Here’s a look at the Cubs prospects in the Caribbean Leagues the past two days.
Venezuelan Winter League
Nov. 20—Luis Valbuena (.346) was 2-3, scored twice, drove in a run and walked in Lara’s 7-2 win over Zulia. Valbuena is seeing lots of action at second so a change in position may be on the horizon. If third baseman Mike Olt makes the club out of spring training, Valbuena may spend his platoon duties at third and second.
Nov. 19—Valbuena delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth of Lara’s 5-4 win over Aragua. Valbuena singled to right to plate the winning run. It was his only hit of the game in four trips.
Dominican Winter League
Nov. 20—CF Junior Lake knocked in two runs with a double during Estrellas’ four-run fourth in the 4-2 victory over Licey. Lake has eight RBI in 15 games. LF Julio Borbon (.175) was 0-5 batting leadoff for Licey and teammate Arismendy Alcantara struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
Nov. 19—Lake was 3-6 with with a RBI and two strikeouts in Estrellas’ 3-2 loss to Licey in 13 innings. Licey’s Arismendy Alcantara entered the game in the 11th as a pinch runner and struckout in his only plate appearance. Julio Borbon was 0-4 with a walk. Estrellas’ Marcos Mateo got charged with a blown save allowing a single that tied the game in the eighth. He worked two innings with three strikeouts.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Nov. 20—3B Christian Villanueva delivered a RBI single in the second to give Obregon a 1-0 lead but that was short lived as they lost 10-3. Villanueva finished the game 1-4 with a strikeout and is hitting .253.
SS Walter Ibarra was 1-3 n Mazatlan’s 3-1 loss to Navojoa. Ibarra was recently signed by the Cubs as a minor league free agent, spending the previous eight seasons in the Yankees organization.
Marcus Hatley worked a 1-2-3 ninth in Culiacan’s 3-1 loss to Hermosillo. The right-hander threw nine pitches, five for strikes.
Nov. 19—Christian Villanueva struckout as a pinch-hitter of the 7th inning of Obregon’s 6-4 loss to Los Mochis.
Ibarra was 0-2 with a sacrifice in Mazatlan’s 5-1 win over Navojoa.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Nov. 20—Rubi Silva (.238) went 0-3 with two strikeouts in Ponce’s 3-1 win. Jonathan Mota (.195) was 0-3 with a walk.
Nov. 19—Silva went 0-3 with a RBI, in his first since coming back from injury. The outfielder was replaced after hitting a double back on Nov. 9.
SS Edwin Maysonet is currently a free agent and played last season in Iowa. After the signings of Chris Valaika and Walter Ibarra it’s doubtful the Cubs will bring Maysonet back. But until he signs with another team, I’ll keep reporting on his games. He was 0-5 in Santurce’s 8-2 win over Mayaguez and is hitting .302.