Underwood Sharp in Final Rehab Tune-Up at Sloan Park
Five pitchers combined to toss a one-hit shutout and Didimo Bracho belted a two-run home run and an RBI single to account for all of his team's runs, helping the Diamondbacks blank the Cubs 3-0 at Sloan Park, and D. J. Wilson (two-run triple), Luis Ayala (RBI double), Gustavo Polanco (RBI double), and Jesse Hodges (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run Cub 3rd, as the Cubs and D'backs played to a 7-7 tie on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.
Michael Foster broke up the D'backs no-hit bid in Sloan Park with a one-out single in the bottom of the 9th.
RHSP Duane Underwood (right ebow stiffness) made his final rehab start in the game at Sloan Park and threw 5.1 IP (78 pitches) of one-run ball, retiring 13 of the first 16 men he faced before running into trouble in the top of the 6th when he allowed three singles and a HBP and surrendered his only run. But he was outstanding through the first five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
RHRP Dallas Beeler (on Cubs 15-day DL - right shoulder inflammation) made a rehab start in the game played on Field #1 and was hit hard, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits (two singles, a double, a triple, and a home run) and a walk (plus a throwing error) in 3.1 IP (50 pitches).
RHRP Aaron Crow (ex-KC - April 2015 TJS rehab) threw in the game on Field #1, but was unable to complete his inning, allowing a single, a double, and a triple and two runs while retiring only one batter. I couldn't tell if he was lifted because of pitch count or performance issues, but his stuff was subpar today and obviously didn't fool any of the young D'backs hitters.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SLOAN PARK (CUBS SPRING TRAINING STADIUM)
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-4 (F-8, P-4, F-9, 4-3)
2. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, F-8)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 0-3 (K, 4-3, P-4)
4a. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
4b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5. Vimael Machin, SS: 0-2 (F-8, F-7, BB)
6. Rafael Mejia, DH-3B: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
7. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, 3-U, 6-4 FC)
8a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
8b. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Michael Foster, RF-DH: 1-3 (5-3, 6-4 FC, 1B)
10a. Roberto Caro, DH #2: 0-2 (1-3, E-6, SB)
10b. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-1 (K)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3/7 GO/AO, 78 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Pedro Araujo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
2B Edgar Rondon: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS:
Jhonny Pereda; 2-3 CS
RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, LF: 1-4 (1-3, 3B, 3-1, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
2a. Luis Ayala, CF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2b. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 0-0 (2-3 SH)
3. Jose Paniagua, DH #1: 1-4 (6-3, 6-3, 1B, F-7, R, RBI, SB)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, F-9, R, RBI)
4b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 1-1 (1B)
5a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
5b. Andruw Monasterio, 3B: 0-1 (6-3 DP)
6a. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-3 (K, 3-1, F-7)
6b. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
7a. Yohan Matos, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
7b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH-DH: 1-1 (2B, BB, CS)
8a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, K)
8b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-1 (1B)
9a. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (HBP, L-6, R)
9b. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 1-2 (2B, 4-6 FC, SB)
10. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, E-6, K, R)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Dallas Beeler: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Daniel Lewis: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 7 pitches (4 strikes)
NOTE: Lewis relieved Beeler with an 0-2 count on batter
3. Aaron Crow: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Kyle Miller: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
6. Jesus Castillo: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3
1. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Dallas Beeler: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. 1B Gustavo Polanco: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Pearson: 1-2 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS
19 (SLOAN PARK)
11 (RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Hagsag 13 hours 13 min ago (view)
Phil, is the 3 weeks camp going on now?
Arizona Phil 15 hours 24 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed free-agent LHP Stephen Gonsalves to a 2022 minor league contract.
If he were to be added to the MLB 40-man roster at some point in 2022, he has no minor league options left and he has Article XX-D rights (he can elect free-agency if outrighted).
So 78 Cubs minor leaguers are now eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft.
Also, the Cubs off-season minor league Domestic Reserve List now stands at 173 (17 slots are open).
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours 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 1 day 9 hours 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 1 day 13 hours 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 1 day 17 hours 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 1 day 17 hours 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 1 day 18 hours 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 1 day 22 hours 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 2 days 4 hours 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 2 days 9 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 2 days 13 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 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.
Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours 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 3 days 8 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 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
Stroman, a pleasant surprise. Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.