12/22 Winter ball update

Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos has been on fire in Venezuela. On Friday, he went 4-for-4, hitting a home run and driving in two runs, to help Magallanes beat Caribes, 7-4, in the Venezuelan Winter League. The catcher followed that with a 1-for-3 game on Sunday. He’s batting .359 in 46 games with 10 doubles, nine homers and 32 RBIs.

Andres Blanco played 37 games with Magallanes, and hit .291 with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 27 RBIs. He played primarily at second base and hit second in the order.

Sam Fuld played in six games for Aragua in Venezuela, and batted .241 with two doubles, two triples and five RBIs.

In the Mexican League, Jeff Stevens struck out one in one inning of relief Sunday for Mexicali. Stevens has appeared in 16 games for the Mexican League team, and has a 0-4 record, two saves and a 4.15 ERA. He’s walked nine over 17 1/3 innings and struck out 12. The right-hander is holding batters to a .212 average.

Infielder Junior Lake, who batted .248 for Class A Peoria this season, was 7-for-16 in four games with Estrellas in the Dominican League.

Outfielder Jim Adduci appears to have finished his Winter League assignment. He played in 20 games for Hermosillo and batted .224 with two homers and seven RBIs. Infielder Matt Camp batted .333 in 56 games for Mexicali. He hit 18 doubles, two triples, and two homers.

— Carrie Muskat


Carrie, what level is Robinson at and did Hendry acquire him somehow? Drafted? Trade? Believe it or not I am hoping to find some positve Hendry transactions…must be the Christmas Spirit in me!!!

Joey: he was signed as a ndfa in July 2000. This is per minorleaguebaseball.com

cubsrotten is correct. Chirinos was converted from an infielder to a catcher before the ’09 season, and all reports say he is handling pitchers well in Venezuela. This past season, he batted .300 in 69 games with Daytona and .257 in 12 games with Tennessee.

Thanks cubsrotten. So, almost 10 years ago, what a story he would make if he were to make the Cubs in 2010. May be a better option than Koyie Hill or dare I even say Soto?
Nah, Soto deserves another season to prove himself as a starting catcher.

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