first base prospect, came over in an offseason trade with the San Diego Padres for pitcher Andrew Cashner. Rizzo hit .364 with a .962 OPS in 33 at-bats this spring.

The Cubs used a 2009 first-round draft pick on the five-tool outfielder Brett Jackson. The non-roster invitee hit .276 with seven RBI and an OPS of .986 through 29 at-bats in the Cactus League.

While Manager Dale Sveum has praised both of their abilities throughout the spring, it was well-documented that neither would make the Opening Day roster.

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