Cubs Oct. 29 Notebook

Relief pitcher Armando Rivero made his Venezuelan Winter League debut on Wednesday and picked up the win. Cubs 2014 third-round pick Mark Zagunis smacked a three-run homer in the top of the 9th to help lead Mesa to a win in the AFL. Here a complete look at the winter league action and another 2015 draft pick—M.T. Minacci.

Arizona Fall League
Mark Zagunis made his first AFL homer a three-run shot in the top of the 9th that proved to be the difference in Mesa’s 11-10 win over Surprise. The Cubs third round pic in 2014 ow tof Virginia Tech finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI, two runs and a walk. Zagunis is now hitting .263/.521/.474 in seven games with 10 walks...... 3B Jeimer Candelario delivered a two-run double in the sixth and added a single to up his slash line to .424/.441/.879 in eight games......Cael Brockmeyer made his second start behind the plate and went 1-for-3 with a RBI and two walks. He also threw out Jurickson Profar twice but the Saguaros stole six bases.



Venezuelan Winter League
Armando Rivero made his VWL debut on Wednesday and got credit for the win in Aragua’s 3-2 victory over Caribes. The hard-throwing right-hander fanned two in the 1-2-3 eighth, needing only nine pitches, seven for strikes.



Dominican Winter League
2B Arismendy Alcantara (.242) went 1-for-4 in Licey’s 2-1 loss to Estrellas. Former Cub Felix Pie (.346) had three singles, walked twice, drove in a run, and scored a run for Estrellas. SS Marco Hernandez (.333), traded to Boston for Felix Doubront, was 0-for-3 for Licey......Jeffry Antigua threw a scoreless inning of relief in Toros 12-4 loss to Gigantes. The lefty allowed one hit and only needed three pitches as a double play ended the frame.



Mexican Pacific Winter League
Dh Christian Villanueva went 0f-or-3 with a walk in Obregon’s 4-3 loss to Jalisco.....Ryan Buchter made it three straight save, getting the final five outs in Culican’s 4-2 win over Navojoa. The lefty fanned three and allowed two hits in the 30-pitch outing



M.T. Minacci, RHP, 33rd round, No School
A 20th round pick by the Rockies in 2013 out of North Florida Christian High School, Minacci enrolled at Florida State University but never pitched for the Seminoles. He appeared in three games for Chipola Junior College in 2014 but didn’t play in 2015, working out for a few independent teams before the draft. At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Minacci projects as a bullpen arm and with a fastball in the 90s, is making the most of his “second chance.” After not pitching for 15 months, the 20-year-old made his pro debut on July 9 against the Rangers, allowing two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk in an inning of relief for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League. The right-hander had his ups and downs in his nine appearances, working four games without allowing a run while surrendering 11 runs in the other five outings. He finished with a 7.94 ERA in 11.1 innings with six walks and seven strikeouts. Minacci participated in the Cubs fall instructs and should get a shot at the Northwest League next year if he continues to progress.



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