Winter Leagues: The rebirth of Rubi Silva in Colombia

Former Chicago Cubs prospect Rubi Silva has found himself once again, this time in Colombia.

The once heralded Cubs prospect Rubi Silva was left for dead after a 2019 season in Atlantic League with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in which he hit a paltry .250, last year’s cancelation of all Independent Leagues didn’t help his cause either. Silva spent five years in the Chicago Cubs minor league system hitting .282 with 42 roundtrippers, 258 RBI’s, stole 42 bases and slashed .305/.429/.734.

In his last season in Chicago’s farm system with Iowa (AAA) he hit  .282 went yard 11 times and knocked in 48 runs, but was released by the team after the season.

After his time in Chicago, he became a journeyman playing in México, Venezuela, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland along the way.

But this winter in Colombia he has experienced a rebirth. The year that he’s having in the LCBP with the Vaqueros de Montería is opening eyes amongst scouts and might net him a job somewhere this summer.

In the regular phase of the tournament in Colombia he hit .340, with one longball, 11 runs batted in, two doubles,39 extra base hits, and slugged .402. Although his average hasn’t been as robust in the playoffs he made one key adjustment that has had him hitting with more power. In the postseason he’s hitting  .318 but has slugged key triples in back to back games while in five runs and scored five times in the Round Robin. “I prepared mentally to face lefties who have dominated me during the regular season, they worked me with offspeed pitches. I made an adjustment to this and now I’m seeing the results.”

The outfielder is looking to make his first appearance in the Caribbean World Series as part of Colombia’s team as a champion or a reinforcement if another ball club happens to win the league’s title. With such a great comeback season the future is looking bright for Rubi Silva.

Below I leave you my interview with Rubi Silva last winter: