Cubs Sweep D'backs at Salt River Fields

Andruw Monasterio (two doubles and a single) and Kevonte Mitchell (two singles and a sacrifice fly) knocked-in three runs a piece and every player in the lineup (including four late-inning replacements) collected at least one hit as part of a 19-hit attack, helping the Cubs maul the Diamondbacks 15-6 on Whirlwind Field, and 6'8 LHSP Bryan Hudson hurled three innings of no run/no hit ball with no walks and four strikeouts and Yonathan Perlaza drilled a two-run single with two outs in the top of the 8th to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead, as the Cubs rallied to defeat the D'backs 4-2 on Quail Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

On the negative side, Cubs Squad "A" committed six errors in the game on Whirlwinfd Field, despite winning the game by nine runs. 

For the D'backs, Ramon Hernandez slugged a two-run home run on Quail Field and Luis Silverio belted an RBI triple and a single and scored two runs on Whirlwind Field. 

John Arguello (Cubs Den) has game notes and a photo slide-shoiw from Salt River Fields 


And here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):  


1a. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-3 (1-3, BB, L-7, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-2 (2B, E-6, R, 2 RBI)
2a. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 2-4 (K, F-8, 1B, 1B, R, SB)
2b. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (E-8, 1B, R)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, RF 2-5 (K, F-9 SF, 1B, K, 1B, K, R, 3 RBI)
4a. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, R)
4b. Alberto Mineo, PH-1B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 4-3, R, 2 RBI) 
5. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH-LF: 1-4 (1B, HBP, K, K, F-9 SF, F-8, R, RBI)
6. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-5 (BB, F-9, K, 4-3, 1B, F-9, 2 R)
7. Jonathan Sierra, LF-DH: 1-4 (3-U, 4-3, 1B, K, BB, R, RBI)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS-DH: 3-5 (1B, 2B, K, 4-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI)
9a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-1 (1B, HBP, RBI)
9b. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, 5-3, R, RBI)
10. Aramis Ademan, DH-SS: 2-5 (K, 3-1, 1B, E-9, 1B, 2 R)  

1. Kyle Miller: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GO/AO, 48 pitches (31 strikes)
2. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Tyler Peitzmeier: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes) 
4. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Daniel Lewis: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)

1. P Kyle Miller: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. 2B Yeiler Peguero; E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (errant throw on 6-4 FC attempt allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
4. 3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
5. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
6. 1B Alberto Mineo: E-3 (dropped pop fly in foul territory extended AB for batter) 

Miguel Amaya: 0-2 CS 



1a. Luis Ayala, LF: 0-3 (5-3, L-9, K)
1b. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-1 (K) 
2a. Rafael Narea, SS: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-8, 2 SB)
2b. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 1-1 (1B, 2 RBI, CS) 
3. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, 5-3, HBP, R, SB)
4a. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 5-3, F-9) 
4b. Jose Gonzalez, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
5. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-4 (4-3, 4-3, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
6. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 1-4 (4-3, F-9, 1B, 5-3)
7. Ricardo Marcano, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-9, F-8, K)
8. Kevin Zamudio, DH-C: 1-3 (6-3, F-9, 1B, R)
9a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 1-2 (E-3, 1B, SB)
9b. Gustavo Polanco, PH: 1-1 (1B, R)
10. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, K, 3-4 SH) 

1. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Tommy Nance: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes) 
4. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)   
5. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes) 

3B Ricardo Marcano: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. Tyler Payne: 1-3 CS 
2. Kevin Zamudio: 1-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 70's 


it's weird watching y.gallardo pitch for the O's...dude is struggling to hit 88mph and a big chunk of it is 86-87mph. he's been a rather consistent 90-92mph guy for his career. they had multiple chances to not make this contract after injury concerns, but they did it anyway. *shrug* 2/22m doesn't seem to be quite the deal it seemed to be at the time. it's one thing to assume time off due to a greater potential injury, it's another to purchase damaged-and-showing-it goods.

Thanks PHIL.

Fuck you Dusty. The Nats have it unbelivably lucky. Here is their April schedule so far: Miami Atlanta Philly Miami Lucky asshole.

AZ PHIL- What have you seen from Zac Rosscup lately? Since the Cubs roster is sitting at 39 for a handful of days (after Jokisch got waived) now is he close to at least start pitching in the minors and they're just saving the spot for him when he comes off the 60 man DL so they don't have to outright someone when he's healthy or what?

Not AZ PHIL of course but Zac Rosscup is not looking like much of a prospect now at age 27. If he wasn't a lefty, I am not sure if he would still be still on the Cubs. He's also had his share of injuries, and with his latest DL trip, I personally am not real optimistic about the player remaining depending on the number of options left. Of course the Cubs are not the deepest with MiLB pitching prospects, so who knows...

his ceiling is a lefty middle/setup reliever anyway. the age don't matter as much as the years of cheap club control. his arm/results are deception based more than pure hardcore stuff, but he's averaged around 11 K/9 in the minors and majors...hell, 13-14 K/9 in his AA/AAA years. that said, he doesn't have velocity to lose and if his shoulder doesn't let him get the movement on his pitches that contribute to his deception it might be the end for him. he was flashing better control last year, but even at his best (so far) his control wasn't a strength.

CUBBIES-4-EVER: Zac Rosscup is out on the Agility Field every day, but I haven't seen him throw any bullpen sessions yet. Once he throws a bullpen session (and presuming it goes OK), he could see some game action.

Rosscup is not eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL until May 24th, so he can go on a minor league rehab assignment for 30 days beginning no earlier than 4/24. But he'll have to throw in a couple of EXST games (intrasquad, Cactus League, and/or "sim" game) down here before that happens, and he hasn't done that yet.

As far as his spot on the 40-man roster is concerned, I don't think the Cubs dropped Jokisch to make room for Rosscup. Even if Rosscup was eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL, the Cubs could just transfer Christian Villanueva from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

The Cubs placed Eric Jokisch on Outright Assignment Waivers as a pre-cursor to releasing him, If a team claims him (Miami did), the Cubs get $20,000 and don't have to pay his salary going forward. If he hadn't been claimed, he would have been outrighted to Iowa, and then would have been released once Beeler and/or Brooks (or Buchanan) is ready to rejoin the I-Cubs rotation.

A minor league player not on an MLB 40-man roster receives only two weeks salary as termination pay when he is released (which would be about $5,000 for Jokisch), but the Cubs would have had to pay Jokisch his entire 2016 minor league split salary ($80,000+) if he was released prior to being outrighted. So the Jokisch move had nothing to do with opening up a slot on the 40-man roster for another player. 

"Cubs manager Joe Maddon plans to give Javier Baez about 2-to-3 starts per week." maddon may end up with 150-ish different lineups this season.

AZ Phil, can you give us a little scouting report on the young Latins that are in camp. Peguero and Perlaza interest me. Thanks.

HAGSAG: Not at this point. I need to see more of them. 

AZ Phil: I saw that Iowa pitchers had a nice day yesterday. In particular Michael Wagner, Scott Barnes and CJ Edwards combined for 9K's in 7 innings. What are the chances they get promoted during the season. I thought Edwards is closest, but am not sure now. Are they all bullpen arms? Not much room in the pen unless someone gets injured or there is a trade. If they are deemed to be MLB ready, it might lead to a trade, no?

CUBSTER: Carl Edwards Jr is a definite MLB prospect, but he needs AAA work to develop better command and more-consiastency. He could get called-up at some point in 2016, but I think Spencer Patton is the first RH bullpen call-up if there is one.

Ex-CLE LHP Scott Barnes is a former Indians Top 10 prospect who was signed by the Cubs as a minor league 6YFA post-2015, but he did not get an NRI to big league camp. I saw him pitch several times at Minor League Camp and he racked-up the strikeouts with a 91-93 MPH fastball and a plus-slider. He looked great. Even though he is not on the 40-man roster, I think Barnes very likely could get a call-up as a lefty reliever at some point in 2015, because he has more upside than either Rosscup, Riefenhauser, or Soto (who are on the 40-man roster). The problem with Barnes is that he is out of minor league options, so he cannot be sent back-and-forth to Iowa like the other three LHRP (Rosscup, Riefenhauser, and Soto) can. 

Michael Wagner was the closer at the U. of San Diego and waa Kris Bryant's teammate there. He is a mature and polished high-floor/low ceiling type who has been moved around the organization and pitches wherever he's needed. He's a long-shot to make it to the big leagues, but stranger things have happened. 

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  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 21 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 23 hours 7 min 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 23 hours 10 min 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 23 hours 12 min 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 23 hours 15 min 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 5 hours ago (view)

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

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


  • Charlie 1 day 20 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 11 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 4 min 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 21 min 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 4 days 19 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 1 hour 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 8 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.