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Coghlan finds new team, Cubs 20th round pick, draft arm injured, and a walk-off grand slam in the Caribbean World Series.

Coghlan signs with Phillies

Former Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies that includes an invite to spring training. Coghlan played in 2014-15 for the North Siders and then traded to Oakland before the start of the 2016 season for RHP Aaron Brooks. The Cubs then sent IF Arismendy Alcantara to Oakland in June to reacquire Coghlan. In 48 games for Chicago, Coghlan hit .252/.391/.388 and was on the playoff roster (0-for-7).

2016  Draft Class Update—Colton Freeman, LHP

A two-way player his sophomore season, Freeman only pitched 15 games during his four-year career at Alabama that included a red-shirt freshman season. The left-hander fanned 18 in 9.2 innings in 2016, appearing in just seven games. After getting drafted in the 20th round, the 23-year-old signed in mid-July and made his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League. In four games (3.2 innings), Freeman allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The education of the left-hander will continue in Arizona in 2017.

2017 Draft Notes

And so it begins. Reports out of Stanford are that RHP Tristan Beck will miss time with a back injury. Beck, 20, is ranked as the 13th best prospect by and the sixth best college prospect by Baseball America. According to a report from BA, Beck has a small stress fracture in his back, is getting four weeks off, and won’t be back on the mound until April. A draft eligible sophomore, the 6-foot-4 right-hander could be one of those arms that has their stock fall as the college season progresses and could be there for the Cubs at the end of the first round. Considered the most complete college pitcher in the draft, Beck shows good command of four pitches and his change-up is considered his best pitch, working off a fastball in the low 90s. 

Caribbean World Series

Sebastian Valle slugged a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to give Mexico (2-0) a 5-1 win over Venezuela (1-1). .....Cuba (2-0) handed Puerto Rico its third straight loss, using a three-run fourth en route to a 6-1 victory. Cuban first baseman William Saavedra had three hits and knocked in three, including a two-run homer. Former Cubs farmhand Frank Del Valle tossed 2.2 scoreless relief innings against his fellow countrymen. Joel Pineiro (Tennessee 2015) threw a scoreless relief inning for Puerto Rico.

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