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): 


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) 

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) 


Tyler Alamo: 1 PB 


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) 

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)

P Jose Paulino: - E-1 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Yohan Matos: 0-3 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

: 9  


7 players INACTIVE (injured or absent)

(updated 5-1-2015)

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

Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard 
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - groin)
Justin Grimm (ACTIVE REHAB - forearm strain)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (LIMITED ACTIVITY - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Daniel Lewis 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Brad Markey 
Trey Masek (LIMITED ACTIVITY - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - LIMITED ACTIVITY)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Neil Ramirez (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shoulder)
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Santiago Rodriguez
Jose Rosario (INACTIVE - 2015 TJS)
* Carson Sands 
Alexander Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - right elbow)
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 cervical fracture)

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

# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Andrew Ely
* Bryant Flete
Wladimir Galindo 
Danny Gutierrez
Carlos Jimenez
Tommy LaStella (INACTIVE - rib cage)
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Rafael Narea
Mike Olt (INACTIVE - fractured right wrist)
Adonis Paula 
Tim Saunders 
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son  
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

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

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)

Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

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



bummer, Giants trade up and take S Landon Collins with first pick in 2nd round...was hoping he'd fall to Bears there.

Bears take DT Eddie Goldman from Florida St

video on him on NFL draft tracker

Brewers look like the first ready to tank the season...

@BNightengale 55s56 seconds ago The #Brewers, 5-18, are letting teams know they will make their veterans available on trade market: Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Aramis Ramirez.

Broxton is about the only player I'd want from them.

They have so little of value to trade, so little in the farm system. And it costs $105M. If they literally liquidated the 25-man roster, I don't expect anyone except Lucroy would fetch much of incredible value. Gomez gets a decent prospect, a handful of other guys maybe a lottery ticket-type prospect. Braun is unmovable. I don't expect Milwaukee will be a threat in the standings for some time to come. Now hopefully the Cubs can take advantage and try to fatten our record against them.

I think Gomez could get them quite a bit(Like Garza type deal) 29 and owed less than $17m over the next 2 years. But sounds like they just want to move the spare parts at the moment. 

Bears draft C Hroniss Grasu from Oregon in 3rd round

Hi Phil, smooth trip back. Going thru withdrawal. Had so much fun there. Thank you for sharing your awesome knowledge. Will be following you on here every day. So much appreciate it. MT Bob.

Ryan Hanigan goes down for Red Sox.

presume Swihart is due up soon, but maybe some interest in Beefy I guess

cards win in the bottom 10th...meh.

@BruceMiles2112: #Cubs Saturday: Soler RF, Fowler CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Montero C, Castro SS, Denorfia LF, Arrieta P, Russell 2B

Soler batting lead off, omg, it's genius!!! 

J/k...whatever, lucky he has a young team that isn't gonna complain

also Denorfia getting a start vs a righty. ~shrug~

Bears take RB Jeremy Langford from Michigan St in 4th round

Steroids hits a home run.

Also scoring is Jake Arrieta's law of averages.

rizzo vs russell...rizzo wins, we all lose. both look okay, but russell got rang in the head/neck on a dive/collision.

he's staying in the game...huge bruise (or maybe turf burn) on the side of his forehead from going head first into the ground.

So... that was terrifying. Russell's probably going to feel tomorrow like he's been in a car accident--ache from his skull to his tailbone.

May has not been a good month for Cub runs, so far.....

Wtf Arrieta?

g.germen once again reminding cubs fans that james "don't call me a loogy" russell is doing really well in AAA.

ejax with another good inning today... 8ip 6h 1bb 7k - 0.00era 0.88whip looks like he may have a future in the pen. good for him. too bad it took cubs signing him for starting money and a couple years of total failure to figure it out.

That lazy ass Anthony Rizzo

cubs strike out 18 times in 9 innings...vs f'n MIL... bryant 0-4, 4Ks meh.

No disco tonight, fellas.

STL wins in the bottom 11th...meeeeh. villanueva picks up his 3rd STL win.

maybe they should be calling it an Astros style rebuild

Really looking forward to Boras and the MLB union argument about how Bryant was unreasonably held back this spring -- hey, he's got as many HRs as 0-for-lifetime Jon Lester in roughly the same number of career ABs. Sure, he strikes out a ton, and already has 3 errors playing 3B, but he does draw the occasional walk, which is nice. The "Zero HR" thing is no longer cute. You're hitting clean-up for the big club, Kris -- start hitting the damn ball over the fence.

You're the perfect Angry Fan. TCR should compile a bunch of your rants and sell it as an eBook.

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  • 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.


  • Cubster 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...


  • 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).