Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/12/11

Change has been part of the fabric of the winter leagues this week. The organization said goodbye to Marwin Gonzalez, while the on-again, off-again relationship between Bryan LaHair and Navagantes del Magallanes is apparently back “on”. Meanwhile, prospects Junior Lake, Welington Castillo, Jeffry Antigua, and Chris Rusin have been nowhere to be seen.

On the field, Marco Carrillo continued his push for an invitation to the big league camp this spring, and Austin Bibens-Dirkx keeps making the case for the Cubs to re-up him for another season. Blake Parker, Oswaldo Martinez, and Marcos Mateo are also making an impression.

For more information, take a look inside this week’s Down on the Farm Report.

Dominican Winter League

Leones de Escogido
Outfielder Nelson Perez had a promising start this week, going 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday, as the Lions defeated Este 6-3.

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However, Nelson Perez went 0-for-12 with only one walk over the next four games for Escogido, oddly enough all wins.

Toros del Este
Starter Alberto Cabrera remained an enigma, tossing only four innings on Wednesday and allowing three earned runs. He lowered his ERA to 4.74 and struck out four in a 9-6 loss to Escogido.

Estrellas de Oriente
Reliever Rafael Dolis suffered his second loss on Tuesday, allowing an unearned run and failing to record an out as Estrellas lost to Escogido 3-2 in 11 innings. Marcos Mateo also appeared in that game, striking out a batter in an inning of work.

Marcos Mateo was back on the hill on Friday, recording an out in the Stars 3-1 loss to Escogido. He then struck out the side and lowered his ERA to 1.08 to get his first hold on Saturday in 2-0 win over Este.

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Mexican Pacific League

Naranjeros de Hermosillo
With Hermosillo’s closer on the 7-day disabled list, Blake Parker stepped up his game this week. Parker picked up his first save on Tuesday, going 1.1 innings and striking out a batter in a 7-3 win over Mazatlan.

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Blake Parker was called on again on Wednesday, striking out two in an inning of work for his second save as the Orangemen defeated Mazatlan 4-1.

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For the winter, Blake Parker is tied for third in the league with ten holds. He sports a 3.23 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, striking out 33 while walking eight in 30.2 innings.

Yaquis de Obregon
Marco Carrillo continues to be stretched out for a starting role as he took the mound for Obregon on Sunday. Carrillo went 5.1 innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four batters as the Yaquis lost 4-3 to Guasave.

Marco Carrillo had his next turn on Saturday, improving his record to 3-2 in a 10-3 victory over Los Mochis. Carrillo tossed six innings, striking out a batter and giving up three earned runs.

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Reliever Oswaldo Martinez remains a workhorse for the Tribe, throwing two scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Navojoa. Martinez struck out three in the effort.

Oswaldo Martinez then went 1.2 innings with two strikeouts on Thursday, picking up his third win of the season and lowering his ERA to 2.13 ERA in a 9-3 defeat of Navojoa.

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Venezuelan Winter League

Leones de Caracas
It was a bittersweet for fans of Marwin Gonzalez this week. Gonzalez went 1-for-4 on Monday, walking and hitting a three-run double as Caracas was all over Anzoategui 13-3.

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Marwin Gonzalez would be selected by the Boston Red Sox in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, and then was promptly traded to the Houston Astros.

The Lions called upon Jay Jackson to start on Wednesday, and he picked up his third win in a 5-1 victory over Aragua. Jackson went six innings, striking out two and allowing an earned run.

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Navegantes del Magallanes
The week began for Magallanes with Rebel Ridling going 1-for-2 and Robert Coello tossing a scoreless inning in a 4-0 loss to Margarita on Sunday.

Rebel Ridling was then 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Navs came from behind in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Lara.

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Friday saw the return of Bryan LaHair, as he was 1-for-3 with a walk as the Navigators bowed 1-0 to Anzoategui.

Bryan LaHair then worked two walks and was 1-for-2, while Robert Coello had 1.2 shutout innings as the Pathfinders defeated Lara 4-2 on Saturday. Coello earned his ninth hold and struck out a batter.

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Aguilas del Zulia
Austin Bibens-Dirkx kept the Eagles in the game on Friday, shutting out Caracas over seven innings and striking out a batter. However, it wasn’t enough as Zulia ended up losing to the Lions 3-0.

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