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Winter League updates for Cubs prospects as well as recaps from the Arizona Fall League

An update on all the Cubs prospects in the Caribbean Leagues as well as daily updates from the Arizona Fall league, including Pierce Johnson's best outing.

Arizona Fall League

Nov. 15—No games scheduled.

Nov. 14—Jeimer Candelario  went 2-for-4 including a double and a run scored in Mesa’s 5-1 win over Scottsdale. Candy is hitting .352/.382/.676 in 18 games..... Cael Brockmeyer (.200) was 0-for-4.... David Garner (9 G, 10.1 IP, 10 H, 5 BB, 10 K) tossed a scoreless inning sof relief, walking one in the 13-pitch frame.

Nov. 13—Jeimer Candelario doubled and scored in Mesa’s 2-1 win over Scottsdale. DH Mark Zagunis (.250) was 0-for-4.

Nov. 12—Pierce Johnson tossed five shutout innings in his best outing of the fall. The right-hander allowed five hits and walked one in his 64-pitch outing. Johnson recorded seven groundouts and fanned four.....C Cael Brockmeyer (.238) went 2-for-3 with a double while RF Mark Zagunis (.275) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.349) were both 1-for-3 with a walk in the 1-0 loss.

Here’s a look at the Cubs prospects currently under contract with the organization and playing in the Caribbean Winter Leagues.

Dominican Winter League

Arismendy Alcantara and Taylor Davis are the only position players to see the filed in the DWL. Davis, 25, only played four games (1-for-13) and hasn’t played since Oct. 20. Alcantara, 24, has struggled for Licey, hitting just .180/.271/.295 in 18 games with 0 HR and 8 RBI.

Frank Batista , who recently resigned a minor league deal with the Cubs, has made six relief appearance for Aguilas, logging 9.1 IP with a 1-1 record and a 5.79 ERA. He’s allowed 10 hits, walked five and recorded five punchouts..... Juan Paniagua 25, is a prospect to keep an eye on with a lively fastball in the mid-90s and a plus change-up. The right-hander has thrown 4.1 innings (5 games) for Estrellas, allowing one unearned run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. 

Venezuelan Winter League

Infielder Bryant Flete got off to a red-hot start but has cooled off, hitting .296/.356/.370 in 17 games for Zulia. The left-handed hitting 22-year-old played a majority of 2015 as a bench player in AA but hadn’t played above short-season prior to last season...... Gioskar Amaya  is hitting .235/.289/.353 in 12 games for Aragua but has only played in three games in November. After switching to behind the plate in 2015, Amaya is back at second base in the VWL.

P.J. Francescon leads the arms in the VWL. The 26-year-old has five saves in seven opportunities for Margarita. In 11 games, Francescon has tossed 10 innings, surrendering 16 hits and five walks to go along with seven strikeouts. The right-hander is coming off his best season out of the bullpen, recording 22 saves at AA and earned a late season promotion to Iowa........After making 23 starts for South Bend, Erick Leal is working out of the bullpen for Magallanes, appearing in nine games. In 10.1 IP, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA, allowing 13 hits and three walks with 5 K......Not much success for Yoervis Medina in his five games, yielding 11 hits in 4.1 innings. Acquired from Seattle for Welington Castillo, the 27-year-old right-hander has a 10.38 ERA with 3 BB and 2 K...... Armando Rivero still remains a a bullpen option for the Cubs but the right-hander needs to find some of the velocity he lost in 2015 and regain the command of his slider. In eight games for Aragua, the 27-year-old Cuban has 11 K in 8.1 IP with a 5.40 ERA and a 2-2 record. He’s allowed seven hits and issued just one free pass.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Christian Villanueva is having a nice season for Obregon, hitting .382/.465/.555 in 31 games. He’s slugged five homers, knocked in 16 runs and drawn 14 walks, an uptick in plate discipline for the 24-year-old that’s on the 40-man roster.

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