Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/27/14

With winter leagues beginning to wrap up its seasons, the number of Cubs’ prospects still playing winter ball has dwindled down to just a few. Carlos Pimentel made an appearance in the Dominican League after a long hiatus. Meanwhile, Ryan Searle continues to remain among the league leaders in the Australian Baseball League. For more, take a look inside today’s report.

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

Dominican Winter League

Leones de Escogido

Down three games to one to Licey in the league championship series on Friday, the Lions came back with a vengeance and shut out the Tigers 8-0. Carlos Pimentel saw his first action since Dec. 12 and struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth inning.

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Venezuelan Winter League

Leones de Caracas

Caracas slipped into a tie for second place on Sunday as they lost to Zulia 11-1. Yoanner Negrin started the game and went three innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks with a strikeout. The Lions would eventually slip out of the race and miss a chance at appearing in the league championship series.

Tiburones de La Guaira

La Guaira experienced a meltdown of epic proportions last Monday after they scored 12 runs through six innings, but gave up five runs in the bottom of the ninth and lost 14-13 to Caracas. Eduardo Figueroa was called on to stem the tide after the starter gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings. Figueroa went three innings and gave up only an unearned run on two hits and two walks. The Sharks would end their season finishing last in the round-robin playoffs.

Austrailian Baseball League

Brisbane Bandits

The Brisbane bats supported Ryan Searle on Saturday, but just barely as the Bandits beat Canberra 3-2. Searle gave up two unearned runs in six innings on five hits, and moved to sixth in the league with 50 strikeouts after fanning seven in the game.

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Attention CCO Readers

The Down on the Farm preliminary reader’s poll is underway. Please post the names of the minor league players you would like the Down on the Farm Report to follow during the upcoming season. The CCO will then take the top 20 nominations and run a special poll for the final month of Spring Training. The CCO will then track the progress of the top 10 vote getters throughout the entire season. A representative sample of positions and levels of play is optimal. You can name as many players as you like, but remember, only ten will eventually be chosen. After three weeks, the number of prospects has grown to 49. Pitchers C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson are now tied for the lead.  So from Luis Acosta to Tony Zych, all nominations will be accepted and given equal weight.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Being so cold here in Chicago, just can’t wait for baseball to start……..
    I am even searching the cable for any winter ball games on the weekend…………
    Wrigley is like a hockey rink now……only thing missing is some hockey players……Dodgers stadium had a hockey game the other night…….too bad Vince Scully did not announce the game…..
    What is happening to our Blackhawks?……
    by 2016, we are going to have many young players on this Cubs team, and someone is going to step up on the field to be the leader for this young group of guys………..Rizzo should be that guy, but I wonder if he fails to produce, who will be that player?
    Tom you have the best program when it comes to our rookies progress that anyone can read… doubt we will be hearing about all the Cubs prospects again……there will be surprises and setbacks among players…….Theo just has to hit the draft hard this year with pitching… should be no mystery who the Cubs can take in the first round……
    BTW, did anyone see Sherlock Holmes last night on PBS?…..another great show……also had the Grammy’s on for a short time…..Ringo Star was great singing “Photograph”, and his wife, ex James Bond girl, Barbara Back, looked great……but did anyone check out Country singer Kacey Musgraves?…….give me her phone number!
    When Samardzija is traded…..we can at least expect two prospect pitchers who should be ready by 2015…….
    Whoever makes 2014 Opening Day pitching staff, at least half won’t be here in 2015.

    • Tom U

      Thank you Cubby.

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  • Neil

    Tom, please add Ben Wells, Shawon Dunston Jr., Rob Zastryzny, Scott Frazier and Michael Wagner.


  • calicub

    Tom, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve fallen behind on my minor league news but i have two questions:

    1) What happened to Barret Loux? He seemed to be in a lot of discussions last offseason but I’ve heard little if anything this past year. He did have a down year in Iowa (compared to his career stats) but a majority of his appearances last year came as starts. Any chance we see him as rotation depth in the summer once the trade deadline passes?

    2) You stated a few years ago that the talent in Australian Leagues is at or below AA here in the states. Any chance this is hurting Ryan Searle’s development going there every summer rather than the more talented Latin American Leagues? He was another one who was one of those under-the-radar guys a few offseasons ago, so i was just curious..

  • Dorasaga

    I don’t know what this has to do with a Cubs prospect, but that Aussie double-axe on the Sydney catcher was un-called for:

    Ryan, I know you are not your unhelpful teammate rushing to *ahem* action, but you better not do that at Wrigley Field.