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Winter League Report, January 7
01/07/2013 5:51 PM ET
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2010-11) finished second in the league in ERA in Venezuela.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2010-11) finished second in the league in ERA in Venezuela. 
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I-CUBS WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE
January 7, 2013

Happy New Year! The Winter League report is back from a holiday break, so there is plenty to catch up on this week. In this week's report, we've got final regular season stats and early post-season results for all of the Caribbean Leagues and three weeks worth of transactions. The Winter League report returns to it's weekly updates from now until the start of spring training.

TRANSACTIONS:
The Chicago Cubs officially announced the signings of RH Edwin Jackson and OF Nate Schierholtz. Jackson will fill a spot in the starting rotation and Schierholtz is expected to see significant time, if not win the everyday spot outright, in right field. Jackson spent the 2012 season with the Washington Nationals and Schierholtz played in 114 games with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs also outrighted LH Gerardo Concepcion off the 40-man roster and assigned him to the single-A roster for the Kane County Cougars. The Cubs signed Concepcion out of Cuba to a five-year Major League contract in March, 2012. He made his debut in the organization with 12 starts at single-A Peoria last year. LH Jeff Beliveau (2012 with Iowa) and RH Sandy Rosario were lost on waiver claims by the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants respectively. Beliveau was 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA in 37 games with Iowa last season before getting called up for his major league debut with Chicago in August. On the minor league side, the Cubs re-signed RH Jaye Chapman and RH Zach Putnam to minor league contracts after non-tendering both players earlier in the off-season and brought in RH Cory Wade, LH Dontrelle Willis, and 1B Brad Nelson on minor league deals. Wade made 39 appearances with the New York Yankees last season and was 2-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 17 games at triple-A. He has 161 career big league appearances over four seasons with the Yankees (2011-12) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-09). Willis made four appearances (one start) with triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore Orioles organization before retiring last year. He's decided to try again and, according to reports, the Cubs' deal does not include an invitation to spring training. The Cubs were the team that originally drafted Willis in the eighth round in 2000, but traded him to the Florida Marlins in March, 2002 as part of the deal to acquire Matt Clement and Antonio Alfonseca. Willis was 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 27 starts and won the National League Rookie of the Year with the Marlins in 2003. Nelson is a native of Algona, Iowa and now makes his off-season home near Cedar Rapids. He spent the last two seasons with Round Rock in the PCL and has lots of PCL experience with Nashville (2006-08) and Tacoma (2009-10) as well.

Several former I-Cubs were in the news the last few weeks. IF Casey McGehee (2006-08) signed a one-year deal to play for Rakuten in Japan, joining former I-Cubs Micah Hoffpauir (Nippon), Bryan LaHair (Softbank), and Matt Murton (Hanshin) in the Pacific Rim. McGehee finished last season with the Yankees. The Toronto Blue Jays signed RH Dave Bush (2011) and RH Ramon Ortiz (2011) to minor league deals. Bush pitched in Korea last season while Ortiz was at triple-A with the Yankees. The Minnesota Twins signed RH Rich Harden (2009) on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Harden didn't pitch in 2012. The Orioles signed OF Adam Greenberg (2004, '06) to a minor league deal. Greenberg was a big story in September when the Marlins gave him an at-bat in the last game of the year. Greenberg had been hit in the head by a pitch in his only prior major league plate appearance with the Cubs in 2005. The Orioles also released LH Casey Lambert (2009). The Chicago White Sox signed RH Jeff Gray (2010) to a minor league deal. Gray was 6-1 with a 5.71 ERA in 49 appearances with the Minnesota Twins last season. The Detroit Tigers signed LH Luke Sommer (2010) to a minor league deal. Sommer pitched in the Netherlands last season and was on Germany's team in the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament. The Colorado Rockies signed RH Justin Berg (2008-11) to a minor league deal. Berg made his return from "Tommy John" surgery late last season with three games in the Arizona Rookie League and 13 appearances with Peoria. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed IF Alfredo Amezaga (2012) to a minor league deal. Scroll down and read about Amezaga's big winter in Mexico. On the coaching front, Ryan O'Malley (2004-07) was named the pitching coach at single-A Hickory in the Rangers' organization. O'Malley served in the same capacity at short-season Spokane last year and enters his fifth season as a pitching coach in the Rangers' system.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE:

The regular season is complete and it was a close race in the standings. Magallanes (36-27) hung on for the top spot. Zulia, Caribes, and Caracas tied for second at 35-28 and Lara was right behind at 34-29. All five teams qualified for post-season play and are currently 2-2 in the round robin that runs through January 21. RH Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2010-11) was one of the league's top pitchers in the regular season. He finished second in the league in ERA (2.35), tied for third in strikeouts (57), and fifth in WHIP (1.23). He also pitched six shutout innings for a win over Magallanes in his first playoff start. IF Luis Valbuena (2012) had a fine season for Lara. He finished eighth in the league in batting (.306), tied for third in walks (34), and fifth in on-base percentage (.414). He is batting .278 (5-for-18) with an RBI and three runs scored so far in the playoffs. Cuban-born RH Yoanner Negrin (2012) finished fourth in the league with a 2.61 ERA in the regular season, but hasn't made a post-season appearance yet for Caracas. LH Les Walrond (2006-08) has though. He pitched for La Guaira in the regular season, but moved to Caracas when his first team was eliminated. Walrond allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits in three innings for a loss in his first playoff start. OF Dave Sappelt (2012) had a 15-game hitting streak from Nov. 18 through Dec. 15 and homered in his last at-bat of the season for Margarita. The Bravos missed post-season play and Sappelt his back home in North Carolina getting ready for spring training. You can follow him on Twitter @SappySappelt6. RH Carlos Zambrano (2000-02, '10) won his last two regular season starts for Magallanes, but walked four and allowed five runs (four earned) in 3.2 innings in his first post-season game. RH Kevin Hart (2007-09) made a late cameo appearance in the regular season for Caracas and got roughed up in a couple of games. The best news was the competition for Hart, who has battled injuries and hasn't pitched in the regular season since 2010 with Indianapolis.

FINAL 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
.176
20
51
6
9
0
1
0
5
7
16
1
0
.271
.216
.487
Andres Blanco Magallanes 2008-09
.167
26
66
9
11
2
1
0
7
12
20
0
0
.305
.227
.532
Henry Blanco Margarita 2007
.188
46
128
13
24
5
0
5
19
16
44
0
1
.275
.344
.619
J.C. Boscan Caracas Cubs Signee
.271
26
85
8
23
2
0
1
10
6
20
1
0
.326
.329
.655
Tony Campana Caracas 2011-12
.231
16
52
7
12
1
1
0
3
6
12
8
2
.322
.288
.610
Ronny Cedeno Aragua 2004-05, '07
.268
21
82
11
22
2
0
2
7
6
14
0
1
.318
.366
.684
Johermyn Chavez Caribes Cubs Signee
.212
33
85
12
18
0
1
3
13
10
27
1
1
.337
.341
.678
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
.301
21
73
6
22
3
1
0
6
4
5
2
1
.342
.370
.712
Marwin Gonzalez Caracas 2011
.180
18
61
8
11
3
0
0
3
7
8
3
1
.282
.230
.511
Jae-Hoon Ha Aragua Cubs Prospect
.218
27
78
7
17
3
0
1
6
8
26
6
0
.291
.295
.586
Josh Kroeger Caracas 2007-08
.286
41
147
15
42
5
0
2
17
28
24
5
5
.404
.361
.765
Jackson Melian Margarita 2003
.237
39
114
18
27
5
0
4
23
27
30
1
3
.404
.386

.790

Max Ramirez Margarita 2011
.307
41
127
17
39
7
0
2
9
18
19
1
0
.409
.409
.819
Dave Sappelt Margarita 2012
.336
30
116
23
39
5
1
5
15
8
17
5
2
.378
.526
.904
Luis Valbuena Lara 2012
.306
51
183
32
56
15
1
6
39
34
33
3
0
.414
.497
.912
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

FINAL REGULAR SEASON HITTING LEADERS:

Luis Valbuena: .306 AVG (8), .414 OBP (5), 34 BB (3)

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.

Mitch Atkins Magallanes 2008-10
0
0
13.50
3
0
0
0
2.0
6
3
3
2
0
0
0
2
0
.500
Austin Bibens-Dirkx Zulia 2010-11
2
2
2.35
12
10
1
1
53.2
51
14
14
2
2
15
0
57
1
.263
Robert Coello La Guaira 2011
1
0
8.31
6
0
0
1
4.1
5
4
4
1
1
2
0
4
0
.313
Sean Gallagher Caracas 2007-08
1
3
5.27
7
5
0
0
27.1
37
20
16
4
1
6
0
20
4
.319
Kevin Hart Caracas 2007-09
0
1
27.00
2
2
0
0
2.1
10
10
7
3
0
4
0
0
0
.588
Yoanner Negrin Caracas 2012
4
1
2.61
12
12
0
0
58.2
64
19
17
3
3
18
0
38
0
.281
Renyel Pinto Caribes 2004-05
3
4
5.26
11
11
0
0
51.1
44
31
30
8
4
38
0
42
1
.237
Hector Rondon Caracas Cubs Rule 5
2
1
4.29
23
0
0
1
21.0
15
11
10
0
0
6
0
12
3
.208
Les Walrond La Guaira 2006-08
1
4
3.62
11
10
0
0
49.2
62
25
20
2
3
23
0
31
0
.308
Carlos Zambrano Magallanes 2000-02, '10
4
2
3.90
6
6
0
0
27.2
27
15
12
3
2
13
1
19
1
.265

FINAL REGULAR SEASON PITCHING LEADERS:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2.35 ERA (2), 1.23 WHIP (5), 57 K (T3)
Yoanner Negrin:
2.61 ERA (4)
Renyel Pinto:
38 BB (1), .237 OPP AVG (3), 8 HRA (4)

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Aguilas Cibaenas (32-18) won the top record in the regular season and are part of the post-season round robin that runs through January 17. Estrellas (30-20), Toros del Este (23-27), and Escogido (23-28) also claimed spots in the tournament. Escogido won their last four regular season games and Gigantes (22-29) lost their final three as the last spot was decided by just one game. Cubs' prospect SS Junior Lake tied for third in the league in batting (.312), tied for second in steals (11), and finished fifth in both OBP (.382) and slugging (.474) during the regular season. He's batting .281 (9-for-32) with a pair of doubles and two RBI in nine games for Estrellas in the post-season, but the team is at the bottom of the round robin standings at 2-7. Lake is tied for the post-season lead with four steals in nine games. OF Brad Snyder (2009-11) is hitting .111 (2-for-18) and OF Felix Pie (2006-08) is hitting .130 (3-for-23) in post-season play for Estrellas. RH Frankie De La Cruz (2012) is also struggling in the post-season. He is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in five relief appearances after finisheding the regular season with just one unearned run allowed in seven innings over his last four games. He did finished tied for second in the league in walks (17) during the regular season. RH Rafael Dolis (2012) and Ramon Ortiz are also pitching for Estrellas in the playoffs. Dolis has allowed one run in 2.2 innings in four games. Ortiz allowed five runs (one earned) in 3.2 innings and suffered a loss in his only start. Aguilas and Escogido are tied for the round robin lead at 6-3. RH Miguel Batista (1997) has no record and an 8.44 ERA (5ER/5.1IP) in his two starts for Aguilas. C Henry Blanco (rehab in 2007) spent the regular season in Venezuela, but is catching for Escogido in the Dominican playoffs and LH Randy Keisler (2008) has made one start for the team. Toros del Este are 4-5 in the tournament after losing four straight. IF Diory Hernandez (2012) is eighth in the league with a .286 (6-for-21) post-season average, including three doubles and five runs scored in seven games. RH Jairo Asencio (2012) led the league with 12 saves in the regular season and has allowed one hit, a solo homer, in three innings in the tournament. RH Alberto Cabrera (2011-12) is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA (2ER/10.1IP) in two post-season starts for Toros del Este after working mostly in relief during the regular season. The Cubs have mentioned that they may look at Cabrera in a starting role again in 2013. LH Raul Valdes (2005-06) pitched seven shutout innings for a win in his first post-season start.

FINAL 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
.333
23
12
9
4
1
0
1
1
4
2
0
0
.500
.667
1.167
Ryan Flaherty Escogido 2011
.209
13
43
7
9
1
0
0
3
6
13
0
0
.306
.233
.539
Diory Hernandez Toros del Este 2012
.260
45
154
19
40
3
0
1
18
19
19
8
2
.337
.299
.636
Junior Lake Estrellas Cubs Prospect
.312
44
154
23
48
8
1
5
24
15
46
11
3
.382
.474
.856
Felix Pie Estrellas 2006-08
.253
42
150
24
38
4
0
3
19
25
31
9
2
.362
.340
.702
Brad Snyder Estrellas 2009-11
.289
14
45
9
13
3
0
5
16
5
15
0
0
.365
.689
1.054
Nate Spears Gigantes 2008-09
.063
6
16
2
1
0
0
0
1
3
5
0
0
.200
.063
.263

FINAL REGULAR SEASON BATTING LEADERS:

Junior Lake: .312 AVG (T3), 46 K (T1), 11 SB (T2), .382 OBP (5), .474 SLG (5)
Felix Pie:
25 BB (4)

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
5.09
25
0
0
2
23.0
22
13
13
4
0
5
0
18
1
.272
Jairo Asencio Toros del Este 2012
0
2
2.67
26
0
12
12
27.0
28
9
8
0
1
13
2
21
2
.267
Miguel Batista Aguilas 1997
2
2
4.08
10
9
0
0
39.2
48
22
18
5
2
12
0
20
7
.294
Michael Bowden Aguilas 2012
3
3
3.62
7
7
0
0
32.1
33
15
13
3
0
12
0
17
1
.264
Alberto Cabrera Toros del Este 2011-12
0
0
3.14
6
1
0
0
14.1
11
7
5
2
0
13
0
20
2
.269
Lendy Castillo Escogido Cubs Prospect
0
1
7.36
12
0
0
0
7.1
15
10
6
0
1
4
0
9
2
.417
Frankie De La Cruz Estrellas 2012
3
2
2.01
11
2
0
1
22.1
17
9
5
1
0
17
0
10
5
.213
Rafael Dolis Estrellas 2012
1
1
2.45
8
0
0
1
7.1
7
3
2
0
0
1
0
11
0
.250
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
1
3.57
10
0
0
0
17.2
12
9
7
0
1
6
1
7
1
.182
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
2
3.18
10
7
0
0
28.1
33
16
10
2
2
10
0
21
1
.287
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
1
2
3.09
8
8
0
0
32.0
25
16
11
2
0
10
0
26
3
.203

FINAL REGULAR SEASON PITCHING LEADERS:

Miguel Batista: 5 HRA (T2), 9 GS (4)
Jairo Asencio:
12 SV (1), 22 GF (2)
Frankie De La Cruz:
17 BB (T2)

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE:

Culiacan won both halves to earned the top spot in the post-season with a 43-23 overall record. They carried that over into the post-season with a four-game sweep of Hermosillo in the first round of the playoffs. Mazatlan is taking on Mexicali and Gusave battles Obregon in the other first-round matchups. Both of those series are tied 2-2. IF Alfredo Amezaga (2012) finished the regular season on an eight-game hitting streak and won the batting title with a .344 average for Obregon. He hit .486 (17-for-35) over those final eight games and finished tied for fifth with 78 hits. He is batting .278 (5-for-18) in the playoffs with a pair of stolen bases. OF Marlon Byrd (rehab in 2011) was just 3-for-20 over his last six games in the regular season, but had a very strong year overall. He finished eighth in the league in batting (.318) and fourth in slugging (.595). He hit .235 (4-for-17) in Culican's first-round sweep. RH Rodrigo Lopez (2012) didn't allow more than one earned run in any appearance in the regular season and allowed just one run in 6.1 innings in his first playoff start for Culiacan. RH Esmailin Caridad (2009-12) had five scoreless appearances to close the regular season for Obregon and hasn not allowed a run in 4.1 innings over four games in the post-season. He has a win and is tied for second in the league with seven post-season strikeouts. Caridad tied for third in the regular season with 37 appearances and was second with 12 holds. RH Marco Carrillo (2011-12) didn't allow a run in 11 innings combined between his last two regular season starts and finished second in the league with a 3.13 ERA. He also tied for second in the leaue in wins (6), was first in innings pitched (86.1), and ranked fifth in WHIP (1.38). RH Jay Jackson (2009-12) took some time off in December to get married, but returned to pitch eight shutout innings in his final regular season start on Dec. 29 vs. Hermosillo. He has struggled in two post-season appearances for Mazatlan though, allowing five runs in 2.2 innings for a 1-1 record with a 16.87 ERA. OF Chris Walker (2007) is batting .286 (4-for-14) with a run scored in four post-season games for Mazatlan.

FINAL 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
.344
55
227
40
78
12
2
5
26
15
39
5
5
.384
.480
.864
Ben Broussard Navojoa 2008
.297
18
64
11
19
4
0
4
10
5
15
0
0
.378
.547
.925
Marlon Byrd Culiacan 2011
.318
57
220
44
70
13
0
16
46
26
57
3
1
.394
.595
.989
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
.176
23
51
9
9
3
0
2
6
6
25
0
1
.283
.353
.636
Chris Walker Mazatlan 2007
.289
36
142
22
41
4
0
4
22
17
29
9
6
.369
.401
.770

FINAL REGULAR SEASON BATTING LEADERS:

Marlon Byrd: .318 AVG (8), .595 SLG (4)
Alfredo Amezaga:
.344 AVG (1), 78 H (T5)

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
3
2.57
37
1
1
2
42.0
39
16
12
2
1
12
0
49
5
.250
Marco Carrillo Obregon 2010-11
6
5
3.13
14
14
0
0
86.1
83
30
30
5
1
36
1
54
5
.263
Jay Jackson Mazatlan 2009-12
3
2
3.86
10
10
0
0
49.0
48
21
21
2
1
13
0
34
1
.255
Rodrigo Lopez Culiacan 2012
5
1
0.94
7
6
0
0
38.1
18
5
4
2
0
5
0
17
0
.142
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

FINAL REGULAR SEASON PITCHING LEADERS:

Marco Carrillo: 3.13 ERA (2), 6 wins (T2), 86.1 IP (1), 36 BB (2), 1.38 WHIP (5), .263 OPP AVG. (5)
Esmailin Caridad:
12 Holds (2), 37 G (T3)

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Caguas (24-16) finished with the best record in the regular season and is joined in the post-season round robin tournament by Mayaguez (23-17), Santurce (21-18), and Carolina (19-21). Caguas and Mayaguez ad 3-1 in round robin play while Carolina and Santurce are 1-3. RH Ty'Relle Harris (2011-12) had a strong showing in the regular season, including nine strikeouts and one run allowed over six innings in his final game at Santurce on Dec. 29. In his first playoff start, he allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings, but didn't get a decision for Carolina. Cubs' prospect Justin Bour split time between first base and left field in the regular season and is batting .333 (5-for-15) with two doubles and three RBI in four games in the playoffs for Carolina. 39-year-old Pedro Valdes (1996-98) led the league in walks (30) and OBP (.435) for Carolina in the regular season and is batting .333 (4-for-12) with four walks in the post-season. IF Luis Figueroa (2008) was just 2-for-30 over his final eight games of the regular season, but finished fourth in the leage in at-bats (151). RH Mike Parisi (2010) had a late arrival to the season, joining Mayaguez on Dec. 22 and appeared in three games as he looks to return from injury.

FINAL 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
Justin Bour Carolina Cubs Prospect
.231
16
52
6
12
6
0
1
6
8
13
0
0
.333
.404
.737
Luis Figueroa Santurce 2008
.252
38
151
12
38
4
0
2
14
4
14
4
2
.268
.318
.585
Edwin Maysonet Manati Cubs Signee
.220
27
91
11
20
5
0
1
8
6
13
0
0
.287
.308
.595
Lou Montanez Caguas 2006, '11
.214
16
56
4
12
1
1
1
5
8
8
1
0
.323
.321
.645
Pedro Valdes Carolina 1996-98
.267
37
116
11
31
7
0
2
16
30
16
0
0
.435
.379
.814

FINAL REGULAR SEASON BATTING LEADERS:

Luis Figueroa: 151 AB (4)
Pedro Valdez:
30 BB (T1), .435 OBP (1)

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.

Ty'Relle Harris Carolina 2011-12
0
0
0.71
5
2
0
0
12.2
10
3
1
0
1
4
1
17
1
.213
Mike Parisi Mayaguez 2010
0
1
10.38
3
1
0
0
4.1
9
5
5
1
0
2
0
2
0
.450

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.

FINAL REGULAR SEASON STATS:

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

FINAL REGULAR SEASON BATTING 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

FINAL REGULAR SEASON PITCHING 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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