Ryan Dempster Day at Fitch Park

Greg Rohan singled, doubled, clubbed a three-run homer, and walked with the bases loaded, leading the Daytona Cubs to a 10-6 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) on Field #3, and Wes Darvill smacked an RBI triple to give the Chiefs the lead and then scored on a Sergio Burruel RBI single to key a two-run 4th, as Peoria defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Angels “A” affiliate) 4-2 on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.


Named the Cubs Opening Day starter last week by Manager Dale Sveum, veteran RHP Ryan Dempster made the short trip to Fitch Park (instead of the long bus ride to Goodyear) and got the start for Daytona.


He was supposed to throw six innings or 90 pitches (whichever came first).


Pitching to a lineup of “A”-ball kids, Dempster allowed six runs on eight hits (including three triples) in five innings of work. He threw 88 pitches (58 strikes), with 50 of the pitches thrown over his final two innings, as he was obviously laboring, and possibly tiring, too. He walked one, struck out four, and unleashed one wild pitch, with an 3/8 GO/FO (he had trouble keeping his pitches down).


RHP Zach Cates was scheduled to start for Daytona today, but was switched to the Peoria game to accommodate Ryan Dempster. Cates (acquired from SD in the Anthony Rizzo-Andrew Cashner deal) threw four innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk, with two strikeouts.


There have been a number of roster moves at Minor League Camp over the past couple of days, including CF Jae-Hoon Ha from the Iowa squad to the Tennessee squad, CF Matt Szczur from AA Tennessee to Daytona, 2B-OF Zeke DeVoss, C Rafael Lopez, and OF John Andreoli from Tennessee to Peoria, RF Reggie Golden and CF Pin-Chieh Chen from Daytona to Peoria, and SS Javier Baez, 1B Dan Vogelbach, C Neftali Rosario, OF Trey Martin and several others from Peoria to Boise/Mesa.


As usual, players and pitchers from the Boise/Mesa squad were dispersed among the four full-season squads who played games today (AA Tennessee and AAA Iowa played the Angels AA and AAA squads at Diablo Park in Tempe), and several of the ones who did not travel to Tempe saw game action for Peoria or Daytona.


Although the Chiefs and D-Cubs were leading their games after 8-1/2 innings, the bottom of the 9th was played in both games so that all of the Angels pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work in, and a top half of the 10th inning was played on Field #2 so that Cubs RHP Jin-Young Kim could get an inning of work.


Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played at Fitch Park (Cubs players only)


FITCH PARK FIELD #2


PEORIA LINEUP:
1a. Zeke DeVoss, 2B-DH: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, 1B, 4-3, R)
1b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 5th TIME THRU ORDER
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS-3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, L-8, BB, 3-U, R, SB)
3. Rafael Lopez, DH-C: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, 4-3, BB, F-8)
4a. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-2 (F-8 SF, K, K, RBI)
4b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (5-4 FC, RBI)
5. Paul Hoilman, 1B: 0-3 (1B, F-7, BB, F-7)
6. John Andreoli, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, BB, 5-3, R)
7a. Wes Darvill, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, 3B, 3-1, R, RBI)
7b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
8a. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, F-8, RBI)
8b. Brian Inoa, PH: 0-0 (BB)
9a. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 1-2 (2B, K)
9b. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)
10a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TWO TIMES THRU ORDER
10b. Kenny Socorro, 2B: 0-2 (P-6, 5-3)


PEORIA PITCHERS:
1. Zach Cates: 4.0 IP, 4 H 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 54 pitches (35 strikes), 5/5 GO/FO
2. Carlos Martinez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (15 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Ramon Garcia: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (20 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
4. Bryce Shafer: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Jin-Young Kim: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 7 pitches (6 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO


PEORIA ERRORS: 2
1. P Zach Cates - E1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base)
2. C Sergio Burruel - E2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)


PEORIA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)


FITCH PARK FIELD #3


DAYTONA LINEUP:
1. Matt Szczur, DH #1: 2-5 (K, 1-2 FC, 1B, 2B, 5-3, 3 R)
2. Elliot Soto, SS: 2-4 (6-3, BB, 1B, 1B, E-6, R, 2 RBI, CS)
3. Rubi Silva, LF: 1-5 (F-8, E-6, 1B, 3-1, E-6, R)
4. Greg Rohan, 3B: 3-4 (2B, BB, L-7, 1B, HR, R, 4 RBI, PO)
5. Richard Jones, 1B: 3-5 (K, 3-1, 1B, 1B, 2B, R, RBI)
6. Abner Abreu, RF: 1-5 (6-3, 4-3, 6-3 DP, 2B, F-8, RBI)
7. Dustin Harrington, 2B: 3-5 (1B, 1B, 1B, K, 4-3, R)
8a. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
8b. Anthony Giansanti, C: 2-3 (2B, P-4, 1B, 2 RBI)
9. Trey Martin, CF: 1-2 (BB, HBP, K, 1B, R)
10. Dan Vogelbach, DH #2: 0-3 (BB, 4-3, K, 4-3, R)


DAYTONA PITCHERS:
1. Ryan Dempster: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 88 pitches (58 strikes), 3/8 GO/FO
2. Eduardo Figueroa: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (17 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Jeff Lorick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
6. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 14 pitches (8 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO


DAYTONA ERRORS: 3
1. P Ryan Dempster - E1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. 1B Richard Jones - E3 (dropped pop-up in foul territory extending AB)
3. 3B Greg Rohan - E5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)


DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Micah Gibbs: 0-3 CS


ATTENDANCE: 51


WEATHER: Overcast and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

Thanks Phil! How does Greg Rohan look at 3B to you? His fielding stats have been very poor there, but it seems like the Cubs would really like to develop him as a backup 3B/1B. Also, do you know any of the players' contract situations that might be assigned to Iowa (i.e. Amezaga, Tolbert, E Gonzalez, R Lopez, Jaramillo, etc.)? Can any of them refuse a minor league assignment and become free agents? If they can, do you think any of them will? Thanks!!!

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 6:53pm — Wrigley Rat Thanks Phil! How does Greg Rohan look at 3B to you? His fielding stats have been very poor there, but it seems like the Cubs would really like to develop him as a backup 3B/1B. Also, do you know any of the players' contract situations that might be assigned to Iowa (i.e. Amezaga, Tolbert, E Gonzalez, R Lopez, Jaramillo, etc.)? Can any of them refuse a minor league assignment and become free agents? If they can, do you think any of them will? Thanks!!! =================================== W RAT: Greg Rohan is a poor defensive third-baseman, but right now there is a hole at 3B at Daytona, and Rohan is a good hitter, so that's where the Cubs decided to put him. His best defensive position is 1B, or maybe LF (or DH). And he really should be at AA Tennessee, not Daytona. As post-2011 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed a minor league contract at least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, both Rodrigo Lopez and Trever Miller automatically get a $100K roster bonus if not released by March 30th (five days prior to MLB Opening Day) or placed on the MLB 40-man roster by MLB Opening Day. Both would also get automatic opt out rights on June 1st if not added to an MLB 40-man roster by that date (and the opt-out can only be exercised on that date). I don't know if any of the other veteran NRI guys you mentioned have a special opt-out clause in their contract. A lot times we don't find out about special opt-out clauses until something happens. But there is no MLB roster rule that prohibits assigning a player signed to a minor league contract to a minor league club.

Thank you! And I appreciate the rosters below...

CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS (3/25) NOTE: Players listed as "INACTIVE?" have disappeared & may have been released * bats or throws left # bats both IOWA (34) PITCHERS (19): Dallas Beeler * Jeff Beliveau Alberto Cabrera Esmailin Caridad Marco Carrillo Hung-Wen Chen (INACTIVE?) * John Gaub Marcus Hatley Jay Jackson Oswaldo Martinez * Brooks Raley Kevin Rhoderick * Nate Robertson * Ryan Rowland-Smith * Chris Rusin Brian Schlitter Ryan Searle Nick Struck Casey Weathers CATCHERS (3): Juan Apodaca # Jason Jaramillo Mario Mercedes (INACTIVE?) INFIELDERS (9) Leugim Barroso * Adrian Cardenas Jonathon Mota Rebel Ridling * Anthony Rizzo Nate Samson # Bobby Scales Marquez Smith Josh Vitters OUTFIELDERS (3): * Jim Adduci * Brett Jackson Ty Wright TENNESSEE (27) PITCHERS (14): * Jeffry Antigua Frank Batista Dan Berlind * Frank del Valle * Casey Harman Ty’Relle Harris * Eric Jokisch Matt Loosen * Andrew McKirahan Trey McNutt Dae-Eun Rhee Juan Serrano Larry Suarez Tony Zych CATCHERS (2) Michael Brenly Chad Noble INFIELDERS (7) * Justin Bour * Matt Cerda Pierre LePage (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Junior Lake # David Macias (INACTIVE?) * Jake Opitz (INACTIVE?) * Logan Watkins OUTFIELDERS (4) * Michael Burgess Jae-Hon Ha Taiwan Easterling Nelson Perez DAYTONA (27) PITCHERS (12) * Kyler Burke (ex-OF) Zach Cates * Gerardo Concepcion Eduardo Figueroa P. J. Francescon * Austin Kirk Luis Liria * Jeff Lorick A. J. Morris Jose Rosario * Matt Spencer (ex-OF) Brett Wallach CATCHERS (2): Anthony Giansanti (ex-OF) # Micah Gibbs INFIELDERS (7): * Ryan Cuneo Dustin Harrington * Richard Jones Greg Rohan * Rubi Silva Elliot Soto Ronald Torreyes OUTFIELDERS (6): Abner Abreu Xavier Batista Eliecer Bonne Evan Crawford (INACTIVE - MEDICAL) Mayke Reyes (INACTIVE?) Matt Szczur PEORIA (27) PITCHERS (14) * Hunter Ackerman * Willengton Cruz Ramon Garcia Ryan Hartman Michael Jensen Su-Min Jung Carlos Martinez * Sheldon McDonald Bryce Shafer Hayden Simpson Charles Thomas (ex-3B) Yao-Lin Wang Ben Wells Joe Zeller CATCHERS (3): * Sergio Burruel Wilson Contreras (ex-3B) * Rafael Lopez INFIELDERS (6): # Arismendy Alcantara * Wes Darvill # Zeke DeVoss Paul Hoilman Dustin Geiger # Marco Hernandez OUTFIELDERS (4): John Andreoli Yasiel Balaguert * Pin-Chieh Chen Reggie Golden BOISE/MESA (57) PITCHERS (27) Jose Arias David Cales (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Ian Dickson Ethan Elias (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Ricardo Estevez (see NOTE) Dustin Fitzgerald (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) David Henrie * Graham Hicks (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Jin-Young Kim Pete Levitt Dillon Maples (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Hector Mayora Tarlandus Mitchell (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Yoannis Negrin (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Starling Peralta (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Felix Pena Roderik Pichardo James Pugliese Austin Reed Colin Richardson (INACTIVE?) * Zac Rosscup (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Tayler Scott Bryce Shafer * Brian Smith Austin Urban (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Scott Weismann Rob Whitenack (ACTIVE REHAB) NOTE: Ricardo Estevez is on the RESTRICTED LIST, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities CATCHERS (9): Yaniel Cabezas (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Taylor Davis Luis Flores (see NOTE) Nate Maldonado (INACTIVE - player-coach) * Justin Marra * Alberto Mineo (INACTIVE - may have returned to Italy) * Wilfredo Petit Neftali Rosario Antonio Valerio (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) NOTE: Luis Flores is on the RESTRICTED LIST, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities INFIELDERS (12): Luis Acosta Gioskar Amaya Javier Baez # Jeimer Candelario Ryan Durrence (INACTIVE?) # Brian Inoa * Danny Lockhart Carlos Penalver # Rock Shoulders Kenny Socorro * Dan Vogelbach Brad Zapenas OUTFIELDERS (9): * Delbis Arcila Jeffrey Baez * Shawon Dunston * Eduardo Gonzalez * Trevor Gretzky (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) Dong-Yub Kim Trey Martin * Garrett Schlecht (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY) # Oliver Zapata

PHIL: Are you seeing development with Matt Sczcur to have you believing he can project into a productive Major leaguer?

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 7:42pm — The E-Man PHIL: Are you seeing development with Matt Sczcur to have you believing he can project into a productive Major leaguer? ======================== E-MAN: At the very least, Szczur should be a decent 4th OF. He is a Reed Johnson-type, but he could be better than RJ.

Hey Should we read anything into this latest movement of Baez and other high ceiling kids to Boise? Is this, as some have argued, a way for the Cubs, the "new" Cubs, to indoctrinate their key youngsters on the "Cubs way"? Or is this just another blip, and we'll see some of them back up as they decide which of the older guys can't hack it. Also, should this be viewed as a positive sign for Marco Hernandez's chances to start at Peoria? Any thoughts on him early this spring? Thanks. Best.

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 8:00pm — toonsterwu Should we read anything into this latest movement of Baez and other high ceiling kids to Boise? Is this, as some have argued, a way for the Cubs, the "new" Cubs, to indoctrinate their key youngsters on the "Cubs way"? Or is this just another blip, and we'll see some of them back up as they decide which of the older guys can't hack it. Also, should this be viewed as a positive sign for Marco Hernandez's chances to start at Peoria? Any thoughts on him early this spring? ========================================== TOONSTER: Although the Cubs will not say this, I strongly suspect the young prospects are remaining in Mesa so that they can get indoctrinated into the "Cubs Way"as a group. As for Marco Hernandez, right now it looks like he will start the 2012 season at Peoria. I guess it's possible that the Cubs might go with just three middle-uinfielders in Peoria (DeVoss, Alcantara, and Darvill), but I don't think there will be any more INF drop-downs from Daytona, other than maybe Ryan Cuneo (who could alternate at 1B-DH with Paul Hoilman and maybe get some reps in LF). Darvill is developing into a 2B-SS-3B guy (solid defender at both 2B and 3B, BTW), and Alcantara has been playing 2B-SS-3B, too. I think both Darvill and Alcantara will be at Peoria on Opening Day, but what would hurt Hernandez's chances of starting the season at Peoria is if Alcantara becomes the Chiefs everyday SS. So far that hasn't happened, but it could. The team that's probably going to be a bit of a drag to follow is Daytona. There's Matt Szczur, Ronald Torreyes, and probably Taiwan Easterling (who is still with the Tennessee squad), but otherwise (as things stand right now) the position-players who will be at Daytona are not among the Cubs better prospects.

Thanks. I really don't see the point of having Alcantara as the main shortstop ahead of Hernandez. We've been there and done that with Arismendy, but well, maybe they want to indoctrinate Marco as well. Yeah, Daytona's looking pretty thin, but that was somewhat expected since that was the crew in Peoria last year (and the reason why a lot of fans looked at the minors and were troubled with the lack of talent). The pitching side looks pretty good if most of the guys stay there (and considering the youth or intrigue with several of the guys, I wonder if many of them hold firm there and we end up with more guys in the upper levels being cut). Three quick Daytona questions - 1. How does Giansanti look at C? I guess I'd have to have hope that he could hit as well for him to be a key prospect, but curious if he can hack it back there. 2. I liked a bit (at one point, thought he would be more intriguing than Ridling/Bour). I recall a big uppercut to his swing. Any thoughts on his offensive development? 3. Do you know if they are working Rosario as a pen arm or a starter in Daytona?

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 11:00am — toonsterwu Three quick Daytona questions - 1. How does Giansanti look at C? I guess I'd have to have hope that he could hit as well for him to be a key prospect, but curious if he can hack it back there. 2. I liked a bit (at one point, thought he would be more intriguing than Ridling/Bour). I recall a big uppercut to his swing. Any thoughts on his offensive development? 3. Do you know if they are working Rosario as a pen arm or a starter in Daytona? ============================== TOONSTER: 1. Anthony Giansanti has been a pleasant surprise behind the plate so far. He sets up properly, moves well with the pitch, recevies the ball without boxing it, and (of course) he has a cannon for an arm. Not all catching conversions work-out (Matt Cerda, Jae-Hoon Ha, Brandon May, et al), but some do (Robinson Chirinos), and I would say right now it looks like Giansanti might be one of the successful ones. 2. If you're talking about Daytona #1 1B Richard Jones, he does have an extreme uppercut swing with plus-power, but he is also an aggressive hacker who doesn't take a lot of walks. And he is below-average defensively at 1B, too. (He was a catcher in college and in his first year in pro ball, but didn't have the defensive skills necessary to stay there). I would be surprised if he ever gets past AA. 3. Jose Rosario has been stretched out as a starter/piggy-backer at Minor League Camp. He has thrown the ball very well so far, certainly better than most of the pitchers presently assigned to the Daytona squad. (I would expect at least a half-dozen pitchers to drop to Daytona from Tennessee this week). He probably profiles as a late-inning reliever at the higher levels, but I would think that the Cubs would want him to get as many innings as possible under his belt in the meantime.

sorry, that was a typo on my part. the 2nd question was supposed to be about Cuneo.

Some notables missing from your rosters above (any ideas where they are?): - Justin Berg (Injured) - Rafael Valdes - Brent Ebinger - Blair Springfield - Gregori Gonzalez (previously MIA) - Ben Klafczynski - Jordan Latham - Yohan Gonzalez - Cam Greathouse

Several of those guys were waived - pretty sure Valdes, Klafczynski, Latham, Gonzalez off the top.

Thanks - I checked BA: Released: RHP Yohan Gonzalez, RHP Jordan Latham, SS Rafael Valdes, OF Ben Klafczynski, OF Blair Springfield

Random comment on Jordan Latham that I've made elsewhere - I remember being fairly high on him once upon a time. One of the final DnF's if I recall correctly (along with Jovan Rosa and I want to say one more). At the very least, I thought he'd make a nice power arm, and I really wanted to see him in the rotation. A few years back, when both were roughly at the same level, I never thought Blake Parker would become the better pen prospect. Everything went downhill after ... the issue that happened for him. (granted, one might not have to do with the other, as it's quite possible he would've faltered anyways, but I just use that as a point of reference in his timeline).

If he would've been in the Cardinals org, it probably would have been a confidence booster.

TOONSTER: You have a good memory! RHP Jordan Latham, RHP-OF Marcus Hatley, 3B Jovan Rosa, and RHP Cedric Redmond were the last four DNFs signed by the Cubs (2007). All four were JC guys. I remember writing about them here at TCR when they reported to Extended Spring Training at Fitch Park in 2007. Hatley was a power-hitting CF at Palomar, but the Cubs immediately converted him to RHP after he signed. As a result, he was a bit slow to develop, and then his progress was further delayed by TJS post-2009. Rosa was a 22nd round pick in 2006, but by May 2007 his draft stock was sky-high (he was projected to possibly be a Top 5 round pick), and so the Cubs gave him $180K to sign as a DNF before the 2007 draft. (He also was a transfer recruit to NC State). Latham was a definite closer prospect and was Arizona State's top JC recruit in 2007, but the Cubs gave him a $100K bonus (he would have been a Top 10 round pick in the 2007 draft). Latham threw 94+ when he was drafted by the Cubs in 2006, and he and Chris Huseby (who had just completed his TJS rehab and was finally 100%) were brought to Fitch Park (at the same time) that summer for additional work-outs ("live" BP) and to get the Cubs "best final offer." Huseby got what he wanted ($1.3M bonus - "1st round money" at the time), but Latham did not. So he went back to the College of Southern Idaho (Scott Eyre's JC alma mate, BTW) for another year, and the Cubs Northwest area scout continued to monitor him. For those of you who don't remember the old "Draft & Follow" (DNF) rule, prior to the 2006 CBA clubs could sign JC players and college seniors they had drafted the previous June up until one week prior to the next June Draft (Rule 4 Draft). The problem was that players could not sign during the school year (unless the player dropped out of school) and until their college team's season was over, so it gave clubs a fairly short window between the conclusion of the college baseball season and the June draft to sign DNFs. (The JC season ends in May, but players on four-year college teams playing in the College World Series could not sign as DNFs because their team's season was still in progress as of one week prior to the June draft). DNF used to be a big deal, especially for area scouts. They had to monitor the organization's DNF candidates in their area fairly regularly during the next season, get a good read on their current draft value and college transfer options, and try and ascertain what kind of bonus they might want.

There's no excuse for releasing a guy named Cam Greathouse. You find room somewhere for guys with names like that.

Greathouse is as wild as they come, but 74 K's versus 60 hits-allowed in 76.2 innings at Peoria and Boise makes him a prospect. Not likely that he was released.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:07am — VirginiaPhil Greathouse is as wild as they come, but 74 K's versus 60 hits-allowed in 76.2 innings at Peoria and Boise makes him a prospect. Not likely that he was released. ======================================== VA PHIL: Cam Greathouse was given permission to report late, and he will (supposedly) be at Extended Spring Training next month.

Read Greathouse on Facebook. He recently had a new baby and will report to Extended Spring Training next month.

That is what I said about Condor Cash. They didn't listen to me.

Hung-Wen Chen say he want CUBS to release him (or RETIRE) and join CPBL baseball league. Indeed,at this time.He didnnot move his ass to U.S.A. but stay in National Sports Training Center(Taiwan) in Fact,Hung-Wen Chen hate CUBS :-p i dont care....lawl

is there a new comment about this somewhere, or are you referring to his comments from late 2010? I have bias towards most Taiwanese players, but well, he's not good enough to be on the Cubs right now (and probably ever). If he wants to go back to Taiwan, so be it. It'll likely torpedo any chances he has stateside for continuing his career.

By the way,I like Yao-Lin Wang ! Wang had 90-94 mph fastball,80-82mph curveball with good command. Last year(2011) MLB All-Star Game in Asia,Taiwan Taiwan starer Yao-linWang pitch 4.0IP 2ER and 3K(Curtis Granderson,Michael Morse,Pablo Sandoval) not bad :p

I'm a Wang fan, too. Expecting to see him in Daytona by the end of this season some time.

Hung-Wen Chen was at Minor League Camp at Fitch Park as recently as ten days ago, but he has since disappeared. Chen was not happy when he was assigned to AA Tennessee at the start of the 2011 season, so (with his permission) he was " loaned" to Capeche (where he developed into one of the top closers in the Mexican League), before returning to the U. S. and being assigned to Iowa in August when the Mexican League playoffs were over. So it's possible that the Cubs are working out a deal to once again either loan or sell his contract to a team in the Mexican League, or maybe sell his contract to a team in Taiwan or Japan. No matter where he ends up this season, Chen will almost certainly be a member of Team Chinese Taipei in the WBC next spring.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball... "Guys have that idea that no matter where they hit, there's some significance behind it, instead of understanding that you're going to get pitched the same no matter if you hit leadoff or fifth." - Sveum "Nothing is etched in stone except Soriano is going to be (No.) 3, 4 or 5," Sveum said.

Sounds like he likes Barney to bat 2nd as of now. Prediction for Opening Day: Dejesus, Barney, Castro, LaHair, Soriano, Soto, Stewart, Byrd, Dempster, barf, fart, d'oh.

where was sveum when i was bitching about soriano not needing the leadoff spot to "get more fastballs" as if they're going to load him up with what he can hit the best solely because he's leading off? hell, he'd probably fare hitting 2nd under that guise with a legit hitter behind him in the 3 slot...2 isn't a good slot for him, though.

Milwaukee.

i hate you with great intensity.

I know.

The Cubs have signed 36-year old RHRP Shawn Camp to a minor league contact. I would presume he'll get an NRI. He was released by Seattle last week after pitching fairly well in Cactus League games. He pitched as recently as last Monday (against the Cubs, BTW), and so he should be ready to pitch in games right away.

I never followed him in the AL, but he seems like a pretty consistent reliever. Lefties hit him pretty hard, though. I wonder if they see him making the team if someone goes on the DL, or if they expect him to report to Iowa and be ready when needed. Sonnanstine was a bust. I don't think Corpas is getting a real chance to make the club. Robertson and Rowland-Smith have major league experience, but don't look like they're going to make a team (even in the minors). Camp seems to be that valuable arm with major league experience that everyone needs to have in the waiting. Good signing.

I haven't seen enough games to judge, but how has Soriano looked in the field this spring? It seems like he's shown up with something to prove with the bat (he was terrible last spring). Any possibilities he's in for a rebound year (prior to a trade, I hope!)?

so does my fantasy team...

At the risk of being misleading, in the 6 games I have seen him play on TV, he looks improved from the past few years. It is misleading because he was so horrible in the past few years that he can improve a lot, and still be mediocre. I think at this point, if he can hit well, his defense will not make him an overall detriment to the team. but it would probably be close.

Yeah, I don't want to read too much into ST, and I thought he's always been a hard worker anyway, but I like him personally and would love for him to prove all the doubters (which includes me) wrong.

sori not the only successful ST turn around- http://www.pinstripealley.com/2012/3/24/28989...

released.

Nice. Maybe he an Sonnenstine could work out a package deal with a team. Like in the Independent League?

I couldn't be less excited about this season.

Were you excited last season? Just curious ....

Surprisingly, I'm a bit excited. Certainly more than last year.

many corpses with another good outing...struck out 3 in 1ip (2 legit mlb-level guys out of 3).

sure feels like, with Mateo's injury, the final pen decision will come down to a veteran like Corpas/Camp, or keeping Lendy Castillo in the bigs (rather than working out a deal ... gut guess is that Philly would take him back in a sec).

Seems to me they are more likely to hold onto Castillo if those are their choices.

Camp and Corpas would fit in well in Iowa. Not a huge Castillo fan (yet), but with enough pen innings eaters, he might well be able to be used 'here and there'.

John Grabow opts for his release from the Dodgers. He had 7K's and 6 scoreless innings and would have made 800K if he made the roster. https://twitter.com/kengurnick/status/1844112... He must have had an invitation to Sandy Koufax's Passover seder that conflicted with making their roster.

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    The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   

     

  • JustSayin' 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 6 days 15 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.