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Winter League Report, November 26
11/27/2012 1:58 AM ET
Bryan LaHair has signed a two-year deal with the SoftBank Hawks in Japan.
Bryan LaHair has signed a two-year deal with the SoftBank Hawks in Japan. 
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I-CUBS WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE
November 26, 2012

On the Hot Stove, Major League clubs set their 40-man rosters ahead of the Winter Meetings and clubs have been signing free agents this week. On the field, winter ball is in full swing. We've got updates on all of the former I-Cubs and Cubs prospects in action on the field and on the transaction list. Come back each week to keep tabs on your favorite players getting ready for 2013.

TRANSACTIONS:
The Chicago Cubs designated Bryan LaHair (2010-11) for assignment to clear room on their 40-man roster and the slugger was released to sign a two-year contract with the Softbank Hawks in the Japanese Pacific League. In other roster adjusting moves, the Cubs traded RH Jake Brigham back to the Texas Rangers for RH Barret Loux and a player to be named later. The Cubs originally acquired Brigham from the Rangers during the season in exchange for Geovany Soto. Loux was the Texas League Pitcher of the Year for double-A Frisco last season. He was 14-1 with a 3.47 ERA in 25 starts. Loux is a former first round pick and a college teammate of Cubs' LH Brooks Raley at Texas A&M. The Cubs added RH Trey McNutt, 3B Christian Villanueva, IF Logan Watkins, and RH Robert Whitenack to their 40-man roster. RH Carlos Gutierrez was outrighted to Iowa. The Cubs claimed Gutierrez off waivers from the Minnesota Twins earlier in the off-season. On the minor league side, the Cubs signed OF Brian Bogusevic, SS Alberto Gonzalez, and OF Johermyn Chavez. Bogusevic is a Chicago-area native and hit .203 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 146 games with the Houston Astros last year. He was originally a first-round pick as a pitcher out of Tulane in 2005. Gonzalez hit .241 in 24 games with the Rangers last year and .314 with two homers and six RBI in 14 games with Round Rock. He is currently playing for Margarita in Venezuela. Chavez hit .232 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 75 games for double-A Jackson in the Seattle Mariners' organization last year. He's also playing in Venezuela this winter.

Several former I-Cubs were in the news for other organizations this week. Bobby Scales (2008-11) has made the move from player to front office member. After finishing the 2012 season in Japan, Scales was hired by the Los Angeles Angels as their Director of Player Development. Several players signed to minor league deals. The Pittsburgh Pirates inked OF Felix Pie (2006-08), the Cincinnati Reds signed RH Jeff Stevens (2009-11), and the Cleveland Indians signed IF Nate Spears (2008-09). The Kansas City Royals designed RH Chris Volstad (2012) for assignment and the Astros outrighted IF Scott Moore (2006-07, '11) to triple-A Oklahoma City. On the coaching front, Les Lancaster (1987-90) was named the pitching coach for short-season Williamsport in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Lancaster was the pitching coach for single-A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League last year. Joe Torre will manage Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March and his coaching staff will have an Iowa flavor as future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux (1986-87) will serve as a pitching coach. Former Iowa Oak Marcel Lachemann (1969-72) will also be on the staff as the bullpen/pitching coach. Lachemann will be a member of the Angels' front office for 2013.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Zulia (22-15) moved into first place, a half-game better than Magallanes (22-16). Caracas (22-18) is a game and a half back in third place. IF Luis Valbuena (2012) was 3-for-3 with two homers and five RBI on Thanksgiving Day for Lara and is among the league leaders in several categories. Valbuena is second in on-base percentage (.456), third in walks (22), fourth in slugging (.570), and tied for fourth in batting (.330). RH Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2010-11) has pitched well in Zulia's rise. He allowed one run and struck out six in 6.1 innings, but didn't get a decision in his last start at Caribes on Nov. 24. Caracas has a roster filled with players with Iowa ties. OF Tony Campana (2011-12) joined the team this week and has played in just a few games. After a hot start, SS Marwin Gonzalez (2011) is 0-for-9 in his last three games. OF Josh Kroeger (2007-08) put together a 10-game hitting streak that included a pair of 3-hit games from Nov. 15-22. 3B Josh Vitters joined Caracas on Nov. 16, went 0-for-7 in his first two games, and hasn't played again since Nov. 18. RH Yoanner Negrin (2012) leads the league in innings pitched and starts. RH Sean Gallagher (2007-08) pitched five shutout innings for a win in his first start on Nov. 21 at Caribes. OF Jackson Melian (2003) and OF Dave Sappelt (2012) are struggling for Margarita. Melian is 3-for-32 (.094) in his last 11 games and Sappelt is 0-for-13 in his last three. C Max Ramirez (2010) is back on track and ranks ninth in the league with a .315 batting average. LH Renyel Pinto (2004-05) earned a win in his last start against Caracas on Nov. 23. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight in seven innings. SS Ronny Cedeno (2004-05, '07) recently had a 10-game hitting streak snapped on Nov. 20 for Aragua.

REGULAR SEASON STATS:

Player Team

Yr(s) with I-Cubs

AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Juan Apodaca Zulia 2012
.190
17
42
6
8
0
1
0
4
7
10
1
0
.300
.238
.538
Andres Blanco Magallanes 2008-09
.167
19
54
8
9
1
1
0
4
12
17
0
0
.333
.222
.556
Henry Blanco Margarita 2007
.131
24
61
4
8
0
0
2
7
8
22
0
0
.236
.230
.466
J.C. Boscan Caracas Cubs Signee
.284
20
67
5
19
2
0
0
4
3
15
0
0
.324
.313
.637
Tony Campana Caracas 2011-12
.133
4
15
1
2
1
0
0
0
2
4
2
0
.278
.200
.478
Ronny Cedeno Aragua 2004-05, '07
.304
13
56
7
17
1
0
0
2
3
9
0
1
.339
.321
.660
Johermyn Chavez Caribes Cubs Signee
.280
14
25
7
7
0
0
1
5
4
11
0
1
.419
.400
.819
Robinson Chirinos Magallanes 2010
.158
6
19
1
3
0
0
0
0
4
9
0
0
.304
.158
.462
Alberto Gonzalez Margartia Cubs Signee
.350
6
20
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
.381
.350
.731
Marwin Gonzalez Caracas 2011
.192
9
26
6
5
3
0
0
2
6
5
3
0
.353
.308
.661
Jae-Hoon Ha Aragua Cubs Prospect
.224
26
76
6
17
3
0
1
6
6
25
6
0
.280
.303
.583
Josh Kroeger Caracas 2007-08
.297
22
74
8
22
2
0
1
8
20
13
5
3
.454
.365
.818
Jackson Melian Margarita 2003
.280
24
75
13
21
4
0
4
16
11
25
1
2
.409
.493

.902

Max Ramirez Margarita 2011
.326
27
89
11
29
5
0
0
4
11
12
1
0
.417
.382
.799
Dave Sappelt Margarita 2012
.196
11
46
5
9
1
1
1
4
3
7
2
0
.240
.326
.566
Luis Valbuena Lara 2012
.330
28
100
20
33
10
1
4
19
22
17
1
0
.456
.570
1.026
Josh Vitters Caracas 2012
.000
2
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
.000
.000
.000
Ty Wright Aragua 2010-12
.247
20
73
6
18
3
2
1
4
0
13
0
0
.257
.384
.640

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Jae-Hoon Ha: 6 SB (T4)
Luis Valbuena:
.330 (T4), .456 OBP (2), .570 SLG (4), 22 BB (3)
Ty Wright:
2 TRPL (T4)
Max Ramirez:
.315 (9)

Pitcher Team Yr(s) with I-Cubs
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
IBB
SO
WP

OPP AVG.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx Zulia 2010-11
1
0
1.63
7
5
1
1
27.2
25
5
5
0
2
4
0
31
0
.243
Sean Gallagher Caracas 2007-08
1
0
0.00
2
1
0
0
8.0
6
1
0
0
1
3
0
6
0
.214
Yoanner Negrin Caracas 2012
2
1
3.49
8
8
0
0
38.2
43
15
15
3
2
12
0
28
0
.287
Renyel Pinto Caribes 2004-05
2
1
2.45
5
5
0
0
25.2
19
8
7
2
3
13
0
23
0
.213
Les Walrond La Guaira 2006-08
0
3
3.56
7
7
0
0
30.1
39
15
12
1
2
15
0
24
0
.317

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Yoanner Negrin: 43.2 IP (T1), 9 GS (T1)

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Estrellas de Oriente (21-11) maintains their lead in the Dominican. Aguilas Cibaenas (18-13) is two and a half games back in second place and Toros del Este (18-14) is three games back in third. SS Junior Lake continues to pace the Estrellas offense. He is third in the league in batting (.330), but is also third in strikeouts (30). After playing shortstop early in the year, he has seen action at both third base and left field in his last eight games. OF Felix Pie (2006-08) has hit safely in six of his last seven games, but has only one multi-hit game during this stretch. RH Frankie De La Cruz (2012) has moved to Estrellas' bullpen and delivered. He has pitched 8.2 shutout innings and earned two wins in his last three games. RH Rafael Dolis (2012) made his debut with Estrellas on Nov. 23. 3B Diory Hernandez (2012) had a big week for Toros del Este. He was 4-for-5 with three runs scored on Nov. 23 and has hit safely in five straight games. He is batting .444 (8-for-18) durig this stretch. RH Jairo Asencio (2012) leads the league with nine saves and 16 games finished. RH Alberto Cabrera (2011-12) struck out four in two scoreless innings on Nov. 20 vs. Escogido and LH Jeff Antigua (Cubs Prospect) has allowed three runs in 8.1 innings over his last nine games. LHPolin Trinidad (2011) made his debut for Aguilas on Nov. 24 and faced one batter. That one batter was St. Louis Cardinals' prospect Oscar Tavares and Tavares connected on a home run. RH Michael Bowden (2012) pitched well, but lost in his last start vs. Toros del Este on Nov. 21. He allowed two runs on six hits in five innings, but came up on the short end of a 2-1 score.

REGULAR SEASON STATS:

Player Team

Yr(s) with I-Cubs

AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Arismendy Alcantara Gigantes Cubs Prospect
.250
13
4
5
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
.500
.250
.750
Diory Hernandez Toros del Este 2012
.252
30
103
17
26
3
0
1
12
16
13
5
1
.347
.311
.658
Junior Lake Estrellas Cubs Prospect
.330
29
97
12
32
7
0
2
11
8
30
6
1
.389
.464
.853
Felix Pie Estrellas 2006-08
.248
30
109
18
27
3
0
2
13
18
23
7
2
.357
.330
.687
Nate Spears Gigantes 2008-09
.063
6
16
2
1
0
0
0
1
3
5
0
0
.200
.063
.263

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Junior Lake: .330 AVG (3), 30 K (3)
Felix Pie:
18 BB (T1)

Pitcher Team Yr(s) with I-Cubs
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
IBB
SO
WP

OPP AVG.

Jeff Antigua Toros del Este Cubs Prospect
4
1
4.60
16
0
0
2
15.2
16
8
8
4
0
2
0
14
1
.296
Jairo Asencio Toros del Este 2012
0
2
2.40
16
0
9
9
15.0
18
5
4
0
1
7
1
15
0
.295
Miguel Batista Aguilas 1997
1
1
3.00
6
5
0
0
24.0
29
11
8
2
2
5
0
14
3
.290
Michael Bowden Aguilas 2012
1
2
4.70
4
4
0
0
15.1
18
9
8
2
0
5
0
9
0
.286
Alberto Cabrera Toros del Este 2011-12
0
0
0.00
2
0
0
0
3.2
2
1
0
0
0
3
0
6
2
.154
Lendy Castillo Escogido Cubs Prospect
0
1
2.70
9
0
0
0
6.2
7
5
2
0
1
4
0
8
2
.280
Frankie De La Cruz Estrellas 2012
2
2
2.77
5
2
0
0
13.0
11
7
4
0
0
10
0
8
3
.234
Rafael Dolis Estrellas 2012
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
0
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
.000
Randy Keisler Escogido 2008
0
2
3.86
5
5
0
0
21.0
18
9
9
2
2
7
0
9
1
.231
Adalberto Mendez Toros del Este 2005-06
1
0
3.86
5
0
0
0
9.1
7
4
4
0
1
2
0
5
1
.206
Ramon Ortiz Licey 2011
0
1
1.08
2
2
0
0
8.1
9
3
1
0
1
0
0
3
0
.281
Horacio Ramirez Toros del Este 2012
0
1
3.13
6
6
0
0
23.0
28
14
8
2
1
9
0
20
1
.295
Polin Trinidad Toros del Este 2011
0
0
*.**
1
0
0
0
0.0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
1.000
Raul Valdes Toros del Este 2005-06
0
1
4.91
4
4
0
0
11.0
9
7
6
1
0
4
0
12
1
.209

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Jairo Asencio: 9 SV (1), 16 GF (1)

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE:

The Mexican League has moved into the second half of their season. Culican finished 22-13 to win the first half. Guasave and Obregon tied for second at 21-14. All three teams are 3-0 to start the second half. OF Marlon Byrd (rehab in 2011) has surged again for Culiacan. He has hit safely in seven straight games, batting .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, three homers, eight runs scored, and nine RBI during this stretch. He is second in the league in runs scored (31) and hits (49). He is tied for third in batting (.338) and ranks fourth in home runs (12). RH Rodrigo Lopez (2012) pitched five shutout innings and struck out four in a win at Mexicali on Nov. 24. RH Esmailin Caridad (2009-12) continues to dominate out of Obregon's bullpen. He has not allowed a run in his last 11 innings pitched over 11 appearances. Caridad leads the league in appearances (23) and holds (10). RH Marco Carrillo (2010-11) earned two wins in two starts this week and has figued in the decision in each of his starts. Carrillo is third in the league in ERA (2.72). IF Alfredo Amezaga (2012) has hit a slump. Amezaga is batting .129 (4-for-31) without an extra-base hit or an RBI in his last eight games. RH Jay Jackson (2009-12) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innigs in a loss against Obregon on Nov. 24.

REGULAR SEASON STATS:

Player Team

Yr(s) with I-Cubs

AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Alfredo Amezaga Obregon 2012
.307
37
153
24
47
9
2
5
16
12
25
5
4
.355
.490
.846
Marlon Byrd Culiacan 2011
.338
38
145
31
49
6
0
12
32
18
37
2
1
.411
.628
1.038
Greg Rohan Mazatlan 2012
.205
11
39
4
8
0
0
0
2
2
9
0
1
.244
.205
.449
Christian Villanueva Obregon Cubs Prospect
.196
19
46
9
9
3
0
2
6
6
22
0
1
.309
.391
.700

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Marlon Byrd: .322 AVG (6), 25R (3), 10 HR (T3)
Alfredo Amezaga:
.331 AVG (4), 136 AB (1), 45 H (1), 9 DBL (T2), 2 TRPL (T2)

Pitcher Team Yr(s) with I-Cubs
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
IBB
SO
WP

OPP AVG.

Esmailin Caridad Obregon 2009-12
1
1
1.35
23
1
0
0
26.2
25
8
4
0
0
8
0
31
2
.248
Marco Carrillo Obregon 2010-11
4
4
2.72
8
8
0
0
49.2
46
15
15
3
0
19
1
33
1
.254
Jay Jackson Mazatlan 2009-12
1
2
4.26
5
5
0
0
19.0
18
9
9
1
1
4
0
14
0
.247
Rodrigo Lopez Culiacan 2012
1
0
1.42
2
1
0
0
6.1
8
2
1
0
0
0
0
4
0
.320
Sergio Mitre Mexicali 2004-05
1
1
1.59
7
3
0
0
11.1
8
4
2
2
3
5
0
7
1
.200

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Marco Carrillo: 3.44 ERA (5), 4 Losses (T1)
Alfredo Amezaga:
7 Holds (1)

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Caguas (9-3) has won three straight games and leads Mayaguez (7-4) by a game and a half in the standings. 39-year-old Pedro Valdes (1996-98) has hit safley in five straight games and is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles and three RBI during this stretch. IF Luis Figueroa (2008) is 2-for-17 in his last five games and IF Edwin Maysonet is 1-for-7 in his last four.

REGULAR SEASON STATS:

Player Team

Yr(s) with I-Cubs

AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Luis Figueroa Santurce 2008
.263
10
38
1
10
2
0
0
1
1
3
4
1
.282
.316
.598
Edwin Maysonet Manati Cubs Signee
.160
9
25
2
4
2
0
0
3
2
3
0
0
.267
.240
.507
Pedro Valdes Carolina 1996-98
.333
9
33
3
11
3
0
0
3
4
6
0
0
.421
.424
.845

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Luis Figueroa: .360 AVG (5), 4SB (T1)
Alfredo Amezaga:
.346 AVG (7)

Pitcher Team Yr(s) with I-Cubs
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
IBB
SO
WP

OPP AVG.

LEAGUE LEADERS:

 

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

The Peoria Javelinas beat the Salt River Rafters 4-3 on Nov. 17 to win the AFL title. The Javelinas' roster was made up of prospects from the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Philadilphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Mariners. The Rafters pulled players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington Nationals. Cubs' prospects played for the Mesa Solar Sox who finished 10-20. IF Javier Baez was impressing scouts with his power and offensive tools, but missed the last two weeks with a broken thumb. IF Logan Watkins replaced Baez and finished 1-for-13 in his final four games. Watkins was the Cubs' Minor League Player of the Year his past season after hitting .281 with 20 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs, and 52 RBI in 133 games at double-A Tennessee. OF Matt Szczur gained valuable experience by batting leadoff in 23 of the 24 games he appeared in. OF Rubi Silva went 3-for-6 in his final two games to push his AFL batting average above the Mendoza Line (.200). RH Tony Zych finished tied for third in the league with 13 appearances, but allowed three runs in two innings over his final two appearances to finish with an ERA of 3.86. RH Nick Struck (2011) allowed six runs (five earned) in 4.1 innings over his final three games. Struck was the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year at double-A Tennessee during the regular season. Dae-Eun Rhee and Kevin Rhoderick didn't pitch in the final week of the AFL. Both pitchers should compete in spring training for a shot at making Iowa's Opening Day roster and their Triple-A debuts.

Player
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Javier Baez
.211
14
57
9
12
2
0
4
16
2
14
3
0
.250
.456
.706
Rubi Silva
.206
20
68
8
14
0
2
0
3
5
21
3
1
.260
.265
.525
Matt Szczur
.264
24
91
13
24
2
2
1
13
14
10
9
3
.368
.363
.731
Logan Watkins
.219
9
32
8
7
1
0
1
3
8
3
0
0
.375
.344
.719

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Javier Baez: 16 RBI (5)
Matt Szczur: 83 AB (T4), 22 G (T4)

Pitcher
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
SO
Dae-Eun Rhee
0
2
6.27
6
6
0
0
18.2
26
16
13
1
3
8
12
Kevin Rhoderick
0
1
4.82
9
0
0
2
9.1
7
5
5
2
0
2
14
Nick Struck
1
0
5.51
12
0
0
1
16.1
12
11
10
3
1
12
11
Tony Zych
1
0
3.86
13
0
1
1
14.0
18
6
6
0
1
2
4

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Tony Zych: 7GF (T5)

JAPANESE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL:

1B Micah Hoffpauir (2004-10) and the Nippon-Ham Fighters won the Pacific League title, but fell 4-2 in the best-of-seven Japan Series against the Yomiuri Giants. Hoffpauir finished 1-for-10 with an RBI and a run scored during the series. The Fighters did announce that a contract extension for Hoffpauir through the 2013 season. Hoffpauir had this quote in the Fighters' official release: "I am happy that I will be able to return as a member of the Fighters in 2013 and fight to win with my teammates and the fans. While we were able to win the pennant, we unfortunately failed to win a Nippon Series. Next season, I will prepared to use all my abilities to in order to win a Nippon Series. I look forward to the continued support." During the regular season, Hoffpauir was second on the team in home runs (14) and helped the Fighters to a 73-58 record. IF/OF Edgar Gonzalez (2012) left Iowa after two weeks in April to join the Yomiuri Giants in Japan this year. He hit .236 with four homers and 19 RBI in 57 games during the regular season. He made one start at DH and entered one game as a pinch-hitter in the Japan Series. He was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored against the Fighters. IF Bobby Scales (2008-11) started the season with the New York Mets' organization at Triple-A Buffalo and was leading the International League in hitting in April before going back to Japan. He played for the Orix Buffaloes and hit .262 in 85 games. OF Matt Murton (2005, '07-08) continued his three-year run in Japan and hit .260 with five homers and 38 RBI in 121 games for the Hanshin Tigers. LH Renyel Pinto (2004-05) made the move to Japan this year, but lasted just two starts with the Hawks. He was one of the top pitchers in Venezuela last winter.

Player Team
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Micah Hoffpauir Nippon-Ham Fighters
.234
109
296
28
73
13
0
14
37
25
81
1
1
.311
.432
.743
Matt Murton Hanshin Tigers
.260
121
453
39
118
18
2
5
38
18
56
2
4
.290
.342
.632
Bobby Scales Orix Buffaloes
.262
85
305
42
80
16
3
5
23
47
103
4
1
.373
.384
.757
Edgar Gonzalez Yomiuri Giants
.236
57
174
13
41
12
0
4
19
0
2
13
46
.291
.374
.665

 

Pitcher Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
SO
Renyel Pinto Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
1
1
7.36
2
2
0
0
7.1
9
8
6
1
1
7
6

WOLRD BASEBALL CLASSIC QUALIFIERS:

The World Baseball Classic will be played again in March and the first round of qualifying tournaments are complete. Brazil upset host Panama 1-0 to win their pool that also included Colombia and Nicaragua. RH Manny Corpas (2012) pitched well for Panama, allowing one run in 5.1 innings over four relief appearances. Chinese Taipei beat New Zealand 9-0 to win their pool in their home stadium. Former I-Cub RH Hung-Wen Chen (2010-11) made one appearance and struck out three in an inning and a third of scoreless relief. RH Yao-Lin Wang is a current member of the Cubs' organization and went 4-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 37 games (nine starts) with the single-A Peoria Chiefs this past season. Thailand and the Phillipines were also included in that pool. In September, Spain beat Israel 9-7 in the first pool play at Roger Dean Stadium in Florida. South Africa and France were the other teams in the round robin. OF Adam Greenberg (2004, '06) played in two games for Israel before the Miami Marlins gave him his famous at-bat against R.A. Dickey in the regular season finale. Of note, Greenberg didn't register an official at-bat in his two games for Israel. He was a sub in one game and walked in his only plate appearance. C Chris Robinson (2007, '09-11) was an offensive leader for Team Canada's win in the second tournament at the Armin-Wolf Baseball Arena in Germany. Canada beat the host Germans 11-1 in the final game. LH Sheldon McDonald (2012) pitched for Team Canada. He spent one day with Iowa this season, but didn't pitch. He spent most of his year with Peoria and was 1-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 33 appearances for the Chiefs. LH's Will Ohman (2001, '05, '07) and Luke Sommer (2011) pitched for Germany. Ohman began last season with the Chicago White Sox and finished the year with triple-A Louisville in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Great Britain and the Czech Republic also played in that tournament.

Player Country
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Adam Greenberg Israel
.000
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1.000
.000
1.000
Chris Robinson Canada
.455
3
11
4
5
0
0
1
4
1
1
0
1
.500
.727
1.227

 

Pitcher Tournament
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
SO
Hung-Wen Chen Chinese Taipei
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
0
1.1
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
Manny Corpas Panama
0
0
1.69
3
0
0
0
5.1
4
1
1
0
1
1
0
Sheldon McDonald Canada
1
0
6.75
1
0
0
0
1.1
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
Will Ohman Germany
0
0
0.00
2
0
0
0
2.0
2
0
0
0
0
1

1

Luke Sommer Germany
0
1
2.70
2
0
0
0
6.2
6
2
2
2
0
1

7

Yao-Lin Wang Chinese Taipei
1
0
0.00
1
1
0
0
3.2
4
0
0
0
0
0
3

*Stats are courtesy of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, USA Baseball, and NPB Offical Website.

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