2014 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster (updated 4/19)
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING (73 players are at EXST - 61 players are ACTIVE)
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad formed at the end of Minor League Camp, and consists of players who were left behind in Arizona to provide a replacement cadre in case of an injury to a player at Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee, and/or Iowa during the first two months of the season, inexperienced players who are competing for jobs with one of the "short season" teams that begin league play in June, and MLB and minor league players getting into playing shape and/or rehabbing from an injury.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
ACTIVE PITCHERS (35):
* Jeffry Antigua
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB)
Josh Conway (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 elbow stress fracture)
* Alberto Diaz
* Andin Diaz
* Frailyn Figueroa
Kyuji Fujikawa (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
* Tyler Ihrig
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - hamstring)
Ryan McNeil (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
* Anthony Prieto
LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB PITCHERS: (9):
Marcelo Carreno (2013 shoulder surgery)
* Michael Heesch
Barret Loux (shoulder)
Dillon Maples (rib injury)
Trey McNutt (shoulder)
* Sam Wilson
# Erick Castillo
# Mark Malave
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo
# Roney Alcala
* Zak Blair
# Varonex Cuevas
* Bryant Flete
# Dalfis Ortiz
Elliot Soto (ACTIVE - serving 50-game Drug of Abuse suspension)
# Trevor Stevens (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - right hand injury)
* Kevin Brown
* Rashad Crawford
# Kevin Encarnacion (INACTIVE - burns & other injuries suffered in off-season car crash)
* Ricardo Marcano
Jorge Soler (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - hamstring)
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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?
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
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:
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