Several Cubs prospects and minor leaguers are active in post-season Fall and Winter League's this November. One player saw a 16-game hitting streak end only to start a new streak while keeping another alive, and two pitchers only recently gave up their first earned runs in their respective leagues.
Arizona Fall League
Catcher Jake Fox has six hits over his last three games to raise his average from .209 in the Fall League to .254. Despite expecting to man a few other positions in addition to serving behind the plate, he's made all but two starts at catcher because Astros prospect Louis Santangelo left Arizona in late October to attend the birth of his newborn child.
Fox has totaled 18 RBIs through 15 games, which is second on the Mesa team to Michael Abreu's total of 21. That's due in large part to a six-RBI performance last week in which Fox racked up his most RBIs in any game since May 14, 2004, at Class-A Lansing. The 24-year-old has fared 8-for-24 against left-handers and 7-for-35 against righties.
Third baseman Scott Moore has seven hits over his last five games to raise his Fall League average to .264. The 22-year-old's 14 walks are a team high, but so are his 22 strikeouts.
Second baseman Eric Patterson continues to rack up multi-hit games. He now has 12 of them in his 22 starts and is batting a team-best .358 (minimum 10 games) with a .425 on-base percentage.
Right-hander Lincoln Holdzkom allowed just two hits plus an unearned run through his first five Fall League appearances, but has since given up four runs (Oct. 26) and most recently seven runs in last Saturday's action. Holdzkom leads his team with 20 strikeouts, but also 12 walks. His outing Saturday pushed his ERA to 6.25 in 18 2/3 innings.
Left-hander Carmen Pignatiello returned to action on Nov. 6 after suffering a cut on his non-throwing hand. Three days later, he allowed his first run in the Fall League and now has a 1.42 ERA in 6 2/3 innings. The southpaw has 10 strikeouts to only two walks and has held opposing hitters to just three hits. He has notched at least one strikeout in six of his seven appearances.
Sidearm southpaw Clay Rapada's streak of seven consecutive games without allowing a run came to an end on Nov. 2. Rapada gave up two runs in one inning of work and currently sports a 3.00 ERA through 12 innings. He has racked up 16 strikeouts to just two walks. Needless to say, his eight-to-one strikeout to walk ratio is tops for the Mesa team.
Hawaii Winter Baseball
Lefty Scott Koerber has yielded five runs in three of his last four starts to balloon his ERA above six points. He's still averaging over one strikeout per inning with 34 in 30 frames, but opposing hitters are batting .325 against the southpaw, who served up three home runs on Nov. 4 in a loss.
Mexican Pacific League
Third baseman Casey McGehee's 16-game hitting streak ended on Nov. 3. Then a new streak began, this one currently at eight games. McGehee is second on the Tamateros team in RBIs (21) and walks (13), and his 10 strikeouts are the fewest by any player who has amassed 60 at-bats. Although his 16-game hitting streak ended, McGehee's on base streak remains tied with Erubiel Durazo at 25 consecutive games.
Left-hander Les Walrond suffered his first loss in Mexico in a big way last Tuesday, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has won all but two of his seven starts and is 5-1 with a 3.43 ERA in 39 1/3 innings. His 35 strikeouts are far and away the most on the Naranjeros team, almost double that of Salvador Arellano's 18. Arellano and Walrond are two of only three pitchers on the team to have logged over 20 innings thus far.
Right-hander Hugo Castellanos continued cruising with his third straight win on Sunday. He tied his best outing with seven shutout innings and just two hits allowed to lower his ERA to 3.55 in six starts for the Venados team. The pitcher's 0.96 WHIP is the lowest on his team for any starter.
Venezuelan Winter League
OF Chris Walker has hit a snag since November began. In that time, he's gone 4-for-33 and has seen his average drop to .234. The good news? Walker's 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts continues to lead the league and his on-base percentage remains at a respectable .342 clip thanks in part to 13 walks. He's 11-for-33 against left-handers and has equally as many hits against 66 right-handers.
INF/OF Buck Coats hasn't fully recovered from a slow start in Venezuela, but he is showing signs of improvement. After batting just .163 through his first 12 games, Coats has 12 hits in his last 36 at-bats to raise his average to .241 in 24 games.
Left-hander Isaac Pavlik has failed to make it out of the second inning in each of his past two starts. He's surrendered six runs on nine hits combined in those starts and his ERA has risen to 5.73 in six starts overall.
Right-hander Thomas Atlee surrendered his first two earned runs on Nov. 7. That snapped a string of 8 2/3 innings in which he maintained a zero ERA to open Winter League play.
Dominican Winter League
Through his first 10 games, Felix Pie collected 12 hits in 39 at-bats for team Licey. In that span, the Cubs' consensus top prospect led his league with nine RBIs and was second with four doubles.