Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/17/12

It was All-Star week in the winter leagues and the CCO would like to congratulate Junior Lake and Edwin Maysonet as representatives in the Dominican Winter League and Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League respectively.

This past week also saw more players added to winter rosters as first baseman Justin Bour and pitchers Ty’Relle Harris, Luis Liria and Sandy Rosario all joined the fun in the sun.

In the field, Dave Sappelt continued his assault on Venezuelan League pitching, while Yoanner Negrin keeps putting up impressive pitching numbers.

Note: Coverage of the winter leagues will be by calendar week, Sunday through Saturday

An All-Star game between the Dominican Winter League and Venezuelan Winter League was held on Tuesday. Junior Lake suited up for the Dominican Republic and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Lake played both left and center field as the DWL defeated the VWL 8-2.

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Dominican Winter League

Gigantes del Cibao

The parent club made another pick up this past week, claiming right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario off waivers. Rosario pitched 0.1 IP on Friday and struck out the only batter he faced as the Giants lost 8-5 to Escogido.

Sandy Rosario earned his third hold of the winter by tossing a scoreless inning and striking out a batter on Saturday.

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Toros del Este 

The abbreviated week for the Bulls started out with a 6-2 loss to Cibao on Sunday. Diory Hernandez was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the game.

Everyone was back to work in the DWL on Thursday and Este fell 4-3 to Licey in 16 innings. Jeffry Antigua tossed 0.2 scoreless innings and struck out a batter, while Diory Hernandez went 1-for-7. However, Jeffry Antigua imploded on Friday. Antigua gave up three earned runs while failing to get a batter out as Licey romped 12-3. Diory Hernandez went 0-for-4 on Saturday as the Toros lost 8-5 to Cibao.

Tigres del Licey

It was marathon baseball on Thursday, as Arismendy Alcantara was used as a pinch hitter then stayed in to play second base. Alcantara went 0-for-2 as the Tigers defeated Este 4-3 in 16 innings.

Estrellas de Oriente

The week began for the Stars by adding reliever Luis Liria to the squad. Liria struck out the only batter he faced as Oriente defeated Licey 9-5 on Sunday.  Nelson Perez was 1-for-1 with two RBI as a pinch hitter as Estrellas scored eight runs in the ninth inning to steal the victory.

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Oriente was back in action after the break on Thursday and they lost 7-2 to Cibaenas. Junior Lake played left field and went 0-for-4, while Nelson Perez was 2-for-3.  Rafael Dolis tossed a scoreless inning and notched a strikeout. The Eagles continued having their way with the Stars on Friday and dropped the game 5-2. Nelson Perez went 0-for-4 in the loss.

Estrellas romped on Saturday as they shut out Licey 7-0. Junior Lake started the fame at shortstop, but later moved over to third base. Lake went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and he recorded his tenth stolen base. Nelson Perez was 0-for-1 but drew three walks, while Rafael Dolis retired the only batter he faced.

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Mexican Pacific League

Venados de Mazatlan

It may not be an effort that Jay Jackson puts in his scrapbook, but the Stags were able come away with a 6-5 win in ten innings over Mexicali. Jackson allowed four earned runs, walked one and struck out one over 4.1 innings.

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Yaquis de Obregon

With the other leagues having All-Star games during the week, the LMP continued to chug along as Obregon lost 7-2 to Navojoa on Sunday. Esmailin Caridad pitched an inning and struck out two in the loss.

After a typical off-day on Monday, the Yaquis took the field on Tuesday and lost 9-3 to Los Mochis.  Alfredo Amezaga had a good game. Amezaga was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.

On Wednesday, the Tribe gained a measure of revenge over the Canarymen as they defeated Los Mochis 8-5. Alfredo Amezaga continued to sparkle at the plate. Amezaga went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Christian Villanueva went 0-for-1 as he entered the game late.

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In an odd circumstance, Thursday’s game with Los Mochis was suspended after the fifth inning with the score tied 2-2 and it was posted that the game may or may not be resumed. In the five innings that was played, Alfredo Amezaga went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored.

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The Yaquis were then humbled on Friday as they lost 7-0 to Mexicali. Esmailin Caridad struck out two in a scoreless inning, while Alfredo Amezaga went 0-for-3.

The week ended with Obregon bouncing back to beat Mexicali 6-3 on Saturday. Alfredo Amezaga had a monster game. Amezaga went 4-for-5 and scored a run. Esmailin Caridad had one of his poorer outings by allowing an earned run with two strikeouts in an inning of work.

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Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League

The RCPBL held its All-Star game on Sunday and Edwin Maysonet served as a representative on the Equipo Isla team. Maysonet was 0-for-2 and played third base as Isla lost to Equipo Metro 11-4.

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Atenienses de Manati

After his appearance in the All-Star game, Edwin Maysonet did not see any action until Friday. Maysonet ended up going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI as he played left field in a 4-2 to loss Ponce.

Edwin Maysonet was back at shortstop on Saturday and went 2-for-5 as the Athenians lost 12-9 to Caguas.

Gigantes de Carolina

The CCO Minor League Player of the Year Justin Bour joined the Giants last weekend and got into the full swing of things on Tuesday. Bour went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double as Carolina beat Ponce 3-1.

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Justin Bour continued to swing a hot bat for the G-men on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 4-3 to Mayaguez. Bour drew two walks as part of a 2-for-3 performance that included a double and a RBI. Bour plated two more runs on Thursday as he went 1-for-5 with a double in a 14-8 loss to Caguas. Bour then went hitless (0-for-4) on Friday as the Giants squeezed past Mayaguez 1-0.

Saturday brought a doubleheader to Carolina as the Giants shut out Ponce 11-0 in game one. Justin Bour was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and was joined by his Tennessee teammate Ty’Relle Harris. Harris struck out two in a scoreless inning.

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Justin Bour moved out to left field for game two and went 1-for-3 with double as Carolina lost 6-2 to Ponce.

Venezuelan Winter League

Bravos de Margarita

The Braves started the week with a 9-3 loss to Zulia prior to the All-Star break. Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Alberto Gonzalez went 1-for-4.

Margarita then turned the table on Wednesday in a make-up game and beat Aragua 7-4. Dave Sappelt went 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk, a run scored and a RBI.

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It was the Tigers’ turn on Thursday as they edged the Bravos 4-3. Dave Sappelt went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

The Braves then played two on Friday. Dave Sappelt (1-for-3)clubbed his fourth home run as they beat Zulia in the opener 6-4.

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Dave Sappelt went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and an outfield assist in the nightcap as Margarita lost 3-2 to Zulia.

The week ended with the Braves suffering a 4-1 to Zulia on Saturday. Dave Sappelt went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Cardenales de Lara

It ended up being a quiet week for Luis Valbuena after a huge game last Sunday as the Redbirds defeated Anzoategui 8-1. Valbuena was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Valbuena belted his fifth home run and drove in five runs.

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Luis Valbuena did not see the field again until Firday. Valbuena went 1-5 with a run scored in the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to Magallanes.

Caribes de Anzoategui

The Caribes played a make-up game on Wednesday. Johermyn Chavez entered the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement then delivered a two-run triple in the ninth as Anzoategui defeated Lara 7-1.

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The Tribes then went on a three game losing streak that began with a 6-0 loss to Lara on Thursday. Johermyn Chavez ended up going 0-for-3 in the game. A 2-for-4, two-RBI performance by Johermyn Chavez wouldn’t be enough for Anzoategui on Friday as they lost 5-4 to La Guiara. Johermyn Chavez was 2-for-on Saturday as the Caribes were thumped 11-0 by La Guiara.

Leones de Caracas

Prior to the All-Star break, the Lions were handed a 7-4 loss by La Guiara last Sunday. Hector Rondon pitched an inning and let in an earned run.

It was back to work on Thursday after getting a few days off. Yoanner Negrin continued his impressive winter as Caracas defeated La Guiara 9-5. Negrin allowed only an unearned run in route to his fourth victory, while Hector Rondon gave up an earned run in an inning of work. Tony Campana went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and stole his eighth base of the winter.

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Tony Campana walked and went 1-for-4 as the Pride beat Aragua on Friday. J.C. Boscan was 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run.

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Tiburones de La Guaira

Swingman Eduardo Figueroa played a part in two victories for the Sharks last week. Figueroa was the winning pitcher last Sunday as La Guiara beat Caracas 7-4. Figueroa tossed 1.1 scoreless innings and issued only one walk.

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Eduardo Figueroa also pitched 1.1 innings on Friday but was not as successful as earlier in the week. Figueroa gave up two runs but struck out a batter as the Predators beat Anzoategui 5-4.

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Australian Baseball League

Brisbane Bandits

Ryan Searle continued to flourish in his new role as closer. Searle struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of work. Searle picked up his third save as the Highwaymen defeated Adelaide 4-2 on Thursday.

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Ryan Searle then showed he still has the stamina to go deep into a game on Friday. Searle kept the Bite in check for three innings while striking out three and walking a batter as Brisbane lost 2-1 to Adelaide in 11 innings.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Thanks Tom

    • Tom U

      Thank you Neil

  • ND Nation

    With the new format you should consider dating each
    article to the side like you do “Down on the Farm.” Currently you have four separate headers for articles
    none of which can be determined when they were written except the farm report.

    Work in progress I’m sure.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you for the feedback, I just added.

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  • Dorasaga

    I know I’ve asked the question about a crowded outfield at Wrigley, but this one is more specific: Matt Szcur is on the 40-man roster. What will be his projected role with the Cubs? Anything new (skill) that we can expect of him?

    • Tom U

      Dorasaga, Matt Szczur had to be added to the 40 man roster due to a procedural error by the last management.

      After signing his rookie contract, Szczur was trying to decide whether to make himself eligible for the NFL draft. He had been a receiver in college, and was rated as high as a potential fourth rounder by respected evaluater Mel Kiper Jr.

      In order to keep Szczur in the Cubs fold, they tore up his rookie contract and signed him to a new one, thus making him eligible for the Rule 5 draft unless added to the 40 man roster.

      With new management in place, Szczur was asked to change his approach at the plate. He is starting to grasp the “grinder” approach, but was rushed up to Tennessee in order to accelerate his development, where he flopped.

      Invited to the Arizona Fall League, he did okay, batting .264 with a homer, 13 RBI, and 9 stolen bases.

      His speed is his greatest asset. While there are a number of ways to measure speed, and players like Billy Hamilton, Tony Campana, and Dee Gordon appear fast, Szczur will probably be the fastest player in MLB when he arrives.

      Szczur will need to improve his OBP. He is considered an average to above average defender, with an average arm. Reports believe that Szczur can become anywhere from a bona fide lead-off man to a Reed Johnson-type of player.

      • Dorasaga

        Thanks, Tom, now… I’m kinda not happy with what I just read. I have the impression that you wrote something similar about Szczur years ago. It seems like he didn’t add any new skill to his talent other than what he got as a raw “receiver.”

        Reed Johnson, how dare you compare a raw tomato to him! :-p Seriously, Reed was already very good down the farm. I didnt even bother to check the stats… alright, now I did, he was better than most for the PED-ed Era, but I sorta understand why evaluators are more excited with raw talents like Szczur’s than all those pumped up numbers. I just hope he’s worth the 40-man spot, not like he earned it yet.