Cubs Organizational Report Week 20
|Chicago Cubs||60-64||(Div)18.0/4th |
|West Tenn Diamond Jaxx*||31-24||1.5/2nd||5-5|
TRANSACTIONS MLB INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. activated from DL on 08/20/05 AAA/Iowa OF Matt Murton demoted on 08/19/05 LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 08/19/05 AA/West Tennessee NONE TO REPORT Advanced A/Daytona LHP Tim Layden promoted from A ball on 08/22/05 RHP Mike Phelps promoted from A ball on 08/22/05 RHP Nate Sevier placed on bereavement list on 08/08/05 LHP Clay Rapada placed on DL on 08/18/05 A/Peoria C Jonathan Douillard placed on DL on 08/20/05 with knee injury RHP Alfredo Francisco promoted from Rookie League on 08/20/05 Low A/Boise RHP Jon Hunton placed on inactive list on 08/16/05; Reason unknown Rookie Leauge/Arizona NONE TO REPORT
INJURY UPDATES (BOLD indicates an update to a pre-existing injury) MLB SS Nomar Garciaparra left game with back stiffness on 08/17/05; Returned to action on 08/21/05 P - Chad Fox transferred to 60 day DL on 05/17/05; Has "nerve issues" in his right elbow; Still undetermined whether he'll attempt another comeback AAA/Iowa LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 08/19/05; Reason unknown AA/West Tennessee OF Adam Greenberg should be rejoining Jaxx on Monday LHP Sean Marshall placed on DL on 07/24/04; Complaining of shoulder and bicep soreness, tests to be done OF - Felix Pie sprained ankle on 06/16/05; Placed on 7 day DL on 06/21/05; Certainly won't be called up in September. LHP - Jon Connolly placed on DL on 07/16/05 with "recurring" shoulder injury; Will be out all season INF - Jemel Spearman out sine 04/26/05 because of wrist injury; Had surgery at some point and it should cost him the season P ñ Rocky Cherry left game on 4/21/05 after 1/3 of an inning. Tommy John surgery performed on 05/05/05 Advanced A/Daytona LHP Clay Rapada placed on DL on 08/18/05; Reason unknown OF Kevin Collins placed on DL on 08/02/05 with bone spurs in his foot; Retroactive to 07/29/05; Will miss rest of season with tendon injury in foot. RHP Nate Sevier placed on DL on 08/02/05 for unknown reasons; Retroactive to 07/29/05 RHP Billy Petrick placed on DL on 06/24/05 with shoulder woes; Had season ending shoulder surgery A/Peoria C Jonathan Douillard placed on DL on 08/20/05 with knee injury 1b Alberto Garcia out for season with fractured fibula; Occurred on June 15th while sliding back into first base OF Ryan Harvey missed a few games due to hamstring injury but is playing once again LHP Ed Campusano placed on DL, reason and date unknown Low A/Boise NONE TO REPORT Rookie Leauge/Arizona P- Angel Guzman rehabbing in Mesa and has been assigned to the Arizona Fall League; He's pitched 8 innings, giving up 0 runs, 1 BB, 12 K's so far RHP Jason Wylie has been out cause of complication to a knee injury suffered while moving his couch Other Notable Injuries OF - Nic Jackson had more surgery to clean out his shoulder; Probably out until 2006 P - Chadd Blasko - shoulder surgery; Probably out until 2006 P - Matt Clanton - shoulder surgery; Had 2nd shoulder surgery during off-season, probably out all season PROSPECT WATCH LIST (BOLD indicates injury, * bats lefty, # switch-hitter) Hitters: SS Ronny Cedeno .353/.400/.517 3B *Mike Fontenot (AAA) .271/.384/.418 2B Richard Lewis (AAA) .206/.270/.280 (AA) .246/.373/.333 OF Matt Murton (AAA) .286/.375/.286 (MLB) .339/.415/.464 (AA) .342/.403/.498 C Geovany Soto (AAA) .251/.357/.328 SS/CF *Buck Coats (AA) .282/.340/.398 3B Casey McGehee (AA) .299/.352/.425 OF Luis Montanez (AA) .291/.336/.417 (A) .287/.336/.410 OF Felix Pie(AA) .304/.349/.554 13/22 SB opportunities 1B/OF Brandon Sing (AA) .286/.404/.561 2B Ryan Theriot (AA) .308/.360/.420 1B Brian Dopirak (High A) .245/.300/.395 C Jake Fox (High A) .278/.355/.444 3B *Scott Moore (High A) .268/.343/.475 C Tony Richie (High A) .294/.331/.421 OF Ryan Harvey (A) .266/.310/.502 2B *Eric Patterson (A) .333/.406/.529 38/49 SB opportunities C *Mark Reed (Low A) .261/.311/.405(A) .135/.167/.192 Pitchers: RHP Bobby Brownlie(AAA) 6-5 4.47 ERA/37 BB/63 K/9 HR/92.2 IP LHP John Koronka (AAA) 8-10 4.30 ERA/44 BB/86 K/9 HR/121.1 IP LHP Rich Hill (AAA) 5-1 3.95 ERA/13 BB/83 K/11 HR/57.0 IP (MLB) 0-2 8.57 ERA/13 BB/21 K/3 HR/21.0 IP (AA) 4-3 3.28 ERA/21 BB/90 K/9 HR/57.2 IP (A) 1-0 1.13 ERA/0 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP RHP Jon Leicester (AAA) 1-7 1 Save 5.63 ERA/36 BB/56 K/13 HR/78.1 IP LHP Carmen Pignatiello (AAA) 1-4 3.79 ERA/16 BB/35 K/4 HR/38.0 IP (AA) 5-4 2.68 ERA/28 BB/77 K LHP Russ Rohlicek (AAA) 3-1 3 Saves/4.74 ERA/41 BB/49 K/5 HR/57.0 IP RHP Jermaine Van Buren (AAA) 2-3 23 Saves/2.05 ERA/22 BB/62 K/5 HR/52.2 IP RHP David Aardsma (AA) 4-0 2 Saves/2.72 ERA/24 BB/39 K/1 HR/43.0 IP (Norwich) 6-2 2.93 ERA/13 BB/30 K RHP Carlos Marmol (AA)3-4 3.52 ERA/33 BB/49 K/10 HR/61.1 IP (High A) 6-2 2.99 ERA/37 BB/71 K LHP Sean Marshall (AA) 0-1 2.52 ERA/5 BB/24 K/1 HR/25.0 IP (High A) 4-4 2.74 ERA/26 BB/61 K RHP Ricky Nolasco (AA) 11-3 3.26 ERA/40 BB/149 K/12 HR/140.2 IP LHP Reynel Pinto (AA)9-2 2.34 ERA/52 BB/110 K/6 HR/111.2 IP (AAA) 1-2 9.93 ERA/24 BB/24 K RHP Jae-kuk Ryu (AA) 9-8 3.42 ERA/46 BB/116 K/11 HR/152.2 IP RHP Billy Petrick (High A) 1-4 5.59 ERA/19 BB/25 K/0 HR/37.0 IP RHP Michael Phelps (A) 0-1 1.59 ERA/3 BB/17 K/0 HR/17.0 IP (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/0 BB/2 K/0 HR/ 0.2 IP RHP Mike Billek (A) 2-0 3.42 ERA/7 BB/13 K/2 HR/23.2 IP (Low A) 0-1 2.65 ERA/6 BB/20 K/0 HR/17.0 IP RHP Sean Gallagher (A) 13-5 2.86 ERA/54 BB/131 K/10 HR/138.2 IP RHP Grant Johnson (A) 3-6 3.41 ERA/22 BB/42 K/6 HR/63.1 IP LHP Darin Downs (Low A) 4-4 3.70 ERA/15 BB/46 K/4 HR/48.2 IP LHP Luke Hagerty (Low A) 0-1 29.84 ERA/27 BB/4 K/0 HR/6.1 IP RHP Michael Hyle (Low A) 3-5 3.09 ERA/20 BB/37 K/0 HR/43.2 IP LHP Donald Veal (Low A) 1-2 5.06 ERA/5 BB/9 K/2 HR/10.2 IP (RL) 0-1 8.10 ERA/4 BB/9 K/2 HR/6.2 IP RHP Angel Guzman (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/1 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP LHP Mark Pawelek (RL) 0-3 2.50 ERA/19 BB/47 K/0 HR/36.0 IP OTHERS NOTABLES: 3B Scott McClain (AAA).294/.358/.589 OF Ben Grieve (AAA) .254/.367/.472 RHP Talley Haines (AAA) 2-1 1.82 ERA/5 BB/26 K/1 HR/24.2 IP (AA)4-2 13 Saves/ 1.78 ERA/2 BB/20 K/0 HR/25.1 IP RHP Lee Gwaltney (High A) 2-3 3 Saves/2.68 ERA/16 BB/54 K/4 HR/50.1 IP (A) 4-1 1.56 ERA/17 BB/50 K/1 HR/56.1 IP OF *Sam Fuld (A) .289/.368/.414 GREG MADDUX INNINGS WATCH 382.1 IP over the last 2 years; Needs to pitch 17.2 IP over the rest of the season for his $9 million 2006 option to vest; Assuming he starts 33 games (like last year), needs to average less than 3 innings per start over the rest of the season. 2005 ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE PARTICIAPANTS RHP David Aardsma RHP Angel Guzman SS/OF Buck Coats OF Matt Murton 2B Eric Patterson 1B/OF Brandon Sing MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Scott McClain (29) RBI - Ryan Harvey (92) AVG - Eric Patterson (.333) OBP - Eric Patterson (.406) SLG - Scott McClain (.589) SB - Chris Walker (52) Pitching IP - Jae-kuk Ryu (152.2) ERA - Sean Gallagher (2.86) WINS - Sean Gallagher (13) SAVES -Jermaine Van Buren (23) K - Rich Hill (185)
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?
Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump
Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.
j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.
felix pena, your turn.