Winter Ball

McGehee riding 16-game hitting streak

Several Cubs prospects and minor leaguers are active in post-season Winter League's this November. Many have fared well, with one player holding down the longest current hitting streak of his respective league while another leads his league in stolen bases.

Dominican Winter League

  • Felix Pie is 7-for-23 with two doubles through six games for team Licey. He has spent all of his time batting in the eighth and ninth spots thus far.

    The 21-year-old consensus top Cubs prospect finished up strong in his first year at Triple-A, batting .283 in 141 games after returning from an ankle injury in '05. He then went to the Instructional League camp in Arizona to hone his base-running skills with former Cubs outfielder Bob Dernier.

    "We're trying to educate him about what the opposition is trying to do to him," Cubs Farm Director Oneri Fleita said of Pie. "It won't be long until some of that will become second nature and he'll just be able to go out and react without having to think about things. This is a game of repetition. It's an experience and that's what he's getting right now (in Winter Ball)."

    Hawaii Winter Baseball

  • Left-hander Scott Koerber was shelled for five runs and eight hits back on Oct. 24, but recovered for a win in his follow-up start last Sunday, surrendering two runs and four hits over five innings. Koerber is averaging just over one strikeout per inning with 25 in 23 innings, and is 3-0 despite a 4.70 ERA and .297 average against.

    Mexican Pacific League

  • Les Walrond, who did not file for free agency after the regular season ended, has wracked up four wins in five starts for team Naranjeros. Soon to turn 30 in less than a week, the southpaw has yielded 19 hits in 27 innings for a 2.00 ERA and .198 average against. He hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts, bringing his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 consecutive innings.

  • Hugo Castellanos turned in his best outing to date with seven shutout innings for Venados on Wednesday. He scattered two hits and struck out six. Despite giving up six runs in five innings back on Oct. 19, the right-hander has scattered three hits or less in his other three starts.

  • Casey McGehee went to the Instructional League in part to get back into the swing of catching after a two-year hiatus from the position, but he's played third base in all but one of his 19 games in Mexico (he made one appearance at second). The talk of a possible return to catching doesn't seem to have affected his hitting. He's batting .309 and has hit safely in 16 straight games, which is the longest streak in the league thus far.

    Venezuelan Winter League

  • Chris Walker continues to lead the league with 14 stolen bases, having been picked off only twice. He was hitless in his last 10 at-bats prior to Thursday, when he tallied two hits to raise his average to .286 in 19 games.

  • Buck Coats has more RBIs than hits with 14 of the former versus only 12 of the latter. He's cracked three home runs for his only extra-base hits through 15 games with the Tigres team and is batting .226.

  • Right-hander Thomas Atlee ran his streak of not allowing an earned run in Venezuela to 7 2/3 innings on Wednesday. Atlee has scattered six hits and two walks to 28 batters.

  • Left-hander Isaac Pavlik was shelled for five runs on as many hits in just an inning and a third on Oct. 24, but rebounded with six shutout innings and two hits allowed in his most recent start last Sunday.

  • Left-hander Carlos Vasquez's brief, two-game scoreless streak came to an end in his most recent outing when he allowed hits to four of five batters faced and was charged with three runs. The former starter continues to pitch from the bullpen.

    Statistics updated through the morning of Friday, Nov. 3.

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