2022 Cubs Extended Spring Training

Serra Walks It Off at Sloan Park

Bryan Serra belted a walk-off two-run HR halfway up the RF berm, as the Cubs "Blue" squad came from behind to edge the Cubs "Red" squad 2-1 in a three-inning Cactus League Extended Spring Training intrasquad game played at Sloan Park on Wednesday afternoon. 

Felix Stevens, Bryan Serra, and Carlos Morfa played for both squads.  

Pedro Ramirez was hit on the helmet by an Anthony Martinez fastball leading off the bottom of the first inning. He laid motionless on the ground for about a minute as Cubs trainers attended to him and was eventually helped off the field, but he was unable to remain in the game. I would think he will probably be in concussion protocol for a while.   

Here is the box score from the game: 

Cubs Bang Out Five Two-Baggers En Route to Victory at Fitch Park

Andrelton Simmons singled twice, walked, and scored a run, Rafael Morel drilled a two-run double and an RBI single, walked, and stole a base, Brayan Altuve laced a double and an RBI single and scored a run, and Moises Ballesteros roped an RBI double, walked, and scored a run, helping the Cubs come from behind to edge the Athletics 8-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morining on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Darlyn Montero ripped an RBI single and an RBI double and drew a walk for the A's in a losing cause. 

Cubs and A's pitchers combined to issue 19 walks and throw nine wild pitches.  

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

In Cubs EXST news, OF Cole Roederer (July 2021 TJS) has completed his Mesa rehab assignment and has been temporarily assigned to Lo-A Myrtle Beach. He will be moved up to Hi-A South Bend once the weather warms up. Also, 1B-OF Felix Stevens (on the Myrtle Beach 7-day IL since April 15th) has reported to Mesa for a rehab assignment. 

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

Arias Throws Gas While Hernandez Goes Deep at Sloan Park

Michael Arias fired three innings of one-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts (all five swinging), Cristian Hernandez blasted a three-run HR over the LF bullpen to the spot Al Yellon occupies during Cubs MLB Spring Training games, and Miguel Pabon made his game debut as a catcher and drilled an RBI single, as the Cubs "Blue" squad blanked the Cubs "Red" squad 5-0 in a three-inning intrasquad game played Monday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.

Michael Arias is the Cubs top pitching prospect at Extended Spring Training, and will likely be the ACL Cubs #1 starter once the ACL season begins in June. A former shortstop in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, the 20-year old Arias was signed by the Cubs in 2021 and converted to a RHP after he was released by the Jays. He features a 96-99 MPH FB (he has touched 100 in "live" BP), a SL, and a CH, and while his slider command can be a bit inconsistent and the change is a new pitch he is just starting to throw in games, he had all of his pitches working for him today.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

Giants Out-Slug Cubs at Papago Park

Anthony Rodriguez reached base five times (four walks and a single) and scored two runs, Kwan Adkins singled and scored in the 1st inning and clubbed a two-run HR in the 2nd, Tyler Forner ripped an RBI single and scored in the 2nd and belted a solo HR in the 7th, and Elian Rayo laced an RBI double, walked three times, and scored a run, leading the Giants to an 11-6 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning at the Papago Park Complex in Phoenix, AZ. 

Pedro Ramirez slugged a two-run HR, singled and scored, and drew a walk, and Edgar Gamargo and Grayson Byrd each ripped a two-run double to account for the six Cub runs. An inning after his two-run double, Gamargo suffered a left knee injury trying to corral one of Wyatt Short's wild pitches and had to be carried off the field.    

Andrelton Simmons got back into game action as a DH, going 1-3 with a single and a stolen base. He has been taking grounders most every morning on Field #1 at the Cubs facility, but I haven't seen him throw since before he was shut down last week. What he does do is he fields the grounder (sometimes in spectacular fashion) and then tosses the ball into a nearby bucket, sort of like the Grand Prize Game at Bozo's Circus back in the day. 

Cristian Hernandez struck out three more times today (all three swinging), so he has struck out twelve times in 23 PA over the course of the six Cactus League Extended Spring Training games in which he has played so far.

One more Cubs pitcher who pitched in the DSL last season (Oliver Roque) made his stateside debut in the game. (SP Joel Sierra also pitched in the DSL in 2021, but he has been pitching in games since Minor League Camp in March). Still waiting to see Anthony Martinez and Anthony Mendez.  

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

Roederer Unloads Again at Sloan Park

Cole Roederer clobbered a solo HR, Jake Slaughter laced a double and a single, drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run, and SP Marino Santy hurled three innings of one-run ball and combined with six relievers on a one-hitter, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Roederer's bomb was his second in two days, and this one landed half-way up the right-centerfield berm.    

Three more Cubs pitchers who spent the 2021 season in the DSL made their stateside game debut in the game. 

The A's lone hit was an Jose Escorche double that led-off the game. Escorche then took third on an F-8 and scored on a 5-3 GO. The only other baserunner reached via a walk with one out in the 7th inning, and that runner was erased on a spectacular inning ending 6-4-3 DP started by SS Josue Huma, who made a no look / back-flip to 2nd basseman Carlos Sepuveda, who then completed the turn with a solid throw to 1st base.   

Although they only fanned four, Cubs pitchers collectively recorded 16 ground ball outs in the game. 

Marino Santy was dominiant in his three innings, allowing just the one hit and the one run, while issuing no walks and striking out three. The little lefty has a true starting pitcher's repertoire, featuring a 93-96 MPH FB, an 84-85 MPH CH, and a 78-81 MPH CV that he mixes with good effect.

Not counting pitchers at EXST for rehab & conditioning, Santy is the Cubs top LHSP prospect at EXST. He and RHSP Michael Arias should provide the ACL Cubs with a formidable 1-2 SP punch once the ACL season starts in June. Santy and Arias were two of the four DSL Cubs pitchers who were brought up to Minor League Camp in March and made their stateside debuts in Minor League Spring Training games prior to the start of EXST (the other two were RHPs Kenyi Perez and Joel Sierra, and like Santy and Arias, K. Perez is being primed to be a SP).     

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

Game at Sloan Park Was Strictly for the Byrds

Grayson Byrd went 3-3 with two singles and a solo HR and scored two runs, Cole Roederer belted a solo HR, amf SP Jack Petterson and six relievers combined to toss a two-hitter, as the Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks Red squad 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Roederer's HR was hammered high & deep down the RF line and landed in the D'backs bullpen, and Byrd's moonshot hit the Hornitos Party Tent above & beyond the RF berm. 

This was Patterson's first game action since undergoing TJS a year ago, working 2.1 IP and throwing 27 pitches (only 14 strikes). He didn't allow any hits, struck out three (one swinging, two looking), and issued two walks. He also induced a "room service" inning-ending 6-4-3 GIDP in the top of the 1st. Patterson's stuff was just OK (not great) -- FB: 89-92, CH: 82-84, and CV: 79-81. He wasn't particularly sharp, but under the circumstances that's probably understandale.   

Five of the relievers who threw for the Cubs pitched in the DSL last season and were making their stateside game debut. 

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

Cubs Pitching Causes Offensive Black Out at Salt River Fields

Brayan Altuve laced three singles, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Christian Olivo drilled an RBI double and a single, Jake Slaughter belted a solo HR, and Luke Farrell and four relievers combined to toss a two-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts, as the Cubs blanked the Diamondbacks Black squad 6-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

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