And just like that, the Dominican Summer League began today. Both Cub squads came away winners on the day with the Red team cranking out 11 hits to win 6-2 over the Pirates Black in 7 innings. The Blue team beat the Mets 1 team 9-3 as the Cubs used 13 hits and 3 Mets errors to fill up the box score.

Who were today’s “Future Stars of the Day?”

Red Team

*Darlyn DeLeon went 2-for-4 on the day and scored a couple of runs. He played second base all game.

*Adan Sanchez hammered two singles and a triple as he went 3-for-3 in his Cubs debut.

*Daniel Benschop, the athletic OF from Aruba, went 2-for-2 and he was also hit by a pitch

*On the mound, 18-year-old Yenrri Rojas went 4 innings and gave up a run on 2 hits. He did not walk anybody and the young righty struck out 3. That’s a pretty impressive start to his Cubs career.

Blue Team

*Leadoff hitter Raul Guzman was on base four times and scored twice today. He went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch, and walked.

*Shortstop Jefferson Rojas rocked it going 3-for-4, all singles. Rojas also drove in two on the day. That’s pretty cool for the 17-year-old, one of the Cubs’ top IFA signings from 2022.

* Jose Herrera hit a HR in the second inning to give the Cubs an early lead. The next time up, Herrera was plunked in the elbow and removed from the game.

*Catcher Jairo Diaz went 2-for-4 on the day before he was pulled from the blowout.

*IF Geuri Lubo also had two hits today in 5 ABs.

*Pitcher Joel Jimenez came on in relief and threw three innings. He gave up one unearned run and struck on four while only allowing one hit.