Nwolverine Nwogu Nwonderful at Talking Stick

Jordan Nwogu, singled, doubled, tripled, scored two runs, drove-in another, and made a diving catch in LF, Yonathan Perlaza singled twice and scored a run, and Manuel Espinoza hurled three innings of perfect baseball, as the Cubs cruised past the Diamondbacks 6-2 in AZ Instructional League game action Wednesday afternoon on Whirlwind Field at Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

Kristian Robinson drilled an RBI double for the D'backs in a losing cause. 

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

CUBS LINEUP
1a. Yohendrick Pinango, RF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
1b. Yonathan Perlaza, PR-RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, CS)
2a. Bryce Windham, C: 1-3 (4-3, 6-3, 1B, R)
2b. Cam Balego, C: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
3. Jordan Nwogu, LF: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 2B, K, 2 R, RBI). 
4. Ethan Hearn, DH: 0-3 (K, F-8,  F-8 SF, K, RBI)
5. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, F-9 SF, K, RBI)
6. Rafael Morel, 3B: 1-4 (K, 1B, L-5, 6-3, R)
7. Kevin Made, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
8. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K) 
9. Jacob Wetzel, CF: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, 1-3, R, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB , 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Manuel Espinoza,: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/5 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes) 
3. Erling Moreno: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP,  0/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

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Comments

There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either. 

I also would expect clubs to be reluctant to extend Qualifying Offers to free-agents on Sunday and I would not expect most post-2020 free-agents to sign until it is determined whether there will be a 2021 season and/or if fans will be allowed to attend games in a normal fashion, because owners are not going to want to pay players "2019/2020 money" if the stadiums are only half-full. There will probably be lots of one-year contracts with complicated performance bonuses. 

So I expect the "hot stove" will be fairly cool for the next few months (at least up until the start of Spring Training, presuming there even is a Spring Training). 

And I would be very surprised if there is traditional minor league baseball in 2021. I expect a delayed start (April) to Minor League Camp (minor league Spring Training) after MLB clubs break camp, with most minor league players (AA, Hi-A, Lo-A, and Rookie) remaining in the Spring Training facilities in Arizona and Florida for most if not all of 2021.

The MLB 40-man roster and a larger number of minor league NRI than typical (possibly as many as 40 players) will be at MLB Spring Training in February & March, with only the most advanced and/or MLB-ready minor leaguers (the de facto AAA squad) likely playing outside of the Spring Training facility once the MLB season starts.

But they can't have an Alternate Training Site / Practice Squad playing just intrasquad "sim" games for an entire season like they did in the truncated 2020 season. The ATS practice squads will need to play other organizations (probably the nearest other ATS sites, maybe grouped in a foursome).  

but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer.   ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?

76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections. 

Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).

KBO (korea) ends their season tomorrow.

a.russell started off hot, but severely cooled off to a .253/.317/.336 slash (not counting today's game).  if he comes back to the US (and finds a team that wants to sign him), it should be rather cheap.

PHIL: How is Kevin Made's last name pronounced? Is it mah-day? Or like it's spelled - made? Thanks!

"Jon Lester said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that he's had conversations with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein "about getting something done, coming back and being a part of the organization." "

ummm...how about no?  i mean, thanks for those 3 good seasons in your first 4 years as a cub...but after those last 2...yeah...no.

also, the cubs claimed 2nd/3rd max schrock off waivers from STL (no power, bit of speed, slow to react in the IF even though the glove isn't bad).  meh.

Cubs MLB Roster

Cubs Organizational Depth Chart
40-Man Roster Info

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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full)    

Last updated 1-24-2023
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 21
Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jeremiah Estrada
Kyle Hendricks
Codi Heuer 
* Brandon Hughes
Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
Julian Merryweather
Ethan Roberts 
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

CATCHERS: 3 
* Tucker Barnhart 
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 8
Nico Hoerner
* Eric Hosmer
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 8 
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Trey Mancini 
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez


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