Tagged: Marwin Gonzalez

12/8 Cubs & Rule 5 Draft – UPDATED

The Cubs selected recently converted right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo from the Phillies’ organization in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. The Cubs also picked infielder Ricky Alvarez from the Angels farm system in the Triple-A phase of the Draft, and then dealt him to the Monterrey team in Mexico for cash considerations. The Cubs lost two players in the Major League portion as the Orioles took infielder Ryan Flaherty and the Red Sox picked infielder Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez was later traded to the Astros.

In 38 Minor League games, Castillo is 7-4 with a 2.43 ERA since he was converted from shortstop after the 2009 season. He has 111 strikeouts and has walked 42 in that stretch. Last year, the 22-year-old right-hander was 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 21 games, including two starts, for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. He gave up 13 earned runs on 37 hits and 16 walks over 46 innings.

GM Jed Hoyer credited scouting director Tim Wilken and special assistant Dave Littlefield with their work in scouting Castillo. Although the right-hander is new to pitching, Hoyer said he has good velocity and can spin a breaking ball well. Right now, he’s projected for the Cubs bullpen.

“Obviously, he’s a long way away or they would’ve protected him but we like him as a prospect and thought it was a worthwhile gamble taking him,” Hoyer said. “We’re hopeful it works out.”

The Cubs will pay the Phillies $50,000 for taking Castillo in the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs must keep him on the 25-man roster next season, and he must remain active for a minimum of 90 days. If he does not remain active, Castillo will be offered back to the team from which he was selected for $25,000.

The Cubs will receive $100,000 total after losing both Flaherty and Gonzalez in the Major League phase of the Draft. Hoyer said he was not surprised they were taken. The baseball operations department had long discussions about whether to keep the pair on the 40-man roster, which would have protected them from being selected.

— Carrie Muskat

12//6 Winter league update

Marwin Gonzalez drove in three runs to help Caracas beat Anzoategui, 13-3, in Venezuelan Winter League play on Monday. Gonzalez snapped a 2-2 tie with a bases-clearing double in the fourth. He had taken a break from Venezuelan play after Nov. 25. This winter, he’s hitting .330 in Venezuela. Gonzalez is coming off a .288 season with Double-A Tennessee in which he was named a Southern League All-Star.

— Carrie Muskat

11/26 Winter ball update

Cubs prospect Junior Lake homered in the first inning to help Estrellas de Oriente beat Toros del Este, 11-1, in Dominican Winter League play on Friday.

* Marwin Gonzalez will join the Cubs training in Mesa, Ariz., this offseason. The second baseman played his last game Friday with Caracas. According to reports, the Venezuela Winter League is upset that Gonzalez is leaving and want him to continue playing the remainder of the season. Gonzalez was batting .333 in 26 games with Caracas, with three doubles and 13 RBIs. He hit .301 in 64 games with Double-A Tennessee, and .274 in 60 gmes with Triple-A Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

11/24 Winter ball update

In his first game with Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League, Junior Lake went 2-for-5 and scored two runs to help in a 6-0 win over Escogido on Wednesday. Lake batted .296 in 28 games in the Arizona Fall League, which ended Nov. 17.

In Venezuela, Marwin Gonzalez had a hit for Caracas, and now is batting .333 in 24 games.

In Mexico, Marco Carrillo gave up two hits over six shutout innings to help Obregon beat Mazatlan, 5-1. Carrillo struck out five and walked three. Carillo compiled a 2.36 ERA in 29 games, including seven starts, with Double-A Tennessee. He began last season with the Smokies, then was bumped up to Triple-A Iowa from late May until mid July, when he was 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 11 games (two starts) before rejoining Tennessee. He’s now 2-2 with a 2.28 ERA in eight starts in Mexico.

Blake Parker, another Cubs prospect, threw one inning of relief on Wednesday for Hermosillo in Mexico. He’s given up runs in three of his 20 appearances, and has a 3.32 ERA over 21 2/3 innings.

— Carrie Muskat

11/16 AFL & winter league update

Josh Vitters was 3-for-5 with one RBIs but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost 11-9 to Peoria in Arizona Fall League play on Tuesday. Vitters is batting .355 in the AFL. DJ LeMahieu was 2-for-4 with one RBIs. Andrew Cashner was roughed up, giving up five runs on four hits and one walk over two-thirds of an inning. He served up a double, a triple and a single then walked the fourth batter he faced before getting an out in the sixth. Cashner struck out one of the seven batters he faced, throwing 32 pitches, 19 for strikes. Chris Carpenter gave up one run on three hits in one inning in relief.

Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-4, scored a run and drove in a run for Caracas in a 7-3 loss to La Guarra in Venezuelan Winter League play on Tuesday. Gonzalez was batting .357.

— Carrie Muskat

10/20 Winter ball update – UPDATE

Bryan LaHair is en fuego. He belted his sixth home run for Magallanes in Venezuelan Winter League play Wednesday. LaHair, who hit 38 homers for Triple-A Iowa this year, was batting .357. Meanwhile, Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with three RBIs in Caracas’ 12-3 win over Caribes.

In Mexico, Hung-Wen Chen picked up his second save with a perfect ninth as Mazatlan beat Mexicali, 9-6.

* Also, outfielder Brett Jackson will play for Team USA in the Pan Am games in Mexico. The U.S. squad faces the Dominican Republic team Thursday. Jackson had to come out of his last game during the World Cup because of a minor foot injury.

— Carrie Muskat

1/12 Winter ball update

Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double in Caracas’ 10-6 win Tuesday over Caribes in Venezuela. Caracas is 6-2 in the round-robin playoffs and Gonzalez is batting .296.

* In the Dominican Republic, both Starlin Castro and Brad Snyder were hitless in Escogido’s 2-1 loss to the Toros. Escogido dropped to 5-9; the Toros are 10-4.

* Cubs bench coach Pat Listach’s Ponce team beat Caguas, 5-2, to improve to 6-2 in Puerto Rico.

— Carrie Muskat

1/11 Winter ball update

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with four RBIs but it wasn’t enough as Escogido lost 9-7 on Monday to the Toros in the Dominican Winter League playoffs. Castro hit a three-run triple in the third, a single in the seventh, and a solo homer with two outs in the eighth.

In Venezuela, Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI in Caracas’ 8-5 win over Zulia. Caracas is now tied for first in the Venezuelan round-robin playoffs.

— Carrie Muskat

1/8 Winter ball update

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Brad Snyder were both hitless but Escogido got enough offense to beat Estrellas, 2-1, on Friday in the Dominican League playoffs. Both Escogido and Estrellas are 5-5. In Venezuela, Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a double in Caracas’ 3-2 loss to Aragua.

— Carrie Muskat