Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/23/13

As we head into the holidays, the winter seasons begin to wind down and prepare for the playoffs. This past week pitching was still the story as several players who may have been thought to be done for the winter, such as Jeffry Antigua, Alberto Cabrera, and Eduardo Figueroa, resurfaced. Meanwhile, both Frank Batista and Ryan Searle remained dominant. For all the details, look inside today’s report, and Happy Holidays!

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

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

Reliever Frank Batista ran his scoreless streak to 8.1 innings without giving up an earned run on Wednesday, Batista picked up his first victory of the winter in Cibaenas’ 7-4 victory over Licey. Batista pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out a batter.

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Toros del Este

Seeing his first action in nearly a week, Alberto Cabrera tossed a scoreless inning as Este took 11 innings to defeat Cibao 5-4 on Thursday.

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On Saturday, Jeffry Antigua struck out a batter and pitched a scoreless inning as the Bulls lost to Licey 4-0.

Mexican Pacific League

Venados de Mazatlan

Mazatlan got off to a good start to the week last Sunday as they piled up five runs in the third inning in route to a 6-4 victory over Guasave. Walter Ibarra continued to take his regular spot at shortstop and was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

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Tuesday saw Venados fall 10-3 to Obregon. Walter Ibarra went 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.

The Stags managed only five hits on Wednesday as they were shut out by Obregon 3-0. Walter Ibarra took the collar as he was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

A rally in the seventh inning on Thursday fell short as Mazatlan lost 9-7 to Obergon. Walter Ibarra continued his steady production as he went 2-for-3with a RBI and a run scored.

Yaquis de Obregon

The week started out well for Darnell McDonald and Obregon as they defeated Mazatlan 10-3 on Tuesday. McDonald was 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

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A three-run third was all the Yaquis needed on Wednesday as they beat Mazatlan 3-0. Darnell McDonald went 0-for-3 in the game.

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A see-saw battle on Thursday that saw five lead changes ended with the Tribe outlasting Mazatlan 9-7. Darnell McDonald was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the victory.

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Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League

Cangrejeros de Santuce

Santurce was unable to complete their rally in the ninth as they fell 3-1 to Carolina on Sunday. Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-3 in the loss.

Edwin Maysonet saw his next action at DH on Thursday and went 0-for-2 with a walk as the Cangrejeros lost 3-2 to Mayaguez.

On Friday, the Crabmen dropped a 4-1 game to Caguas. Shortstop Edwin Maysonet went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Santurce finished the week by beating Carolina 6-4 on Saturday. However, Edwin Maysonet had a game he would probably like to forget, Maysonet went 0-for-4.

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Leones de Ponce

Last Sunday saw a group effort by Ponce as they defeated Mayaguez 3-1. Greg Rohan was the DH and went 1-for-2, while outfielder Rubi Silva was 1–for-3. Third baseman Jonathan Mota was also 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

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The Lions were able to edge Mayaguez 2-1 on Tuesday. Third baseman Jonathan Mota remained hot as he went 2-for-4, while outfielder Rubi Silva and DH Greg Rohan each went 0-for-4.

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The Pride could not match Carolina on Wednesday as they lost 5-4. Third baseman Jonathan Mota continued to be on fire as he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI. Outfielder Rubi Silva went 1-for-4 with a run scored while DH Greg Rohan was 1-for-4.

Ponce was not able to turn hits into runs on Thursday as they lost 3-2 to Caguas. Outfielder Rubi Silva was 1-for-4 with a run scored while third baseman Jonathan Mota went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Jonathan Mota closed out a great week for him as Ponce lost 3-1 to Caguas on Saturday. Playing second base, Mota was 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run and an RBI. Third baseman Greg Rohan was 0-for-3 with a walk, while outfielder Rubi Silva went 0-for-3.

Venezuelan Winter League

Leones de Caracas

It was a team effort last Sunday as Caracas outlasted Margarita 5-3 in 11 innings. Yoanner Negrin started the game. Negrin pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out three batters.

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Tiburones de La Guaira

Making his first appearance since October, Eduardo Figueroa tossed a scoreless inning and struck out a batter on Wednesday as La Guaira lost 9-2 to Anzoategui.

On Saturday, Eduardo Figueroa recorded the final out of the game as the Sharks lost 7-2 to Caracas.

Cardenales de Lara

It was not a good start to the week for Lara as they got spanked by Magallanes 13-2 last Sunday. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

The Cardinals put an exclamation point on it on Tuesday as they defeated Caracas 9-1. Luis Valbuena was 1-for-5 with a run scored in the victory.

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The Redbirds came out on the short end of a slugging match with Zulia on Thursday and lost 6-5. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in the game.

On Friday, Lara simply got their clock cleaned by Zulia and lost 14-1. Luis Valbuena was one of the players rested by Lara after going 1-for-2 with a walk.

The Cardinals ended the week on a positive note by squeaking past Margarita 3-2 on Saturday. Luis Valbuena closed out the week by going 0-3 with a walk.

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Australian Baseball League

Brisbane Bandits

Saturday was another doubleheader for Brisbane, and another fine effort by Ryan Searle in a 3-1 victory. Searle went the distance and gave up only three hits and an earned run in nine innings while striking out nine batters. Searle moved his record to 3-0 and leads the league with a 0.73 WHIP. Searle is also third in the league with a 1.23 ERA and his 24 strikeouts in 22 innings is good for tenth in the ABL.

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  • Dorasaga

    I would love to be Ryan Searle right now. Brisbane is sunny and roughly 90 degrees as we speak, and the Australian Open will start in less than three weeks.

    • Theboardrider

      And I’ll bet the Aussie girls love baseball players!

      • Dorasaga

        And they do, just not in tennis skirts; presenting to you, the Aussie wives and girlfriends at World Baseball Classic, Merry Xmas!:

  • Henry

    Tom, great report as usual. Somewhere along the way can you give us an update on the 16 and 17 year old international signings the Cubs made over the summer. Theo and company were given a great deal of credit for taking advantage of the system and making these signings.

    • Tom U

      Sorry to take so long to reply Henry.

      There has been no news on shortstop Gleyber Torres. Outfielder Eloy Jimenez and RHP Jefferson Mejia were at the Fall Instructional League, but only participated in simulated games.

  • cubtex

    Cubs claimed Brett Marshall who was DFA’d by the Yankees and waived Liam Hendriks who was immediately picked up by the O’s. For a team with such a poor farm system and the need for pitching as much as the Yankees…. this would seem like an odd pickup…wouldn’t you say ccoo?

    • Neil

      Man, please don’t try to encourage negative posts. These are waiver claims by two teams. Maybe the Cubs scouts saw something in Marshall when they were scouting for the Soriano trade last year.

      • cubtex

        I didn’t think it was. CCoo has a thing about how bad the Yankees farm system is and always points out how bad their team is. It was just a little friendly jab. Sorry if you thought it encouraged anything more than that.

        • Neil

          Thanks man

      • cubtex

        That being said….I am disappointed they lost Liam Hendriks for him. I liked him when I saw him pitch in the minors.

        • Neil

          I agree. I liked what I read about Hendriks.

          • cubtex

            Obviously like you said…they liked Marshall more. They know more than me. Do you know if they see Marshall as a starter or reliever?

          • Neil

            From what I’ve read, which was rather quickly, he would seem to fit better as a reliever than a starter. I don’t know at this point what the team views him as … sorry.

        • Ripsnorter1

          According to Baseball Reference, the #2 player most like Liam Hendriks is

          Sergio Mitre.

          That means, he is not a stud.
          Career BAA: .290
          BAA as a starter: .305
          BAA as a reliever: .240

          Don’t lose any sleep over this one. : )

          • Ripsnorter1

            Hendriks biggest claim to fame was his excellent control.
            His stuff was very average.

            At least Marshall had some decent stuff. He may not make anything either.

          • cubtex

            Mitre was the man:) Not going to lose sleep but he is a starting pitcher and could fill a spot next year if they can trade Shark, EJax and others. Marshall is looking more like a relief guy moving forward

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yes, Marshall will join Vizcaino in the bullpen sweepstakes.

            Hendriks cannot be any better than Casey Coleman, can he?