Cubs add two more Dominican prospects
According to Baseball America, the Cubs have signed a pair of Dominican outfield prospects. Yvonne Cuevas, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has agreed to terms with the Cubs as well as OF Samir Lara-Pimentel. The 18-year-old Pimmentel will train at the Cubs Academy in January and play in the Dominican Summer League. Cuevas is the fifth player form the Dominican’s International Prospects League, where OF Eloy Jimenez trained before signing with Cubs last year. Other IPL signees include LHP Wander Cabrera, SS Yeiler Puguro, OF Wander Felix, and 3B Tony Rijo. The Cubs have also added include IF Fidel Mejia, RHP Emilo Ferrebus and SS Francisco Garay.
Dominican Winter League
Arismendy Alcantara had three hits, including a two-run homer, to help Licey to an 8-2 win over Escogido. Alcantara added two singles and walked once. Alcantara continues to play well this winter, hitting .324 with 4 HR while playing second and center......... Manny Ramirez went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk in Aguilas’ 6-5 loss to Gigantes. Ramirez also scored once and is now hitting. 300.
Venezuelan Winter League
No Cubs prospects saw action.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Christian Villanueva (.229) went 0-for-5 in Obregon’s 6-5 win over Los Mochis
Puerto Rican Winter League
All games were rained out.
Daily Lester news
Jon Lester will wear # 34 and Theo Epstein said he got Wood’s permission before allowing Lester to take the number of the former Cubs’ right-hander. Lester said he selected 34 as a tribute to Wood, Walter Payton and Nolan Ryan. In a twitter exchange Wood welcomed Lester to the Cubs and said he was humbled he chose 34. Lester replied that “it was an easy choice and you have my word I’ll represent it well.” The bromance exchange on twitter was adored by North Side fans. Lester was also bantering with former teammate David Ortiz, who just happens to wear 34. “If you wanted my number all you had to do was ask,” Ortiz tweeted Lester. Lester, who is currently 0-for-36 with 22 K in his career, responded “Figure the only way to get my 1st major league hit was to don the number of the greatest hitter I’ve ever seen.”