Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/30/13

As is typical around the holidays, the action was pretty light for Cubs’ prospects in the Winter Leagues. The DWL started their playoffs and Frank Batista was able to make a positive impact. Meanwhile, the Mexican Pacific League, the Roberto Clemente League, and the VWL all look to close out their regular season.

And, one of the newest additions to the Cubs’ organization, Carlos Pimentel was named the top pitcher in the Dominican Winter League.

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

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaenas

As the Dominican playoffs opened on Friday, Cibaenas could not overcome a three run deficit as the lost 3-2 to Licey. Frank Batista kept Licey at bay by tossing 0.2 scoreless innings.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League

Cangrejeros de Santurce

Santurce could not survive a late rally as they dropped a 4-3 game to Ponce on Monday. Edwin Maysonet went 0-for-3 in the loss.

Leones de Ponce

Ponce was limited to only four hits last Sunday as they lost 3-1 to Mayaguez. Third baseman Jonathan Mota was 1-for-4 with an RBI, while outfielder Rubi Silva went 0-for-3.

The Lions rallied back with runs in the eighth and ninth innings to edge out Santurce 4-3 on Monday. Outfielder Rubi Silva continued his recent struggles and went 0-for-3, while Jonathan Mota was 1-for-4 playing shortstop and third base. Greg Rohan lined up as the DH and was 1-for-4.

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The Pride is locked in a battle for a playoff spot with games dwindling down to a precious few. They didn’t do themselves any favors on Friday, as they lost 8-4 to Carolina. Jonathan Mota was back at third base and went 2-for-4 while cracking his third homer of the winter.

Venezuelan Winter League

Tigres de Aragua

Kane County catcher Willson Contreras got a rare start on Saturday and was 0-for-2 with a walk as Aragua fell 5-4 to La Guaira in ten innings.

Cardenales de Lara

Lara used nine hits to pick up the runs they needed as they shut out Magallanes 3-0 last Sunday. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 in the victory.

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Playoff hopes for the Cardinals received a setback on Friday as they lost 6-5 to Anzoategui. Luis Valbuena belted his fourth homer of the winter as he was 1-for-4 with two RBI.

With an 11-3 loss to Anzoategui on Saturday, Lara is tied with Aragua for the final playoff spot with one game left to play. Luis Valbuena did his part as he went 2-for-3 with a double.

Carlos Pimentel

Carlos Pimentel was named the Dominican Winter League Pitcher of the Year last Monday. The 25-year old right hander went 5-0 in 11 games, seven starts, with a 1.67 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. In 37.2 innings, Pimentel allowed 10 runs, seven earned, on 27 hits with 14 walks and 32 strikeouts while holding teams to a .201 batting average.

Pimentel signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Nov. 19 after spending the first seven years of his career in Texas’ organization. The minor league deal is believed to include a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training.

Carlos Pimentel went a combined 8-7 in Double-A and Triple-A last season with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Pimental pitched only in relief in six appearances with Triple-A Round Rock and allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits with seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA, 1.32 WHIP).

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  • Roe Skidmore

    That is great news on Pimental.

    • jtrain23

      He could be a dark horse candidate for the roster. He has primarily started throughout his career. He has plus strikeout/walk numbers. He only managed a AAA promotion last year so you have to question his progression and development. Hopefully he can put it together though.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    The Best part of the Bears season is now……its over…..and now we call can all focus on Spring Training…………
    the last white guys who could play the corners for the Bears corner was Fencik & Plank……Conti has blown so many coverages……How could a guy that had a broken leg out run the Bears backfield?……
    Cutler reminds me of Samardzija……both will never ever win the big game……..this was Cutler’s time to prove his worth……Rogers hit on all his passes and got the critical 4th down plays……Cutler can go home and make some more Super Model Babies in the off season……don’t expect any hometown discount from Cutler on his new contract…….Cutler and his agent knows the Bears are stuck in a pickle.
    Best thing Shark can do is too shut up and be a Pitcher, not a Thrower…..Cubs cannot afford to have Shark throw 115 pitches in 5 innings again…..Shark has to prove to Theo he is worth his asking price……I rather see Theo get that 3 for 1 deal.
    Green Bay fans think they are cocky this morning….but after next weekend, when their season ends, they will still be ending up living in Green Bay for the Winter…..how boring is that!

    • 07GreyDigger

      I’m not sure how you blame Cutler. He didn’t play defense all game.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        That whole game was a Bears team loss…..but look at it this way…Rodgers came back after 8 weeks, and got his team into the Playoffs……a guy who had a broken leg, out ran the Bears secondary, to score the TD……..btw, no one on the Bears Defense played defense.
        as they say in Chicago….Wait until next year!

    • dicepaul

      Cutler had a higher QB rating than Rodgers had in this game.

      • J Daniel

        And Rodgers made the plays when they counted … not even close … and I am a Bear fan

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Cutler is going home….Rodgers is going to the Playoffs…..Game Over.

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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Why did Texas release Pimentel…was it just out of options and they just didn’t have a spot for him on mlb roster? Seemed like his numbers were the type that you would keep that guy in your org in you could.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Tom (or anybody) who is likely to get the ax from the 40 man roster should the Cubs make more moves?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I say Brooks Raley….or Fujukawa……..they would have to go through waivers.

    • Tom U

      Sorry Grey, I’m a bit under the weather today and haven’t been able to respond as I would like to.

      Right now, I would have to agree that Fujikawa is probably the first choice. After him, it’s anybody’s guess.