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Carrier Gets Carried Away and Pacheco Gets Carted Off, Leaving Remaining Cubs in the Dark

Chris Carrier drove-in two runs with a solo HR and two singles and scored twice, Fernando Kelli tripled, singled, walked, and scored a run. and Jonathan Sierra and Reivaj Garcia each drilled an RBI double and a single and scored a run, in an eight-inning Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game played Saturday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Carrier hit his HR in the bottom of the 6th right after being informed that he was being called-up to one of the Cubs full-season affiliates (presumably South Bend, but it could have been one of the others), so after blasting the bomb far over the LF fence, Carrier gathered his gear, hugged his teammates, and made a bee-line for the UAPC (slip-sliding on the concrete in the process) and then to Sky Harbor Airport. (It's always a trip when a player at Extended Spring Training gets called-up during a game). 

On a more somber note, Carlos Pacheco was carried off the field after suffering what appeared to be a serious leg injury in the top of the 7th after tripping over 1st base while attempting to beat-out an infield hit. 

The game was called with a score of 8-6 prior to the start of the 9th inning after the lights suddenly switched themselves off. (Unbeknownst to Carmelo Martinez and the rest of the EXST Cubs, the lights were pre-set to turn off automatically at 10 PM so that the Riverview Park ground crew and City of Mesa personnel could go home without having to wait around for the game to end, but none of the Cubs knew how to over-ride the timer and turn them back on). Dalton Geekie and Yan de la Cruz were warmed-up and ready to throw one inning each, but obviously they were unable to get their scheduled game-work. (The Field #1 sprinklers also turned themselves on automatically a few minutes prior to start of the game).  

The Cubs will be playing AZL home games at both Sloan Park (the Cubs Spring Training stadium) and across the street at Riverview Park Field #1 (the only Riverview back-field with lights) on nights when both AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 are scheduled to play home games, so it's probably good to be aware of potential problems and get the glitches worked-out now rather than after the AZL season starts.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

Young Cubs Pitchers Stingy with Hits but Not with Strikeouts at Riverview

RHP Jesus Tejada hurled four innings of two-hit shutout ball and combined with four relievers on a four-hitter and SP Yovanny Cruz and four relievers combined to toss a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Friday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Both Tejada and Cruz are projected to be starting pitchers in the AZL, although there is still a remote chance that one of them could go directly to Eugene. The Cubs will announce the Eugene Opening Day roster next week.     

Chris Coghlan is back in action at Extended Spring Training after a lengthy absence, and he struck out twice (both times swinging) in two PA before heading for the UAPC. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, INF Delvin Zinn has been moved-up to South Bend. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game: 

Brailyn Marquez Goes Five-Strong at Riverview Park

LHSP Brailyn Marquez fired five innings of three-hit/one-run ball with seven strikeouts (and threw 73% strikes), Luis Hidalgo belted an RBI triple, singled, walked, and scored two runs, Christopher Morel drilled a solo HR, Kevin Zamudio slugged a two-run HR, and Carlos Pacheco doubled twice, walked, and scored a run, in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The EXST Cubs had a few days off during the MLB First-Year Player Draft, before returning to the field to prepare for the start of the short-season leagues.  

In EXST Cubs roster news, AAA Iowa Cubs RHRP David Garner (who has been at Extended Spring Training since the end of Minor League Camp) has received a 100 game "Drug of Abuse" suspension and has returned home. This is his second "Drug of Abuse" suspension this season (the first one was for 50 games and it expired last week). So Garner will have to wait until Iowa plays another 100 regular season games before he can be reinstated (which will take the suspension well into April 2019, because the I-Cubs have only 83 games left in the 2018 season). And Garner was throwing the ball really well at Extended Spring Training, too...   

Here is the box score from the game: 

2018 Cubs MLB First-Year Player Draft Ticker Tracker

CUBS 2018 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT PICKS


DAY ONE
(6/4): 

1st ROUND (24)
, INF 
R/R, 5'11 195, Age 21 
Stanford 
COLLEGE JR 
AREA SCOUT: Gabe Zappin
COMMENT: First-team PAC-12 All-Conference and first team PAC-12 defensive team in 2017 and 2018... Three year starter at Stanford and missed only two games in three college seasons... Is a high-contact hitter with occasional power and has average speed for a middle infielder... Hit 345/391/496 and struck out only 22 times in 258 PA (57 games) with 15 SB (4 CS) for the Cardinal in 2018... Played 2B his freshman year at Stanford and then moved to SS for the next two seasons and in the Cape Cod League in 2017... Hit .300+ in summer wood bat leagues between college seasons... Volunteered at an orphanage in Peru, at the Alameda Food Bank, and at St. Vincent de Paul Community Center while in college... 
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $2,724,000

2nd ROUND (62) 
, OF 
R/R, 6'4 175, Age 18 
Basha HS - Chandler, AZ 
COLLEGE COMMIT: U. of Miami 
AREA SCOUT: Steve McFarland
COMMENT: Athletic outfield defender with plus-speed and plus-arm, but hitting has lagged behind defense and baserunning... Missed considerable time in 2018 with hamstring injury...Two-sport athlete in HS... Also played basketball and was on the Basha HS Arizona 6-A state basketball championship team and was named Arizona HS Defensive Player of the Year in 2017... Will attend the U. of Miami if he does not sign with Cubs... 
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $1,060,900

2nd ROUND COMPENSATION (77)  
, OF 
L/L, 6'0 175, Age 18 
William S. Hart HS - Santa Clarita, CA
COLLEGE COMMIT: UCLA 
Area Scout: Tom Myers
COMMENT: Five-tool CF combines power & speed... Uppercut swing and high exit-velocity produces HR in games... Drew comps to Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi while playing in Area Code Games after his junior season in 2017... Missed much of the 2018 season with a hamstring injury and then a season-ending right (non-throwing) shoulder injury... Has indicated a strong desire to attend UCLA so he will almost certainly require a significant over-slot bonus...  
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $775,100
NOTE: Pick awarded to Cubs as compensation for losing post-2017 Article XX-B Qualified Player Wade Davis 

2nd ROUND COMPENSATION (78)   
, RHP 
R/R, 6'2 200, Age 21 
U. of San Diego 
COLLEGE JR
Area Scout: Alex Lontayo
COMMENT: A polished "high floor" strike-throwing ground-ball pitcher... Went 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA, .280 Opp BA, 5 HR, and 13/101 BB/K in 89.2 IP (13 GS) for Toreros in 2018...  Was moved from bullpen to starting rotation after the 2017 season... Features a 91-92 T94 MPH FB, a serviceable change-up, and a put-away slider... attended William S. Hart HS in Santa Clarita (Richan was a senior when Cole Roederer was a freshman)...
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $762,900
NOTE: Pick awarded to Cubs as compensation for losing post-2017 Article XX-B Qualified Player Jake Arrieta 

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DAY TWO (6/5):

3rd ROUND (98)  
, OF 
R/L, 6'1 195, Age 21 
Duke 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Billy Swoope 
COMMENT: Team captain... 2nd Team All-ACC in 2018... Has left elbow ligament injury that will probably require TJS in the near future...  Has enough speed and range to play CF but had a "LF arm" even pre-injury... Classic lead-off hitter... Reached base in 35 consecutive games at one point in 2018... More walks than strikeouts... Hit 298/416/454 in 293 PA (60 games) with 41/26 BB/K, five HR, 18 doubles, and 10 HBP, with 22 SB (3 CS), for Blue Devils in 2018...   Was a draft-eligible sophomore in 2017 and was selected in 31st round by New York Yankees but did not sign... Was third in Cape Cod League (the premier summer collegiate "wood-bat" league) in hitting in 2017 (338/443/481 with ten doubles and four HR in 42 games for Orleans)...   
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $570,600

4th ROUND (128) 
, RHP 
R/R, 5'11 170, Age 20 
Tennessee Tech 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Alex McClure 
COMMENT: Golden Eagles closer who often throws 2-3 innings per outing... Has been one of the top relievers in college baseball this season... Helped lead TTU to 2018 NCAA Super-Regional vs. Texas in Austin next weekend with upset sweep over Oxford Regional top seed Ole Miss last weekend... 6-1 with 14 saves, 2.41 ERA, .232 Opp BA, 20/96 BB/K in 71 IP (26 games) in 2018... Relies heavily on a plus-cutter... 2016 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American...  
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $426,100

5th ROUND (158)  
, 2B 
L/R, 6'1 190, Age 20  
U. of Virginia 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Billy Swoope 
COMMENT: First-Team All-ACC and 3rd Team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2018... One of the top hitters in the ACC... Reached base in 50 of 54 games played, tied for first in ACC in doubles, and was second in hitting... Hit 344/415/536 with five HR & 49 RBI, 19 doubles, and 22/32 BB/K (plus nine HBP), in 248 PA for UVA in 2018...
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $317,600

6th ROUND (188) 
, RHP 
R/R, 6'4 190, Age 18 
Broken Arrow Senior HS - Broken Arrow, OK
COLLEGE COMMIT: U. of Oklahoma 
Area Scout: Ty Nichols
COMMENT: 2018 Rawlngs-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American... Features 89-91 T 93 MPH FB, slow CV, SL, and CH... Father (Jay) is a sports agent and uncle (Ryan) is ex-MLB RP... Will attend University of Oklahoma if he doesn't sign with Cubs...  
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $245,600

7th ROUND (218) 
, OF 
L/L, 5'11 195, Age 21 
Liberty University
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Billy Swoope 
COMMENT: Big South Freshman of the Year in 2016 and Big South Player of the Year in 2017... Led NCAA D-1 in walks and was second in OBP in 2017... Has plus-speed and is an outstanding flyhawk but has a below average arm... Hit 292/458/457 with four HR & 23 RBI, 16 doubles, 52/49 BB/K and 16 HBP, with 26 SB (4 CS) in 58 games (289 PA) for Flames in 2018... Played in Cape Cod League in both 2016 and 2017... Was drafted by Boston Red Sox out of Southeast Guilford HS in Greensboro, NC, in 40th round of 2015 draft but did not sign...  Has two cousins playing pro ball...  
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $192,500

8th ROUND (248)
, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 205, Age 21 
George Mason University
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Billy Swoope 
COMMENT: Patriots Friday starter... Extreme strike-thrower... 6-3 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, .238 OppBA, four HR allowed, 13/108 BB/K in 105.1 IP (15 games - 15 GS) for GMU in 2018...   
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $159,100

9th ROUND (278)
, RHP
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 22 
U. of Virginia  
COLLEGE SR (REDSHIRT JR)
Area Scout: Billy Swoope 
COMMENT: Cavs Friday starter... Fly-ball pitcher who features a low 90's FB, a CV, a SL, and CH... 7-4 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and .268 OppBA and 12 HR allowed, with 25/106 BB/K in 95.2 IP (14 games - 14 GS) for UVA in 2018... Had TJS in 2015 and missed the 2016 season, so even though he is a senior he has one-year of college eligibility left... Says he was approached by Cubs when he was a HS senior in 2014 and was asked if he would sign for $900,000 if the Cubs drafted him, but he declined... He then was selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 22nd round of the 2014 draft but he did not sign...   
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $145,100

10th ROUND  (308) 
, 3B 
L/R, 6'1 215, Age 23 
Southern Mississippi 
COLLEGE SR (REDSHIRT JR) 
Area Scout: Alex McClure
COMMENT: 2018 Conference USA Player of the Year... Led NCAA D-1 in walks and OBP in 2018, was 7th in SLG, and 10th in AVG... Hit 400/562/727 with 15 HR and 60 RBI, 20 doubles, 63/52 BB/K (and 14 HBP) in 283 PA (59 games) for Golden Eagles in 2018... Attended Hinds CC as a freshman in 2014, then transferred to Mississippi State for his sophomore year, and eventually ended up at Southern Mississippi ... Did not play collegiate baseball in 2016 or 2017 due to transfer snafu, so he still has one year of college eligibility remaining despite being 23 years old...  
BONUS SLOT VALUE: $137,600 

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DAY THREE (6/6): 

NOTE: A signing bonus in excess of $125,000 for any player selected in Rounds 11-40 as well as for any player eligible for selection in the draft who is not selected and who is subsequently signed as a Non-Drafted Free-agent (NDFA) count against a club's Rule 4 Draft Signing Bonus Pool. 

11th ROUND (338)
, RHP 
L/R, 6'3 205, Age 21 
U. of Louisville 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Jacob Williams 
COMMENT: Underachieving SP/RP "swingman" for the Cardinals over past two seasons... 2-3 with a 6.17 ERA and 1.67 WHIP, allowed 46 hits (two HR), 32/55 BB/K in 46.2 IP (24 games - 7 GS) over two seasons (2017-18)...  Redshirted his freshman season (2016)... Pitched effectively for Orleans in Cape Cod League in 2017... Was rated the #1 HS player in Kentucky by Perfect Game in 2015... Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 37th round of 2015 draft and as a draft-eligible sophomore by New York Yankees in 25th round of 2017 draft but did not sign... Says his favorite MLB team is Chicago Cubs... 

12th ROUND (368)
, RHP 
R/R, 6'2 175, Age 21 
LSU
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Trey Forkerway 
COMMENT: RP/SP "swingman"... 1-0 with 5.61 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, 24 hits allowed (one HR) with 23/44 BB/K in 33.2 IP (17 games - 3 GS) for Tigers in 2018... Spent freshman season at Northwest Florida State College... Was selected by San Diego Padres in 18th round of 2017 draft but did not sign... Two-sport player in HS (played point guard on his HS basketball team)... Son of ex-MLB (and ex-Cubs) RHP Scott Sanders... 

13th ROUND (398) 
Ezequiel Pagan, CF 
L/R, 6'1 163, Age 17 
Pro Baseball Academy & High School - Gurabo, PR  
COLLEGE COMMIT: Broward College  
Area Scout: Edwards Guzman 
COMMENT: One of the top HS players in Puerto Rico... 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American...  Plus speed, range, and arm in CF, but has struggled a bit with the bat in showcase games... Will attend Broward College in Florida if he does not sign with Cubs...   

14th ROUND (428) 
, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 205, Age 21 
Michigan State 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Jacob Williams  
COMMENT: Successfully followed Dakota Mekkes as Spartans closer, going 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA, nine saves, and 49 K in 25.2 IP as a sophomore in 2017, but struggled as SP/RP "swingman" in 2018, going 2-5 with 4.55 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, allowing 58 hits (three HR) with 27 BB/61 K in 55 IP (18 games - 7 GS)... Was named to USA Today All-USA Michigan Baseball Team as a HS senior...  

15th ROUND (458) 
, 1B 
L/L, 6'0 205, Age 21 
UCSD 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Alex Lontayo 
COMMENT: First-Team All-CCAA in 2018... Hit 333/469/547 with 7 HR & 54 RBI, 18 doubles, and 45/25 BB/K, in 55 games (255 PA) for Tritons in 2018... Played for Arroyo Seco-Saints in California Collegiate League (summer collegiate wood-bat league) in 2017 and was named to First-Team All-CCL as DH... Played for Haysville in Jayhawk League (another summer collegiate wood-bat league) in 2016... Was a Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American as HS senior...  

16th ROUND (488) 
, LHP 
R/L, 6'3 180, Age 23 
U. of Texas 
COLLEGE SR (REDSHIRT JR) 
Area Scout: Trey Forkerway 
COMMENT: Missed most of 2016 season and then all of 2017 rehabbing from torn left biceps (2016) and torn labrum in hip (2017)... Finally returned to mound in 2018 and went 1-0 with 3.81 and 1.34 WHIP, 21 hits allowed and 17/29 BB/K in 28 IP out of the Longhorns bullpen...  Was named All-West Texas Player of the Year as a senior at San Angelo Central HS... Was selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 32nd round of 2013 draft but did not sign... 

17th ROUND (518) 
, RHP 
R/R, 6'1 190, Age 21 
U. of Arkansas 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Ty Nichols
COMMENT: Was primary Razorbacks closer in 2017 and then was moved to a set-up role in 2018, going 2-1 with five saves and a 2.66 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, 40 hits allowed (one HR), 15/57 BB/K, in 44 IP out of bullpen in 2018... Has allowed only three HR in 99.2 IP over three seasons at Arkansas... Was HS valedictorian and National Merit Scholar...  

18th ROUND (548)
, SS-3B 
R/R, 6'3 200, Age 21 
LSU 
COLLEGE SOPH  
Area Scout: Trey Forkerway
COMMENT: Draft-eligible sophomore... Plays both SS and 3B at LSU but projects as a 3B in pro ball ... Has had disappointing college baseball career so far after high-expectations coming out of HS... Hit 249/342/386 with 10 HR and 53 RBI, ten doubles, and 27/81 BB/K, in 108 games (373 PA) over two seasons (2017-18) at LSU... Was rated the #1 high school baseball prospect in Louisiana by Prep Baseball Report in 2016... Was two sport star (SS on the baseball team and WR on the football team) at Ouachita Christian School (Monroe, LA)...Was selected by Cubs as 19-year old HS senior in 36th round of 2016 draft but did not sign... 

19th ROUND (578) 
, RHP 
R/R, 5'10 200, Age 21 
U. of Richmond 
COLLEGE JR 
Area Scout: Billy Swoope 
COMMENT: Moved to closer role in 2018 after working previously as a SP... 1-0 with 0.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and eight saves, allowed 19 hits (no HR), and 13/51 BB/K in 30 IP (23 games) for Spiders in 2018... Has allowed only two HR in 101.2 IP in three college seasons... Was rated the #23 high school baseball prospect in Texas by Rawlings-Perfect Game as a senior at Highland Park HS in Dallas, TX... 

20th ROUND (608) 
, LHP 
L/L, 6'4 180, Age 19 
College of Marin 
JC SOPH 
Area Scout: Gabe Zappin
COMMENT: Ace of the staff and one of the top SP in California JC ball in 2018... 13-0 with a 1.34 ERA (including two CG shutouts), allowed 67 hits (no HR) and 23/102 BB/K in 100.2 IP for Mariners in 2018... Will transfer to University of Hawai'i if he does not sign with Cubs... 

21st ROUND (638)
, RHP 
R/R, 6'2 220, Age 22 
Southeast Missouri State 
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Ty Nichols 
COMMENT: Redhawks Friday starter... 8-3 with a 2.46 ERA, allowed 60 hits (.222 OppBA), five HR, and 24/85 BB/K in 73.1 IP in 2018... Transferred to SEMO after spending two seasons at Arizona Western JC... First-Team All-State in New Mexico as a HS senior... 

22nd ROUND (668) 
, OF
R/R, 6'4 200, Age 22 
St. John's University
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Matt Sherman 
COMMENT: Athletic and versatile player... Can play all three OF positions as well as 3B... Also saw service as a pitcher... Hit a combined 309/386/447 with 9 HR & 100 RBI, 32 doubles, 11 triples, 64/110 BB/K, and 40 SB (9 CS) in 173 career games (693PA) over the course of four seasons at St. John's...  

23rd ROUND (698)
, C 
R/R, 5'11 226, Age 21 
U. of South Carolina 
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Tom Clark 
COMMENT: Lost 30 pounds between junior and senior year, improved his defense, and took-over the Gamecocks #1 catcher job this season... Hit 273/331/497 with 8 HR & 30 RBI and 14/40 BB/K in 44 games (161 PA) in 2018...  

24th ROUND (728)
, RHP 
R/R, 6'3 185, Age 22 
USC - Upstate (Spartanburg, SC) 
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Tom Clark 
COMMENT: The long-time Friday starter at USCU (48 GS over four seasons)... 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, allowing 61 hits (3 HR) and 21/82 in 73.2 IP  (14 games- 13 GS) for the Spartans in 2018...

25th ROUND (758)
, CF 
R/R, 5'9 180, Age 22 
Seattle University
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Greg Hopkins 
COMMENT: Speedy, versatile lead-off man who can play anywhere in the outfield and infield... Hit 309/352/507 with 8 HR & 43 RBI, 17 doubles, and 8 SB (2 CS) for the Redhawks in 2018... Holds Seattle U. record for most career hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBI, total bases, and stolen bases...   

26th ROUND (788)
, OF 
L/L, 5'11 160, Age 18 
St. John Bosco HS - Bellflower, CA 
COLLEGE COMMIT: U. of Nevada 
Area Scout: Alex Lontayo 
COMMENT: Missed most of 2018 season after suffering knee injury (torn ACL) in football game in September 2017... Hit .274 (.346 OBP) with 10 SB (3 CS) in 49 HS games 2016-18... Two-sport athlete in HS (CF on baseball team and QB on football team) .. Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd team Honorable Mention All American (California) post-2017...  Will attend U. of Nevada if he doesn't sign with Cubs...  

27th ROUND (818)
, RHP 
L/R, 6'1 190, Age 19 
Indian River State College 
JC FRESHMAN 
Area Scout: John Koronka  
COMMENT: Raw project with control issues but also with with a big-time FB (91-94 T 97 MPH)... Went 2-4 with a 5.77 ERA, 44 hits allowed (two HR), and 23/36 BB/K in 43.2 IP for IRSC in 2018..  2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American (Florida)... Orginallly commited to Florida Gulf Coast University while in HS, but chose to go the "JC route" instead so that he would be draft-eligible after his freshman year...  

28th ROUND (848)
, LHP 
L/L, 6'3 195, Age 18 
Manzano HS - Albuquerque, NM 
COLLEGE COMMIT:  U. of Tennessee 
Area Scout: Steve McFarland 
COMMENT: Rated the #2 prospect in New Mexico by Baseball America... Features an 86-92 MPH FB, a 12-6 CV, and a below-average CH... Went 9-9 with a 1.81 ERA, 83/314 BB/K and .137 OppBA in 162.1 IP in four seasons on the varsity baseball squad at MHS... Struck out 15 in a game at the Perfect Game WWBA Championship in Florida last year... Will attend U. of Tennessee if he doesn't sign with Cubs... 

29th ROUND (878)
, INF 
R/R, 5'8 170, Age 22 
U. of Washington
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Greg Hopkins
COMMENT: Four-year starter... Plays both SS and 2B but is elite defender at 2B... 2018 All-PAC-12 selection... High-contact hitter who doesn't walk or strikeout much... Hit 286/353/482 with 8 HR & 37 RBI, 13 doubles, and 17/23 BB/K in 52 games (229 PA) for Huskies in 2018... Also played football (WR) in HS.. 

30th ROUND (908) 
, OF-1B 
R/R, 6'3 190, Age 22 
Clemson 
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Tom Clark 
COMMENT: Won everyday RF job in 2018 after serving primarily as a back-up OF-1B the previous three seasons... Hit 237/316/358 with 7 HR and 58 RBI, 15 doubles, and 39/85 BB/K in 133 career games (371 PA) over the course of his four years at Clemson... 

31st ROUND (938) 
, 2B
R/R, 5'7 170, Age 23 
Jacksonville State 
COLLEGE SR 
Area Scout: Alex McClure
COMMENT: Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2015... Four-year starter at 2B... High-contact lead-off hitter... Struck out only ten times in 293 PA in 2018... Hit 338/412/433 in 226 games (1,132 PA) in four-year career at JSU... 

32nd ROUND (968)
, LHP 
L/L, 6'0 210, Age 22 
Bryant University
COLLEGE 5th YEAR (REDSHIRT SR) 
Area Scout: Matt Sherman 
COMMENT: Rated the #3 prospect (#2 pitching prospect) in Rhode Island by Baseball America... Bulldogs Friday starter... Went 6-3 (including one CG shutout) with a 3.84 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, 75 hits allowed (one HR), and 46/101 BB/K in 82.0 IP for Bryant in 2018... 

33rd ROUND (998)
, RHP 
B/R, 6'4 200, Age 18 
Middletown North HS - Middleton Township, NJ
COLLEGE COMMIT: U. of Alabama 
Area Scout: Matt Sherman
COMMENT: The top HS pitching prospect in New Jersey... Features a low 90's FB that touches 95, a plus-CH, and a mediocre breaking ball that needs work... A two-way player in HS (P/OF), he may play both if he goes to college... Will attend the University of Alabama if he doesn't sign with Cubs... 

34th ROUND (1028)
Miguel Pabon, SS 
R/R, 6'0 165, Age 17 
Leadership Christian Academy - Guaynabo, PR 
COLLEGE COMMIT: UNKNOWN
Area Scout: Edwards Guzman 

35th ROUND (1058)
, OF 
L/L, 6'1 170, Age 21
Chipola College 
JC SOPH 
Area Scout: Alex McClure
COMMENT: Curacao native with plus speed and a strong arm... Hit 413/490/599 with 8 HR & 48 RBI, eight doubles and seven triples, 29/38 BB/K, and 16 SB (five CS), in 66 games in 2018... Rated the #4 JC prospect in Florida by Baseball America... Named to 2018 FCSAA All-State Second-team... Was a Rawlings-Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention at Trinity Christian Academy in Lake Worth, FL in 2016... Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in 28th round of 2016 draft but did not sign and was selected by Texas Rangers in 34th round of 2017 draft but did not sign...   

36th ROUND (1088) 
, C 
R/R, 6'0 200, Age 18 
Craig HS - Janesville, WI 
COLLEGE COMMIT: U. of Illinois
Area Scout: John Pedrotty 
COMMENT: Rated the #2 prospect in Wisconsin by Baseball America... Excellent receiving skills with an accurate (if not particularly strong) arm... Good hitter with a line-drive stroke but has yet to show any power... Will attend the University of Illinois if he does not sign with Cubs...  

37th ROUND (1118) 
Henry Anthony Vilar, SS 
L/R, 5'11 170, Age 19 
Westminster Christian School - Palmetto, FL
COLLEGE COMMIT: U. of Miami
Area Scout: John Koronka  
COMMENT: 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd team All-American (Florida)...   

38th ROUND (1148) 
, RHP 
L/R, 6'4 175, Age 18 
Edison HS - Huntington Beach CA 
COLLEGE COMMIT:  UNLV
Area Scout: Alex Lontayo 
COMMENT: 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st team Honorable Mention... Will attend UNLV if he doesn't sign with Cubs  

39th ROUND (1178)
, C 
L/R, 6'0 175, Age 18 
Wauconda HS - Wauconda, IL 
COLLEGE COMMIT: Madison College 
Area Scout:John Pedrotty
COMMENT: Ex-Wauconda HS baseball player has been battling cancer for past year-and-a-half... 

40th ROUND (1208)
Itamar Steiner, LHP 
L/L, 5'10 160, Age 18 
Niles North HS - Skokie, IL 
COLLEGE COMMIT: UNKNOWN
Area Scout: John Pedrotty 

Brady & Maitan Lift Angels over Cubs at Diablo

RHSP Denny Brady (LAA 7th round draft pick - Mercer County CC) fired four innings of one-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts and Kevin Maitan (2016 IFA - Venezuela - $6.45M combined signing bonuses between ATL and LAA) belted a solo HR, helping the Angels defeat the Cubs 3-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ. 

Christopher Morel drilled an RBI single and a double for the Cubs. 

The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Angels pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

Cubs 2017 6th round draft pick RHP Jeremiah Estrada (Palm Desert HS - Palm Desert, CA) got the start for the Cubs and continued to struggle with command (bouncing pitches in front of home plate and nearly hitting batters), throwing just 51% strikes and walking four in three innings of work. Then he left the game with a right elbow issue while warming up for the bottom of the 4th. 

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

Perlaza Slam Powers Cubs to Victory at Salt River Fields

Yonathan Perlaza slugged a grand slam, Alexander Guerra singled and scored, drove-in two runs with two sacrifice flies, and threw-out a runner attempting to steal, Cam Balego collected three singles, and SP Brailyn Marquez hurled five innings of two-hit shutout ball, leading the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.  

Danny Edgeworth belted a two-run triple and scored a run in a losing cause for the Rockies. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Jeffrey Passantino and RHRP Garrett Kelly have been moved-up to South Bend from Extended Spring Training, and RHP Benjamin Rodriguez and SS Fabian Pertuz have been sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (they were assigned to DSL Cubs #1) from Extended Spring Training. 

In Cubs Dominican Academy medical news, DSL Cubs #2 LHP Andres Bonalde underwent elbow surgery last month (not sure if it was TJS or something else) and will miss the 2018 season. 

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

D. J. Spins the Tunes at Salt River Fields

D. J. LeMahieu (on Rockies 10-day DL - right hamstring strain) singled twice and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, Daniel Jipping doubled and scored and collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly, and SP Jeffri Ocando hurled three innings of perfect baseball, leading the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

The game was called with one out in the bottom of the 8th. 

RHP Jose Albertos walked five and threw five wild pitches in 2.1 IP (56 pitches - only 25 strikes) for the Cubs. 

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

Guts. Glory. Ram-sey Romano

Ramsey Romano doubled twice, singled, and scored three runs, Josue Huma singled twice, doubled, and drove-in two runs, and SP Jesus Tejada hurled 3.2 IP of one-hit ball, leading the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguelo Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Erven Roper belted a two-run HR to account for the two Angel runs. 

Ramsey Romano (Cubs 2017 31st round draft pick - Long Beach State) is an athletic and versatile defender who can play anywhere in the infield and outfield. He almost certainly will be the #1 utility-supersub at Eugene when the Emeralds begin play in a couple of weeks.   

Prior to the game on Field #5, RHPs Dalton Geekie and Andry Rondon threw "live" BP on Field #4 (one "inning" - 25 pitches each). Geekie (Atlanta Braves 2015 22nd round draft pick - Georgia Highlands College) underwent TJS in August 2016 and missed the 2017 season. The 23-year old 6'5 righthander was acquired by the Cubs from Lake Erie (Frontier League) a couple of weeks ago. He signed with Lake Erie after being released by the Braves at the end of Minor League Camp in March. A. Rondon reported late to Extended Spring Training and it's taken him a while to round into game shape.  

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

Cubs Evict Dem Bums & Flatbush Refugees from Riverview Park

Henderson Perez collected four singles and an RBI and scored a run (his second four-hit game in the last two weeks), Gustavo Polanco belted an RBI triple and two singles, Kwangmin Kwon singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run, Jose A. Gonzalez clubbed a game-tying opposite-field solo HR, and Christopher Morel laced two RBI singles (second one proved to be the game-winner), as the Cubs scored four runs over the final three innings to edge the Dodgers 6-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day game action on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Jacob Amaya drilled a solo HR and an RBI single and Jeremy Arocho singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored a run for the Dodgers in a losing cause. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

Prior to the game on Field #5, LHP Justin Steele (three innings - 45 pitches), RHP Yunior Perez (two innings - 30 pitches), and RHP Hector Alonso Garcia (one inning - 20 pitches) squared-off in a three-inning "sim" game on Field #4. Steele threw a breaking ball for the first time since his July 2017 TJS.   

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

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