Its the final month of the regular season for the Caribbean Leagues and the playoffs will start after the first of the year with the Caribbean Series being held Feb. 1-7. A lot of teams qualify for the playoffs and you can even lose a series and still win the whole ball of wax—yes, a best loser will advance in Mexico, and last year was the winner of the Caribbean Series.
Venezuelan Winter League
Lara (25-19) holds a half-game lead over Zulia (24-19) and Margarita (24-19) is only a game back. No Cubs prospects saw action on Wednesday.
Dominican Winter League
Gigantes (17-12) and Licey (17-13) are separated by a half game while Escogido (15-14) is two games back. 1B Chesny Young (.500) was 2-for-3 in Escogido’s 11-3 loss to Gigantes.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Culiacan won the first half (22-13) while Navojoa and Hermosillo are tied at 6-2 for the second half title that ends Dec. 30.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Santurce (15-5) leads the league with a three-game lead over Mayaguez (12-8). DH Yasiel Balaguert (.309) was 1-for-5 in Carolina’s 2-1 12-inning loss to Aguadilla.