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Winter League Report for December 2
12/02/2013 5:22 PM ET
Yoanner Negrin is among the league leaders in wins, innings, WHIP, and starts in Venezuela.
Yoanner Negrin is among the league leaders in wins, innings, WHIP, and starts in Venezuela. (Chris Donahue(c))

I-CUBS WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE
December 2, 2013

The baseball world will gather in Orlando, Florida next week for the annual Baseball Winter Meetings. The Meetings typically produce a big signing, trade, or both during the week. The teams that made big moves during the Meetings the last two years have had disappointing seasons to follow it up, so it will be interesting to see what happens. I will be attending the meetings, so there will not be a posted Winter League Report on December 9, but follow me on Twitter (@RandyWehofer) for updates and any other interesting things I may come across next week. The Winter League Report will return on December 16.

TRANSACTIONS:
Tonight is the deadline for clubs to tender contract offers to the players currently on their roster that are arbitration eligible. Any player who is non-tendered will become a free agent. In Major League moves last week, the Chicago Cubs acquired C George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. The Royals had designated Kottaras for assignment after signing C Francisco Pena away from the New York Mets as a free agent. Kottaras will be a key piece in the competition for the Cubs' back-up catcher position behind Welington Castillo. Last year's back-up, Dioner Navarro, is reportedly close to signing a two-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. In other catching news, the Tampa Bay Rays signed C Jose Molina (1997, '99-2000 with Iowa) to a two-year deal. The Minnesota Twins have made big news in free agency already this off-season, signing RH Ricky Nolasco (2004) to a four-year contract and have reportedly added RH Phil Hughes from the New York Yankees. LH Ted Lilly (rehab with Iowa in 2010) confirmed reports that he is retiring. The story originally surfaced in Venezuela where Lilly was attempting a comeback with Magallanes. The 37-year-old has been limited by back and shoulder injuries over the last three seasons.

On the minor league side, I tweeted early last week that CBSsports.com had on their transactions list that RH Cory Wade signed a minor league contract with the Cubs. Later in the week, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweeted that Wade "will sign" with the Royals. Other reports that mention Wade also link him to the Royals, citing the same tweet from Cotillo. I checked a little bit further and found out Wade has not formally signed with anyone as of today. The Royals signing seems more likely as the Cubs brought on Wade as a minor league free agent last season and assigned him to Iowa to start the year. He allowed 14 runs on 28 hits in 16.0 innings over 10 appearances and was released on May 7. Wade was picked up by the Rays and was 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA (12ER/49.2IP) in 30 games, including five starts, at triple-A Durham from May 13-August 25. He was released by the Rays and signed with the New York Mets in time to make two appearances at Las Vegas to end the year. I'll keep my eye out for an "official" report.

Several sources, including the player himself via Twitter, are reporting that the Cubs have re-signed OF Darnell McDonald today on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. McDonald spent most of last season with Iowa and hit .236 (62-for-263) with four home runs and 26 RBI in 92 games. He was called up to Chicago on August 10 and hit .302 (16-for-53) with a homer and five RBI in 25 games to finish the year.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Caribes is 6-4 in their last 10 games and leads the league with a 28-17 overall record. Aragua made a big move in the standings this week, winning five straight games to pull into a second-place tie with Magallanes at 24-20, 3.5 games back. Magallanes has lost three straight. Former Iowa manager, Buddy Bailey (2007), manages Aragua. SS Ronny Cedeno had a nine-game hitting streak for Aragua from Nov. 20-28. RH Yoanner Negrin continues to impress for Caracas. He pitched five shutout innings for a win vs. Lara on Nov. 28 and moved into ninth in the league in ERA at 3.47. He leads the league in WHIP (1.18) and is third in innings pitched (49.1). RH Guillermo Moscoso had an up-and-down week. He allowed one run in five innings for a win at Aragua in his first start, but gave up six runs (five earned) in four innings in a loss vs. Caribes in his second outing of the week. SS Alberto Gonzalez is riding a five-game hitting streak and is batting .294 (5-for-17) with a homer and two RBI during this stretch.

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
.219
21
64
7
14
1
1
1
5
10
13
0
0
.351
.313
.663
Andres Blanco Magallanes 2008-09
.143
6
7
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
.333
.143
.476
Henry Blanco Margarita 2007
.029
16
34
7
1
1
0
0
3
8
10
0
0
.214
.059
.273
J.C. Boscan Caracas 2013
.154
9
13
1
2
0
0
0
2
5
2
0
0
.389
.154
.543
Ronny Cedeno Aragua 2004-05, '07
.312
22
77
12
24
5
0
1
11
8
12
0
0
.404
.416
.820
Robinson Chirinos Magallanes 2010
.250
17
60
8
15
7
0
0
13
4
13
0
0
.328
.367
.695
Alberto Gonzalez Margartia 2013
.222
41
135
16
30
2
0
3
8
14
17
0
2
.303
.304
.606
Marwin Gonzalez Zulia 2011
.345
18
58
5
20
0
0
0
8
13
8
0
1
.466
.345
.811
Jackson Melian Caribes 2003
.217
11
23
3
5
3
0
0
0
1
6
0
0
.280
.348

.628

Max Ramirez Margarita 2011
.268
22
82
12
22
6
0
5
8
5
19
0
0
.326
.524
.850
Dave Sappelt Margarita 2012-13
.143
2
7
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
.250
.143
.393
Luis Valbuena Lara 2012
.270
16
63
11
17
3
0
2
10
8
12
1
0
.352
.413
.765
Casper Wells Caracas Cubs Signee
.178
19
45
5
8
1
0
1
6
9
12
0
1
.339
.267
.606

 

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.

Jose Ascanio Caracas 2008-09
0
1
5.19
10
0
4
5
8.2
9
5
5
0
1
6
0
9
0
.265
Manny Corpas Margarita 2012
1
2
7.71
7
0
1
1
7.0
8
7
6
2
0
3
1
4
0
.286
Frank Del Valle Margarita Cubs Prospect
0
0
2.25
8
5
0
0
24.0
16
6
6
1
2
19
0
21
0
.198
Paolo Espino Caribes Cubs Signee
4
3
5.73
9
9
0
0
37.2
44
29
24
8
3
10
0
40
2
.289
Ty'Relle Harris Aragua 2011-12
0
2
59.40
2
2
0
0
1.2
7
11
11
3
2
4
0
3
2
.583
Randy Keisler Magallanes 2008
0
0
36.00
2
1
0
0
1.0
4
4
4
0
0
3
0
0
1
.571
Ted Lilly Magallanes 2010
0
0
8.10
1
1
0
0
3.1
3
3
3
0
0
4
0
1
1
.231
Guillermo Moscoso Caracas 2013
2
2
4.98
6
4
0
0
21.2
25
13
12
2
0
4
0
13
1
.294
Yoanner Negrin Caracas 2012-13
4
2
3.47
10
10
0
0
49.1
41
20
19
3
2
17
0
32
0
.230
Renyel Pinto La Guaira 2004-05
1
3
4.93
8
8
0
0
38.1
34
22
21
4
4
28
3
30
6
.246
Hector Rondon Caracas Chicago Cubs
2
0
2.38
12
0
0
0
11.1
13
5
3
1
2
4
2
9
2
.289
Eduardo Sanchez Aragua 2013
2
0
2.35
8
0
1
1
7.2
5
2
2
1
0
3
0
10
2
.185
Miguel Socolovich Caracas 2012
0
0
1.50
6
0
0
1
6.0
5
2
1
0
0
2
0
6
0
.208
Larry Suarez Magallanes 2013
0
0
20.25
1
1
0
0
1.1
4
4
3
0
0
2
0
1
0
.500
Carlos Zambrano Magallanes 2000-02, '10
0
2
5.14
6
6
0
0
28.0
34
22
16
4
1
21
0
15
2
.304

PITCHING LEADERS:

Yoanner Negrin: 3.47 ERA (9), 4 Wins (T4), 10GS (T1), 49.1 IP (3), 1.18 WHIP (1), .230 AVG (3)
Paolo Espino: 4 Wins (T4), 40 K (3), 8 HRA (2)
Jose Ascanio: 4 SV (T3)
Carlos Zambrano: 21 BB (T4)
Renyel Pinto: 28 BB (T4), 246 AVG (4)

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Escogido (22-13) holds a two-game lead, but Aguilas (19-14) and Licey (20-15) are hanging in the race just two games back. OF Junior Lake is on fire, hiting safely in eight of his last nine games. He boasts a .400 (14-for-35) average during this stretch with two doubles and six RBI. He now leads the league in batting (.360) and ranks fifth in on-base (.404) and slugging (.465) percentage. OFFelix Pie is back in action for Estrellas. He had been out from Nov. 20-26. RH Marcos Mateo has earned a save in each of his last two appearances and has not allowed a run in 5.0 innings over his last six games. RH Jairo Asencio has also held the opponent scoreless in 5.0 innings over his last six appearances and has four saves and a win in this stretch. Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweeted today that Asencio has signed on a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. Cubs' signeee Carlos Pimentel continues to have a strong season. He allowed just two unearned runs in five innings for a win in his last game on Nov. 29 at Licey. RH Mitch Atkins joined Licey on November 29. Atkins was 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA (37ER/96.0IP) in 17 games (16 starts) at double-A Mississippi in the Atlanta Braves' organization last year. LH Raul Valdes pitched seven shutout innings to earn a win in his last start on Nov. 26 vs. Escogido.

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
Jim Adduci Toros del Este 2010, '12
.264
20
72
11
19
4
0
2
7
8
17
0
2
.346
.403
.748
Arismendy Alcantara Licey Cubs Prospect
.200
17
50
5
10
1
0
1
4
2
13
2
1
.231
.280
.511
Julio Borbon Licey 2013
.182
22
44
9
8
1
2
0
2
6
4
1
0
.294
.295
.590
Jeimer Candelario Aguilas Cubs Prospect
.000
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
.000
.000
.000
Diory Hernandez Toros del Este 2012
.333
1
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
.500
.333
.833
Junior Lake Estrellas 2013
.360
22
86
10
31
3
0
2
11
6
20
6
2
.404
.465
.869
Mario Mercedes Estrellas 2011
.167
7
12
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
3
0
0
.154
.167
.321
Felix Pie Estrellas 2006-08
.368
11
38
5
14
4
1
1
6
6
3
0
2
.467
.605
1.072
Brad Snyder Estrellas 2009-11
.000
8
22
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
10
0
0
.043
.000
.043
Jeudy Valdez Estrellas Cubs Signee
.235
8
17
3
4
2
0
0
0
1
2
1
0
.278
.353
.631

BATTING LEADERS:

Junior Lake: .360 AVG (1), .404 OBP (5), .465 SLG (5)

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.

Jeffry Antigua Toros del Este 2013
0
0
5.79
6
0
0
0
4.2
6
4
3
1
0
2
0
5
0
.300
Jairo Asencio Licey 2012
2
0
1.08
17
0
12
12
16.2
13
2
2
1
1
3
0
23
0
.213
Mitch Atkins Licey 2008-10
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
0
3.1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
.000
Frank Batista Aguilas 2012
0
0
0.00
4
0
0
1
4.1
4
0
0
0
1
1
0
3
0
.222
Miguel Batista Gigantes 1997
1
1
10.80
6
1
0
0
5.0
6
6
6
0
0
7
0
3
1
.286
Alberto Cabrera Toros del Este 2011-12
0
0
6.75
3
0
0
0
2.2
3
2
2
1
0
0
0
2
1
.250
Frankie De La Cruz Estrellas 2012
0
3
5.56
6
2
0
0
11.1
14
12
7
0
0
8
0
8
2
.311
Marcos Mateo Estrellas 2010-11, '13
3
0
1.04
15
0
7
10
17.1
10
2
2
0
0
6
1
19
3
.164
Adalberto Mendez Toros del Este 2005-06
0
2
10.38
5
1
0
0
4.1
8
5
5
0
1
3
0
7
1
.400
Ramon Ortiz Licey 2011
0
0
5.00
5
2
0
0
9.0
7
6
5
1
1
3
0
4
0
.206
Carlos Pimentel Escogido Cubs Signee
3
0
2.10
9
5
0
0
25.2
22
9
6
1
0
12
0
22
2
.234
Raul Valdes Toros del Este 2005-06
2
1
2.10
5
5
0
0
25.2
24
7
6
3
0
3
0
22
1
.240
Chris Volstad Licey 2012
2
2
5.40
5
5
0
0
21.2
23
14
13
0
0
5
0
11
2
.274

PITCHING LEADERS:

Jairo Asencio: 12 SV (1), 17 G (T2), 17 GF (1)
Frankie De La Cruz: 3 Losses (T1)
Carlos Pimentel: 12 BB (T1)
Marcos Mateo: 3 Wins (T3), 7 SV (T2)

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE:

Hermosillo won the first half race with a 22-12 record, 3.5 games better than Mexicali (19-16). Guasave (6-3) leads the second-half standings, but Mexicali, Navojoa, and Hermosillo are all just a game behind at 5-4. RH Jay Jackson had his scoreless streak snapped at 20 innings on Monday, but the run he allowed was unearned, so his ERA remains at 0.00 through 20.1 innings of work. He is third in the league with 10 saves. 1B/OF Jake Fox had a grand slam as part of a five-RBI day on Nov. 27. That blast came in the midst of a five-game hitting streak and helped push him into the league lead with 35 RBI. RH Jesse Estrada mad his first start against Guasave on Nov. 28 and allowed four runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. RH Marcus Hatley has suffered a loss in each of his last two outings while RH Rodrigo Lopez has lost five of his last six starts.

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
.221
25
77
8
17
3
0
1
7
8
13
1
1
.302
.299
.601
Jake Fox Mochis 2007-09
.254
44
169
19
43
7
0
6
35
14
39
0
1
.314
.402
.716
Christian Villanueva Obregon Cubs Prospect
.244
28
90
12
22
6
0
3
8
10
24
1
1
.320
.411
.731

BATTING LEADERS:

Jake Fox: 35 RBI (1), 39 K (2), 169 AB (5)

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.

Marco Carrillo Obregon 2010-11
1
6
4.50
9
9
0
0
50.0
59
27
25
7
3
17
0
28
1
.296
Jesse Estrada Hermosillo 2008-09
0
0
4.70
5
1
0
0
7.2
7
4
4
1
0
3
0
5
1
.233
Marus Hatley Culiacan 2012-13
1
3
3.94
17
0
6
8
16.0
16
12
7
4
2
9
2
19
0
.246
Jay Jackson Mazatlan 2009-12
2
0
0.00
17
0
10
10
20.1
13
1
0
0
0
5
1
19
0
.186
Rodrigo Lopez Culiacan 2012
1
5
7.58
7
7
0
0
29.2
45
27
25
6
1
10
0
17
1
.341
Horacio Ramirez Mazatlan 2012
1
4
4.14
8
6
0
0
37.0
34
20
17
2
1
7
1
21
0
.238
Michael Wuertz Mazatlan 2002-04, 06, 08
0
0
1.74
9
0
0
0
10.1
9
3
2
0
0
11
1
7
0
.250

PITCHING LEADERS:

Jay Jackson: 10 SV (3), 16 GF (3)
Marcus Hatley: 14 GF (5)
Marco Carrillo: 6 Losses (1)

 

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Carolina's (11-8) lead has dwindled to a half-game over Mayaguez (12-10) and a full game over Ponce (11-10) in the league standings. SS Edwin Maysonet got hot again this week, batting .686 (7-for-11) in his last three games - including a pair of doubles and a grand slam for his first home run. Maysonet has jumped into eighth in the league in batting at .313. LH Scott Maine is back in the bullpen for Mayaguez and looking to return to his old form. After a couple of rough starts, he has allowed just one run in 4.2 innings in his last four relief appearances.

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 Mayaguez 2008
.292
20
72
8
21
7
0
1
8
6
9
1
1
.346
.431
.777
Edwin Maysonet Santurce 2013
.313
18
67
7
21
4
0
1
5
2
11
0
0
.333
.418
.751
Lou Montanez Caguas 2006, '11
.193
15
57
8
11
2
0
1
6
2
16
2
0
.246
.281
.527
Jonathan Mota Ponce 2010-12
.188
19
64
7
12
3
0
0
6
14
19
0
1
.329
.234
.563
Rubi Silva Ponce Cubs Prospect
.372
11
43
5
16
4
0
0
6
3
9
0
0
.413
.465
.878

Edwin Maysonet: .313 AVG (8)
Luis Figueroa: 7 DBL (2)
Jonathan Mota: 14 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.

Daniel Bard Caguas Chicago Cubs
0
0
189.00
3
0
0
0
0.1
0
8
7
0
3
9
0
0
4
.000
Scott Maine Mayaguez 2010-12
0
0
6.60
8
3
0
0
15.0
22
11
11
0
1
10
2
14
1
.355

 

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

Mesa won the East Division with a 19-11 record, but lost 2-0 to Surprise in the AFL Championship game. 3B Kris Bryant was named the league MVP after leading the league in homers (6) and slugging (.727). He also tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (15), runs (22), and total bases (56). OF Alberto Almora continues to impress. He was one of the two youngest players in the AFL and he finished above .300 with his batting average. OF Jorge Soler finished the regular season on a five-game hitting streak. RH Dallas Beeler started the championship game and allowed just one run on two hits in five innings, but lost. He finished second in the regular season with four wins.

REGULAR SEASON STATS:

Player
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
OPS
Albert Almora
.307
21
75
8
23
6
2
1
12
4
9
0
3
.342
.480
.822
Kris Bryant
.364
20
77
22
28
8
1
6
17
14
23
3
0
.457
.727
1.184
Wes Darvill
.171
11
35
4
6
1
0
1
5
3
5
0
1
.237
.286
.523
Jorge Soler
.271
20
85
11
23
6
0
1
14
5
21
0
0
.311
.376
.688

BATTING LEADERS:

Kris Bryant: .364 AVG (5), 6 HR (1), 28 H (T4), 8 DBL (T2), .457 OBP (4), .727 SLG (1), 15 XBH (T1), 22 R (T1), 56 TB (T1)

Pitcher
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
SO
Dallas Beeler
4
1
2.49
6
6
0
0
21.2
24
13
6
1
0
5
9
Lendy Castillo
0
0
1.74
11
0
1
1
10.1
9
6
2
0
0
12
7
Matt Loosen
2
1
3.29
8
1
0
1
13.2
15
7
5
1
1
6
14
Armando Rivero
0
1
4.91
11
0
0
0
11.0
14
7
6
0
0
5
9

PITCHING LEADERS:

Dallas Beeler: 4 Wins (2)

JAPANESE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL:

3B Casey McGehee (2006-08 with Iowa) had an outstanding first season in Japan and earned a ring as the Rakuten Golden Eagles topped the Yomiuri Giants in seven games to win the Nippon Series. McGehee has publicly expressed an interest to return to the United States in 2014. OF Matt Murton (2005, '07-08) topped the .300 mark for the third time in four seasons with Hanshin and has a career .312 average with 54 home runs and 274 RBI in 550 games with the Tigers. Murton is a free agent heading into the 2014 campaignm but there was a report this week that he is likely headed back to Hanshin. 1B Bryan LaHair (2010-11) had a solid season in his first foray into Japanese baseball. He signed a two-year deal and will return to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks again next year. 1B Micah Hoffpauir (2004-10) completed his third, and most likely last, season with the Fighters. He did hit grand slams in consecutive days in early May to tie a Japanese record. Former I-Cub, Tuffy Rhodes, is one of the six other players to accomplish that feat in Japan. RHP Miguel Socolovich (2012) made just a couple of appearances last in the season with Iowa in 2012 after getting claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Baltimore Orioles. This was his first season in Japan.

Player Team AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
Micah Hoffpauir Nippon-Ham Fighters
.186
69
145
13
27
3
0
5
15
16
53
0
0
.276
.310
.586
Matt Murton Hanshin Tigers
.314
143
566
55
178
37
1
19
85
42
81
6
1
.361
.484
.845
Casey McGehee Rakuten Golden Eagles
.292
144
513
78
150
30
0
28
93
70
119
2
3
.376
.515
.891
Bryan LaHair Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
.230
111
348
38
80
19
1
16
57
39
121
2
1
.306
.428
.734

 

Pitcher Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
SVO
IP
H
R
ER
HR
HB
BB
SO
Miguel Socolovich Hiroshima Carp
0
2
0.79
11
0
0
0
11.1
6
3
1
0
0
4
6

 

*Stats are courtesy of Major League Baseball Advanced Media and baseball-reference.com (Japanese stats).

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