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Winter League Report, January 14
01/15/2013 12:59 PM ET
Alberto Cabrera is having a strong showing as a starter in the Dominican post-season.
Alberto Cabrera is having a strong showing as a starter in the Dominican post-season. 
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I-CUBS WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE
January 14, 2013

Not much in the way of transactions this week, but spring training rosters are getting set. Speaking of rosters, official announcements on the World Baseball Classic are due later in the in the week. This week's report also includes updates from post-season play in all four Caribbean Leagues.

TRANSACTIONS:
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with IF Luis Valbuena and signed him to a one-year deal. Reports indicate that the deal was not guaranteed, so he would have to make the club out of spring traing. The three remaning arbitration-eligible players are: RH Matt Garza, RH Jeff Samardzija, and LH James Russell. The Cubs also added a few players on minor league contracts and released a full list of players invited to spring training: RHs Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman (2012 with Iowa), Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Blake Parker (2008-12), Zach Putnam, Cory Wade; LH Hisanori Takahashi; C J.C. Boscan; IFs Alberto Gonzalez, Brent Lillibridge, Edwin Maysonet, and Brad Nelson; and OFs Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez, and Darnell McDonald. Diaz, Takahashi, Lillibridge, and McDonald were the most recent signings. Diaz will turn 24 in Feburary and was 5-4 with a 1.85 ERA and 19 saves in 41 games at single-A Lexington in the Houston Astros organization last year. He struck out 64 batters in 58.1 innings. Takahashi has big league experience with the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, and Pittsburgh Pirates in his career. He made 42 appearances with the Angels last season before getting designated for assignment and claimed off waivers by the Pirates in August. Lillibridge played for the Chicago White Sox from 2009 until he was traded to Boston as part of the deal to acquire Kevin Youkilis last June. A month later, the Red Sox sent him to the Cleveland Indians for a minor league pitcher. McDonald is a former first-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1997 and saw time at both triple-A and the big league level last season with the Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Five former Iowa Cubs found new homes this week. The San Diego Padres signed IF Cody Ransom (2005) to a minor league deal. The Colorado Rockies signed RH Manny Corpas (2012) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training and he is a candidate to fill a new "hybrid" role that the Rockies are experimenting with that would be a mixture between starting and long relief. The Philadelphia Phillies signed RH Rodrigo Lopez (2012) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Lopez also pitched for the Phillies in 2009. The Toronto Blue Jays signed C Henry Blanco (rehab in 2007) to a non-guaranteed one-year deal. The Cincinnati Reds signed IF Nate Samson (2008, '12) to a minor league contract.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE:

With eight days left in the round robin tournament, Magallanes leads the way with a 6-4 record. Caribes and Lara are tied for second at 5-5 and Caracas and Zulia are in the hunt at 4-5. RH Carlos Zambrano (2000-02, '10) has made three starts for Magallenes and has no record with a 5.02 ERA. He ranks third in the league for the post-season with 14 strikeouts in 14 innings, but also leads the league with eight walks. C Robinson Chirinos (2010) is 0-for-5 in two games for Magallanes. IF Luis Valbuena (2012) continues to be a leading contributor on offense for Lara. Hs is batting .286 (12-for-42) with seven runs scored and six RBI in 10 games. LH Renyel Pinto (2004-05) has struggled on the mound for Caribes. In three starts, he is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA, allowing 13 hits in eight innings pitched. OF Johermyn Chavez (Cubs' Signee) is 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in two games. OF Josh Kroeger (2007-08) is batting .318 (7-for-22) with a double and three RBI in five games for Caracas. LH Les Walrond (2006-08) is 0-1 with a 7.88 RA in two starts in the playoffs for Caracas after spending the regular season with La Guaira. RH Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2010-11) was roughed up in his second playoff start. He is now 1-1 with an 8.10 ERA in two post-season outings for Zulia. C Juan Apodaca (2012) is 2-for-8 with a pair of two RBI in two games for Zulia.

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:

With four days left in round robin play, Aguilas and Escogido are tied for the best record at 9-5. Toros del Este is still in the hunt at 7-7, but Estrellas is languishing at 3-11. Two former Iowa Cubs that share a common last name, but are separated by a generation, are pitching for Aguilas. 41-year-old RH Miguel Batista (1997) has no record and an 8.44 ERA in two starts. He was walked six batters in 5.1 innings. 23-year-old RH Frank Batista (2012) has pitched one scoreless ining in relief. I'm not aware of any direct family connection between the two. C Henry Blanco (rehab in 2007), who just signed with the Blue Jays, is batting .259 (7-for-27) with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored in nine games for Escogido. He is teammates with LH Randy Keisler (2008), who allowed two runs in 4.1 innings, but didn't figure in the decision of his first start. IF Diory Hernandez (2012) is having a good showing in the post-season for Toros del Este. In 10 games, he is batting .323 (10-for-31) with three doubles, a home run, eight runs scored, and five RBI. On the pitching side for the "Bulls," RH Alberto Cabrera (2011-12) has made a smooth transition from reliever in the regular season to starter in the post-season. In three starts, he is 1-1 with a 1.15 ERA (2ER/15.2IP) and ranks second in the league in post-season ERA. RH Jairo Asencio (2012) is tied for second in the league with two post-season saves in four appearances. LH Raul Valdes (2005-06) pitched seven shutout innings for a win in his only post-season start. Cubs' prospect, LH Jeff Antigua, has been a specialist out of the bullpen and has racked up four strikeouts in 2.2 innings over six appearances. The Cubs' contingent has struggled for in the post-season for Estrellas. SS Junior Lake is batting .250 (10-for-40) with two doubles, and two RBI in 11 games. He is tied for third in the tournament with five stolen bases in six attempts. OF Brad Snyder (2009-11) is batting .143 (4-for-28) with on RBI in 10 games. OF Felix Pie (2006-08) is batting .167 (7-for-42) with a double, a home run, and three RBI in 13 games. RH Frankie De La Cruz (2012) is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in seven relief appearances. Control problems have hurt him with five walks and four strikeouts in seven innings of work. RH Rafael Dolis (2012) has worked only 3.2 innings in seven games, but has allowed just one run and struck out six. RH Ramon Ortiz is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in two starts. Ortiz is tied for second in the tournament with two losses.

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 swept Hermosillo in the first round of the playoffs while the other two series went the full seven games. Mexicali edged Mazatlan and Guasave topped Obregon in the other pairings. Despite losing the series, Obregon earned the chance to move on to the semi-finals as a "wild card" and are tied 1-1 with Culiacan. Guasave and Mexicali are also tied at a game apiece in their series. OF Marlon Byrd (rehab in 2011) had a great regular season for Culiacan, but is batting .222 (6-for-27) with two homers, six RBI, and 10 strikeouts in 10 games in the playoffs. RH Rodrigo Lopez (2012) is also with Culican for the playoffs and has no record and a 2.19 ERA in two post-season starts. Lopez is ninth in the league in playoff ERA and fourth in strikeouts (11). IF Alfredo Amezaga (2012), RH Esmailin Caridad (2009-12), and RH Marco Carrillo (2011-12) remain alive with Obregon. After winning the regular season batting title, Amezaga is hitting .211 (8-for-38) with four runs scored and three RBI in nine post-season games. Caridad is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in eight games. He is tied for the post-season lead in appearances and ranks sixth in RBI. He has fanned eight batters in nine post-season innings. Carrillo is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA (6R/8.2IP) in two playoff starts. RH Jay Jackson (2009-12) and OF Chris Walker (2007) were with Mazatlan and are out of the playoffs. Jackson was 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA (8ER/11.2IP) in three games (two starts). Walker batted .280 (7-for-25) with a double and three RBI in his post-season action.

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:

There are just two days left in round robin play before the top two teams move into a best-of-seven series to crown a champion. Mayaguez (7-3) has locked up a spot in the finals and Caguas (6-4) will try to hold off Santurce (4-6) for the final spot. Carolina (3-7) is playing out the string. RH Mike Parisi (2010) had one start for Mayaguez and allowed two runs in two innings as he works back from injury. IF Luis Figueroa (2008) is batting .256 (11-for-43) wiwth a double and three runs scored in the tournament for Santurce. RH Ty'Relle Harris (2011-12), Cubs' prospect Justin Bour, and 39-year-old Pedro Valdes (1996-98) are all with Carolina. Harris is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA (8ER/14IP) in three starts. He is tied for fourth in innings pitched and tied for the league lead in walks (8) in the post-season. Bour is batting .333 (5-for-15) with two doubles and three RBI in four games. The veteran Valdes is having the best showing. He is batting .324 (12-for-37) with two doubles, a home runs, and four RBI.

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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