Two More Minor League Free-Agents Re-sign with Cubs
The two pitchers join OF Jim Adduci and INF Jonathon Mota, who re-signed with the Cubs earlier this month. Two other Cubs minor league free-agents (OF Brad Snyder and INF Scott Moore) have signed 2012 minor league contracts with the Houston Astros.
So far, the Cubs have not signed any minor league free-agents from outside the organization.
While Berg will be spending most of 2012 rehabbing from TJS at Fitch Park, Carrillo should have a decent shot at making the AAA Iowa Cubs roster as a rubber-armed "swing-man" (starter/reliever). The 24-year old Carrillo is presently pitching for Obregon in the Mexican Pacfic League (LMP), and is 3rd in the league in ERA among starting pitchers.
Like Adduci and Mota, both Berg and Carrillo will be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft. (Free-agents who sign minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection).
Here is the updated list of Cubs minor league free-agents who have not signed contracts for 2012:
SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA:
Angel Guzman, RHP
Dylan Johnston, RHP (ex-OF)
Mario Mercedes, C
Chris Robinson, C (played for Team Canada in World Cup)
Carlton Smith, RHP (acquired from CLE in Kosuke Fukudome trade)
Alvaro Sosa, RHP (ex-C)
Jeff Stevens, RHP (acquired from CLE in Mark DeRosa deal post-2008)
John Urick, 1B (player-coach - Whitey Herzog's nephew)
NOTE: As an Article XX-D minor league FA (he was outrighted previously in his career), OF Luis Montanez had until Friday 11/25 to decide whether to accept his outright assignment to AAA Iowa. If he did accept the assignment, he would be deferring his free-agency until the day after the conclusion of the 2012 regular season (unless he is added back to a 40-man roster in the meantime).
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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.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?