Wilson, Cease, and Hudson Star at Minor League Camp

CF D. J. Wilson (Cubs 2015 4th round draft pick - Canton South HS - Canton, OH) tripled and singled and scored two runs, 6'8 LHP Bryan Hudson (Cubs 2015 3rd round draft pick - Alton HS - Alton, IL) tossed 4.1 IP of one hit shutout ball with a 10/1 GO/AO, and Cubs top pitching prospect fireballin' RHSP Dylan Cease (Cubs 2014 6th round draft pick - Milton HS - Milton, GA) hurled four innings of one-run/one hit ball, in Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Wednesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after 11-1/2 innings of play with the score tied 2-2. 

Shane Victorino (calf strain) continued his rehab, playing LF for six innings and going 0-3 at the plate (4-3, 4-3, 5-3). 

Ex-KC closer RHP Aaron Crow (signed by the Cubs to a minor league contract prior to the start of Spring Training) made his first game appearance since undergoing TJS last April, throwing 1.2 IP (19 pitches - 12 strikes) and allowing one hit and an unearned run with a 4/0 GO/AO.  

Ex-HOU RHRP Jake Buchanan made his first game appearance in a Cub uniform since being signed to a minor league contract last week, throwing 1.2 IP (21 pitches) while surrendering a run (earmed) on two hits (a triple and an RBI single) and a 3/0 GO/AO.

In Minor League Camp roster news, 3B-1B  Blake Headley (Cubs 2015 20th round draft pick - U. of Nebraska) has retired. Also, INF-OF David Bote was assigned to Myrtle Beach (where either he or Erick Castillo will likely initially be inactive, but available to be reinstated when needed), and LHP Jeffry Antigua has been assigned to Extended Spring Training (he was previously with the Iowa squad at Minor League Camp) and will be available to respond whenever needed on a moment's notice to any of the Cubs four full-season afiliates.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-3 (1B+E3, 3B, P-4, 2 R) 
1b. Ricardo Marcano, CF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
2. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-5 (P-4, 1B, K, F-9, K, RBI)
3a. Shane Victorino, LF: 0-3 (4-3, 4-3, 5-3, RBI)
3b. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 1-2 (1B, E-6, CS, PO)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 1-3 (6-3, 5-3, 1B+E8)
4b. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5. Ramon Reyes, RF: 1-5 (E-6, 5-3, 1-3, 1B, 4-3)
6. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-4 (5-4 FC, K, 6-3, 4-3)
7. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-4 (3-U, 1-3, 1-3, K)
8a. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 4-3, 4-3)
8b. Jhonny Pereda, PH: 0-1 (1-3)
9a. Eric Gonzalez, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 1-3, 2B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 0-1 (HBP, F-7)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
11a. Luis Ayala, DH #3: 0-1 (6-3)
11b. Jesse Hodges, PH-DH: 0-3 (6-3, F-9, 1-3)

SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, BB, F-8, 1B+E1, BB, PO)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-4 (BB, K, 2B, 6-3, K, SB)
3. Abraham Rodriguez, DH:#1: 1-4 (1B, 6-3 DP, 6-3, E-6)
4a. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-1 (P-5 DP, BB, R)
4b. Michael Foster, RF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 1-3 (F-7, HBP, K, 1B, SB)
6. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, BB, 5-4-3 DP, RBI, PO)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 0-3 (5-4 FC, BB, K, 1-3, CS)
8a. Kevin Zamudio, C: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
9. Rafael Narea, 3B: 1-3 (BB, P-3, 1B, K, R)
10. Miguel Amaya, DH #2: 0-4 (6-3 DP, L-6, F-8, 4-3)

SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Dylan Cease: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 55 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Jeremy Null: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Yapson Gomez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes) 
6. Tommy Nance: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Aaron Crow: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Jake Buchanan: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 21 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Bryan Hudson: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 10/1 GO/AO, 48 pitches (32 strikes)
4. Pedro Silverio: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (22 strikes)
5. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
6. Daniel Lewis: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 3 
1. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. P Jared Cheek: E-1 (two-base throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 3rd & runner to score from 1st)
3. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 4 
1. 1B Kelly Dugan: E-3 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. SS Yonathan Perlaza: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. CF Jose Gonzalez: E-8 (throwing error after single to CF allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
4. SS Yonathan Perlaza: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Tyler Payne: 1-3 CS 
2. Tyler Pearson: 1 PO 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni; 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER: 81+13

* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

PITCHERS: 39+10
Jose Albertos
* Jeffry Antigua
Pedro Araujo
Javier Assad 
Frank Batista (INJURY REHAB GROUP - knee) 
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (INJURY REHAB GROUP - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker
Aaron Brooks (INJURY REHAB GROUP - hip contusion)
Jake Buchanan
Jesus Camargo
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease
Jared Cheek
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
Andin Diaz (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
P. J. Francescon (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
Hector Garcia
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton 
Jack Leathersich (INJURY REHAB GROUP - July 2015 TJS)
Jose Leidenz
Daniel Lewis 
Gabriel Lima (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
Mark Malave 
Junior Marte
Kyle Miller
M. T. Minacci 
Erling Moreno
Tommy Nance
Jeremy Null
* Pablo Ochoa 
* Eugenio Palma 
* Tyler Peitzmeier
Jonathan Pettibone (INJURY REHAB GROUP - 2015 right shoulder surgery)
Andri Rondon
* Manny Rondon
Jose Rosario (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Alexander Santana
Pedro Silverio
Duane Underwood Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - elbow)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)

CATCHERS: 9+1
Miguel Amaya 
Eric Gonzalez
Marcus Mastrobuoni 
* Alberto Mineo
Tyler Payne
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - April 2016 TJS #2)
Kevin Zamudio

INFIELDERS: 16+2
* Aramis Ademan
Javy Baez (ACTIVE REHAB - thumb contusion)
Jhonny Bethencourt
Wladimir Galindo 
Jesse Hodges
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
Rafael Mejia
Andruw Monasterio
Rafael Narea
Isaac Paredes 
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza 
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon
Ho-Young Son
Christian Villanueva (INACTIVE - fractured fibula)
# Sutton Whiting 

OUTFIELDERS: 17
* Luis Ayala
Alex Bautista
# Roberto Caro 
* Kelly Dugan
Michael Foster
# Robert Garcia
Jose Gonzalez
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Trey Martin (ACTIVE REHAB)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
Kevonte Mitchell 
* Ruben Reyes
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
# Shane Victorino (ACTIVE REHAB - calf)
* D. J. Wilson

MANAGER:
Carmelo Martinez

Comments

Hey AzPhil, I am a fan of Ryan Kellogg and was curious if there's anything new to be said about him before the season? Is he a Best Shape of His Life guy this year?

KINGKONGvsGODZILA: I saw Ryan Kellogg throw several times (both "live" BP and in games), and he had some very good outings and then some that weren't so good. So it's just a matter of being more consistent. 

STL has sole possession of the worst record in all of MLB. this is awesome and i'm sure it should hold up over the next 159 games.

Phil, love your reports on Hudson and Cease. Aside from their stats, how did you feel they looked?

AZBOBBOP: Although the results were good, it wasn't exactly Cease's best outing as a pro (fastball topped out at 93-94, he had difficulty throwing strikes, with four walks, a HBP, and he threw only 49% of his pitches for strikes). 

Hudson was absolutely masterful, mixing what is one of the best curves in the system with a heavy sinker that produced ten ground outs. Among others, he induced a 5-3 GO from Shane Victorino, who came back to the bench shaking his head. He waa definitely impressed by what he saw from Hudson. 

Andrew Heaney to the DL with a left forearm strain. I wonder if the 40 pitch inning was "the chicken or the egg." Supposedly he had velocity drops in the 2nd inning but was throwing under 90 by the end of his outing vs the Cubs.

from the Tribune this am... Iowa Cubs vs Red Rock tonight!
Opening assignment: Ryan Williams will take the mound in Iowa’s season opener Thursday against Round Rock. Williams was 14-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 26 games at Double-A Tennessee and Class A South Bend last season.

I believe the Iowa game is this afternoon. It starts at 3:08.

John Arguello at Cubs Den with a preview of South Bend Cubs (plus pics!)

link 

And here is John Arguello's AAA Iowa preview (with photo gallery): 

link 

Something to keep in mind when following the Cubs minor league teams this season:

As I have mentioned before, the Cubs like to carry an extra position player at each of their four full-season affiliates who is inactive (they place him on the Dl; with some vague soft-tissue injury) but who can be reinstated if one of the other position players has to go on the 7-day DL. These players function as de facto player-coaches, in that they stay in playing shape by taking BP and fielding practice, but they also help out the coaching staff by throwing BP, or coaching 1st base, or working as a bulpen catcher, etc. A lot of times these players are projected as future coaches or managers themselves, and performing  this role can help to further the player's post-playing career. (Jonathan Mota served as a player-coach for several seasons, and now he is a full-time coach in the Cubs organization, presently working with the infielders at Extended Spring Training).  

Also, the Cubs like to carry 14 pitchers at each of the four full-season affiliates, with one of the 14 pitchers on the DL at any one time, but then rotating a different pitcher to the DL (and reinstating the guy who was on the DL) whenever a pitcher needs a few days off but does not require medical rehab in Mesa. Again, the reason for the DL stint is sometimes a bit vague. but don't be too concerned when you see these transactions. It's just routine. No big deal.

And just like that, South Bend LHRP John Williamson and 3B-1B Adonis Paula go on the 7-day DL. They were just fine last weekend. 

This shit runs deep /theo evil genius

Also...

C-INF Ben Carhart and OF Matt Murton to 7-day DL at AAA Iowa (I-Cubs are carrying 14 pitchers until Shane Victorino reports, which should be any day now), RHRP Steve Perakslis and 2B Stephen Bruno to 7-day DL at AA Tennessee, and LHP Tyler Ihrig and C Erick Castillo to 7-day DL at Hi-A Myrtle Beach.

And I have been told (and it has NOT been confirmed anywhere on the net) that LHRP Manny Parra, INF Munenori Kawasaki, and OF Shane Victorino--when they released and then almost immediately re-signed with the Cubs the last week of Spring Training--received MLB Opening Day (4/3) opt-outs, which is why Kawasaki was added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster (and optioned to Iowa) on 4/3 and why Parra was released (he is out of minor league options, so he could not be added to the 40-man roster and then optioned to Iowa like Kawasaki)... Victorino did NOT exercise his Opening Day opt-out because he previously agreed to go to Extended Spring Training to rehab his calf injury and then go to Iowa FOR A FEW DAYS, but he supposedly has another opt-out on May 1st. 

So the Cubs released & then re-signed Parra, Kasawaki, and Victorino on 3/29 to avoid having to pay the $100K retention bonus to each player, but in return they consented to an Opening Day opt-out (instead of 6/1) for each player, and then the Cubs also were given five additional days (3/29 - 4/3) to decide what to do with each player... 

Still no sign of Javy Baez on the field at Riverview.

I think it's very possible that he will be out for seven days (per the concussion protocol) after getting beaned in an intrasquad game this past Monday, so we probably won't see him on the field here until next Monday or Tuesday, and then it will probably be a few more days after that before he's ready to move up to Chicago (or Des Moines).

So any chance that Baez will be reinstated from the 15-day DL while the Cubs are in Arizona this weekend is now extremely unlikely. 

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  • Arizona Phil 2 min ago (view)

    The Cardinals have to play the doubleheader on Monday at Detroit if either the games impact who or who does not get into the playoffs, or if the games will determine whether the Cards or Cubs finish 1st in the division and get home field advantage in the Wild Card series.

    So the Cards go to Detroit on Monday either because they have not yet qualified for the post-season, or if the Cubs haven't clinched 1st place by the end of play on Sunday and STL still has a chance to finish 1st in the Central and play at home in the Wild Card series. 

     

  • Charlie 1 hour 8 min ago (view)

    Maybe he should stick with it for a while.

     

  • Hagsag 5 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.

     

  • blockhead25 11 hours 35 sec ago (view)

    Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs.  If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it.  Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games?  Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 46 min ago (view)

    yeah, it may be another team.  i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.

     

  • blockhead25 12 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Cubs?  We played the cards the full 10 slate?

    if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 24 min ago (view)

    the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think

     

  • blockhead25 12 hours 27 min ago (view)

    How did the Cubs not just clinch the division?

    Aren't the Cards only scheduled for 58 games?

    beat Cards can do is 31-27. Worst Cubs can do is 33-27.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 46 min ago (view)

    j.baez is batting left handed...and hits a double.

    CWS have a position player "pitching"

     

  • crunch 12 hours 49 min ago (view)

    2nd contreras homer...no bat flip, no staring down the pitcher, quick trip around the bases, into the dugout.

    mature de-escalation.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 49 min ago (view)

    i wish more non-AFL winter league was televised.  dominican, puerto rico, etc...you can straight up showboat if you've earned it on a play without having to deal with retaliation (most of the time).  bat flips, pitcher celebrations, swagger home run trots, etc...all fair game.  it's you know...fun.

     

  • Craig A. 13 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Plunking a guy for a bat flip only proves the pitcher has thin skin and short fingers. I'm glad Contreras scored. 

     

  • Cubster 13 hours 28 min ago (view)

    I goofed wrt Bluejays/Astros. They clinched a WC #2 and 8 seed but Houston has a lock on West div team 2. The Indians will be 7 seed and wild card #1, abd team #3 from the central

     

  • crunch 13 hours 29 min ago (view)

    hey, guess who just got a fastball in the back.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 18 min ago (view)

    that contreras bat flip, tho...

    https://video.twimg.com/tweet_video/EizYUZ2XcAUrHp...

     

  • Cubster 15 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Cards lose game 1 of DH w Brewers