Aloha, Hawaii

There has been much talk and more interest than normal with regards to one post-season Winter League this year. It's none other than the Hawaii Winter Baseball League, back from the dead after nearly 10 years and playing host to a prospect from the Cubs' organization.

The league will consist of four teams in all: the Waikiki BeachBoys, West Oahu CaneFires, North Shore Honu, and Honolulu Sharks.

Cubs Director of Player Development Oneri Fleita assured us weeks ago that at least one player from the organization would attend the rejuvenated league, which begins play in less than a month on Oct. 1.

While it's not yet clear which one of the four HWB teams the Cubs' representative will play for, the player will be LHP Scott Koerber.

The 23-year-old Koerber was 5-4 with three saves and a 3.42 ERA in 38 appearances for Class-A Peoria in 2006. He struck out 34 and walked 27 in 50 innings, posting a .220 average against.

Koerber was signed as a non-drafted free agent in July, 2004. The southpaw played college ball at Michigan State, where he doubled as an outfielder.

"Scott has only been pitching for a couple of years since being converted from an outfielder to a pitcher," Fleita said on Wednesday. "He has made great progress and the Hawaiian League will allow Scott to work on his craft and gain more experience."

HWB Sports Information Director Aaron Lum expects the league to make public all rosters and participants within the coming days.

"We've been gathering as many names as we can," Lum said. "We're working with Japanese Pro Baseball to get some names there, and they're slowly coming in."

As for media exposure, Lum says the league is hoping to broadcast select games on local radio and over the internet. He also said the league is working to make live box scores and update feeds available online.

Some of HWB's more notable alumni include Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, Seattle's Ichiro, the Yankees' Jason Giambi and Colorado's Todd Helton.

HWB will operate this year for the first time since 1997.

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