Tseng & Company Fan Flames as Cub Hitters Extinguish Blaze
Cubs 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Jen-Ho Tseng and six relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout with 17 strikeouts, David Bote singled twice, doubled, walked, stole two bases, scored three runs, and drove-in another, and Shamil Ubiera singled twice, walked twice, and knocked-in three runs, as the Cubs blanked the Langley Blaze 10-0 in Minor League Camp game action today on Field #3 at Mesa Cubtown.
A member of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL), the Blaze are one of the top amateur baseball clubs in Canada. Notable alumni include Brett Lawrie and Scott Mathieson, as well as Cub minor leaguers Wes Darvill and Jesse Hodges.
The Blaze are on an eleven-day Arizona Spring Training Trip, where they are playing minor league teams, college and high school teams, and another Canadian amateur club from Ontario. The Blaze are scheduled to play one or two (and sometimes even three!) games per day, including morning games, afternoon games, night games, doubleheaders, and split squad games, so the Canadian lads (age 15-18) are playing a LOT of baseball in the Valley of the Sun.
In Cubs Minor League Camp roster news, 21-year old Venezuelan Miguel Rico has arrived in Mesa, and (surprise!) he is being converted from 3B to catcher. Rico spent the last three seasons playing ball in Latin America (one season with the DSL Cubs and two with the VSL Cubs), hitting a combined 241/344/375 with 16 HR and 27 doubles in 174 games (681 PA).
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1a. Tim Saunders, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP, R, 2 SB)
1b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-1 (BB, BB, 6-3, R)
2. David Bote, 3B-DH: 3-4 (1B, 2B, BB, 5-3 DP, 1B, 3 R, RBI, 2 SB)
3. Tanner Witt, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, F-9, 2B, 6-3, SF-E8, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4. Shane Kennedy, DH-3B: 0-3 (BB, BB,5-3, F-9, 5-3, RBI, SB, CS)
5. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 2-2 (BB, F-9 SF, 1B, BB, 1B, 3 RBI, SB)
6a. Justin Marra, 1B: 0-2 (P-5, F-8, BB)
6b. Alex Tomasovich, 1B: 0-0 (BB, L-8 SF, RBI)
7. Charlie White, LF: 1-3 (HBP, 1B, HBP, F-8, 3-U, R, SB)
8a. Calvin Graves, CF: 1-3 (L-9, 2B, K, R)
8b. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 0-2 (F-8, F-7)
9a. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, 2 RBI)
9b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-2 (1B, BB, 2B, R)
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/FO, 39 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Trevor Graham: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Alex Santana: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Tanner Griggs: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (12 strikes)
7. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Alberto Mineo: 0-2 CS
2. Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Charle White - threw out baserunner 7-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line single to left
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
Arizona Phil 3 hours 40 min ago (view)
jdrnym: That's correct.
Under the new rules, the 38-man AAA reserve list is now only used beginning on the date reserve lists are filed in November and extending up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft. Then after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, everybody goes back into the off-season 190-man Domestic Reserve List hopper.
jdrnym 6 hours 48 min ago (view)
Phil, can you settle a Twitter discussion? A team can only select players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft until its 38-man Triple-A reserve list is full, correct? Don't believe this changed with the latest Major League Rules that introduced the Domestic Reserve List and eliminated individual level reserve lists during the offseason.
crunch 11 hours 19 sec ago (view)
"Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Carlos Correa's agent has been contacted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Braves.
It's not clear when the contact took place or what level of interest each club has."
...with the yanks and dodgers both with piles of cash and a bit of need, i wouldn't get too stoked...but at least there seems to be some interest in what his market is.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 20 min ago (view)
Stroman's salary escalators apply to 2024, so if Stroman reaches 160 IP in either 2022 or 2023 (but not both) it adds $2M to his 2024 salary, and if he reaches 160 IP in both 2022 and 2023 it would add $4M to his to 2024 salary.
So he gets $25M in both 2022 and 2023 (that's locked-in), and then either $21M, $23M , or $25M in 2024, depending upon whether he reaches his salary escalators in 2022 and/or 2023.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 26 min ago (view)
W-RAT: I should also mention that the Cubs cannot outright David Bote while he is injured or rehabbing from an injury, except during a window starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the day that off-season reserve lists must be filed (normaly 11/20, but it was 11/19 in 2021 because 11/20 fell on a Saturday, and it will be 11/18 in 2022 because 11/20 will fall on a Sunday).
Arizona Phil 15 hours 41 min ago (view)
W-RAT: The Cubs can outright David Bote (if he is not claimed off waivers) once the transaction freeze is lifted. That's not a problem.
If he is outrighted and then elects free-agency, he would forfeit what remains of his contract - AS LONG AS - the contract is not fully guaranteed.
If the contract is fully guaranteed he would likely elect free-agency and the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of his salary, offset by the MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB deal with another club.
crunch 19 hours 58 min ago (view)
kristin call has been named GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. she's been the assistant/associate GM for a few years and was formally a marketing director for the team.
she's been involved in baseball for a living for 16+ years.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Hey Phil - Could David Bote be outrighted at any point before the start of the season (obviously not now while players are being locked out). I wonder because if someone claimed him, oh well. If he elected free agency, wouldn't that void his contract? These are the thoughts going through my head as I look to open up another 40-man spot, and Bote will be out until at least May.
I've read your 40-man tag for him, but I'm not quite smart enough to figure this out! :) Thanks!
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Marcus Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt out after the second season, sources tell ESPN. He’ll make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024. It includes $2M escalators for 160 IP in ‘22 and ‘23.
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have re-signed RHRP Jonathan Holder and C-INF P.J. Higgins to 2022 minor league contracts, presumably with an NRI to MLB Spring Training.
They will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible, if and when there is a Rule 5 Draft.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.
Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze.
Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day.
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.
backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners. i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core. NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...
Sonicwind75 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
Stroman, a pleasant surprise. Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.
Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA.
On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two."
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.
OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix. fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group... even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.