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A look at Cubs news and prospects playing in Winter Leagues

Recap of the Cubs prospects playing this winter including Chesny Young, who recently made his debut in the Dominican Republic.

Venezuelan Winter League

IF/OF Bryant Flete (.237) got off to a hot start but has struggled as of late (2-for-last-28) and seen his playing time reduced for Zulia.

IF Gioskar Amaya is second among Cubs minor leaguers with 22 winter league games played and is batting .338/.347/.535 with a homer and 10 RBI for Aragua.

SS Carlos Penalver has played in two games for Aragua, including a 3-for-4 games against La Guaira  on Nov. 23. 

LH Gerardo Concepcion went 2-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 13 games for Magallanes but hasn’t seen the mound since Nov. 9. Concepcion fanned 18 over 14 IP but surrendered 15 hits and issued six walks.

Greyfer Eregua has been impressive in his 12 relief outings for Magallanes, going 3-0 with a 1.76 ERA over 15.1 innings. Eregua has fanned 16 and only given up four free passes and 11 hits.

Signed as a free agent earlier this month, RH Seth Frankoff, the former Oakland A’s farmhand, was 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in eight starts for Caracas.

Yapson Gomez has appeared in five games for Lara and hasn’t been to the mound since Nov. 3. The left-hander spent the year in the Arizona Rookie League with Mesa.

Mark Malave has appeared in two games for Caribes and his last game was Oct. 23. (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 Bb 1 K).

Armando Rivero (0-0, 1.00 ERA) only gave up one run over nine innings in his first winter league action. The Cuban right-hander fanned five and walked two for Aragua.

Dominican Winter League

Chesny Young made his winter league debut Nov. 26, going 2-for-4 for Escogido. The 24-year-old was 1-for-3 in his other appearance. Young was second in the Southern League in hitting in ’16 (.303) after winning the batting title in the Carolina League (.321) in 2015.

Pedro Araujo has only appeared in one game for Aguilas, working a scoreless frames with a punchout back on Oct. 23. The 23-year-old split his ’16 season between South Bend and Myrtle Beach.

RH Juan Paniagua has appeared in three game for Estrellas, allowing four hits and a was with four strikeouts in 4.2 scoreless frames.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Christian Villanueva’s winter league season may be over as the 25-year-old hasn’t seen any action since Oct. 28. Returning from a broken leg he suffered in spring training, Villanueva hit .278/.359/.444 with 3 HR and 9 RBI in 15 games for Obregon.

Puerto Rican Winter League

RH Corey Black has racked up eight saves for Santurce and sports a 0.84 ERA over 14 innings. Black, who advanced to AAA in ’16, has appeared in 13 games and issues six walks and eight hits to go along with 13 punchouts. He’s Rule 5 Draft eligible and could wind up with another organization come the winter meetings.

1B Yasiel Balaguert sent a Myrtle Beach record for RBI (96) and is continuing to find success in his first winter league action. The 23-year-old is batting .316/.366/.434 in 20 games for Carolina with a homer and seven RBI.

OF Jacob Hannemann hasn’t seen any action since Nov. 23 and is batting .105/.250/.211 in 15 games for Santurce.

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