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) 

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)

Tyler Alamo: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)  

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 



70 players ACTIVE (including ACTIVE REHAB)
8 players INACTIVE (injury rehab or absent)

(updated 4-15-2015)

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

Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard 
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder) 
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (INACTIVE - unknown type injury)
Jesus Castillo
Dylan Cease  (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
David Garner
Trevor Graham 
Tanner Griggs
Justin Grimm (INACTIVE - right forearm)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Luis Hernandez
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Daniel Lewis 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Brad Markey 
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (INACTIVE - unknown-type injury)
* Carson Sands 
Alex Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - right elbow)
* Tsuyoshi Wada (ACTIVE REHAB - groin)
Michael Wagner
Ben Wells 
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata

Tyler Alamo 
Eric Gonzalez
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Yohan Matos 
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
Taylor Teagarden (ACTIVE REHAB - shoulder)
Roberto Vahlis

# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete
Wladimir Galindo 
Danny Gutierrez
Carlos Jimenez
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Rafael Narea
Adonis Paula 
Tim Saunders (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son  
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

# Roberto Caro 
Jenner Emeterio
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (ACTIVE REHAB)
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano
Jose Paniagua

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)

Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene) 
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)


Thanks, Phil!

Cubs 2013 6th round pick RHP Scott Frazier's last pitch topped out at 99 at the EXST intrasquad game this afternoon at Riverview Park. He still has difficulty throwing his fastball for strikes and he has junked the "wipeout" hard slider in favor of a dinky pedstrian curve he throws to RH hitters and a raw change-up (still a work-in-progress) that he throws to LH hitters, but if he can ever find the strike zone consistently with the heater (big IF), he will move quickly through the system. Or if he can't throw his fastball anywhere near home plate, he could get released.

19-year old RHP Jesus Camargo (ex-Mexico City Red Devils) has the best change-up at Extended ST. The pitchers who were sitting behind home plate working the scoreboard and charting the game began putting three fingers up each time Camargo looked in for the sign to tempt him to throw the change-up again, because nobody could hit it. It drops like a dead fish. In fact his change is so good that he uses his mediocre fastball as a "show-me" set-up pitch. Camargo is just a little guy (5'11 and maybe 170 pounds). 

20-year old Dominican LHP Jose Paulino showed filthy stuff in his two-inning stint, with his fastball topping out at 94 with movement, and a sweeping breaking ball.

AAA Iowa C Taylor Teagarden (sore shoulder) continued his hot rehab, collecting two more hits today (he went 4-4 with three singles and a two-run HR in yesterday's game versus the Rickies at Salt River Fields). The veteran MLB and AAA backstop had a single and an RBI double off the right-centerfield wall today. 

I see Kevin Brown was in the starting lineup tonight in Iowa in the first game of the double header and went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. His hit was a double. In pinch hitting duties he is 3 for 4. This kid can play for sure