Cubs Draft Update—Zack Short
Zack Short had a rough junior season at Sacred Heart after a pair of solid seasons that earned him an invite to the Cape Cod League. The Cubs selected the New York native in the 17th round and his first pro season ended in a dog pile in Eugene as the Ems claimed the NWL title with Short as their starting shortstop. The 21-year-old started his pro career with a five-game hitting streak in the Arizona Rookie League and two weeks later was on his way to Eugene after batting .318 in 14 games. Short hit .291 over his first 15 games but cooled off down the stretch and finished with a slash line of .236/.401/.323. He drew 33 walks and only fanned 24 times while stealing 10 bases. In the field, Short made 37 starts at short but was charged with 10 errors while turning 30 double plays. At Sacred Heart, he hit .324 as a freshman to earn Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors and led the NEC with nine homers and 33 walks as a sophomore. Short should battle for a starting spot at South Bend and will likely start the year in the MWL.
Venezuelan Winter League
RH Jhondaniel Medina retired the only hitter he faced in the eighth inning of Lara’s 6-4 loss to Margarita is Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Zulia beat Aragua 6-3 and La Guaira knocked off Caribes 5-2.
Dominican Winter League
Mexican Pacific Winter League
In the opening night of the best-of-seven series, Navojoa beat Mexicali 4-2; Culiacan knocked off Hermosillo 6-3; and Los Mochis won 2-1 in 11 innings over Mazatlan.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Playoffs begin Jan. 3 with Santurce facing Carolina and Caguas meeting Mayaguez.