Grimm Day for Cubs at Riverview Park
Nick Jones (ex-LHP) belted a two-run home run and Jordan Johnson and four relievers combined to toss a four-hitter, helping the Giants defeat the Cubs 4-1 on Field #6, and Bryant Flete doubled, singled, and scored a run, and five Cub relievers combined to hurl five innings of perfect baseball, as the Cubs and Giants played to a 2-2 tie on Field #5, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split squad doubleheader action this morning at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
The game on Field #5 was called after seven innings with the score tied, and the game on Field #6 was called after 7-1/2 innings.
Kevonte Mitchell tripled, singled, stole a base, and scored the lone Cub run on Field #6.
18-year old 6'6 RHP Austyn Willis (Cubs 2014 18th round draft pick - Barstow HS - Barstow, CA) got the start on Field #6 and threw three innings of one-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts, retiring Travis Ishikawa (on the Giants MLB 15-day DL with a lower back strain) three times (4-3 GO, K-swinging, and F-8 fly out). Willis has started three Cactus League EXST games, allowing one run on four hits (including a solo HR) and a walk with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work. He will very likely be in the Eugene starting rotation when the Northwest League season commences next month.
RHRP Justin Grimm (on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL with a forearm strain retroactive to April 2nd) worked the top of the 4th inning on Field #6 and was dominating, striking out the side on 12 pitches. He looks to be in mid-season form.
The Giants are unusual because they have two ex-LHP at Extended Spring Training being converted to position players (usually it's the other way around). Besides 6'6 first-baseman Nick Jones (who belted a tape measure two-run HR over the RF fence that provided the winning margin for the Giants on Field #6 this morning), outfielder Steven Neff drilled three hits (a single, a double, and a triple) in a game against the Cubs earlier this week in Scottsdale.
Here is the abridged box score from today's games (Cubs players only):
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-3 (1B, K, 3B, R, SB)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, BB, K)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-3 (E-5, F-9, K, SB)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, 4-1, P-5)
5. Tim Saunders, 3B: 0-3 (L-6, 6-3, E-6, PO)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (2B, K, F-9)
7. Adonis Paula, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
8a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-2 (4-3, K)
8b. Tyler Alamo, C: NO AB
9. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-1 (HBP, K, CS)
10. Andruw Monasterio, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Austyn Willis: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 35 pitches (26 pitches)
2. Justin Grimm: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches:(9 strikes)
5. Daniel Lewis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/FO, 17 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Alexander Santana: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS:
Tyler Alamo: 1 PB
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-3 (F-8, 4-3, 6-3)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-2 (1B, 1-3, BB, R)
3. Andrew Ely, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, L-8)
4a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
4b. Carlos Jimenez, PH-3B: 0-2 (BB, 5-3)
5a. Yohan Matos, C: 0-2 (K, K)
5b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
6. Bryant Flete, DH #1: 2-3 (2B, 1B, K, R)
7. Jose Paniagua, RF: 1-3 (1B, L-6 DP, K)
8. Miguel Rico, 1B: 1-2 (1B, F-8, HBP, CS)
9. Danny Gutierrez, LF: 1-2 (1B, K, HBP)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH #2: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 59 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Jordan Brink: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Austin Reed: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Pedro Araujo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
P Jose Paulino: - E-1 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 0-3 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
71 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB & LIMITED ACTIVITY)
7 players INACTIVE (injured or absent)
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
Marcelo Carreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Jesus Castillo (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Trevor Graham (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - groin)
Justin Grimm (ACTIVE REHAB - forearm strain)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Pierce Johnson (LIMITED ACTIVITY - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Trey Masek (LIMITED ACTIVITY - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - LIMITED ACTIVITY)
* Jose Paulino
Neil Ramirez (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shoulder)
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (INACTIVE - 2015 TJS)
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - right elbow)
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Andrew Ely
* Bryant Flete
Tommy LaStella (INACTIVE - rib cage)
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (INACTIVE - fractured right wrist)
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)
# Roberto Caro
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
* Ricardo Marcano
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
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)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)
crunch 9 hours 45 min ago (view)
* except for playing 1st base
crunch 2 days 6 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 7 hours ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
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 10 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 15 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 15 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 7 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 10 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 16 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 22 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).