Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/27/10

Starlin Castro keeps on hitting, Marwin Gonzalez keeps on surprising, while Marcos Mateo and Eduardo Figueroa keep posting good numbers …

All in today’s edition of the Down on the Farm Report.

Before we begin, I’d like to thank Neil for giving me the opportunity to succeed Brandon in providing the report. I know I have big shoes to fill.

Dominican Winter League
DWL play resumed with Starlin Castro’s Escogido team facing Estrellas and Bryan LaHair the day after Christmas. Castro is currently hitting .317, while LaHair is at .294. Castro went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Escogido’s 6-0 win.

Luke Sommer (0-0, 2.08 ERA), a 25-year old lefty who split time between Daytona and Tennessee last year, pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He had one strikeout.

LaHair finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk. Marcos Mateo remains 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA for Estrellas.

Nelson Perez, a 23-year old, left-hand hitting outfielder, is currently with Torros. He spent last year playing for Daytona. He hasn’t played since December 20, but is hitting .294 with a home run and five RBI.

Venezuelan Winter League
Marwin Gonzalez continues his surprising play for Caracas. His eye opening performance may have Cubs’ executives rethinking their organizational middle infield situation. The 21-year old switch hitter is batting at a .318 clip, as he tripled and walked in Caracas’ 4-3 loss on Sunday to Lara. Gonzalez has recorded 32 RBI in 55 games.

Robinson Chirinos is struggling a bit with Magallanes, hitting .266. However, he did go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three walks on December 11.

Eduardo Figueroa, a right-hander who pitched in the rookie league and for Boise last year, is currently playing for Anzoategui. The 22-year old hasn’t pitched since December 18, but is sporting a 2.73 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.

Mexican Pacific League
Matt Camp continues to struggle for Mexicali. Camp is hitting just .154. In the first game of a doubleheader against Hermosillo on Sunday, Camp went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Puerto Rican Winter League
Although he hasn’t pitched since December 16, Brian Schlitter has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his last three appearances to lower his ERA to 4.15 for San Juan.

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  • Neil

    Tom, great job and welcome aboard!

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Great Job! Tom, Thanks for filling us in.

  • Cubsblogmailbag

    Tom U.,
    Thanks for taking over and great job!

    • Brandon

      Meant for that to show Brandon as the name. Still getting used to the new commenting system!

      • Tom U

        Thank you all for the compliments. It means a lot, especially from you, Brandon.

        • BillyFinT

          I don’t read a lot about the minors. Why wait to see if half of them will be gone before starting 10 of his Big games as a Cubbie? I don’t read into those JH rumors now. When’s the last time Jake Peavy and Brian Roberts became a Cubbie?

          I still, Tom, appreciate your effort, and all others who dig in. There will be a day when I need to check these minor stats and relevant info. of one of these men, his progress and growth to stardom.

          That will be the time when I will think of you, and all those before you, who need not of honorarily mentioning.

  • GrantJones7

    I hink Nelson Perez could be ver good, if he gets his problems figured out

  • Patrick_Schaefer
  • oosh

    Congrats on taking on this assignment. I look forward to checking in regularly. We really need to know what we have in our farm system. What is worth keeping and what is worth trading. That way we know if Hendry is giving away the next generation for another Soriano.

  • Edwardvan

    Great start and good report on Marwin Gonzalez, always good to hear about top notch prospects in the wings for the Cubs.

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  • Tony

    Welcome Tom U! I look forward to your updates on our future players.