Cubs sign 17-year-old Venezuelan Wladimir Galindo
According to reports, the Cubs have signed one of the few remaining top international prospects inking Wladimir Galindo, an infielder from Venezuelan.
Galindo has spent the winter playing for Caimanes in the Venezuelan B League with future Cubs teammates Gioskar Amaya, Mark Malave, Wilson Contreras, Gleyber Torres, Carlos Penalver, Bryant Flete, and Ronnie Alcala. Galindo is hitting .341/.354/.500 in 16 games with two homers and nine RBI.
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Galindo has a large frame that may allow him to move off shortstop and have a future at third or the outfield. Ranked #25 by mlb.com, he also posses a good arm and scouts like his raw power.
Cubs claim RHP Brett Marshall
The Cubs claimed RHP Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday and added him to the 40-man roster. The Cubs 40 man-roster is at 39. Marshall was taken off the Yankees 40-man roster when Carlos Beltran signed his contract with New York.
Marshall made his major league debut in 2013, working 5.2 innings of relief (9H, 5ER, 5 BB, 1K 2HR) in a 12-2 loss to the Mariners on May 15. The 23-year-old was recalled to the big leagues in September and appeared in two games, allowing one earned run over 6.1 innings with six punchouts and four hits.
He made 25 starts at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre posing a 7-10 record with a 5.13 ERA, yielding 17 homers in 138.2 IP with a 1.529 WHIP. Marshall told PinstripesPlus he was looking to make the Yankees opening day roster in 2014, trying to build on the success he had the final month at AAA and during his September call-up.
The Yankees tinkered with the Texas native in 2013, moving him across the rubber to the first base side to give his sinker more room to work, and added a cutter to his repertoire. It didn't work, and he admitted thinking too much about mechanics and not enough about competing. By mid-season he scrapped the changes, brought back his slider, and posted a 3.63 ERA over the final 74.1 innings.
Marshall was the Yankees sixth-round pick in 2008 but had his career halted in July of 2009 with Tommy John surgery. He returned in 2010, tossing 84 innings in his comeback at three different levels. Marshall made 26 starts for Tampa in the Florida State League (9-7 3.78) and followed that season up going 13-7 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts at AA Trenton in 2012.
Marshall is a former high school teammate of Cubs pitching prospect Hunter Cervenka, both hailing from Ross Sterling HIgh School in Baytown, Texas.
Orioles claim Liam Hendriks off waivers
Liam Hendriks' career with the Cubs is over before it ever began, literally. Hendriks was claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Monday, just 10 days after Cubs grabbed the right-hander on a waiver claim from Minnesota. The 24-year-old Australian made eight starts for the Twins in 2013 after spending part of the year in AAA. Over parts of three big league seasons, Hendriks is 2-13 with 6.06 ERA.
Dec. 22-23 Winter League Cubs Recap
Venezuelan Winter League
Dec. 23—No games scheduled
Dec. 22—2B Luis Valbuena was 1-4 in Lara's 3-0 win over Magallanes.
Dominican Winter League
Dec. 23—The DWL playoff schedule was released and the 18-game round-robin format will run from Dec. 27-Jan. 17. Teams in the playoff are Escogido (31-19), Aguilas (31-19), Licey (29-21) and Gigantes (22-28).
Dec.22—No Cubs prospects saw action.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Dec.23—No games scheduled.
Dec. 22—No Cubs prospects saw action.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Dec. 22—3B Jonathan Mota (.259) went 1-4 with a RBI while LF Rubi Silva (.250) was 0-3 with two strikeouts in Ponce's 3-1 loss to Mayaguez.