A's Feel the Payne as Cubs Score Late & Often
Tyler Payne belted a two-run double and scored in a three-run 6th and Aramis Ademan and Wladimir Galindo stroked two singles a piece and each scored a run in a three-run 7th, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Friday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
Miguel Mercedes drilled two RBI singles to account for both of the A's runs.
The game was called by mutual consent after 7-1/2 innings of play.
LHRP Jack Leathersich (July 2015 TJS) saw his first game action of 2016 but had difficulty locating home plate (17 pitches - only 6 strikes), walking two while recording two outs (F-8 and 4-3) before being relieved. Leathersich was claimed off waivers from the Mets in November and then was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 2nd, before signing a 2016 minor league contract with the Cubs. Leathersich has been rehabbing at the Cubs UAPC at Riverview Park since February, and the Cubs hope he will be able to help the big club's bullpen sometime later in the year (once his rehab is complete).
RHSP Jesus Camargo (2014 IFA - Mexico) also saw his first game action of 2016, relieving Leathersich and retiring all three hitters he faced on an F-7 and two strikeouts (both swinging). Camargo probably has the best change-up in the Cubs system and was the workhorse of the AZL Cubs starting rotation in 2015, and he would have been a strong contender for a starting gig at Eugene in 2016, too, if he had been able to compete with the others (Cease, Hudson, Paulino, Silverio, J. Castillo, Moreno, and M. Rondon) from the gitgo. Camargo still might eventually win a slot in the Eugene starting rotation, but time is short and he is far behind the other candidates. I would think he will probably begin the short-season back at AZL Cubs and work his innings and pitch count up to where it needs to be for a starting pitcher.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Pedro Araujo has been moved-up to South Bend (Araujo was one of the last three pitchers cut from the South Bend roster at the end of Minor League Camp).
Pedro Araujo combined 2016 Cactus League EXST line (thru 5/26):
1.93 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .226 OppBA
14.0 IP, 12 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 21 K, 9/11 GO/AO, 181 pitches (73% strikes), 12.9 PITCHES-PER-INNING
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9 SF, HBP, 3-U, RBI)
2a. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-2 (6-3, K)
2b. Aramis Ademan, PH-SS: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, BB, K, 1B, R)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-4 (F-9, 6-3, 1B, 1B, R, PO)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, HBP, R, RBI)
6. Gustavo Polanco, DH-C: 1-3 (BB, K, 2B, 6-4-3 DP, R)
7. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 2-4 (F-7, 4-3, 2B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
8. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (3-U, F-8, 1B, BB)
9a. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (BB, P-6, R, SB)
9b. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-1 (L-9 SF, 1B, RBI)
10. Tyler Pearson, DH #2: 0-2 (HBP, 5-3, BB, 6-4 FC)
1. Jack Leathersich: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (5 strikes)
2. Jesus Camargo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Pedro Silverio: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 63 pitches (41 strikes)
4. Nick Sarianides: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. 2B Yonathan Perlaza: E-4 (missed catch on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to arrive safely at 2nd base)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 12 min ago (view)
I acquired Trout over the winter in a keeper league. Not feeling too great about that either.
Hagsag 4 hours 6 min ago (view)
Andrew Cashner still hasn't signed with anyone. Could be useful.
crunch 12 hours 9 min ago (view)
the cleveland indians have released a statement that they are open for dialogue about the future of the team's name.
twitter is all over it and seems to be all about going back to "cleveland spiders", an unrelated dead MLB team lineage in cleveland from the 1800s (some guy named cy young played for them).
crunch 15 hours 58 min ago (view)
Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade! sigh...
but yeah, they should be good in-house with expanded rosters unless they get slammed by IL stuff.
crunch 15 hours 59 min ago (view)
MLB has confirmed 38 positives (players/coaches/personel/etc) so far.
Arizona Phil 16 hours 42 min ago (view)
With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters.
crunch 17 hours 51 min ago (view)
the cubs were searching car seats for coins to sign the scraps they managed to get this offseason. i imagine doing everything "in house" might be on the table.
the ricketts will need all the money they can spare to dump into GOP elections, too. priorities. btw, yes the family has been dumping 100s of thousand (to the tune of millions combined) over the past few months into state elections in areas they don't live in. wisconsin, nevada, new york, georgia, etc...millions...many millions of dollars all over the country.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 21 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists.
jdrnym 18 hours 23 min ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 23 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 18 hours 34 min ago (view)
angels are missing 10-ish players from today's workout and mike trout isn't sure he'll participate this year (pregnant wife, newborn on the way). welcome to the angels, maddon.
Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Are ther any FA starting pitchers that would be an addition to take a starting spot?
QuietMan 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list. "Sorry Honey, can't do it."
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...
jeff kent deserves to be in the HOF...lou whitaker needs to get in first...
Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
oh boy...chatwood and a.mills in the rotation...because the minor league system sure as hell don't have much to offer for competition.