Cubs Celebrate Teagarden Party at Salt River Fields
Taylor Teagarden drilled three singles and slammed a two-run home run, Eloy Jimenez ripped an RBI double and an RBI triple and scored a run, Tyler Alamo doubled, singled, walked, scored three runs, and knocked-in another, and Adonis Paula singled, tripled, walked, and drove-in two runs, leading the Cubs to a 13-7 drubbing of the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day action this morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Josh Fuentes slugged a two-run HR and Ryan Stephens hammered a two-run triple for the Rockies in a losing cause.
The Cubs belted out 22 hits today (including five doubles, four triples, and a HR), and with a 4-4 day, Taylor Teagarden was the leading trouble maker. On the Iowa Cubs 7-day DL rehabbing a sore shoulder, Teagarden batted once each inning in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, and was the Cubs catcher for the first four innings. If today was any indication of his present state of rehabilitation, he will likely be rejoining the Iowa Cubs sooner rather later.
RHP Dallas Beeler (on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation) got the start for the Cubs, making his first game appearance of the 2015 season. But things did not go well for the big right-hander, as he allowed four runs (all earned) on eight hits (five singles, a double, a triple, and a two-run home run) in just three innings of work (61 pitches - 39 strikes). On the positive side, he did not issue any walks, and he struck out three (one swinging and two looking). There is a spot waiting for Beeler in the I-Cubs starting rotation, but he may need a bit more work (like getting his pitch count up to about 80) before he is ready to be reinstated from the DL.
RHRP Austin Reed (on the Hi-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7-day DL - 2014 TJS rehab) also saw his first game action of 2015 and his first game action since undergoing elbow UCL transplant surgery last year, throwing one inning (18 pitches) and allowing one run on two hits (a double and a single) and a WP. He struck out one (looking).
The best pitching outing of the day by a Cub hurler was turned-in by RHP David Garner, who struck out the side in the 7th (two swinging and one looking). Garner also struck out the side 1-2-3 in an intrasquad game last week, so he may be the first call-up to a full-season affiliate when the need arises.
Cubs SS Ho-Young Son had an odd day, singling twice, but then getting immediately picked-off 1st base both times (once by the pitcher and once by the catcher).
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
X. Taylor Teagarden, C-DH: 4-4 (1B, 1B, HR, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Teagarden batted 3rd in the top of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-4 (K, BB, 1B, K, F-9, R)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 2-5 (4-1, P-5, L-3 DP, 2B, 1B, 2 R)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 2-5 (5-3, K, F-9, 3B, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
4a. Jordan Hankins, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 3-U, 3B, 2 R)
4b. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K)
5. Tyler Alamo, DH-C: 2-4 (P-4, 2B, 1B, L-5, BB, 3 R, RBI)
6a. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #2: 2-3 (L-4, 1B, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
6b. Varonex Cuevas, PH-3B: 1-2 (4-3 DP, 2B, R, RBI)
7a. Adonis Paula, 3B-DH: 2-3 (1B, BB, 6-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
7b. Roberto Vahlis, PH: 0-1 (K)
8a. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (3-1, P-5, 2B)
8b. Jenner Emeterio, LF: 0-1 (BB, P-6)
9a. Ho-Young Son, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-5, 2 PO)
9b. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 0-1 (6-3 DP)
1. Dallas Beeler: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 1/4 GO/FO, 61 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Austin Reed: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Dillon Maples: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/FO, 38 pitches (21 strikes)
4. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. C Tyler Alamo - E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on stolen base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)
2. P Dillon Maples - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
70 players ACTIVE (including ACTIVE REHAB)
8 players INACTIVE (injury rehab or absent)
NOTE: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) group (AKA "Eugene/Mesa") is formed during Minor League Camp. This group consists of players who are the replacement cadre for the full season affiliates, players deemed not ready for full-season leagues, and injured players.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder)
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (INACTIVE - unknown type injury)
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Justin Grimm (INACTIVE - right forearm)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (INACTIVE - unknown-type injury)
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - right elbow)
* Tsuyoshi Wada (ACTIVE REHAB - groin)
* Sam Wilson
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
Taylor Teagarden (ACTIVE REHAB - shoulder)
# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Tim Saunders (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)
# Roberto Caro
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Ricardo Marcano
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Carlos Ramirez (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)
bradsbeard 3 hours 20 min ago (view)
International Scouting Director Louie Eljaua was just on The Score and he mentioned that COVID is causing issues with completing physicals and officially signing guys, but he said they have 24 guys unufficially signed right now.
KingKongvsGodzilla 4 hours 30 min ago (view)
These guys are a year apart in age and Miller's easily had the stronger career to date. While I'm not big on Miller, much prefer his more standard injury (TJ) than whatever it is that sapped Foltynewicz's velocity. Folty without velocity just isn't interesting and is likely a much bigger injury risk
Cubster 4 hours 40 min ago (view)
from an mlb.com article by Jordan Bastian...excerpt on Cubs free agent starting pitching options:
"Still, the Cubs need some more experienced Major League innings.
Given the way the offseason has played out for the North Siders, free-agent possibilities could include Chris Archer. Archer missed all of 2020 due to thoracic outlet syndrome, but he hopes to be ready to go by Spring Training. Free agents Mike Foltynewicz, Carlos Rodón, Rick Porcello and Trevor Williams are coming off forgettable '20 seasons but might benefit from the Cubs' analytics team.
Charlie 22 hours 19 min ago (view)
At this rate, they will need 11 starters in 2021 but like 6 of them will be more or less Alec Mills. The defense will get plenty of practice, at least.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
i wouldn't be surprised to see jake arrieta come on board since no one else seems to want him and he'll probably have to take a 1yr deal...
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
cubs get their backup catcher...hopefully not their main catcher...
austin romine 1yr/1.5m
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Look no further than Shelby Miller!
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
hank aaron has died. passed away in his sleep.
we've lost a lot of HOF'rs and other notables in the past many months.
Hagsag 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
The Cubs are now the "Little Sisters of the Poor".
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
given what little we're supposed to expect out of this offseason that would have been a nice gamble.
at this point i wonder if they're going to snag someone to put in between the 2 current staff aces that throw 88mph on a good day, or if they're just gonna toss one of the kids in there to break up the slow-tossers.
i mean, there's gotta be something more than hendricks/davies/mills/alzolay/???...i hope.
springs 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
That sucks...I wanted to sign Q to a one year deal and see if he could right the ship. At a minimum I hoped we'd get a draft pick when he left as a free agent and thought we could roll the dice to try and get that. That trade....man.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
bjays gave chatwood 3m.
do they not have scouts...or televisions you can watch games where he pitches?
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
Lame. He was intriguing
crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
cubs release matt dermody...he's heading to japan.
Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska.