This time of the off-season is filled with hellos and goodbyes. And so it is time to say goodbye to OF Dave Sappelt and RHP Yeiper Castillo, and hello to OF Casper Wells, IF Jeudy Valdez, and RHP’s Paolo Espino and Carlos Pimentel. Both Espino and Pimentel fared well as new members of the organization this past week, as did RHP Yoanner Negrin and OF’s Junior Lake and Rubi Silva.
Note: Coverage of the winter leagues will be by calendar week, Sunday through Saturday
Dominican Winter League
Leones del Escogido
Recently signed starter Carlos Pimentel took the hill for Escogido on Saturday as they lost to Cibao 8-2. Pimentel went five innings allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out three batters.
Toros del Este
Alberto Cabrera saw his first action in weeks, and he allowed only a hit in a scoreless inning as Este beat Licey 3-2 on Saturday.
Tigres del Licey
Licey began last week by being shut out by Escogido 4-0 on Sunday. Julio Borbon was 2-for-2 with a walk in the loss.
The Tigers were able to prevail in 13 innings on Tuesday as they beat Oriente 3-2. Julio Borbon started in center, but moved to left, and was 0-for-4 with a walk. Arismendy Alcantara made an appearance as a pinch-hitter and was 0-for-1.
On Wednesday, the Stripes were not able to survive a big inning by Oriente and lost 4-2. Julio Borbon led off and started in left, but went 0-for-5. Arismendy Alcantara one again made an appearance as a pinch-hitter and was 0-for-1.
It was another rough day for Julio Borbon on Friday as he was 0-for-3 before being replaced in Licey’s 3-2 loss to Cibao.
Julio Borbon made an appearance as a pinch-runner on Saturday and scored a run as the Tigers lost 3-2 to Este.
Estrellas de Oriente
Oriente began last week with a 3-0 shutout of Este on Sunday. Marcos Mateo collected his fifth save of the winter as worked around two hits with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth. Junior Lake went 0-for-3 in the win.
Despite the efforts of Junior Lake on Tuesday, the Eastern Stars lost 3-2 to Licey in 13 innings. Lake was 3-for-6 with and RBI, while Marcos Mateo struck out three in two scoreless innings, yet was credited with a blown save.
On Wednesday, the Stars were able to prevail over Licey with a big fourth inning, winning 4-2. Centerfielder Junior Lake played a big part, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
After a day off Thursday, Oriente faced Escogido on Friday and lost 5-2. Junior Lake drove in one of the two runs as he was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
The Eastern Stars concluded their week with another loss, a 7-3 defeat to Cibao on Saturday. Junior Lake finished the week by going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.
Mexican Pacific League
Tomateros de Culiacan
On Wednesday, Marcus Hatley did his best to keep Culiacan in the game. Hatley tossed a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-1 loss to Hermosillo.
It was just one of those days for Marcus Hatley on Saturday. Hatley picked up both a blown save and a loss as the Tomateros fell 5-3 to Mexicali. Hatley pitched the ninth and allowed two runs (one earned) on two walks and two hits while striking out a batter.
Venados de Mazatlan
Mazatlan was not able to keep up with Mexicali last Sunday and lost 5-1. Walter Ibarra went 0-for-2 in the defeat.
The Venados were able to bounce back on Tuesday as they defeated Navojoa 5-1. However, it was still a rough go for Walter Ibarra as he went 0-for-2 in the victory.
Walter Ibarra was able to contribute the Stags’ attack on Wednesday. Ibarra went 1-for-3 in their 3-1 loss to Navojoa.
It was another loss for Mazatlan on Thursday as they dropped a 10-2 game to Navojoa. Walter Ibarra was 1-for-3 in the effort.
The tailspin for Venados continued on Friday as they lost 8-4 to Obregon. Shortstop Walter Ibarra was 1-for-2 with a walk.
The Stags were able to end the week on a high note as they defeated Obregon 8-3 on Saturday. Shortstop Walter Ibarra continues to climb out of his slump. Ibarra went 1-for-3 in the victory.
Yaquis de Obregon
Obregon opened last week with a 4-3 loss to Hermosillo on Sunday. Christian Villanueva was 1-for-2 in the game.
The Yaquis went back to work on Tuesday and lost 6-4 to Los Mochis. Christian Villanueva made an appearance as a pinch-hitter and was 0-for-1 in the game.
It was an embarrassing loss for the Tribe on Wednesday as they fell to Los Mochis 10-3. Christian Villanueva did his part and went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The miserable season for Obregon continued on Saturday as they lost 8-3 to Mazatlan. Christian Villanueva went 0-for-4 while starting at third base.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League
Cangrejeros de Santurce
It was a big night for Santurce on Tuesday as they beat Mayaguez 8-2. However, Edwin Maysonet went 0-for-5 in the victory.
Edwin Maysonet was ice cold again on Thursday and went 0-for-6 as the Cangrejeros fell 6-5 to Ponce in 11 innings.
Leones de Ponce
Ponce started last week with a 4-3 loss to Carolina on Sunday. Jonathan Mota was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the contest.
It was a second loss in a row for the Lions on Monday as they fell 4-1 to Mayaguez. Jonathan Mota went 0-for-3 with a walk in the defeat.
The Pride was able to record their first win of the week on Tuesday as they beat Caguas 4-3. Rubi Silva was back in action in left field and went 0-for-3 with an RBI.
It was a rough day for Cubs’ players on Wednesday as both Rubi Silva and Jonathan Mota went 0-for-3 in Ponce’s 3-1 victory over Mayaguez. Mota was able to draw a walk in the contest.
The Lions were able to prevail 6-5 over Santurce in 11 innings in a squeaker on Thursday. Jonathan Mota was 1-for-5 with a run scored, while Rubi Silva went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Saturday saw a wild affair as the Pride scored six runs late in the game to pull out a 10-8 win over Caguas. Rubi Silva moved up to second in the batting order and went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, while Jonathan Mota was 0-for-5.
Venezuelan Winter League
Caribes de Anzoategui
Newly signed starting pitcher Paolo Espino went five innings on Friday and allowed five earned runs, but was still the winning pitcher as Anzoategui downed Margarita 15-9. Espino also struck out three in the game.
Leones de Caracas
Yoanner Negrin pitched well on Thursday but did not pick up the win as Caracas beat La Guaira 6-4. Negrin went five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) while scattering seven hits and striking out a batter. Hector Rondon gave up a hit in a scoreless inning of relief.
Hector Rondon had a rocky outing on Saturday. Rondon worked around a hit and two walks with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning as the Lions lost 9-8 in 13 innings to Anzoategui.
Cardenales de Lara
Lara fought all the way to the end last Sunday but came up short as they lost to Caracas 9-8. Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the loss.
The Cardinals were able to rally on Tuesday as they beat Aragua 5-4. Luis Valbuena contributed to the victory. Valbuena was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
It was two victories in a row for the Redbirds on Wednesday as they defeated Zulia 7-2. Luis Valbuena hit clean-up and was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
On a big night for Lara, Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 but drove in a run, drew a walk and scored a run as they beat Magallanes 7-1.
Despite Luis Valbuena going deep for the first time this winter, the Cardinals still went down on Friday and lost 10-4 to Aragua. Valbuena was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a home run in the loss.
Saturday saw the Redbirds whitewashing Aragua 12-3. Luis Valbuena was 0-for-3 in the game, but did draw a walk and scored a run.
News and Notes
The Cubs released OF Dave Sappelt. The Cubs signed OF Casper Wells, IF Jeudy Valdez, and RHP’s Paolo Espino and Carlos Pimentel to minor league contracts.
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