Victorino Helps Cubs Blank A's at Fitch Park
Shane Victorino (two-run single), Trey Martin (RBI double), and Chris Pieters (RBI single) stroked run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run 2nd and four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Cubs scored eight runs over the first four innings and blanked the Athletics 8-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Shane Victirino (calf strain rehab) served as a DH and singled twice, walked, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in two more.
Ex-KC RHRP Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS) threw a perfect 1-2-3 twelve-pitch inning to get things started, RHP Jeremy Null followed with four innings of shutout ball, and then RHP Pedro Silverio tossed three innings of perfect baseball, as Cubs pitchers completely throttled the A's hitters.
The Cubs stole five more bases today, making it 17 SB in their last four games (only one CS).
In a display of good sportsmanship, A's first-baseman Miguel Mercedes let Cubs first baseman Gustavo Polanco use his glove when playing defense the last three innings of the game, with the two first-basemen laying the glove on top of the 1st base bag at the end of each half-inning for the other to pick-up when he arrived at his defensive position. (We used to do that in my old neighborhood, too). Although Polanco is primarliy a catcher, he also plays 1B, but he forgot to bring his first-baseman's glove to the game, and Chris Pieters (the only other Cubs player at the game with a first-baseman's mitt) is left-handed.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only), followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:
1a. Shane Victorino, DH #1: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, F-9, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
1b. Eric Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
2. D. J. Wilson, RF: 0-3 (F-7 SF, K, 5-4 FC, K, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Trey Martin, CF-DH: 2-4 (2B, 2B, F-9, K, R, RBI)
4a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, RBI, SB)
4b. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5a. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-9 SF, 5-4 FC, R, RBI)
5b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (1-3)
6a. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH #2: 0-2 (K, HBP, 4-1, PO)
6b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-1 (K)
7. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 1-2 (6-4 FC, BB, 1B, BB, RBI, SB)
8a. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, K, 2 R)
8b. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (F-8 DP)
9a. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 0-2 (BB, E-5, F-8, 2 R, SB)
9b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-1 (1B)
10. Edgar Rondon, 3B: 1-3 (BB, L-6, 1B, L-3 DP, R)
1. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Jeremy Null: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/AO, 59 pitches (38 strikes)
3. Pedro Silverio; 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Junior Marte: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2 PB
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (updated 4-19-2016):
82 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB)
15 players LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB or INACTIVE
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Jeffry Antigua
Frank Batista (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - knee surgery)
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Aaron Brooks (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - hip contusion)
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
P. J. Francescon (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton
* Jack Leathersich (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
M. T. Minacci
* Pablo Ochoa
* Eugenio Palma
* Manny Parra (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - April 2016 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
* Manny Rondon
* Zac Rosscup (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - left shoulder inflammation)
Duane Underwood Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - elbow)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - April 2016 TJS #2)
* Aramis Ademan
* Kelly Dugan
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE;- attending college at Boise State)
* Christopher Morel (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - right arm laceration)
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon (formerly batted only LH, now bats both)
Christian Villanueva (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured fibula)
* Luis Ayala
# Roberto Caro
# Robert Garcia
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Trey Martin (ACTIVE REHAB)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
# Shane Victorino (ACTIVE REHAB)
* D. J. Wilson
Jesus Feliciano (Assistant Manager)
Jeremy Farrell (Assistant Hitting Coach)
Armando Gabino (Assistant Pitching Coach)
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach)
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach - Infield Instructor)
Lance Ryme (Rehab Assistant Coach - Catching Instructor)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach - Outfield Instructor)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Rehab Pitching Coach)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Athletic Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Arizona Phil 10 hours 32 min ago (view)
The Cubs have officially signed C-1B Alberto Mineo to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
A native of Italy, Mineo was signed by the Cubs as a 16 year old J-2 IFA in November 2010. He was one of three players signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Academy in Turin, Italy in the years 2008-10 (Italian RHP Alex Maestri and Dutch INF Dwayne Kemp were the other two).
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 20 min ago (view)
No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).
bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game:
NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now... just needs to gradually increase innings...
NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter
Craig A. 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Craig A. 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting
tim815 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.
Thanks, as always.
Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.
I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!
Charlie 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.