It's WBC Japan vs South Korea (Wada vs. Tseng) at Riverview Park

Ho-Young Son singled twice, tripled, and scored two runs, Roney Alcala belted an RBI double, singled, and reached base on an HBP, Varonex Cuevas smacked an RBI double, singled, and drove-in another run with an RBI GO (E-1), Carlos Jimenez tripled and singled and scored a run, and Eloy Jimenez singled and doubled and scored a run, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action this morning on Field #4 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

The game was called after 9-1/2 innings with the score tied 4-4. 

Chicago Cubs LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (15 -day DL - groin) continued his Mesa rehab, getting the start for Squad "A". He worked four innings (64 pitches) while allowing two runs on four hits (a triple, a double, and two singles), one HBP, and one WP, with no walks and four strikeouts (three swinging), one GIDP, and a 4/3 GO/FO. Wada threw 47 pitches in his first Spring Training Minor League Camp rehab start last Thursday, so barring a setback he should be on target to throw about 80 pitches in his next rehab start (wherever that may be), probably next Sunday or Monday. (Like the other three players on the Cubs 15-day DL, Wada is eligible to reinstated from the DL on Saturday 4/11).  

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5th starter & 2014 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year RHP Jen-Ho Tseng got the start for Squad "B"  and threw 6.1 IP (77 pitches), allowing four runs on seven hits (five singles, a double, and a triple) and one HBP, with no walks allowed and seven strikeouts. He seemed to get stronger and more unhittable as the game progressed, striking out five of the last six hitters he faced (four swinging). Like fellow Pelican rotation starter Tyler Skulina (who threw 81 pitches in an Extended Spring Training intrasquad game yesterday), Tseng was left behind when his teammates left town on Sunday so that he could remain on his rotation schedule and stay sharp (Tseng was due to pitch today, and he isn't scheduled to start his first regular season Carolina League game until next Monday). 

In Cubs minor league news, catcher Will Remillard (Cubs 2013 19th round pick - Coastal Carolina U.) underwent "Tommy John" elbow UCL transplant surgery (TJS) last month and will miss the 2015 season.

Remillard was considered to be the best defensive catcher in the Cubs system, and in fact he was so highly thought of that he received an NRI to big league camp last season after signing the previous June.

Also, Cubs minor league RHP Pierce Johnson is at Extended Spring Training, although he is not active at this time. He strained a latissimus dorsi muscle (lat) about ten days ago. 

Here is the box score from today's intrasquad game:

1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-4 (3-U, K, K, BB, 1B)
2. Eric Gonzalez, DH #1: 1-3 (F-8, K, 1B)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-4 (P-5, K, K, K)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 2-4 (2B, 4-3, K, 1B, R)
5. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-4 (4-3, P-1, 4-3, 4-3)
6. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-4 (3B, 3-U, K, P-4, R, RBI)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, 6-3, R, RBI)
8. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (P-2, HBP, 3-1, 4-3, R)
9. Miguel Rico, DH-C: 1-4 (P-3, 1B, 6-3, P-2, 2 RBI)
10. Jordan Hankins, C-DH: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 4-1, CS)

1. Ho-Young Son, SS: 3-5 (1B, 5-3, 3B, F-7 DP, 1B, 2 R)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-3 (4-6-3 DP, K, BB, BB, F-8)
3. Kevin Brown, 1B-CF: 0-3 (HBP, K, F-8, BB, 4-3)
4. Roney Alcala, RF-1B: 2-4 (5-3, K, 1B, HBP, 2B, RBI)
5. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 1-5 (K, 1B, 6-4-3 DP, K, K, R)
6. Carlos Jimenez, LF-3B: 2-4 (3B, F-9, 1B+E5, 1-3, R)
7. Varonex Cuevas, 3B-LF: 2-4 (E-1, 2B, 1B, K, 2 RBI)
8. Tyler Pearson, C-DH: 0-3 (F-8, F-9, F-7)
9. Kevin Encarnacion, CF-RF: 1-4 (4-3, 3-1, 3-U, 1B)
NOTE: Pearson & Encarnacion switched slots fourth time thru batting order
10. Roberto Vahlis, DH #2: 1-2 (2B, F-8, HBP)

1. Tsuyoshi Wada: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 4/3 GO/FO, 64 pitches (45 strikes)
2. Carson Sands: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (6 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 15 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Tanner Griggs: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
6. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)

1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 5/5 GO/FO, 77 pitches (57 strikes)
2. Justin Steele: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Jesus Camargo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Daniel Lewis: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO; 20 pitches (13 strikes)

1. P Tsuyoshi Wada - E-1 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base)
2. P Scott Frazier - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt allowed baserunners to advance a base)
3. 3B Adonis Paula - E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)


Tyler Pearson: 1-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's




With 9 in attendance I hope you were able to get a few foul balls for your collection. :)

Did we mention the Porcello extension yet? One less arm to go around for next offseason.

Still looking at Cueto, Price, Zimmerman and Greinke possibly and a helluva lot of mid-rotation types.

I wonder how good of a relationship Price had with Maddon.

I want either or both Cueto and Zimmerman. /too much to ask?

I wouldn't be shocked to see a trade for Cueto if they are doing good enough to justify a run. I don't think Theo will ever break the bank in terms of prospects, and I have no idea what it would take to get it done, but I kind of think the Reds will be out of it in July - it's baseball so you never know - but anyway if they ARE out of it in July it seems like he'll be gone. Maybe the Cubs wait anyway, and hope whoever he goes to can't sign him.

if Cueto didn't sign an extension before the season with Reds, he won't during the season with another team. I do think Cubs would go for it with some prospects if their position in standings merit it, but within reason. I don't think they'll ever trade their A prospects, but the B/C variety for sure. Whether Cueto or Hamels could be had for that is another story.

I think the rule changed, but if Cubs trade for him and lose him in FA do they get pick?

Nope, only Reds can get a pick if he stays with them all year and they offer him the qualifying offer.

That's what I thought, thanks.

Security cameras tonite caught Ricketts and Kinney at Wrigley

Bears like Mariota I think I would not want to see them trade out their draft for this. The kid out of Baylor looks interesting, although maybe too Cutler-like. If he can see secondary receivers and/or the whole field, though, that makes him a lot less Cutler-like - and I don't know if he can or not.


I definitely wouldn't trade up for him, at least not for any real cost, but if he falls to #7. Obviously defer to the experts, but I think he's got the decision making and athletic ability to be quite good. Russell Wilson seems to be the loftiest of comps. I know the arm strength is questionable, but that can easily be made up for with accuracy and decision making. I'm guessing with John Fox they'll be a little more conservative as well.

Don't know why they would trade Cutler, don't think Mariota is gonna be a plug and play QB in his first year. The only real successful rookie QB's are the teams that usually adapt their system to what the QB was running in college. Don't think the Bears will be doing that.

Yeah, that's pretty much where I'm at on this. And it's just conjecture probably anyway, some writer with a need to push an idea. Nobody really knows what the hell these guys are thinking until draft day. It's all kept close to the vest.

Don't think he falls to #7, but if he does, definitely go for it. As for trading up, I would never trade the entire draft for him, but would unload Cutler and the #7 pick for the #2 pick if TENN was on board. There are too many holes on this team, especially defense to trade draft for anyone.

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  • bradsbeard 1 hour 16 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 


  • First.Pitch.120 2 hours 34 min ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 17 min ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?


  • First.Pitch.120 21 hours 10 min ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 9 min ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing


  • crunch 1 day 35 min ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.


  • ggross 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Phil (or anyone else),

    Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year?  When will the announcements be made?  Thanks!


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    My guess is another reliever. Already have Romine around to back up Willson, wins don't matter, might as well use his worthless ass.



  • tim815 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    So, Erick Castillo for Robinson Chirinos?


  • Childersb3 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Phil, is that the one of the best Cubs AZIL team games you've seen in a while? It reads like it!!!!


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    BOB: They play mostly in the afternoon, sometimes in the morning, some teams are playing night games.  Fan attendance varies from place to place. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have added Bryan Serra to their Instructs roster. Serra was signed as a 19-year old infielder out of Venezuela in August 2020, and began the catcher conversion program at Minor League Camp this past April. He will be continuing the process at Instructs.   


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)


    i miss good hendricks.