Pedro Strop Delivers Some Heat at Indian School Park

 

Johneshwy Fargas singled twice and drove-in the tying and winning runs with a two-run double as the Giants rallied to edge the Cubs 3-2 in 12 innings in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale AZ.

RHRP Pedro Strop (on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL retroactive to 5/6 - groin) started the game for the Cubs and threw one inning (12 pitches - 11 strikes), striking out three. One batter did reach base on a third strike WP, but Strop totally handcuffed the young Giants with his hard slider and mid-90's gas. He looks like he is ready to be reinstated from the DL and maybe provide some misery to big league hitters.    

The Cubs managed only four hits (three singles and a double) and struck out 13 times over the course of the 12 innings, although they did draw six walks.  

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Josh Davis (2013 NDFA - Belmont University) has been moved up to Daytona, and RHP Ben Wells has been sent to Extended Spring Training from Daytona. Davis began the season at Extended Spring Training, and then was moved up to Kane County on April 12th. He was sent back to EXST from KC on May 2nd.   

Also, LHP Michael Heesch (Cubs 2012 8th round draft pick - USCB) has been moved up to Kane County from Extended Spruing Training.

THE PITCHING LINES FROM JOSH DAVIS'S FOUR 2014 CACTUS LEAGUE EXST OUTINGS
4/9   - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 30 pitches (23 strikes)
4/12 - AT KANE COUNTY thru 5/2
5/5   - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 5/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
5/13 - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 36 pitches (24 strikes)   
5/17 - INTRASQUAD GAME  
5/21 - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 34 pitches (22 strikes)  
TOTAL: 8.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 7 K, 2 GIDP, 10/6 GO/FO, 68% strikes, 2.25 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .289 OppBA

THE PITCHING LINES FROM MICHAEL HEESCH'S FIVE 2014 CACTUS LEAGUE EXST OUTINGS
5/9   - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 5 pitches (4 strikes)  
5/12 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
5/14 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R,0 BB, 2 K, 18 pitches (13 strikes)
5/17 - INTRASQUAD GAME
5/20 - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/FO, 42 pitches (27 strikes)
5/23 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (10 strikes) 
TOTAL: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 5/4 GO/FO, 70% strikes, 0.00 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, .227 OppBA 

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs player only):


CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3)
1b. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (4-3, 5-3, K)
2a. Oliver Zapata, LF: 0-2  (P-4, P-4, BB)
2b. Arnaldo Calero, LF: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, K)
3a. Rony Rodriguez, 1B: 0-1 (BB, K, BB)
3b. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R, SB)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-3 (K, P-6, 5-3)
4b. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-1 (BB, K)
5a. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-2 (6-3, F-9)
5b. Erick Castillo, PH-C: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, 1-3, RBI)
6a. Elliot Soto, SS: 1-2 (2B, F-7)
6b. Bryant Flete, PH-SS: 0-2 (3-U, K, BB, R, SB)
7a. Zak Blair, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, 3-1)
7b. Varonex Cuevas: PH-2B: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, RBI)
8a. Mark Malave, DH: 0-2 (6-3, 1-3)
8b. Justin Marra, PH-DH: 0-2 (F-7, K, BB, SB)
9a. Dalfis Ortiz, 3B: 0-2 (L-7, K)
9b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Pedro Strop: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Trey Lang: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Jose Paulino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 33 pitches (19 strikes)  
4. Jeferson Mejia: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (22 strikes)
5. Luis Hernandez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 34 pitches (19 strikes)  
6. Yomar Morel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
7. Francisco Carrillo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (11 strikes) 
8. Carlos Llano: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 17 pitches (4 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Tyler Alamo - E-2 (missed catch on throw home after single to outfield allowed runner to score from 3rd base) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Alamo: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Erick Castillo: 1-4 CS

ATTENDANCE: 20

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 
 

Comments

Dear Captain Happy, I know Mike Olt's batting average is abysmal, but he is an exceptional fielder and still leads the 2014 Chicago Cubs' baseball team outright in both Homeruns and RBI. Letting him bat 5th once, returning him to 8th in the order the next day and then benching him on the 3rd day is basically inexcusable and certainly not allowing him to settle into a role and rhythm. Valbuena just made a throwing error from 3rd, the other day you removed Olt to bring in Barney for late inning defense. Barney of course made an error allowing the game to go to extra innings at which time Olt's bat was not available and we lost in the 13th with virtually no thunder in the lineup for the extra innings. Do you know something we don't regarding Olt's health? Is he a total dick and you can't stand him? Did he insult you or piss you off? I mean what's the deal? Yes I understand not having a player in the lineup for a game is typically not a big deal ... But the fairly deliberate "what have you done for me lately" bullshit that applies to Olt is frankly just ridiculous. It is predictable that you would give him ONE SHOT at batting 5th (and since he had an 0-fer he was bumped back in the lineup THE NEXT DAY then rested) and beyond infuriating. Isn't that sending a pretty cutthroat and inconsistent message to a very productive player when a player like Sureouts is given a long patient leash and Barney is played for almost no good reason at this point. I don't see how a player can thrive under the bizarre coddling/punishment system you apply to Mike Olt. Can you just quit fucking around and put the best players on the field? Love, carlito

Thank you for that. It really is driving me crazy. And, yes, Valbuena hit a big home run yesterday, but having Barney in the lineup, at all, is completely insane at this point. He hits like I did when I tried to play this game. If I see him in the lineup one more time at second instead of Bonifacio or Valbuena, I'm filing a police report.

Whoah, Barney just intentionally walked to get to Travis Wood?!!

Somebody should get fined, even if that was the manager's decision. Especially if that was the manager's decision. Gather the kangaroo court!

If Strop is activated soon I would guess Grimm will get sent down? I assume you keep both lefties, and the veterans Veres and Villuenva will stay. Rondon is the closer. Ramirez has a 0.84 ERA. So between Grimm and Schlitter, Grimm has had a rough month of May and Schlitter has a 1.23 ERA since being recalled in late April. He's the hot hand. With Rosscup, Rusin, and even Parker in AAA, Vizcaino perhaps on the way, it's turned into a fairly solid and deep bullpen.

Speaking of hot hands, time to trade Shark. Get on the horn, Theo, and start making those calls, because it's pretty damn unlikely the asking price will be better later than it is now. Thanks.

I'm wondering when Armando Rivero is going to get moved up to AAA. Also looking forward to seeing Kyle Hendricks get his crack at the MLB rotation after the inevitable trades go down--his K rate is up a bit in the early going, and his ERA and WHIP are still very solid. He and Travis Wood would make a very scrappy, grinder-y back end of the rotation. I can see them on billboards already. The Cubs are building what could be a pretty decent homegrown bullpen (Strop, Rondon, Ramirez, along with some decent arms still in minors--Vizcaino, Rosscup, Jokisch, Rivero) just as their young position players should be arriving--I'm optimistic and anticipating the arrivals of Bryant, Alcantara, Baez, Soler (OK, that might be too optimistic given the injuries), Almora in that order to join the resurgent Rizzo, Castro, and Castillo and the intriguing Olt and Lake. So that leaves the rotation, which seems to be Wood, Jackson, Arrieta, ?, ?. I like Hendricks and I think he should be the #5 by August. Edwards, Blackburn, Johnson, and Underwood are all a good distance away and as pitching prospects not in striking distance of MLB deserve no earnest projection. So where do the Cubs get top of the rotation arms for 2015-ish? Do we really think the Cubs are going to get a potential #1 ready to hit the majors for Samardzija?

"So where do the Cubs get top of the rotation arms for 2015-ish?" They could always get a nice free agent and do the whole Mike Hampton thing.

Damn. Manny Ramirez is now a player-coach at Iowa. Totally crazy news.

For real? That's totally bizarre and cool.

Call him up!

Can't be worse than Sureouts. Get him in there, and have him sit next to Olt for three months.

i wonder what is so important about manny as a coach that he deserves to take away ABs from developing players? odd signing. hopefully he's a very part-time player.

I wonder if Manny can help Josh Vitters realize some potential.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?... Theo...
"While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he's a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization. Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference."

Baez hits a 2 out Grand Slam for I-Cubs, gives credit to the ManRam signing...

Nice

If the Cubs were 18-5 in games where the run differential was 1 or 2 runs instead of 5-18, the trade Shark discussion would be much more interesting. Among the one or two people having it.

Watching Olt bat...like I say, sit Manny down next to him for a few months. Mike, stop taking such a hard swing every time. It just makes Capt. Happy look good.

ive never thought of him as more than a .250/.330 avg/ob% type with power + high Ks as a peak...but he really needs to find some consistency aside from the power even if he's going to K a lot while doing it. as it is he's going to have to have a hell of a hot streak to even see .250/.330. with his D and ability to stick at 3rd he could make a living being a m.trumbo type, but he's not even at that benchmark yet.

He's also a rookie getting inconsistent ABs. Probably still his ceiling.

I'd say that just based on the way he approaches the plate he can improve. I'm surprised he hasn't gotten better instruction in the minors but it is what it is. I've seen some improvement in the way Junior Lake is approaching his at bats lately, especially when he's down a couple strikes, and I kinda thought he was a lost cause there. Reps would still be nice to see, but maybe there is a method to Capt Happy's madness. He does seem to take the youngin's out if they don't take certain approaches. For the pitchers, he clearly doesn't like walks. That's something I like about Capt Happy. And he doesn't seem to have a high tolerance for the swinging hard at everything approach either. But that doesn't excuse him not playing Olt everyday, if only because of Bryant's progress and the lack of an impact player at third. If his defense was suspect that would make me understand it a bit but it's pretty damn good.

Lake's swing is pretty beautiful when he's under control and keeps his head on the ball. The thing to be concerned about, of course, is his BB:K. Last year it was a pretty poor 13:68. This year it is an atrocious 7:51. His K rate can't stay over 30% given that he walks about 5% of the time and doesn't have ridiculous power. I'm hoping that eventually those numbers will be more reasonable (at worst a 1:4, closer to what it was last year, rather than 1:7.5) and we'll think of this as just a product of a small sample size. By the way, this year the NL is averaging 2.95 BBs per game and 8.01 Ks per game, so that provides a sense of what an outlier J. Lake is thus far.

Castro is a badass.

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  • Arizona Phil 54 min 5 sec ago (view)

    And if Bryant does win the Service Time grievance his value in a trade this coming off-season will be diminished, because one year of club control until he becomes a free-agent versus two years of control is a significant difference. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 10 min ago (view)

    Q-MAN: It actually wouldn't surprise me if Bryant wins the grievance. 

     

  • Cubster 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    ...and our Manager can dance!

     

  • QuietMan 3 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Still cant get the images of that SNL skit out of my mind.

     

  • Cubster 5 hours 48 min ago (view)

    This is really sad. A fatal pulmonary embolism is quite rare, older data had about 0.019% incidence (range 0-0.6%, for total knees). DVT without prophylaxis is higher and most people are getting prophylaxis (blood thinners) postop. DVT (leg clots) is a nuisance but not life threatening (unless the clot goes to the lungs). Patients with a history of DVT are at greater risk and there are other risk factors.

     

  • Cubster 6 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Kaplan also tweets Ross is the new manager and they are working on contract. Tweet reported in mlbtr too.

    "Cubs made their decision late yesterday afternoon and the other candidates have been informed they are indeed out. David Ross is the choice."

     

  • QuietMan 6 hours 12 min ago (view)

    The Kris Bryant service time grievance is finally being heard by an arbitrator this week according to Kaplan.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old

     

  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

    espada's had 2 interviews.  for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work.  SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.