Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster - Jimenez & Soler Go Deep at Riverview Park
Eloy Jimenez and Jorge Soler belted back-to-back tape measure solo home runs, and Jae-Hoon Ha walked twice, singled, stole two bases, and scored a run, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad action this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Soler (hamstring rehab) was left behind in Mesa when his Tennessee Smokies teammates left town today, but he hopes to join them soon. He has been taking BP for the last few days, but today was his first game action in almost two weeks. The Cuban slugger played RF for all four innings and got three Plate Appearances, striking out (swinging) in his first two AB (and looking very rusty in the process), before unloading his game-tying monster dinger onto the roof of the clubhouse in the bottom of the 4th.
JH Ha (broken wrist rehab) can hit, run, and field, but can't throw, so he served as a DH for both squads, getting a total of seven Plate Appearances over the course of the game. In addition to his single and two walks, Ha also reached base on an E-4 dropped infield pop fly, grounded into a 6-4 FC, flied out to CF, and popped out to the catcher in foul territory.
Tennessee SP Corey Black and Daytona SP Tayler Scott were the two pitchers, getting their final tune-up in Mesa in preparation for their first regular season starts next Sunday.
Iowa SP Kyle Hendricks and Kane County SP Juan Carlos Paniagua faced-off in a four inning "sim" game prior to the intrasquad game, likewise as a final tune-up for their first scheduled regular season starts next Sunday.
Tennessee SP Ivan Pineyro, Daytona SP Rob Zastryzny. and KC SP Jen-Ho Tseng were also left behind in Mesa to get work, since their first scheduled regular season starts aren't until next Monday.
Here is the box score from this morning's intrasquad game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
X. Jae-Hoon Ha, DH #1: 0-4 (6-4 FC, E-4, F-8, P-2, R)
NOTE: Ha batted in the top of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R, RBI, 2 SB, CS)
2. Kevin Brown, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
3. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-1 (BB, F-8)
4. Varonex Cuevas, SS: 0-1 (4-3, BB, SB)
5. Roney Alcala, LF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
6. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Tyler Alamo, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, F-7)
8. Mark Malave, C: 0-1 (E-5)
9. Zak Blair, DH #3: 0-1 (F-7)
10. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-1 (1B, R, RBI, SB)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
X-1 Jae-Hoon Ha, DH #1: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, R, 2 SB)
NOTE: Ha batted in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings
X-2 Jorge Soler, RF: 1-3 (K, K, HR, R, RBI)
NOTE: Soler batted in the bottom of the 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-8, CS)
2. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-1 (L-8)
3. Rony Rodriguez, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
4. Giuseppe Papaccio, 3B: 0-1 (5-3)
5. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 1-1 (1B, CS)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (K)
7. Antonio Valerio, C 0-1 (4-3)
8. Matt Scioscia, 1B: 0-1 (6-3)
9. Eloy Jimenez, DH #3: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
SQUAD "A" PITCHER:
Corey Black: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/FO, 84 pitches (47 strikes)
SQUAD "B" PITCHER:
Tayler Scott: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 3/6 GO/FO, 80 pitches (52 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE
SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Giuseppe Papaccio - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Dalfis Ortiz - E-4 (dropped infield pop fly allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Mark Malave: 2-4 CS, 1 PB
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Antonio Valerio: 1-5 CS
CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (51 PLAYERS ACTIVE)
NOTE: The Extended Spring Training squad formed at the conclusion of Minor League Camp, and consists of players who were left behind in Arizona to provide a replacement cadre in case of an injury to a player at Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee, and/or Iowa during the first two months of the season, inexperienced players who are competing for jobs with one of the "short season" teams (Boise, AZL, Cubs, DSL Cubs, and VSL Cubs) that begin league play in May & June, and players (both MLB and minor league) getting into playing shape and/or rehabbing from an injury.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Alberto Diaz
* Frailyn Figueroa
* Tyler Ihrig
Dillon Maples (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Jose Paulino
* Anthony Prieto
Brad Renner (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Sam Wilson (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Mark Malave
* Justin Marra
Rony Rodriguez (ex-OF)
* Alberto Mineo
# Roney Alcala
* Zak Blair
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa (INACTIVE - neck injury suffered in off-season car crash)
# Dalfis Ortiz
# Trevor Stevens (INACTIVE - right hand injury)
* Kevin Brown
* Rashad Crawford
# Kevin Encarnacion (INACTIVE - burns & other injuries suffered in off-season car crash)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Ricardo Marcano
Jorge Soler (ACTIVE REHAB)
Casper Wells (INACTIVE - knee)
PITCHERS REHAB GROUP (7):
Marcelo Carreno (2013 shoulder surgery)
Jesus Castillo (2013 unknown-type injury)
Josh Conway (2013 elbow stress fracture)
Pierce Johnson (hamstring)
Barret Loux (shoulder)
Ryan McNeil (2013 TJS)
Trey McNutt (shoulder)
PRESENT STATUS/WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN (by me)
* Jeffry Antigua, P
Mike Hamann, P
* Michael Heesch, P (was with DAYTONA squad at Minor League Camp)
Reinier Roibal, P (was with KC squad at Minor League Camp)
* Brian Smith, P
The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.
If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.
The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:
It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.
The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.
Wait...you're flip-flopping again?!
Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?
I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.
Happ signs w Jays
Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay
needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch
As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing
+ Bankruptcy Court
2 spots left on the 40-man...wonder if they're going to play around in the rule-5 market...
A special after day after Thanksgiving thanks to AZ for his insanely detailed posts on all things roster. I don't know how you keep track of all that stuff - I suspect a chip implant, but whatever it is, it's cool.
...the wrong half.
there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.
they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.
They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
I think they know what they are doing.
With the Cubs adding Pierce Johnson to their roster and not exposing/losing him to the Rule 5 Draft keeps the trade ancestry tree alive that started in 1999 with Tom Gordon and undrafted Adam Morrissey and includes 17 players, the trade tree progressed to involve the Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee deal and the famous Aramis Ramirez/Kenny Lofton deal..Pierce Johnson is the compensation pick for Aramis Ramirez in 2012