There’s 42 squads in the DSL but teams only play games within their division. Cubs 2 was in the eight-team South Division, playing each team eight times (10 against the Mariners), so keep that in mind when you look at stats.
Cubs 2 played good ball the first part of the year but couldn’t keep pace with the Mariners, who won the division and fell in the DSL semi-finals. After completing a two-game sweep over the M’s on June 22, the Cubs had one-game lead and improved to 15-6 with a win over Orioles II in Game 1 of a DH on June 29. After Alfredo Colorado’s complete game shutout on July 14, the Cubs were 24-11 and looked headed to the playoffs. But a seven-game losing streak immediately followed and the M’s grabbed first place for good. Cubs finished the year at 38-32, taking fourth, 9.5 games behind the Mariners.
Fifteen position players suited up for Cubs, including five making their pro debuts.
Aramis Ademan, SS—Signed for a reported $2 million, the 18-year-old got off to a slow start and was only batting .183 over the first 17 games and wasn’t much better in the field, committing eight errors. While he cut down on his fielding miscues, the Dominican Republic native also picked it up at the plate and hit .305/.431/.356 over the final 18 games. Playing 59 games in his professional debut season, the left-handed hitting shortstop batted .254/.366/.316 with 17 stolen base and tied for team-lead with 37 runs. He drew 34 walks while striking out 28 times. Ademan is currently in Mesa for Fall Instructs.
Miguel Amaya, C—If you’re looking a catching prospect to follow, keep an eye on the 17-year-old Panama native. After inking a reported $1 million signing bonus last summer, Amaya lived up to his billing as a defensive weapon, throwing out 47 percent of would-be base stealers (24-51). At the plate, the right-handed bat got off to a great start at the plate (.292 in 17 games in June) but cooled off as the season progress and finished with a slash of .245/.344/.317 with 22 RBI, 29 runs, and a team-high 12 doubles.. He swiped nine bases and drew 21 walks while striking out 27 times. Amaya is in Mesa for Fall Instructs.
Luis Diaz, 2B—The Dominican native didn’t get a big bonus like some of his teammates but the 5-foot-9 infielder didn’t let that stop him from an impressive pro debut. The 17-year-old led the Cubs with 60 hits (14 multi-hit games), and tied for the team lead with 37 runs and 23 stolen bases while slashing .251/.314/.335. In 47 starts at second, Diaz committed 11 errors in 248 chances (.956) and also made nine starts at third. Diaz is in Mesa for fall instructs.
Abraham Rodriguez, OF—Amaya wasn’t the only player from Panama the Cubs signed last summer and may have found a steal with the left-handed hitting outfielder. Rodriguez had an 11-game hitting streak early in the year and followed that up a 15-game hit streak. The 17-year-old was unable to keep up his torrid pace and only hit .186 over the final month but put the ball in play as he only fanned 25 times during the season. Rodriguez led the Cubs with 78 total bases and 33 RBI while stealing 12 bases. He finished with a slash line of .255/.289/.355 and earned an invite to fall instructs.
Fernando Kelli, OF—The 18-year-old missed three weeks in July but still tied for the team lead with 23 stolen bases. In 44 games, Kelli batted .240/.329/.247 and all but one of his 36 hits were singles. The Venezuelan native made 35 starts in center and got credit for five assists. Kelli was invited to fall instructs.
Here’s a look at the rest of the Cubs 2 position players.
Fidel Mejia, IF—Spilt his time between second, short and third and was the only player on the roster that finished with an average over .300, batting .321/.374/.378 in his second pro season. Mejia recorded nine doubles and stole nine bases.
Daniel Diaz, C—The second-year catcher from Venezuela hit .178/.328/.206 with 11 RBI in 37 games. The 19-year-old threw out 23 of 67 base stealers in 33 games behind the plate.
Yovanny Cuevas, OF—The 18-year-old saw his batting average drop in his second year in the DSL (.259-.227) but turned around his plate awareness with 37 walks and 35 strikeouts, ending the year with .378 OBP. The Dominican native swiped 20 bases, scored 28 times, tied for the team lead with three homers and was second in RBI with 26.
Ronaldo Lopez, IF—In his second season, the Venezuelan hit .149/.239/.190 in 53 games while playing second, short and third.
Fidel Matos, 1B/OF—Playing 25 games at first and 11 in the outfield, the 21-year-old tied for the team lead with three homers and knocked in 23 runs while hitting .217/.311/.322.
Tony Rijo, OF—The second-year pro hit .161/.303/.271 in 41 games with 50 strikeouts in 118 at-bats.
Luis Ubiera, OF—Playing in his third pro season, the 20-year-old batted .200/.266/.232 in 42 games with 13 RBI.
Henrry Pedra, IF—The 22-year-old Venezuelan played for both Cubs squads and slashed .211/.378/.316 in 21 games, 15 for Cubs 2.
Franklin Tineo, C—Started the season with Cubs 2 but only played in nine games before being assigned to Cubs 1. The 21-year-old hit .235/.304/.327 in his third DSL season.
Richard Nunez, C/1B—Played for both teams but only spent 10 of his 53 games with Cubs 1 and batted .275/.419/.344 with 16 stolen bases for Cubs 2.
Faustino Carrera—While most of his fellow countrymen that signed last summer were in Mesa, the 17-year-old left-hander was making a name for himself in the DSL. The Mexico native went 7-2 with a 1.06 ERA and fanned 55 over 76.1 innings. Carrera sported a 0.97 WHIP and a .208 BAA in his 13 starts. Earned an invite to fall instructs.
Alfredo Colorado—The 20-year-old right-hander was the Cubs only pitcher in the minors to fire a complete game nine inning shutout. Colorado twirled his masterpiece on July 14 against Baltimore, fanning five in the gem. Over 14 starts, the Venezuelan native who only logged 11 innings his first two seasons in the VSL, went 3-7 with a 3.61 ERA in 67.1 innings. Colorado recorded 62 strikeouts, walked 18 and had a WHIP of 1.26. Colorado in is Mesa for fall instructs
Emilio Ferrebus—After a rough first season in the VSL, the 18-year-old improved his command of the strike zone and got better results. In 14 starts, the right-hander went 2-6 with a 4.25 ERA in 65.2 innings. He walked 29, fanned 47 and finished with a 1.57 WHIP.
Hector Garcia—If Carrera wasn’t the Cubs top arm in the DSL, then Garcia was. In 13 starts, the second-year pro from Mexico went 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA and led the team with a 0.92 WHIP over 75.1 innings. The right-hander fanned 62, only walked 14 and held opponents to a .202 BAA. He’s currently in Mesa at fall instructs.
Carlos Ocampo—Signed out of Columbia last summer, the 18-year-old made nine starts and was 1-2 with a 3.56 ERA. He fanned 29 over 30.1 innings but had trouble with his command, issuing 25 walks. DSL hitters only batted .192 off the right-hander. He’s in Mesa for fall instructs.
Wilfre Delgado—In his first year of pro ball, the 20-year-old Venezuelan made five starts and seven relief appearances. In 40.2 innings he went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and converted his only save opportunity. The 6-foot-1 right-hander fanned 22, walked 17 and sported a BAA of .201.
Fauris Guerrero—The 19-year-old right-hander led the Cubs with 18 appearances and also tossed a team-high 43.2 relief innings. The second-year pro from the Dominican Republic went 4-4 with a 2.66 ERA with 46 K and 10 BB. He was 2-of-5 in save opportunities and led the team with three holds. He was invited to fall instructs.
Omar Ventura—The second-year pro from Venezuela was 1-2 with a 5.56 ERA in 34 innings with 28 BB and 19 K in 15 relief appearances.
Yan De La Cruz—Signed as a free agent after two years with Astros, De La Cruz went 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA in 33 innings (14 relief outings).
Ivan Medina—The 20-year-old right-hander appeared in 14 games and converted both save opportunities. The third-year pro was 4-0 with a 4.30 ERA with 14 K, 17 BB in 29.1 innings.
Sucre Valdez—The 23-year-old appeared in 15 games in his second pro season, going 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA in 27 IP, 21 K, 7 BB.
Maikel Aguiar—In his first pro season, the 19-year-old Venezuelan converted both of his save opportunities and was 0-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 22.1 innings. The 6-foot right-hander fanned 27 while issuing 17 walks.
Bryan Molina—Pitched for both teams and sported a 2.03 ERA in 13.1 innings with Cubs 2 but walked 12 in nine games.
Luiz Escanio—In his fourth DSL season with the Cubs, the 24-year-old right-hander went 3-1 with a 1.45 ERA and a team-high three saves over 18.2 IP, 28 K.
Robert Severino—Signed as a free agent after two years in the M’s organization, the 22-year-old was 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in nine games, 14 IP, 5 BB, 15 K.
Jhon Romero—The 21-year-old Columbian recorded three saves in his first five games but didn’t pitch after June 23 but still tied for the team lead in saves.
Deibi Torres—The 21-year-old right-hander appeared in two games in early June and didn’t pitch the rest of the season.null