ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2014 RULE 5 DRAFT Gilberto Abreu, RHP Gioskar Amaya, INF John Andreoli, OF Delbis Arcila, OF Jose Arias, RHP Jeffrey Baez, OF Frank Batista, RHP Yaniel Cabezas, C Zach Cates, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP Pin-Chieh Chen, OF Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Willson Contreras, C Wes Darvill, INF Taylor Davis, C Frank del Valle, LHP Zeke DeVoss, OF Alberto Diaz, LHP Jose Dore, IF-OF C. J. Edwards, RHP Kevin Encarnacion, OF P. J. Francescon, RHP Victor Garcia, LHP Dustin Geiger, INF Anthony Giansanti, OF Reggie Golden, OF Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Kyle Hendricks, RHP Marco Hernandez, INF Michael Jensen, RHP Eric Jokisch, LHP Austin Kirk, LHP Matt Loosen, RHP Rafael Lopez, C Jeff Lorick, LHP Barret Loux, RHP Dillon Maples, RHP Andrew McKirahan, LHP Trey McNutt, RHP Alberto Mineo, C Yoanner Negrin, RHP Loiger Padron, RHP Carlos Penalver, INF Felix Pena, RHP Wilfredo Petit, C Ivan Pineyro, RHP James Pugliese, RHP Austin Reed, RHP Greg Rohan, IF-OF Victor Salazar, RHP Francisco Sanchez, INF Tayler Scott, RHP Rock Shoulders, 1B Rubi Silva, OF Brian Smith, LHP Elliot Soto, INF Nick Struck, RHP Antonio Valerio, C Yao-Lin Wang, RHP Ben Wells, RHP Oliver Zapata, OF Brad Zapenas, INF Tony Zych, RHP
Luis Rivas singled, doubled, and homered, scored twice, and drove-in four runs, and Ryan Freel reached base four times and scored three runs, leading the EXST Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the EXST A's at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
Aaron Miles got four at bats and reached base twice, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs blanked the EXST A's 5-0 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 under mostly-cloudy skies.
Let the autopsy report on this ghastly series read: three games, two runs, 14 hits, three losses.
Lou Piniella made a lineup change on Thursday night, sliding Mike Fontenot from third base to the more familiar ground at second and starting the seldom-used Ryan Freel at third. The moves paid dividends...to the Cardinals:
HAGSAG: Roney Alcala was converted to catcher last season and I would expect him to arrive in Mesa for Extended Spring Training if not sooner.
Also, Gleyber Torres is back on the field and he played in the game versus the IPL (International Prospect League) showcase team yesterday morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa. I saw most of the game but not all of it, so I won't post a box score.
AZ Phil, I know the Cubs have historically brought in some Latin youngsters at the end of ST. I was hoping that Roney Alcala would be brought in. He had a big year in the VSL. I believe they were using him as a catcher/first baseman/ third baseman.
I saw Strickland a lot at Fitch Park. I never saw him wear an actual baseball uniform at Fitch, but he did dress in the same Cubs t-shirt & shorts the players wear on the field during work-outs, and he did occasionally shag flies with the pichers during BP or stand behind the batting cages with the hitting coaches and talk to the hitters between rounds.
I found Sullivan's tone in that article to be pretty rude/stupid, i.e., his usual. He uses "get rid of" a couple of times in relation to the guy...like he had some personal beef with him. Such a miserable guy.
"Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated Sunday that the Tigers will stick with "internal candidates" to replace Jose Iglesias."
s.lombardozzi at SS is a weak option at best...especially since he was rushed to the bigs only to flail and he hasn't played regular SS since college. h.perez is an even worse option, though he can probably play SS more predictably.
1. Jose Iglesias, SS, Tigers — He has gone through quite an ordeal dealing with painful shin splints since he was traded from the Red Sox. Iglesias played through it in Boston, but since going to Detroit, the pain has been unbearable. Iglesias will likely start the season on the disabled list and is seeing a specialist to see if there’s something to alleviate the pain.
boni playing SS again in the cle/chc split squad game. it's looking more and more that he's going to break with the team as a super-sub unless his hitting goes further south...and he's not got much room for cushion given his .250/.269 avg/ob% spring showing so far. he's seen a lot of work at 2nd, and a few games at SS both starting and subbing in.
r.sweeney finally got another hit. 2-23 on the spring.
valbuena (playing 2nd vs cle) has 2 doubles today as his bat heats up a bit after a very cold start.
d.murphy and vogelbomb hit homers in the chc/nym game.