A look at Cubs news and prospects playing in Winter Leagues

The Cubs grabbed a NAIA reliever in the 15th round and Jed Carter won a ring in his first pro season. Bobblehead days and a pair of Game 7s in Mexico.

Cubs News

Cubs games shown on CSN Chicago will now be live-streamed but you will still need to be a customer of the cable network to get the feed. So if your TV provider doesn’t have Comcast, it won’t matter, you still won’t be able to stream.......Your Cubs Bobblehead Days at Wrigley Field: The Final Out, May 20; World Series MVP, June 8; Turning Two, July 5; and Starting Aces, Aug. 17. My favorite 2017 giveaway—Fergie Jenkins Retired #31 Flag on Aug. 14. Complete list here.

2016  Draft Class Update—Jed Carter, RHP

Cubs scouts scoured the college ranks for pitching last year and that led to taking a NAIA reliever in the 15th round. After starting his college career at Lurleen Wallace Community College in Alabama, Carter held lead Auburn-Montgomery to the NAIA College World Series in his only year at the school. While at Lurleen Wallace, the 5-foot-11 Alabama native tossed 80.5 innings and was 7-1 with 50 K in 53 IP as a sophomore. In his only season at Montgomery, Carter recorded 16 saves in 29 appearances, posting a 1.85 ERA in 34 innings while fanning 53 and holding hitters to a .176 mark. The 21-year-old made his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League after signing near the deadline in mid-July. After three games and six strikeouts in 3.1 shutout innings, Carter was promoted to Eugene in early August. He had his ups and downs in the NWL, allowing runs in five of his eight relief appearances, going 3-1 with a 5.68 ERA in 6.1 innings, 7 H, 5 BB, 11 K, .259 BAA and a 1.89 WHIP. Carter earned a hold in the Ems Game 3 clinching win over Hillsboro in the Division Series, working around a hit and walk in his only playoff appearance. He sports a   fastball in the 92-93 range, and a deceptive breaking ball when he keeps it down in the zone. Here’s your “I bet you didn’t know” fact about Carter, he was a Alabama state champion in the javelin at Tallassee High School, where he earned all-state honors on the mound as a senior. 

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia battles regular season champion Lara in the finals with Game 1 set for Jan. 20. 

Dominican Winter League

In Game 1 of the finals, an RBI single from Francisco Pena gave Aguilas a 4-3 win over Licey. Chesny Young went 1-for4 and played third, second, and first. 

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Wild night in Mexico as both series were decided in Game 7. Luis Juarez singled home Chris Roberson in the bottom of the 16th inning to give Mexicali a 4-3 win and the series over Hermosillo. Los Mochis scored three times in the bottom of the seventh and beat Culiacan 3-1 to advance to the finals . C Ali Soils went 0-for-3 for Culiacan. 

Puerto Rican Winter League

Santurce scored three times in the bottom of the fourth and took a 3-2 series lead with a 3-1 win over Caguas in Game 5 of the series finals. RH Miguel Mejia tossed a scoreless eighth for Caguas. 

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