Eloy, Marcano, and Sands Offer the Snake-Bite Cure at Talking Stick
Eloy Jimenez reached base four times (two doubles, a single, and a walk) in four Plate Appearances and drove-in a run, Ricardo Marcano belted a triple and a two-run double and scored a run, and LHP Carson Sands hurled four innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3 on Jackrabbit Field, and Raymel Flores drilled two triples and scored two runs, Sergio Alcantara ripped a two-run inside-the-park HR, and Wei-Chieh Huang and five relievers combined to retire 25 of the first 27 men they faced, leading the D'backs to an 8-2 victory over the Cubs on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Jose Paniagua singled twice, doubled, and scored a run for the Cubs in a losing cause on Whirlwind Field.
Recently signed free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-3 with a single and a walk and a run scored in four PA and RHRP Matt Stites (on AZ MLB 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation) threw a shutout inning (one hit allowed, one strikeout) for the Diamondbacks squad on Whirlwind Field. .
In EXST Cubs roster news, INF Tommy LaStella (on Cubs 15-day DL - rib cage inflammation) has completed the Extended Spring Training portion of his rehab and has moved up to AA Tennessee, where he will begin his Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment. In just two Cactus League EXST games (10 PA), LaStella had seven hits (including four doubles and a HR) and a sacrifice fly, and six RBI.
Also, INF Andrew Ely (Cubs 2014 32nd round draft pick - U. of Washington) has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend, and INF Tim Saunders (Cubs 2012 32nd round draft pick - Marietta College) has been released.
The 22 year old Ely began the season on the Hi-A Myrtle Beach roster, but he did not play for the Pelicans and was assigned to Extended Spring Training last month. In six Cactus League EXST games (21 PA), Ely hit 312/476/375, with a double, four walks, an HBP, two strikeouts, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. He played both 2B and 3B while he was in Arizona.
The left-handed hitting Ely had a fine debut professional season in 2014, hitting 298/348/479 with five HR & 16 RBI in 34 games combined between AZL Cubs and AAA Iowa.
The speedy Saunders (48 SB in 148 career minor league games) was a two-time NCAA Division 3 All American in college and the 2012 NCAA D-3 Player of the Year, but yet he seemingly came out of nowhere to hit 381/431/536 between AZL Cubs, Peoria, and Daytona (combined 49 games - 218 PA) after being drafted in 2012. But then he suffered an elbow injury at Daytona in 2013 that required a UCL transplant (Tommy John surgery), and he was unable to regain the 2012 mojo once he returned to action.
The 24-year old Saunders retired last June, but decided to try it again this season. He reported to Minor League Camp in March, but was left behind at Extended Spring Training. He still shows plus-speed on the bases and versatility and range in the field, and he still has a good eye at the plate, but he hit only 154/313/231 in eleven Cactus League EXST games (32 PA), with four walks and two HBP, six strikeouts, three stolen bases (one CS), five runs scored, and two RBI. He played 2B, 3B, and SS in Cactus League EXST games and intrasquad games while he was at EXST, and he has also played the outfield earlier in his career. He should be able to find a spot with an indepenedent league team if he wants to continue playing.
It wasn't a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game, but the Cubs did play an EXST intrasquad game on Field #6 at Riverview Park yesterday afternoon.
Veteran MLB RHP Felipe Paulino was one of the starting pitchers in the intrasquad game, and he worked 3.1 IP and got his pitch count up to 63, so he may ready to join AAA Iowa sooner rather than later. He did allow three runs on four hits (two singles, a triple and a solo HR) and two walks, but he also struck out six (all six swinging). His fastball was consistently 94-95 MPH, and touched 96 at least once, so apparently there is nothing wrong with his arm (Paulino missed most of the 2014 season with a sore shoulder, and he had TJS in 2012).
Tyler Alamo slugged a solo home run (that was the one HR allowed by F. Paulino), Yohan Matos, Carlos Jimenez, and Jose Paniagua belted triples, and LHP Jose Paulino tossed four innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts (and a 6/0 GO/FO) in the intrasquad game. (J. Paulino is a virtual-lock to join Carson Sands, Justin Steele, and Austyn Willis in the Eugene starting rotation, when the Northwest League begins play next month).
RHP Dillon Maples had another poor outing. Working in relief of J. Paulino in the intrasquad game, Maples allowed five runs on five hits (including two triples and a double) and two walks in just one inning of work.This is the fourth consecutive Extended Spring Training for the now 23-year old Maples (he was drafted out of a North Carolina HS in 2011, but did not sign until August of that year), and while he still throws a 94 MPH heater and a hammer curve, he has a lot of difficulty commanding his pitches. He also sometimes will lose confidence in his fastball if he's not getting good results with it, and when that happens he tends to lose focus.
Here are the abridged box scores from today's two Cubs Cactus League EXST games (Cubs players only), followed by the abridged box score from yesterday's intrasquad game at Riverview Park:
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 1-3, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-4 (F-7, 6-3, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-9, BB, L-7)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 2B, BB, RBI)
5. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-4 (K, 3-6-1 DP, F-8, F-8)
6a. Yohan Matos, C: 0-2 (BB, K, P-3, SB)
6b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (F-7)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB, BB, R)
8. Ho-Young Son, DH #1: 2-4 (F-8, L-5, 1B, 1B, R)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 2-4 (4-3, 3B, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
10. Danny Gutierrez, DH #2: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, 6-3, P-5, CS)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Carson Sands: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/FO, 57 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Daniel Schlereth: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE
CUBS SQUAD "A: CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 1-2 CS
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (4-3, K, 4-3)
2. Roberto Caro, RF-DH: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, R)
3. Jose Paniagua, LF: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 2B, R, PO)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, F-7, 4-3, RBI)
5. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B; 1-3 (F-7, F-7, 1B)
7. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-3 (K, F-9, K)
8. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, K)
9. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
10. Jenner Emeterio, DH-RF: 0-2 (K, K)
11. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 0-2 (K, K)
12. Andruw Monasterio, DH #4: 0-2 (K, L-7)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jesus Camargo: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 0/5 GO/FO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Jordan Brink: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Varonex Cuevas: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Carlos Jimenez: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Carlos Jimenez: E-4 (fielding error allowed bater to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle & temperatures in the 70's
CUBS INTRASQUAD GAME AT RIVERVIEW PARK FIELD #6 (Thursday 5-14-2015)
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP::
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-3 (6-3, 6-5 FC, 6-3, RBI)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-9, R, SB)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (K, 1B, 4-3, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B)
5. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-3 (HR, K, 4-3, R, RBI)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B; 0-3 (K, 3-1, 4-3)
7. Ho-Young Son, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-7, CS)
8. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (BB, 4-3, R)
9. Yohan Matos, DH #1: 1-2 (3B, K, RBI)
10. Jenner Emeterio, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, R, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, LF: 1-3 (6-3, K, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
2. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-2 (5-3, 6-3, BB, R, SB)
3. Jose Paniagua, DH: 1-2 (K, BB, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 6-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-2 (BB, K, 3-6-1 DP, R, SB)
6. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (BB, 3-1, BB, R)
7. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Danny Gutierrez, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-5, R)
9. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 1-3 (K, 3B, 6-3, R, RBI)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 6/0 GO/FO, 64 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GOP/FO, 23 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Felipe Paulino: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/FO, 64 pitches (43 strikes)
2. Enrique de los Rios: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (7 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
P Jose Paulino: E-1 (errant throw on infield single allowed batter to advance to 3rd base & runner to score from 2nd)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
C Alberto Mineo: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on stolen base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 1-4 CS
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alberto Mineo: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Mostly sunny & VERY breezy with tempeatures in the 70's
Hagsag 17 hours 54 min ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 4 days 20 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 5 days 6 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 5 days 23 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 8 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 9 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 3 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...