Cubs Bats Observe Two-Hour Moment of Silence at Extended Spring Training

The Cubs managed only four hits (all singles), as the EXST A’s nipped the EXST Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.


The Cubs lack of offense wasted some fine pitching performances by EXST Cubs hurlers.


20-year old 6’1 215 LHP John Mincone (Cubs 2009 11th round pick out of Suffolk County CC by way of James Madison U.) got the start for the EXST Cubs today, and threw three innings of one run ball. Over his last three EXST outings covering 9.0 IP (104 pitches – 67 strikes), Mincone has allowed just two runs (one ER) on four hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.


20-year old 6’4 220 RHRP Yohan Gonzalez struck out three A’s hitters while working two shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 1.00 and his WHIP to 0.67. He also has fanned nine while walking only two with a .161 OBA in 9.0 IP so far at Extended Spring Training. In three seasons in the Cubs system (2007 at DSL Cubs, 2008 at AZL Cubs, and 2009 at Boise), Gonzalez has a composite 3.14 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 30/75 BB/K in 109.0 IP.


20-year old 6’2 190 RHRP Rogelio Carmona threw one shutout inning, lowering his EXST ERA to 2.89 (he has a 0.96 WHIP, with 3/8 BB/K and a .176 OBA in 9.1 IP). Carmona seems to be at his best when he throws just one inning.


And finally, 22-year old 6’4 185 RHP Danny Keefe (Cubs 2009 16th round draft pick out of the U. of Tampa) struck out the side in the 9th, giving him a team-leading 14 strikeouts in just 10.1 IP. While Keefe’s EXST ERA is a bit ugly (it’s 6.09), his WHIP is only 1.06, because he has yet to issue a walk in seven EXST appearances. Keefe really struggled at Boise after signing last year (7.71 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 35 IP), although he was one of the last two pitchers cut from the Peoria roster at the end of Minor League Camp last month (Larry Suarez was the other one, and he has already been promoted from Extended Spring Training to Peoria).


Along with LHP Marcos Perez (who has yet to give up a run in 14.1 IP), I would say Mincone, Gonzalez, Carmona, and Keefe are the EXST Cubs pitchers most-likely to get a promotion to Peoria in the near future.


While the Cubs played the A’s on Field #3, LHP Casey Lambert and RHP Marcus Hatley (both rehabbing from 2009 TJS) faced-off in a two inning "sim game" on Field #2, with Brandon May, Bobby Wagner, Arismendy Alcantara, and Rafael Disla providing the “opposition.” It’s been eight months since Lambert and Hatley had their TJS, so both are about where they would be expected to be at this time. I have not seen RHP Dylan Johnston (the other 2009 TJS rehabber) throw a sim game yet, however.


RHPs Angel Guzman (March 2010 shoulder surgery), Melvin Rosa (April 2010 TJS), and Manolin DeLeon (knee surgery) are at Fitch Park but are inactive, and I do not know the current status of RHP Justin Bristow or RHP Adam Spencer, both of whom were shut-down early in Minor League Camp.


Among the position players at Extended Spring Training, OF Dong-Yub Kim (unknown-type injury incurred six weeks ago in Minor League Camp), OF Manuel Pestana (shoulder injury suffered while sliding into 3rd base a couple of weeks ago) and OF Kyung-Min Na (left game with unknown-type injury a week ago) are at Fitch Park but are not active at this time.


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


LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, BB, 6-3, R)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-2 (P-3, BB, BB, K)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 1-3, BB, K)
4. Charles Thomas, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, K, L-8 SF, RBI)
5. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, F-8, K)
6. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, 4-3)
7a. Luis Flores, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, SB)
7b. Jose Guevara, C: 1-1 (1B)
8. Runey Davis, LF: 0-3 (K, K, 6-4 FC)
9. Xavier Batista, DH #2: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
10. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, K, 5-3)


PITCHERS:
1. John Mincone – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 5/1 GO/FO, 39 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Luis Liria – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/FO, 36 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Rogelio Carmona – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Yohan Gonzalez – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 25 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Danny Keefe - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 17 pitches (13 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


ATTENDANCE: 12


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

WGN might want to update their "baseball is back" commercial they keep running...the one they shot last year...with sean gallagher in it a few times giving sound bites...

just saying...

Holy crap, I just learned Craig Counsell will be 40 years old this year. He looks like he's about 12 years old.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/may/04/camp...

was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 7

Sorry if this is 3/44, but shocking to see MB is unhappy....

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5...

Although I have been critical of Bradley and his self-centered behavior since early in his tenure with the Cubs, I can't help but notice that the Mariners are misusing Bradley (batting him 4th), probably even worse than the Cubs did. I'm sure it messes with your head being asked to do something you are not good at doing.

I don't want to make excuses for Bradley. A lot of people have a tough road in life and they don't act like some spoiled 12-year old. However, I just wanted to point out that it was not lost on me that Bradley is being put in a position for which he is not particularly well suited.

Bradley is a complimentary offensive player - unfortunately, the Mariners are a team consisting entirely of complimentary offensive players. He's probably best in a situtation in the lineup where he is just going to do what he is going to do, and doesn't have to worry about driving in runs or advancing runners.

We'll trade them Xavier Nady, he hit 26 HRs one year!

I'm tired of the Xavier Nady experience. Sit him out until he's 100% healthy.

That same logic could apply to a bunch of piss-poor mediocre players.

This just in - you can't have a .330 .420 .550 guy at every position on the field.

[edit] forget it, I'm not going to argue with you today. I'm just going to point out I never said anything about .330 hitters at every position. Of course you can't.

That's great argument, TRN. I'm sure you'll win a lot of discussions with that one.

I can see that applying to other situations...

Family member dies in botched surgery:
"This just in - you can't have an ace surgeon in every hospital."

Defending George W. Bush:
"This just in - you can't expect every president to be able to read, write, talk and think coherently."

Thanks, I thought it was a great argument as well. I will leave it up to you mouth breathers to complain about how Milton Bradley isn't a protypical #4 hitter from here on out, therefore he has no place in the major leagues. You fucktards would have relegated Rickey Henderson to pinch running and Wade Boggs to pinch hitting.

Smart, you're really smart.

Agreed,

Surely this is someone other than Miltons fault.

why can't this poor guy catch a break?

I'm sure he's crying all the way to the bank.

F'em.

I assume there's more to the story, cause it's pretty absurd to bench a guy after 2 K's that you batted 4th, especially one who is putting up okay numbers with RISP this year.

and yeah, overly patient hitters aren't the most ideal RBI guys, but the Mariners are desperate.

And so it begins...

see if he's so done that he'll give up the rest of his contract...

To me it's one of those things that is going to be blown up by the media (and based on this article already is) more than it needs to be. If he comes to the park on time today, goes around to the guys and apologizes to them, it would probably be a done deal with the majority of them. Luckily now they all get to answer 20 questions about it for the next three months.

He certainly needs an anger management consular or something, though.

this is one of those sosa-esque things that should be addressed by the media. you don't abandon your team mid-game no matter how pissed you are, imo.

My sports career must have been different from many others. I rememember people stomping off the field in a fit and them not being ostracized or booted from the team. Mostly people said "alright then" and continued on with their lives.

He dressed and left the park.

"Seriously, the Mariners have big problems. They can and probably should release Milton Bradley. Wakamatsu can "downplay thoughts of an incident" all he likes, but a manager really shouldn't be asked to tolerate a player who's debilitated by a couple of early-May strikeouts."

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/3...

Will be interesting to see if there's any fallout from Neyer making fun of Wakamatsu's last name. Wonder if he's got a "Howry Cow" T-Shirt he wears while writing his "articles".

from where i'm at...you can hate your boss (manager/GM/coaches), you can hate people you play with, and you can even hate yourself, but you need to respect the team because it's going to be there longer than any personality in the clubhouse.

you can go down the stairs and pout or throw things...whatever...but leaving while a game is going on...nah.

"you have to be a man to play baseball for a living, but you have to have a lot of little boy in you, too." - roy campanella

Neal, your sports career was different in that you did not get PAID. This is MBs job. If I take off my lab coat after half a shift at work and walk out, guess what happens? FIRED. The same should happen to this wack job.
You are the "mouthbreather", "fucktard", and whatever other insults you have shot out on this thread. Behavior like MBs does not work in reality, but you don't understand that because you probably also live in a similar fucked up state.

I didn't realize the perfume department manager at JC Penny was so strict. Don't worry, though, I hear the food court is hiring.

You stay classy Neal...

The thing is, I'm pretty sure you either agree with the rest of us on Bradley or don't care, but you have to take the opposite stance as everyone else on an issue like this just to be contrarian. Hope you are at least having fun with it.

I was hoping he would just pack up his shit and get out of here. But he keeps coming back like his buddy, MB.

I'm tired of people defending this shithead. He walked out on the team in the middle of the game. The media only needs to do their job, which is report news. This is news. http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=422&sid=317514

It's sort of sad that I have to explain this to alleged baseball fans, but after you come out of a ballgame, you can't go back in.

You should probably also get your news from someone who knows the difference between "There", "They're" and "Their".

Dude. Chill the fuck out.

Damn media.

I haven't seen a genius persecuted so much since Terrence Trent D'Arby.

Holy FUCK BATMAN! That is a blast from the past! haha!

It's kind of weird to not have a major injury to blame the Cub's record on this year. Sure, there's Ted Lilly, but really... if he were perfect, he would have given us an extra what, 1, 2 wins?

I blame Michael Barrett.

doubt Lilly would have done much to improve on the starting staff as they wouldn't have considered moving Z in spring training to the pen and everyone else in the rotation has been great.

poor bullpen and inconsistent offense seem to be the main culprits...

losing 2 of 3 at home to Nats and Astros doesn't help much either

Milton should have raised some eye brows before last year, here is a copy of his signed contract

http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05...

*high five*

I miss the Doc.

riot, fuke, dlee, byrd, sori, rami, font, hill, theo.

Colvin one start in one week.

Send the kid back to AAA.

F' Nady.

well he is hitting despite the inconsistent playing time...

should they call up Hoffpauir instead to make outs?

Just want him to play over Nady. I know he has not played much either, but for christ sakes the guy cant throw until June and it looks like he can't hit either until then.

Just rotate Colvin and Fuku and Byrd a few days a week.

Nice problem to have.

Might as well be angry at that since Soriano is hitting now.

You know what, I remember a post on our very own TCR after the 2008 season that said something like "beware the BABIP". I'm starting to think that this team is just not very good.

Soriano moves in the batting order ... 1-for-16 is on deck.

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  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 21 min 43 sec ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 22 min 15 sec ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 46 min 34 sec ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 49 min 55 sec ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 29 min ago view