Cubs and Giants Play Two at Fitch Park
Sergio Burruel ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to tie one game, while LHP Marcos Perez allowed his first runs in 17+ innings in the other, as one squad of EXST Cubs and one squad of EXST Giants played to a 1-1 tie on Field #1 and the other squad of EXST Giants defeated the other squad of EXST Cubs 4-1 on Field #3 in a split squad Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played at Fitch Park in Mesa this morning. Both games were pre-scheduled to go seven innings, although the game on Field #1 was extended an extra half-inning to allow Rogelio Carmona to get an additional inning of work.
Iowa 1B-OF Jason Dubois (on the I-Cubs DL since April 21st with a lower back strain) played LF again today and got four Plate Appearances in the game on Field #3, batting third in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings. He was called out on strikes in his first AB, and then grounded out 6-3, 5-3, and 5-3 in his other three PA. So far in four EXST games, Dubois is hitting 215/267/357, with two doubles, a walk, and four strikeouts. He is expected to rejoin the Iowa Cubs in Reno this weekend.
Cubs pitchers retired the first 15 Giants in the game on Field #1. RHP (ex-C) Alvaro Sosa made his EXST game debut by retiring the side 1-2-3 (Ks, 4-3, Ks) in the top of the 1st, and then 19-year old Taiwanese RHP Yao-Lin Wang retired all 12 men he faced (including five strikeouts).
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Yohan Gonzalez and 3B-1B Charles Thomas have been promoted to Peoria, while INF George Matheus (160/208/220 in 16 games) and RHP (and ex-OF) Andres Quezada (5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with 17 hits allowed and 10/13 BB/K in 15.0 IP) have been sent to Extended Spring Training from Peoria.
In seven EXST games (all in relief) over the past month, Gonzalez had a 0.82 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and .200 OBA in 11.0 IP, allowing just one run on eight hits, with 2 BB and 14 K, 1 GIDP, and a 9/10 GO/FO. The 20-year old 6’4 200 Gonzalez pitched at Boise in 2009, going 3-3 with a 4.21 ERA, allowing 44 hits (3 HR), and 7/31 BB/K in 23 games and 47 IP (all in relief) for the Hawks.
The Cubs 2009 10th round draft pick out of Edward Waters College, the 21-year old 6-4 225 Thomas hit 303/367/348 with three doubles, 5/8 BB/K, 13 runs scored, eight RBI, and four SB in 19 EXST games and 68 PA. Thomas has a cannon for an arm, and could eventually move to the mound if things don’t work out as a position player. He led the AZL Cubs (Mesa) in hits, doubles, and RBI in 2009. He can play both 1B and 3B, but his arm is wasted at 1B. For a big guy, Thomas has shown virtually no HR power so far in his career.
Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-2 (K, 4-3, 5-4 SH)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 2-3 (F-9, 1B, 1B, CS)
3. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-3 (K, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
4. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 0-3 (P-6, F-8, K-DP)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, LF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
6. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Rafael Disla, 3B: 0-2 (3-1, 2-3)
8. Kyung-Min Na, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, L-7)
9. Jose Guevara, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, K)
10. Blair Springfield, DH #2: 0-1 (5-3, BB, CS)
11a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THROUGH BATTING ORDER
11b. Cody Shields, CF: 1-1 (1B, R)
1. Alvaro Sosa – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/3 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
3. Alvido Jimenez - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS
NOTE: LF Jason Dubois batted 3rd in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings, getting four Plate Appearances total in the game
X. Jason Dubois, LF: 0-4 (K, 6-3, 5-3, 5-3)
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R)
2. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 5-3, 2B)
3. Brandon May, 3B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3, RBI)
4. Runey Davis, CF: 0-3 (F-8, K, 5-3)
5. Luis Flores, DH: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B)
6. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 1-3 (F-9, 3B, 5-4-3 GIDP)
7. Carlos Romero, C: 0-1 (HBP, 4-3)
8. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-1 (5-3 SH, K)
1. Marcos Perez – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 5/6 GO/FO, 49 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Danny Keefe – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Corey Martin – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
C Carlos Romero E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)
Carlos Romero: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80’s
videographer 4 hours 46 min ago (view)
Darth Vader to rescue Carlos Correa's bruised ego.
crunch 6 hours 5 min ago (view)
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bradsbeard 1 day 31 min ago (view)
The IFA market isn't exactly an equal access thing. Not only do the Cubs have a slightly smaller bonus pool than some teams, players are often linked to teams through their trainers well before they are able to sign. It's not like when these kids are 14 that the teams know for sure that they have a top of the class player on their hands two years in the future.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Cubbies.4ever - I read that the Cubs strategy with international free agents has been to spend most of their bonus money on young, position players and then take chances on cheaper, older pitching prospects who have been late bloomers (taller, stronger, more command of pitches, etc.). They are also grabbing guys at the end of the international signing period and signing them to future service contracts. They have six pitchers that were signed last year to future service contracts, and only one position player.
cubbies.4ever 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Cubs IFA Signings are heavy on SS (given SS usually can play many positions as the develop), but only 1 pitcher. Given it's still early. Also disappointing that their best signing is #18. Gone are the days of Soler, Eloy, Torres, Marquez, Amaya etc. I believe Christian Hernandez last year was highly rated though.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
One more international free agent signing announced today: Daniel Benschop, OF, Aruba
bradsbeard 2 days 42 min ago (view)
I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)?
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Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen. https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/01/17/les-grobstein-1952-2022/
Cubster 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
Tribune article today on the Cub https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-alexis-hernan...
CubsCentral08 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
List is up to 12 now
Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic
Wrigley Rat 4 days 16 min ago (view)
In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:
- RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
- LHP - Kevin Valdez
- RHP - Jensi Ramirez
- RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
- RHP - Eligio Paredes
- RHP - Jair Jimenez
- OF - Edward Vargas
Wrigley Rat 4 days 16 min ago (view)
The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:
- Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
- Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
- Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
- Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
Wrigley Rat 4 days 18 min ago (view)
Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):
Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):
- Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
- Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
- Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
- Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
- Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
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Cubster 1 week 8 hours ago (view)
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crunch 1 week 21 hours ago (view)
meeting on thursday. hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.