R. Mejia Triple Provides the Spark at Riverview

Rafael Mejia belted an RBI triple and scored on a Caleb Knight RBI single and Luis Vazquez singled, walked and scored, and collected an RBI on a GO, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Wednesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as a six-inning contest. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Dalton Hurd, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
2. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (1B, BB, 4-3, R, RBI) 
3. Rafael Mejia, DH #1: 1-3 (5-4-3 DP, 3B, P-4, R, RBI)
4. Caleb Knight, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Josue Huma, 2B: 1-2 (3B, L-9) 
6. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (4-2 FC, 1B, CS)
7. Orian Nunez, DH #2: 0-2 (L-4, 6-4-3 DP)
8. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-2 (6-3, K)  
9. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-2 (1-3, E-3, R)
10. Raymond Pena, DH #3: 1-1 (1B, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first time thru batting order
11. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-1 (F-7, HBP, R, SB)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Clayton Daniel, 2B: 0-2 (K, P-4, BB)
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-3 (F-9, 3-1, 4-3)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, BB)
4. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-7) 
5. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K)
6. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-2 (K, E-4, R, SB)
7. Richard Nunez, 1B: 0-2 (P-5, F-8)
8. Danny Zardon, C: 0-2 (F-9, K)
9. Henderson Perez, DH #1: 0-2 (K, F-9)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (18 strikes) 
2. Jake Reindl: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3, 34 pitches (18 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Alexander Vargas: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (16 strikes) 
2. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 30 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (15 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Josue Huma: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)   
2. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB sttempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Richard Nunez: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. C Danny Zardon: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base after WP allowed runner to score) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Danny Zardon: 1-2 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

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RHRP Padro Araujo has been Designated for Assignment by the Baltimore Orioles.

Araujo was selected by the Orioles from the Cubs in the Major League Phase of the 2017 MLB Rule 5 Draft, but he has not yet accrued the 90 days needed to have "Selected Player" status removed (he is ten days short).

Therefore, the Orioles have seven days to trade him to another club (in which case Araujo would still be a "Selected Player" with his new club for ten days after-which he could be optioned to the minors), or if he is not traded he must be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers and any other MLB club can claim Araujo for the $50,000 waiver price, with Araujo continuing to have "Selected Player" status for another ten days (after-which he can be optioned to the minors). 

If he is not traded and is not claimed off waivers by another MLB club, the Orioles must offer Araujo back to the Cubs. The Cubs would then have 72 hours to decide whether to re-claim him for half the Rule 5 Draft price ($50,000) or allow the Orioles to keep him. If the Cubs do re-claim him the Orioles get $50,000 and he would automatically be outrighted back to the minor league club from which he was drafted (AAA Iowa). If the Cubs decline to re-claim Araujo, the Orioles are out the $100,000 they paid the Cubs when they drafted him and Araujo would no longer have "Selected Player" status and so the Orioles could either outright him to the minors or release him. 

If Araujo is outrighted to the minors, he would be eligble to be a minor league 6YFA post-2019 if he is not added back to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) by the 5th day after the final game of the World Series.  

Any hunch on how it plays out?

I could see the White Sox claiming him on waivers, and hiding him after ten days.

As long as a club believes Araujo is worthy of a spot on its MLB 40-man roster (and the Orioles obviously do not), keeping him on the 25 for just ten days and then optioning him to the minors shouldn't be that big of a deal. 

If Araujo is not traded or claimed off waivers, the Cubs can easily re-claim him as long as they don't believe they have a better future use for the $50,000 it will cost to re-claim him. There is also the issue of very limited roster space right now for relief pitchers at both AA and AAA, although Araujo could be sent to Extended Spring Training and remain there until there is a slot for him at Tennessee or Iowa. 

Since today is Iowa's Opening Day I wrongly assumed we'd see some roster moves. I know the standard procedure is to hide a few guys in Extended Spring Training in case of injuries, but any idea when we'll see an Opening Day roster?

bote just got a 5/15m extension because why not...the real gem of the deal is 2 team option years for 7m and 7.6m

his D is solid enough to play 3rd and 2nd without embarrasing himself, and can probably play the corner OF if needed.

this could end up being one hell of a deal once the option years are kicked in.

It could make him attractive trade bait too. It also might be the end of Addison in a Cub uniform.

You know I hate to say it and it proves how brutal the pen has been, but Brandon Kintzler has been our best RP.  I'd like to see Dillon Maples because his stuff is awesome (assuming he can control it) or Dakota Mekkes.  Mekkes seems to go unnoticed and doesn't get the credit he deserves.  He's blown through every level he's pitched now at AAA.  Throughout his career 94G 147IP 1.16ERA .170AVG 1.05WHIP 190/67 K/BB.  You can't tell me he can't beat out one of the guys in the bullpen?

He probably does "deserve" it. The hiccup is, he's not on the 40.

When ODLC comes off suspnsion, someone leaves the 40. The same with Addison Russell. Mekkes would make it three. Webster would make it four.

At some point, Brandon Morrow returns, needing a spot. The same for Xavier Cedeno.

Unless you have seven or eight guys you want to purge, it's kinda the guys on hand, now. Which is why developing your own works so well. If it can be pulled off.

Chatwood, Ryan, Tseng, and Wick off 40.

Morrow Barnette and Cedeno replace Chatwood Rosario and Edwards on 25. Kintzler will eventually become garbage again at which point that opens a spot. But you’re right in that after that point there isn’t a ton of flexibility.

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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.

    also, z.wheeler 5/100+ to the phillies.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    I think without the off-field issues, a front-office might at least be tempted to gamble on Russell's youth and dreams of his upside. But with what we all know about him now, the challenges of improving both on and off the field are too great to gamble on.

     

  • George Altman 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    This was the easiest non-tender decision, maybe ever. As if there weren't enough off-field reasons alone, there were even more baseball reasons. He became a sub .700 OPS hitter with bottom of the order OBA results. His defense, formerly his strength, became inconsistent due to attention deficit issues. He turned himself into bench infielder with suspect skills which is someone you don't pay more than $1--1.5M/yr.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    he was due for a 3.5-4m payday (3.4m last year) at a minimum, anyway.

    it's as good of a time as any to cut him loose.  nico hoener's spring just became a lot more important.

     

  • Craig A. 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Addison Russell, to no one's surprise, was  non-tendered. I still think he has the talent to excel in the major leagues, but it'll take a new attitude for him to realize his potential. It can't be easy to deal with his baggage in front of millions of fans. I won't forget his contributions in 2016, or that beautiful play that used to be the banner of TCR.

     

  • crunch 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    keuchel doesn't have draft pick compensation attached to him and he's a decent enough ground ball pitcher...that will be attractive to a lot of clubs.  that would put 3 lefties in the cubs rotation (pending a trade) again, though.  not sure they want to go for that look again.

    that said, i still imagine the cubs are probably looking to make this thing happen via trade.  it's hard to tell what their $$ situation is, but they've done a great job signaling they're not looking to spend $$ this offseason.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Looking for impact starting pitchers, but won't be shopping at the top of the market? So I guess they won't be in the market for impact starting pitching.

    Still hoping they find a taker for Q.

     

  • crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    "Patrick Mooney of The Athletic writes the Cubs are in the market for impact starting pitchers but won't be shopping at the top of the market."

    darvish, lester, hendricks, Q, (???, a.mills, t.chatwood)...pending trades

    d.keuchel?  r.porcello?  trade target pitcher?

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I suspect going into his age 30 season and coming off a great year as a pinch-hitter, LaStella wanted a chance to be an everyday player, and since that obviously wasn't going to happen if he stayed with the Cubs, TLS (or his agent) may have asked the Cubs to trade him somewhere he could get that opportunity.

     

  • crunch 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    dunno any official reasoning, but his D is miserable and they decided to "upgrade" there with descalso for similar loot as well as getting a trade piece back.  the whole a.russell thing was lingering over the team.

    it's not like descalso is great with the glove, but la stella plays a miserable 2nd and meh 3rd.

    i do wonder if things would have turned out differently if russell wasn't due to miss significant time.

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Was just thinking about this, maybe that isn't a good thing for TLS?  I wonder if Maddon will use TLS differently after seeing his success last year.  That's my gripe with people complaining about Theo trading away a player that turns into an All Star.  If TLS had stayed with the Cubs, Maddon would most likely kept using him in the same manner and with the same results.