Bard, Russell, and Denorfia Get Pre-Game Reps at Extended Spring Training
Adonis Paula singled twice, stole a base, and drove-in a run, Kevonte Mitchell singled twice and scored a run, and Carlos Sepulveda smacked a solo home run, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action this morning on Field #5 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
The game was called after 4-1/2 innings with the score tied 2-2. (All three Extended Spring Training intrasquad games played this week have ended in a tie)
RHP (ex-C) Mark Malave finally made his game debut as a pitcher, throwing a shutout inning (4-3, 3-1, BB, 4-6 FC). I didn't see anthing special with his stuff, although he throws both a two-seam fastball and a curve (and the curve might be his best pitch). Malave received a reported $1.6M bonus when he was signed by the Cubs as a 16-year old switch-hitting catcher out of Venezuela in July 2011, the highest bonus ever given by the Cubs to an international amateur free-agent up to that point in time. He was moved almost immediately to 3rd base, and then he was moved back to catcher again (and gave up switch-hitting to hit only RH) after the 2013 season. He struggled offensively throughout his pro career as a postion player (248/347/305 in 141 career minor league games and 560 career minor league PA), and then was converted to a pitcher at Minor League Camp last month.
In Cubs minor league roster news, RHP Daniel Bard (signed to a minor league contract during the off-season with an NRI to Spring Training, then couldn't throw strikes) and ex-Cubs LHP James Russell (signed to a minor league contract by the Cubs this morning after being released by the Atlanta Braves last week) have been assigned to Extended Spring Training. Both pitchers threw morning bullpen side-sessions but did not pitch in the game. Rehabbers RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS), RHP Trey Masek (2014 shoulder surgery), and RHP Austin Reed (2014 TJS) also threw bullpen side-sessions this morning.
Chicago Cubs OF Chris Denorfia (15-day DL - hamstring) took BP on Field #6 prior to the game.
Here is the box score from the game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, 1B, R)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, F-9, R)
3. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-2 (4-3, K)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-2 (5-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Adonis Paula, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI, SB)
6. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (FC, K)
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (L-8, 4-3)
8. Miguel Rico, DH #1: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3)
9. Jordan Hankins, DH #2: 0-2 (K, L-6)
10. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (3-U, 5-3)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Kevin Brown, 1B: 1-2 (3B, 1-3, R)
2. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, RBI, CS)
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-2 (HR, 3-1, R, RBI)
4. Tyler Pearson, DH #1: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
5. Varonex Cuevas, LF: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
6. Jhonny Pereda, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, BB)
7. Roney Alcala, RF: 0-2 (FC+E4, 4-6 FC)
8. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-1 (3-U)
9. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 0-1 (4-1)
10. Roberto Vahlis, C: 1-1 (1B)
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Brad Markey: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Michael Wagner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Austyn Willis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (6 strikes)
SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Ben Wells: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Alexander Santana: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Jesus Castillo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Jose Zapata: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (9 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
2B Frandy de la Rosa - E-4 (throwing error attempting to turn DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 1-1 CS
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Roberto Vahlis: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER: 63+7
Last updated 4-8-2015
NOTE: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) group (AKA "Eugene/Mesa") is formed during Minor League Camp. This group consists of players who are the replacement cadre for the full season affiliates, players deemed not ready for full-season leagues, and injured players.
Dallas Beeler (INACTIVE - shoulder)
Marcelo Carreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - post-2013 shoulder surgery)
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz
* Andin Diaz
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Erling Moreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* James Russell
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - shoulder)
* Tsuyoshi Wada (ACTIVE REHAB - groin)
* Sam Wilson
Tyler Alamo (also has been playing 1B)
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
# Roney Alcala
* Danny Canela (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Tim Saunders (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - torn achilles tendon)
* Kevin Brown
Chris Denorfia (LIMITED ACTIVIIY REHAB)
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
Jae-Hoon Ha (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
* Ricardo Marcano
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Nate Maldonado (Mesa Rehab Assistant Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)
CTSteve 39 min ago (view)
You can't fire all the players. Why is that, again?
Charlie 5 hours 50 min ago (view)
Honestly, Urias guessed wrong on that one. But he stilled managed to make contact despite being way out in front, so that breaker must have rolled.
Charlie 5 hours 52 min ago (view)
KB having a perfectly adequate KB stretch and it's a highlight. Sigh.
Chafin may be reconsidering that jalopie after being the man on the mound when the wheels fell off in this one.
crunch 6 hours 51 min ago (view)
i know we're only 10 games in and you can't get good numbers on that, but this is a full-team hitting slump aside from marisnick and his 12 PA.
no one on this team is this bad, but all of them doing it at once is crazy. bad ABs, tons of swings and misses, crap contact...
upon reflection (and another hit in the 9th) i need to give props to k.bryant...he's a 1-man show right now for the regulars.
Eric S 7 hours 39 min ago (view)
I can pause it for pinch hitting - otherwise I'm locked in as there's nothing else to see here
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 43 min ago (view)
Me too, Eric Sogard
Eric S 7 hours 49 min ago (view)
Well, Chafin ... not your night I guess ... looks like its time to catch up on the latest installment of Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 52 min ago (view)
It's kinda starting to feel like this team sucks? But yes this game definitely sucks.
crunch 7 hours 55 min ago (view)
justin steele warming...seems like his debut is on tap.
also, this game sucks.
Eric S 7 hours 57 min ago (view)
Luis Urias is not impressed 😩
crunch 10 hours 34 min ago (view)
steele, wieck, and strop called up.
btw, strop is a "replacement player" in this move and isn't subject to 40-man roster waiver rules
crunch 11 hours 1 min ago (view)
cubs covid...chris young tested positive. j.adam, d.winkler, and b.workman are now on the "injured list"
Charlie 11 hours 26 min ago (view)
Sorry that I couldn't access things for opening day and then got busy for the next couple series. Glad to have a baseball routine to share with you all again!
Sonicwind75 11 hours 57 min ago (view)
Guessing I'm a little late to the game on this; but just read Chafin's twitter about wanting to buy a cheap car to drive around Chicago. He seems like a good dude.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
RHSP Duncan Robinson (June 2019 TJS) has retired.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Rex Brothers and Tony Wolters reached five years of MLB Service Time this weekend, so Brothers now cannot be sent outright to the minors without his consent (he is out of minor league options) and Wolters (who has a minor league option left) now cannot be optioned or outrighted to the minors without his consent.