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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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Buck Stops Here

Travis Buck homered to key a three-run 9th, as an Oakland A's split squad defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in Cactus League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in sunny & breezy Mesa, Arizona, this afternoon.

 

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Carlos Zambrano got the start for the Cubs and went 6+ innings (85 pitches - 54 strikes), allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, one walk, and a HBP, while striking out six (3/9 GO/FO).

The A's scored one run in the top of the 1st when Coco Crisp led-off with an infield single into the hole between 2nd & 3rd (as shortstop Ryan Theriot "showed-off" his below-average arm), ex-Cub Eric Patterson walked, and Eric Chavez reached base on a FC. with Crisp advancing to 3rd. Kevin Kouzmanoff then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Crisp (although Kosuke Fukudome's throw from RF beat Crisp to the plate, and it looked like Crisp was tagged out by catcher Geovany Soto).

The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd against A's starter LHP Dallas Braden, when Marlon Byrd led-off with a HR to the base of the scoreboard beyond the LF fence. Alfonso Soriano then hammered a double into the right-centerfield alley, and Jeff Baker roped a double of the LF fence to score Soriano. But that's all the Cubs could get in the inning, as Geovany Soto, Carlos Zambrano, and Ryan Theriot grounded out, leaving Baker stranded in scoring position.

Going into the 4th inning, Zambrano had retired nine of ten batters, and he should have retired the lead-off hitter in the 4th, too, except a back-pedaling Ryan Theriot dropped a pop-up in short left (a play Alfonso Soriano should have made), allowing the hitter (Kevin Kouzmanoff) to reach 2nd base on the E-6. Travis Buck followed with an RBI single (unearned run), but then Zambrano followed the Buck hit by retiring the next nine men in a row.

The Cubs threatened to score in the bottom of the 6th, as Derrek Lee walked and Aramis Ramirez lined a single with no outs. But then Marlon Byrd hit into a 5-4 FC, And Alfonso Soriano banged into an inning-ending 5-4-3 DP, leaving D-Lee stranded at 3rd.

Zambrano went back to the mound to start the 7th, but was removed after hitting the lead-off hitter with a pitch. Rookie LHP James Russell then entered the game and retired three in a row (F-7, Kc, and 4-3).

Jeff Samardzija threw a scoreless 8th (14 pitches - only 5 strikes), walking one, and having a lot of difficulty throwing strikes (as he has pretty much all Spring). But somehow he managed to get outs (5-3, P-4, F-9) despite pitching from behind in the count against every hitter he faced.

The Cubs threatened again in the bottom of the 8th, as Kosuke Fukudome roped a lead-off double into the right-field corner against A's LHRP Brad Kilby. Micah Hoffpauir walked, and Sam Fuld dropped a picture-perfect 5-4 sacrifice bunt, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd with one out. With a left-hander on the mound, Manager Lou Piniella chose to play the game like it mattered, and sent Kevin Millar up to the plate to pinch-hit for Chad Tracy. With the infield pulled-in for a play at the plate, Millar hit a pop-up into short CF that looked like it might fall in front of the centerfielder, when shortstop Cliff Pennington made a fine running catch, and threw out Fukudome trying to score from 3rd.

Carlos Marmol came into the game in the top of the 9th with the score tied 2-2, and immediately surrendered a home run over the right-field fence to Travis Buck, before hitting Michael Taylor with a pitch. Then with Taylor on the move, Landon Powell lined a single to right, sending Taylor to 3rd. Marmol then got what appeared to be a DP ground-ball to 2nd baseman Jeff Baker, except the transfer between Baker and shortstop Andres Blanco did not go smoothly, and Cliff Pennington reached base, with Taylor scoring from 3rd. After Pennington stole 2nd base, Shane Peterson lined an RBI single to score Penington from 2nd, and that was that for Marmol (16 pitches - 9 strikes, allowing three runs on three hits, a HBP and a HR).

RHP Justin Berg was brought in to "mop up," and got a "strike 'em out/throw 'em out" to end the inning.

The Cubs got the tying run to plate in the bottom of the 9th against RHRP Fernando Hernandez, as Jeff Baker drew a one-out walk and advanced to 2nd base when Andres Blanco lined an 0-2 pitch into left-field for a single. But with Tyler Colvin on deck, Chris Robinson grounded weakly into a 1-6-3 DP to end the game with a whimper.

The Cubs host the San Diego Padres at HoHoKam Park tomorrow.

Comments

Wasn't Lilly's minor league start pushed up to today? Has anyone heard how it went? Never mind, I found something. "“Lilly threw good,” Piniella said. “Two innings, he didn’t throw any curve balls at all, just straight fastballs and change-ups. He got the side out in the second, 1-2-3. We couldn’t have expected any better; it was a good performance.” Lilly threw 31 pitches in his outing. The Cubs are hoping he’ll return to the rotation by mid-to-late April."

Andres Blanco, Tyler Colvin, Sam Fuld, Micah Hoffpauir, and Kevin Millar are competing for one roster spot. If Millar makes the 25-man roster, the Cubs will need three slots on the 40-man roster (for Chad Tracy, James Russell, and Kevin Millar). One would probably be Andres Blanco's, because if Blanco doesn't make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster (and if he doesn't get placed on the DL), he will have to get either traded or outrighted to the minors (he out of minor league options), presuming he doesn't get claimed off waivers. And if he is outrighted, he would have the right to be a free-agent immediately (with no termination pay), or accept the outright assignment and defer the right to be a FA until the end of the MLB regular season (and then the Cubs would have until the end of the MLB regular season to add him back to their 40-man roster). Also, Mike Parisi has very likely been placed on waivers already, but if he was placed on waivers today (Friday), he will not "clear" until 1 PM Sunday. (Weekends are considered MLB "business days" during Spring Training). If Parisi gets claimed by another MLB club, that club assumes the Rule 5 obligations and the Cubs get $25,000 (the waiver price for Rule 5 players). If Parisi is not claimed off waivers by another MLB club, he is automatically offered back to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Cardinals have two days to decide whether they want him back. If the Cards do reclaim him, Parisi is automatically outrighted to AAA Memphis (the AAA club from which he was drafted) and the Cubs get $25,000. But because he has been outrighted previously in his career, Parisi (like Blanco) would have the right to decline the outright assignment and become a free-agent immediately (with no termination pay), or he could accept the outright assignment and defer his right to be a FA until the end of the MLB regular season (and then the Cardinals would have until the end of the MLB regular seasson to add Parisi to their 40-man roster). If the Cardinals decline to reclaim Parisi, the Cubs keep him and they can either option him or outright him to the minors, but (again) if he gets outrighted, he can be a FA immediately (with no termination pay) or defer the right to be a FA until the end of the MLB regular season (with the Cubs having to option to add him back to their 40-man roster anytime up until the end of the MLB regular season). The Cubs presently have one opening on their 40-man roster, so if they add James Russell, Chad Tracy, and Kevin Millar to the 40-man roster (and 25-man Opening Day roster), they will either outright Blanco to the minors (or trade him), and they would get another slot on the 40 by outrighting Parisi to AAA Iowa (if he isn't claimed off waivers by another MLB club or reclaimed by STL). And then they could wait until later in the season to move Angel Guzman from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (if they need another slot at some point). And since he will miss the entire 2010 season, Guzman would also provide the Cubs with a post-season roster exemption (should the Cubs make it that far). And then Gozman will almost certainly get non-tendred on 12/12, but will be offered a low-price minor league contract so that he can continue his rehab at Fitch Park in 2011.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

So you believe Tracy has already made the team? I can't make a case for any of those guys making the team except Fuld. If Byrd has to leave a game, Sori/Fuku/(Millar/Nady/Tracy) might be the worst outfield ever.

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In reply to by John Beasley

I think either Fuld or Blanco needs to make the roster. I'd be okay with Blanco taking Jeff Baker's spot on the roster so that they can carry both Fuld and Blanco, unless the Cubs know something about Baker that I don't (they probably do).

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In reply to by John Beasley

Submitted by John Beasley on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 8:08pm. So you believe Tracy has already made the team? ======================================== JOHN B: Yes. Tracy was told a week ago to to find a place to live in Chicago, which doesn't positively guarantee anything, but it almost does.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Are you sure they didn't say: "You should try to get one of the rooftop apartments, cuz that's the ONLY way you're seeing the inside of Wrigley"? or "The Commute to Iowa is REALLY pretty".

This team as configured is one of, if not the slowest in the NL. Without Fuld or Blanco, it really is fully a one-dimensional club. Millar does jack for me. I just don't get it. Like I said last thread, if they need a "jokester", just play Seinfeld or Chapelle in the locker room or something.

Carlos Marmol came into the game in the top of the 9th with the score tied 2-2, and immediately surrendered a home run over the right-field fence to Travis Buck, before hitting Michael Taylor with a pitch. Then with Taylor on the move, Landon Powell lined a single to right, sending Taylor to 3rd. Marmol then got what appeared to be a DP ground-ball to 2nd baseman Jeff Baker, except the transfer between Baker and shortstop Andres Blanco did not go smoothly, and Cliff Pennington reached base, with Taylor scoring from 3rd. After Pennington stole 2nd base, Shane Peterson lined an RBI single to score Penington from 2nd, and that was that for Marmol (16 pitches - 9 strikes, allowing three runs on three hits, a HBP and a HR).
Meh, I'd rather watch the GOP go on a filibuster bender than watch Marmol blow a game.

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In reply to by Rob G.

It's OK it's spring training. My grandmother used to babysit this kid who hadn't started walking. One day he stood up, then fell immediately down to his bottom. He proceeded to stand up and fall down to his bottom again... and again. He repeated it for a couple of hours. He turned out to be a great athlete who never fell down while running or playing any sports. I can only assume that Marmol was doing the same thing today.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

it was truly ugly. he didn't have control of anything he threw today. the homer he gave up was a huge smash. the HBP was ugly wild and up/inside. it was so wild there wasn't even a suspicion of it being purposeful even though it came after a homer that gave up the lead. really really horrible stuff today. also, the baker/blanco exchange (or the entire play, really) didn't seem that bad. pennington just hauled ass to 1st. there wasn't any fumbling or wasted motion from the looks of it.

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In reply to by crunch

There was a bit of a bobble by Baker. This team as configured is one of, if not the slowest in the NL. Without Fuld or Blanco, it really is fully a one-dimensional club. Millar does jack for me. I just don't get it. Like I said last thread, if they need a "jokester", just play Seinfeld or Chapelle in the locker room or something.

I think it's entirely possible that the Cubs will add Kevin Millar to the 40-man roster prior to Opening Day, and then he will suddenly incur some type of vague, mysterious injury or illness that will justify the Cubs putting him on the 15-day DL. That way, he can travel with the team and provide entertainment for his teammates in the clubhouse and on the bench, collect $700K or so in salary, and be available to be reactivated later in the season (September 1st at the latest). The Cubs do this all the time with their full-season minor league teams, carrying one or two extra position players with each team throughout the season, players who are initially placed on the DL, and then get reactivated to replace an injured position player (they have a 7-day DL in the minors), and then get placed back on the DL again when the injured player is reinstated. It helps if the player has some type of pre-existing chronic condition (Derrek Lee's neck problem is a good one, because it's actually legitimate), but if he doesn't have one, they'll make something up.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I can't imagine that flying on a major league team. Millar may enjoy being a jokester but I doubt he does at the expense of being a ballplayer. I'd imagine there'd be protests from other teams and perhaps from within the organization itself.

Phil, have you heard or seen the extent of Chris Carpenters injury?

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In reply to by Hagsag

Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 8:23am. Phil, have you heard or seen the extent of Chris Carpenters injury? =================================== HAGSAG: I don't know what's wrong with Carpenter

On Bruuuuuce's show this am, he was told Toronto wanted Cashner in any deal. The Cubs said no way as they believe, "...he will be an impact player in the league..." He also said the team was about "500k light on signing Capps and a mill light on Park." It is astounding to me, that if true, two experienced bullpen arms were not signed when the team already has $135MM tied up. Oh you Cubbies...

I still think it's not unlikely that the Cubs will bring recently-released Mike MacDougal in for a look next week (on a minor league contract with MacDougal getting an opt-out if he doesn't make the Cubs 25-man Opening Day roster), and if that happens, they could pitch him in games on MON-WED-FRI or TUE-THU-SAT, before they make a final decision on the makeup of the pen. MacDougal went to high school in Mesa (at Mesa HS), so he probably wouldn't have a problem coming into HoHoKam for a three-game tryout. While MacDougal definitely has his warts (walks), he did convert 20-21 save opps with Washington in 2009 and he doesn't give up many XBH. The Cubs are looking for a set-up guy (preferrably a RHP) with MLB closer experience, and MacDougal is that. And unlike Jason Frasor, at least MacDougal wouldn't cost the Cubs any players.

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In reply to by QuietMan

Submitted by QuietMan on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 9:15am. MacDougal signed a minor league deal with the Nationals the other day - according to Rotoworld. ================================= QUIET MAN: I missed that. Thanks for the info.

I believe David Weathers is still out there without a job. I think he is still serviceable.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Submitted by The Real Neal on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 9:32am. All this angst is caused by Marmol blowing the game yesterday? ================================= REAL NEAL: No. Discussions about acquiring a pitcher with reasonably significant MLB closer experience who can be a primary 8th inning set-up guy and who can also close on days Marmol is unavailable, or if Marmol gets hurt, or if Marmol suddenly implodes, didn't just start after Marmol's struggles yesterday or because he has given up home runs two games in a row. These discussions go back to before the start of Spring Training.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Exactly. Excellent point which I had mentioned a couple days ago as well. These discussions I have understood, have been going on since December. It appears as if the "kids" in the pen have very good arms, but the "old man" at 25 is the Wide-Out. Experience + some talent goes a long way in a bullpen. If we have a "Marmol Situation", what then?

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In reply to by Hagsag

Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 9:20am. I believe David Weathers is still out there without a job. I think he is still serviceable. ========================================= HAGSAG: Texas Rangers RHRP Chris Ray is a fornmer closer (33 saves in 2006 with BAL) who had TJS in 2007 and then was really bad his first year back last year, but he has had a very good Spring so far with the Rangers. I don't know if Texas would trade Ray straight-up for Andres Blanco (presuming the Rangers are indeed interested in acquiring Blanco), but Blanco and a young pitcher for Ray might work.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

That seems like a much better low-risk high reward trade (depending on what sort of young pitcher they would want back) than the Colvin + a pitcher for Frasor rumors that were going around here. I know very little about Ray, though.

I would think that Micah Hoffpauir could get moved shortly. Not sure Texas would have an interest in him though.

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In reply to by Hagsag

on Bruce Levine's show, he interviewed Hendry who said Jaramillo has been working on stuff with Hoffpauir and they consider that any improvements coming from that are a work in progress. Not sure what that says about Hoffpauir's spring or his near term fate though...other than giving me the impression that he'll be in roster insurance in Iowa, since he's got an option left.

lineup per Muskat... ineup for Saturday: RF Colvin, 2B Baker, 1B Lee, 3B Ramirez, CF Byrd, LF Millar, C Soto, SS Blanco, P Silva. Nady to play OF Sunday showcasing Blanco to scouts or does he have a chance?

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In reply to by Cubster

If Baker doesn't get himself settled at the plate (the announcing crew talked about him struggling with the mechanical adjustments he and Jaramillo have been working on), Blanco may turn out to be more valuable than him as a 2nd basemen (not even considering that Blanco can play SS and Baker can't). But that doesn't mean management will see it that way.

Muskat tweet confirms it. #Cubs have traded infielder Andres Blanco to #Rangers for player to be named or cash considerations. That could open spot for Millar, Tracy

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In reply to by Ryno

s.castro can do what blanco can do, most likely. it's not like if riot gets injured they're gonna hand the job to fontenot and stick baker at 2nd for a few weeks. fontenot chilling at SS for a few innings or a rest game every once in a while doesn't scare me too much, honestly.

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In reply to by Ryno

Ryno -- I think you and I have the same somewhat irrational love for Blanco. Maybe we place too much value on his fielding, but I was cheering for him to make the team. I suppose being traded is the best thing for him if he wasn't going to make the Cubs and he is out of minor league options.

almost game time...2 cubs games live on TV 2 days in a row. yeah, it's spring!

Cubs radio pregame notes with Judd Sirott ...said the Blanco deal is for ptbnl and cash, not sure what script he's reading from. Oswalt back to Houston for MD exam for pulled hamstring

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In reply to by Cubster

s.castro is "the guy" anyway...the AAA/AAAA injury replacement...the guy who is waiting for theriot/fontenot to fail or get injured. blanco was just some low-end insurance. good insurance, but even with his best upside he's kinda bland, imo.

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In reply to by crunch

Castro comes up if they need a starter most likely. But Darwin Barney comes up if they want a true middle infielder on the bench.

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In reply to by Charlie

i'm sure he could slug in the .300s like blanco. guy is nice D, but he's got no bat.

revised lineup: Colvin, Baker, DLee, ARam, Byrd, Millar, Soto, Fontenot (SS), Silva

On WGN telecast, Len said Parisi was outrighted to AAA Iowa. Not sure if that means the Cardinals passed on taking him back though.

Fontenot not exactly Ozzie Smith in the top of the first.

bwhaha...fonenot starts his SS "career" by making the cubs 27th error of the spring. ...yeah, 27.

and Fontenot promptly boots a really really easy one (paraphrasing Hendry)

Bench: Hill, Baker, Nady, 2 of Tracy, Millar, Colvin, Fuld, Hoffpauir? with Tracy likely already in, still don't see a spot for Millar.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I have only seen the error on the first gb of the day. And, he could not get a runner on another gb from the hole. Two plays that "a good ss" makes.

Millar wearing white shoes. Great, we now have an older and worse playing version of Nick Swisher.

no parachat?

Just saw Santo signing autographs from the booth. Cubs nees to do what Beach Boys did to their dad, Murray Wilson. He produced their first couple of albums and then Brian took over but Murray was such a pain in the ass they gave him a control panel in the studio that was not connected to anything. Just put Ron in a booth with nothing plugged in.

can the cubs D get any worse or more slack than this spring?

BIlly Williams hitting coach? Rogers Hornsby. He's f'ning old.

Byrd reaches on an E-6, nailed in the face on a pick-off throw, staying in. Big old goose egg on the side of his head.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    matt chapman to the giants...3/54m (20m/18m/16m) with opt-outs every year.

    cubs are pretty much "stuck" with morel, madrigal, and masterboney at 3rd as things stand.

    wisdom is technically an option, but he's not much of a 3rd baseman.

  • crunch (view)

    now that the bellinger contract is done and we're waiting on the dude to show up in games...

    it can be argued that bellinger at 30m a year for 1-2 seasons (or 80m over 3 years) isn't good value.  ...and it probably won't be a good deal.  free agent signings at this level of pay have an extremely high ceiling to realize a return on investment based on numbers and stats, alone.

    what it does give, is a specific need for weaknesses of this specific club.  he provides coverage for 2 of the 3 main position weaknesses and he's a lefty bat with pop.

    every slot on the team is pretty much solidified except CF, 1st, and 3rd.  bellinger covers CF and 1st adequately and i doubt many people think he couldn't cover either over the next 3 seasons.

    the cubs have PCA and busch/mervis at CF and 1st respectively.  the team no longer needs guys at both positions to rise to the occasion.

    plus there's the whole DH thing.

    this is a gamble, but it's not a thoughtless gamble throwing money at a bat for the sake of having a bat.  he's capable of filling numerous roles the team could use for a short period of time in the prime of his career...even if it could end up he's overpaid for what the club gets from him.
     

  • crunch (view)

    as far as i can tell this isn't injury/rest related, and they've been throwing for weeks.

    we're at the point in spring games where throwing 20-40 pitches for multi-inning guys is the norm, and that's not much different than airing out a few dozen on the mound in a non-game training situation.

    i wonder if these specific guys are getting additional instruction without working things out vs live batters and they don't want to do that and tax the arms doing both at once.  no idea...not heard anything about these guys or what they're doing in ARZ recently.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Eight days into the Cactus League schedule, six Cubs pitchers who are officially at MLB Spring Training have yet to throw in a Cactus League game: 

    Yency Almonte 
    Michael Arias 
    Shota Imanaga 
    Ethan Roberts (NRI - TJS rehab)
    Jameson Taillon 
    Keegan Thompson 

    Meanwhile, 13 pitchers assigned to Cubs Minor League Camp have pitched in MLB Cactus League games, including Blake Weiman twice and Hunter Bigge three times!  
     

  • crunch (view)

    player of the game: the sun

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Friday's White Sox - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    JUSTIN STEELE
    FB: 90-92 
    CT: 88-89  
    SL: 81-84 
    CH: 78-81  
    CV: 75-76 
    COMMENT: Threw two no run / no hit innings to start the game (a L-1 comeback that almost took Steele's head off on the first pitch of the game, then a BB on a 3-2 pitch, a 5-4 FC that should have been an inning-ending DP but wasn't as the result of a Matt Shaw grip / bobble at 3B -- lucky to get one out on the play, and an F-9 to end the inning)... then a K-looking, an F-9, and a 6-3 GO in an easy 1-2-3 10-pitch second inning... allowed two runs on two hits in the third inning (a three-pitch K-swinging on a SL, then an infield topper that Steele couldn't pick up and was scored a hit but should have been an E-1 -- and should have been the second out but wasn't, then a hard-hit double, an F-8 SF to plate the first run and advance the other runner from second to third, then a WP on a bouncing 55-foot SL that scored the second run, and finally an F-7 FO to end the inning and the outing)... Steele threw 47 pitches over the course of his three innings of work (32 strikes - four swing & miss, two on SL and two on CT - plus an incredible 11 foul balls!)... threw a lot more different types of pitches than his usual FB / SL combo... a very nice "clean" outing, except for the E-1 topper that was inexplicably scored as a hit...    

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94 
    CT: 87-89 
    CH: 86
    SL: 79-80
    CV: 74-76
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (37 pitches - 22 strikes - three swing & miss - three foul balls)... allowed a broken bat infield single to lead-off hitter in the top of the 4th, then a P-3 DP (fantastic over the shoulder catch by Busch while running out into RF foul territory followed by a perfect throw back to 1st base to double the runner off base), and a 3-U GO (our man Busch again!)... second inning began with an HBP (PCA was hit by a pitch in the previous half-inning), then PCA took a bad route (might have briefly lost the ball in the sun) chasing a fly ball in CF that fell for a double on the warning track, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd... then a lazy routine fly ball was lost in the sun by PCA in CF for a gift-double, then after an RBI 6-3 GO for the first out of the inning (should have been the third out!), PCA lost still ANOTHER FLY BALL IN THE SUN in short right-center to further extend the inning, then a walk on a 3-2 pitch, an F-7 FO for what was essentially the fifth out of the inning, then a hard-hit RBI single through the box and into CF (PCA missed the cut-off man with the throw home), and finally a 1-3 come-backer on Assad's 26th pitch of the inning for what should have been the sixth out of the inning... so while he technically threw just two innings and allowed four "earned" runs on five "hits" (including three  "doubles"), Assad got what were essentially nine outs, and should have allowed no runs on two hits (both singles -- one of which was a broken bat infield hit), one walk, and one HBP...        

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-98
    SL: 84-87
    CH: 79
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging on a 1-2 SL, F-7, F-8)... 16 pitches (12 strikes - three swinging, two on FB and one on SL - five foul balls)... Matt Mervis lost a pop fly foul ball in the sun prior to the K-swinging...     

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 91-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Inning started with a gift-triple (Cole Roederer lost can o' corn fly ball in the sun before it bounced off warning track in the RF corner)... Cuas then induced a P-3 for the first out and got a K-swinging for the second out, before hitting a batter with a 2-2 SL to put runners at the corners... then he a got 5-3 GO to end the inning... a cool head 22-pitch "no sweat" masterful extrication act to strand the runner at 3rd after the lead-off "sun triple"... two swing & miss -- one on FB and one on SL -- and five foul balls among his 14 strikes (Cuas gets a LOT of foul balls on "emergency hacks" when he pitches)... 

    COLTEN BREWER
    FB: 93-95
    CH: 89 
    SL: 84-85 
    CV: 79 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout 8th inning... 10 pitches (seven strikes - one swing & miss on FB)... surrendered two soft-contact singles sandwiched around an F-8, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... 

    RILEY THOMPSON
    FB: 95-96
    CH: 89 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Tossed a 1-2-3 (3-1 GO, K-swinging on three pitches, F-8) 12-pitch 9th (10 strikes - one swing & miss on SL - four foul balls)... good FB velo in combo with the slider, and he threw strikes... eight of his twelve pitches were SL (he loves those sliders!)... 

  • crunch (view)

    not yet...dunno what his plan is with the team.

    he's not getting any younger.  dude turns 29 in a bit over a week.  they still want him on the roster and 40-man for some reason.

    i like what he throws, but at some point you have to show what's coming out of your arm is MLB-quality.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Has Keegan pitched yet? If not I wonder if they’re even entertaining him as a SP as an option. Genuinely no idea on either of those thoughts

  • crunch (view)

    so...unless keegan thompson comes running into the ring to hit jordan wicks with a steel chair, it's looking like wicks vs himself.

    or they could sign jordan montgomery or something like that.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Wesneski was also pretty unimpressive