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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  • crunch 2 hours 1 min ago (view)

    he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...


  • crunch 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...


  • crunch 2 hours 33 min ago (view)

    “It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”


    “I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”


  • First.Pitch.120 4 hours 10 min ago (view)

    The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 


  • Hagsag 4 hours 45 min ago (view)

    I am with my hero Zo.


  • crunch 6 hours 47 min ago (view)

    whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 49 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed C Harrison Wenson (ex-LAA) to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Hi-A South Bend. Wenson spent five seasons in the Angels organization, and he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training as an extra catcher with the Halos this past spring. 


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

    cubs are down by 1.

    hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

    i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.

    Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment. 


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    alzolay activated, k.ryan down.  ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday.  he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday.  odd use of the roster, kinda...


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 35 min ago (view)

    I doubt that whatever changes are made in the new CBA regarding compensation draft picks for losing a Qualified Player will be implemented in the 2022 draft. They might, however, remove the penalty of losing a draft pick after signing a qualified player, and that could easily be implemented in the 2022 draft. That would seem to be a demand the MLBPA would make that the MLB owners could accept.