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12/3 Winter league roundup

Michael Bowden gave up one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out five, as Aguilas beat Licey in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Bowden is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA in six starts so far with 17 strikeouts over 27 2/3 innings.

Junior Lake went 1-for-4 on Sunday to raise his batting average to .333 overall for Estrellas de Oriente. On Saturday, Lake was 1-for-3, hitting his fourth home run and driving in three runs.

Alberto Cabrera gave up one run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings in relief for Toros del Este, his fourth appearance in the Dominican.

Tony Campana was 1-for-3, drew two walks, scored a run and stole two bases Sunday for Leones del Caracas in Venezuelan Winter League play. He’s batting .148 in 10 games with five steals.

Luis Valbuena was 2-for-4 with one RBI on Sunday and was batting .325 in 34 games with Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela. He’s played second and third.

Dave Sappelt was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple on Saturday, playing for Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela.

— Carrie Muskat

12/1 Winter ball update

Tony Campana was hitless in three at-bats on Friday for Leones del Caracas in Venezuelan Winter League play. Campana is 2-for-20 (.100) in eight games so far with two stolen bases. Reports are that he’s playing well defensively. Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 for Lara and was batting .316 in Venezuela with four home runs and 11 doubles.

In the Dominican, Esmailin Caridad has compiled a 1.80 ERA in 26 games, pitching primarily in relief for Yaquis de Obregon. He has 35 strikeouts in 30 innings. Michael Bowden has a 3.92 ERA in five games. In his last outing on Monday, he gave up one run on three hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings, striking out three.

* GM Jed Hoyer was asked Friday about Junior Lake, who is ranked among the batting leaders in the Dominican, but also has been playing in the outfield.

“Junior is an amazing athlete,” Hoyer said. “He has the ability to move around. When you have a guy who can play short and third and left and center field, I think we’ll use all that athleticism. We don’t know exactly what his final home will be but it’s been nice to get reports from [long time scout and Dominican manager] Dave Jauss from the Dominican Republic talking about [Lake’s] performance and development. I hope he can springboard off a good winter ball and head into Spring Training with some confidence.”

— Carrie Muskat


11/24 Winter ball update

Tony Campana went 1-for-3 on Friday for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela Winter League play. Campana is 2-for-15 (.133) in four games so far. Luis Valbuena went 3-for-3 on Thursday, hitting two home runs and driving in five runs, and was 1-for-4 on Friday for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela. He’s batting .337 in 26 games, and playing primarily second base.

Christian Villanueva, recently added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster, was batting .195 (8-for-41) in 18 games with Yaquis de Obregon in Mexico. he has two home runs, two doubles and six RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

11/22 Winter League update

Tony Campana was 1-for-4 with a double and stole a base for Leones del Caracas in Venezuelan Winter League play on Wednesday. Luis Valbuena was batting .318 for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela, going 1-for-5 on Wednesday. He has two home runs and eight doubles over 24 games.

Junior Lake had a long day Tuesday, playing all 16 innings for Estrellas de Oriente in a 4-3 win over Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League. He went 1-for-7 with one RBI, but was still batting .345, among the tops in the league.

— Carrie Muskat

11/21 Winter league update

Tony Campana went 0-for-4 but did steal a base in his first game for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela winter league play on Tuesday. Campana, who led off, played left and center field. The speedy outfielder batted .264 with the Cubs and swiped a career-high 30 bases. Josh Vitters also is playing for Leones, did not play Tuesday. He’s 0-for-7 in two games.

Alberto Cabrera struck out four over two scoreless innings in relief for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. Cabrera now has six Ks in 3 2/3 innings in two games.

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 Extra bases

* According to Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Dan Plesac told WGN on Friday that he’s withdrawing from consideration for the Cubs TV analyst job and will remain at MLB Network. There’s a new name in the mix: Astros broadcaster Jim Deshaies has reportedly interviewed for the Cubs TV analyst job, open after Bob Brenly left to join the Diamondbacks’ TV team.

Also, Doug Glanville is reportedly no longer being considered. The former big league outfielder is reportedly close to an extension with ESPN.

Who is Deshaies? A left-hander known as J.D., he pitched for 12 seasons, including seven with the Astros from 1985-91. His last game was an abbreviated start on July 30, 1995, at Wrigley Field. He gave up six runs on five hits, including a first inning home run by Todd Zeile and another blast in the second by Jose Hernandez over 1 1/3 innings as the Cubs rolled to an 8-0 win over the Phillies. Deshaies reportedly holds the Major League record for most at-bats without an extra-base hit (373). Deshaies just completed his 15th season as color analyst for the Astros.

Brenly did not have a direct Cubs tie, playing all but one season with the Giants.

* The Dallas Morning News reports free agent relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa visited Wrigley Field and the Cubs’ facilities. Fujikawa also has talked to the Rangers, Diamondbacks, Angels and Dodgers, and all have some level of interest. The 32-year-old right-hander has compiled a 1.77 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 914 strikeouts and 220 saves over 692 1/3 career innings for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan.

* Josh Vitters and Tony Campana are both playing in the Venezuela Winter League for Caracas. Vitters has started one game at third and was 0-for-3.

* Tuesday is the deadline for Major League teams to finalize their 40-man rosters.

— Carrie Muskat 

11/16 Winter League update

Junior Lake went 2-for-5 on Wednesday, and was batting .361 for Estrellas de Oriente, leading the Dominican winter league in batting average. Lake has two home runs, six doubles and 10 RBIs. Christian Villanueva, whom the Cubs got from the Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal, was batting .206 for Yaquis de Obregon in Mexican league action. He was 2-for-3 on Tuesday, hitting his second home run.

Josh Vitters was listed on the roster for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela, but has yet to play. Tony Campana also has joined Leones. In Venezuela, Luis Valbuena was hitting .318 with one home run and seven doubles in 19 games with Cardenales de Lara while Ty Wright was batting .247 with three doubles, two triples and one home run in 20 games for Tigres de Aragua.

— Carrie Muskat


11/12 Extra bases: Campana to Venezuela

* Cubs outfielder Tony Campana tweeted on Sunday that he was on his way to Venezuela to play winter ball. Campana was to join Caracas as was third baseman Josh Vitters. Last season, Campana batted .264 in 89 games for the Cubs with 30 stolen bases, and stole another 18 bases in 37 games for Triple-A Iowa, where he hit .280.

* Mesa plays host to Salt River on Monday, kicking off the last week of Arizona Fall League play. The Solar Sox have gotten a boost from Cubs prospect Logan Watkins, going 5-1 since he started playing. Watkins, named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year after batting .281 at Double-A Tennessee, was batting .316 in five games.

* In Winter League play, Junior Lake was batting .344 in 19 games for Estrellas de Oriente and Diory Hernandez batting .221 in 19 games for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. Jae-Hoon Ha was batting .213 in 17 games for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela, while Christian Villanueva was batting .167 in 12 games for Yaquis de Obregon in Mexico.

— Carrie Muskat

11/7 The running game

The latest Bill James Handbook analyzes base running, and the Cubs finished in the bottom 10 among all teams. However, Tony Campana was seventh among all MLB players to avoid hitting into a double play.

According to the Handbook, the Cubs were 24th in net base gain in 2012 with plus-3 in the bottom 10 of all MLB teams. They finished ahead of the Nationals (-1) but behind the Dodgers (+6).  The Cubs got on base 1,875 times, tied with the Pirates and less than any other team in baseball except for the Mariners (1,873).  The James/BIS system is based on a system of pluses and minuses that measures both success as a base stealer and the ability to move up an extra base or score on things like a hit, sac fly, passed ball, wild pitch, balk, or defensive indifference. Mike Trout, for example, has a +51 overall score as a baserunner.

Stats on base running are given in the book for every Major League position player in 2012 and for every position player with more than 1,000 career games since 2002.  Despite the Cubs’ overall base running woes, Campana was No. 7 baserunner in 2012, with a net base gain of +41 (tied with the Giants’ Angel Pagan). Campana also never grounded into a double play last season despite having 30 chances to do so. He was only one of five players not to ground into a double play when faced with at least one GIDP opportunity.

* The Cubs finished 11th in the National League with 94 stolen bases. Campana swiped 30 bases, tied for ninth best in the NL. Starlin Castro was next on the team with 25 steals.


10/17 Winter ball

Winter League baseball is underway, and several Cubs prospects, including infielder Junior Lake, are participating. Here’s an early list of the players and the team they are on:

Mexican Pacific League

Alfredo Amezaga (Obregon)

Esmailin Caridad (Obregon)

Greg Rohan (Mazatlan)

Christian Villanueva (Obregon)

Dominican Winter League

Arismendy Alcantara (Licey)

Jeffry Antigua (Toros de Este)

Jairo Ascencio (Este)

Diory Hernandez (Este)

Junior Lake (Oriente)

Venezuelan Winter League

Juan Apodaca (Zulia)

Eduardo Figueroa (Caribes de Anzoategui)

Yoanner Negrin (Caracas)

Loiger Padron (Caracas)

Luis Valbuena (Lara)

Ty Wright (Aragua)

Note: Tony Campana and Miguel Socolovich also were to play for Caracas in Venezuela