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

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

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO (Dominican Republic):

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

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

ESTRELLAS
, RHP (on Cubs Restricted List - serving 80-game suspension for violation of MLB-MLBPA JDPTP)
, 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
, RHP (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series) 

JALISCO
, RHSP 

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

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

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

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

MARGARITA
, 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). 

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Sergio Mitre, wow he is still at it!?

Sergio Meat Tray!  The (almost) perfect replacement player -- Career bWAR of -0.1 -- and made $4,015,000 career earnings while doing it (not counting his draft signing bonus and minor league pittance, er, salery).

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.

One  of my all time favorites, Ronny Cedeno.

Ronny Cedeno.

Que: Wizard of Oz (If I Only Had a Brain)

Tangent:  That was not fan interference

Joe West is usually wrong, so should have been a home run.

Is kind of amazing that he always finds his way into the headlines.  I vaguely wanted Boston to win the series, but that call just seemed absurd.  The fans leaned slightly over (as any fan would) and that ball was well over the fence.

Remember when Felix Pie was going to be something special?

Felix Pie, que: Twisted Sister song (We're Not Gonna Take It).

Remember when...

Josh Vitters

Corey Patterson

Brett Jackson

Tyler Colvin

Josh "Best High School Swing in the Country" Vitters.

I still say that Gary Scott is going to be the next Ron Santo. 

https://www.mlb.com/news/dallas-keuchel-astros-not-cubs-no-hangover/c-268266628

Keutchel: “We’re not the Cubs.“ No Cubs Hangover, 3-8-18

I’ve been thinking aboug that comment all post season.  Kinda why I’m happy they lost.

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.

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.

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. 

david bell new reds manager.

brad ausmus new angels manager.

"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.

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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  • crunch 13 hours 55 min ago (view)

    j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.

    w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend).  braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    nice.

    it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control.  he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.

    Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    nice info...

    i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.

    he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection. 

    STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them. 
    EXAMPLES: See my lists above. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    "There are no untouchables," Epstein said.

    In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28066390/there...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.

     

  • crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!

     

  • crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 

     

  • Cubster 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM

     

  • Charlie 5 days 18 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.

     

  • crunch 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.

     

  • crunch 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.