Cubs Organizational Report Week 7-8(2005)
|Team||W-L||GB/Pos.||Last 10||W/L (2003)||W/L (2004)|
|Iowa Cubs||22-28||4.5/3rd||6-4|| || |
|West Tenn Jaxx||34-16||0.0/1st||5-5|| || |
|Daytona Cubs||25-23||2.5/3rd||4-6|| || |
|Peoria Chiefs||25-25||4.0/3rd||7-3|| || |
|Boise Hawks||Season begins in June||N/A||N/A|| || |
|AZL Cubs||Season begins in June||N/A||N/A|| || |
MLB TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES P - Jon Leicester promoted on 05/29/05 P - Jerome Williams & David Aardsma traded to Cubs on 05/28/05 P - Latroy Hawkins traded to San Francisco Giants on 05/28/05 P - Roberto Novoa promoted on 05/28/05 P - Mark Prior placed on 15 day DL with a right non-displaced fracture of the lateral epicondyl (elbow) on 05/28/05 P - Mike Remlinger placed on DL retroactive to 05/21/05 with a left hand fifth finger non-displaced distal phalanx fracture. (Stupid recliners...) INF - Todd Walker activated from 15 day DL on 05/25/05 P - Sergio Mitre promoted on 05/24/05 OF - Ben Grieve optioned to AAA on 05/24/05 P - Joe Borowski promoted on 05/20/05 INF - Mike Fontenot demoted to AAA on 05/20/05 INF - Ronny Cedeno demoted to AAA on 05/17/05 INF - Enrqiue Wilson signed as a free agent on 05/17/05 P - Kerry Wood diagnosed with supraspinatus muscle strain in his right shoulder; Placed on DL on 05/02/05; Plans to throw off mound this week. P - Chad Fox transferred to 60 day DL on 05/17/05 SS ñ Nomar Garciaparra out with left groin avulsion of the adductor longus muscle; placed on 15 day DL 04/21/05; Began physical therapy in Arizona last week; Still not ready for baseball related activitites P - Scott Williamson placed on 60 day DL 3/31/05; Recovering from October 2004 Tommy John surgery; Currently rehabbing at Extended Spring Training;Return expected mid-season. AAA (IOWA) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES P - Jon Leicester promoted to MLB on 05/28/05 P - Roberto Novoa promoted to MLB on 05/28/05 P - Joe Dawley signed by Iowa Cubs on 05/28/05 INF - Richard Lewis sent to Daytona on 05/27/05 INF - Cody Ransom signed on 05/27/05 OF - Dwaine Bacon demoted to AA on 05/26/05 OF - Ben Grieve optioned to Iowa on 05/26/05 P - Ryan O'Malley promoted to Iowa from West Tenn (AA) on 05/25/05 P - Sergio Mitre promoted to MLB on 05/23/05 INF- Shane Halter released on 05/22/05 P - Darren Oliver retired on 05/21/05 P - Joe Borowski promoted to MLB on 05/20/05 INF - Mike Fontenot demoted on 05/20/05 INF - Ronny Cedeno demoted to AAA on 05/17/05 INF - Mike Moriarty traded to Baltimore Orioles for future considerations on 05/16/05 AAA (IOWA) Notables Ronny Cedeno .376/.426/.600 Russ Rohlicek 2-0 2 Saves, 1.78 ERA/15 BB/26 K Jermaine Van Buren 1-1 5 Saves; 2.18 ERA/11 BB/28 K Dave Kelton .299/.347/.463 Mike Fontenot .284/.395/.539 Bobby Brownlie 2-4 5.88 ERA/24 BB/30 K Will Cunnane 0-1 6.04 ERA/13 BB/27 K Geovany Soto .275/.380/.353 Micah Hoffpauir .293/.350/.372 Raul Valdez 3-1 3.38 ERA/7 BB/20 K AA (W. TENN) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES P - Jon Connolly returned from DL on 05/35/05 OF - Dwaine Bacon demoted to AA on 05/26/05 P - Ryan O'Malley promoted to Iowa from West Tenn (AA) on 05/25/05 INF - Jemel Spearman has not played since 04/26/05 because of wrist injury P- Angel Guzman out with stiff forearm; Should begin throwing in 2 weeks; Likely not to pitch in a game until July P ñ Rocky Cherry left game on 4/21/05 after 1/3 of an inning. Tommy John surgery performed on 05/05/05 AA (W. TENN) Notables Matt Murton .382/.453/.543 Felix Pie .319/.376/.599 13/20 SB opportunities Adam Greenberg .281/.395/.410 Ryan Theriot .306/.386/.413 Brandon Sing .307/.433/.627 Buck Coats .322/.398/.443 Ricky Nolasco 6-0 2.08 ERA/18 BB/62 K Carmen Pignatiello 4-3 2.85 ERA/20 BB/55 K Richard Hill 4-3 3.28 ERA/21 BB/90 K Andrew Shipman 1-2 1.90 ERA/13 BB/27 K Talley Haines 3-0 7 Saves; 1.20 ERA/1 BB/13 K Yorkin Ferreras 2-3 2 Saves; 5.23 ERA/3 BB/18 K Jae-Kuk Ryu 4-2 3.50 ERA/19 BB/40 K Reynel Pinto 0-0 2.28 ERA/9 BB/25 K A ADVANCED (DAYTONA) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES INF - Richard Lewis demoted from Iowa on 05/27/05 C - Jake Fox returned to action on 05/25/05 after missing 12 games due to a sprained knee ligament. P - Billy Petrick placed on DL retroactive to 05/24/04 SS - Carlos Rojas placed on DL on 05/26/05 SS - Enrique Cruz(son of Jose Cruz) assigned to Daytona after trade with Yankees P - Aaron Krawiec sent to Extended Spring Training on 05/13/05 C - Paul O'Toole demoted to Daytona from West Tenn. on 05/13/05 P - Brad Stiles placed on DL on 4/27/05; reason unknown A Advanced (DAYTONA) Notables Sean Marshall 4-2 1.73 ERA/17 BB/48 K Randy Wells 4-1 1 Save; 1.69 ERA/7 BB/34 K Thomas Atlee 1-3 7 Saves; 2.87 ERA/6 BB/11 K Juan Mateo 3-1 2 Saves; 1.98 ERA/7 BB/37 K Kyle Boyer .190/.254/.314 Brian Dopirak .240/.285/.372 Kevin Collins .233/.330/.393 Weston OíBrien 2-1 5.40 ERA/16 BB/28 K Anderson Tavares 1-5 6.19 ERA/14 BB/37 K J.R. Mathes 3-2 3.46 ERA/14 BB/47 K Carlos Marmol 5-2 3.09 ERA/29 BB/50 K Scott Moore .269/.355/.520 Chris Walker .278/.344/.389 21/27 SB opportunities A (PEORIA) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES INF - Aaron Sisk signed as free agent on 05/17/05 OF - Ryan Harvey returned from DL on 05/19/05 P - Will Fenton sent to Extended Spring Training on 05/18/05 INF - Jose Rios sent to Extended Spring Training on 05/18/05 P - Luis Brito released from organization on 05/18/05 INF Ryan Norwood placed on DL 04/07/05 with severe ankle sprain; Out 6-8 weeks A(PEORIA) Notables Eric Patterson .391/.478/.591 Sean Gallagher 5-1 0.75 ERA/14 BB/68 K Matt Weber 3-5 2.80 ERA/6 BB/41 K Luis Montanez .316/.374/.492 Alberto Garcia .313/.366/.373 Alfredo Polanco 2-0 2.45 ERA/10 BB/29 K Ed Campusano 2-2 1 Save; 2.73 ERA/13 BB/22 K Alan Rick .170/.265/.240 Sam Fuld .217/.329/.300 Bo Flowers .276/.338/.410 Ryan Harvey .268/.323/.439 Lee Gwaltney 3-1 3.32 ERA/12 BB/38 K Jerry Blevins 0-2 9 Saves; 4.63 ERA/12 BB/31 K A SHORT SEASON(BOISE) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/NOTABLES None to report ROOKIE LEAGUE (AZL Cubs) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/NOTABLES None to report OTHER NOTABLE INJURIES P - Grant Johnson - hamstring, Fine-tuning his mechanics and should be pitching this week in Peoria. P - Chadd Blasko - shoulder surgery; Probably out until 2006 P - Jason Wylie - shoulder surgery; No update on his return P - Matt Clanton - shoulder surgery; Had 2nd shoulder surgery during off-season, probably out all season P - Luke Hagerty at extended spring training in Arizona with strained finger; 2-3 weeks away from pitching P - Dave Crouthers has retired from baseball at age 25 MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Brandon Sing (11) RBI - Scott Moore (32) AVG - Eric Patterson (.391) OBP - Eric Patterson (.478) SLG - Brandon Sing (.627) SB - Chris Walker (21) Pitching IP - Matthew Weber (61) ERA -Sean Gallagher (0.75) WINS - Ricky Nolasco (6) SAVES - Jerry Blevins (9) K - Rich Hill (90) * The AB and IP cutoff for rate stats is rather arbitrary
Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.