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
Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception?
Here is Lackey/Lester from last night. It seems their box is a bit different than the K-Zone TBS was using.
Here is Lester's data:
AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?
Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.
AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.
I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.
But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.
Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.
Jason deGrom -- oh, my.
Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.
Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.
Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.
Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.
that game sounds fun as hell.
I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.
TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.
I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.
"Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.
Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.
Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.
Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.