Venezuelan Winter League
Luis Valbuena (.230) slugged his 4th homer, a two-run shot in the 6th to tie the game at 4-4. It was Valbuena’s only hit of the game in four plate appearances in Lara’s 6-5 loss to Magallanes. The 29-year-old hit 16 long balls for the Cubs in ’14 in 478 at-bats.......Joseph Ortiz improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 3.00 with a scoreless frame in La Guaria’s 7-4 win over Margarita. Ortiz, 24, one of the few lefty relievers on the Cubs 40-man roster, has appeared in 19 games with 4 BB and 8 K in 18 IP.......Willson Contreras (.267) knocked three runs, including a pair in the 9th on his 5th homer of the season. The backstop has 17 RBI for Aragua, who lost 8-7 to Zulia.
Dominican Winter League
In the regular season finale, Junior Lake went 0-for-4 with a walk and scored a run in Estrellas’ 5-2 win over Toros. 3B Jeimer Candelario played his second game and was hitless in four at-bats for Toros. Both teams are headed to the round-robin, four-team playoffs.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
3B Christian Villanueva walked and finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Villanueva has clubbed nine homers but is only hitting .212 (32-151) in 44 games. The 23-year-old should start year in AAA and may even see some action in left field if Kris Bryant starts the year in Iowa.