Lew Wolff Knows Cubs CAN Go Home Again

Robero Caro (opposite-field line-drive RBI double into left-centerfield alley), Kevonte Mitchell (two-out RBI single chopped over 3rd baseman's head and into LF), Bryant Flete (two-out RBI bloop double that fell between three defenders in short rightfield), Eloy Jimenez (two-out RBI ground single pulled through the 5.5 hole), and Tyler Alamo (two-out two-run double off CF "Batter's Eye") collected run-scoring hits in a seven-run top of the 7th, as the Cubs rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat the Athletics 8-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Center Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.   

Jhonny Rodriguez drove-in three of the A's runs, with a two-run HR in the bottom of the 1st inning and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 3rd.

The Defensive Play of the Game was (once again) turned-in by speedy Cubs outfielder Roberto Caro, who made a spectacular sliding catch along the right-field line and into foul territory to end the bottom of the 7th inning.  

This was the first visit by the Cubs Extended Spring Training contingent to their former minor league HQ at Fitch Park, which is now home to the A's minor leagues. The clubhouse and batting cages have been expanded (and look great), and new bullpens have been added to the four fields.  

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only): 


CUBS LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-5 (K, K, 5-3, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
2a. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, P-5) 
2b. Bryant Flete, 2B: 1-2 (2B, P-5, R, RBI)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF-LF: 1-5 (P-5, L-8, L-6, 1B, F-9, R, RBI)
4a. Jordan Hankins, C: 1-3 (3-1, 2B, F-9)
4b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (HBP, F-9, R)
5a. Tyler Alamo, DH: 1-3 (6-3, BB, P-4, 2B, 2 RBI, CS)
5b. Roberto Vahlis, PH: 1-1 (1B)
6. Tim Saunders, SS: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, 5-3, 2 R, SB) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIFTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 
7a. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-8, BB, R) 
7b. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, K) 
8a. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
8b. Roberto Caro, RF: 1-3 (2B, L-5, F-7, R, RBI)
9. Varonex Cuevas, 1B: 0-5 (F-8, F-8, K, K, 6-3)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 0/4 GO/FO, 33 pitches (16 strikes) 
2. Adbert Alzolay: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 45 pitches (31 strikes) 
3. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (7 strikes) 
5. Brad Markey: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
6. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 14 pitches (10 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jordan Hankins: 1-2 CS, 1 PB 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 17 


2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER


68 players ACTIVE (including ACTIVE REHAB)
8 players INACTIVE (injury rehab or absent)

(updated 4-21-2015)

NOTE: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) squad consists of players who are the replacement cadre for the full season affiliates, players deemed not ready for full-season leagues, and injured players.

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 39+6
Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard 
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation) 
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (INACTIVE - unknown type injury)
Jesus Castillo
Dylan Cease  (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Trevor Graham 
Tanner Griggs
Justin Grimm (INACTIVE - right forearm)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Luis Hernandez
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Daniel Lewis 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Brad Markey 
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Santiago Rodriguez
Jose Rosario (INACTIVE - unknown-type injury)
* Carson Sands 
Alex Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - right elbow)
Ben Wells
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata

CATCHERS: 8
Tyler Alamo 
Eric Gonzalez
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Yohan Matos;
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
Roberto Vahlis

INFIELDERS: 13+2
# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete
Wladimir Galindo 
Danny Gutierrez
Carlos Jimenez
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
# Andruw Monasterio
Rafael Narea
Adonis Paula 
Tim Saunders 
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son  
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

OUTFIELDERS: 8
# Roberto Caro 
Jenner Emeterio
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano
Jose Paniagua

MANAGER
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)

COACHES
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Carlos Ramirez (AZL Cubs Assistant 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)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene) 
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)

Comments

AZ Phil, do you think Caro and Galindo are propects of note? Thanks.

HAGSAG: Wladimir Galindo is a definite power prospect (he led the VSL in home runs last season) but he needs a LOT of work at 3B and he might have to eventually move to 1st base (he got lots of reps at 1st base at Instructs last fall in case he has to move there). I would say Eloy Jimenez and Galindo are the top two position player prospects at EXST right now, with Kevonte Mitchell, Tyler Alamo, and Carlos Sepulveda the next three on the list. 

Roberto Caro is one of the most polished position players at Cubs EXST, and he would likely be a candidate to get moved up to a "full-season" affiliate if an outfielder is needed. Kevin Encarnacion would be another one, but he is still trying to learn to hit LH versus left-handed pitchers (not an easy transition) since he is unable to switch-hit because of the shoulder injury and third-degree burns suffered in that horrific car crash post-2013. 

Tim Saunders and Bryant Flete are the most-polished infielders at EXST, but Saunders is really here more on a rehab assignment (he retired last June, then decided to return to baseball this season). Flete is a very good all-around player with a plus-arm, and I think he would have no trouble whatsoever at South Bend, if the Cubs decide to move him up there at some point.  

Jordan Hankins has been the best hitter at Cubs EXST so far. He has shown plus-HR power, but he's at Extended to learn to be a catcher (continuing the conversion that was started at Instructs in 2013 but then was put on the back-burner last season). Hankins works hard but I'm not sure if he will remain a catcher, or just add that to his tool-kit as he becomes more of a LH-hitting multi-positional bat-first back-up guy at the higher levels. 


Jae-Hoon Ha is a pitcher now? Wow, I remember him being our lone rep in the Futures game a few years back. A different world we live in as Cubs fans now! How does he look as a pitcher? And what about the guy we took from Houston in the minor league rule 5 draft, Ariel Ovando? Do you see any potential in him? I remember you saying he had a big arm especially for a lefty and a lot of scouts wanted to sign him as a pitcher when he signed with Houston as an IFA.

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  • crunch 8 hours 49 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base

     

  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...

     

  • Cubster 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.

     

  • tim815 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).