A Baker's Dozen of Cubs Playing Winter Ball South of the Border

In addition to the nine Cubs minor leaguers playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, 13 other Cubs minor leaguers are playing winter ball in Latin America: 

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO (Dominican Republic):

AGUILAS
Daury Torrez, RHP (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series)

CIBAO
Roberto Caro, OF (was eligible to be minor league 6YFA but has signed 2019 minor league successor contract)  

ESTRELLAS
Oscar de la Cruz, RHP (on Cubs Restricted List - serving 80-game suspension for violation of MLB-MLBPA JDPTP)
Jose Paulino, LHP (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series)
NOTE: Although de la Cruz is on the Cubs Restricted List and thus cannot participate in the Arizona Fall League, he is not prohibited from playing winter ball in Latin America. 

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LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO (Mexico):

CULIACAN
Casey Coleman, RHP (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series) 

JALISCO
Jesus Camargo, RHSP 

MEXICALI
Mario Meza, RHRP (was loaned to Yucatan and Saltillo in Mexican League in 2018)

OBREGON
Carlos Sepulveda, INF (missed 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery)
NOTE: Sepulveda is on the Obregon reserve list and can play in LMP only if medically cleared by Cubs 

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LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL (Venezuela):

ANZOATEGUI
Erick Castillo, C (was eligible to be minor league 6YFA but has signed 2019 minor league successor contract) 

CURACAS
Jeffrey Baez, OF (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series) 
Enrique de los Rios, RHP (eligible for selection in December 2018 Rule 5 Draft)

LARA
Yapson Gomez, LHRP (eligible for selection in December 2018 Rule 5 Draft)

MARGARITA
Eugenio Palma, LHRP (eligible for selection in December 2018 Rule 5 Draft)

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Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (the Puerto Rican winter league) begins play in a about a month and rosters have not yet been announced. 

Unlike the Arizona Fall League, free agents are eligible to play in the Latin Winter Leagues, so while Baez, Coleman, Paulino, and Torrez are presently under control of the Cubs, they might not be by the time the leagues conclude play.   

In addition to the 13 Cubs minor leaguers on the rosters of Latin winter league clubs, more than 30 former Cubs major leaguers and minor leaguers are playing winter ball in Latin America as well, including INF Arismendy Alcantara, RHP Pedro Araujo, OF Junior Lake, OF Felix Pie, RHP Carlos Pimentel, RHP Ivan Pineyro, LHP David Rollins and LHP Raul Valdes (Dominican Republic), RHP Dallas Beeler, C Sergio Burruel, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, OF-IF Anthony Giansanti, RHP Aaron Kurcz, RHP Sergio Mitre, LHP James Russell, INF Issmael Salas, RHP Nick Struck, and OF Jesus Valdez (Mexico), and RHP Jose Ascanio, RHP Francisco Carrillo, INF Ronny Cedeno, LHP Hunter Cervenka, RHP Dayan Diaz, RHP Greyfer Eregua, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, INF Bryant Flete, RHP Ramon Garcia, RHP Mark Malave, RHP Jhondaniel Medina, RHP Miguel Mejia, INF Andruw Monasterio, RHP Williams Perez, and RHP Carlos Zambrano (Venezuela). 

Comments

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In reply to by Hagsag

some of these guys are still trying to make it, but a lot of those "old names" playing winter ball on this level are in it knowing they're playing competitive ball in front of good fans while having some fun and that's about the best that will come of it.

i'm still waiting for the day they regularly show some of these games during the winter.  ESPN Deportes showed dominican league games about a decade ago...that was fun.

at least the Caribbean Series is televised, but that don't show up until february and it's only a week-ish long.  it's a nice warmup before spring training.

w.sox gonna let matt davidson become a 2-way player.

90mph fastball, curve, threw 3 innings last year including a g.stanton K.

neat.

Easy to second guess but putting Hader in for the 3rd, made them vulnerable later and there it is.

Different than using a starter like Becket, Sale or Madbum. More like burning a good Andrew Miller early.

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In reply to by Cubster

i understand j.jeffress had a good season, but he's been getting hit in the post-season.  i can't believe he even sniffed an appearance in a close game with plenty of arm left in the pen.

also, here's to hoping MIL doesn't improve their SP in 2019 because the bats and pen are set to be annoying for the cubs without much tweaking to be done.

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In reply to by crunch

From what Smoltz was saying, some of those bullpen guys like Woodruff are supposed to be shifted into starter roles next season. For the Cubs sake, I really hope Stearns relies soley on that method to upgrade their starting rotation. He seems cheap, or doesn't get any leeway from ownership in spending more money, so I kind of believe that's what will happen. Intererstingly enough, I wonder if it could allow them to go after a guy like Manny Machado, which would be pretty funny considering what just transpired in the last week. Back to their pitching. If they do move relievers into starting roles, I wonder what their plan will be for stretching them out and allowing them to pitch through a full season, and into the playoffs. I can just imagine them being worn out by September, much less October. So that comes back to the fact that they do need to get in on signing a starting pitcher through free agency.

At this point, it's 2 straight years they've had a very good team and management has failed to upgrade the rotation to get them into the playoffs, and now the World Series. Had they added one starting pitcher like Happ or Hamels at the deadline, I think that would've taken a little pressure off the bullpen, and brought them all the way to the World Series, and maybe they'd even hoist that trophy in another week. It reminds me of the Strasburg innings limit and the assumption that they will be back in the same position in the following year. Alot can happen after an offseason; just like Cubs players seeming content and not showing the same fire of 2015 and '16, or all the injuries the Cubs battled through in 2018 that leaves a team too run down by the time the post season starts. 

Either way, I'll definitly be paying attention to what the Brewers do this offseason, because it does seem like they will be our biggest opponent in winning the Central next season. 

"According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Joe Girardi is believed to be waiting for a managerial opening with either the Cubs or White Sox."

a'ite then.

Fuck the Motherfucking Brewers:

On the same team they have -

A guy arrested for DWI and suspending for like 50 games (Jefress)

A lying, cheating, steroid user who ruined other’s careers and got suspended for nearly a year (should have been banned, period) Braun

And, a homophobic closer who gets a standing ovation praising him.

Fuck all of them and I hope we beat their asses next year.

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In reply to by The E-Man

j.jeffress vs marijuana was kinda unreal.  dude loved his green.  3 violations for 150 total games suspended...

fair or not (ahem...not), he pretty much collectively missed an entire season because of getting high.  that said, he knew what was on the line and he did it anyway.  it's worth noting they don't test for weed in the bigs.  we may not have a game to watch if they did.

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