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12/9 Cubs notebook

Camp Colvin is up and running in Mesa, Ariz. The offseason workout camp, named after Tyler Colvin because of the success he had last winter, has about a dozen players participating. Colvin gained 25 pounds last year, improved his flexibility and running speed and got stronger.

“He’s proud of it and he’s embraced it,” Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said Thursday.

Among the players in camp are Colvin, Ryan Dempster, Jeff Samardzija, DJ LeMahieu, Darwin Barney, Brandon Guyer, and Tony Campana.

“It’s a nice chance for some of these guys to spend time together outside of the season in a different format,” Fleita said. “It helps them bond and reach the ultimate goal.”

Right now, the goal is to improve their strength and conditioning. After Jan. 1, they’ll start adding baseball activities.

“I think at the end of the day there will be a bond — you sweat together, you work together,” Fleita said. “Hopefully, down the road, it pays dividends.”

* Fleita said shortstop Hak-Ju Lee is working out with a personal trainer in Korea and has added 10 pounds. The Cubs he’ll report at least 15 pounds heavier this spring.

“It will be fun to see that kind of weight on that kind of body,” Fleita said of the slender infielder.

* First-round Draft pick Hayden Simpson was to report Sunday to Mesa to join the workouts. Simpson was unable to do anything after he was drafted in June because the pitcher came down with mononucleosis.

* Third baseman Marquez Smith has returned home after playing Winter Ball in Venezuela. The Cubs were worried Smith would be taken in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. He batted .247 in 30 games for Aragua.

“He had a nice first half, nice experience first time out of the country,” Fleita said. “I’m always anxious to see how that works out. Normally, you gain a greater appreciation for life at the very least, and you understand what some of your teammates had to go through to get to the big leagues.”

* Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI for Escogido on Wednesday. He’s now batting .200 in eight games. Fleita said he hopes Castro can help Escogido get to the playoffs. Former Cubs outfielder Moises Alou is the team’s GM and his team won the Caribbean World Series last year.

* The Cubs are expected to announce their Minor League staff assignments
next week. Big leaguer Mariano Duncan was to be named Double-A hitting

— Carrie Muskat

11/10 Winter Leagues

Updated Cubs prospects Winter League statistics:


Tony Campana .283, 20 games, 1 double, 1 triple
Jason Dubois .274, 22 games, 2 doubles, 5 homers, 13 RBIs
Marwin Gonzalez .376, 22 games, 8 doubles, 2 homers, 20 RBIs
Brandon Guyer .348, 19 games, 3 doubles, 1 homer, 7 RBIs
Marquez Smith .245, 16 games, 3 doubles, 4 homers, 14 RBIs

Austin Bibens-Dirkx 1-2, 1.90 ERA, 5 games, 23 2/3 IP, 6 BB, 12 K
Eduardo Figueroa 1-0, 5.59 ERA, 5 games, 9 2/3 IP, 6 BB, 1 K
Craig Muschko 2-1, 4.11 ERA, 4 games, 15 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 9 Ks
Carlos Rojas 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3 games, 3 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 1 K

Dominican Republic

Welington Castillo .172, 9 games, 1 homer, 2 RBIs
Junior Lake .250, 3 games, 1 double
Nelson Perez .250, 6 games, 2 doubles

Mexican League

Marco Carrillo 1-2, 6.75 ERA, 5 games, 21 1/3 IP, 12 BB, 19 Ks
Oswaldo Martinez 0-0, 7.11 ERA, 9 games, 12 2/3 IP, 3 BB, 12 Ks

— Carrie Muskat

11/5 Roster decisions

The Cubs brass is not only discussing which free agents to pursue during their organizational meetings this week in Mesa but also which Minor Leaguers to keep on the 40-man roster. The roster is at 37. One player who could be available for the Rule 5 Draft if he isn’t added, according to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, is third baseman Marquez Smith, who is playing for the Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela. Smith was batting .271 with four homers, three doubles and 14 RBIs so far, including a 4-for-6 game Oct. 31. Smith began the season with Double-A Tennessee and batted .182 in 16 games but then hit .314 with 26 doubles, 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 91 games at Triple-A Iowa. A right-handed hitter, he batted .357 against lefties, .297 against right-handers. He also hit .326 with runners in scoring position. Smith, 25, was selected in the eighth round of the 2007 Draft; he played at Clemson.

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Minor matters

Jason Dubois hit two homers and Jay Jackson gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost to Memphis, 7-6, on Monday. Both Iowa and Memphis finished tied for the PCL’s best record at 82-62 but the Redbirds earned the playoff berth because they had a better record against Northern Division foes than Iowa did (Memphis 24-24; Iowa 20-28). The first tiebreaker is head to head, and Iowa and Memphis split their 16 games this season.

“It’s heartbreaking not to be going to the playoffs,” said Dubois, who was named the PCL Player of the Week on Tuesday. He hit .529 with four doubles, a triple, six home runs and 18 RBIs. In 72 games with Iowa, Dubois batted .300.

The Iowa Cubs held or shared the division lead for the final 50 days of the season. Manager Ryne Sandberg was asked if he’ll be back next season with the Triple-A team.

“I’m not sure what happens next year,” Sandberg said. “But I’ll tell you this, I’ve had a good experience here and it’s been a fun summer for me.”

* Iowa infielder Marquez Smith was named Topps Player of the Month for August.  During the month, Smith played in 27 games and hit .363 (37-for-102). He drove in 28 runs, had seven doubles, 12 home runs and one stolen base. His .363 average was 10th-best in the PCL.

* Craig Muschko gave up one run on five hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 3-2 win over Carolina in the regular season finale. The win gave the Smokies the best record in franchise history at 86-53. Tennessee will begin the North Division Championship Series on Thursday against West Tenn. Brandon Guyer homered Monday and Brett Jackson had two hits.

* Daytona’s season ended Sept. 5 at 75-64 overall, including a 41-28 record in the second half.

* Robinson Lopez threw three scoreless inings in Peoria’s 9-4 win over Quad Cities in the regular season finale. Yohan Gonzalez picked up the win in relief.

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Ryno tossed in 1st

Sunday is a big game for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, who can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Memphis. Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg will have to watch from his office. He was ejected in the first inning after an argument with third base umpire Barry Larson after Marquez Smith struck out. Memphis scored four runs in the first against Iowa starter Jeff Samardzija.

— Carrie Muskat

9/1 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija gave up 11 runs on nine hits over five innings in Iowa’s 11-10 loss to Albuquerque on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Ty Wright and Bryan LaHair each homered for the Iowa Cubs. In the second game, Iowa scored four runs in the sixth to win 8-6. Hung-Wen Chen gave up five runs on six hits over five innings for the win. Marquez Smith had two homers to raise his season total to 16.

Chris Archer gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 5-0 loss to Jacksonville. Kyle Smit, one of seven Cubs to play in the Arizona Fall League in October, threw a scoreless eighth inning.

Robert Whitenack threw six shutout innings but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost 2-1 to Clearwater in 10 innings.

Nelson Perez hit his 10th home run in Peoria’s 10-9 win over Clinton. Justin Bour had four hits and one RBI. Corey Martin picked up the win in relief.

— Carrie Muskat

8/27 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-6 win over Omaha on Thursday. Samardzija now is 11-2 with a 3.23 ERA. Jeff Stevens picked up the save, his sixth. Jason Dubois and Marquez Smith each homered for the Iowa Cubs. Dubois’ blast was a grand slam.

Chris Archer gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 4-3, 11-inning win over Birmingham. Archer struck out nine and is 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA. Marco Carrillo picked up the win in relief, throwing three innings.

Daytona’s game vs. Clearwater was postponed because of rain.

Frank Batista threw six shutout innings in Peoria’s 1-0 win over Cedar Rapids. Logan Watkins and Jae-Hoon Ha each had two hits. Daniel Keefe earned the win in relief.

Richard Jones had three hits in Boise’s 6-3 loss to Tri City. Juan Yasser Serrano took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits over four innings.

— Carrie Muskat

8/18 Minor matters

Jay Jackson gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 5-4 loss to Sacramento on Tuesday. Marquez Smith homered for the third straight game and drove in two runs.

Tennessee had an off day Tuesday and resumes play Wednesday against Mississippi. Daytona’s game against Tampa was canceled because of the weather. The Daytona Cubs open a three-game series Wednesday against Dunedin. The Peoria Chiefs had Tuesday off also and face Burlington on Wednesday.

Richard Jones had two hits in Boise’s 7-1 loss to Everett. Matt Loosen took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits over four innings.

— Carrie Muskat