Victorino Lifts Cubs over Giants at Indian School Park

Shane Victorino drilled an RBI single and a double, Kelly Dugan walked five times (including one BB with the bases loaded that forced-in a run), and SP Jeremy Null and two relievers combined to toss a four-hitter, leading the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Giants in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #2 at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ. 

Null threw 86% of his 51 pitches for strikes. 

The Cubs banged-out nine hits, drew twelve walks and one reached base on an E-3 (so 22 baserunners total). 

Through their first ten Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, the Cubs are 6-2-2. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only) 

1a. Shane Victorino, LF: 2-4 (P-4, 2B, 1B, 1-3, RBI)
1b. Roberto Caro, PH-LF: 0-1 (3-U)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-4 (E-3, BB, 1B, 4-3, 4-3, RBI, CS)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 0-5 (3-U, K, 4-3, K, F-9)
4. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 0-0 (BB, BB, BB, BB, BB, RBI)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-5 (K, K, 6-4 FC, 1B, 5-3, R)
6. Chris Pieters, DH #1: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, BB, L-3 DP, CS)
7a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, R)
7b. Tyler Payne, C: 1-1 (1B)
8a. Alberto Mineo, DH #2: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, R, RBI)
8b. Ricardo Marcano, PH: 1-1 (2B)
9. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 0-4 (3-U, F-8, 3-2 DP, 3-2 FC, SB)
10. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 1B, 6-3, F-9, R)

1. Jeremy Null: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 7/6 GO/AO, 51 pitches (44 strikes) 
2. Manny Rondon: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. Junior Marte: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (18 strikes) 

3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CF D. J. Wilson -  batter thrown out 8-6 attempting to stretch single into double 


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


That's a family of hits the last few days for Victorino. Don't you expect he'll be at Iowa any day now?

Man attendance has really fallen off. Only 6 people today!

AZ Phil -- how long does Extended ST go? I hope to get to a few South Bend games this year, but was wondering when everyone would be there. Also, while I've got you....thoughts on Chesny Young? The guy seems to be a hitting and OBP machine, but with very little pop or speed. in 191 minor league games, he is slashing .323/.396/.399., with more BB than K in 2015/16. Thanks!

BILLY B: Extended Spring Training ends the week of the Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) in June. 

Chesny Young was batting champion in the Carolina League last year and he could very well be the batting champion in the Southern League this year. He is what I would call a very "precise" hitter, in that he is able to hit the ball in any direction and with whatever stroke is needed. He is an extreme contact hitter, very hard to strike out, and to do that he tends to drive the ball to the opposite field a lot.

Young played SS quite a bit in Advanced Instructs last fall, but he really doesn't have the arm to play there. 2B is definitely his best position. I think the best comp would be D. J. LeMahieu, and like LeMahieu, I believe Young will be an everyday 2B in MLB (but probably not with the Cubs).  

Thanks Phil. For fun -- Young and Happ were Players of the Week in their respective leagues last week. Then Young goes 2-for-3 with a triple and 2 BB on Monday.

And tonight Young goes 3-for-4 with 2BBs. Last 10 games: 18-for-36 with 11BBs. Wow.

The Victorino stuff is heartening. Got to think he goes to Iowa soon and by mid-May should be ripe for a call up when-if he is needed. I was talking to another old timer who has grown impatient with Soler's lack of advancement despite a hot October. It is not so much the slow start but the eye test that he has fallen back to being beaten mentally. My guess is then the FO will re-entertain moving him for a value piece like a package for a stud mid rotation starter to complete the rotation. If Bryant becomes a regular LF'er and Baez & La Stella split time on the IF this would move the roster nearer to a completed WS roster.

Shane Victorinio is hitting 421/500/474 with only one K in 22 PA in his first six Cactus League Extended Spring Training games. 

The only other thing I would mention is that during the games (between innings, right after he comes off the field) Victorino lies face down on a training table and the trainer massages his left calf with a roller. So either it's a preventive thing, or else the calf may still be an issue (although he is running just fine, he's even stealing bases). 

Getting old sucks.

RWN: Something to keep in mind about Jorge Soler is that he does have one minor league option left, and it's a 4th minor league option, so Optional Assignment Waivers do not need to be secured before he can be optioned to the minors. 

Also, if Soler spends at least 45 days on Optiional Assignment, the Cubs gain another year of club control (through 2021 instead of through 2020), but it won't impact Soler's ability to become arbitration-eligible post-2017 as a "Super Two." (Soler can opt-out of his contract once he becomes arbitration-eligible, but he cannot be a free-agent until the conclusion of the season in which he reaches six years of MLB Service Time).  And adding an extra year of club control would make Soler more attractive in a trade, if the Cubs eventually go that route with him.

So IF Soler continues to struggle at the plate and in the field, he could very well get optioned to AAA Iowa for at least 45 days (probably longer to make it look kosher), and perhaps be replaced on the 25-man roster by Shane Victorino, with Bryant pl;aying mainly LF and Baez/LaStella playing mainly 3B. an aside -- for the 17th consecutive year, the defending Stanley Cup champs will not repeat.

How right you are!

Won't happen next year either, since 2017 Stanley Cup winner got eliminated in Game 7 last night.

Two words: Brandon Saad


That is eerily like Schwarber's playoff moonshot.

I have to guess that Toledo has to be nicer than Detroit

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  • Hagsag 12 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.


  • crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.


  • Cubster 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!


  • Mornington Crescent 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.


  • crunch 6 days 8 hours ago (view)

    alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.

    marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd


  • Hagsag 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Yes they did.


  • crunch 6 days 11 hours ago (view)

    welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).

    billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.


  • Mike Wellman 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?


  • Craig A. 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Could have an option year remaining.  Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.


  • Hagsag 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.