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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

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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Aaron Cooks Cubs Goose

Reggie Golden smacked a solo HR and Matt Loosen threw four innings of one-run ball as the EXST Cubs and EXST Rockies played to a 4-4 tie on Red Mountain Field, and Rockies RHP Aaron Cook (60 day DL - broken ring finger on pitching hand) threw 2.2 IP (35 pitches) of one-hit shutout ball with no walks and three strikeouts, leading the other squad of EXST Rockies to a 7-2 victory over the other squad of EXST Cubs on Dust Storm Field, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played simultaneously on adjacent fields this morning at Salt River Fields at the Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale.

Both games were pre-scheduled as seven-inning affairs, but the game on Red Mountain Field was extended an extra half-inning to allow all of the Rockies pitchers who were due to throw today to get their scheduled work.

Augie Ojeda saw his first game action since suffering a back injury in Spring Training, getting an AB in each of the first five innings of the game played on Red Mountain Field, and going 0-5 (two ground outs, two fly outs, and a called third strike).

Once Augie has completed his rehab assignment at Extended Spring Training, he will likely assume the starting SS job at Iowa, and be available in case anything happens to Starlin Castro or Darwin Barney.

Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):

DUST STORM FIELD

SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 2-2 (1B+E-1, BB, 1B, RBI)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C-DH: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B)
3. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, F-8)
4. Wilson Contreras, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
5. Chad Noble, DH-C: 0-3 (F-9, P-4, K)
6. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
7. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-8)
8. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, R, SB)
9. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
10. Gregori Gonzalez, 3B: 1-2 (4-3, 3B, R, RBI)

SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
1. Yao-Lin Wang: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 61 pitches (36 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
2. Jin-Young Kim: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 45 pitches (33 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
3. Luis Villalba: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 21 pitches (13 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO

SQUAD “A” ERRORS:
SS Marco Hernandez - E6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Chad Noble: 0-1 CS

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RED MOUNTAIN FIELD

NOTE: Augie Ojeda was a DH and had five AB (one in each of the first five innings), batting third in the top of the 1st inning, second in the top of the 2nd inning, and first in the top of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings.

SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
X. Augie Ojeda, DH #1: 0-5 (6-3, F-9, K, F-7, 4-3)
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-3 (F-8, 1-3, 1B, RBI, SB)
2. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 1-3 (1B, P-6, F-9, R, SB)
3. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-3 (HR, F-8, K, R, RBI)
4. Dustin Harrington, 3B: 2-3 (2B, 2B, 5-3)
5. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-2 (F-8, BB, 5-3)
6. Johan DeJesus, C: 0-3 (F-7, 6-4 FC, F-8)
7. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-2 (5-3, BB, F-7, R)
8. Xavier Batista, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, 5-3, R, RBI)
9. Brian Inoa, DH #2: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, K, RBI, SB)

SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
1. Matt Loosen: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 57 pitches (36 strikes), 4/4 GO/FO
2. Santo Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 25 pitches (15 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Colin Richardson: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 17 pitches (12 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO

SQUAD “B” ERRORS: NONE

SQUAD “B” CATCHERS DEFENSE
Johan DeJesus: 2-2 CS

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ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Mostly sunny and VERY breezy with temperatures in the 70’s

 

Comments

Phil - thanks again for these great posts...it gives us in Boise a great opportunity to see what may be coming this way in a month. Will you be posting cumulative stats for Extended this year - it was interesting to see how they correlated with their numbers in Boise last summer.

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In reply to by BoiseHawks

Submitted by BoiseHawks on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 3:34pm. Phil - thanks again for these great posts...it gives us in Boise a great opportunity to see what may be coming this way in a month. Will you be posting cumulative stats for Extended this year - it was interesting to see how they correlated with their numbers in Boise last summer. ============================ B HAWK: I really would like to do that, but the problem is that this year for the first time the Cubs are sometimes playing two Extended Spring Training games at the same time at different facilities (miles apart), and while I am able to watch and score two games played simultaneously on adjacent fields, I am unable to do it when the games aren't played at the same facility. So any stats provided would be incomplete, because there already have been (and will be) a number of 2011 Extended Spring Training games that I just won't be able see and score.

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In reply to by Koyies Bansaw

Submitted by Koyies Bansaw on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 3:59pm. To go along with the Boise part of that, any predictions as to who will be on Boise's roster? Also, I know Brandon May is in injury rehab, but has there been a Ryan Cuneo sighting? ================================================== K BANSAW: As I recall, last year there were only two players selected in the 2010 June draft who signed fast enough to make the initial Opening Day Boise Hawks roster, (RHP Joe Zeller and catcher Jeff Vigurs), and the rest of the original Hawks roster came out of Extended Spring Training. Then as more players selected in the June draft signed, some of the players originally asigned to Boise were moved down to the AZL Cubs to make room for the new guys at Boise. So if that happens again this year, and without knowing who might get moved up to Peoria or Daytona over the next month, I would say the Boise Hawks roster will probably look something like this: * bats or throws left # bats both PITCHERS: * Hunter Ackerman * Kyler Burke Dustin Fitzgerald Jin-Young Kim Luis Liria Matt Loosen Austin Reed Colin Richardson Jose Rosario Larry Suarez Charles Thomas Yao-Lin Wang Ben Wells Joe Zeller CATCHERS: Yaniel Cabezas Chad Noble INFIELDERS: # Vismeldy Bieneme * Pin-Chieh Chen Wilson Contreras * Ryan Cuneo (presently on DL) * Wes Darvill Dustin Harrington Brandon May (presently on DL) OUTFIELDERS: Reggie Golden Jesus Morelli * Kyung-Min Na Blair Springfield # Jose Valdez However, I really doubt that Jose Valdez will actually end up at Boise. It's far more likely that Valdez will be at Peoria or even Daytona by this time next month. And I don't think Larry Suarez will actually be assigned to Boise, either. Either he moves up to Peoria by this time next month, or he gets released. If I had to make a prediction of what might happen over the next month, I could see Evan Crawford moving up to Tennessee from Daytona, and Jose Valdez getting assigned to Daytona as the D-Cubs 4th OF. Jesus Morelli could very well go up to Peoria and play LF, and then (if he doesn't start hitting pretty soon, or maybe even if he does) D. J. Fitzgerald might end up at Boise, or he could even get released, and/or Chiefs player-coach Smaily Borges could get placed on the DL with some vague injury to open up a Peoria roster slot for Morelli. If he is healthy enough to get some playing time down here, Brandon May could go up to Peoria without stopping first in Boise, with IF-OF Anthony Giansanti maybe getting assigned to Boise from Peoria. And pitchers like Luis Liria and Matt Loosen certainly could be at Peoria by NWL Opening Day, if not sooner. Once the MLB regular season starts and the full-season minor league teams (Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and Peoria) begin play, the "roster pressure" changes from being top-down (as it is throughout Spring Training) to bottom-up. As they get healthy, players (mostly pitchers) who have been rehabbing at Extended Spring Training are moved-up to where they were expected to be, and other players who got squeezed out of an Opening Day roster slot on a full-season affiliate force their way up the pipeline, as so-called "roster filler" and players who don't have a future are pushed aside. The pressure from below increases even more after the June draft, as players begin to sign and are assigned to Boise (and sometimes even Peoria), usually after getting their feet wet at AZL Cubs (Mesa) for a few days.

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In reply to by skokiejoe

Submitted by skokiejoe on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 4:01pm. Any Wells or Cashner sightings??? ============================== SKOKIE JOE: Both Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner are here, and they probably threw in a sim game yesterday. I would expect to see one or both pitch in an EXST game later this week.

Soto hurt something and is being PH for by Koyie in the 1st, who weakly pops out on the first pitch with the bases loaded. Ugh. UPDATE: Soto has a left groin strain. Paging Max Ramirez...

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

well yes, if the Cubs want a single between first and second, Clevenger is the guy. He's on the Chirinos road to dominating a league in his third season there (although he has about a full season of at-bats there). if Soto goes on the DL, I'm sure it would be be Castillo as he's already on the 40-man although they do have an open spot.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 9:05pm. Muskat says Castillo pulled from Iowa Cubs game in 8th inning fwiw. ============================== ROB G: Actually Chris Robinson PH for Welington Castillo in the top of the 3rd inning of the Iowa game, all the more indication that W. Castillo was pulled from the lineup and told to get his ass to the airport ASAP and catch a flight to Chicago.

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

Submitted by Dusty Baylor on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 9:24am. Az Phil: Is Steve Clevenger just a non-prospect? Even as a back-up C-3B-1B? I =================================== DUSTY B: Steve Clevenger was assigned to AA again this season only so he could get more regular playing time than he would have gotten as the back-up catcher at Iowa. But Clevenger does project as an MLB back-up C-1B-3B-LHPH.

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In reply to by Paul Noce

Submitted by Paul Noce on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 9:44pm. Assuming Soto does go on the DL, Castillo gets to come up and sit on the bench for two weeks while our proven veteran catcher keeps us in contention. LOL. ===================================== PAUL N: The catchers who really like Koyie Hill are Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, and Randy Wells, so I would think Welington Castillo might get the start behind the plate when Casey Coleman, Doug Davis and Matt Garza are pitching.

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

If you need to call up a catcher to replace Soto, minor league hitting statistics should be a very, very small consideration. I would ask these questions: 1. Is he on the 40-man roster? 2. Does the guy have good plate discipline? (i.e.- not hacktastic) 3. Does he have a strong, accurate arm? If he more or less meets most of this criteria, then he's your guy.

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In reply to by Ryno

Castillo is on the 40 man, and has a strong arm...not sure on accuracy... Hacktastic? well...did I mention the he's on the 40 man roster? I still would like to see a couple weeks of Castillo over the Koyie Hill Experience....which I liked the first time as the Tim Blackwell Experience....

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In reply to by Rob G.

"well yes, if the Cubs want a single between first and second, Clevenger is the guy." Clevenger has a .547 slugging percentage in 97 PAs this season. Only Soriano beats that among Cub starters, by 3 percentage points. Not sure what your point is, anyway, about a guy who hits singles. Doesn't a single drive in the runs that the Cubs keep stranding on second and third? Clevenger has 17 RBI, more than any Cub except Soriano, in fewer PAs than any Cub regular.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Two more doubles this afternoon by Clevenger. My point is just that he's a big part of the hitting machine at Tennessee this year. Again today, they're down 4-1 in the sixth, no problem--two in the sixth, four in the seventh, now it's 7-5 in the ninth. Spencer hit his 6th, Flaherty his 8th. They do this quite often. They get the steamroller going in the late innings. Can you imagine a Cub team where they're down three or four in the sixth, and you don't feel like the game is over? Too bad there's no pitching machine at Tenn. Rusin with another underwhelming performance today. At least he's better than Raley.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Clevenger: 2008 AA 104 PA's.247/.316/.360 1 HR, 15 RBI 2009 AA 89 PA's .364/.443/.532,1 HR, 10 RBI(promoted) 2010 AA 294 PA's .317/.367/.461, 5HR, 47 RBI We all get it that Castillo is coming up, and is ahead of the food chain, and rightfully so. However, it looks like Clevenger has raked in AA in 2009-2011

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In reply to by Rob G.

Smokies lost that game, by the way. Blake Parker couldn't go two innings without giving up 7 runs. After the 2-run HR that tied it in the 9th, Harper left Parker in for four more runs. Harper's job is just not to wreck any young pitchers with all the high-scoring games they play. The pitching problems have been worsened lately with McNutt missing starts due to blisters and closer Cales going on the DL.

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In reply to by big_lowitzki

I don't think your starting right fielder should be given too much credit when he's slugging .395. (Clevenger is slugging .567 at the moment but that will almost certainly come down.) The context of my remarks was people wanting a backup catcher who hit better than Hill, not Fukudome. I do think Clevenger is a better hitter than either of them.

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

In the minors Clevenger has had a .784 OPS, Fukudome has had a .783 OPS in the majors. Hill has had a .757 minor league OPS which has converted into .585 in the majors. There's certainly a lot of elements that come into play, but based on what we've seen, there's about 0% chance that Clevenger would match Fukudome's production, and when facing major league pitching he'd be a lot closer to Hill as a hitter than you'd apparently think.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

You're comparing a starting right fielder with a guy who projects as a backup catcher (for two reasons: not enough pop and not a particularly good throwing arm). Clevenger is a career .308 hitter so far. I just have no reason to believe that he's suddenly going to drop to Fukudome's .259 in the majors, let alone to Hill's .214. Sometimes there's a big conversion factor, sometimes not. Career minor leagues, Soto was .280/.360/.429/.789. Career majors, he's .265/.357/.464/.821. Clevenger's OPS was .829 last year and it's much higher this year. He's getting stronger, for one thing. He's a converted shortstop, so you have to give him a few years to beef up.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 7:27pm. Welington Castillo time probably, was hitting better than Ramirez anyway and that's not saying much. ============================== ROB G: One of the main reasons the Cubs released Max Ramirez was that he wasn't getting much PT with W. Castillo and Chris Robinson sharing the catching duties and Bryan Lahair firmly ensconced at 1B. If the Cubs had just waited another week they almost certainly wouldn't have released him.

sorry to pile on, but Hill is wearing his cap underneath his hockey goalie catchers mask. cmon.

Hayden Simpson left the game early tonight...1 ip, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Not sure what happened, though he hasn't been impressive and not sure he has been at 100% so far.

That double tag on the berkman fo, shows why cards always in contention and the cubs are the cubs.

From Bruce Miles: Pitching at Colorado Springs for Iowa, Doug Davis went 3.2 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. He walked none and struck out five, throwing 59 pitches, 41 strikes.

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In reply to by QuietMan

Submitted by QuietMan on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:09pm. From Bruce Miles: Pitching at Colorado Springs for Iowa, Doug Davis went 3.2 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. He walked none and struck out five, throwing 59 pitches, 41 strikes =========================== Q MAN: Obviously pitch count was held below 60 so he can start Saturday.

AzPhil, I might have missed past commentary on this, but was wondering on your general take of the XST crop this year. Outside of some intriguing, but raw arms, and a couple intriguing positional players (Golden, still intrigued with Darvill), this seems like a fairly pedestrian crop at best. How does this compare to recent history down there (I don't recall last year's XST crop as that exciting either)? Would the top 5 prospect talents down there be something along the lines of Liria, Reed, Wells, Golden, and maybe JY Kim? Also, two side questions - what's your take on Cabezas in general, but specifically, the bat? Also, do you have any opinions on the explosion in performance that Bour and Ridling are having this year? I'm just not sure what to make of it, particularly Bour's power (considering past reports). Heck, I thought I liked Cuneo more out of college than Bour.

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In reply to by toonsterwu

Submitted by toonsterwu on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 12:47am. AzPhil, I might have missed past commentary on this, but was wondering on your general take of the XST crop this year. Outside of some intriguing, but raw arms, and a couple intriguing positional players (Golden, still intrigued with Darvill), this seems like a fairly pedestrian crop at best. How does this compare to recent history down there (I don't recall last year's XST crop as that exciting either)? Would the top 5 prospect talents down there be something along the lines of Liria, Reed, Wells, Golden, and maybe JY Kim? Also, two side questions - what's your take on Cabezas in general, but specifically, the bat? Also, do you have any opinions on the explosion in performance that Bour and Ridling are having this year? I'm just not sure what to make of it, particularly Bour's power (considering past reports). Heck, I thought I liked Cuneo more out of college than Bour. ============================================================ TOONSTER: As the Cubs have expanded their operation in Latin America and the Pacific Rim, the EXST Cubs roster has become very heavy with young Latin players ans Asian players who may or may not be ready for this level. For instance, 18 players who played in the DSL last year (about 40% of the EXST roster) are at Fitch Park right now. This is the highest percentage of Latin players at EXST than anytime in the past, and some of them (especially the pitchers) have struggled. Watching the EXST Cubs play the other "east-side" teams (Angels, A's, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Rockies) a lot, it is pretty clear that the best EXST teams down here are the Angels, Rockies, and Giants. The Cubs are down toward the bottom (with the D'backs), possibly because they have over-emphasized speed over hitting skills and power/slugging when signing Latin players in recent years. Yaniel Cabezas has looked OK both in the field and at the plate. He is a very "bossy" catcher and likes to run the game for the pitchers (something he probably learned in Cuba), but his arm and receiving skills are just average. He has a nice opposite field stroke, though, and usually hits 2nd in the batting order. As for Rebel Ridling and Justin Bour, Ridling got a late start last season after missing Minor League Camp after undergoing an appendectomy (with complications), and never really seemed to get his stroke and strength back. But this year Ridling appears to finally be 100%, and what you are seeing is what he is capable of doing. Ridling is also a good defensive 1B and can play LF (although he has a below-average arm). I would describe him as a RH Micah Hoffpauir. Justin Bour came to Instructs last year to work on developing a power (HR) stroke, and it sure has worked out beautifully (so far). Prior to that Bour was a lumbering 6'4 250+ behemoth with good plate discipline and a line-drive stroke, but if he can consistently hit HR without losing either his plate discipline or the ability to hit line drives when needed he becomes an MLB prospect. Of course he will have to continue to slug as he has moves up the line, and he must improve his defense around 1B, too.

Sam Fuld watch- Last multi-hit game was April 22 when he was hitting .366... Hitting .085 since (last 15 games).

Meanwhile, Sam Zell laughs and laughs. "I put some lipstick on that pig, then sold it to some sucker at the absolute peak of the market! Bwahahaha!" Ah, Mr. Ricketts? Your banker is on line one. He wants to know why you are not returning his call.

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In reply to by billybucks

Since you mention it, 4 bankers were talked about when the deal was made: $425 million from Joe Ricketts and $450 million from JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America. Tom convinced his dad to invest by telling him the fans would show up even if he put a shitty team out on the field (uh oh). And the big banks came onboard (albeit with short term financing) when the Ricketts subordinated their debt.

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In reply to by Newport

Youtube, Crains Chicago, Investment News... Lemme summarize some things Joe said about the deal. Joe didn't know Tom was a Cubs fan. Joe wasn't a fan at all. Doesn't watch sports. Tom didn't finish his degree on time because he was hanging out in Wrigleyville. The family came to graduation and Tom had to tell them he wasn't getting his sheepskin. When the Trib let it be known that the Cubs were for sale, Tom told his dad they should buy the team. His sale pitch was, "Dad they sell every ticket to every game, win or lose." Tom's bond business wasn't profitable until recently, but Joe insisted he hand it off to another CEO and spend 100% of his time running the Cubs 24/7. Joe wasn't interested in doing it himself. So Tom got his "dream job." Joe thinks (or used to) that Tom is doing a great job selling himself to the fans. And that "the plan" is to get to the playoffs every year because, according to Tom, the Cubs have the players they need and a great organization. Joe has to be having second thoughts right now... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac6h2wczxGA&feature=player_embedded

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In reply to by Rob G.

Nor do I think they used short-term financing. If they were given short-term financing they must have been able to show the the Cubs are making a shit-fuck-ton of money... if the Cubs were making that much money, a million of the lower price seats going unsold isn't going to kill them. Once Pujols/Fielder comes on board in November the ticket sales will be fixed, at least for a year.

Fukudome RF, Barney 2B, Byrd CF, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Castro SS, Soriano LF, Hill C, Garza P

Chris Archer with another meh start 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K and the loss Guyer was optioned back to AAA two days after the one game he played in Hak Ju Lee at 407/451/604 in Hi-A Fuld mentioned in comment #37, it's not pretty Chirinos at 190/261/202 and striking out 27% of the time, he's usually been in the 11-15% range.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Hak-Ju Lee is presently leading the FSL in hitting, is 2nd in OBP, 3rd in SLG, and 10th in SB (despite missing the first ten days while on the DL with chicken pox).

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In reply to by Ryno

Where's the funny video of the other guys in left field who had to run on wet grass lately? Anyway, I don't think he had to move an inch to catch the ball, so not sure why his wheels were spinning in the first place. He made another goofy play last night. (Because it wasn't nearly as goofy, he was actually charged with an error.) This one was more his usual hand-to-eye coordination problem. They catch balls better in bush leagues. He's like a little leaguer out there.

Recent comments

  • 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 

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  • 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

  • crunch (view)

    it's only a couple outings, but assad and smyly are firmly removing themselves from the 5-slot battle rather quickly.