Cub Pitchers Fan Sweet Sixteen A's at Fitch Park

Wladimir Galindo smacked an RBI double, singled twice, and scored a run, Chris Pieters singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs, D. J. Wilson drilled an RBI triple, and RHSP Pedro Silverio hurled three innings of no run/no hit ball and combined with three relievers to strike out 16 hitters and toss a five-hitter, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Mike Martin tripled, singled twice, and scored both of the A's runs. 

In twelve Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (43 PA), Wladimir Galindo is hittting 333/372/462 (28% K-rate and 2% walk-rate), with three three-hit games. Galindo displays a similar offensive skill-set as Jorge Soler (extremely hard contact when he hits the ball, but not many walks and a lot of strikeouts). He has also committed five errors (two throwing and three fielding) in eleven games played at 3B (he was a DH in the other game). The 19-year old Galindo was part of the touted Cubs 2013-14 IFA class that also included Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Jen-Ho Tseng, and Jeferson Mejia, and Galindo had a fine rookie season in 2014, hitting 278/356/472 for the VSL Cubs and leading the VSL in HR as a 17 year old. But then he missed most of the 2015 season with left wrist inflammation (at EXST) and then a fractured left hand (in the AZL), so the inconsistency he is showing at the plate and in the field right now is probably to be expected. 

As things stand right now, it would appear that Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, and either Erling Moreno, Manny Rondon, or Jesus Castillo will form the Eugene starting rotation, and Daniel Lewis, Tommy Nance, Pedro Araujo, Tyler Peitzmeier, Jared Cheek, John Michael Knighton, and Mark Malave will be the bullpen arms, with Scott Frazier, Alexander Santana, Enrique de los Rios, M. T. Minacci, and Yapson Gomez still battling for jobs in the Emeralds pen. Again, this is only as things stand right now at this point in time, because a lot can happen between today and June 17th (Northwest League Opening Day). 

John Arguello (Cubs Den) has a game report:  

And here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only): 

1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-4 (F-8, 4-3, 3B, F-7, RBI)
2. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (K, K, 6-2 FC, F-8)
3. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, BB, F-9, P-3, R)
4. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-7, BB, 2 R, SB)
5a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 3-3 (1B+E6, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
5b. Jhonny Bethencourt, PR-3B: 0-1 (P-4, CS)
6. Alex Bautista, RF: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B, RBI)
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (K, F-8, 4-6-3 DP)
8. Gustavo Polanco, C-DH: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, L-8)
9a. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 0-2 (K, P-6) 
9b. Tyler Payne, PH: 0-1 (P-2)
10a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 0-1 (P-6)
10b. Jose Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
10c. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (E-7)
11. Yohan Matos, DH #3: 1-3 (F-8, 2B, P-3, R)

1. Pedro Silverio: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 51 pitches (30 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (25 strikes) 
4. Tommy Nance: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes) 


1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 1 PB


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 


The Cubs signed RHRP Nick Sarianides, who was released by AZ last week. He will be assigned to EXST once he passes his physical.

Sarianides led the California League in saves and strikeouts last season, but struggled to throw strikes at AA Mobile this year before getting released.

Baseball America projected Sarianides as a potential MLB Rule 5 pick prior to the draft last December.  

The Cubs are defintely concerned about losing catcher Tim Federowicz off waivers once Miguel Montero returns from the DL in a day or two. (Federowicz is out of minor league options). Federowicz has proven that he has recovered 100% from Spring Training 2015 knee surgery, and he has reclaimed his reputation with scouts as one the best defensive catchers in the minors. (Baseball America rated him the Red Sox best defensive catcher three years in a row prior to Federowicz getting traded to LAD).   

The Cubs consider Federowicz to be their #3 catcher (that's why he remained with the MLB club throughout Spring Training, right up until Opening Day). and they hope that they can get him through waivers, But if he is in fact claimed, the Cubs are prepared to go with Willson Contreras as their #3 catcher should Ross and/or Montero go on the DL again later this season. Contreras is considered VERY close to being MLB ready, although the Cubs would prefer to leave him at AAA until September.  

Taylor Davis is NOT seen by the Cubs as a legitimate #1 or #2 MLB catcher, although he could surface later this season in Chicago as a C-1B-3B-RH PH (functioning somewhat in the Kyle Schwarber role that allowed Maddon to PH or PR for Ross or PR for Montero in the same game without running out of catchers).

Javy Baez is the Cubs #3 catcher right now (he was a catcher in HS before he moved to 3B in his junior year and to SS in his senior year), and he actually does know enough about the position to play there in a pinch. In fact, there were draft previews in 2011 that mentioned Baez's eventual MLB position as catcher!

AA Tennessee catcher Victor Caratini has made great strides as both a receiver and as a hitter this season, but his throwing still needs work. That said, consider Caratini a virtual lock to get added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster after the season (he will be first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2016), and if both Ross AND Montero were to go on the DL and presuming Federowicz is gone (claimed off waivers), the Cubs would consider Caratini (not Davis) as a short-term second stop-gap at catcher (behind Contreras) if things go totally to shit.  

With Will Remillard (considered the best defensive catching prospect in the system a couple of years ago) having undergone his second TJS in 13 months, South Bend catcher P. J. Higgins is now considered the third legitimate MLB catching prospect among catchers on the four full-season Cubs affiliates, although he is still very raw and a couple years behind Caratini. Higgins played catcher a bit in college at Old Dominion, but the Cubs used him only as an infielder (2B-3B) last season after he was drafted (he was moved back to catcher at Minor League Camp), but he is projected to remain at catcher going forward. 

Phil, thanks for your overview of the Cubs catching situation. He will never be a star, but Higgins is very impressive to me.

I'm wondering if the Cubs might decide to go with 3 catchers again including Federowicz. Ross is playing well but as the weather heats up it's unlikely he plays as many innings. Montero with a cranky low back injury also may not be able to handle a starters load. Right now Clayton Richard has been unreliable and the roster/bullpen's weakest link. I'd try to get him to the minors rather than losing TF. Although that leaves the Cubs only with Travis Wood as the sole bullpen lefty, Richard has not been filling the LOOGY role well to this point and although they used him as a swingman for spots starts last year they have several who can do that now including Warren/Cahill.

Nice call. I'm kinda stunned. Hopefully the Cubs can filch something more than waiver money for Kalish. Tony Campana trade, anyone/ Feb of 2013, and both guys are still around. (Leal and Castillo)

I suppose Baez being able to play so many positions helps but our bench is pretty thin right now outside of catcher with already carrying 13 pitchers. /edit I guess Matt Szczur is coming off the DL Wednesday so will be interesting to see whether they still decide to keep 3 catchers then.

My own entry in the Cub catching derby is Brockmeyer. He is loitering in A+ where his bat belongs, but when they need a catcher at Tennessee or Iowa, they call him up. The same thing will happen at Wrigley, sooner or later. I just think that catcher is the backbone of the defense and that Brockmeyer is a very large backbone--6'5", 235, at least. It's like having Abe Lincoln back there. And yet his coaches rave about how small he gets, how low he squeezes down. also nice 3-2 win for the I-Cubs yesterday. R Williams/Concepcion/Edwards pitched well and Contreras had a solo HR. Almora had 2 hits including a double and triple (although I'm waiting to see if he can take an occasional walk). The lower level minors showed some serious offense yesterday.

Gleybar Torres has heated up: over his last 10 games: .350 BA, 3 HR and 4 SB.

Anyone else hearing Trout to Cubs rumors?

He's just not going to get traded this season. If he does, I imagine the Cubs package would look something like three of these four: Schwarber, Soler, Almora, and Baez; plus Torres; plus a handful of live arms from the Sands, Steele, Hudson, etc., category. In other words, it's not happening in part because the price tag would be too much. There are a few teams that have the minor league pieces to make it happen without touching their major league roster. Boston, the Dodgers, and Texas come to mind. I doubt the Cubs are one of them.

Pujols is owed 140m after this year. Damn.

That was a great decision by the Cardinals.

It was a horrible contract from the start and I was very happy we didn't sign him then. The sad thing is there are 5 years left on that contract and none of it is going to be pretty.

Gordo's last shot at Tickets being cheap

Trout won't happen. Plus the Cubs aren't stupid like ARZ with Shelby Miller trade which has worked out well for the 1-4, 6.94 ERA. He gives up more runs than Arrieta, Hammel, and Lester combined

I'm going to say comparing Trout to Shelby Miller is not s good comparison

AZ Phil, has Concepcion figured this stuff out all of a sudden? Also, I am impressed with Jason Vosler. Is he a possible utility man to consider in a year or two. I know he has played all over the infield.

HAGSAG: Gerardo Concepcion was throwing his fastball 91-93 and touching 94 and was commanding both his fastball and his breaking ball at Minor League Camp (which is the last time I saw him), and if he can keep that up he will be an MLB lefty reliever. The Cubs are already paying him $1M this season because of the five-year MLB contract he signed in 2012, so there is no reason not to bring him up if the Cubs feel he can help. 

Although he is playing 3B (only) at Myrtle Beach right now, Jason Vosler is projected as a utility INF at the higher levels. As long as he keeps hitting, he will progress through the system. 

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  • tim815 5 hours 30 sec ago (view)

    The rush to 70 players.


  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 17 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez. 


  • crunch 8 hours 1 min ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.


  • Charlie 9 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs:

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 50 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 


  • crunch 12 hours 15 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500


  • crunch 12 hours 42 min ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...


  • tim815 15 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.

    watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough.  he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...

    he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse.  that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    this shane bieber guy kinda sucks.  1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.

    i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.

    ...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.


  • George Altman 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

    Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.

    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible. 


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.

    i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts.  i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.

    I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.