Wada Ya Gonna Do?

Tsuyoshi Wada fired five innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts, Javier Baez collected three hits and three RBI, and Josh Vitters ripped a solo HR and an RBI double, as the AAA Iowa Cubs defeated the Salt Lake Bees (Angels AAA affiliate) 7-1 on Field #6, and C. J. Edwards and four relievers combined to toss a two-hitter and Rubi Silva stroked an RBI single and an RBI double, stole a base, and scored a run, leading the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) to a 4-1 victory over the Arkansas Travelers (LAA AA affiliate) on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.   


Tennessee 3B Kris Bryant left the game in the bottom of the third inning after being hit on the foot with a pitch.

RF Jorge Soler took BP witb the Tennesse squad but will apparently begin the season on the Smokies 7-day DL, as INF Wes Darvill was moved-up to the Tennessee squad from the Daytona squad to take Soler's slot on the Smokies 25-man Active List. 

All of the position players assigned to the Tennessee active roster saw action in the game on Field #3, and all of the Iowa position players except catcher Eli Whiteside, 1B Lars Anderson, and INF Edgar Gonzalez (who apparently will serve as a player-coach) got into the game on Field #6.

Several pitchers and position players from the Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad saw action late in the two games, and six more players have arrived in Mesa from Venezuela, as RHPs Adbert Alzolay and Greyfer Eregua, LHP Alberto Diaz, 3B-1B-C Roney Alcala, and OF Jeffrey Baez and Ricardo Marcano have been assigned to the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad at Riverview Park.

Here are the abridged box scores from this morning's games played at Riverview Park (Cubs players only):  

FIELD #3:

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
1. Zeke DeVoss, CF: 2-5 (1B, P-4, L-8, K, 1B, R, SB)
2. Stephen Bruno, DH #1: 1-5 (F-8, 2B, 6-3, 6-3, L-5, R)
3a. Rubi Silva, RF: 2-4 (1B, 2B, K, 6-3, R, 2 RBI, SB)
3b. Taylor Davis, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
4a. Kris Bryant, 3B: 0-1 (K, HBP)
4b. Anthony Giansanti, PR-DH: 1-2 (1B+E5, K, R)
5. Dustin Geiger, DH-1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, 6-3, RBI)
6a. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-2 (3-1, 1B, BB, RBI)
6b. Charlie Cutler, C: 1-1 (1B)
7. Jonathon Mota, 1B-3B: 1-4 (6-3, K, F-7, 1B)
8. John Andreoli, LF:0-2 (BB, K, 5-3, BB, SB)
9. Jeudy Valdez, SS: 0-3 (6-3, P-4, BB, K) 
10. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-4 (K, E-3, L-8, 3-1)  

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. C. J. Edwards: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/FO, 63 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Armando Rivero: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Josh Davis: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Zak Hermans: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Rafael Lopez: 1-1 CS

FIELD #6:

IOWA LINEUP:
1a. Matt Szczur, CF: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-8)
1b. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R)
2a. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 1-3 (F-8, 1-3, 1B) 
2b. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (K, E-6)  
3. Javier Baez, SS-DH: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B+E5, F-8 SF, 1B, 3 RBI)
4. Josh Vitters, LF: 2-4 (HR, BB, P-6, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
5a. Chris Coghlan, 1B: 1-3 (K, P-6, 1B, BB, R)
5b. Rashad Crawford, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
6a. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 1-2 (P-5, BB, 2B, R, RBI)
6b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-1 (K)
6c. Gleyber Torres, PH: 0-0 (BB)
7a. Brett Jackson, RF: 0-4 (4-3, K, 3-U, 3-U)
7b. Mark Malave, PH: (3-U) 
8a. Chris Valaika, DH-SS: 1-3 (F-9, F-7, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
8b. Alberto Mineo, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
9a. Luis Flores, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
9b. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (BB, E-4, 2 R)

IOWA PITCHERS:
1. Tsuyoshi Wada: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 3/5 GO/FO, 84 pitches (56 strikes)
2. Casey Coleman: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 37 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Frank Batista: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 20 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Marcos Mateo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 19 pitches (13 strikes)   

IOWA ERRORS: NONE

IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Luis Flores, 0-1 CS 


Comments

e.bonifacio, j.baker, r.kalish make the team. j.mcdonald to the -60- day DL with shoulder tendinitis (wow, 60). j.arrieta to the 15 day DL with right shoulder inflammation. k.fujikawa to the 15 day DL (as expected, TJ recovery). c.rusin optioned to AAA. ...also, the marlins have DFA's b.bogusevic

Some additional info regarding the Cubs recent 40-man roster moves: 

RYAN KALISH: He has one minor league option left, but Optional Assignment Waivers must be secured before he be optioned to the minors. NOTE: Because Optional Assignment Waivers are revocable, clubs almost never claim players off Optional Assignment Waivers because the waiver request can be withdrawn if the player is claimed, but it is a restriction and a potential roadblock. Kalish also cannot elect free-ageny if outrighted AT THIS TIME because he has not been outrighted previously in his career (he was non-tendered by Boston, but not outrighted) and he has not yet accrued three years of MLB Service Time. However, he is on target to reach three years of MLB Service Time on August 15th, so if the Cubs want to outright Kalish at some point during the 2014 season and don't want to take the chance that he will elect free-agency, they would need to do so prior to 8/15. As long as he remains on the 40-man roster he will be under club control through the 2017 season (unless he is outrighted, released, or non-tendered in the meantime), and he will be first-time eligible for salary arbitration post-2014.  

JOHN BAKER: Even though it seems like he has been around forever, Baker (like Kalish) actually has one minor league option left, and he can be optioned to the minor without having to give his permission as long as he is optioned prior to April 30th (after which he will have accured five years of MLB Service Time and cannot be optioned or outrighted to the minors without gving his permission in advance). As with Kalish, Optional Assignment Waivers would have to be secured before Baker can be optioned to the minors (again, essentially just a formality), and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted to the minors (again, must give his permission in advance before he can be sent to minors starting on 4/30). The Cubs will retain control over Baker through the 2015 season (Baker will be eligible for salary-arbitration post-2014, and will be an MLB Article XX-B FA post-2015... if he isn't released or non-tendered in the meantime...).

BRIAN SCHLITTER: He has two minor league options left, but (as is the case with Kalish and Baker) Optional Aassignment Waivers must be secured before Schlitter can be optioned to the minors, although (again) Optional Assignment Waivers are basically just a formality because they are revocable the first time requested in a given waiver period (that is, waiver request can be withdrawn if player is claimed). Note also that once secured, Optional Assignment Waivers are good for the entire waiver period. Schlitter also can elect free-agency if outrighted, because he has been outrighted previously in his career. 

EMILIO BONIFACIO: He has no minor league options left and he has accrured 5+066 MLB Service Time through the 2013 season, so he cannot be outrighted to the minors unless he gives his permission in advance. He can be released, though, except if he is released during the regular reason (and the regular season has started) the Cubs would be on the hook for his entire $2.5M salary (minus whatever he might get from another club after being released, which would almost certainly be the pro-rated MLB minimum salary). He will be an MLB Article XX-B FA post-2014.  

ALBERTO CABRERA: If Outright Assignment Waivers can be secured, Cabrera can be sent outright to the minors and he cannot elect free-agency if outrighted (he has not been outrighted previously in his career and/or he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time), but if he is outrighted he will automatically be declared a six-year minor league free-agent (MLB Rule 55 FA) if he is not added back to an MLB 40-man roster or signs a 2015 Minor League Successor Contract by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the 2014 World Series. But the Cubs could outright him and thenj (if he pitches well at Iowa) they could add him back to the 40-man roster anytime during the 2014 season or post-2014 up until 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series. Also, any MLB club claiming Cabrera off waivers would have the same problem the Cubs have (had), which is he is out of minor league options and so he can only be sent to the minors after Outright Assignment Waivers have been secured. A young player not yet established as a major league player who is out of minor league options is a lot like a Rule 5 player. (A pain in the ass).  

 

Daury Torrez is assigned to Kane County and is pitching Friday at the Quad Cities.

Mildly surprised when I looked at the ages of the 25 man roster. Junior Lake and Starlin Castro are still the youngest (Lake youngest, 3 days apart, born March 24, 27 1990).

cubs open at PIT on MON @1pm ET...that's a stupid and inconvenient enough start time...thanks PIT. WGN/ESPN day off TUE...WED game @7pm ET...THU game @12:35pm ET because PIT hates us. this is followed by FRI/SAT/SUN day games at home in wrigley (2:20pm ET).

thank god you posted that hard to find info...

you're welcome. *tips fedora*

Home games will be at Wrigley, by the way.

(Na'u ka hau'oli)

I've been searched! I'm somebody!

Navin R. Johnson...Things are going to start happening to me now.....

"Indians signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract."

Any word on what ails Soler?

hamstring

Prediction: By the end of this year, Wada is our best SP.  When Rizzo flops, we bring Ron Cey out of retirement to play 1B (Cey didn't have great range at 3rd, to begin with.)  Yu Darvish, meanwhile, is unable to continue his career as a pitcher due to lingering injuries, but it turns out he has a great bat, and we complete yet another trade with Texas to bring him in as our starting 2Bman, replacing Barney.  The Cubs, in the most unlikely pennant chase of all time, clinch the division on the last day of the season when Allen Craig smashes a liner up the middle that Wada snares to start a 1-4-3 double play, with Len Kasper screaming, "Hey Chicago, Wada Yu Cey!!!!!"

Dear God

I wondered where that was going.

Highly unlikely.

Yay! Good to hear from you again, Trans!

Opening day line up: 1) Bonifacio CF 2) Lake LF 3) Castro SS 4) Rizzo 1B 5) Olt 3B 6) Castillo C 7) Schierholtz RF 8) Barney 2B 9) Samardzija P

I know it was one at bat, but Rizzo looked awful against Lariono. First strike was fastball down the middle, that Rizzo turned away from like he was going to get hit by it.

Lake and Olt know they're suppose to hit lefties, right?

Bonifacio with the "why the eff is he starting" 2/2 that Neifi made famous.

Good god.

Meh.

i'm ready for 2015 already...i think. that double play killed my will to live. then again, they are trying to win vs obvious cy young candidate, liriano.

Believe!

Ugh.

You've got to be kidding me.

Believe!

Lake single (YEAH!)

Castro walk (Holy shit!)

Rizzo K, Olt pop out, Castillo K (there you are our old friend disappointment)

Rizzo, Olt, Castillo combine for 7 Ks.

Rizzo blows.

mickey hatcher's giant glove spotted.

My uncle bought Mickey Hatchers old house in AZ. They got an autographed photo with purchase!

I hope the Daytona coaches spend A LOT of time on Vogelbach's defense this year.

Yeah but. Samardzija on pace for a season 0.00 ERA with ~32 NDs, and Bonifacio to finish with 486 hits for the year.

And that's 486 regular-season hits.

104 pitches for Liriano through 6, probably just about done

Ninja at just 67 through 5 1/2.

Hey look, the Cubs!

renteria sure likes bunting...

and pinch hitting r.sweeney for d.barney should be interesting...are we going to see stuff like this with boni already in the game where boni moves to 2nd and sweeney takes over in CF? ...we'll find out after the break. ...and yup.

Renteria is obviously still awake. That's positive.

Theo/Jed, he's bunting.

snitches get stitches, bro.

Ryne Sandberg clearly hates pitchers.

Cliff Lee with 8 ER in 5 IP on 11 H, 101 pitches.

speed kills....your rallies

Bonifacio picked off first, instant replay overturned original safe call.

bunting and bad baserunning so far, gonna love this team.

JD lamenting Lake trying to bunt after pick off. "You have power, swing away."

fuq... well, that's a hell of a way to start the season. neil f'n walker...

"Paul Sullivan ‏@PWSullivan Lack of bunting tournament backfires on Cubs."

Of course he does. "Braun gets standing ovation in Brewers opener" http://sports.yahoo.com/news/braun-gets-stand...

the reds have been doing a wonderful cubs impression with unfortunate bunting and horrible baserunning luck.

Boni did a fine job today, other than the base running. Dude needs a chill pill. Is there any precedent for PRDs (Performance reducing drugs?) if so maybe boni could use some. The big story of the day, in my opinion, was the large quantity of strikeouts from the heart of the order- that and the inability of Ninja to put down a good bunt.

none of the PRDs (especially cigarettes and alcohol) worked well on mark grace. btw, he's a batting coach for the short season A ball hillsboro hops (hops as in, beer hops) in the ARZ system.

Maybe on the next road trip to Colorado Boni can pick something up.

Silva had a nice full season at Tenn last year but couldn't advance to Iowa, mainly because Jackson, Vitters, Szczur and Ha couldn't beat out Ruggiano, Sweeney and Kalish.

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  • Bob Nightengale‏ @BNightengale

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    hahahaha...no.

    that said, it's a strong team...can't complain too much, though they're playing very loose and fast with the patchwork pen "fixes."

    crunch 29 min 15 sec ago view
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    crunch 31 min 59 sec ago view
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    Charlie 3 hours 56 min ago view
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    crunch 1 day 16 hours ago view
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    crunch 1 day 21 hours ago view
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