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  • Fair enough, but Castro isn't really very good.

    Rob Richardson 15 min 41 sec ago
  • I can just hear Pat Hughes chortling "typical Cubs-Cards game..."

    JoePepitone 18 min ago
  • As long as Maddon uses him against RH he is good. Against LH - not so much.

    His recent HR's obviously have not been great pitches.

    So, let's just say my personal confidence in the guy is not there yet.

    The E-Man 21 min 35 sec ago
  • not that I'm agreeing with E-Man in anyway here, but Warren's FIP and peripherals are not really good (5.20 FIP/5.19 BB/9/.128 BABIP), although his actual results are a lot better. Well until today...

    Trade was also to make room for Zobrist and it'll be a few years before we can really judge it.

    Rob G. 23 min 40 sec ago
  • Eventually, the Maddon "play everyone everywhere" thing was going to create a problem.

    billybucks 30 min 34 sec ago
  • This ump blows.

    Ryno 41 min 7 sec ago
  • So much for pace-of-game.

    Ryno 41 min 19 sec ago
  • Adam Warren who is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, and Castro who is hitting 269/303/415?

    Rob Richardson 43 min 43 sec ago
  • That Molina with the arm out thing was ridiculous and blatant. Wonder if he can get fined for that

    johann 47 min 23 sec ago
  • Looks like the Cubs got short end of the Castro Warren deal so far. He is atrocious. Even in games with huge leads he sucks ass.

    Wonder what they saw in him? Maybe he is a better starter? Ugh!

    The E-Man 50 min 10 sec ago
  • Bucknor tried to turn a 4-pitch walk to LaStella into an interesting AB, but LaStella prevailed.

    Rob G. 50 min 34 sec ago
  • ~shrug~ he's CB Bucknor, he's usually awful.

    But today he called 2 pitches balls that really looked like strikes, one looked particularly obvious. Even Arrieta jawed at him and that's rare for Arrieta. He also didn't bother to ask anyone or notice Molina clearly reaching his arm out to get hit intentionally.

    Rob G. 58 min 53 sec ago
  • Lastella not having much of one either (diving stop notwithstanding but should have been unnecessary if he made earlier play).

    Rob G. 1 hour 1 min ago
  • What's wrong with his strike zone? Just inconsistent?

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 9 min ago
  • CB Bucknor not having a good day....

    also this...

    Jesse Rogers [email protected]  Yeah, there was plenty of chatter before the game about home plate ump today. Knew he would be a factor.

    #conspiracytheory

    Rob G. 1 hour 21 min ago
  • Jake Arrieta gives up first inning run

    For the first time in a year, 33 starts.

    /nervous
    //not really

    jacos 3 hours 6 min ago
  • Old news, sorry if it's 3/44-

    J-Hey being classy by repaying an old teammate:
    http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/chicago-cubs-ja...

    Ryno 3 hours 44 min ago
  • Sigh.

    Ok... maybe.

    Ryno 4 hours 10 min ago
  • With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?

    bradsbeard 4 hours 12 min ago
  • Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.

    Hagsag 4 hours 15 min ago
  • This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.

    The E-Man 4 hours 19 min ago
  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 5 hours 39 min ago
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    As far as relievers are concerned, RHP Tommy Nance throws 94-96 with a plus-curve, RHP Daniel Lewis throws 95-97 with a hard-slider, and Pedro Araujo is a rubber-armed strike-throwing machine with both his fastball, curve, and change-up (he threw 18 pitches - 17 strikes yesterday) .

    Nance pitched at U. of Santa Clara (he was their Friday night starter) but went undrafted after his senior season, sat out a year, and then pitched for Windy City (Frontier League) last season. He's a real find. He's a big dude (6'6 240+), reminds me of somebody like Brad Penny.

    Lewis was in the U. S, military and was discovered by a Cubs scout pitching at Pensacola  JC in Florida. He's 25, but has a "young arm" (he's only been pitching for two years). The younger pitchers really look up to him. He's a natural leader. 

    FWIW, Paulino, Lewis, and Araujo were the last three cuts from the South Bend roster at the end of Minor League Camp, and so they would probably be the first to get moved-up if slots on the SB-Cubs pitching staff become available (except so far there haven't been any...).  

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 48 min ago
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    EUGENE 

    STARTING PITCHERS: 7
    Jesus Castillo
    Dylan Cease
    * Bryan Hudson  
    Erling Moreno
    * Jose Paulino
    * Manny Rondon
    Pedro Silverio

    BULLPEN: 12 
    Pedro Araujo
    Jared Cheek
    Enrique de los Rios
    Scott Frazier
    * Yapson Gomez
    John Michael Knighton 
    Daniel Lewis 
    Mark Malave 
    M. T. Minacci 
    Tommy Nance
    * Tyler Peitzmeier
    Alexander Santana

    CATCHERS
    : 5
    Marcus Mastrobuoni 
    * Alberto Mineo
    Tyler Payne
    Tyler Pearson 
    Jhonny Pereda

    INFIELDERS: 7
    Wladimir Galindo 
    * Vimael Machin
    Andruw Monasterio
    Jose Paniagua
    Isaac Paredes 
    # Yeiler Peguero
    * Chris Pieters

    OUTFIELDERS: 7
    Alex Bautista
    # Roberto Caro 
    Michael Foster
    # Robert Garcia
    * Ricardo Marcano
    Kevonte Mitchell 
    * D. J. Wilson

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    AZL CUBS 

    PITCHERS: 18
    Jose Albertos
    Luis Aquino 
    Javier Assad 
    Jordan Brink (REHAB - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
    Jesus Camargo (REHAB - ???)
    Oscar de la Cruz (REHAB - elbow)
    Andin Diaz (REHAB - ???)
    Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
    Fancisco Garay (ex-INF)
    Hector Garcia
    Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE AT EXST)
    Luis Hernandez (REHAB - ???)
    Jose Leidenz
    Gabriel Lima (REHAB - ???)
    Junior Marte
    * Pablo Ochoa 
    * Eugenio Palma 
    Andry Rondon

    CATCHERS
    :  4 
    Miguel Amaya 
    Eric Gonzalez
    Gustavo Polanco
    Kevin Zamudio 

    INFIELDERS: 9
    * Aramis Ademan 
    Jhonny Bethencourt
    Joey Martarano (PRESENTLY NACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
    Rafael Mejia
    Christopher Morel (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY AT THIS TIME - arm lacertaion)
    Rafael Narea
    # Yonathan Perlaza 
    # Edgar Rondon 
    Ho-Young Son (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY AT THIS TIME - ???)

    OUTFIELDERS: 7
    * Luis Ayala
    Jose Gonzalez
    * Kwang-Min Kwon
    Yohan Matos (ex-C)
    * Ruben Reyes
    * Abraham Rodriguez
    * Jonathan Sierra

    Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2.  

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 16 min ago
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 37 min ago
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    He played 1B-LF-RF at EXST last year, but was moved to full-time 1B this year. And his defense has really improved. He has made several nice picks of bad throws at 1st base, and the infielders feel confident when he's playing 1st base because they know he can save them an error.  

    I think it's reasonable to believe that Paniagua is a prospect of some value. He has the XBH power and defensive acumen to stay at 1B, and he should be able to play some corner OF going-forward, too.

    The one negative (the elephant in the room) is that he doesn't take walks. He didn't take any walks (that's ZERO walks) in 56 PA at EXST last year, he took only nine walks in 171 PA with the AZL Cubs last summer, and he has drawn just two walks in 45 PA at EXST this year. His 11% K-rate at EXST this year is pretty good for a HR hitter, but it was 29% at EXST and 23% at AZL Cubs last year, so he still has some work to do in that area.  

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 44 min ago
  • Rob Richardson 7 hours 13 min ago
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 8 hours 7 min ago
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 8 hours 9 min ago
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 8 hours 59 min ago
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 11 hours 47 min ago
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    hopefully, he'll slip back into the minors and at least find his control/command even if his fastball velocity doesn't return back to the mid-90s. with a fb/slider/curve combo there's still something to be hopeful for even with lowered velocity.

    that said, as far as his trade value...i dunno where to handicap that given the above concerns vs the fact he's still cheap with decent upside if he can get control/command of his pitches.

    crunch 12 hours 59 min ago
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 13 hours 23 min ago
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 13 hours 28 min ago
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 17 hours 28 min ago
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 18 hours 15 min ago
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 18 hours 49 min ago
  • jacos 18 hours 49 min ago
  • It is remarkable how my mood has become uplifted with one game against the Cards.

    That is sick.

    But, I have been an addict for a long time.

    A W tomorrow and it will be a .500 road trip.

    Also, to keep the losses in perspective, if the Cubs were to lose 10 games a month - a lot at this current pace - they still end up 102-60. Six months of the ride!

    The E-Man 18 hours 59 min ago
  • So, the Mesa Cubs should be solid this summer in the AZL Rookie League?

    And, I like the, "But did you know" lead in there. Something a little different.

    I can tell really like this group of hitters in AZ right now.

    What pitchers out there, other than Cease, should we be excited about?

    Thanks as always for the info.

    Childersb3 19 hours 38 min ago
  • back on the Run Differential hunt... (aka The Hunt for Blue October)

    Cubster 20 hours 7 min ago
  • These are the 2016 Cubs I know and love. Also digging that Cardinals OF (lack of) defense.

    Charlie 20 hours 23 min ago
  • Another day, another eight runs

    jacos 20 hours 39 min ago
  • I'm not sure there was another team in baseball that would flip a Dansby Swanson type of prospect (plus Inciarte, plus Toussaint) for Miller.  That trade was just comically bad from the start, and getting worse... 

    Transmission 20 hours 41 min ago
  • Zobrist just keeps squaring up - and Soler goes yard!

    Eric S 20 hours 41 min ago
  • Pirates jumping all over Shelby Miller tonight - so glad the Cubs didn't flip a Dansby Swanson type prospect to the Braves for him. Two years of Lackey looking like a good alternative.

    Eric S 20 hours 45 min ago
  • 3rd inning...soler walked twice in the game...first time since aug 4th last year in the regular season (2 times in the playoffs, amazingly).

    crunch 21 hours 12 min ago
  • Good gravy, was that a much-appreciated top of the first.

    Transmission 21 hours 40 min ago
  • That's a good analogy, bb...  Nice to see tonight's game start with a 104 yard kickoff return TD.

    Transmission 21 hours 42 min ago
  • Grichuk won the game last night but a decent CF would have caught that drive by Ross. Good Cubbery!

    Cubster 21 hours 43 min ago

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  • Fair enough, but Castro isn't really very good.

    Rob Richardson 15 min 41 sec ago view
  • I can just hear Pat Hughes chortling "typical Cubs-Cards game..."

    JoePepitone 18 min ago view
  • As long as Maddon uses him against RH he is good. Against LH - not so much.

    His recent HR's obviously have not been great pitches.

    So, let's just say my personal confidence in the guy is not there yet.

    The E-Man 21 min 35 sec ago view
  • not that I'm agreeing with E-Man in anyway here, but Warren's FIP and peripherals are not really good (5.20 FIP/5.19 BB/9/.128 BABIP), although his actual results are a lot better. Well until today...

    Trade was also to make room for Zobrist and it'll be a few years before we can really judge it.

    Rob G. 23 min 40 sec ago view
  • Eventually, the Maddon "play everyone everywhere" thing was going to create a problem.

    billybucks 30 min 34 sec ago view
  • This ump blows.

    Ryno 41 min 7 sec ago view
  • So much for pace-of-game.

    Ryno 41 min 19 sec ago view
  • Adam Warren who is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, and Castro who is hitting 269/303/415?

    Rob Richardson 43 min 43 sec ago view
  • That Molina with the arm out thing was ridiculous and blatant. Wonder if he can get fined for that

    johann 47 min 23 sec ago view
  • Looks like the Cubs got short end of the Castro Warren deal so far. He is atrocious. Even in games with huge leads he sucks ass.

    Wonder what they saw in him? Maybe he is a better starter? Ugh!

    The E-Man 50 min 10 sec ago view
  • Bucknor tried to turn a 4-pitch walk to LaStella into an interesting AB, but LaStella prevailed.

    Rob G. 50 min 34 sec ago view
  • ~shrug~ he's CB Bucknor, he's usually awful.

    But today he called 2 pitches balls that really looked like strikes, one looked particularly obvious. Even Arrieta jawed at him and that's rare for Arrieta. He also didn't bother to ask anyone or notice Molina clearly reaching his arm out to get hit intentionally.

    Rob G. 58 min 53 sec ago view
  • Lastella not having much of one either (diving stop notwithstanding but should have been unnecessary if he made earlier play).

    Rob G. 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • What's wrong with his strike zone? Just inconsistent?

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • CB Bucknor not having a good day....

    also this...

    Jesse Rogers [email protected]  Yeah, there was plenty of chatter before the game about home plate ump today. Knew he would be a factor.

    #conspiracytheory

    Rob G. 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • Jake Arrieta gives up first inning run

    For the first time in a year, 33 starts.

    /nervous
    //not really

    jacos 3 hours 6 min ago view