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 3 hours 33 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: That's correct.

    Under the new rules, the 38-man AAA reserve list is now only used beginning on the date reserve lists are filed in November and extending up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft. Then after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, everybody goes back into the off-season 190-man Domestic Reserve List hopper. 


  • jdrnym 6 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Phil, can you settle a Twitter discussion? A team can only select players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft until its 38-man Triple-A reserve list is full, correct? Don't believe this changed with the latest Major League Rules that introduced the Domestic Reserve List and eliminated individual level reserve lists during the offseason.


  • crunch 10 hours 54 min ago (view)

    "Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Carlos Correa's agent has been contacted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Braves.

    It's not clear when the contact took place or what level of interest each club has."

    ...with the yanks and dodgers both with piles of cash and a bit of need, i wouldn't get too stoked...but at least there seems to be some interest in what his market is.


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Stroman's salary escalators apply to 2024, so if Stroman reaches 160 IP in either 2022 or 2023 (but not both) it adds $2M to his 2024 salary, and if he reaches 160 IP in both 2022 and 2023 it would add $4M to his to 2024 salary.

    So he gets $25M in both 2022 and 2023 (that's locked-in), and then either $21M, $23M , or $25M in 2024, depending upon whether he reaches his salary escalators in 2022 and/or 2023. 


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 19 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: I should also mention that the Cubs cannot outright David Bote while he is injured or rehabbing from an injury, except during a window starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the day that off-season reserve lists must be filed (normaly 11/20, but it was 11/19 in 2021 because 11/20 fell on a Saturday, and it will be 11/18 in 2022 because 11/20 will fall on a Sunday). 


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 35 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: The Cubs can outright David Bote (if he is not claimed off waivers) once the transaction freeze is lifted. That's not a problem. 

    If he is outrighted and then elects free-agency, he would forfeit what remains of his contract - AS LONG AS - the contract is not fully guaranteed. 

    If the contract is fully guaranteed he would likely elect free-agency and the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of his salary, offset by the MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB deal with another club.


  • crunch 19 hours 51 min ago (view)

    kristin call has been named GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  she's been the assistant/associate GM for a few years and was formally a marketing director for the team.

    she's been involved in baseball for a living for 16+ years.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Hey Phil - Could David Bote be outrighted at any point before the start of the season (obviously not now while players are being locked out). I wonder because if someone claimed him, oh well. If he elected free agency, wouldn't that void his contract? These are the thoughts going through my head as I look to open up another 40-man spot, and Bote will be out until at least May.

    I've read your 40-man tag for him, but I'm not quite smart enough to figure this out! :) Thanks!


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Marcus Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt out after the second season, sources tell ESPN. He’ll make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024. It includes $2M escalators for 160 IP in ‘22 and ‘23.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have re-signed RHRP Jonathan Holder and C-INF P.J. Higgins to 2022 minor league contracts, presumably with an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

    They will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible, if and when there is a Rule 5 Draft. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 53 min ago (view)

    The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze. 

    Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day. 


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.

    backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners.  i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core.  NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...


  • Sonicwind75 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Stroman, a pleasant surprise.  Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.



  • Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA. 

    On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two." 


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.

    OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix.  fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group...  even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.