Results tagged ‘ Robinson Chirinos ’

11/29 Winter ball update

Jake Fox hit his first home run this winter on Saturday, a solo shot, for Licey in a 6-5 win over the Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. In four games, Fox is 5-for-15 with one double and five RBIs.

In Venezuela, Andres Blanco was batting .296 in 34 games with Magallanes, primarily playing second base. He’s also played shortstop and third. Catcher Robinson Chirinos was hitting .337 with six homers, five doubles and 21 RBIs for Magallanes.

In Mexico, outfielder Brad Snyder was batting .363 in 39 games with seven homers, 10 doubles and 35 RBIs. He went 2-for-2 on Saturday with one RBI. Teammate Matt Camp was batting .361 in 42 games with one homer, 15 doubles and 23 RBIs. Camp has played shortstop and center field for the Mexican League team.

– Carrie Muskat

11/23 Winter league update

Cubs infielder/outfielder Jake Fox was headed to the Dominican Republic on Monday to join Licey for the second half of the season. As for Cubs prospects currently playing, Brian Schlitter is 6-for-8 in save situations with Mexicali in the Mexican League. The right-hander from Park Ridge, Ill., whom the Cubs acquired from the Phillies in the Scott Eyre deal, has a 3.79 ERA.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos was batting .363 in 29 games with Magallanes in Venezuela. He has six homers and 20 RBIs in 29 games. Andres Blanco was batting .302 for Magallanes with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 25 RBIs. He’s played second, short and third in 30 games. And outfielder Nelson Perez was batting .311 in 22 games with Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic.

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 AFL & winter ball update

This is the final week of games for the Arizona Fall League. Josh Vitters apparently is recovered from the strained muscle, and hit a two-run homer Saturday in Mesa’s 4-2 win over Peoria. He’s batting .359 in the AFL. Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 with a double and was hitting .388. John Gaub and Blake Parker both pitched one inning of relief, and both picked up holds on Saturday.

On Monday, Mesa plays host to Phoenix at HoHoKam Stadium.

Cubs’ prospect Andrew Cashner is 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts in the AFL. In his last outing Nov. 11, he was roughed up, giving up four runs on seven hits over three innings. In his previous outing, the right-hander threw four shutout innings, serving up five hits. He has fanned 16 over 16 2/3 innings this fall. Catcher Michael Brenly was hitting .294 with one homer in six games.

In Venezuela, infielder Andres Blanco was batting .316 with one homer, 11 doubles, two triples and 22 RBIs for Magallanes. Blanco has primarily played second base and was hitting second in the lineup there. Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos was batting .357 with six homers, five doubles and 19 RBIs for Magallanes.

J.R. Mathes has returned home after making six starts for Caracas. He went 1-2 with a 5.08 ERA, striking out 12 over 28 1/3 innings. In his last outing Nov. 6, Mathes gave up two runs, 11 hits and did not walk a batter over five innings.

In the Dominican Republic, outfielder Nelson Perez was batting .362 in 17 games with two homers, three doubles, two triples and five RBIs for Toros del Este.

In Mexico, shortstop Matt Camp was batting .336 for Mexicali with 10 doubles, one homer and 21 RBIs. He’s been leading off for the Mexican League team, and has a .401 on-base percentage. Brian Schlitter has seven saves and a 4.24 ERA in 16 games there, striking out 12 over 17 innings. The right-hander pitched on Sunday, and gaveup one run, two walks and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

11/7 Winter ball roundup

Thomas Diamond made his first start in the Mexican League on Friday night, and struck out three over three-plus innings in Mexicali’s 5-4 win over Obegron. Diamond did not walk a batter and did not give up a hit until the first two batters in the fourth connected off the right-hander. He was then pulled. Brad Snyder went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Mexicali, and was batting .348. Brian Schlitter, who totaled 22 saves at Double-A Tennessee, picked up the save, pitching one inning.

In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes gave up two runs on 11 hits over five innings, striking out two, but did not get a decision in Caracas’ 4-3 win over Lara.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos hit his fourth homer, a solo shot, to help Magallanes beat Caribes 3-1. Chirinos was batting .405 and has 12 RBIs. Andres Blanco also had a hit.

– Carrie Muskat

11/5 AFL & winter ball update

Michael Brenly smacked a two-run homer in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 8-5 win over the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Brenly is the son of Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly, and was a late add to the Mesa team, replacing catcher Welington Castillo. Mesa and Peoria meet again in Mesa on Thursday.

In Venezuela, Andres Blanco scored two runs and hit a double and Robinson Chirinos had one hit in Magallanes’ 6-3 win over Margarita. In Mexico, Brad Snyder hda two hits, including his fourth home run, in Mexicali’s 6-3 loss to Mazatlan. Matt Camp also had a hit, and was batting .351.

Nelson Perez, who batted .251 with 11 homers and 65 RBIs for Class A Peoria, was hitting .405 for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. He has primarily been used as the designated hitter, and has four multi-hit games out of 12.

– Carrie Muskat

10/31 AFL & winter ball update

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw six shutout innings in Mexicali’s 8-1 win over Hermosillo in Mexican League action Friday night. Samardzija struck out seven and walked one, giving up four hits. His ERA now is 2.25.

In Arizona Fall League action, the Mesa Solar Sox played to a 5-5, 11 inning tie against Scottsdale. Starlin Castro did not start, but entered as a defensive sub in the 11th at second base. The infielder is leading the AFL with a .419 batting average. Cubs prospect Blake Parker threw two scoreless innings, walking three. Mesa plays host to Phoenix on Saturday at HoHoKam Park.

In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes served up three home runs over 4 2/3 innings in Caracas’ 7-2 loss to Aragua. Mathes gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks.

Andres Blanco went 4-for-5 with one RBI in Magallanes’ 13-5 win. Robinson Chirinos also drove in two runs and hit a double.

– Carrie Muskat

10/29 AFL & winter ball update

Josh Vitters hit a RBI single in a five-run first inning to back Andrew Cashner and lead the Mesa Solar Sox to a 12-5 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League. Vitters, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2007, and Starlin Castro each had two hits and one RBIs. Cashner, the Cubs’ top pick in ’08, did not give up a run over four innings, striking out four and walking two.

In Venezuela, Robinson Chirinos had three hits including a three-run homer, to help Magallanes beat Caracas, 6-3, on Wednesday. Former Cubs pitcher Sean Gallagher, now with San Diego, picked up the win, pitching five innings.

– Carrie Muskat  

10/28 AFL & winter ball update

Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos drove in four runs, scored two, and finished a triple short of the cycle in Magallanes’ 11-7 win over Aragua in Venezuela Tuesday night. Chirinos was batting .455 in 10 games. Andres Blanco added a three-run homer for the Navegantes.

In the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday, Blake Parker was the losing pitcher in Mesa’s 6-5 loss to the Peoria Saguaros. Zack Cozart doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly off Parker in the ninth for the walkoff win.

– Carrie Muskat

10/25 AFL & winter ball update

Cubs prospect Blake Parker blew a save Saturday but ended up with the win as the Mesa Solar Sox rallied for a 4-3, 10-inning win over Surprise. Parker served up back to back homers to Mets first-round pick Ike Davis and Yankees prospect Brandon Laird in the ninth, but the Solar Sox won the game on a two-out solo homer by David Cooper in the 10th.

Sunday is an off day in the Arizona Fall League, and the Solar Sox return to action Monday at Phoenix.

* In the Mexican League, Matt Camp posted his second three-hit game, scored two runs and drove in two in Mexicali’s 9-7 loss to Navojoa on Saturday. Camp, who was the Cubs’ 13th round pick in 2006 and converted to an infielder prior to the ’09 season, now is hitting .750.

* In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes threw five scoreless innings, giving up eight hits, for Caracas in a 9-0 win over Magallanes. Mathes now is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos hit a double for Magallanes in the game. Chirinos batted .300 in 69 games with Class A Daytona this season and .257 in 12 games for Double-A Tennessee. Second baseman Jonathan Mota was batting .350 for Aragua in Venezuela.

– Carrie Muskat

8/5 Minor matters

The Cubs have signed sixth-round pick Brooks Raley for $750,000. The Texas A&M left-hander was at Wrigley Field recently to throw a bullpen for Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Raley received $600,000 above the maximum the commissioner’s office recommends for all picks after the fifth-round. A two-way player in college, he was projected as a possible supplemental first-round pick.

* Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2007 Draft, has not played since July 27 because of a sore wrist, which has been bothering him since he was hit by a pitch. He was batting .227 in 22 games at Class A Daytona after hitting .316 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs in 70 games at Class A Peoria. Cubs officials say the injury is not serious.

* The Cubs are waiting to see what sentencing will be issued for Julio Castillo, the Minor League pitcher convicted of one charge of felonious assault. Castillo was accused of hurling a ball into the stands with the intent of causing injury during a brawl. The verdict was handed down Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Connie Price. Castillo, 22, was acquitted of a second charge of felonious assault with a deadly weapon.

The charge is punishable by up to eight years in prison, although Castillo could be eligible for probation. Price set the sentencing for Aug. 6.

Castillo was pitching for Class A Peoria on July 24, 2008, at Fifth Third Field when a brawl started on the field. He ran off the mound, then threw a baseball toward the Dayton Dragons’ dugout. The ball went high and struck spectator Christopher McCarthy, 25, of Middletown, and he suffered a concussion.

* Starlin Castro and Robinson Chirinos were both promoted from Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. On Tuesday night, in his first game with the Smokies, Castro went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Chirinos batted .300 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 69 games for Daytona.

– Carrie Muskat

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