Nov. 21-22 Cubs Recap

Here's a recap of the Cubs' prospects in the winter leagues including Luis Valbuena's first homer in the VWL.

Venezuelan Winter League

Nov. 22—Luis Valbuena (.303) ripped his first homer, a solo shot in the 4th in Lara's 10-4 win. Valbuena finished 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Nov. 21—RHP Yoanner Negrin (3-3 3.86 ERA) made his ninth start and surrendered seven hits and walked two in five innings, leading to a pair of runs, one unearned. The right-hander from Cuba recorded one strikeout, throwing 90 pitches, 56 for strikes. Negrin didn't figure in the decision in Caracas‘ 6-4 win over La Guaria in 10 innings. Caracas' Hector Rondon worked a scoreless inning, allowing a single to the four hitters he faced.

Luis Valbuena was 0-4 with a RBI and a run in Lara's 7-1 win over Magallanes. He also walked and struckout.

Yeiper Castillo (2-1 4.70 ERA) got Zulia out of the 4th inning stranding two inherited runners but Aragua scored 4 runs off the right-hander in the fifth as he only got one out before leaving. Two singles, a walk and a bases clearing double ended Castillo's night. Castillo is technically a free agent and hasn't been signed by a team. I'll keep reporting his game results until he signs. Castillo started 2013 in Daytona and was promoted to AA Tennessee, throwing 88.2 IP with 80 K and a combined 3.35 ERA in 29 games, including 10 starts.

Dominican Winter League

Nov. 22—Junior Lake (.344) went 1-3 with a single and a RBI groundout in Estrellas' 5-2 loss to Escogido. Lake has nine RBI and continues to play centerfield.

Julio Borbon (.163) was 0-3 hitting leadoff in Licey's 3-2 loss to Gigantes. Borbon was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 8th.

Nov. 21—No games were scheduled.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Nov. 22—SS Walter Ibarra was 1-2 with a walk before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 9th in Mazatlan's 8-4 loss.

Nov. 21—Ibarra made the start for Mazatlan in his familiar 9th spot in the batting order. He went 1-3 with a single and a strikeout in Mazatlan's 10-2 loss to Navojoa.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Nov. 22—No players saw action.

Nov. 21—3B Jonathan Mota singled and scored in Ponce's three-run first as the home team rallied in the bottom of the 11th for a 6-5 victory over Santurce. Mota finished 1-5. DH Rubi Silva had his first hit since missing time with an injury with a double in the second and then singled in tying run in the bottom of the 11th. Silva ended the game 2-5 with two strikeouts. SS Edwin Maysonet was 0-6 with a RBI for Santurce.

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