Cubs 2012 Extended Spring Training - Stats Update (5/20)

2/3 of the way through 2012 Extended Spring Training, here are the Cubs Cactus League game statistics.

There is no official scorer at the games, so the stats are unofficial.

2012 EXST CUBS RECORD (thru 5/20): 16-20-6

* bats or throws left
# bats both

NOTE: "SLASH LINE" below position players names = AVG/OBP/SLG

POSITION PLAYERS:

NOTE: POSITION PLAYERS ARE SORTED BY PLATE APPEARANCES (PA)

SHAWON DUNSTON JR (CF-LF):
276/337/447 (24 GAMES – 86 PA) – 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 10 R, 6 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 3 SH, 3 SB (1 CS), 1 PO

* DAN VOGELBACH (1B):
183/272/338 (23 GAMES – 85 PA) – 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 11 R, 8 BB, 17 K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 2 GIDP
DEFENSE: 6 ERRORS

JAVIER BAEZ (SS):
329/354/696 (23 GAMES - 82 PA) – 5 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 18 R, 1 BB, 22 K, 2 HBP, 10 SB (1 CS)
DEFENSE: 7 ERRORS

# JEIMER CANDELARIO (3B):
315/367/521 (23 GAMES – 80 PA) – 6 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 14 R, 5 BB, 15 K, 1 HBP, 1 SH, 1 GIDP, 2 SB (0 CS)
DEFENSE: 4 ERRORS

GIOSKAR AMAYA (2B):
242/368/306 (22 GAMES – 76 PA) – 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 11 R, 13 BB, 14 K, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 3 SB (0 CS), 1 PO
DEFENSE: 3 ERRORS

XAVIER BATISTA (LF-RF):
393/466/656 (22 GAMES- 73 PA) – 8 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 14 R, 9 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 2 SF, 1 GIDP, 1 SB (0 CS)
DEFENSE: 1 ERROR, 5 OUTFIELD ASSISTS

TREY MARTIN (CF):
246/296/338 (21 GAMES – 71 PA) – 4 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 5 BB, 16 K, 1 SF, 4 SB (0 CS), 1 PO
DEFENSE: 4 OUTFIELD ASSISTS

# ROCK SHOULDERS (1B):
233/329/400 (21 GAMES – 70 PA) – 7 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 9 BB, 24 K, 1 SF, 3 GIDP
DEFENSE: 2 ERRORS

YASIEL BALAGUERT (RF-LF):
293/354/431 (21 GAMES – 65 PA) – 3 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 15 K, 2 HBP, 1 SF, 3 GIDP, 1 SB (0 CS)
DEFENSE: 1 ERROR, 2 OUTFIELD ASSISTS

CARLOS PENALVER (SS-2B):
175/250/175 (22 GAMES – 64 PA) – 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 6 BB, 8 K, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 4 SB (0 CS)
DEFENSE: 8 ERRORS

* DANNY LOCKHART (2B-SS-3B):
232/295/339 (23 GAMES – 61 PA) – 2 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 12 K, 1 GIDP, 3 SB (0 CS), 1 PO
DEFENSE: 5 ERRORS

WILSON CONTRERAS (C):
339/383/571 (21 GAMES – 60 PA) – 5 2B, 4 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 13 K, 1 CI, 1 GIDP, 3 SB (0 CS), 1 PO
CATCHERS DEFENSE: 6-23 CS (26% CS), 1 PO, 4 PB, 4 ERRORS

* BRIAN INOA (2B):
167/220/185 (21 GAMES – 59 PA) – 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 16 K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 1 SB (2 CS), 1 PO
DEFENSE: 4 ERRORS

* GARRETT SCHLECHT (LF-CF-RF):
250/379/333 (22 GAMES – 59 PA) – 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 8 BB, 18 K, 2 HBP, 1 SH, 1 GIDP, 0 SB ( 1 CS)

* TREVOR GRETZKY (1B-LF):
298/365/340 (18 GAMES – 52 PA) – 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, 11 K, 1 GIDP, 1 SB (0 CS)
DEFENSE: 2 ERRORS

ANTHONY GIANSANTI (C-3B-RF)
222/404/417 (17 GAMES – 47 PA) – 1 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4 R, 10 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP
CATCHERS DEFENSE: 4-11 CS (36% CS), 4 PB, 1 ERROR
NOTE: HAS BEEN MOVED-UP TO PEORIA

NEFTALI ROSARIO (C):
222/255/311 (22 GAMES – 47 PA) – 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 15 K,1 HBP, 1 GIDP
CATCHERS DEFENSE: 5-16 CS (31 % CS), 1 PB, 1 ERROR

JAIR BOGAERTS (3B-LF):
189/302/243 (17 GAMES – 43 PA), 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 11 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP
DEFENSE: 4 ERRORS

# KEVIN ENCARNACION (CF-RF-LF):
394/444/515 (18 GAMES – 37 PA) – 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 SH, 1 GIDP, 2 SB (2 CS), 1 PO

* EDUARDO GONZALEZ (RF-LF):
281/324/406 (11 GAMES - 35 PA) - 0 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 SH, 2 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: WAS SENT DOWN FROM PEORIA 5/1

DONG-YUB KIM (LF):
167/212/233 (13 GAMES – 33 PA) – 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 SF, 1 SB (0 CS)

# MICAH GIBBS (C):
250/483/250 (5 GAMES - 29 PA) - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 6 R, 9 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2 SB (0 CS), 1 PO
CATCHERS DEFENSE: 1-3 CS (33%)
NOTE: WAS ON REHAB ASSIGNMENT - HAS BEEN MOVED-UP TO DAYTONA

RYAN DURRENCE (1B):
120/154/120 (9 GAMES - 26 PA) - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP

* WILFREDO PETIT (C):
273/385/364 (17 GAMES – 26 PA) – 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 PO
CATCHERS DEFENSE: 2-8 CS (25% CS), 1 PB

PIERRE LePAGE (2B):
375/524/563 (7 GAMES – 21 PA) – 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1 SB (0 CS), 1 PO
NOTE: HAS BEEN RELEASED

JUNIOR LAKE (SS):
176/222/235 (3 GAMES - 18 PA) - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 SB (1 CS)
NOTE: WAS ON REHAB ASSIGNMENT - HAS BEEN MOVED-UP TO TENNESSEE

# MARK MALAVE (3B):
200/250/200 (9 GAMES – 16 PA) – 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
DEFENSE: 2 ERRORS

YANIEL CABEZAS (C):
286/286/286 (7 GAMES – 14 PA) – 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP
DEFENSE: 4-4 CS (100% CS)
NOTE: HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO PEORIA

# OLIVER ZAPATA (CF-LF):
333/385/417 (3 GAMES – 13 PA) – 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 SB (1 CS)
NOTE: HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO PEORIA

* DELBIS ARCILA (RF):
143/250/143 (6 GAMES – 8 PA) – 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

JEFFREY BAEZ (LF-RF):
000/000/000 (4 GAMES – 7 PA) – 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

* JUSTIN MARRA (C):
000/167/000 (5 GAMES - 6 PA) - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

BRIAN ESPOSITO (C):
000/200/000 (1 GAME - 5 PA) - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
NOTE: HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO IOWA

LUIS ACOSTA (2B):
000/333/000 (3 GAMES – 3 PA) – 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB 2 K

DUSTIN GEIGER (3B):
333/333/667 (1 GAME - 3 PA) - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K
NOTE: ON INJURY REHAB ASSIGNMENT FROM PEORIA

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PITCHERS:

NOTE: PITCHERS ARE SORTED BY INNINGS PITCHED (IP)

STARLING PERALTA:
1.46 WHIP – 4.97 ERA – .321 OppBA (9 GAMES – 9 GS) – 25.1 IP, 33 H, 16 R (14 ER), 4 BB, 24 K, 5 HBP, 1 HR, 3 GIDP, 2 ERRORS

ROB WHITENACK:
0.82 WHIP – 0.82 ERA – .225 OppBA (8 GAMES - 8 GS) – 22.0 IP, 16 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 19 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1 ERROR
NOTE: ON INJURY REHAB ASSIGNMENT FROM TENNESSEE

JAMES PUGLIESE:
1.06 WHIP - 1.25 ERA - .243 OppBA (9 GAMES – 4 GS) – 21.2 IP, 17 H, 4 R (3 ER), 6 BB, 20 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 4 GIDP, 1 WP, 3 PO

TAYLER SCOTT:
1.15 WHIP - 2.91 ERA - .238 OppBA (8 GAMES – 7 GS) – 21.2, 19 H, 9 R (7 ER), 6 BB, 14 K, 2 HBP, 2 GIDP, 1 WP, 1 PO

JIN-YOUNG KIM:
1.02 WHIP - 3.57 ERA - .233 OppBA (9 GAMES - 1 GS) – 17.2 IP, 14 H, 8 R (7 ER), 4 BB, 11 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1 WP, 2 PO

PETE LEVITT:
1.21 WHIP - 1.04 ERA - .214 OppBA (10 GAMES ) – 17.1 IP, 17 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 13 K, 2 GIDP

JOSE ARIAS:
1.18 WHIP – 1.59 ERA – .286 OppBA (6 GAMES - 5 GS) – 17.0 IP, 18 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 19 K, 2 GIDP, 1 PO, 1 ERROR

IAN DICKSON:
0.94 WHIP – 2.65 ERA – .211 OppBA (6 GAMES – 5 GS) – 17.0 IP, 12 H, 5 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP

FELIX PENA:
1.12 WHIP – 5.29 ERA - .219 OppBA (9 GAMES) – 17.0 IP, 14 H, 11 R (10 ER), 5 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 2 WP, 1 ERROR

CARLOS MARTINEZ:
1.60 WHIP – 3.60 ERA – .268 OppBA (8 GAMES – 1 GS) – 15.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (6 ER), 9 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 5 GIDP, 1 WP

* HUNTER ACKERMAN:
1.76 WHIP – 1.80 ERA – .302 OppBA (7 GAMES - 1 GS) – 13.2 IP, 16 H, 10 R (6 ER), 8 BB, 12 K, 1 GIDP, 3 WP

RODERIK PICHARDO:
1.31 WHIP – 4.85 ERA – .213 OppBA (10 GAMES) – 13.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R (7 ER), 7 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 2 HR, 2 GIDP, 2 WP

* SHELDON McDONALD:
0.83 WHIP – 1.50 ERA – .205 OppBA (6 GAMES) – 12.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 18 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP
NOTE: HAS BEEN MOVED-UP TO PEORIA

* GERARDO CONCEPCION:
1.59 WHIP – 4.77 ERA – .304 OppBA (3 GAMES – 1 GS) – 11.1 IP, 14 H, 7 R (6 ER), 4 BB, 11 K, 1 GIDP, 3 WP, 1 BALK
NOTE: HAS BEEN MOVED-UP TO PEORIA

RAFAEL DIPLAN:
1.78 WHIP – 2.53 ERA – .289 OppBA (8 GAMES) – 10.2 IP, 13 H, 3 R (3 ER), 6 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP

ALVIDO JIMENEZ:
1.07 WHIP – 3.86 ERA – .152 OppBA (6 GAMES) – 9.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 9 K, 1 GIDP, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 1 ERROR

* FRANK DEL VALLE:
2.52 WHIP – 8.31 ERA – .410 OppBA (3 GAMES - 1 GS) – 8.2 IP, 16 H, 9 R (8 ER), 6 BB, 11 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 PO
NOTE: HAS BEEN MOVED-UP TO DAYTONA

CHARLES THOMAS:
1.15 WHIP – 0.00 ERA – .219 OppBA (5 GAMES) – 8.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 9 K, 1 GIDP, 1 WP, 1 PO
NOTE: WAS MOVED-UP TO PEORIA, THEN WAS RELEASED

DAVID HENRIE:
2.00 WHIP – 10.19 ERA – .452 OppBA (3 GAMES – 1 GS) – 7.0 IP, 14 H, 8 R (8 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 3 GIDP

* BRIAN SMITH:
2.70 WHIP – 10.80 ERA – .333 OppBA (4 GAMES) – 6.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R (8 ER), 8 BB, 5 K, 4 WP

* AUGUSTO COLINA:
1.74 WHIP - 5.18 ERA - .296 OppBA (4 GAMES) – 6.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR

JORGE DIAZ:
1.11 WHIP - 2.84 ERA - .208 OppBA (5 GAMES) - 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 8 K. 2 HBP, 1 ERROR

ETHAN ELIAS:
2.21 WHIP - 9.95 ERA - .367 OppBA (5 GAMES) – 6.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R (7 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP

* LUIS VILLALBA:
1.20 WHIP - 5.40 ERA - .286 OppBA (4 GAMES) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 BALK

LOIGER PADRON:
1.20 WHIP - 3.60 ERA - .222 OppBA (3 GAMES) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1 ERROR

DANIEL ADRIAN:
1.71 WHIP - 5.79 ERA - .333 OppBA (3 GAMES) - 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP

JAVIER CASTRO:
0.69 WHIP - 0.00 ERA - .133 OppBA (3 GAMES) - 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

RAMON GARCIA:
1.45 WHIP – 1.58 ERA – .333 OppBA (2 GAMES) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

RYAN HARTMAN:
2.45 WHIP – 7.36 ERA – .400 Opp BA (2 GAMES) – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 5 WP, 1 PO

ARTURO MALTOS-GARCIA:
2.33 WHIP - 9.00 ERA - .250 OppBA (3 GAMES) - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP

* MATT SPENCER (ex-OF)
1.00 WHIP - 0. 00 ERA - .143 OppBA (2 GAMES) - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

* RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH
1.20 WHIP - 0.00 ERA - .167 OppBA (2 GAMES) - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
NOTE: ON INJURY REHAB ASIGNMENT FROM IOWA

SU-MIN JUNG:
6.00 WHIP - 20.25 ERA - .200 OpBA (2 GAMES) - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 7 BB, 0 K, 2 WP

Comments

Thank you for your fine work Arizona Phil. This is terrific. There are not many Cubs minor leaguers to follow, but you help make it enjoyable.

Phil - those of us in Boise appreciate your hard work as we can see what type of team initially we'll have here...

Looking to me like Vogelbach at 1B, Amaya at 2B, Baez at SS, Candelario at 3B, OF of Dunston, Martin, Batista, C of Contreras and Rosario, with Shoulders DH - that is before the draft guys start showing up...

Pugliese, Scott, Peralta, Levitt have promise it looks like...

Whenever I use your stuff on air or on my blog - I always give you and TCR props!!!

#BoiseHawksRadio

The Boise Hawks are going to have a VERY exciting team this year.

I'm almost tempted to take a Leave of Absence from my job and move up to Boise for the Summer.

Thanks, as always, Phil! Do you think Jose Arias could skip Mesa and head to Boise? I know you said he was the best pitcher on the DSL Cubs squads last year.

Any word on how close Maples is to pitching again?

P.S. Boise Hawks Radio (Mike Safford, I assume), you do a great job.

Sun, 05/20/2012 - 11:58am — Raisin101

Thanks, as always, Phil! Do you think Jose Arias could skip Mesa and head to Boise? I know you said he was the best pitcher on the DSL Cubs squads last year.

Any word on how close Maples is to pitching again?

P.S. Boise Hawks Radio (Mike Safford, I assume), you do a great job.

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RAISIN:

Nothing new on Maples.

As for Jose Arias, I think there is a chance he could go to Boise. It is a matter of who else goes there, though. Right now I think he is probably squarely "on the bubble."

If I had to pick a Boise HAWKS 2012 Opening Day roster right now, I'd say:

LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B
3. Javier Baez, SS
4. Xavier Batista, RF
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6. Rock Shoulders, 1B
7. Wilson Contreras, C
8. Yasiel Balaguert, DH
9. Trey Martin, CF

BENCH:
Yaniel Cabezas, C (down from Peoria)
Eduardo Gonzalez, OF
Brad Zapenas, INF (down from Peoria)

STARTING PITCHERS:
* Hunter Ackerman
* Willengton Cruz
Ian Dickson
Jin-Young Kim
Starling Peralta
James Pugliese

BULLPEN:
Alvido Jimenez
Pete Levitt
Carlos Martinez
Felix Pena
Roderik Pichardo
Bryce Shafer
* Matt Spencer
* Luis Villalba

And then AZL Cubs:

LINEUP:
1. Kevin Encarnacion, CF
2. Carlos Penalver, SS
3. Garrett Schlecht, RF
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B
5. Neftali Rosario, C
6. Trevor Gretzky, LF
7. Dong-Yub Kim, DH
8. Jair Bogaerts, 3B
9. Danny Lockhart, 2B

BENCH:
Brian Inoa, IF-OF
Justin Marra, C
Wilfredo Petit, C

STARTING PITCHERS:
Jose Arias
David Henrie
Dillon Maples
Amaury Paulino
Tayler Scott
* Brian Smith

BULLPEN:
Daniel Adrian
Javier Castro
* Augusto Colina
Jorge Diaz
Rafael Diplan
Ethan Elias
Arturo Maltos-Garcia
Loiger Padron

Do you think that Dunston jr and Gretzky have shown that they cold be decent prospects? I mean until they get a full season or two, who knows...but it looks like they put up decent numbers in Ext-Spring Training.
Boise for both do you think?

Sun, 05/20/2012 - 12:26pm — Dusty Baylor

Do you think that Dunston jr and Gretzky have shown that they cold be decent prospects? I mean until they get a full season or two, who knows...but it looks like they put up decent numbers in Ext-Spring Training.
Boise for both do you think?

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DUSTY B: Of all the position players at Fitch Park, Shawon Dunston Jr has probably shown the most-improvement over the course of 2012 EXST. A month ago I would have said that he will most-likely be left at AZL Cubs when EXST concludes, but now I think he hes a very good chance to go to Boise.

Dunston is aggressive on the bases and in CF (albeit sometimes too aggressive), but is fairly patient at the plate, especially when he is leading off. But what has changed in the last month is that he has stopped trying to pull everything and has finally started to use the whole field.

He has a natural tendency to load up on his back leg and try to pull everything, probably because he has above-average power. He needs to fight that inclination, and he has started to do just that.

He isn't a burner, but he can (and will) steal a base, and he takes two bases at a time on singles to the outfield and can score from 1st on a double.

He doesn't have his father's cannon-arm (it's OK but nothing special). He also needs to improve his tracking skills in the OF.

I think Dunston is emerging as a definite prospect.

Trevor Gretzky has been hampered by post-2011 shoulder surgery rehab, but he is finally starting to play OF. (He had been relegated to playing 1B and DH for most of the Spring). He has the athleticism you would expect of a multi-sport HS athlete (he was a QB on the football team and CF on the baseball team), but he also is raw in many phases of the game.

He is a fairly patient hitter and has a good approach at the plate with mainly an opposite-field line-drive stroke but with no HR power (as yet). He has shown indications that he could develop into a very good hitter, but again, no evidence of a power stroke.

He has just average speed (he is a "long-strider") but generally shows good instincts on the bases. Tracking and catching fly balls has been an adventure for him, and he is not a good defensive first-baseman, either. His post-surgery arm plays only in LF, and even then it is below-average, although his throws are usually accurare.

I doubt that Gretzky will go to Boise when EXST is over, although he could get moved up later in the Summer if he can polish off some of the rough edges (especially on defense). Mainly he just needs regular playing time, and he is more likely to get that at Mesa than at Boise.

For anyone interested, Rob Whitenack has thrown 72% of his pitches for strikes, and has a 71% GO rate. These are exceptional numbers for a pitcher returning from TJS.

AZ PHIL: That is encouraging news on Rob Whitenack taking into account (it would appear) a farm system bereft of MLB starting pitching prospects.

Speaking of our minor league pitchers, have you spoken to anyone regarding McNutt's recurring blister problems? Are they trying different grips or pitches to allieviate this recurring problem that can hinder his development further?

I can tell you what Moises Alou might suggest to him... Not sure you want to hear it...

I remember meeting Moises Alou when we were at the same drinking establishment at the Miami Airport a few years ago. The question everyone asked me when I told the story was.....Did you shake his hand?

I patted him on the back and said go Cubs. No hand was extended.

Phil - Spencer has only pitched in one game. Has he been hurt.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 10:44pm — DavidP

Phil - Spencer has only pitched in one game. Has he been hurt.

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DAVID P: Matt Spencer has pitched in three EXST games so far (5/15, 5/19, and 5/22), one inning in each game.

He was held back with the Fitch Park Rehab Group the first month of EXST, but I don't know why.

I think Spencer might be moved fast, because he is eligible to be a 6Y Minor League FA post-2013, and so the Cubs need to find out ASAP if he has a future as a LHRP.

BTW, he throws VERY hard (his fastball tops out at 98 MPH), but he has had control issues.

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  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

    Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist

  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

  • Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.

    Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

  • That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible