2010 Cubs Extended Spring Training Stats - Updated Thru 5/22

Here are the unofficial statistics for EXST Cubs players through May 22nd. (There is no Official Scorer at Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, so the stats are not official).

2010 EXST CUBS RECORD: 12-22-7 (41 GAMES PLAYED THRU 5/22)

* Bats or throws left
* Bats both



George Matheus (3B) – 615/600/692
(8-13, 2B, 3 R, BB, SH, 4 GAMES)

Chris Huseby (P-DH) – 571/667/857
(4-7, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 GAMES)

Jae-Hoon Ha (C-RF) – 394/432/667
(13-33, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 5 K, SF, 2 GIDP, CS, PO, 12 GAMES)

Jesus Morelli (RF-CF-LF) – 377/460/603
(20-53, 8 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 11 K, 4 HBP, SF, 3 SB, 17 GAMES)

* Alvaro Ramirez (CF-LF-RF) – 356/359/508
(21-59, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR, 11 RBI, 7 R, BB, 9 K, HBP, 3 SH, GIDP, 6 SB, 2 CS, 18 GAMES)

* Pin-Chieh Chen (2B-SS) – 333/400/360
(25-75, 2 2B, 9 RBI, 10 R, 9 BB, 11 K, SH, 4 SB, 4 CS, 23 GAMES)

Brandon May (3B-1B-2B) – 301/402/425
(22-73, 7 2B, 3B, 11 RBI, 17 R, 12 BB, 15 K, HBP, SF, 2 GIDP, 23 GAMES)

Manuel Pestana (LF-CF) – 300/300/400
(3-10, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 K, 4 GAMES) - DISABLED LIST (sprained shoulder)

Luis Flores (C) – 273/370/364
(6-22, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K, SF, SB, 11 GAMES) - NOTE: Was reinstated from Suspended List on 4/26

* Bobby Wagner (1B-3B) – 264/355/472
(14-53, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 6 R, 7 BB, 19 K, HBP, SF, 19 GAMES)

# Rafael Disla (2B-SS-3B-LF) – 262/300/476
(11-42, 4 2B, 3 3B, 8 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 10 K, HBP, 2 SF, 2 SH, GIDP, 3 SB, CS, 18 GAMES)

# Vismeldy Bieneme (3B-2B) – 231/340/256
(9-39, 2B, 4 RBI, 6 R, 7 BB, 14 K, SF, 2 SB, 14 GAMES)

* Sergio Burruel (C-1B) – 225/304/275
(9-40, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB, 12 K, HBP, SF, 2 GIDP, CS, 17 GAMES)

Runey Davis (LF-CF-RF) – 203/278/234
(13-64, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 15 K, 3 HBP, SF, 2 GIDP, 3 SB, 3 CS, 21 GAMES)

Xavier Batista (RF-CF-1B) – 200/247/371
(14-70, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 11 R, 4 BB, 34 K, HBP, SF, SH, 4 GIDP, 23 GAMES)

Cody Shields (LF-CF) – 196/240/304
(9-46, 2 2B, HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 10 K, SF, 2 GIDP, 3 SB, PO, 18 GAMES)

# Arismendy Alcantara (SS-2B) – 193/258/318
(17-88, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 17 R, 5 BB, 16 K, 3 HBP, SF, 4 SB, 2 CS, 28 GAMES)

Jose Guevara (C-1B) – 192/300/192
(5-26, RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 K, HBP, SB, 14 GAMES)

* Wes Darvill (SS-2B) – 189/308/189
(10-53, 5 RBI, 5 R, 10 BB, 10 K, 2 SH, SB, 3 CS, 21 GAMES)

Albert Hernandez (LF-RF-1B) – 177/224/242
(11-62, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 20 K, SF, 5 GIDP, SB, 2 CS, 22 GAMES)

Blair Springfield (LF-2B-3B) – 164/193/164
(9-55, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 22 K, 2 GIDP, SB, CS, 21 GAMES)

Carlos Romero (C-1B) – 152/265/182
(5-33, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 HBP, GIDP, 16 GAMES)

Melvin Camarena (1B-LF-RF) – 150/208/200
(3-20, 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB, 10 K, SF, SH, SB, 8 GAMES) - DISABLED LIST (broken hand)

* Kyung-Min Na (CF-RF) – 111/143/111
(3-27, 2 R, BB, 8 K, CS, 11 GAMES)


* Francisco Guzman (CF) – 471/500/588 (8-17, 3B, 5 RBI, 7 R, BB, K, 3 SB, CS, 5 GAMES) - MOVED UP TO PEORIA 4/23

Jonathan Mota (C-2B) – 308/375/538 (3 2B, 4 RBI, R, 2 BB, K, SH, PO, 5 GAMES) - MOVED UP TO PEORIA 4/23

Charles Thomas (3B-1B) – 303/342/348 (20-66, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 13 R, 5 BB, 8 K, SF, C-INT, 4 SB, PO, 19 GAMES) – MOVED UP TO PEORIA 5/12

Rebel Ridling (1B) – 286/286/333 (6-21, 2B, RBI, R, 4 K, 5 GAMES) - REHAB COMPLETED 4/23

D. J. Fitzgerald (LF-RF) – 267/354/400 (4-15, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 5 GAMES) – MOVED UP TO PEORIA 4/23

* Matt Spencer (1B) – 250/308/833 (3-12, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB, K, 2 GAMES) - REHAB COMPLETED 4/18

Jason Dubois (DH) – 214/267/357 (3-14, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB, 4 K, GIDP, 4 GAMES) REHAB COMPLETED 5/15



Corey Martin: 0.00 ERA, 0.47 WHIP, .136 OBA
6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 8/8 GO/FO, 5 GAMES

Andres Quezada: 0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 231 OBA
3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 4/4 GO/FO, 2 GAMES

Alvaro Sosa: 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, 167 OBA
3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 6/1 GO/FO, 3 GAMES (2 GS) – NOTE: ex-catcher converted to RHP April 2010

* Casey Lambert: 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 167 OBA
1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 2 GAMES (2 GS) - REHAB (2009 TJS)

Juan Yasser Serrano: 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, .000 OBA
1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 1 GAME (1 GS)

Frank Batista: 2.21 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .234 OBA
20.1 IP, 19 H, 11 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 16 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 21/22 GO/FO, 7 GAMES (3 GS)

* Marcos Perez: 2.22 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, .182 OBA
24.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 19 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 29/23 GO/FO, 9 GAMES (3 GS)

Marcus Hatley: 2.43 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .286 OBA
3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 3 GAMES (3 GS) - REHAB (2009 TJS)

Luis Liria: 2.95 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, .267 OBA
21.1 IP, 23 H, 8 R (7 ER), 10 BB, 21 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 20/16 GO/FO, 8 GAMES (4 GS)

* Drew Rundle: 3.24 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, .264 OBA
8.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, 8/9 GO/FO, 7 GAMES - NOTE: Ex-OF converted to LHP September 2009

Tarlandus Mitchell: 3.38 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, .261 OBA
16.0 IP, 17 H, 6 R (6 ER), 10 BB, 14 K, 2 HBP, 2 WP, 14/14 GO/FO, 6 GAMES (5 GS)

* John Mincone: 3.47 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .202 OBA
23.1 IP, 17 H, 12 R (9 ER), 6 BB, 14 K, 1 WP, 3 GIDP, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 31/22 GO/FO, 8 GAMES (3 GS)

* Austin Kirk: 3.66 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .247 OBA
19.2 IP, 19 H, 8 R (8 ER), 6 BB, 19 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 2 PO, 14/25 GO/FO, 7 GAMES (3 GS)

Jose Rosario: 3.94 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, .292 OBA
16.0 IP, 19 H, 12 R (7 ER), 7 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 3 GIDP, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 25/11 GO/FO, 7 GAMES

Alvido Jimenez: 3.97 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, .232 OBA
11.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R (5 ER), 6 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 14/10 GO/FO, 8 GAMES

Jadel Mendez: 4.09 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .311 OBA
11.0 IP, 14 H, 8 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2 GIDP, 1 PO, 15/9 GO/FO, 7 GAMES

Rogelio Carmona: 4.24 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, .250 OBA
17.0 IP, 17 H, 10 R (8 ER), 7 BB, 18 K, 1 WP, 14/15 GO/FO, 14 GAMES

Danny Keefe: 6.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .289 OBA
18.0 IP, 22 H, 12 R (12 ER), 2 BB, 25 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 16/13 GO/FO, 12 GAMES

Jesse Ginley: 6.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, .285 OBA
12.0 IP, 14 H, 8 R (8 ER), 7 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 14/16 GO/FO, 8 GAMES (1 GS)

Eduardo Figueroa: 6.51 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, .341 OBA
19.1 IP, 30 H, 19 R (14 ER), 8 BB, 13 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 5 WP, 2 PO, 14/23 GO/FO, 7 GAMES (4 GS)

Yao-Lin Wang: 7.13 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, .306 OBA
17.2 IP, 23 H, 14 R (14 ER), 4 BB, 20 K, 3 WP, 1 GIDP, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 13/12 GO/FO, 6 GAMES (4 GS)

Carlos Rojas: 7.63 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, .292 OBA
15.1 IP, 19 H, 19 R (13 ER), 7 BB, 14 K, 4 HR, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 17/14 GO/FO, 12 GAMES

Tzu-An Wang: 13.00 ERA, 2.17 WHIP, .356 OBA
9.2 IP, 16 H, 17 R (14 ER), 5 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 3 HBP, 2 WP, 10/12 GO/FO, 7 GAMES

Gian Guzman: 19.20 ERA, 3.43 WHIP, .333 OBA
4.2 IP, 7 H, 10 R (10 ER), 9 BB, 0 K, 3 HR, 1 HBP, 4/8 GO/FO, 4 GAMES – DISABLED LIST (sore elbow)

Hector Mayora: 21.00 ERA, 3.67 WHIP, .438 OBA
3.0 IP, 7 H, 10 R (7 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 4 GAMES (1 GS)

* Cody Hams: 40.50 ERA, 6.75 WHIP, .600 OBA
1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/GO, 2 GAMES – DISABLED LIST (back strain)

0.0 IP, 0 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 GAME


Esmailin Caridad: 0.00 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .000 OBA - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 1 GAME – REHAB COMPLETED 5/2

Yohan Gonzalez: 0.82 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, .200 OBA - 11.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 14 K, 1 GIDP, 9/10 GO/FO, 7 GAMES – MOVED UP TO PEORIA 5/13

* James Leverton: 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, .000 OBA - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GAME – MOVED UP TO PEORIA 4/18

Larry Suarez: 3.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, .357 OBA - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 2 GAMES – MOVED UP TO PEORIA 4/18

Chris Carpenter: 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, .375 OBA - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 1 GAME (1 GS) – REHAB COPMPLETED 4/18

David Patton: 9.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .250 OBA - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 1 GAME – REHAB COMPLETED 4/15


Sergio Burruel: 5-18 CS (28%), 3 PB, 1 PO, 1 E
Luis Flores: 6-13 CS (46%), 1 PB, 1 PO, 3 E
Jose Guevara: 3-5 CS (60%), 4 PB
Jae-Hoon Ha: 2-10 CS (20%), 6 PB, 3 E
Jonathan Mota: 1-5 CS (20%), 1 E (DEPARTED)
Carlos Romero: 4-10 CS (40%), 2 PB, 4 E

Wes Darvill – 11
Arismendy Alcantara – 10
Rafael Disla – 7
Pin-Chieh Chen – 6
Vismeldy Bieneme – 4
Blair Springfield – 3
Charles Thomas - 3 (DEPARTED)
Brandon May - 2
George Matheus – 1
Bobby Wagner - 1

Xavier Batista: 1 E
Runey Davis: 1 ASSIST, 2 E
Brandon Guyer: 1 ASSIST
Francisco Guzman: 1 ASSIST, 1 E (DEPARTED)
Jesus Morelli: 1 E
Kyung-Min Na: 1 ASSIST
Manuel Pestana: 1 ASSIST
Alvaro Ramirez: 1 E
Blair Springfield: 1 ASSIST

Marcos Perez – 3
Eduardo Figueroa – 2
Luis Liria – 2
Carlos Rojas – 2
Chris Carpenter – 1 (DEPARTED)
Danny Keefe – 1
Casey Lambert – 1
Andres Quezada – 1

Justin Bristow, P (unknown)
Melvin Camarena, 1B-OF (broken hand)
Esmailin Caridad, RHP (elbow)
Manolin DeLeon, P (2010 knee surgery)
Brandon Guyer, OF (left elbow)
Angel Guzman, P (2010 shoulder surgery)
Gian Guzman, P (elbow)
* Cody Hams, P (back)
Dylan Johnston, P (2009 TJS)
Dong-Yub Kim, OF (unknown)
Marcos Mateo, P (2010 knee surgery)
Mike Parisi, P (2010 shoulder surgery)
Manuel Pestana, OF (shoulder)
Melvin Rosa, P (2010 TJS)
Adam Spencer, P (shoulder)


The Dominican Summer League begins play next weekend.

He starts off by commending the Cubs for recognizing Cashner's possible value when drafting him as at three-pitch guy. He concludes, however, by saying:
"They need bullpen help, and Cashner is ready. Let's just hope it's a temporary fix so all of this really smart development doesn't go for naught."
Link: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php... Subscription probably required.

Despite a sweep of the Giants by the A's - the NL is winning the interleague series 22-20 (if my counting is correct). Normally I like to see the AL take as many wins out of the NL as possible, but I am getting a little tired of everyone saying it's the superior league.

Homer Bailey to the DL

this is another one that lacks even the shred of b/s a lot of people hold onto when trying to pin blame on the dustbag. there's no "back to back magic 120 oooooo aaaaaaah ooooo" or an extreme ramping of his workload...guy pitched 200ip last year. btw, this is just a statement...im not saying you're going all OH WTF DUSTY YOU RUINED HOMUR BOOLEE AND KICKED MUH DOG AND IT UP N' DIED...or etc.

not that I care much other than anytime a pitcher gets hurt under Dusty, I can post something and then get you riled up. but Bailey was on Verducci's 2010 injury/ineffective watch list http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers...

But it was because he dismisses the minor league innings - if I recall. I was watching the game - the first inning if I recall was particuarly long. Crunch's argument is speculous though - because even, like in this case when you identify a guy who's innings got ramped up - crunch says it was too early in the season to count. At the end of the day, Dusty has a long line of injured or less effective pitchers in his wake. If you compare him to other managers who've managed for a similiar period - LaRussa, Great Grandpa Lou and Cox, it seems like Dusty has more guys go down, and he's also less concerned with pitch counts.

dude...bailey has to pitch if he wants to be a pitcher. you can't keep a guy in a bubble until it's time to pay him 5-10+ million a year and hope he's capable. 150ip 2 years ago and 200 in 09... bobby cox manages his pitching almost the same as dusty, fwiw. whatever you do don't ever look at how cox handled russ ortiz...but if you want to know why...it's because he could...same for guys like livan hernandez.

The Cubs current patron saints of inneficient pitchers is Gorzellany. He's had one start this year where he averaged 20+ pitches per inning. Bailey has had five. Your and Dusty's idea of "let him pitch as much as I want until he gets hurt, because otherwise he's no good to me" is interesting, but I think that maybe there's a better way to handle it.

"Your and Dusty's idea of "let him pitch as much as I want until he gets hurt, because otherwise he's no good to me" is interesting" you're doing that thing again where you say stuff that isn't there. what part of him pitching 200ip last year, 150ip the year before, and him working hard to even break 110 pitches in a start this year have to do with dusty letting him pitch as much as he wants or anything i said?

Dude, you're doing that thing again where you forgot what you just said. How is "dude...bailey has to pitch if he wants to be a pitcher" any different from what I said, othe that I included the outcome of letting people "pitch to be a pitcher"? Just because you can't see the consequence of "pitching to pitch" doesn't mean that there is none.

"How is "dude...bailey has to pitch if he wants to be a pitcher" any different from what I said" a lot since you have to ignore the context of bailey's situation in order for your statement to work. how has bailey not earned the right to pitch this year...especially when no "holy rules of omfg injury" are being broken besides the fringe notion that for some reason attached to his age he shouldn't pitch after going 150ip one year, 200ip the last year, and barely being able to sniff 110 pitches in any start this year? c'mon.

Let's look at the context of Bailey's situation. He's under 25, and he's pitching for the manager most famous for ruinign arms. What did I miss? As to the holy rules. Well, he was on Verducci's list, so there's one holy rule that was already broken. He's also under 25, but treated like a guy who should throw 100+ pitches every start, that's two. Then there's the fact that he seems to always have long innings, which in my mind is the most damaging thing, but he still throws 100+ pitches every start, so there's three things. At some point Dusty needs to learn that if you have a 28 pitch inning - that should be considered pitching two innings.

i don't even know where to start...it's just too much typing and i don't know if it will even be read. i've already covered much of this and the last paragraph i find weird.

How many rules do you want? What would your rules be? They seem to be the same as Dusty's which is "pitch as much as you can until Kremchek opens you up - there's no correlation between pitching a lot an being injured because 40 years ago, one pitcher in 12 on a staff, who didn't throw any sliders or split finger fastballs or have to deal with video rooms and bats than have been in a kiln for two weeks was able to pitch 280 innings a year for three years before he got hurt, and one is 50 could do it for 10 years." Ignorance is bliss, and you're a happy man.

generally the concern of overuse is centered around young pitchers, particularly under the age of 25. and not sure Russ Ortiz is the example you want to use, he turned into a shit pitcher by age 31.

you do not put a pitcher in a box and "protect" him from throwing like a major league pitcher until he turns 25. this is baseball, not a spreadsheet. guys have to be able to do 200-ish workload to stay a starter...that's why we have sean marshall in the pen. if you're 20, 21, 22...and done with AAA...you need to be able to go out there and pitch like you belong once you've shown you can break that 150-200ip mark. we used to have 4-man rotations and pitch limits only raised eyebrows when people went 150+. you can't treat everyone like they're angel guzman...you'll miss the nolan ryans. ....the russ ortiz example was a comparison on cox vs. dusty (aka dusty cocks) managing style of pitchers. when cox gets a guy (lol...cocks gets a guy...gay) he can push, he pushes him pretty much without fail. people talk of dusty like he's frank "what, people used to throw 150+ a game" robinson.

Verducci's little chart in that link does include Bailey's minor league innings from 2008 and 2009, fwiw. I didn't check for anyone else. not that I care to argue about the Verducci effect, it was just something I recall that someone was worried about Bailey before the season started.

it's nice you think someone explaining something is getting riled up. i just think the dusty microscope is stupid when he takes blame for stuff he's not doing or not doing differently than 20+ other managers out there. verducci's list is douchey, btw.

Kyle Lohse got a "stress MRI" of his pitching forearm (two for the price of two)...so no Penny or Lohse in the weekend series at Wrigley (not sure that's good or bad news).
Lohse had two MRIs on Monday, one before exercising and a second after working out.
"It was enough to show the inflammation," Lohse said. "I basically got the feeling I would get from throwing. Something is going on."
Lohse is likely to join Brad Penny (upper back) on the 15-day disabled list. Like Penny, Lohse had not mentioned that his 2009 symptoms had returned prior to Saturday's start, but problems in his latest outing convinced him he had to tell the team.

per Muskat on twitter: Carlos Zambrano thew 73 pitches in sim game Mon at Wrigley, 1st time stretched out since move to #Cubs bullpen. He could start next week http://twitter.com/CarrieMuskat/status/146483...

That should get Z through about 2 or 3 innings.

"there should be a 6th tool when scouting...does he love it?" - kevin millar there's a nice piece on millar returning to the st. paul saints (indie league) (where his career started) on MLB TV "Live"...they'll probably run it a few times because they went through a lot of trouble to shoot footage and take interviews. he also stated that the cubs was the first team that ever cut him and it made him cry. he spoke of watching the team bus leave after he got cut and him and his son packing up his locker at cubs spring camp.

Earlier this year, ARIZONA PHIL on TY WRIGHT
Ty Wright is an outfielder without the defensive acumen & range to play CF or the arm to play RF, and he doesn't have the HR power you would look for in a LF. On the other hand, he's a pretty good hitter, he runs OK, and he plays LF with reckless abandon. He's the kind of player fans tend to like. Probably in an attempt to improve his versatility, the Cubs were working him out at 3B in Minor League Camp last week, but he was back in LF yesterday.
and Today, May 24
KODAK, Tenn. - The Tennessee Smokies made it back-to-back weeks as OF Ty Wright was named this afternoon by the Southern League as its "Hitter of the Week," for the week of May 17-23.... Wright went on a power surge this past week. His grand slam Monday against Huntsville was one of two he hit last week against the Stars. Another two late last week against Jacksonville put him at eight on the year (T-4 in the league). His 42 RBIs are second in the league and he leads the Smokies in runs scored (34), home runs (8)and RBIs (42).
What's up? Did he get Colvinized last winter?

Age 25 in AA? repeating the league? Whatever it is, Wright's avg hasn't suffered (291 this year/290 last year) & OB slightly down, but slugging a cool 100 pts higher so far this season ...

but someone lock up Hendry, another 2bmen is available Kaz Matsui was released by the Astros, apparently last week.

Yeah. I have to admit, I have a lingering man-crush on Matsui from his days with the Rockies...

I had a crush on him, too, until I heard about the -->**ANAL FISSURE**<--. That turns a guy off, you know? If we needed another middle infielder, I'd be okay with adding him.

suntimes.com - 3/10/2008 Felix Pie could miss five days - Cubs center fielder Felix Pie was scratched from the lineup today and could miss five days because of a recurrence of the "testicular torsion" that cost him a day of workouts early in camp. ----- Houston Chronicle - 3/11/2008 Matsui absence likely to last four to five days - Astros second baseman Kaz Matsui is expected to miss four or five days after being diagnosed with a condition known as anal fissure.


Those two are clearly related.

Matsui is done.

since we're kicking around TCR hot buttons on an off-day...have some milton bradley http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story... i'll post a neifi article as soon as i can find one. we already know where jason dubois is.

If he reforms himself, more power to him. I'd be 100% behind him. In the mean time, I'm sure you'll understand if I'm in the "believe it when I see it" camp.

"When Jim Hendry told me to look in the mirror, I did," Bradley says. "That was a guy who gave me a big contract and instilled a lot of trust and belief in me. I never disrespected Jim, and things didn't work out. I know he had insurmountable pressure on him, as well. He had to do what he had to do. When he said it, I just didn't blow it off. I took it to heart, and it weighed on me. And I'm doing what I've got to do."
best of luck kemosabe

He also left out "and I don't have those fucking reporters trying to rile me up and 25000 fans going apeshit if I take a called third strike which is cool." Sounds like he's going to keep his psychologist in good shape for a few years.

Tell me again, who did we get for Bradley? The name escapes me, but I do remember the groaning here. Must've been a bad trade, huh? Because Hendry sucks, huh? A close call this weekend at first and Lou "runs" out to the first base ump and screams at him, ranting and throwing his cap, tossing the bag into right field. I'm telling you, he was so riled his head looked like a bobble head doll the way he stood face-to-face to that ump, while the Rangers' crowd chanted "Lou" or "Boo" or something like, and he almost got tossed. Let me tell you, it was good to see (in person) the old Lou fired. Up.

Bobby Howry?

Sort of sucks that you posted this on Monday, since everyone will be discouraged from trying for the "Off-Topic" post of the week after reading this.

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    Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
    Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
    Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:

    • RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
    • LHP - Kevin Valdez
    • RHP - Jensi Ramirez
    • RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
    • RHP - Eligio Paredes
    • RHP - Jair Jimenez
    • OF - Edward Vargas



  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:

    • Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    • Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic



  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):

    Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):

    • Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
    • Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
    • Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
    • Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela



  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.

    they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.


  • Cubster 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run. 


  • crunch 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    meeting on thursday.  hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.


  • crunch 1 week 21 hours ago (view)

    yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager.  first female manager in the minors.

    she was also the first female strength/conditioning coach and hitting coach in rookie leagues for the yanks.


  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""


  • tim815 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".


  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!


  • crunch 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.

    2022 looking good so far.


  • Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    Welcome to 2022. 
    First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.