Lackey Sharp at Riverview

Eloy Jimenez knocked-in two runs with a 1st inning RBI double and a 9th inning RBI single, Andruw Monasterio ripped a single and an RBI double, scored a run, and stole a base, and Donnie Dewees tripled, walked, and scored, helping the South Bend Cubs edge the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-4 on Field #4, and David Freitas singled twice, walked, and smacked a two-run HR, Matt Murton drilled a two-run double, singled twice, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, Juan Carlos Perez tripled twice, drove-in a run, and scored another, and Jeimer Candelario walked four times, leading the Iowa Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Tennessee Smokies on Field #6, in Minor League Camp doubleheader action Thursday morning at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

RHSP John Lackey was left behind in Mesa when the Cubs departed for Las Vegas, and so he got the start for Iowa on Field #6. The big right-hander worked seven innings (100 pitches - 62 strikes), allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits (four singles and a double) and a walk, with eight strikeouts (five swinging), and a 7/5 GO/AO. At one point he retired eleven in a row.

Miguel Montero served as Lackey's catcher, and went 0-3 at the plate (a FO, an inning-ending GIDP, and a K-swinging on what was a nine-pitch AB) and 0-3 CS (with one throwing error), but he did pick a runner off 2nd base.  

Billy McKinney hammered a double and a triple in a losing cause for Tennessee.

RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng had a rough outing for the Smokies on Field #6, allowing ten hits (including two triples and a double) and four walks in 4.1 IP. 

The game on Field #4 was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

Because the MLB Cubs took a number of minor leaguers with them to Vegas, several players were temporariliy moved-up from a lower level group to augment the rosters of the four squads playing at Riverview.

Here are the box scores from the two games: 


1. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 1-3, L-7, R, RBI, SB)
2. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (L-5, 6-5 FC, K, 1B, R, SB, CS)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, CF: 1-4 (1B, K, F-8, 6-3, R, RBI) 
4. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 2-4 (2B, 1-3, F9, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
5a. Matt Rose, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, F-7)
5b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
6. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-4 (1B, K, 3-1, L-8, RBI, PO)
7. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 1-4 (1B, F-8, K, 6-3)
8. Marcus Mastrobuoni, DH-C: 2-4 (4-6-3 DP, 2B, 1B, 1-3)
9a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-3 (K, 1-3, 4-3) 
9b. Tyler Payne, PH-1B: 0-1 (5-3)
10. Donnie Dewees, DH #2: 1-2 (3B, 4-3, BB, R)

1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (F-7, F-7, 1B, K, PO)
2. Charcer Burks, DH: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, F-9, BB, CS)
3. Ian Happ, 2B: 0-4 (K, K, 5-3, K)
4. Gleyber Torres, SS: 2-4 (L-8, 1B, F-9, 1B, R, CS)
5. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, BB, R, 2 SB) 
6a. Ian Rice, C: 0-2 (P-4, F-9, BB, R)
6b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-0 (F-7 SF, RBI)
7. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, F-7 SF, R, RBI)
8a. Andrew Ely, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, K, 1B, RBI) 
8b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-0 (HBP)
9. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-3 (BB, 6-4 FC, L-6, F-9)

1. Kyle Miller: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes) 
3. Tyler Peitzmeier: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. John Williamson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 0/3 GO/AO, 2 WP, 21 pitches (11 strikes) 

1. Jake Stinnett: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 6/3 GO/AO, 78 pitches (50 strikes) 
2. Zach Hedges: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GO/AO, 55 pitches (36 strikes) 
3. Daury Torres: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes) 

1. C P. J. Higgins: E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. C Marcus Mastrobuoni: E-2 (overthrow at 3rd base after play at plate allowed runner to score)  

1. P. J. Higgins: 1-3 CS , 1 E (see above)
2. Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 


1. Jake Hannemann, CF: 1-4 (3-U, F-9, 1B, P-6, R, RBI, SB)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 6-3, 4-3, 5-3, SB)
3a. Victor Caratini, C: 1-3 (5-3, 6-3, 1B, RBI)
3b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
4. Jason Vosler, 3B: 0-4 (K, F-7, F-7, F-7)
5. Mark Zagunis, LF: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, K) 
6. Billy McKinney, RF: 2-4 (2B, K, K, 3B, PO)
7. Kelly Dugan, DH: 0-2 (K, 3-U) 
8. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-4 (F-7, K, K, 4-3)
9. Bryant Flete, SS  1-3 (L-7, 1B, K, R, SB)

1. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 2-5 (1B, 1B, 5-3, F-8, 4-3, R, RBI)
2. Juan Carlos Perez, CF: 2-4 (3B, K, 3B, F-8, R, RBI)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, BB, 3-U, BB, R, CS, PO) 
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 1-4  (K, 2B, K, 1-3, BB, R)
5. Matt Murton, LF: 3-4 (1B, K, HBP, 1B, 2B, R, 3 RBI, SB) 
6. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 1-3 (BB, 1B, F-7, F-7 SF, K, RBI)
7a. Miguel Montero, C: 0-3 (F-9, 3-6-1 DP, K)
7b. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, R)
8. David Freitas, 1B: 3-3 (1B, 1B, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
9. Ben Carhart, DH #2: 0-3 (F-7, 5-3, 6-3)
10. Ryan Dent, SS: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B, BB)
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 78 pitches (41 strikes) 
2. Josh Conway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Gerardo Concepcion: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
4. James Pugliese: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (13 strikes) 

1. John Lackey: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 7/5 GO/AO, 100 pitches (62 strikes) 
2. Brandon Gomes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Jeffry Antigua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 


C Miguel Montero: E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

1. Victor Caratini: 1-1 CS 
2. Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS 

Miguel Montero: 0-3 CS, 1 PO, 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 70's 


F'n Dusty, he keeps batting Neifi 2nd........*wakes up in a cold sweat* Ohhh dear god, it was just a bad dream. Thank god.

That was an infuriating stretch of Cubs history to watch.

Clearly you just don't understand the dynamics of baseball. Sure a lot of people said, 'Put Cedeno in.' What was Dusty supposed to do? Push Neifi out now? That guy saved us. Next you are going to tell me that walks don't clog the bases and home runs don't kill rallies.

I have been out of the game for awhile but is that sarcasm Rob?

Paraphrased quotes from the various great managers and GM's from the Cubs' past.

From Rotoworld "It hasn't happened much, but Dusty Baker used his common sense lineup today, with Rendon hitting second and Daniel Murphy batting fifth in between Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth. That'd be the better arrangement even ignoring handedness. Considering that using Murphy second and Rendon sixth, as Baker often has this spring, would leave him with three straight lefties followed by four straight righties, it's mindblowing that he's even considering batting Murphy second."

it's a dusty formula old as without much Ks = you're batting 2nd, dude. yeah, it's stupid...but it's as reliable of a dusty-managing trait as anything he's ever done as a manager.

I thank god everyday the team was sold to owners that like Baseball and then went out and got the best GM and best talent scouts. The best GM then gutted the team, built a farm system. Not a fake Hendry/Mcphail farm system, but a real professional system stocked with the best talent in baseball. Then the best GM hired the best coach and as the team gets nearer to going over the top adds premier talent to help it along. Like a real GM should.

Good to hear from ya, Mike

AZ Phil, any early impressions of Eddy Julio Martinez's defense in CF?

BRADSBEARD: EJM looks OK (so far) in CF, but he has mostly played corner OF. He has the range and arm needed to play CF, but what I need to see more of him doing (and this is the make-or-break part of playing CF) is reading the ball off the bat and route-running in games. You just can't replicate that in outfield practice. So I would need to see a lot more of EJM playing CF in games before forming a conclusion about whether he can play CF on a regular or semi-regular basis. 

This applies to Javy Baez being able to play CF as well, BTW, just like it applied to Eric Patterson, Junior Lake, and other Cub prospects who have been tried in CF over the years and been found wanting.

Speed, range, and arm matter, but if a player (even a player who is really good at catching infield pop-ups) can't consistently get a good jump on a ball and run directly to the right spot, he's going to struggle playing CF, and ultimately will cost his team runs and probably games. Part of it can be learned, but in a lot of cases, you either have the aptitude to play CF or you don't, and being able to play corner OF or middle INF does not automatically mean a player can play CF, too. 

The best I have seen recently is Joc Pederson. I was at a Cubs-Dodgers game last year -- at the crack of the bat, he instantly sprinted to where the ball would come down and was waiting, in a perfect position to throw. It's hard to pick up on TV, because you don't see the OF at the moment of impact. But, man, was that impressive -- and, as AZ Phil says, it looked more like a natural aptitude than a learned skill, like Barry Sanders making would-be tacklers miss. He just knew how to do it.

AZ Phil, as a former OF, I couldn't have said it better. I wish playing the OF was as simple as too many people think it is. Had a question on your take on Clayton Richard: since, he wasn't cut prior to Opening Day (yet); do you think Theo/Jed have a deal in place to move another pitcher (e.g. Wood, Ramirez)? Can't believe Maddon wants to go with a 4 man bench when Baez is ready.

GEORGE A:  I don't know what the Cubs plan to do once Baez is ready to return.

Clayton Richard could still get released and they could just keep Aaron Brooks (who hasn't been optioned yet) on the 25-man roster for a few days until Baez is reinstated, but if the Cubs do release Clayton Richard (or convince him to accept an Optional Assignment to Iowa), they will need to do that prior to MLB Opening Day in order for it to make sense financially.  

Or, because Baez, Beeler, and Villanueva have not yet officially been placed on the DL, the Cubs could recall a position player who has already been optioned (like Arismendy Alcantara, for example) when they place Baez and the other two on the DL. Nornmally a player who is optioned to the minors prior to MLB Opening Day has to spend the first ten days of the MLB regular season on optional assignment, but because he would technically be replacing a player on the Cubs MLB Active List who is placed on  the DL, the ten-day rule would not apply. 

BTW, the DL assignments of Baez, Beeler, and Villanueva will be back-dated to Friday 3/25 (the furthest back in Spring Training that DL assignments can be back-dated), so Baez could be reinstated as early as Saturday 4/9 when the Cubs are in Arizona playing the Diamondbacks (presuming Baez is ready to play by then).

I was kind of expecting to maybe see Baez play in a minor league game at Riverview yesterday and/or today (because minor league Spring Training games don't affect a club's ability to back-date a DL assignment), but he did not. 

Thanks, Phil.

cubs game is streaming free today, fwiw.

...if you can access the feed. unlike the mil/hou feed that's perfect, the cubs feed is so overwhelmed that it's sketchy at best. ...seems to be better now.

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 6 min ago (view)

    I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 26 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.

    He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.

    He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis was sent outright to the minors last September, and because he did not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted he remains under club control through the 2020 season, and so he is signed to a minor league contract that expires at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. 


  • Wrigley Rat 10 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Thank you AZ Phil! Does that mean he's been signed to a minor league contract, then? Because he's out of options.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I love these scouting reports. Thanks Phil!

    You wouldn't happen to have this info for the road games Sun and Mon?


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis is assigned to AAA Iowa but he did not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 World Series if he is not added back to an MLB reserve list (40-man roster) in the meantime. 


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Most of the pitchers who threw today pitched Saturday night, so not a lot of new pitch/velo info. 

    Jon Lester:  
    FB: 86-89
    SL: 85 
    CH: 84
    CV: 70-74 
    NOTES: First Cactus League game outing of 2020 for Lester... looked uncomfortable on the mound and even when he was warming up in the bullpen before the game... stuff and command were not sharp... hopefully Lester has at least one good year left in him...  


  • Wrigley Rat 12 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Whatever happened to Mark Zagunis? I thought we still held his rights, but he was just out of options? Haven't heard anything about him in awhile & I think he would make a good platoon partner with Schwarber.


  • crunch 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    3h 43m game today.

    at least i've seen a lot of "i need to hop on baseball reference" cubs minor leaguers and new hires in the past 2 days.

    rex brothers looked good again.


  • crunch 15 hours 30 min ago (view)

    1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.

    yesterday's game was 3h 45m.


  • crunch 16 hours 49 min ago (view)

    lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.

    no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while.  i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid.  it's probably a safer range.

    his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop.  i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.

    he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign.  there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.

    i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!