Guts. Glory. Ram-sey Romano

Ramsey Romano doubled twice, singled, and scored three runs, Josue Huma singled twice, doubled, and drove-in two runs, and SP Jesus Tejada hurled 3.2 IP of one-hit ball, leading the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguelo Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Erven Roper belted a two-run HR to account for the two Angel runs. 

Ramsey Romano (Cubs 2017 31st round draft pick - Long Beach State) is an athletic and versatile defender who can play anywhere in the infield and outfield. He almost certainly will be the #1 utility-supersub at Eugene when the Emeralds begin play in a couple of weeks.   

Prior to the game on Field #5, RHPs Dalton Geekie and Andry Rondon threw "live" BP on Field #4 (one "inning" - 25 pitches each). Geekie (Atlanta Braves 2015 22nd round draft pick - Georgia Highlands College) underwent TJS in August 2016 and missed the 2017 season. The 23-year old 6'5 righthander was acquired by the Cubs from Lake Erie (Frontier League) a couple of weeks ago. He signed with Lake Erie after being released by the Braves at the end of Minor League Camp in March. A. Rondon reported late to Extended Spring Training and it's taken him a while to round into game shape.  

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

1. Josue Huma, 2B: 3-4 (P-6, 2B, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
2. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP, 6-3, R, RBI)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-3 (BB, F-8, F-9, F-8)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C 2-4 (1B, P-4, K, 1B, RBI)
4b. Henderson Perez, C: NO AB 
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, K, R)
6. Gustavo Polanco, DH #1: 2-4 (F-9, 1B, 1B, L-5 DP)
7a. Chris Carrier, RF: 0-3 (P-3, K, F-9)
7b. Ruben Reyes, RF: NO AB 
8. Kwangmin Kwon, DH #2: 1-3 (K, K, 1B, RBI)
9. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, K, R)
10. Ramsey Romano, 1B: 3-3 (2B, 2B, 1B, 3 R, RBI)

1. Jesus Tejada: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 64 pitches (41 strikes) 
2. Jeffrey Passantino: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (28 strikes) 
3. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (25 strikes) 

1. 3B Orian Nunez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. P Jesus Tejada: E-1 (throwing error after bunt allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Jonathan Soto: 0-2 CS 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 


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


Phil, is Eddie Butler in Mesa working his way back to health?

HAGSAG: If Eddie Butler is down here I haven't seen him. Which is to say he hasn't been out on the field, but he could be inside the UAPC doing rehab there.  

Phil, has Dalton Geekie been seen wearing a pocket protector?

AZ PHIL: Bryan Hudson had a nice outing yesterday in Mertle Beach. Do you think he could crack a back-end rotation somewhere?

E-MAN: I think Bryan Hudson probably has an MLB ceiling. It might take him a while to get there, though.

The problem with extreme ground-ball pitchers like Hudson is that in "A"-ball they suffer from having infielders who don't make plays the way infielders do at AA, AAA, and (especially) MLB.

So minor league pitching coaches have to constantly remind pitchers like Hudson to keep doing what they're doing and not to try and strike everybody out even if they don't always get the results they expect from inducing ground-balls. 

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...


  • Hagsag 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 


  • Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM


  • Charlie 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.


  • crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.


  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters. 


  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)

    mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...


  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.

    i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.

    he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.

    that said, his career is far from done.  most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).  


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -. 

    The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft after the Indians signed him to a minor league successor contract, and the Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Cubs signed him to a minor league successor contract. 


  • Hagsag 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Got to get Taylor Davis back.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).