Results tagged ‘ Winter League ’

12/29 Winter ball update

Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with five RBIs in Caracas’ 18-5 win over Magallanes on Tuesday in Venezuela. Gonzalez, a switch-hitting infielder whom the Cubs signed out of Venezuela in 2005, batted .271 in 23 games with Class A Daytona and .246 in 86 games with Double-A Tennessee.

In the Dominican Republic, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 1-for-4, hitting an RBI single in the fifth, in Escogido’s 6-4 win over Gigantes. Former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon started for Escogido and gave up three earned runs on 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings. Escogido and Gigantes play again Wednesday.

— Carrie Muskat

12/27 Winter ball update

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Escogido’s 6-0 win over Estrellas on Sunday. He hit a RBI single in the first and added another in the eighth. Cubs prospect Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 for Estrellas. On Monday, Escogido plays host to Los Toros. Escogido, Estrellas, los Toros and los Gigantes are vying to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series.

— Carrie Muskat

12/20 Winter ball roundup

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 1-for-4 with a walk in Escogido’s 8-7 win over Licey on Sunday. The shortstop is batting .286. Welington Castillo was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Brad Snyder 1-for-3 for Licey. The Dominican Winter League regular season ends Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat

12/16 Winter ball update

Starlin Castro was 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run in Escogido’s 3-1 win Wednesday over Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League. Bryan LaHair started in left field and went 1-for-4 for Estrellas. Brad Snyder started in center field in Licey’s 12-6 loss to Aguilas and was hitless. Former Cubs OF/IF Jake Fox hit his fourth homer, a two-run shot, in the first.

— Carrie Muskat

12/15 Winter ball update

Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 with a double in Escogido’s 5-0 loss Tuesday to los Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Republic Winter League. Meanwhile, catcher Welington Castillo is batting .184 in 25 games and outfielder Brad Snyder is batting .306 in 13 games for Licey in the DR. First baseman Bryan LaHair was batting .300 in six games and Marcos Mateo is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Estrellas.

— Carrie Muskat

11/11 Castro back at work

Starlin Castro’s offseason is over. The 20-year-old shortstop has reported to the Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Winter Leagues and was expected to play his first game Saturday or Sunday. Former Cubs outfielder Moises Alou is Escogido’s general manager. Castro is playing without any restrictions from the Cubs.

“I came to work on my defense, primarily on my throw to first base,” Castro said.

The shortstop batted .300 in 125 games with the Cubs in his rookie season, hitting three home runs, including a three-run shot in his first at-bat May 7. He also committed 27 errors, and Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus and Minor League infield instructor Franklin Font were expected to visit Castro in the Dominican Republic this offseason to work on his defense.

Castro will find out Monday how he finished in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

— Carrie Muskat

11/4 Winter ball update

Here is a list of Cubs prospects playing Winter Ball in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Statistics are through Wednesday’s games:


Tony Campana, Aguilas de Zulia, 14 games, .314, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 stolen bases.

Jason Dubois, Tiburones de La Guaira, 18 games, .302, 5 homers, 2 doubles, 13 RBIs.

Marwin Gonzalez, Leones de Caracas, 18 games, .333, 7 doubles, 1 homer, 15 RBIs.

Brandon Guyer, Tigres de Aragua, 16 games, .333, 2 doubles, 1 homer, 7 RBIs

Marquez Smith, Tigres de Aragua, 13 games, .267, 3 doubles, 3 homers, 12 RBIs

Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Aguilas de Zulia, 1-2, 1.90 ERA, 5 starts, 23 2/3 IP, 6 walks, 12 Ks

Eduardo Figueroa, Caribes de Anzoategui, 1-0, 5.59 ERA, 5 games (1 start), 9 2/3 IP, 6 walks, 1 K

Craig Muschko, Aguilas de Zulia, 1-1, 5.59 ERA, 3 games (2 starts), 9 2/3 IP, 1 walk, 4 Ks

Carlos Rojas, Caribes de Anzoategui, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3 games, 3 1/3 IP, 2 walks, 1 K

Dominican Republic

Welington Castillo, Tigres de Licey, 6 games, .190, 1 homer, 1 RBI

Junior Lake, Estrellas de Oriente, 2 games, .000,

Nelson Perez, Toros de Este, 3 games, .222, 1 double

Marcos Mateo, Estrellas de Oriente, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 1 game, 2/3 IP, 2 walks, 1 K

Mexican League

Marco Carillo, Obregon 1-1, 5.12 ERA, 4 starts, 19 1/3 IP, 9 walks, 17 Ks

Oswaldo Martinez, Obregon, 0-0, 7.59 ERA, 8 games, 10 2/3 IP, 3 walks, 11 Ks

— Carrie Muskat