Caridad Rehab Moves Up to Iowa from Extended Spring Training

LHP Marcos Perez threw four shutout innings and DH Jae-Hoon Ha homered and doubled, but the EXST Angels scored two in the 5th, three in the 7th, and two more in the 8th, to defeat the EXST Cubs 7-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.

With four more shutout innings today, Perez has now thrown 14-1/3 innings of shutout ball in six Extended Spring Training outings (2 GS), allowing just five hits and one walk in those 14.1 IP, while striking out 15. He also has a 17/10 GO/FO ratio, has averaged just 11.5 Pitches-Per-Inning, and has thrown 73% of his pitches strikes. I would say the Cubs pitching prospect Perez most-closely resembles is Peoria LHSP Jeffry Antigua, except Perez has better control.

19-year old Jae-Hoon Ha was a DH today, and he appears to finally be healthy after playing most of last season with a sore wrist. The power that he displayed at Minor League Camp in 2009 is slowly returning (he homered over the LF fence onto 8th Street today), and he’s finally able to turn on the ball and drive it. The only negative with Ha is that his catching has not progressed as well as was hoped, and I’m not sure he will remain behind the plate. While you do see some infielders or outfielders take to the position (most-notably Steve Clevenger and Robinson Chirinos), others (like Matt Cerda and Brandon May) just don’t seem to adapt very well. In the case of Ha, he was a catcher in high school in South Korea, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him operate behind the plate. He needs a LOT of work. (20% CS and 6 PB in six games at catcher so far at EXST). It’s no wonder the Cubs moved him to RF after they signed him (although they moved him back to catcher in the AZ Instructional League last September).

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Esmailin Caridad (on the Cubs 15-day DL since April 12th with a strained right forearm) has completed the Fitch Park portion of his injury rehab and will be joining the Iowa Cubs in New Orleans tonight, where he will be continuing his minor league rehab assignment. Caridad was at Extended Spring Training for a couple of weeks, but only appeared in one game (this past Saturday at Indian School Park in Scottsdale versus the EXST Giants, where he threw 19 pitches in 1.1 IP, allowing no hits or runs, while walking two and striking out one). He had good zip on his fastball, but his control was a bit off.

Here is today’s abridged box score (EXST Cubs players only):

1. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-4 (1B, 2-3, 6-3, 4-3)
2. Runey Davis, CF: 1-4 (6-4-3 GIDP, F-8, L-6, 1B)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-3 (1B, 2B, BB, K)
4. Brandon May, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, BB, 6-3)
5. Charles Thomas, 3B: 0-3 (C-INT, K, P-4, K)
6. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 1-4 (K, F-7, 2B, K, R)
7. Jae-Hoon Ha, DH #2: 2-3 (K, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
8a. Carlos Romero, C: 0-3 (F-7, K, 4-3, RBI)
8b. Luis Flores, C: ---
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 1-3 (P-5, K, 1B, RBI, CS)
10a. Cody Shields, LF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
10b. Albert Hernandez, LF: 0-1 (K)

1. Marcos Perez – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/FO, 52 pitches (36 strikes)
3. Gian Guzman – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Carlos Rojas - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)

2B Wes Darvill E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
SS Arismendy Alcantara E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)

Luis Flores: 0-1 CS, 1 PO (runner at 3rd base)

CF Runey Davis threw out runner 8-6 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on single

Runey Davis was thrown out 8-6 trying to stretch a single into a double with one out and the bases empty in the 7th


WEATHER: Sunny, breezy and cloudless, with temperatures in the 70’s


through 6 IP by Brett Cecil against the Indians...

Sizemore walks with one out in the 7th, no-no still in effect.

and Peralta singles in a run with 2 outs...

Rob, I couldn't see new posts when I reloaded the home page. I went to Bear Truth and saw the updated posts and clicked on one and I got through. FYI

Sometimes I have the same problem. Usually, but not always, logging out and back in solves the problem.

Holy cow - it worked. Thanks for the tip

Justin Bieber throws out first pitch at White Sox game, then in the 3rd inning, he catches a foul ball.

Clearly he's a witch.

I'm imagining Justin Bieber selling his soul to the devil a la that classic Will Ferrell SNL sketch with Garth Brooks.

There's simply no other explanation.

That reminds me, are we doing a TCR outing this year?

This reminds me of the OC Register article:

"Colon absorbs another pounding"


caridad threw a scoreless inning last night - samardzija was brought in to pitch the 9th, got two outs and then gave up 2 hits, a walk & a hbp; had to be removed before the game was gone...


95% of fifth round picks never make it to the majors beyond a cup of coffee. It seems silly to refer to any of them as "wasted". many 5th round picks get a major league contract, and ...what $10 million? How many then get forced down the Cubs throat every year...getting shuttled from bullpen to the rotation, and back again?

Jeff Effing Samardzija.

I was going to go with 95% of statistics are made up on the spot.

6 players from the 5th round of the 2006 June draft have made the majors. That's 20%. 3 players from 2005 and 8 players from 2004.

The thing that bugs me most abou the Smardijza contract is that he wasn't performing all that well when he got it.

Agreed Neal...and any time he wants to even approach looking like a MLB pitcher....would be fine with me.

I suppose he should look like a AAA pitcher first, huh? Baby steps.

the major league deal was ridiculous, but w/o a 2,3,or 4 pick in that draft, the Cubs went for a high-risk pick and the contract was to keep him from playing football. So they ended up with 2 first round picks that year...not really a terrible strategy.

I suppose they could have just punted the pick and gone with someone as awesome as B. Guyer, J. Bristow, S. Taylor, Adrian Ortiz, Darin Downs, Shawn Scobee, or Brendan Harris instead.

He did have a good month in 2008 when first called up and if Jeff Gray didn't hurt himself in spring training, he probably doesn't make the team to start 2010.

Brendan Harris has at least looked like a major league player...even if he's a utility guy.

9 years of pick, two major league players out of the 5th round...

Samardzija just making the majors as a 5th round pick with a good month already makes it a good pick.

It's not like he's blocked anyone else all that fantastic from making the majors. many 5th rounders got that kind of money?

who cares?

how many 10th rounders got Chris Huseby money? guys fall all the time because of signability issues.

it was a bit misguided (making it a major league deal and the NTC), but not as atrocious as it's being made out to be...

That money wasn't to sign, the contract was awarded after he signed to keep him from playing football. His good month was really just a lucky month, and it has since been undone by his bad work anyway. We've paid $10 million for 0 WAR.

my bad, didn't recall that he signed the second deal in Jan of '07 after already signing for $1M.

Even more misguided than I originally thought, but still not a terrible investment. That's still a drop in the bucket for a player with a high upside. If folks want the Cubs to have a good farm system, it's the type of chances they need to take.

Absolutely. The crime to me is the Cubs trying to justify that $10 million by constantly putting him in positions he is clearly not ready for.

But I would rather see them blow a few million here and there on young players with potential than blowing a huge pile on Free Agents that don't earn value on the dollars paid (Soriano, Fukudome, Bradley, Zambrano). They could have saved at least half of the sunk costs on those players if they had in-house talent that could have filled some needs instead.

The Cubs have been doing that, but all those guys you listed have given better value than the $11 million on Samardizja.

Ninja doesn't make the club in 2010 if Guzman and Gray aren't hurt.

Larry and Lou never had to put him in a game if they didn't like what they saw (like David Patton), even if Hendry is imposing him on the roster (which I doubt is what's happening).

The most misguided thing the Cubs have done is insist on him being a starter.

You can't help but wonder if he would have developed differently if he was just put in the pen in 2008 and left alone?

A list of some guys making less money than Samardzija:

- Randy Wells
- Geovany Soto
- Carlos Marmol
- Mike Fontenot

After being drafted in 2006, here's his major league record:

2-4, 5.89 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, .289 BAA

...with no sign of 'turning a corner'. So let me reiterate:


We're all wasted.
- R. Daultry


Cubs have the 16th pick, then 65, 97 and 130.

2 very early mock drafts

SS - Christian Colon out of Cal-State Fullerton

RHSP - Alex Wimmers out of Ohio State


well, the NATS probably will take bryce harper...hell, it's near 100% at this point.

you guys will not believe this kid. they really need to keep him away from a mic when they sign him or they get him some kind of media coach. his ego is larger than his draft position...and he's only a highschool kid.

MLB Network is doing a draft preview here in a minute...

"He's got plus range, a plus-plus arm and he's so smooth he even makes bad ups look good," Smokies manager Bill Dancy said about Castro's defense.

What are "bad ups"?

I'm guessing bad hops...

If you put your face in them and inhale deeply like the guy from Sam Adam's Brew Co, you shouldn't have any bad hops.

Sam Adams doesn't have bad hops until they ruin them by putting them into their beer.

Bibens-Dirkx with 7 shutout innings in AA, ERA down to 2.88

Iowa with an early game today, Parisi lasts 3 innings and gives up 2 runs (8.5 ERA on the year), followed by Marcus Mateo who gives up a run in 2 innings (8.22 ERA on the year). Atkins and Gaub don't give up a run in relief but Iowa loses 3-0.

Fuld hitting .179 on the year, Hoffpauir hitting .168, M. Smith .196, Adduci .240.

scales has been on a hell of a slide after a monster start.


Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 1:40pm.
Bibens-Dirkx with 7 shutout innings in AA, ERA down to 2.88

Iowa with an early game today, Parisi lasts 3 innings and gives up 2 runs (8.5 ERA on the year), followed by Marcus Mateo who gives up a run in 2 innings (8.22 ERA on the year). Atkins and Gaub don't give up a run in relief but Iowa loses 3-0.

Fuld hitting .179 on the year, Hoffpauir hitting .168, M. Smith .196, Adduci .240.


ROB G: Both Sam Fuld and Micah Hoffpauir will be out of Minor League Options next year, making them likely to get traded during the off-season or Spring Training.

And if Jeff Samardzija spends at least 20 days on Optional Assignment in 2010 (like if he isn't recalled by May 13th) he too will be out of options in 2011, and because he has "no trade" rights, he can refuse to go to another team if he gets claimed off Outright Waivers. So if Samardzija doesn't turn it around by the end of Spring Training 2011, the Cubs might find themselves in the position where they can't send him to the minors, and can't trade him, either, such that they might have to just release The Shark at the end of Spring Training and eat his $2.8M in 2011 salary, hoping that another club will sign him for the MLB minimum, which would at least save the Cubs $400K in 2011 payroll.

kevin hart (PIT) to have his shoulder cut and labrum repaired by dr.A for those still keeping track of him.

keeps his job, but Del Negro goes

He's the Jim Hendry of the basketball GM's.


The Jim Hendry of Hoops.

Working for Reinsdorf can give one more job security than the post office.

riot, bake, dlee, byrd, rami, sori, nady, soto, demp.

lefty maholm going for pirates

17-yr old kid runs on the field, gets tasered by fat, out-of-shape cop...people laugh and say he deserves it.

seemingly innocuous, but quite a few deaths linked to tasers (I believe linked to those with heart problems), but how do you know who has a heart problem?

the kid was stupid and all, and hope he enjoys the copious amounts of community service he'll be doing, but I do agree that you have to show better judgment before breaking out the taser gun. Clearly by the video you can see he wasn't much of a threat.

wow. now that is a lot of work done properly.

Verducci theorizes it's because there's not enough contact

Well that would explain the explosive growth of Hockey... wait, never mind. It probably has more to do with the rash of ADD that American kids are diagnosed with. You need some sort of attention span to watch baseball.

there's explosive growth in hockey? I guess from 0 to 2 fans would be astronomical.

They also changed their rules sometime after the strike to add more scoring.

It was sarcasm, though I am getting into hockey now that the Hawks are decent.

playoff hockey is damn fun and very similar to baseball of course.

Every goal/run is a big deal.

If the Bulls fire Paxson and sign Wade or James, Chicago sports could be in for a nice little year-long cycle.

playoff hockey seems to last as long as the regular season.

i hope baseball never adopts a system that lets 1/2 the league into the playoffs no matter how sweet the profits would be from doing so.

it doesn't help that baseball is viewed as a "pussy" sport by many...but that's nothing new, really.

the hockey and european-soccer thing is really weird to me. i see a lot of people (i work at a college campus) walking around sporting euro soccer league gear and following the game. chelsea fc seems to be mad popular around here for some reason.

we won a hockey cup here in NC a few years ago and you could barely get any interest aside from a few thousand people. go figure.

5/4: Iwamura 4, LaRoche 5, Doumit 2, Jones 9, Church 8, Milledge 7, Clement 3, Cedeno 6, Maholm

Cubs lineup at comment #41

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  • Yes. That is something up with which we will not put.

    fullykräusened 55 min ago view
  • Right, then. Moving forward lets focus on simple declarative sentences, subject-verb agreement, and watch out for punctuation. Avoid prepositions at the end of sentences.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • I love sabremetrics and think FIP and WAR can definitely predict future success. For the Cy though which is an award for current success I do think ERA and WHIP have a place. Also while Hendricks doesn't have the strikeouts he does have the highest soft hit contact and second lowest hard hit contact which does a lot to take fielding skill out of it.

    To me if the ERA is close FIP and WAR should be used but right now its not. That said I agree with you Hendricks won't get it.

    johann 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • Can't get soft just because we have a big lead!

    billybucks 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • kershaw will be lucky to put in 160+ip. even though it projects to be an awesome 160+ip it's going to be extremely difficult for him to do much with that. he's still got minor league rehab game(s) to go through and he's only stretched out to 2ip with his last simulated may take another couple weeks before he returns.

    the numbers are awesome, but he's lost the equivalent of a good chunk of a top-tier pen arm's season in innings of work compared to the rest of the lot.

    crunch 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • Kershaw, Fernandez and Syndergaard are your current leaders and all will be pitching meaningful games down the stretch that could make or break them. Hendricks will not be and his saber-numbers aren't anywhere close to those 3 and he'd split votes with Arrieta and Lester whom all are basically neck-and-neck for  WAR and FIP. If Kershaw pitches like just okay Kershaw in September he deserves to win in a landslide. Voters are pretty much saber-inclined now so it would take a crazy shutout streak or something for Hendricks to jump in the picture.

    Rob G. 11 hours 27 min ago view
  • AZ PHIL: With starters the likes of Edwin Jackson, even Chris Rusin or Michael Bowden could look good on their staff. At best, he is a #5-6. But as always, LH are at a premium.

    The E-Man 12 hours 57 min ago view
  • Sure we would all want consistency. He is not even 24, has played 5 (!) positions this year. Can you imagine what is in his head? He was only a part-time player at 2 spots last year. And THEN think about hitting?? Cut him some slack...You sure are picky lately. First wishing #6 NL RBI guy Russell have a better average, and now an "unncessarily fancy pick". Geez tough crowd!

    The E-Man 13 hours 1 min ago view
  • it's going to be hard to take down scherzer.

    kershaw is supposedly coming back soon, though he'll probably need a good amount of deep innings to match up with scherzer...probably too late at this point. tanner roark, bumgarner, and hendricks are probably going to steal some votes along with kershaw.

    crunch 13 hours 30 min ago view
  • I absolutely love Javy's game, and I love the way Maddon changed the perception of him as a ballplayer, but I really wish he would just make the routine plays routinely. On the ground ball in the 9th, he made an unnecessarily fancy pick. He made the play, but tried the same thing last night and made an error.

    billybucks 13 hours 51 min ago view
  • How many wins does Kyle need for serious Cy Young consideration? Would 17 be enough if he leads the league in ERA? My goodness, what a season -- makes a Dartmouth alum proud.

    billybucks 13 hours 53 min ago view
  • jacos 13 hours 57 min ago view
  • hendricks WHIP drops to 0.98 over 159 innings after throwing 7ip 3h 1bb 4k, 0r/er

    ERA down to 2.09 on the season.

    crazy good.

    crunch 14 hours 18 min ago view
  • I am pretty well fed up with the majority of home plate umps. Just terrible inconsistencies.

    The E-Man 14 hours 22 min ago view
  • Oh shit forgot about that
    Shark and Sczur right?

    jacos 14 hours 36 min ago view
  • Yes, football player?- check.

    The E-Man 14 hours 43 min ago view