Late Rally Helps Emeralds Sparkle at Riverview
Kevonte Mitchell smashed a solo HR to lead-off the inning and Frandy de la Rosa belted a two-run triple and scored on a WP to highlight a four-run 8th, as the Eugene Emeralds rallied to defeat the Mesa Cubs 5-3 in Extended Spring Training intrasquad action this morning on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
Eloy Jimenez reached base four times (two singles and two walks) for Eugene, Yohan Matos slugged a solo HR and singled twice for the Mesa Cubs, and the two starting pitchers (LHP Justin Steele and RHP Oscar de la Cruz) combined to hurl six innings of shutout ball.
Mesa Cubs LF Jose Paniagua left the game after being hit on the helmet by a Daniel Bard fastball in the top of the 4th. (Bard was pulled out of the game after throwing only eight pitches).
Mike Olt (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - broken right wrist) took pre-game BP but did not play in the game.
In EXST Cubs roster news, OF Shawon Dunston (on Myrtle Beach 7-day since April 23rd with a right shoulder injury) has completed his rehab and has returned to the Pelicans, and C-1B Alberto Mineo has been moved-up to Myrtle Beach.
Mineo will be inactive at MB (technically he's on the Eugene Reserve List) and will serve as a bullpen catcher for the Pelicans, but he can be activated if necessary.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game, followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:
MESA CUBS LINEUP:
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (K, 1B, 4-3, F-9, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 0-3 (BB, 6-3, L-8, L-7)
3. Yohan Matos, C: 3-4 (1B, K, 1B, HR, R, RBI)
4. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-4 (L-4, P-6, F-9, L-7)
5. Danny Gutierrrez, DH-LF: 0-4 (P-4, E-3, 6-3, K, R, 2 SB)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B 0-3 (P-4, BB, 4-3, 6-3, R)
7a. Jose Paniagua, LF: 0-1 (K, HBP)
7b. Jhonny Pereda, PR: NO AB
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
8. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 1-4 (1B, F-9, K, K)
9. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 1-3 (5-3, 6-2 FC, 1B, BB)
10. Calvin Graves, DH #2: 0-4 (P-4, 4-3, P-6, 4-3)
1. Robert Garcia, DH #1: 0-4 (6-3, P-1, L-9, K)
2. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-3 (F-8, BB, P-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, BB, R, RBI, CS)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 2-4 (4-U FC, 1B, F8, 1B, R)
5. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B-DH 1-2 (L-8, BB, HBP, 3B, R, 2 RBI, PO)
6. Tyler Alamo, C: 2-3 (1B, BB, F-9, 1B)
7. Varonex Cuevas, DH-2B: 0-4 (K, P-6 DP, F-7, K)
8. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-9)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-2 (BB, 4-1, 1B, PO)
10. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, L-4)
MESA CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Justin Steele: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2/3 GO/FO, 42 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Trey Masek: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 18 pitches (4 strikes)
3. Austyn Willis: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 3 WP, 1 PO, 1/8 GO/FO, 75 pitches (44 strikes)
1. Oscar de la Cruz: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 49 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Daniel Bard: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (3 strikes)
3. Sam Wilson: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Jordan Brink: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 3/4 GO/FO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
MESA CUBS ERRORS: NONE
EUGENE ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Joey Martarano: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Joey Martarano: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
MESA CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 0-3 CS, 1 PB
MESA CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Danny Gutierrez - threw out batter (Ricardo Marcano) 7-4 trying to stretch single into double
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
50 players ACTIVE
17 pitchers in PITCHERS REHAB GROUP (various stages of activity but not pitching in EXST games)
4 injured position players at TRAINING CENTER (not cleared for field activity)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
ACTIVE PITCHERS: 26
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
* Jose Paulino
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
* Sam Wilson
PITCHERS REHAB GROUP: 17
Adbert Alzolay (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - now throwing bullpen side-sessions)
Matt Brazis (LIMITED ACTIVITY - AA Tennessee 7-day DL - now throwing bullpen side-sessions)
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - throwing in "sim games - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (ACTIVE REHAB - shut-down down in Minor League Camp - now throwing in "sim" games)
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down in Minor League Camp - now throwing bullpen side-sessions - groin)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down in Minor League Camp - now throwing bullpen side-sessions)
Barret Loux (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after throwing in EXST games - right flexor)
Trey McNutt (LIMITED ACTIVITY - now throwing bullpen side-sessions - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - TJS pending)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - TRAINING CENTER - was shut-down in Minor League Camp)
James Norwood (LIMITED ACTIVITY - South Bend 7-day DL - has started throwing bullpen side-sessions)
Blake Parker (TRAINING CENTER - re-signed after being released - right elbow inflammation)
Hector Perez (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - ???)
Austin Reed (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down after pitching in EXST games - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (TRAINING CENTER - shut-down in Minor League Camp - had TJS in April)
Jose Zapata (LIMITED ACTIVITY - shut-down after throwing in EXST games - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Rob Zastryzny (ACTIVE REHAB - throwing in "sim" games - foot injury)
# Erick Castillo
Will Remillard (TRAINING CENTER - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B
Roney Alcala (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
Wladimir Galindo (TRAINING CENTER - left wrist injury)
Carlos Jimenez (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
* Tommy LaStella (TRAINING CENTER - oblique strain)
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (ACTIVE REHAB - fractured right wrist)
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Logan Watkins (TRAINING CENTER - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)
# Roberto Caro
# Robert Garcia
* Ricardo Marcano
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting 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)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)
crunch 1 day 4 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old
crunch 2 days 5 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 7 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 7 hours ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 2 days 8 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.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
The discussions on this matter have been quite varried. There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.
It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.
crunch 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic. wow.
altuve continues to build his astros legend.
bradsbeard 3 days 17 hours ago (view)
Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen.
bradsbeard 3 days 17 hours ago (view)
I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab.
JustSayin' 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday? Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?) Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back?
Arizona Phil 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.