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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


(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: Lake represents Cubs in All-Star game

While the rest of the players in the Dominican and Venezuelan leagues were resting during the midseason All-Star break, the best players from both leagues squared off in a Tuesday night showdown. While the game wasn’t studded with Cubs prospects, Junior Lake represented both the Cubs and his Dominican side well.

Batting fifth and playing center field, Lake finished the night 1-for-3 with an RBI in an 8-2 Dominican win. In the top of the third with Dodgers star Hanley Ramirez on third base, the Cubs lone All-Star representative beat out a soft ground ball to short, scoring Ramirez to make the game 4-2.

Other highlights around the Caribbean:

Justin Bour went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk for the Gigantes in the Puerto Rican league. It was his first hit in nine winter at-bats.

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: Bowden secures second victory

(Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs reliever Michael Bowden told Vine Line in August that he was excited about playing baseball this winter in the Dominican Republic.

“I love the opportunity of getting to go to new places and seeing what it’s like and learning a new culture, so I think it’s a great experience and I’m looking forward to it,” Bowden said. “And I get to play some ball.”

While Bowden will likely be coming out of the bullpen for either the Cubs or Triple-A Iowa in 2013, his Dominican squad—Aguilas Cibaenas—has made the 26-year-old a regular in their rotation. In five starts, the Winfield, Ill., native has posted a 2-2 record with a 3.92 ERA in 20.2 innings. And five of his nine earned runs allowed this winter came in one outing.

Bowden was clicking on Monday, as he went 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. The effort was good enough to earn the righty a win in a 6-4 decision.

Other highlights around Caribbean:

Alberto Cabrera came on in relief for Toros del Este of the Dominican league. He pitched four innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk. He struck out three.

Infielder Junior Lake finished the day 2-for-5 with a walk in a 7-5 loss for Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican league.

The leagues in Puerto Rico and Venezuela were off Monday.