Cubs Depth Chart Test
|C||Welingto Castillo/Steve Clevenger/Anthony Recker||Juan Apodaca/Brian Esposito||Michael Brenly/Chad Noble||Micah Gibbs/Rafael Lopez/Taylor Davis||Chadd Krist/Sergio Burruel/Yaniel Cabezas|
|1B||Anthony Rizzo/Bryan LaHair||Greg Rohan/Jeff Frazier||Justin Bour||Rebel Ridling||Jacob Rogers|
|2B||Darwin Barney/Adrian Cardenas||Nate Samson/Diory Hernandez||Logan Watkins||Ronald Torreyes||Zeke DeVoss/Kenny Socorro|
|SS||Starlin Castro||Matt Tolbert/Jonathon Mota||Junior Lake||Javier Baez/Vladimir Frias||Tim Saunders/Wes Darvill|
|3B||Josh Vitters/Luis Valbuena||Blake DeWitt||Matt Cerda/Dustin Harrington||Christian Villanueva||Dustin Geiger|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano/Tony Campana||Ty Wright||Rubi Silva||John Andreoli||John Andreoli|
|CF||Brett Jackson/Dave Sappelt||Alfredo Amezaga||Matt Szczur/Jae-Hoon Ha||Nelson Perez||Pin-Chieh Chen|
|RF||David DeJesus/Joe Mather||Jim Adduci||Michael Burgess||Eliecer Bonne/Anthony Giansanti||Jorge Soler|
|1||Jeff Samardzija (R)|
|2||Travis Wood (L)|
|3||Justin Germano (R)|
|4||Chris Volstad (R)|
|IOWA||Brooks Raley (L), Casey Coleman (R), Nick Struck (R), Dallas Beeler (R), and Yoannis Negrin (R)|
|TENN||Chris Rusin (L), Dae-Eun Rhee (R), Eric Jokisch (L), Austin Kirk (L), and Casey Harman (L)|
|DAYT||Matt Loosen (R), P. J. Francescon (R), Frank del Valle (L), Kyle Hendricks (R), and Kyler Burke (L)|
|PEOR||Ben Wells (R), Starling Peralta (R), Yao-Lin Wang (R), Jeffry Antigua (L), and Willengton Cruz (L)|
|1||Carlos Marmol (R)|
|2||Shawn Camp (R)|
|3||James Russell (L)|
|4||Manuel Corpas (R)|
|5||Michael Bowden (R)|
|6||Jeff Beliveau (L)|
|7||Blake Parker (R)|
|8-9||Alberto Cabrera (R), Lendy Castillo (R), and Miguel Socolovich (R)|
|Iowa||Jairo Asencio (R), Marcus Hatley (R), Jay Jackson (R), Ryan Rowland-Smith (L), Ty'Relle Harris (R), Casey Weathers (R), Esmailin Caridad (R), Horacio Ramirez (L), Seth McClung (R), Roidrigo Lopez (R), and Randy Wells (R)|
|TENN||Rafael Dolis (R), Jaye Chapman (R), Frank Batista (R), Zac Rosscup (L), Kevin Roderick (R), Tony Zych (R), Brian Schlitter (R), and Trey McNutt (R)|
|DAYT||A. J. Morris (R), Jeff Lorick (L), Scott Weismann (R), Hunter Cervenka (L), Ryan Searle (R), Matt Spencer (L), Eduardo Figueroa (R), and Matt Iannazzo (L)|
|PEOR||Larry Suarez (R), Bryce Shafer (R), Justin Berg (R), Sheldon McDonald (L), Austin Reed (R), Pete Levitt (R), Steve Perakslis (R), and Luis Liria (R)|
|P||SP: Justin Amlung (R), Jose Arias (R), Ian Dickson (R), Pierce Johnson (R), and Taylor Scott (R) - RP: Hunter Ackerman (L), Tyler Bremer (R), Rafael Diplan (R), Nathan Dorris (L), Michael Heesch (L), Su-Min Jung (R), Eddie Orozco (R), Felix Pena (R), James Pugliese (R), Hayden Simpson (R), and Brian Smith (L)|
|C||Wilson Contreras, Carlos Escobar, Justin Marra, and Lance Rymel|
|INF||Gioskar Amaya (2B), Steve Bruno (2B), Jeimer Candelario (3B), Marco Hernandez (SS), Rock Shoulders (1B), and Dan Vogelbach (1B)|
|OF||Albert Almora (CF), Xavier Batista (LF), Izaac Garsez (RF), and Trey Martin (CF)|
|P||SP: Paul Blackburn (R), Corbin Hoffner (R), Dillon Maples (R), Ryan McNeil (R), and Duane Underwood (R) - RP: Daniel Adrian (R), Ethan Elias (R), Ryan Hartman (R), Alvido Jimenez (R), Jin-Young Kim (R), Trey Lang (R), Arturo Maltos-Garcia (R), Chad Martin (R), Carlos Martinez (R), Loiger Padron (R), Juan Carlos Paniagua (R), Anthony Prieto (L), Jasvir Rakkar (R), and Tony York (R)|
|C||Alberto Mineo, Wilfredo Petit, and Neftali Rosario|
|INF||David Bote (3B), Ben Carhart (3B), Trevor Gretzky (1B), Danny Lockhart (2B), and Carlos Penalver (SS)|
|OF||Jeffrey Baez (RF), Yasiel Balaguert (RF), Shawon Dunston Jr (CF), and Garrett Schlecht (LF)|
|P||SP: Angel Mejias (L), Jose Paulino (L), Hector Perez (R), Carlos Rodriguez (L), and Luis Villalba (L) - RP: Gilberto Abreu (R), Jonathan Bautista (R), Harrison Bermudez (R), Enger Cabreja (R), Francisco Carrillo (R), Javier Castro (R), Michael de la Cruz (R), Manuel Fuentes (L), Luis Guillen (R), Jeffry Hernandez (R), Richard Leyba (L), Eric Martinez (R), Hendry Mercado (R), and Carlos Severino (R)|
|C||Steven de la Cruz, Leonardo Gonzalez, and Carlos Ramirez|
|INF||Roney Alcala (1B), Varonex Cuevas (2B), Jenner Emeterio (SS), Antonio Gonzalez (2B), John Ortega (2B), Adonis Paula (3B), Miguel Rico (3B), and Francisco Sanchez (SS)|
|OF||Arnaldo Calero (LF), Roberto Caro (CF), Jose Casilla (LF), Enderson Mercedes (RF), and Jose Paniagua (RF)|
|P||SP: Pedro Araujo (R), Greyfer Eregua (R), Amalio Reyes (R), Alexander Santana (R), and Daury Torrez (R) - RP: Jesus Baldayaque (R), Alfredo Belizaire (L), Pedro Brazoban (R), Augusto Colina (L), Alberto Diaz (L), Jorge Diaz (R), Frailyn Figueroa (L), Alexander Frias (R), Victor Garcia (L), Enyel Gonzalez (R), Yomar Morel (R), Jesus Pereyra (R), Chris Pieters (L), and Victor Salazar (R)|
|C||Erick Castillo, Jhonny Pena, Antonio Valerio, and Eufran Vargas|
|INF||Luis Acosta (SS), Delbis Arcila (1B), Bryant Flete (2B), Mark Malave (3B), Dalfis Ortiz (2B), Felix Perez (1B), and Jeffry Puente (1B)|
|OF||Edwin Contreras (RF), Kevin Encarnacion (CF), Ricardo Marcano (LF), and Shamiel Ubiera (RF)|
|CUBS||RHP Matt Garza (elbow - retro to 7/28), RHP Marcos Mateo (June 2012 TJS - 4/4), RHP Arodys Vizcaino (March 2012 TJS - 7/31) and 3B Ian Stewart (wrist surgery - retro to 6/13) are on 60-day DL|
|IOWA||Wilson Contreras, Carlos Escobar, Justin Marra, and Lance Rymel|
|TENN||RHP Jake Brigham, RHP David Cales (2011 shoulder surgery rehab), C Nate Maldonado (player-coach), INF Elliot Soto, and IF-OF David Macias (player-coach at AZL Cubs) are on 7-day DL|
|DAYT||INF Arismendy Alcantara (leg), and INF Carlos Figueroa (player-coach) are on 7-day DL, and RHP Brett Wallach and OF Evan Crawford (shoulder surgery) are on 60-day DL|
|PEOR||RHP Zach Cates, LHP Gerardo Concepcion (illness), RHP Michael Jensen (blister), RHP Jose Rosario (sore arm), RHP Joe Zeller (blister), C Alvaro Sosa (player-coach at AZL Cubs), 1B Paul Hoilman (dislocated finger), and OF Taiwan Easterling are on 7-day DL, and LHP Andrew McKirahan (elbow surgery), INF Brad Zapenas (shoulder surgery), and OF Reggie Golden (knee surgery) are on 60-day DL|
|BOIS||RHP Mike Hamann, RHP David Henrie, LHP Kyle Shepard, and OF Dong-Yub Kim (concussion) are on 7-day DL, and OF Rashad Crawford is on 60-day DL|
|AZL||RHP Josh Conway (2012 TJS rehab), RHP Pedro Medina (2010 TJS rehab), RHP Amaury Paulino, RHP Melvin Rosa (2010 TJS rehab), and RHP Austin Urban (back surgery rehab) are on 60-day DL, and C Johann DeJesus is on RESTRICTED LIST|
|DSL||RHP Manuel Asencio, RHP Rafael Diaz, LHP Warner Eusebio, RHP Jose Morel, RHP Julio Sanchez, RHP Yilver Sanchez, and RHP Francisco Turbi, C Engel Santana, 3B Carlos Montero, 2B Jose Montesino, and OF Frammi Cabrera are INACTIVE at the Cubs Dominican Academy, and RHP Juancito de la Cruz, LHP Andin Diaz, RHP Antonio Encarnacion, and RHP Enyelberth Pena are on RESTRICTED LIST|
it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?
sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.
HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).
Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.
I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.
One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players.
CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.
Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.
As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?
AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?
Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.
AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.
I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.
But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.
Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.
Jason deGrom -- oh, my.
Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.
Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.
Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.
Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.
that game sounds fun as hell.
I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.