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Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman


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Bard Totally Wild at Talking Stick

Jenner Emeterio singled, doubled, and tripled, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Varonex Cuevas singled and scored in the 3rd and belted a two-run home run in the 6th, and Carlos Jimenez singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run. as the Cubs edged the Diamondbacks 6-5 on Whirlwind Field, and Raymel Flores drilled a two-run single with two outs and the bases loaded to key a four-run 3rd, as the D'backs shutout the Cubs 6-0 on Jackrabbit Field, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split squad doubleheader played this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.

Both games were called after 7-1/2 innings of play. 

Veteran MLB RHRP Daniel Bard had a very odd/unusual day. Working one inning in the game on Whirlwind Field, Bard issued three walks, struck out two (both swinging), and uncorked six wild pitches. That's six wild pitches In one inning!

In EXST Cubs roster news, catcher Eric Gonzalez has been assigned to the DSL Cubs, and catcher Tyler Pearson has been moved-up to AA Tennessee.  

The 18-year old Gonzalez got into eight Cactus League EXST games (14 PA), going 0-13 with one walk and five strikeouts. He threw out one of three baserunners attempting to steal against him (33% CS). Gonzalez was signed by the Cubs last June, and he hit 254/297/322 in 19 DSL games last season.

The DSL Cubs begin play a week from tomorrow (Saturday May 30th), and it's possible that additional players who are presently at Extended Spring Training will get assigned to the DSL Cubs prior to DSL Opening Day.

The 23-year old Pearson was the Cubs 25th round pick in the 2014 MLB Fiirst-Year Player Draft out of Texas State (by way of Rice). He hit 235/322/431 in 21 games with AZL Cubs last season, and 250/333/458 in 14 Cactus League EXST games (30 PA) this season (with three doubles and a triple, three walks and an HBP, eight strikeouts, a SH, a SF, and two GIDP). He had a 14% CS, with one passed ball in Cactus League EXST games.

While he was assigned to Tennessee and will physically report to the Smokies, he will not be activated until he is needed. The Cubs have been doing that quite a bit this season, which is to say a a player will be placed on a minor league affiliate's 7-day DL or assigned to Eugene or AZL Cubs (but only on paper), without the player actually leaving the club or reporting to Extended Spring Teaining. Then other times, the player does report to EXST.

One player on a Cubs minor league affiliate's 7-day DL who is definitely at Extended Spring Training is OF Shawon Dunston Jr, who is rehabbing a right arm injury (I believe it's the right shoulder) sustained about a month go at Hi-A Myrtle Beach. Dunston is just now beginning a throwing program and to take BP at EXST, so he probably won't be ready to return to the Pelicans for a while.

Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):


1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-3 (4-6 FC, F-7, K, CS)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF-DH: 0-1 (BB, BB, K)
4. Tyler Alamo, C-DH: 1-3 (F-8, 4-6-3 DP, 1B)
5. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (F-7, 3-U, 6-4 FC) 
6. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 0-3 (L-7, L-8, 4-6 FC) 
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, K) 
8. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-2 (K, 5-4 FC) 
9. Yohan Matos, DH-C: 0-1 (BB, K)
10. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
11. Danny Gutierrez, DH-RF: 1-2 (1B, P-3, SB)

1. Justin Steele: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 6 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 4/0 GO/FO, 65 pitches (37 strikes) 
2. Dillon Maples: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/FO, 39 pitches (22 strikes) 
3. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/4 GO/FO, 14 pitches (12 strikes) 

LF Ricardo Marcano: E-7 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely)

LF Ricardo Marcano - threw out batter 7-4 trying to stretch single into double


1a. Roberto Caro, RF: 1-3 (BB, K, 1B, 3-U, R, RBI, SB, CS)
1b. Andruw Monasterio, PH-SS: 0-1 (L-7)
2. Robert Garcia, CF:1-4 (6-3, 2B, K, 4-3, RBI) 
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-7 SF, K, RBI, CS)
4. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-3 (F-9, K, K, BB)
5. Jose Paniagua, LF: 2-4 (1B, P-3, F-8, 2B)
6a. Erick Castillo, C: 1-2 (5-4-3 DP, 2B)
6b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (P-4, F-9)
7. Carlos Jimenez, SS-DH: 2-3 (P-3, 1B, 2B, HBP, R, CS)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 2-4 (1B, F-8, HR, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
9. Jenner Emeterio, DH-RF: 3-4 (3B, 1B+E5, 2B, K, 2 R, RBI)

1. Oscar de la Cruz: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 65 pitches (45 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 6 WP, 30 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (7 strikes) 


Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS, 1 PO

WEATHER: Mostly sunny & VERY breezy with temperatures in the 80's



30 pitches...6 wild...that's impressive for all the wrong reasons. maybe someone will give him a coaching/instructor job if he's looking...dunno how much longer he can play "comeback." hate it for him...

Here is the details of the I-Cubs 7 spot in the 2nd tonight:
Iowa Bottom of the 2nd Christian Villanueva singles on a line drive to right fielder James Jones. Taylor Davis singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson. Christian Villanueva to 2nd. Rafael Lopez doubles (5) on a fly ball to right fielder James Jones. Christian Villanueva scores. Taylor Davis to 3rd. Taylor Teagarden singles on a ground ball to left fielder Leon Landry. Taylor Davis scores. Rafael Lopez to 3rd. John Andreoli singles on a bunt ground ball to first baseman Stefen Romero. Rafael Lopez scores. Taylor Teagarden to 2nd. Rubi Silva doubles (6) on a fly ball to left fielder Leon Landry. Taylor Teagarden scores. John Andreoli scores. Arismendy Alcantara flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson. Rubi Silva to 3rd. Matt Szczur grounds out, shortstop Ketel Marte to first baseman Stefen Romero. Rubi Silva scores. Javier Baez doubles (4) on a line drive to left fielder Leon Landry. Pitching Change: Andrew Kittredge replaces Stephen Landazuri. Christian Villanueva singles on a ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson. Javier Baez scores. Taylor Davis singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson. Christian Villanueva to 3rd.

Wow...what a terrible AB by Ross. First and third, no outs, DBacks conceding a run, and he can't make contact against a guy throwing 84 mph. Just awful.

Very frustrating game -- Lester gets taken deep by a guy who cannot hit (.194 w/0 HR before tonight), and the Cubs offense has been shut down by 2 bums (both w/ERAs 5+)so far. Bleh.

dat pen, though. ARZ wins 4-5 in 13. DFA everyone. "this one stings." - len ← truth

This isn't my mother's Junior Lake. He keeps working that count, and working it pretty nicely. Occasionally you'll see him slip into that chase mode but it is sure a lot rarer than it used to be. This is a guy I thought had no chance of being that kind of hitter when he first came up. Throw a few sliders at the ankles and you could pretty much ring him up every time.

Really glad I didn't stay up to watch that. Rondon had 2 strikes on the last 2 hitters, but couldn't put them away. I realize Goldschmidt is a really good hitter, but, damn, that one hurts.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

Thought it was in the bag with a 2-run lead and Rondon coming in, so I went to bed. My mistake. Earlier in the evening I did a little statistics search on the Cubs website. Cubs current cleanup hitter ranks #8 among starters in slugging percentage. Also ranks #8 among starters in OPS. Might be time for a lineup shuffle.

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In reply to by Jackstraw

Last night was a good display of what makes this team a .500 team, maybe a tad better. Castro isn't a clean up hitter, but I think Maddon likes that he often gets wood on the ball. Last night he really had a beautiful hit late in the game where he really squared up on - if I remember right, an inside slider and roped it to left field. But he's still not a clean up hitter, and never really will be. I'm not one of the many Castro haters, in fact I'm one of his few defenders, but he's just not a cleanup hitter. I don't know who on this team is right now. Maybe Bryant is ready. I was really hoping Soler could do that, but he's not there yet. Next year, maybe. Another weakness is their strength, rookies. Addison Russell striking out in extra innings with the bases loaded. Who in their right mind would want him out of the lineup, but there you go. He's gonna do that this year. He'll start doing it less as time goes on. The other obvious weakness right now is their bullpen. You really just don't know what you're getting - although Maddon's fascination with Rosscup makes me think he read too many of Crunch's comments from a year or two ago. Yeah, he's got good stuff, but he doesn't know how to pitch yet. More growing pains for a young team. Now, Rondon is sucking, too. Mostly because he, too, doesn't seem to know *how* to pitch. Great stuff, just doesn't seem to know when to throw what pitch. I would expect Montero to take more control there like he did that one game a few weeks back where he practically yelled at the pitcher to do things his way. Maybe he did last night. I wasn't watching those two at bats but I read they were a disaster pitching location-wise. My hope overall is that they can just hang in there until 3/4 of the season is over and Soler starts to come around, and they can drop Castro down a bit in the order, and Russell keeps getting more experience. He's going to be awesome but he's still a bit raw. No matter how you slice it, if you don't have Castro batting cleanup, then it's a rookie, Soler or Bryant, most likely. That's the strength and weakness of this team. Next year, these guys will pretty much be the strength of the team. And I don't think it's a wait till next year team. They're so talented that they could make things interesting, and maybe even sneak into the playoffs and do some damage. It's exciting, but frustrating.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

Rondon: 13 Hits and 4 BB in his last 10 innings. Definitely doesn't look confident. Very different coming into the year as closer for a team expected to challenge for a playoff spot versus being handed the job during the season for a team not trying to win. The pressure seems to have gotten to him a bit. If he continues to be inconsistent, it will be interesting to see how Maddon handles it. Right now, Grimm seems to be the only reliable guy in the pen, and that's a very small sample size.

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In reply to by Jackstraw

as long as the cubs keep advanced hitters in the 2/3 slots the 4 slot is gonna suffer compared to other's traditional lineups until soler/montero/?? step up to be a legit option there. many teams still treat that 2 slot as contact-heavy or "2nd speed guy" slot. i think this whole pitcher 8th thing is eye rolling, but if it mentally "allows" maddon to use the 2/3 roster spot like he's doing now, that tradeoff seems nice.

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In reply to by crunch

as long as the cubs keep advanced hitters in the 2/3 slots the 4 slot is gonna suffer compared to other's traditional lineups until soler/montero/?? step up to be a legit option there. many teams still treat that 2 slot as contact-heavy or "2nd speed guy" slot. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm not tracking here....unless you're saying less RBIs to be had since Bryant and Rizzo already got them. Castro is 2nd on the team in RBIs, so if that's the main job of the cleanup hitter then he's in the right spot. My thinking is since he's 8th on the team in SLG and OPS somebody else (and if you just go by the numbers anybody else) should be there.

close-to-trade-season news blurb...(i can't believe i'm about to type a close-to-trade-season blurb about who the cubs might pick up rather than who's going to scalp the club dry)... j.cueto (CIN) is going to miss his next start due to "elbow tightness" who's ready to get ninja from the whitesox for vogelbomb? :D <--- baseless humor(less) speculation

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  • crunch (view)

    i know it's still very early, but i'd like to go into the xmas-to-newyears part of the off-season with something more than...*checks list*...patrick wisdom avoids arbitration with a 1-year deal

    also, steven brault retired and was spotted at the winter meetings with a demo reel and making contacts trying to break into broadcasting (not a joke).  unless he's more optimistic than talented (we already know he can sing) he should make it one day because he seems to be very serious about it.

  • Cubster (view)

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  • crunch (view)

    unless he pitches into his late-30 that is gonna sting.  a 70m DH...ow.

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    I'm getting the feeling that Todd Walker might be a Shaw comp. A valuable hit first player but limited albeit not awful on defense. Hopefully, he has more upside. Not a bad floor if Steve Garvey is his ceiling.

  • Wrigley Rat (view)

    AZ Phil - If that's the level of return, I would want NO part of that trade to Cleveland for Clase and Bieber. I have some faith that the Cubs have a strong plan for which prospects they will keep (even if they dangle them in trade talks) and which they will move, because they have plenty of solid prospects they can trade but they shouldn't be trading any of the ones they hope will be future core players. Some guys are redundant, so I hope they choose the right players to keep and the right players to move. It's always important for a team to know its own minor league players better than scouts from other teams (obviously), but I don't think that's always been the case for the Cubs and many other clubs. 

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  • tim815 (view)

    He could still play SS at Double-A, but Vazquez, Hoerner, and Swanson are much better defensively, arm strength or not. I'd be good leaving Shaw at SS with McGeary and Ballesteros around, but by the first of June (?), 1B might make sense in DM.

  • crunch (view)

    i have no reason to see a problem, it just seems like it's his most obvious reason to give pause on him at 1st.

    the cubs situation dictates 2nd/SS isn't an option.  his arm dictates 3rd isn't an option.  1st or CF seems to be his best path and he's only played CF in summer ball back in highschool/college...and of course PCA is a better + closer to the bigs CF.

    it's a lot safer to say he's made for 1st than it is he's made for 3rd.  even as a SS his arm is weak, and it's not like his glove is so great he needs to stay in the middle-IF.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    CRUNCH: Steve Garvey (one of Shaw's comps as a hitter) was a 5'10 right-handed throwing first-baseman with a rag arm. Jeff Bagwell (another Shaw comp) was a 6'0 right-handed throwing first-baseman with a rag arm. Carlos Santana (who played 1B for Counsell in Milwaukee last season and is an above-average defensive first-baseman) is 5'11. It's not like Shaw is 5'7 or 5'8. I don't really see the problem.