Several Cubs prospects are active in post-season Winter Ball League's this October.
Arizona Fall League
Jake Fox had hit safely in four straight games and got off to a 5-for-14 start before going 0-for-4 in his start Saturday. He's made five appearances behind the plate and one start at first base, where he's likely to see more playing time as the Fall League rolls on.
Third baseman Scott Moore is just 8-for-35 for a .229 average, but he had eight walks through nine games for a .378 on-base percentage. He has struck out 11 times.
Second baseman Eric Patterson has four multi-hit games in his last five starts to erase a 1-for-15 start.
Right-hander Lincoln Holdzkom went three innings and faced 10 batters in his most recent outing. He allowed one hit plus an unearned run to keep his ERA at zero through four appearances. He has racked up eight strikeouts and no walks through seven innings.
Right-hander Adam Harben, acquired from Minnesota to complete the Phil Nevin trade with the Twins, asked Solar Sox manager Pat Listach to start Mesa's AFL opener two weeks ago and opened with two innings apiece in his first two appearances. He faced 15 batters in his most recent start on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits.
(Both Harben and right-hander Grant Johnson were each scheduled to appear in the Fall League this year, but Johnson was bumped in favor of Harben following the trade with Minnesota. The Solar Sox houses prospects from both the Cubs and Twins.)
Southpaws Clay Rapada and Carmen Pignatiello round out the Cubs' contingent of pitchers, and both are being groomed as lefty specialists. Rapada has seven strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings with only one run and one hit allowed to 15 batters faced. Pignatiello, in four games, has allowed a pair of hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Hawaii Winter Baseball
Left-hander Scott Koerber, the Cubs' lone representative in the HWB, opened with two appearances from the bullpen, but has made three consecutive starts for team North Shore. His most recent outing was his best yet as he went five innings and allowed a run on four hits, striking out four without a walk. He has allowed 15 hits in as many innings for a 3.00 ERA.
Mexican Pacific League
Left-hander Les Walrond has allowed six earned runs in three starts for team Naranjeros. He's coming off his strongest outing in three appearances after going seven innings and yielding two runs on four hits Saturday. He struck out seven and walked two.
Right-hander Hugo Castellanos, bought from the Triple-A Mexican League in August, had an impressive debut start for team Venados, scattering two hits over five shutout innings. But he was tagged for six runs and nine hits in five innings during his second start last week.
Third baseman Casey McGehee made the return trip to Mexico for Winter Ball again this year. He has hit safely in eight straight games for team Tomateros in which he is 11-for-31. He recently picked up a start at second base last week.
Venezuelan Winter League
Outfielder Chris Walker has 11 hits and 11 runs scored in 10 games for a .289 average with team Caribes. Perhaps best of all, he's gotten on base at a .413 clip and stolen seven bases in nine attempts.
Shortstop Carlos Rojas has gotten into only two games so far and is 0-for-3. He needs a strong showing in Venezuela after being fortunate just to reach the Mendoza Line at West Tenn in '06.
INF/OF Buck Coats, who is hoping to earn his way onto the major league team in a utility role next year, has reached base in five consecutive games for team Tigres, but is 4-for-21 overall. He has four walks and a home run.
Second baseman Robinson Chirinos, who led Class-A Peoria with 30 doubles this past season and had nine home runs, opened with a 2-for-4 performance for Navegantes that included a double. He has not played since Oct. 14.
Hard-throwing right-hander Thomas Atlee has made three appearances equaling four innings. He has allowed two hits and two walks to 16 batters.
Lefty Isaac Pavlik, bought from the Independent Can-Am League in July and re-signed with the organization for next year, has made two starts, logging 11 2/3 innings and yielding four runs (three earned) on 10 hits. He is third on the Caribes club in strikeouts with seven.
Left-hander Carlos Vasquez has made two appearances for team Navegantes, tossing three scoreless innings to date. He's walked three and struck out two, and was one of the Cubs prospects tentatively eligible for six-year minor league free agency.