A look at Cubs 1 season in the Dominican Summer League

Jonathan Sierra, Yonathan Perlaza and Brailyn Marquez highlighted the Cubs 1 roster

Cubs 1 played in the six-team North Division, facing each team 14 times (16 against the Mets). And while its a 42-team league, the Cubs only saw the Mets 1, Rangers 1, Pirates, Indians and Yankees 1, so keep that in mind when you look at stats. Neither Cubs team had a player that dominated his division at the plate but some of the starters put up impressive numbers. 

The Season

The Cubs dropped the first five games of the season and with Rangers 1 winning the division with a 51-19 mark, never challenged for first. A win over Mets 1 on July 9 brought the Cubs to 15-16 but they would drop ten of their next 11 games. The Cubs ended the year at 29-42, 22.5 games out of first and in fourth.

Position Players

Cubs 1 used seventeen position players during the season including six players from the 2015 IFA class that went way over the Cubs pool allotment. 

Jonathan Sierra, OF—Until the Cubs inked Eddy Martinez, the 17-year-old Dominican was the Cubs top signee, earning a $2.5 million bonus. The 6-foot-3 left-hander played in 64 games in his first pro season and hit .264/.384/.341 with 11 doubles and 19 RBI. Sierra swiped 12 bases and compiled a nine-game hitting streak (July 7-19). Of his 58 hits, only 14 went for extra bases and he didn’t homer. Sierra was invited to fall instructs.

Yonathan Perlaza, SS—Signed for a $1 million out of Venezuela last July, the switch-hitting infielder spent his first pro season roaming the infielder between second (26 games), short (21) and third (13). Over 60 games, the 17-year-old batted .256/.311/.386 with three homers, 12 doubles and 17 stolen bases. Perlaza got hot in July, hitting .313/.359/.510 in 24 games with three homers and 18 runs scored. Perlaza is back in the states for fall instructs.

Jose Gutierrez, OF—Signed for a reported $550,0000 last summer, the Venezuelan native led the Cubs with 97 total bases and a DSL-high11 triples while slashing .241/.291/.372. The switch-hitter scored 33 runs and stole 12 bases in 21 attempts. Gutierrez, 17, is participating in fall instructs. 

Henderson Perez, DH/C—The 17-year-old only caught seven games but threw out five of 14 bases runners. Spending most of the year at DH, the Venezuela native hit .226/.320/.284 but batted .320 over the final 16 games.

Herson Perez, 2B—Signed originally as a catcher, Perez spent one game behind the plate and 21 at second in his first pro season. The 19-year-old Venezuelan hit . 213/.315/.277 in 31 games.

Orian Nunez, IF—The 18-year-old Dominican was a regular in the daily updates and led the Cubs with 16 doubles and was second with 29 RBI while hitting .278/.344/.394 in 61 games. Nunez had more walks (18) than strikeouts (12) and committed a team-high 23 errors between third (36 games), 2B (23) and SS (2)

Here’s the rest of the “veteran” Cubs 1 position players.

Rafael Narea, SS—The second-year pro from Venezuela impressed enough in the DSL to earn an invite to the Cubs fall instructs in Mesa. The 18-year-old shortstop hit .263/.402/.306 and led the team with 27 stolen bases and 36 runs scored

Erick Gonzalez, C—The 20-year-old started the year in Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League (1-for-10) but was sent to the DSL after five games. In 12 games, Gonzalez batted .278/.333/.333.

Luis Hidalgo, 1B—Second in the DSL with nine homers, the third year pro hit .216/.320/.438 with a team-high 30 RBI. The 20-year-old Venezuelan made 38 starts at first, the only position he played in the field.

Richard Nunez, IF—Split time between the two DSL teams and only played in 10 of his 53 games with Cubs 1 (.267/.324/.400). Nunez, 21, batted .275/.419/.344 in 43 games with Cubs 2. 

Samir Lara, OF—The 19-year-old Dominican only appeared in 12 games with a slash of .255/.265/.383.

Franklin Tineo, C—The 21-year-old played in 49 games between both Cubs squads (40 with Cubs 1) and hit .250/.320/.338 with 2 HR and 18 RBI.

Jose Jules, OF—The fleet-footed outfielder batted .224/.283/.318 in his second year as a pro and swiped 18 bases.

Jose Rojas, 3B—After hitting .264/.338/.377 in the VSL in 2015, the 22-year-old third baseman slashed .204/.286/.257 in 41 games in his first year in the DSL.

Moises Colasante, OF—In his second pro season, the 22-year-old outfielder hit .165/.295/.248 over 46 games with 10 steals.

Raymond Pena, C—The 19-year-old backstop batted .143/.244/.205 in 40 games in his second DSL season.

Starting Rotation

Brailyn Marquezz—Standing 6-foot-4, the 17-year-old went 4-2 in 12 starts and led the Cubs with a 1.48 ERA while fanning 48 over 54.2 innings.  The left-hander only allowed three earned runs over his final 23.2 innings while recording 23 punchouts. Marquez, signed for a reported $600,000 last July and named to the DSL all-star team, was invited to fall instructs.

Jesus Tejada—The workhorse of the Cubs staff, the 19-year-old right-hander logged a team-high 60.2 innings and went 1-5 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 starts. Tejada sported a 1.24 WHIP with 37 K, 18 BB, and a .281 BAA.

Andres Bonalde—Pitching for both teams, the second-year Venezuelan made two starts for Cubs 2 (1-1, 4.63 ERA) and then closed out the year with 10 straight starts for Cubs 1 (1-5, 4.89) While the numbers aren’t spectacular, the 6-foot-6 left-hander was solid over his final four outings, surrendering three earned runs in 21 innings.

Riger Fernandez—After going 1-5 with a 6.52 ERA in 12 starts last year in the VSL, the 18-year-old appeared in 14 games, 12 as a starter and logged 55.2 innings. The Venezuela native struggled with his command, issuing 50 walks while holding DSL hitters to a .231 average.

Jose Mac Donna—Signed last summer, the 21-year-old Dominican native went 5-3 with a 2.06 ERA in his debut season. Mac Donna fanned 33 over 56.2 frames and sported a team-best 1.11 WHIP.

Yunior Perez—Signed for a reported $600,000 as part of the 2015 IFA class, the 17-year-old made nine starts in his debut, going 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA. The 6-foot-4 right-hander issued eight free passes while fanning 21 over 28.1 innings. Invited to fall instructs.

Eury Ramos—Made three starts in June but didn’t pitch after June 21, 0-1, 3.60 ERA, 10 IP, 5 BB, 4 K. The 18-year-old was invited to fall instructs.

Pablo Ochoa—The left-hander made three starts in June (0-1, 8.53 ERA, 6.1 IP) and was promoted stateside and appeared in 12 games for Mesa (1-6, 5.79 ERA, six starts, 37.1 IP.)

Bullpen Arms

Edison Novas—The 19-year-old led the Cubs with 43.2 relief innings in his first pro season. Posting a 2-1 mark and a 4.12 ERA, the Dominican Republic native recorded 25 punchouts and held hitters to a .212 average.

Juan Rengifo—The Cubs VSL saves leader last year made his DSL debut and went  3-2 with a save and a 4.54 ERA. The 22-year-old issued 26 walks over 41.2 innings and sported a 1.54 WHIP.

Freddy Tineo—Making 12 starts in the debut season (0-4, 5.70) in ’15, the Venezuelan native appeared in 18 games and logged 40.2 innings (3-3, 3.76 ERA, 27 BB, 29 K).

Moises Ramirez—After three seasons with the Cubs in the VSL, the 20-year-old went 3-1 with a 1.79 ERA over 40.1 innings. The 5-foot-11 right-hander fanned 31, walked 16 and finished with a 1.39 WHIP.

Elvis Diaz—Pitching for his fourth organization in as many years, the 23-year-old went 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA and a team-high four saves, 37.2 IP, 7 BB, 39 K.

Aneuris Rosario—After leading the Cubs DSL squad in saves last year, the 21-year-old right-hander was 1-3 with a 2.42 ERA and converted all three save opportunities. Rosario fanned 30 over 26 innings and only issued two free passes. He didn’t pitch after July 30.

Miguel Estevez—A former Reds farmhand in his second year with Cubs, the 22-year-old right-hander sported a 4.85 ERA in 26 innings with 19 BB and 17 K.

Bryan Molina—Pitched for both teams and threw 6.1 innings in three relief appearances for Cubs 1.

Luis Silva—Part of the Cubs 2015 IFA class, the 5-foot-11 left-hander had troubles locating the strike zone in his debut season, issuing 21 free passes in 16.2 innings. The 19-year-old was 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA.

Fernando Calderon—Rough debut season for the 19-year-old Dominican native as he went 0-3 with a 9.92 ERA in 11 games (16.1 IP).

Wander Feliz—Signed as an outfielder in 2014, the 19-year-old made the switch to the mound and made three relief appearances at the end of the season. Over three innings, the right-hander fanned three while allowing three hits and a walk.

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