Other than the Arizona Fall League, very few Cubs minor leaguers are playing winter league ball. I look for a few more to be added now that fall instructs and the Cubs playoff run is over.
Would also like to announce that NorthSidersReport has recruited John Arguello from the Cubs Den to assist with reports from the Arizona Fall League. In addition to the Cubs blog, John also write a prospect blog entitled Appraising Arizona. His series on the Cubs AFL prospects will start soon with catcher Willson Contreras.
Here’s the weekend report
Arizona Fall League
AFL had Sunday off and Mesa dropped to 1-9 with a 5-4 walk-off loss to Salt River. Cubs pitching prospects wer on display as left-hander Rob Zastryzny got the start for Mesa and fanned seven over five innings, matching his season-high at Tennessee for punchouts in a start. Zastryzny allowed two runs on six hits and didn’t walk anyone in the efficient 62-pitch outing...... Corey Black surrendered an unearned run in the sixth on two hits. He fanned two and threw 18 pitches, 11 for strikes, earning his first hold.....David Garner worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning and recorded a strikeout, his eighth in four innings of shutout ball (3 G)......C Willson Contreras doubled home a run, scored, and walked in five plate appearances. He also committed his third error.
Venezuelan Winter League
Oct. 25—2B Gioskar Amaya (.233) doubled in three at-bats in Aragua’s 3-2 win over Lara.....P.J. Francescon got the final out on strikes in the only hitter he faced in Margarita’s 7-4 loss to Caracas......
Oct. 24—Yoanner Negrin tossed seven shutout innings and improved to 2-2 in Lara’s 5-0 win over Aragua. The right-handed Cuban threw 85 pitches, 60 for strikes, and fanned two while walking one and allowing two hits.....Felipe Paulino (1-1, 5.40 ERA) took the loss in Margarita’s 4-3 defeat to Caracas. The right-hander lasted 3.1 innings, yielding four runs on five hits and three walks. He threw 74 pitches, 42 for strikes, and had a game score of 32.
Dominican Winter League
Oct. 25—2B Arismendy Alcantara (.280) doubled in a pair of runs in Licey’s 5-0 win over Estrellas.
Oct. 24—No Cubs prospects saw action.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Oct. 25—DH Christian Villanueva went 0-for-4 in Obregon’s 4-3 loss to Los Mochis.
Oct. 24—DH Christian Villanueva (.364) went 2-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Obregon’s 6-5 loss to Los Mochis.