Cub Bats Rock Fitch Park

Javier Baez (solo HR and a two-run single), Jeimer Candelario (two-run triple and an RBI single), and Danny Lockhart (two-run single and an RBI single) drove-in three runs a piece, Xavier Batista doubled twice, singled, and scored a run, and Micah Gibbs reached base four times on two singles and two walks and scored two runs, leading the Cubs to an 11-3 thumping of the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.

On the AAA Iowa Cubs Disabled List since April 19th with back issues, veteran LHRP Ryan Rowland-Smith made a rehab appearance in today’s game, throwing an 11-pitch 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) and an infield pop out. He looks like he’s ready to return to the I-Cubs bullpen.

In EXST Cubs roster news, 2B Gioskar Amaya has returned from his three-day stint with the Iowa Cubs in Sacramento, where the 19-year old had a pinch-hit double yesterday. Amaya was in the EXST Cubs lineup today, playing 2B and going 0-3 with two walks and a run scored. (Amaya leads the EXST Cubs in walks with 12).

Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Trey Martin, CF: 1-5 (K, 1B, F-8, P-4, F-9)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (K, 6-4-3 DP, 4-3, BB, BB, R)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 2-5 (HR, K, K, 1B, E-8, R, 3 RBI)
4a. Xavier Batista, LF-DH: 3-3 (2B, 2B, 1B, R)
4a. Justin Marra, PH-DH: 0-2 (P-4, 3-U)
5. Micah Gibbs, C: 2-3 (4-3, BB, BB, 1B, 1B, 2 R, PO)
6. Dan Vogelbach, 1B-DH: 2-5 (F-8, 1B, P-5, 1B, 4-6 FC, 2 R, RBI)
7. Rock Shoulders, DH-1B: 1-4 (4-3, K, 1B, K, R)
8. Jeimer Candelario, 3B-DH: 2-3 (4-3, 3B, SH-E5, 1B, R, 3 RBI)
9a. Neftali Rosario, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
9b. Eduardo Gonzalez, PH-LF: 1-3 (L-9, 1B, F-8, R)
10. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (BB, 2B, K, F-7)
11a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
11b. Danny Lockhart, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, 3 RBI, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 1 PO, 47 pitches (31 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
2. Ryan Rowland-Smith: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 11 pitches (8 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
3. Augusto Colina: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 36 pitches (20 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 41 pitches (21 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Javier Castro: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO

CUBS ERRORS: 2:
1. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd base)
2. P Jose Arias - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to score from 3rd base)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Micah Gibbs: 0-2 CS

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Trey Martin - threw out runner 8-5 trying to advance an extra base on overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base

ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and VERY breezy with 100+ temperatures

Comments

Hey Phil,

If you get the chance, would you show the updated stats for the EXT crew? I was wondering how our big 1b we're doing. Vogelbomb and Shoulders don't appear to be driving the ball out west there.

Also, a comment was made in one of the last posts that had a solid request:
What would be your prediction for the opening Boise squad?

If it's too much, no worries.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 4:18pm — Childersb3

Hey Phil,

If you get the chance, would you show the updated stats for the EXT crew? I was wondering how our big 1b we're doing. Vogelbomb and Shoulders don't appear to be driving the ball out west there.

Also, a comment was made in one of the last posts that had a solid request:
What would be your prediction for the opening Boise squad?

If it's too much, no worries.

==========================

CHILDERS: I did a Boise/AZL Cubs roster projection in a comment here a couple of weeks ago, but I'll do another one next week.

There will also be complete updated EXST stats next weekend when we get to the 2/3 mark.

As for Dan Vogelbach and Rock Shoulders, here are their current up-to-the-minute EXST stats:

DAN VOGELBACH:
177/278/339
21 GAMES – 72 PA
2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 8/14 BB/K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 2 GIDP
DEFENSE: 5 ERRORS

ROCK SHOULDERS:
228/297/367
19 GAMES – 64 PA
5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 6/23 BB/K, 1 SF, 3 GIDP
DEFENSE: 2 ERRORS

FWIW, Shoulders has been (slightly) better over his past three weeks than he was over his first three weeks, while Vogelbach has been somewhat worse.

on the topic of minor league stats (blah, blah, disclaimer, not the end-all, be-all, etc)

The Cubs system right now sucks ass.

It's basically A. Rizzo and J. Lake's first 9 games or on the offensive side and E. Jokisch and Francescon on the pitching side. I'll say A. Kirk, Rusin and Burke are doing nicely ERA-wise, but the peripherals seem lacking. N. Perez is 2nd in the FSL in OPS so give him some props, but he's 24 also in Hi-A.

I'm sure I'm missing a few, but slim pickings to get excited about.

Alright, should give Alcantara some props in Daytona. Good numbers for a middle infielder in that league.

Anyone named N. Perez probably sucks.

But will have a long major league career.

Why do guys with good track records - Wilken, McPhail, come over to the Cubs and suck? That's part of my refusal to just assume Theo is our savior. I've seen this show too many times in my life as a Cubs fan. Like the movie says, show me the money.

The poor depth in the farm systems makes me think that they will trade Garza, Dempster, etc .for prospects. That said, if Jackson and Rizzo play as expected, they should be able to be competitive in 2013 if the money coming off the books is spent wisely, leaving the rebuilding of the minors to the draft.
I will be interested to see which way they elect to go.

Jackson is struggling in the PCL right now, isn't he? Last I looked.

hitting about .226

Blake DeWitt outrighted to Class AAA Iowa.

When the ball beats the runner, you're still out?

Cause for some reason Pierre is safe at first.

And a shit throw by Soto and Pierre is on second.

Just bat the pitcher 2nd if you're going to sac bunt with Campana every time.

And Castro K's.

2 games, 2 homers...soriano wakes up.

If you would have told me back in March that by mid-may soriano would have twice as many hr as Pujlos I would have said "How did Pujlos die?"

it's weird watching him hit so crappy.

i guess it's the fault of the hitting coach that was with LAA before pujols even took a swing in the bigs.

Scary stuff in Tampa. W. Rhymes hit in the forearm, looked bad but he tried to stay in. Then passed out on the field. Carted off the field....awake, but he probably broke his arm.

Apparently B. Guyer was put on the DL.

all the cool stuff happens when im away from my mlb EI...life = not fair.

apparently just a bruise for Rhymes.

g.soto's "operation .150" continues...0/3 (.161) after the end of 7.

if s.camp keeps this up he'll never throw 100 innings out of the pen. shame.

3-2 phi/chc...going to the bottom 8.

dat pen.

*golf clap*

I don't want to start a political discussion here, and I won't respond to either side of the fence -- that's the beauty of this site - nobody does politics, but this is an interesting bit of news about Father Joe:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/us/politics...

It's an interesting thing for a sports patriarch to do, no matter which side of the political fence you're on.

What is VERY interesting is that the Ricketts family is asking Rahm and Quinn for millions of dollars to rehab Wrigley. And Papa Rickets is spending millions of dollars to get people to "hate" Obama.

Doesn't sound very strategic...

Maybe the family is having a little kerfuffle. I just wanted to use that word.

I doubt Papa Joe cares much about the bad PR this might bring the Cubs. It's unfortunate considering how I generally sway politically, but Laura Ricketts is a pretty big Obama supporter and has a lot more to do with the Cubs.

You can't choose your parents.

Shame Papa Joe wants to spend millions slinging mud rather than creating jobs though. I guess it's better to ask the people of Illinois to foot the bill.

Just read another article -- as the dust settles it sounds like it was just an ad pitch by the ad agency. Daddy seems to be distancing himself quite a bit from it. Big_l above had a good point. It would have been pretty idiotic from a strategic standpoint.

He's not a sports patriarch, he's a business tycoon (Ameritrade founder). I think old Joe cares nothing about our Cubs, he basically bought the team as an investment and (an expensive) toy for his kids to play with.

Still not convinced the Ricketts are going to be a long-term positive for the Cubs.

Agreed,

I also find it sickening that a guy is asking for a state handout. Yet is spending 10 plus million dollars to run negative adds against the president and his spending habits.

Joe Ricketts has zero sense of irony.

Yeah, 'irony' is one word for it.

Regardless of party persuasion (and I'm a radical independent), I just think it's unfortunate that people will now associate (indirectly, albeit) the Cubs with US politics of any sort, considering how dysfunctional our political system and culture is and has been, well, for some time now. (And it opens up opportunities for others to bag on the Cubs - look at Nancy Pelosi taking a shot at the Cubs today) If I wear a Cubs shirt, I hope I don't have to defend myself against Democrats or slow down smiling Republicans, shorting both from drawing any conclusions. Either way, this just sucks. It's Mr. Rickett's right to free speech to do this, but I still think it just sucks. And I think it would suck if he was sugar-daddying Obama or the Democrats as well.

Statement

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/05/s...

Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative, and an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called “Ricketts Plan” to defeat Mr. Obama that The New York Times wrote about this morning. Not only was this plan merely a proposal – one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors – but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take. Mr. Ricketts intends to work hard to help elect a President this fall who shares his commitment to economic responsibility, but his efforts are and will continue to be focused entirely on questions of fiscal policy, not attacks that seek to divide us socially or culturally.

Is that the whooooshing sound of blowback I hear?

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120...

Another mock draft with Cubs taking Almora

Toolsy. Ack!!

What is Wilken's role these days? Isn't he director of amateur scouting or something? I guess the point of my question is, will Theo make the final decision so we don't get some weird kid nobody has heard of but has "special" talents?

TheoCorp certainly will make the final decision on the first pick and probably the first few rounds. I think Wilken is just a very highly paid scout at this point. McLeod is probably the real guy in charge of the draft.

That's what I was hoping you would say.

Blake Parker being called up. No word yet on the corresponding roster move.

Coleman, Maine or Bowden being DFA'd are options. Dolis has a bit of a sore back as well, but that was in Milwaukee.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/794...

Scott Maine optioned.

Round 2 of the New ERA commercials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0s3VTgrZKg&fe...

Keith Law chat

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/43854

Given the Cubs' distance from contention, are they likely to go for upside (e.g. Giolito or Correa) at 6?
Klaw: Begging the question. A team's distance from contention should have no effect on its drafting strategy - and that will be true with the Cubs, since it's a rational front office now.

Almora vs. Correa
True centerfielder, future plus glove. I'd be fine with either guy; I prefer Correa, but my preferences among the top 6-8 names are pretty fungible, at least to the point where if Houston took any of them I could make a good argument in their favor.

Bob from Tinley Park: Klaw, why doesn't this "rational front office" the Cubs have now trade guys like LaHair (while he's hot), Garza, and quit picking up vets like MacDougal and signing Wood? Oh wait, Ricketts needs to sell tix, forgot...
Klaw: Because it's not that easy. The market for players is neither fluid nor efficient. You see few trades in May in any year, and you need a buyer to trade a guy like LaHair.

Misrahi from Tennessee: Not even half way through the season, but are the Marlins looking like winners in the Zambrano trade? Volstad may be under team control, but he's a quad A player at the moment...
KLaw: You're ignoring years of control.

Re: Dillon Maples injury
Arm of course. As for timing, let me check my watch ... looks like I'm half past caring.

Re: Hak-Ju Lee
He's had some bad luck and some mechanical issues that the Rays feel like they've worked out.

More Papa Joe reaction

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/201205...

http://www.suntimes.com/12593671-417/rahm-bla...

A “livid” Mayor Rahm Emanuel is refusing to speak with the owners of the Chicago Cubs after their father was linked to a $10 million plan to launch an ad campaign attacking President Barack Obama by airing the racially charged sermons of Obama’s former pastor.

That a boy Mr. Mayor.

starting to think this team is cursed.

As well he should be. Where the hell is Ricketts going to move the Cubs? Peoria

Pg 46 Ricketts approved

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/05/17...

Way to go dumbasses

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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 1 hour 5 min 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 1 hour 5 min 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 1 hour 30 min 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 1 hour 33 min 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 3 hours 3 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 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 3 hours 22 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 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 3 hours 46 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 47 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 55 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 4 hours 16 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 46 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 50 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 53 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 5 hours 13 min ago view