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A look at Cubs news and prospects playing in Winter Leagues

A look at Cubs 8th round pick Stephen Ridings, Cahill signs with Padres, and winter league playoffs.

2016  Draft Class Update— Stephen Ridings, RHP

NSR caught up with Ridings and his coach at Haverford College after the Cubs used their 8th round pick to take the 6-foot-8, right-hander from the Division III school. Armed with a fastball in the mid-90s and only 90 college innings under his belt, Ridings signed for $120,000 but was placed on the DL and didn’t make his pro debut. The New York native participated in fall instructs and will likely be part of the rotation in Eugene. He’ll get a chance to develop three pitches as a starter but with his frame and the fastball, may be headed for the Cubs bullpen in the future.

Cahill signs with Padres

Former Cubs pitcher Trevor Cahill has signed a one-year , $1.75 million deal with San Diego. Cahill appeared in 50 games for the World Series champs, going 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 65.2 innings. He sported a WHIP of 1.28 and averaged 9.0 K/9. Cahill is expected to be a starter for the Padres as he had offers from Pirates, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Reds. 

2017 Draft News

With Jose Bautista re-signing with Toronto, the Cubs will stay at pick #27 and #30 in the first round. They could move up to the 26th pick if Mark Turbo signs with a team that doesn’t have a Top 10 protected pick.

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia won their semi-final series, finishing off the Caribes 1-0. Zulia will meet Lara in the finals as they defeated La Guaira 2-1 to win their series in Game 5. The finals begin on Jan. 20.

Dominican Winter League

Licey grabbed the final playoff spot with a 3-1 win over Escogido as Gigantes fell to Aguilas 4-3. The win gave Licey a one-game advantage over Gigantes. Escogido’s Chesny Young went 2-for-5 and finished round-robin play hitting .290. The Cubs prospect batted .351/.438/.364 in 22 games during the regular season. 

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Mexicali took a 3-2 series lead with a 6-1 win over Hermosillo. Los Mochis leads Culiacan 3-2 in their best-of-seven series.

Puerto Rican Winter League

In Game 3 of the best-of-nine finals, Caguas took a 2-1 series lead with a 4-2 win over Santurce. RH Miguel Mejia earned his fourth hold of the playoffs, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth with one punchout.

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