Cedeno fifth in Winter League batting

Cedeno fifth in Winter League batting

Ronny Cedeno appears ready for the 2006 season.

Cedeno, projected as the Chicago Cubs' starting shortstop, finished fifth in the Venezuelan Winter League in batting at .355 (60-for-169). He hit two home runs, nine doubles and four triples and drove in 28 runs in 45 games. Cedeno, who played both second and shortstop for the Aragua Tigres, also was charged with 12 errors.

Catcher Henry Blanco, who may be playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, batted .263 (49-for-186) in 54 games for Caracas. Blanco hit four home runs and drove in 20 runs.

Outfielder Adam Greenberg finished the Venezuelan season batting .264 (34-for-129) with three homers and 14 RBIs. Greenberg was taken off the 40-man roster and designated for assignment in November by the Cubs, but is expected to be back with the team in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. In his only big-league at-bat in July with the Cubs, Greenberg was hit on the head by the first pitch. After getting over the dizziness, he was sent to the Minors and never had another at-bat in the big leagues.

In the Dominican Republic, outfielder Felix Pie finished with a .209 average in 29 games for Licey, the top team in the Dominican League. Pie is expected to open the 2006 season at Triple-A Iowa for the Cubs.

Catcher Jose Reyes, added to the Cubs' 40-man roster before the Rule 5 Draft, finished with a .278 average in 25 games for Escogido in the Dominican.

In Puerto Rico, catcher Geovany Soto batted .224 in 25 games for Arecibo with three home runs and eight RBIs. Outfielder Luis Montanez, a first-round pick in the 2000 draft, hit .143 in 32 games for Carolina with three homers and 11 RBIs.

In Mexico, Chris Walker hit .277 in 11 games for Guasave while Casey McGehee batted .227 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 32 games for Mazatlan.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.