2014 Cubs Extended Spring Training - Final Stats


2014 Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training - Final Stats

NOTE: Does NOT include intrasquad & sim games

There is no Official Scorer at Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, so all stats are unofficial




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GLEYBER TORRES (SS) - Age 17 - 2013 IFA (Venezuela) 
123 PA (31 GAMES)
33-106 - 5 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 13 RBI, 15 R, 14 BB, 21 K, 2 HBP, 1 SH, 1 GIDP, 4 SB (2 CS), 3 PO
ERRORS: 14  

* RASHAD CRAWFORD (CF-RF) - Age 20 - 2012 11th round draft pick (Mundy's Mill HS - Clayton, GA)
106 PA (29 GAMES)
15-85 - 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 21 R, 15 BB, 29 K, 4 HBP, 1 SH, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 11 SB (2 CS), 1 PO 

JEFFREY BAEZ (RF-CF) - Age 20 - 2010 IFA (Venezuela)
103 PA (27 GAMES)
29-90 - 3 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 18 R, 12 BB, 15 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 14 SB (0 CS), 1 PO 

CHARCER BURKS (LF-CF) - Age 19 - 2013 9th round draft pick (William B, Travis HS - Richmond, TX)
99 PA (28 GAMES)
12-86 - 3 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 14 R, 9 BB, 18 K, 3 HBP, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 8 SB (1 CS)

KEVIN BROWN (LF-RF-1B-3B) - Age 23 - 2013 22nd round draft pick (Bryant U.)
LAST 10 GAMES: 406/459/625
97 PA (28 GAMES)
26-80 - 4 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 20 R, 13 BB, 14 K, 2 HBP, 2 SF, 2 SB (2 CS), 1 PO
ERRORS: 1 (E-3)

ELOY JIMENEZ (RF-CF) - Age 17 - 2013 IFA (Dominican Republic)
LAST 10 GAMES: 297/324/778
97 PA (26 GAMES)
24-92 - 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 23 K, 1 SF, 1 SB (3 CS)

JESSE HODGES (3B) - Age 20 - 2012 NDFA (Canadian Junior National Team)
LAST 10 GAMES: 303/455/378
93 PA (27 GAMES)
23-82 - 6 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 7 BB, 22 K, 4 HBP, 3 GIDP, 0 SB (2 CS)

# VARONEX CUEVAS (3B-2B-SS) - Age 21 - 2011 IFA (Dominican Republic)
LAST 15 GAMES: 357/426/690
89 PA (24 GAMES)
21-73 - 3 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 14 R, 16 BB, 20 K, 1 GIDP, 2 SB (4 CS) 
ERRORS: 4 (two E-6 & two E-5)

SHAMIL UBIERA (LF-RF-CF) - Age 21 - 2012 IFA (Dominican Republic)
87 PA (25 GAMES) 
25-82 - 9 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 10 R, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 SF, 5 GIDP, 2 SB (0 CS)

# RONEY ALCALA (1B-3B) - Age 20 - 2011 IFA (Venezuela)  
85 PA (26 GAMES)
22-80 - 8 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 11 R, 4 BB, 11 K, 3 GIDP, 3 SB (0 CS)  
ERRORS: 4 (three E-5 & one E-3) 

RONY RODRIGUEZ (1B-RF-LF) - Age 24 - 2013 NDFA (U. of Miami)
77 PA (23 GAMES)
14-63 - 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 12 R, 11 BB, 18 K, 2 HBP, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 5 SB (0 CS)
ERRORS: 1 (E-3)
NOTE: Was released on 6/4

ADONIS PAULA (3B) - Age 19 - 2011 IFA (Dominican Republic)
75 PA (22 GAMES)
12-70 - 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 15 R, 4 BB, 18 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 0 SB (1 CS), 1 PO 

* BRYANT FLETE (2B-SS) - Age 21 - 2012 IFA (Venezuela)
LAST 10 GAMES: 345/457/448
74 PA (23 GAMES)
18-59 - 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R, 13 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 1 SH, 1 GIDP, 3 SB (2 CS)  
ERRORS: 6 (four E-4 & two E-6)

* RICARDO MARCANO (LF-RF-1B) - Age 19 - 2011 IFA (Venezuela)
70 PA (22 GAMES)
11-58 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 10 BB, 13 K, 2 SF, 0 SB (0 CS) 

ELLIOT SOTO (SS-2B) - Age 24 - 2010 15th round draft pick (Creighton)
68 PA (18 GAMES)
20-60 - 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 12 R, 6 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 3 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: Was at EXST while serving 50-game "Drug of Abuse" suspension - moved up to AA Tennessee 5/29

TYLER ALAMO (C-1B) - Age 19 - 2013 24th round draft pick (Cypress HS - Cypress, CA)
66 PA (21 GAMES)
12-56 - 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 6 BB, 10 K, 4 HBP, 1 GIDP, 0 SB (0 CS)

ARNALDO CALERO (LF-RF) - Age 20 - 2011 IFA (Venezuela)
65 PA (22 GAMES)
13-56 - 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 15 K, 2 HBP, 2 SF, 1 GIDP, 0 SB (0 CS)

MARK MALAVE (C-1B) - Age 19 - 2011 IFA (Venezuela)
LAST 15 GAMES: 267/306/356
65 PA (20 GAMES)
13-59 - 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, 14 K, 1 SF, 0 SB (1 CS)
NOTE: Malave was formerly a switch-hitter, now hits only RH    
* ZAK BLAIR (2B) - Age 24 - 2013 20th round draft pick (Mercyhurst U.)
64 PA (18 GAMES)
14-55 - 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 8 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 0 SB (0 CS), 1 PO 

* JUSTIN MARRA (C-1B) - Age 21 - 2011 15th round draft pick (Canadian Junior National Team)
60 PA (19 GAMES)
12-53 - 4 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 7 BB, 15 K, 1 GIDP, 1 SB (0 CS)

# OLIVER ZAPATA (RF-CF-LF) - Age 21 - 2009 IFA (Dominican Republic)
57 PA (18 GAMES)
13-49 - 4 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 7 BB, 12 K, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 5 SB (1 CS), 1 PO
NOTE: Assigned to EXST from Daytona 4/27

* ALBERTO MINEO (C-1B) - Age 19 - 2010 IFA (Italy)
55 PA (17 GAMES)
13-46 - 4 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 9 BB, 15 K, 1 GIDP, 1 SB (2 CS)   

# DALFIS ORTIZ (2B-3B) - Age 22 - 2012 IFA (Dominican Republic)
54 PA (18 GAMES)
8-47 - 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R, 5 BB, 13 K, 1 SH, 1 SF, 3 SB (0 CS), 3 PO 
ERRORS: 3 (all E-4)

ANTONIO VALERIO (C) - Age 23 - 2011 IFA (Dominican Republic)
48 PA (15 GAMES)
9-42 - 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 2 GIDP, 0 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: Was moved up to Kane County 6/7

# ERICK CASTILLO (C) - Age 21 - 2010 IFA (Venezuela)
44 PA (15 GAMES)  
11-41 - 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 SB (0 CS)
CATCHERS DEFENSE: 6-26 CS (23%), 1 PO, 1 PB, 1 ERROR

MATT SCIOSCIA (1B) - Age 25 - Acquired from LAA for 1B Trevor Gretzky (March 2014)
26 PA (7 GAMES)
8-23 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 SB (0 CS) 
NOTE: Was released on 5/1

(RF) - Age 22 - 2012 IFA (Cuba)
26 PA (5 GAMES)
4-22 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 3 HBP, 1 SF, 1 SB (0 CS)

(2B-SS-3B) - Age 23 - 2013 18th round draft pick (Seton Hall) 
25 PA (7 GAMES)
0-24 - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 GIDP, 0 SB (0 CS)
ERRORS: 2 (one E-4 & one E-5)
NOTE: Assigned to EXST from Daytona 5/28

CASPER WELLS (RF) -  Age 29 - 2014 minor league FA
25 PA (6 GAMES)
5-21 - 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 0 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: INJURY REHAB 5/5 - 5/19  

EUFRAN VARGAS (C) - Age 19 - 2012 IFA (Venezuela)
22 PA (9 GAMES)
3-18 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 GIDP, 0 SB (0 CS)  
CATCHERS DEFENSE: 3-9 CS (33%), 0 PO, 2 PB

* DANNY CANELA (1B) - Age 23 - 2013 NDFA (Lee University)
19 PA (5 GAMES)
6-18 - 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 SB (0 CS) 
NOTE: Assigned to EXST from Kane County 5/28

JUSTIN RUGGIANO (RF)  - Age 32 - Acquired from MIA for OF Brian Bogusevic (December 2013)
14 PA (4 GAMES)
2-13 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 SB (1 CS)
NOTE: INJURY REHAB 5/12 - 5/18   

MANNY RAMIREZ (DH) - Age 42 - 2014 minor league FA
9 PA (2 GAMES)
2-8 - 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 0 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: Assigned to EXST 6/1

* RYAN SWEENEY (CF) - Age 29 - 2013 minor league FA
8 PA (2 GAMES)
1-6 - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: INJURY REHAB beginning on 6/4   

TIM SAUNDERS (2B) - Age 24 - 2012 32nd round draft pick (Marietta College)
5 PA (1 GAME)
1-3 - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 1 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: Assigned to EXST from Daytona 6/4

JAE-HOON HA (CF) - Age 23 - 2008 IFA (South Korea)
4 PA (1 GAME)
1-3 - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (0 CS)
NOTE INJURY REHAB - was moved up to AA Tennessee 4/13



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ERICK LEAL - Age 19 - Acquired from AZ for OF Tony Campana (February 2013)
5.35 ERA - 1.50 WHIP - .278 OppBA
35.1 IP, 37 H, 24 R (21 ER), 16 BB, 29 K, 3 HBP, 2 HR, 5 WP, 2 PO, 1 BALK, 5 GIDP, 43/29 GO/FO, 63% strikes, 15.6 PITCHES-PER-INNING 
11 GAMES (3 GS)

JOEL PINEIRO - Age 35 - 2014 minor league FA
5.34 ERA - 1.40 WHIP - .289 OppBA
28.2 IP, 33 H, 19 R (17 ER), 7 BB, 22 K, 1 HR, 4 WP, 1 PO, 5 GIDP, 44/15 GO/FO, 72% strikes, 13.4 PITCHES-PER INNING
6 GAMES (3 GS)
NOTE: Was moved up to AA Tennessee 5/12 

TREVOR CLIFTON - Age 19  - 2013 12th round draft pick (Heritage HS - Maryville, TN)
4.73 ERA - 1.28 WHIP - .232 OppBA
26.2 IP, 23 H, 16 R (14 ER), 11 BB, 34 K, 4 HBP, 2 HR, 6 WP, 2 GIDP, 30/14 GO/FO, 57% strikes, 16.7 PITCHES-PER INNING
9 GAMES (5 GS)

* TYLER IHRIG - Age 22 - 2013 22nd round draft pick (College of Marin)
2.52 ERA - 1.08 WHIP - .220 OppBA
25.0 IP, 20 H, 12 R (7 ER), 7 BB, 26 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 30/15 GO/FO, 66% strikes, 14.6 PITCHES-PER INNING
8 GAMES (7 GS)
NOTE: Was at Daytona 5/21 - 5/30

* JOSE PAULINO - Age 19 - 2011 IFA (Dominican Republic)
1.11 ERA - 1.03 WHIP - .186 OppBA
24.1 IP, 16 H, 5 R (3 ER), 9 BB, 18 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 27/26 GO/FO, 61% strikes, 15.4 PITCHES-PER INNING
9 GAMES (3 GS)

LUIS HERNANDEZ - Age 19 - 2012 IFA (Dominican Republic)
3.97 ERA - 1.32 WHIP - .253 OppBA
22.2 IP, 21 H, 12 R (10 ER), 9 BB, 18 K, 1 HR, 3 WP, 1 PO, 2 GIDP, 29/17 GO/FO, 60% strikes, 15.6 PITCHES-PER-INNING
9 GAMES (1 GS)

TREY LANG - Age 22 - 2012 6th round draft pick (Gateway CC)
7.91 ERA - 2.43 WHIP - .304 OppBA
19.1 IP, 24 H, 18 R (17 ER), 23 BB, 20 K, 2 HBP, 8 WP, 4 GIDP, 21/14 GO/FO, 51% strikes, 18.4 PITCHES-PER-INNING 

* ALBERTO DIAZ - Age 22 - 2010 IFA (Venezuela)
3.44 ERA - 2.07 WHIP - .338 OppBA
18.1 IP, 25 H, 8 R (7 ER), 13 BB, 15 K, 4 WP, 3 PO, 1 GIDP, 18/17 GO/FO, 63% strikes, 15.7 PITCHES-PER-INNING
NOTE: Was moved up to Kane County 6/7

DALLAS BEELER - Age 24 - 2010 41st round draft pick (Oral Roberts U.)
4.50 ERA - 1.39 WHIP - .304 OppBA
18.0 IP, 21 H, 9 R (9 ER), 4 BB, 12 K, 1 PO, 30/6 GO/FO, 71% strikes, 12.9 PITCHES-PER-INNING
4 GAMES (4 GS)
NOTE: INJURY REHAB - reinstated from Iowa DL 5/5 

GREYFER EREGUA - Age 20 - 2012 IFA (Venezuela)
4.00 ERA - 1.22 WHIP - .257 OppBA
18.0 IP, 18 H, 8 R (8 ER), 4 BB, 21 K, 3 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 18/14 GO/FO, 67% strikes, 16.5 PITCHES-PER INNING 

TREVOR GRAHAM - Age 22 - 2013 13th round draft pick (Franklin Pierce U.)
1.59 ERA - 0.89 WHIP - .226 OppBA
17.0 IP, 14 H, 4 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 22 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 15/12 GO/FO, 62% strikes, 15.4 PITCHES-PER INNING
5 GAMES (5 GS)
NOTE: Was at Daytona 5/21 - 6/4 

FRANCISCO CARRILLO - Age 24 - 2012 IFA (Venezuela)
2.70 ERA - 0.90 WHIP - .213 OppBA
16.2 IP, 13 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 23 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 13/13 GO/FO, 71% strikes, 14.8 PITCHES-PER-INNING
11 GAMES  

YOMAR MOREL - Age 20 - 2010 IFA (Dominican Republic)
4.41 ERA - 1.35 WHIP - .274 OppBA
16.1 IP, 17 H, 9 R (8 ER), 5 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 15/23 GO/FO, 65% strikes, 15.6 PITCHES-PER-INNING

ZAK HERMANS - Age 22 - 2013 30th round draft pick (Princeton)
2.25 ERA - 1.00 WHIP - .196 OppBA
16.0 IP, 11 H, 4 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 13 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 18/15 GO/FO, 67% strikes, 13.9 PITCHES-PER INNING
8 GAMES (1 GS)
NOTE: Was moved up to Kane County 5/19

CARLOS LLANO - Age 22 - 2012 IFA (Dominican Republic)
2.87 ERA - 1.47 WHIP - .208 OppBA
15.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R (5 ER), 12 BB, 9 K, 2 HBP, 2 WP, 2 GIDP, 1 PO, 20/15 GO/FO, 51% strikes, 16.1 PITCHES-PER-INNING

JEFERSON MEJIA - Age 19 - 2013 IFA (Dominican Republic)
7.80 ERA - 2.07 WHIP - .311 OppBA
15.0 IP, 19 H, 15 R (13 ER), 12 BB, 15 K, 1 HBP, 6 WP, 2 GIDP, 14/15 GO/FO, 56% strikes, 20.2 PITCHES-PER-INNING
8 GAMES (4 GS)

CORBIN  HOFFNER - Age 20 - 2012 14th round draft pick (St. Petersburg College)
1.26 ERA - 0.42 WHIP - .109 OppBA
14.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 2 GIDP, 25/9 GO/FO, 73% strikes, 11.3 PITCHES-PER INNING
NOTE: Was moved up to Kane County 5/19

HECTOR PEREZ - Age 20 - 2011 IFA (Dominican Republic)
5.02 ERA - 1.47 WHIP - .218 OppBA
14.1 IP, 12 H, 10 R (8 ER), 9 BB, 12 K, 4 WP, 13/18 GO/FO, 61% strikes, 18.1 PITCHES-PER INNING
8 GAMES (1 GS)

JASVIR RAKKAR - Age 23 - 2012 26th round draft pick (SUNY - Stony Brook)
3.21 ERA - 1.14 WHIP - .245 OppBA
14.0 IP, 13 H, 5 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 12 K, 2 WP, 16/12 GO/FO, 69% strikes, 13.8 PITCHES-PER INNING
NOTE: Was moved up to Daytona 6/7

ADBERT ALZOLAY - Age 19 - 2012 IFA (Venezuela)
9.00 ERA - 1.92 WHIP - .304 OppBA
13.0 IP, 17 H, 13 R (13 ER), 8 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 10/19 GO/FO, 59% strikes, 19.5 PITCHES-PER-INNING
8 GAMES (1 GS)

PIERCE JOHNSON - Age 23 - 2012 Supplemental 1st round draft pick (Missouri State)
0.82 ERA - 0.91 WHIP - .205 OppBA
11.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 16 K, 1 PO, 7/8 GO/FO, 70% strikes, 15.0 PITCHES-PER INNING
3 GAMES (3 GS)
NOTE: INJURY REHAB - reinstated from AA Tennessee 7-day DL 4/25, back to EXST INJURY REHAB 5/29    

DAVID GARNER - Age 21 - 2013 7th round draft pick (Michigan State)
4.22 ERA - 1.41 WHIP - .250 OppBA
10.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R (5 ER), 5 BB, 11 K, 3 HBP, 3 WP, 1 GIDP, 14/6 GO/FO, 56% strikes, 16.5 PITCHES-PER INNING

JOSH DAVIS - Age 23 - 2013 NDFA (Belmont U.)
1.80 ERA - 1.20 WHIP - .250 OppBA
10.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 8 K, 2 GIDP, 14/7 GO/FO, 70% strikes, 15.0 PITCHES-PER INNING
NOTE: At Kane County 4/12 - 5/2, at Daytona 5/24 - 5/30, then back to KC again on 6/5   

MICHAEL WAGNER - Age 22 - 2013 15th round draft pick (U. of San Diego)
1.92 ERA - 1.07 WHIP - .222 OppBA
9.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 7/10 GO/FO, 62% strikes, 14.3 PITCHES-PER-INNING
NOTE: Was moved up to Kane County 5/6  

VICTOR SALAZAR - Age 21 - 2009 IFA (Venezuela)
14.00 ERA - 2.78 WHIP - .278 OppBA
9.0 IP, 10 H, 14 R (14 ER), 15 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 4/16 GO/FO, 50% strikes, 24.4 PITCHES-PER-INNING

* MICHAEL HEESCH - Age 24 - 2012 8th round round draft pick (USCB)
0.00 ERA - 0.79 WHIP - .227 OppBA
6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 5/4 GO/FO, 70% strikes, 14.9 PITCHES-PER-INNING 
5 GAMES (2 GS)
NOTE: INJURY REHAB - moved up to Kane County 5/24 

KYUJI FUJIKAWA - Age 33 -  2013 IFA (Japan)
1.59 ERA - 0.71 WHIP - .120 OppBA
5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 6/7 GO/FO, 66% strikes, 15.7 PITCHES-PER INNING
6 GAMES (3 GS)

FRAILYN FIGUEROA - Age 18 - 2011 IFA (Dominican Republic)
5.79 ERA - 2.36 WHIP - .143 OppBA
4.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R (3 ER), 9 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 PO, 1 BALK, 3/5 GO/FO, 51% strikes, 21.2 PITCHES-PER INNING  
3 GAMES (2 GS)

JOSH CONWAY - Age 23 - 2012 4th round draft pick (Coastal Carolina)
8.31 ERA - 2.54 WHIP - .450 OppBA
4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 3/4 GO/FO, 63% strikes, 21.2 PITCHES-PER INNING 
3 GAMES (3 GS)

* ANDIN DIAZ - Age 21 - 2012 IFA (Dominican Republic)
2.25 ERA - 1.50 WHIP - .286 OppBA
4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 2 GIDP, 6/3 GO/FO, 63% strikes, 15.5 PITCHES-PER-INNING
2 GAMES (1 GS)
NOTE: Was assigned to DSL Cubs 5/31

MATT LOOSEN - Age 25 - 2010 23rd round draft pick (U. of Jacksonville)
7.36 ERA - 2.25 WHIP - .214 OppBA
3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 2/5 GO/FO, 58% strikes, 19.2 PITCHES-PER-INNING 
1 GAME (1 GS)
NOTE: At EXST while on RESTRICTED LIST 5/22 - 6/3, then back to AA Tennessee

TREY MASEK - Age 22 - 2013 5th round draft pick (Texas Tech)
4.91 ERA - 1.36 WHIP - .273 OppBA
3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 57% strikes, 18.6 PITCHES-PER-INNING
3 GAMES (1 GS)

JESUS CASTILLO - Age 18 - Acquired from AZ for OF Tony Campana (February 2013)
3.00 ERA - 1.67 WHIP - .333 OppBA
3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/FO, 56% strikes, 17.3 PITCHES-PER-INNING

RYAN McNEIL - Age 20 - 2012 3rd round draft pick (Nipomo HS - Nipomo, CA)
6.75 ERA - 1.50 WHIP - .233 OppBA
2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 2/5 GO/FO, 65% strikes, 18.8 PITCHES-PER-INNING  

* ZAC ROSSCUP - Age 25 - Acquired from TB in multi-player trade (January 2011)
0.00 ERA - 0.00 WHIP - .000 OppBA
2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 67% strikes, 11.5 PITCHES-PER INNING
NOTE: INJURY REHAB 6/2 - 6/8  

PEDRO STROP - Age 28 - Acquired from BAL in multi-player trade (July 2013)
0.00 ERA - 0.50 WHIP - .000 OppBA
2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 70% strikes, 15.0 PITCHES-PER-INNING  
2 GAMES (1 GS)
NOTE: INJURY REHAB 5/7 - 5/30 

BEN WELLS - Age 21 - 2010 7th round draft pick (Bryant HS - Bryant, AR)
31.50 ERA - 4.50 WHIP -  .462 OppBA
2.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R (7 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GO/FO, 53% strikes, 25.5 PITCHES-PER-INNING
1 GAME (1 GS)
NOTE: Was assigned to EXST from Daytona 5/24

EDUARDO FIGUEROA - Age 25 - 2007 IFA (Venezuela)
0.00 ERA - 0.00 WHIP - .000 OppBA
1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 63% strikes, 19 PITCHES-PER INNING  
1 GAME (1 GS)
NOTE: Was moved up to AAA Iowa 4/13

SCOTT FRAZIER - Age 20 - 2013 8th round draft pick (Pepperdine)
0.00 ERA - 2.00 WHIP - .000 OppBA
1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 42% strikes, 24 PITCHES-PER-INNING 


Both Torres and Jimenez look to have distinguished themselves pretty well. Jimenez after a slow start out of the gate. I wonder if he is named after the quiet race in the Time Machine.

Olt out of the lineup again. I know the dude's not been hitting the last few games, but my God. Send him to Iowa for some ABs if you're not gonna play him.

I'm just speculating.....but I believe Epstoyer (and certainly, Ricky) have (or in process) soured on Olt. Len Kasper said on WSCR last week that 'he doesn't make enough contact'. I've got to believe the braintrust sees the same thing.

I look for Olt to move in an upcoming trade or certainly be moved to AAA. With Baez, Bryant, Christian Villanueva, and now Schwarber, they appear to have plenty of 3B options and will be deciding who becomes starting outfielders and bench options.

I expect Olt will move to AA when Bryant gets moved to AAA in a couple of weeks.

still a logjam with Villanueva, think Villanueva would be sent to AA and Olt to AAA and then maybe Bryant sees some outfield time or DH time here or there.

Villanueva is not doing much. Last I checked he was, what, .236 5 HR.

hence the demotion, still pretty young

Yeah I was agreeing with you (however cryptically!).

None of this makes sense. He has never had consistent playing time except in S.T. When he plays he often has the pitcher or Barney behind him. How can anyone evaluate him? Moreso this regime's way has been to PLAY people when they are trying to peddle them. Ricky pinch hitting for him in the 8th inning of a 5-2 game when he hasn't had many at bats AND had a web gem early in the game even baffled JD in the booth. It's really frickin weird.

that seems like a pretty good assessment, but that's a lot of power to leave on the table and not develop or at least see if he could have turned it on the MLB club. He was here, and the only people stopping him were journeymen. It was a perfect opportunity to play him every day to see if he can hit. Playing him intermittently was just stupid.


Thanks Phil for your hard work in putting this group of stats together!

Excellent work Phil. Thanks for all of your reports!

i know this team is a lot of crap vs moderate crap when it comes to putting people in the lineup, but how much more of j.lake in the 2 spot are we going to see? he's got a sub-280 ob% and K's 1/3rd of his PAs...it's not even like he's a contact guy that is going to move runners at the expense of a better pitch...he's a wild swinger.

also...it's past-due time to see less boni as an everyday player.

-edit- and of course boni gets a leadoff single and lake makes contact to move him safely to 2nd...because baseball.

Just because the roll of the dice looked good this time doesn't mean your points aren't perfectly valid. I have no idea what these lineups are about.

What is everybody's preferred lineup?

Frankly with this shit sandwich I don't thing much matters, but I'd probably prefer this on most days with an eye towards what they should be hitting vs what they're actually hitting this year. I mean Sureouts has been crap, but he's much better than that as we've seen over the last week.

Valbuena, Castro, Schierholtz/Ruggiano platoon, Rizzo, Castillo, Olt, Lake, Sweeney

current wOBA

Rizzo .395, Valbuena .359, Ruggiano .336, Castro .327, Lake .315, Castillo .298, Bonifacio .293, Kalish .280, Coghlan .279, Olt .269, Schierholtz .264, Barney .242, Sweeney .231

vs. 2014 projections

Rizzo .347, Schierholtz .330, Ruggiano .324, Castro .320, Sweeney .320, Castillo .316, Valbuena .311, Olt .301, Lake .297

with today's current personal I'd probably go

Valbuena, Castro, Schierholtz, Rizzo, it really doesn't fucking matter

okay fine, make me fill it out

Valbuena, Castro, Schierholtz, Rizzo, Lake, Olt, Coghlan, Baker

I don't have a preferred lineup - I just think they are wasting an opportunity to try out Olt here in a real way. The fantasy that every player has to have a certain makeup at the plate is not gonna play out. There are too many good pitchers in this league. Even if Olt hits low in the order and can get up to 250 or so and a decent OBP, he's a nice bat to have around at third base. Everyone says the Cubs are stacked at 3b. Nobody is stacked at third. Everyone out there is still a prospect, and Bryant sounds like he's headed for the outfield. If Olt isn't a Theo type player, why did they pick him up in the first place? Surely they knew what they were getting.

EDIT: Did I mention that if he stays in the lineup every day he looks like he's going to be a very good fielder? Defense is important, too. The way they are handling this is stupid, and I don't claim to be an armchair GM. That's how stupid it is, though. An idiot like me knows that Olt should be in there every day over a guy like Valbuena, and yes, I know Valbuena can work the plate a little bit.

i don't think it should be Valbuena sitting at this point, Barney's glove and all is awesome but not that awesome.

just curious what others want to see, don't think there are great options to be honest. I'm all for playing Olt especially coming out of spring training, but he's missing fastballs right down the middle at this point, doesn't have much to do with sitting.

It's not so much Valbuena sitting as it is Olt hitting. And you'd be missing fastballs too if you didn't play every day. That's what I want to know. If he can't hit, fine, no big deal, the trade was pretty good as it was and if he doesn't pan out, not the end of the world. F'ing find out already by giving him a couple months playing time, straight up, no days off. And yeah, Valbuena at second. Barney shouldn't even be on a major league team right now.

Yes yes and yes. That's what's so infuriating, I'm not even goofy about bunting and batting order. I just know this is not how you do things with a (formerly?) elite prospect. In fact is like to see any example of a top 20 MLB prospect indoctrinated this way?

Also it's worth noting despite his struggles he has 3x more HR than Valbuena and twice as many RBI. Something REALLY odd is going on because we see Rentaria pull him a lot in late innings for no reason and that doesn't even make sense in the context of some sort of front office strategy. It feels like Ricky has. A weird ass obsession with controlling Olt in a way I'm not sure I've ever seen before.

Put Olt in LF and give him 2 weeks of ABs and see what happens.

I mean, really, what is the point of Chris Coughlin? At least the other fill-in guys have some major-league skills -- Valbuena gets on base and Benefacio can run and occasionally hit. Coughlin? He offers nothing. Poor kid -- won ROY a few years back, probably thought he would sign a big bucks contract and be set for life -- now, he'll probably be coaching high school baseball in a few years.

Why would you put Olt in LF??? He's a good defensive guy at third. Put Valbuena at second and send Barney packing. The outfield needs help, but not that kind of help.

I like that idea. I guarantee Barney wouldn't make the lineup on any other major league team.

I agree -- but, if they insist on playing Valbuena and Boni/Darwin, at least get Olt on the field somewhere.

in other news, Cubs aiming for 6 in a row and winning again, Schierholtz triple today

well tied now...nice start by Arrieta, 6 IP, 7 K, 0 BB

bullpen fail, Strop gives up the lead in the 8th

He was being a penis the night before because someone tagged him a little too hard.

That was a little odd tossing Abad, but it was probably a wise move by the umps just to defuse the situation.

fun with K rates

Junior Lake leads the majors at 33.9%, then

Espinosa 33.3, Springer 32.7, Reynolds 32.1, Carter 31.3, Howard 30.7, J. Upton 30.4

It's nice to see one of the kids leading the league in something, isn't it?

Nice at bat by Lake. Real nice, and almost won that battle.

Another starting pitcher gets screwed out of a win....lousy few days for the youngsters in the pen -- they have taken turns being bad (Grimm Thursday, Rondon Friday, Schlitter and Strop today).

So basically, Rafael Lopez is considered organizational fodder, and will never get a shot even as a backup? That's the only reason I can see bringing up Eli Whiteside iinstead of him.

DUSTY B: It's more than likely that Rafael Lopez will be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster after the season (if not in September). He projects as a Steve Clevenger type C-1B-3B-LH PH.  

Let me reiterate that I agree with you guys, just let Olt play every day and see what happens. But as noted in an earlier thread, he has had stretches of fairly regular ABs. And since that stretch where he homered in four out of six games, he's gone something like 4 for 47. So it's understandable sitting a guy when he does that.

Unless ur Nate Scherholtz

Well of course....Schierholtz is the glue that holds this team together!

I'm gonna repost this because I posted it on an old thread. Olt's at bats have never been regular this year and he is often not even allowed to finish games. Note below that he was benched the day after homering for the 4th time in 6 days. Sat down. He homered a few days later. Seated the next day again. There has ALWAYS been a quick hook over his head for some reason. Those last 46 at bats have been pretty sporadic AND he walks and gets shit to swing at because he bats 7 & 8. There have been two wild pitches in the last week or so where runs have scored while he is at bat because pitchers pitch around him with men on base:

Olt batted around .278 in spring training with 5 HR and seemed confident and in a groove. Granted it WAS spring training. That said in April he was allowed 3 magical stretches of being able to play 2 days in a row and 1 three day stretch in the final week of the month. (He had 1 HR and 3 RBI over those three days.)

In May 2014 Olt was allowed an almost unheard of 6 days in a row starting at 3B. From May 7-12 he of course hit 4 HR had 8 RBI and 7 K's. The last day of this stretch he hit his team leading 8th HR and tied for the team lead in RBI. He was benched the next day. The next time he started 2 days in a row was the 17th and 18th ... he homered on the 18th and was benched the next day.

On May 20-23 he was allowed 4 precious starts in 4 days. He had 4 RBI against the Yankees (3 in the victory against Tanaka). Two ofers against SD and he was benched. The 27th and 28th he started back to back against SF and has been riding the pine since even when Bonofacio started at 3B when Valbuena was injured.

The above constitutes all instances where Olt played back to back days or more. It seems to me that the numbers DO kind of lie. I can't see where this kid was allowed to get into a rhythm and he was arguably benched on 5/13 when he was the hottest he's ever been ... Certainly at the MLB level.

I will repost this from an earlier post:

"From May 17-June 1 Olt started and played 9 innings in 11 of 14 games. He responded with a .114/.195/.257 line and struck out in nearly half of his PAs (19/41)."

Did he play every inning of every game? No. But that's a two-week stretch in which he played almost every game and he wasn't pulled early from the games.

I agree that they probably could have and still could play him more consistently to see what happens, but at some point he has to show something to warrant it as well. That line is abysmal, and the manager and front office are probably thinking it could hurt his development to keep sending him out there and having him struggle like this (he has looked pretty frustrated to me at the plate after some of this Ks), and so you give him a day off to clear his head, try to play match-ups to get him some success that he can build on, perhaps he is doing extra work in the cage on some off days, etc. We don't know the entire story.

Can you think of another instance in the history of baseball where a player had 4HR and 8RBI IN A 6 game stretch (including a HR on the 6th day mind you so he wasn't cooling off) and he was seated the next day?? Then 5 days later he gets two games in a row, homers on the 2nd day and is seated? Baseball is a streaky game and I don't know many professionals at any experience level who would respond to this pattern. It's basically unheard of ... Can you find another player with high ceiling, who was ever brought up and seated to find good match ups? If it's as you say he should be in AAA batting every day. What are we learning about our future watching Barney and Boni? Are they doing anything that effects a potential playoff run in coming years? Olt could and I've never seen this before. Send him down - Villanueva isn't really doing anything at AAA.

"Can you think of another instance in the history of baseball where a player had 4HR and 8RBI IN A 6 game stretch (including a HR on the 6th day mind you so he wasn't cooling off) and he was seated the next day??"

LOL. Sorry, I don't have all 18,000+ players' game logs memorized. And it's certainly possible that no one else fits that exact, random pattern.

But seriously, you think every young prospect in the history of baseball was brought up and played every single day, and Olt is the first one with infrequent playing time?

How about Josh Donaldson? He started 2012 with the A's and played in about 2/3rds of the games through mid-June and was batting .153. He was then demoted to AAA, tore up the league (1.000 OPS), and was promoted in August. He hit .290 after the call-up, and then has been awesome in 2013 and 2014.

How about first round picks?

This not Jodh Donsldson or Tyler Colvin


Sorry for my incoherence.

He's a first round pick, not a guy out of nowhere.

That should be taken accounted for, send him to AAA to hit and play.
But to benched for Barney is a joke.

Jesus Christ. Really? This is a LAST PLACE team in massive rebuilding with a team full of journeymen and Rizzo and Castro. Possibly Wellington. The Oakland A's of 2012 won the AL West and won 94 games. My point wasn't that you needed to know the history of recorded statistics, it's that his playing pattern is bizarre. No player outside of a veteran catcher gets benched after lighting it up for 6 games to the tune of 4HR/8RBI. Few players are promoted to the level where the game is this difficult and thrown in randomly while taking BP. To adjust to the MLB quality of play you don't watch it, and the best players need to be in every day. Shall we talk small sample sizes? I mean I get it, you don't agree fine. But this isn't normal and I would bet a good deal of money that we find out someday that either Theo/Jed and Ricky are warring over this OR that Olt did something to exacerbate the situation like challenging Renteria or pissing him off somehow. Because this is a top 50 pick in the draft who at one point was a top 50 prospect and player of the year for a great system. The fact that he can't even get 4 AB in a game these days is just ridiculous. You disagree fine.

I guess my main point is that sitting a day is not "getting benched" and I think you could find many examples of young players having a few good games and then sitting for a day.

And I think it is easy from our perspective when we are thinking about the Cubs years down the road, but a manager has to try to win each day (even with a shit team), has to keep bench players sharp, looks at match-ups, needs to keep the clubhouse happy, etc.

I am not reading anywhere else besides a Cubs blog with dedicated fans about how the Cubs are killing Olt's development and will rue the day, etc.

He will probably go to AAA soon, the Cubs will trade some players in 6-8 weeks, and if he does well down there he'll come back for the last two months and hopefully perform well leading into next year. If he goes down and struggles in AAA like he is struggling now, then this might be the real Mike Olt.

The Hoyer quotes in the second ESPN link were what I figured their view was, but hadn't read it before.

Anyway, I hope he eventually figures it out, does well, and gets regular at-bats, and this will all be a moot point.

I think what a lot of us were pissed off about was how he sat after having a huge few days as Carlito pointed out. It's a little odd, no matter how you try to reason it out, for a team still built around a journeymen core. The other thing the #freemikeolt crowd would like to see is just a few weeks in the lineup every single day. If he embarasses himself at the plate, that's the way it goes. Maybe he's not gonna be any good. Even with his strikeouts , they're leaving an Adam Dunn type bat on the bench, on a team that doesn't score runs. It's maddening. If they can't play him every day, they really ought to just send him down to get the ABs he needs.


but seriously, he looks lost right now...not agreeing with how Capt Happy handled it earlier, but at this point it's hard to watch Olt flail up there.

I fully agree he's hard to watch right now. He needs to play every day or go to AAA. There's a part of me that wants him to find his way to the Cardinals so captain happy can face him for a few years ...

A recap on how the Cubs have built the bullpen.


"How did they win their respective jobs? They don't give out many free passes. It's the first rule of a late-inning reliever, especially on the Cubs who don't blow teams out very often. If they're going to win there's a good chance it's going to be a close game and walking the opposition is the kiss of death."

It's also extremely eff-ing annoying.

Renteria has done a nice job there. He has no tolerance for late inning walks, which I like. With all the moaning about how he has handled Olt (including a lot by me), overall I think Capt Happy has done ok. People hate his lineup but I bet he does, too.

Nice to hear someone defend Renteria. I think he does a good job (when he's not talking).

Hitting Castro fourth was a stroke of luck or genius. Castro "got it" immediately: you can't take slappy swings at outside pitches when you're the cleanup hitter. So he stopped taking those swings and got serious.

Throwing Veras overboard and then making Rondon his closer, while saying, no, he's not the closer, it's just for this week--I thought that was great. Renteria would have made that whole drawn-out Marmol melodrama much briefer.

His big assignment, though, was getting Rizzo and Castro into all-star form. He did it with Castro, and while I think Rizzo righted his own ship, it happened on Renteria's watch.

As far as his lineups are concerned, he has a boss (actually two bosses) and I think he's been told to play Valbuena and Barney. His bosses do like to accumulate assets heading into July. Look at Valbuena's slash line--.266/.379/.429(/.808)--easily his career best.

From what I have heard from three different sources, Renteria does not makes decisions about playing time. He manages the game (PH, pitching changes, etc) and does what he can to help the players be the most they can be, but who plays where and how much they play is not his decision. He is just following orders.

Renteria was hired to take the Cubs from Point "A" to Point "B" (something Dale Sveum was unable to do). Once the Cubs get to Point "B" (the prospects have arrived and have settled-in and the club starts signing free-agents and making trades for veteran big leaguers), Renteria will probably be replaced as manager (although he could remain with the Cubs in a different capacity). 

So Rich Renteria is essentially Sgt. Hulka.

So Rich Renteria is essentially Sgt. Hulka.
He's the Cubs big toe?

This would radically change my view of him and makes sense. There's a LOT he does right -- if he is playing Barney, Sureholdz etc to build resources for trade deadline and following front office directives it makes some of the confusion he emits understandable.

i'm surprised there's not a player revolt if suits are determining playing time rather than the manager.

historically, that's a great way to lose respect and control in your clubhouse.

It works for the A's and Red Sox.

I assume it only applies while they are sellers. Once they feel they have a competitive team I would be very upset if the suits did it. If this whole mess is to try and have one last sell off I can live with it. But honestly what do they expect to get for Barney and Sureholdz, or Valbuena. The pitchers should yield some parts.

Yeah, I would highly doubt that the front office is telling him how to fill out the lineup each day. That would be rather unprecedented. Most likely, they are giving him general directives like "please make sure player X gets consistent at-bats so we can build is trade value."

That's interesting. I bet the Theo boys thought they lost a year with Sveum. I look at Renteria this way:

Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives, especially regarding Castro and Rizzo and Renteria's dislike of walks. Based on how he's treating Olt (pinch hitting him for Valbuena), he doesn't like guys giving away at bats like Olt did in Olt's prior AB. I just hope that after the dust settles, and they work out whatever trades they can manage, that they get Olt in there for 30 days in a row to see what he's got. It would be the ultimate in Cubbery to see him go somewhere else and thrive.

And, I hope when trading Shark, they find themselves a good young outfielder. Easier said than done, and unlike the human encyclopedias on this site, no name will come to mind for me. But somebody major league ready or close. I think Lake has some potential as a CF - he seems to at least be trying to work on having better at bats and he can be fun to watch. But this team needs a good power outfielder.

from that awesome Cubs draft website someone posted earlier...


22nd round pick Joey Martrano, the Boise St. Linebacker... his Dad said the ideal situation would be for the Cubs to draft him so he can play this summer at Boise St.

4th Round Pick Carson Sands told someone that he "really looks forwad to signing" and there's an article indicating that he's already made up his mind.


13th round pick Kevonte Mitchell told someone he's planning to pass on his scholarship and sign with Cubs. His would-be coach tweeted it out as well.

12th round pick Tanner Griggs looks like he's agreed to sign according to his twitter.

23rd round pick Isiah Gilliam will likely not sign, McLeod calling it more a draft and follow and trying to build a relationship.

If they can get 6th round pick Cease along with Sands and Mitchell that would be neat. I think 30th round pick Michael Cantu (C) is considered a tough sign as well (Texas commitment).



article on 5th round pick Justin Steele saying he doesn't want to talk about it until a contract is signed


and 7th round pick James Norwood sounds like he'll sign as well


Cubs back on the road where they are proud owners of the worst record still in that regard (10-21 vs 15-14 at home). See if the hot streak can improve upon that or will they move back to contending for #1 pick (3rd worst record btw behind Rays and Phillies, two teams that are "trying" as some like to put it).

interview with McLeod, worth a listen (about 19 minutes)


Schwarber - talks up character and leadership, not ruling out catching quite yet, but taken for his bat, will be moved around

Stinnett - durable, throws strikes, liked his slider - was getting a little nervous over his pitch count on Saturday that coach would send him out for 130 (he didn't).

Zagunis - primarliy going to be a catcher, played some CF in college, very athletic

Bryant - no immediate plan to move him up although they've talked about it in recent weeks, Bryant understands he has something to work on everyday. Plan to keep him at 3b, but could move to OF easily.

Baez - "swings at every pitch like he wants to hit it 500 feet"..."at his age, it's about trying to find some consistency"

Soler -  taking it slow, hopefully be back in AA in couple of weeks (hurt left hamstring and then right hamstring for those that need a refresher)

Almora - first time struggling

McLeod sees about 75 players before the draft, mostly top 3 round talent

definitely an emphasis on volume when it comes to pitching

ejax continues his 2014 sucking vs the pirates...and his 2014 away-game sucking.


just Edwin being Edwin...

"EJax" is defined as "one who falls behind quickly".

Bryant another homer, 2 for 4, RBI and 2 Runs so far.

Guess the plan is to leave him at AA so he can break the season record for HRs and win the Triple Crown, then maybe...maybe...think about moving him to AAA next year. Meanwhile -- more Chris Coughlan. I'm beginning to think Theo really doesn't like Cub fans, and took this job just to spite us.

Captain Happy with more indecipherable bullshit:

"We need to find out who we are and what we’re trying to develop as a team, and it takes a season to see where we’re at," Renteria said of his Cubs

More from WTF central with Captain Crappy:

‘‘We want him to know he shouldn’t be too concerned about anything,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘Things happen. You have hiccups. I know there was a time when he was doing very, very well. Everybody wanted him in there every single day, and so we started putting him in there."

Wait so who is 'everyone'? What did *you* want, captain crappy? You threw him out there for a few games because everyone wanted you to? Boy everyone sure is stupid.

‘‘Now we’re going to pull back a little bit. . . . At this point, he’s been playing great defense. He’s still the same kid. So we’re going to just continue to find the matchups that give him the best opportunity to have some success and gain some confidence and keep moving forward.’’

Okay captain so since you've been picking opportunities for him to succeed can we just assume you are failing because he's getting worse?

And yeah no pressure 'kid' but when captain puts you out there you should know that he's decided that you have the best chance to succeed. Captain likes to put a blindfold on his younguns, take them out to the highway - and every once in a while pull that blindfold off and watch you dodge some traffic while your eyes adjust to the light. It's called the random unprepared success plan by captain happy. Haha!

I hope you enjoy condescension and shit logic too because not only will you be in the 'easy' situations but we'd like the sports reading public to know you're a helpless child who needs coddling. Unlike Barney and SureHolds who just suck. Oh and our 5/6 hitter who's starting ahead of you - yeah he's got a whopping 13 RBI on the year but he's scrappppppy!

One month. Put him in there for one month. Even that's probably not fair, but Olt seems pretty confident, so give him that shot and see what he does with it? What the hell is going on here? Olt is WAY better off getting sent to Iowa for ABs than this shit.

Yeah and in an unrelated article here is what Ricky is not accounting for when he picks match ups. The player puts *more* pressure on themselves AND there is nowhere to warm up at wrigley:


Keith Law the naysayer...guess he expects all teams to tow his list-line and no commentary about over-slot vs under-slot strategy:

The Cubs reached significantly for Kyle Schwarber (Round 1), the fourth overall pick in the draft, a bat-first catcher who has maybe a 10 percent chance to stay behind the plate, and a higher chance to end up having to DH in pro ball, which might pose a problem for the Cubs unless they know something we don't about MLB rules. Schwarber does have huge raw power and a very good eye at the plate; his swing is really rotational with good leverage from his legs, but he sets up with a wide base and rolls over his front foot, which can pull him offline and hurt him against left-handed breaking stuff. I had him as more of a back-of-the-first-round talent.



The Cubs also reached for Mark Zagunis (Round 3), a likely backup catcher who lacks power or patience but does put the ball in play a lot with a short swing after a no-load setup.

overall he liked the pitching selections, with brief discussion of picks #2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11. Said that picks 4-6 should have been in the first 3 rounds. Saying Cease(6) has the highest upside.

Overall it's a good group of arms to infuse into a system that needs them, even if I didn't love the selections they made of the two college bats up top.

Someone needs to grade the graders. Let's go back to 2009 or 2010 and look at Keith Law's comments on the draft and see how well he did. If it turns out he's a genius and right a lot, I'll pay attention; but my guess is he and others are just as "good" at projecting high schoolers and college players into major leaguers as the teams themselves are.

"I was just taking my pitches and swinging at pitches over the plate," said Baez, who hit third in the Cubs' batting order.
"Usually, I'm aggressive from the first pitch. But the game was so wide open, I was taking a first-pitch strike. I try to play this game right, don't try to show up anyone. Things worked out good for me tonight."

[ ]

"I'm starting to figure out how they're going to pitch to me," Baez said. "They usually don't pitch me inside. So I started hitting the ball to the right side, try to use the whole field. Try to take more pitches, too.
"I feel like I'm getting into a groove."


The pissing and moaning about Olt has gotten old. Sorry, but I'm having trouble caring. He might turn out okay, but for right now, his intermittent playing time isn't really hurting anything.


watching the PIT feed of the chc/pit game (Root Sports). the intro was a nearly 4-minute music video montage of g.polanco in the minors set to a very brocore song called "Big Show." they followed it up with footage of polanco's name being written in the lineup from a dugout cam shot...etc etc...

they're really pumping the hype train to full speed right out of the gate.

rizzo #13...off a lefty...5th off a lefty this year.

he's showing a whole lot of promise vs lefties this year...practically unsustainable, but lefties have been his weakness rather consistently. it's nice to see sustained success.

Tony Four Sacks

final bitch on Olt

He's thoroughly fucked now. Taking pitches and looking lost.
Send him down and call up ManRam.

his 1st ab was cringe-worthy...watched the ball all the way into the glove a few times with what seems like a predetermined conclusion that there's not going to be an offer at the pitch no matter what.

he's been doing too much of that lately...when he actually gets a chance to play, that is.

Ugly. Dang.


that happened last night and it was beautiful

Hoyer on spending in coming winter: “I would say that is likely + definitely possible. We need to add veterans to the kids that are coming."

With regard to the Cubs wanting to add veterans to the MLB roster in 2015, 2B Aaron Hill, 3B Martin Prado, and C Miguel Montero (AZ) are probably available, as are LAD outfielders Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and/or Carl Crawford.   

The Cubs can afford to take on salary next season, so a trade to acquire a couple of those guys could happen. And since the Cubs would be taking on salary they probably wouldn't have to give up high-level prospects to get a trade done. 

can't see any interest in that group past maybe Montero if they want to move past Welington, which I'm not sold that they don't like.

Was just reading a Fangraphs article on Josh Donaldson, and need to remind myself that even though the Cubs have lost some good young players trading for vets recently (Donaldson, Archer), and particularly at positions of need (3B, P), they've also pulled off some deft trades for vets in the past.

Just hoping that if/when they trade Samardzija/Hammel they get some Donaldson/Archers in return.

Apropo of nothing.

Schwarber signs for $3.125M, 1.5M under slot per Muskat

Schwarber signs for 1 1/2 million under slot

Look forward to the Draft pick signing windfall

Did he get any SCHW options?

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  • Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.

    I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.

    The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.

    I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.

    The E-Man 9 hours 39 sec ago view
  • I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.

    With that said in reverse order:
    3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.

    2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.

    blockhead25 9 hours 43 min ago view
  • 1. Mets--because of the losses in the rotation
    2. Giants--because they're not the team they were BUT they maybe have bullshit even-year magic?
    3. Cardinals--because rivalry and not making the playoffs hurts them more than losing in the NLDS plus getting eliminated by them in the playoffs would make for horrible sports commentary next throughout next season.

    Charlie 11 hours 27 min ago view
  • Who's asking?

    jacos 11 hours 28 min ago view
  • #TeamEntropy


    CLE/DET rained out last night already, possible rain-outs in New York (vs. Baltimore), Boston(vs. Toronto) and Philly(vs. Mets) this weekend too.

    Not only games involving playoff spots that would need to be played, but any that involve home field advantage.

    Rob G. 11 hours 37 min ago view
  • I got the first one! Second one I'm not even sure what even/odd betting is.

    johann 12 hours 24 min ago view
  • any opponent preference for NLDS?

    Mets are down to 1 great pitcher instead of 4. Syndegaard may pitch Sunday which means if Mets win the WC game, he'd be set up for Game 1. There's a chance they clinch a spot by Sunday so he'd pitch the WC and then we'd probably get Colon for Game 1. They've certainly had the hottest bats over the last week and month out of the WC options.

    Rob G. 12 hours 46 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 17 hours 50 min ago view
  • Can't teach height and thinness

    jacos 19 hours 45 min ago view
  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should be...baseball...or something like it.

    crunch 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.


    Rob G. 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.

    billybucks 1 day 6 hours ago view