Eloy Drives in Six at Riverview

Eloy Jimenez belted a three-run HR, a two-run double, and an RBI single, Carlos Sepulveda reached base three times (a triple, a walk, and an RBI single) and scored three runs, and Joey Martarano clubbed a two-run HR, lifting the Eugene Emeralds to a 10-4 victory over the Mesa Cubs in Extended Spring Training intrasquad action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

Here is the abridged box score rrom today's intrasquad game, followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:: 

MESA CUBS LINEUP:
1. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI)
2. Calvin Graves, LF: 1-3 (3-1, 6-3, 1B)
3. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-3 (P-4, K, F-9)
4. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-3 (P-3, 1B, P-2, R)
5. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-2 (K, 3B, HBP, 2 R, RBI, SB)
6. Jenner Emeterio, DH: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI, CS)
7. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, P-3, PO)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, R)
9. Roberto Caro, RF: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, 6-3)

EUGENE LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-2 (K, BB, K, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 2-2 (3B, BB, 1B, 3 R, RBI)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 3-3 (1B, HR, 2B, 2 R, 6 RBI)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 1-3 (HR, 6-3, F-9, R, 2 RBI)
5. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, P-5, F-9, R, SB)
6. Ricardo Marcano, DH: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B, RBI CS)
7. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-3 (K+WP, 1B, 3-U, R)
8. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
9. Erick Castillo, C: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, R)

MESA CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 45 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Greyfer Eregua: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/4 GO/FO, 44 pitches (31 strikes)  

EUGENE PITCHERS
1. Oscar de la Cruz: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3/6 GO/FO, 78 pitches (46 strikes)   
2. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 19 pitches (12 strikes) 

MESA CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Alberto Mineo: E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

EUGENE ERRORS: NONE 

MESA CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above)

EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE
Erick Castillo: 1-2 CS, 1 PO 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 2 (just me and Harvey, just like old times)

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2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER 

updated 5/28

64 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB and LIMITED ACTIVITY)

8 players TRAINING CENTER REHAB (not cleared for field activity)

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 39+3
Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard 
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (ACTIVE REHAB)
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - groin)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - lat strain)
Barret Loux (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (LIMITED ACTIVITY - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Blake Parker (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - elbow)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Neil Ramirez (ACTIVE REHAB - shoulder)
Austin Reed (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Santiago Rodriguez
Jose Rosario (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
* Carson Sands 
Alexander Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow strain)
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Rob Zastryzny (LIMITED ACTIVITY - foot)

CATCHERS: 5+2
Tyler Alamo 
# Erick Castillo
Yohan Matos;
* Alberto Mineo 
Jhonny Pereda
Will Remillard (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B - TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left knee injury)

INFIELDERS
: 11+3
Roney Alcala (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
Wladimir Galindo (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left wrist injury)
Danny Gutierrez
Carlos Jimenez
* Tommy LaStella (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - oblique strain)
Joey Martarano
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured right wrist)
Adonis Paula
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son
* Logan Watkins (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

OUTFIELDERS: 9
# Roberto Caro
* Shawon Dunston Jr (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - right shoulder injury)
Jenner Emeterio
# Robert Garcia
Calvin Graves
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano
Jose Paniagua

GAME MANAGERS
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)

COACHES
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Carlos Ramirez (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene) 
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)

 

Comments

PHIL: Can we assume that there were no lines at the Old Style stand, then? So how is Dunston, Jr. doing? And further, do you believe he will project out as an MLB contributing payer? Thanks.

E-MAN: No lines at the Old Style stand, and I had no difficuity getting out of the parking lot after the game, either.

I talked to Shawon Dunston Jr last week, and he said at the time that he was scheduled to begin a throwing program and to start taking BP this week, and in fact that's what happened. He has been out on the Agility Field at 8 AM every day this week with the PITCHERS REHAB GROUP (Carreno, Cease, Masek, McNutt, Moreno, et al) playing catch & long toss, and he is taking BP with the position players. He said that after he gets back into game shape, that the plan is for him to play in some EXST games before going back to Myrtle Beach. 

When I first saw him last week, Dunston was playing 1st base in infield practice, receiving throws from the infielders and then dropping the received balls into a bucket that (when fuil) would be carried back to home plate by one of the other players where a coach was hitting grounders to the infielders.  

Then he went out and caught fly balls in CF, but since he wasn't able to throw at that time, he would just underhand flip the ball to a teammate standing nearby.    

As for his future as a player, I don't know how far he will get. He has a below-average arm, runs OK but isn't a burner, has below-average power, and isn't a particularly good hitter. But he is a very bright kid and his baseball IQ is off the charts, and sometimes that can make up for shortcomings in other areas.  

A lot of the minor leaguers the Cubs have placed on the 7-day DL this season have minor injuries, and they are placed on the DL just to get them off the active roster for few days, and then they stay with their club and continue to throw bullpen side-sessions (pitchers) or take BP and fielding practice (position players) until they are needed again. 

But Dunston is one of the few Cubs minor leaguers on the DL who actually is injured and requires rehab. 

Oh, the irony of Shawon Dunston Jr. having a below average throwing arm. If I had a time machine, one of my stops would be in the late 80's to see his daddy throw one more time like a cannon shot to Mark Grace to complete a double play. You could hear the "pop" of the ball in the mitt so loud it would make you wince and you'd wonder if Grace had any feeling left in his catching hand. It inspired awe.

If I could go back in time I would tell them to draft Dwight Gooden, and that taking a walk wasn't a bad thing.

Ha

Dunston (the father) had a better arm than Gooden. The reference to the son's baseball IQ also brings up in my mind a different contrast with the father. The father never figured out the offense thing, and his defense at SS does not show up well in defensive WAR. In term of career WAR from the 1982 first round draft class (of which Dunston (#1) and Gooden (#5) were members), Gooden is in first place by a mile (53.2), while Dunston's career WAR (11.5) is slightly behind Ron Karkovice and Spike Owen, and slightly ahead of Todd Worrell and Duane Ward. This from a man with athletic ability coming out his ears. He could run, he could throw, he could hit the ball hard. The father did have an 18 year MLB career, which he was able to prolong for about 5 years at the end due to the versatility that he was able to provide with the athleticism he retained (to an unusual degree) into his late 30s. I recall he had a back injury, and he really stopped playing much shortstop after 1997, the year he turned 34. He played 5 years after that, mostly in the outfield, but with some appearances in the infield.

Courtesy of a Wiscgrad piece from last year (http://www.thecubreporter.com/06042014/best-c...), here is a partial list of Cub draft picks with more career WAR than Dunston senior (as of last June): Greg Maddux 106.9, Rafael Palmeiro 71.6, Rick Reuschel 70.0, Jamie Moyer 50.4, Mark Grace 46.1, Burt Hooton 35.9, Scott Fletcher 32.0, Joe Niekro 29.9, Lee Smith 29.6, Steve Trachsel 29.4, Kerry Wood 27.7, Ken Holtzman 27.6, Bill North 26.7, Mike Krukow 24.1, Oscar Gamble 23.0, Jon Garland 22.5, Larry Gura 21.7, Kyle Lohse 20.6, Dontrelle Willis 20.3, Joe Carter 19.3, Dave Martinez 19.1, Mark Prior 16.5, Ray Burris 16.4, Dennis Lamp 15.4, Rick Wilkins 13.9, Josh Donaldson 13.7

Ha! I totally agree with the critiques about Dunston Sr. I also wish the Cubs had chosen Gooden -- but I loved watching Dunston's athletic ability.

Is Harvey a 6 foot tall invisible rabbit or the former umpire they called God?

CUBSTER: A little bit of both. 

Phil, any surprise in the Eugene v. Mesa assignments? Is that "official" or tentative?

JOHN B: The assignments are not official. They are tentative and fluid.

A lot of roster movement can happen in the next ten days or so, but *AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW* the Eugene roster appears to be:

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

STARTING PITCHERS (alphabetical):
Oscar de la Cruz 
* Jose Paulino 
* Carson Sands 
* Justin Steele
Austyn Willis  

BULLPEN (alphabetical): 
Pedro Araujo 
Jordan Brink 
* Andin Diaz 
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Corbin Hoffner 
John Michael Knighton 
Dillon Maples
Alexander Santana 
* Sam Wilson

STARTING LINEUP:
Kevonte Mitchell, CF
Ho-Young Son, SS
Eloy Jimenez, RF
Joey Martarano, 1B
# Frandy de la Rosa, 2B
Tyler Alamo, C 
* Ricardo Marcano, LF  
Adonis Paula, 3B  
DH - TBD 

BENCH:  
# Erick Castillo, C
Jose Paniagua, OF-1B 
* Carlos Sepulveda, INF

One or more players could be moved down to Eugene from South Bend, Myrtle Beach, or Tennessee prior to NWL Opening Day. For example, catcher Tyler Pearson and INF Bryant Flete (both presently at Tennessee) could get moved down to Eugene.     

RHRPs Daniel Lewis and Michael Wagner were moved up to South Bend and Iowa (respectively) from EXST and then were subsequently "assigned to Eugene," but neither pitcher has been sent back to EXST, and so the transactions appear to be just be a way to get them off their club's active roster without having to place them on the DL.    

Remember, Eugene will have a 35-man reserve list, and a 30-man active roster, of which 25 players are designated "active" for each game, of which ten must be pitchers.

Most of the players signed after being selected in the First-Year Player Draft as well as undrafted players signed as free-agents after the draft will initially be assigned to the AZL Cubs (at least for a few days), but it is possible that one or more draft picks or NDFA could go directly to Eugene. 

 

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter. 

    He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs  immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Good to see Roederer and Velasquez  providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 5 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 27 min ago (view)

    "He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."

    reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here. 

    He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.

    His receiving should improve with experience as well. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

    Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 17 min ago (view)

    For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

    As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

    RHP Josh Burgmann 
    RHP Chris Clarke 
    LHP D. J. Herz
    RHP Michael McAvene 

     

  • Charlie 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year