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A look at Cubs news and the winter league playoffs

It took two drafts but the Cubs finally got Delvin Zinn. Wells gets a pitching gig and winter league playoffs recap.

2016  Draft Class Update—Delvin Zinn, IF

The Cubs drafted the two-sport star in the 28th round in 2015 but the Mississippi native decided to honor his scholarship to Mississippi State. During his amateur career, he was a Perfect Game honorable mention All-American and Southeast All-Region Second Team selection in 2015—hitting .346 with seven doubles, a home run, 17 RBI and stole nine bases as a senior at Pontotoc High School. Zinn left MSU and enrolled at Itawamba Junior College, batting .411/.464/.457 with 34 RBI and led the team with seven stolen bases.  He earned Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges  All-State honors while helping the Indians finish 27-20 and advance to the opening round of the MACJC playoffs. Eligible for the 2016 draft, the Cubs selected the slick-fielding infielder in the 23rd round. Zinn didn’t sign until July 15 and made his debut as a pinch-hitter on July 28 for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League, grounding out to second. His first pro hit was a special one, singling off former Cy Young winner Zack Grienke of Arizona. Zinn appeared in 11 games, going 6-for-33 (.182) and participated in fall instructs. Zinn will turn 20 at the end of May and should find his way into a Eugene uniform by the end of the summer.

Wells hired as pitching coach

Former Cubs pitcher Randy Wells (2008-12) has been hired as the Gateway Grizzlies pitching coach in the Frontier League. Wells was the Cubs 38th round pick in 2002 and worked his way to the majors after five years in the Cubs system. Wells was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft but returned to the Cubs before the 2008 season was over. In five seasons with the North Siders, Wells made 86 starts and was 28-32 with a 4.09 ERA in 528 innings. Complete story here.

Venezuelan Winter League

Lara fought off elimination with a 3-1 win in 11 innings over Zulia. RH Jhondaniel Medina fanned three in 1.2 scoreless relief frames and hasn’t allowed a run in 10.2 post-season  innings. In the completion of the suspended game that was tied 7-7 in the 10th, Zulia scored three times in the bottom of the 10th and beat Lara 8-7 on a walk-off single by 2B Ali Castillo (Giants). Zulia leads the best-of-seven series 3-1. 

Dominican Winter League

In Game 5 of the best-of-nine series, Licey took a 3-2 series lead with a 7-0 blanking of Aguilas. Chesny Young went 0-for-4 in the loss. 

Mexican Pacific Winter League

In Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, Los Mochis scored twice in the top of the 11th and hung on to beat Mexicali 6-5 and take a 2-1 series lead.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Another day off as the series resumes on Jan. 25 with Caguas holding a 4-3 lead over Santurce in the best-of-nine series.


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