Cubs Walk on the Wild Side at Riverview

Eddy Julio Martinez blasted a two-run HR and a triple (near-HR), and while the Cubs "A" team collected only four hits in the game (the EJM HR and triple and a couple of singles that didn't factor in the scoring), they drew 13 walks plus two HBP and stole six bases, edging the Athletics Green squad 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day game action Monday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):

1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, F-8 SF, K, RBI, CS)
2. Henderson Perez, C-DH: 0-3 (5-3, BB, L-7, F-9)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3 DP, 4-3, 4-3, SB)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, 1B: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, BB)
5. Orian Nunez, DH-C: 0-2 (5-3, L-9, BB, HBP, PO)
6a. Clayton Daniel, SS-DH: 0-2 (BB, F-8, L-8, R)
6b. Oswaldo Pina, PH: 0-0 (BB) 
7a. Eddy Julio Martinez, DH #2: 2-2 (HR, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
7b. Carlos Pacheco, PH-LF: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP) 
8. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, BB, K)
9. Dalton Hurd, LF-DH: 0-1 (BB, F-8, HBP)
10a. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB)
10b. Albert Hinirio, PR-RF: 0-1 (K, R, 2 SB) 
11. Josue Huma, DH-SS: 0-1 (P-5, BB, BB, R, 2 SB)

1. Kohl Franklin: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 47 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 BALK, 2/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes) 
5. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes) 

2B Luis Diaz: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, what are your thoughts on Eddy Julio’s future?

azbobbop: Eddy Julio Martinez will show flashes of his five-tool skillset but then he tends to go into a prolonged malaise.

Martinez was signed by the Cubs for $3M in 2015 (and the Cubs had to pay a 100% tax on the signing so it really cost the Cubs $6M). He was a member of the Cuban U16 Junior National Team and played in Serie Nacional (the Cuban major league) as a teenager prior to signing with the Cubs, and was (at the time he signed) considered a possible future MLB CF.  

Mainly (right now) he needs to get healthy and get back to AA and master AA and then get to AAA in 2020. He's under club control through the 2022 season so it's not like his time is running out, but he is 24 years old and still in AA so there needs to be more urgency in his game. 

Joel Machaado. Mesa or Boca Chica? (Gallardo seems like he's staying.)

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  • QuietMan 1 hour 40 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,


  • George Altman 1 hour 54 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.


  • Mike Wellman 4 hours 2 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.


  • Charlie 4 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 


  • crunch 18 hours 16 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 2 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.


  • Charlie 20 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 11 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.


  • crunch 21 hours 18 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.


  • Eric S 21 hours 19 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something


  • crunch 21 hours 24 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah


  • bradsbeard 22 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 


  • crunch 23 hours 57 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.