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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
 
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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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LaStella Shows Desire to Play at Riverview Park

Jenner Emeterio doubled twice, scored two runs, and drove-in another, and Tyler Alamo belted a solo home run, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Rockies on Field #5, and Luis Castro reached base three times (a single, a double, and an HBP), stole a base, and scored three runs, as the Rockies rallied for three runs in the 8th and two in the 9th to edge the Cubs 8-7 on Field #6, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

Terry McClure belted a solo HR in the Rockies loss on Field #5, and Roberto Caro smacked an RBI double, singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #6.    

Tommy LaStella (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - rib cage inflammation) returned to the field for the first time in almost five weeks and saw action in the game on Field #6, playing 3rd base for four innings and then 2nd base for two innings. He batted four times (once in each of the first four innings) and had quite a day, driving-in three runs with two doubles, an RBI single, and a sacrifice fly, while also scoring two runs, helping the Cubs take a 7-1 lead through three innings.   

19-year old RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS) made his first Cactus League EXST game appearance after pitching in several "sim" games over the past month, throwing 16 pitches in the top of the 1st inning in the game on Field #5. He retired two (a 1-3 comebacker and a strikeout looking) and hit one batter before being relieved (he was under a strict pitch count).

Cease was the Cubs 6th round draft pick out of Milton HS - Milton, Ga in 2014, and the Cubs selected him despite knowing that he would need a UCL elbow ligament transplant ("Tommy John surgery"). Considered one of the top high school arms in the 2014 draft class and a likely 1st round pick prior to his elbow issues, he received a $1.5M signing bonus (equivalent to "first round money") and then had the TJS last July 22nd. He has made a rapid recovery, and barring a setback, he will likely be a rotation starter for the AZL Cubs when the Arizona League season begins play next month. 

RHRP Daniel Bard and LHRP Daniel Schlereth each threw an inning in the game on Field #6. Schlereth had an easy eleven-pitch inning (K, 6-3, 1B, 6-4 FC), but Bard allowed two runs on two hits, an HBP, and a WP, plus a two-base throwing error on an attempted pick-off in his inning (20 pitches - only 10 strikes). Bard is now throwing mostly side-arm, and his one-time upper 90's velocity now sits at 91-92, occasionally touching 93.  

Speaking of throwing sidearm, RHRP Corbin Hoffner has gone to an extreme sidearm delivery (it's almost "submarine"), and while he has struggled to command his pitches in games with his new delivery, he had a 1-2-3 9th in the game on Field #5, picking up the save with two strikeouts and an F-7.   

Prior to the Cactus League doubleheader, Erling Moreno (2014 TJS), Trey Masek (2014 shoulder surgery), and Anthony Carter (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL) pitched in a three-inning "sim" game on Field #3. Moreno and Masek threw two innings each, and Carter threw one.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two Cactus League EXST games (Cubs players only): 


FIELD #5

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB, RBI, CS)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-3 (P-3, 5-3, 3-U)
3. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-3 (1B, L-9, 5-3)
4. Roney Alcala, DH #1: 0-3 (K, 3-U, 6-3)
5. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 2-3 (1B, HR, 3-U, R, RBI)
6. Yohan Matos, C: 0-3 (5-4 FC, F-7, K) 
7. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-2 (4-3 DP, 1B, BB, R)
8. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 2-3 (2B, 2B, 4-3, 2 R, RBI)
9. Danny Gutierrez, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-7 SF, K, R, RBI)
10. Alberto Mineo, DH #2: 0-1 (F-9 SF, 3-1, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Dylan Cease: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Austyn Willis: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 4/2 GO/FO, 46 pitches (28 strikes) 
3. Greyfer Eregua: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/FO, 36 pitches (23 strikes) 
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2 
1. 2B Frandy de la Rosa; E-4 (missed catch on line drive allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Danny Gutierrez: E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to take 2nd base) 

CUBS SQUAD "A CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yohan Matos: 0-2 CS 

FIELD #6

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
X. Tommy LaStella, 3B-2B: 3-3 (2B, F-8 SF, 1B, 2B, R, 3 RBI)
NOTE: LaStella batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings
1. Robert Garcia, LF: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, 4-3, R)
2. Roberto Caro, CF: 3-3 (1B, 2B, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-8, 2 RBI)
4. Bryant Flete, 2B-3B: 0-2 (L-3, F-8, BB)
5. Tyler Pearson, C: 1-3 (2B, P-3, 6-4-3 DP, R)
6. Ricardo Marcano, DH #1: 1-3 (6-3, F-8, 1B)
7. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, K, 6-3)
8. Ho-Young Son, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-9 DP, R, SB)   
9. Carlos Jimenez, DH-2B: 1-2 (3B, P-3, R, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Adbert Alzolay: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/FO, 47 pitches (26 strikes) 
2. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 20 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Daniel Schlereth: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Dillon Maples: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 28 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. John Michael Knighton: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3 
1. P Daniel Bard  E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. P Dillon Maples: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
3. 1B Jose Paniagua  E-3 (dropped pop infield fly allowing batter to reach base safely)

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Pearson: 0-5 CS 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

ATTENDANCE : 6 

 

Comments

Small correction, La Stella wasn't placed on the DL during Spring Training. He broke with the club and played in two games. He was placed on the DL April 14th, retroactive to April 9th. So it's been just under 5 weeks since the injury. Our resident doc will have to let us know how that sounds for a rib cage strain and whether he is ahead or behind schedule and how much more time we can estimate.

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In reply to by WISCGRAD

oblique strains come in varying flavors from mild to severe. The issue is twofold...severity and re-injury. I think it's an automatic 3 weeks but a more severe strain could take 2 months/8 weeks. This puts LaStella in the moderate-severe range at 5-6 weeks to probably return.

Interesting news about Bard going side-arm. Are the pitchers switching to side-arm deliveries indicative of a wider organizational goal of encouraging struggling pitchers to give it a try? Or just a thing that low-minor pitchers sometimes experiment with?

TRANS: In the case of Bard, I suspect it's a last gasp effort to try and correct a really bad case of the yips.    

In the case of Hoffner, he was probably not going to survive Extended Spring Training if he didn't try something different. He was just too hittable the way he was throwing before. Might as well try something radical. 

I was gonna put Coghlan on suicide watch after Cuddyer caught that line out. But instead he went yard. Dude is crushing the ball.

And Castro sure must want to play for the Mets! He always kicks their asses! / puttingonashow

Bryant said in post game interview that he was "more agressive today" Yes please!

Bryant said in post game interview that he was "more agressive today" Yes please!

that Bulls game...did come down to the wire again.

Taj ejection was pretty brutal, Taj's leg kick looked dramatic at first but he was mostly just trying to untangle himself. Refs blew that one.

Butler missed 3 with :48 seconds looked like the play they wanted, but Butler made it a horrible shot, came off that screen and was fading back for no reason.

Don't get why K. Hinrich is in on defense near the end, couldn't block out Deladova who saved the offensive rebound. Granted, that's where you expect Taj or Pau to come up with a rebound, so not sure who the better option is there.

Jacos said Rose was 0/7 after the stinger, dude is made of glass. 

Hope Pau is back and they can pull off Game 6. I don't have much hope for a win in Game 7 on the road, but you never know I suppose.

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In reply to by Rob G.

This team overall is good, but doesn't appear to be great enough to win a title. It reminds me a little of the Bulls before Phil Jackson came along. Maybe Thibs isn't the answer to move them along far into the playoffs. Also, having your 'superstar' being the basketball equivalent of Glass Joe does not help.

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In reply to by mannytrillo

Bring back Phil Jackson!! Doug Collins was a pretty decent coach, so is Thibs, but I think this will be the last time a Thibs Chicago team gets beaten by LeBron. Moving beyond Collins to get them to the next level won them a bunch of championship. The challenge is finding a better coach than Thibs, whose achilles heel is getting his starters playoff-weary and unready. You gotta have bouncy legs at this time of year. These guys are beat up and tired from a long season. When I was watching the Bucks get destroyed I kept wondering when Thibs would pull his starters. This has been an issue with the GM so I'm thinking they'll make a move, assuming they don't beat Cleveland.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

I think Thibs is a very good regular season coach -- hard work and defense will win you games in the regular season. Not so in the playoffs, when teams actually try to play defense. Not enough offensive creativity -- having Noah consistently handle the ball 25 feet from the hoop -- when his entire offensive game is rebounding and put-backs -- makes no sense to me.

What is the statistician's metric for how hard Bryant's triple went off the wall in right? That has to have a "Whoah" effect on a team. That hit was insane. Opposite field triple to the far reaches of right field that hit the upper part of the wall with authority? Really? Right now, Fangraphs has Bryant's WAR at 0.8. But I can think of at least 2 games where's he had the central role in winning the game. I understand that the stat means wins over replacement, in other words, how much better is he than the average player at his position, and not, how many games has he helped win. So maybe there's no real stat for this, but the Cubs don't win last night if Bryant is not playing. Of course, they don't win if Arrieta only gets them to the sixth inning, too. Also Maddon last night said he didn't understand the subgroup that doesn't respect 90 the way Bryant does. I wonder who he was referring to. I can't help he has some guys on his team in mind.

Buster Olney wondering if the Cubs would trade Addison Russell or Castro for Tulowitzki. Uh.....pass?

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

If Cubs could pull off Castro and someone like Vogelbach for Tulowitzki, that would be a neat deal. Cubs should still have enough middle infield depth to survive Tulo's  yearly DL stints.

Presuming whatever is happening with those K and BB numbers is just early season flukiness of course.

Not that I think it's something that would ever happen, imagine Rockies want volume in prospects more than anything.

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

eh, just spitballing to be honest. I imagine Cubs would save their bullets for something else. But I've been a huge fan of healthy Tulo for a long time, regardless of Coors. The power and the rather small gap between BB and K numbers is rather rare to find and he should be good at SS for at least 2-3 years and the bat should easily carry to 3B if needed.

He's essentially the leftovers of Cal Ripken in my book without the part where he plays all the time, which of course, is a big part. Contract isn't really that bad in this day and age.

At South Bend, the Cubs have two starting pitchers, both 2014 draftees out of college, with ERAs below 1 and two or fewer walks: Jeremy Null and Ryan Williams. I've seen Null talked about, but not Williams. Other minor league highlights so far: Vogelbach, Schwarber, McKinney, Torres, Underwood

To go along with the Twitter comment about Montero's walks, he is 5th in WAR with a bunch less chances than the other top catchers (71 ABs to leader Norris' 119 ABs) and 2nd in OPS. Really good pick up so far. Castillo has suffered from some poor luck on some hard hit balls but overall he seems like a pretty good pinch hitting option besides the occasional catching and I suppose Ross can be a good teacher in the club house but Montero is very much the real deal so far. Outside of throwing out runners:-/

just for kicks...

if Cubs stay in it, what are some possible trade ideas?

Naturally SP and RP are always a want, I would think LF would be the other, although they may have some options between Olt, LaStella, Byrant, Baez, Alcantara and possibly even Scwharber.

Picture will come clearer in July of course, but I think Josh Reddick or Justin Upton could be of interest. Maybe C. Gonzalez, gotta presume he'll turn it around here soon, but everyone will always be afraid of the Coors Field effect.  And yes, I can see Padres falling off real quick. I was hoping Royals would suck and A. Gordon could be available, but they look tough.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I don't think we need an elite starting pitcher, just someone better than Wood. With Lester getting back on track, you got 3 top shelf starting pitchers and Hendricks I think showing signs of improving too. No need to trade someone like Castro for pitching but I do think we need to replace Wood.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Well no telling if Hammel will continue all year but so far he's been excellent and has continued from how he pitched for us last year.

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In reply to by johann

I think he's a perfect mid-rotation guy, FIP and ERA are inline at the moment at 3.50ish area. Certainly a guy that can get going and dominate a few starts, but I'd certainly want at least one more awesome option heading into playoffs over Hendricks and whomever the 5th starter is at that time. I'll happily take a guy on a fluke or contract year, doesn't have to be Hamels.

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In reply to by Charlie

I think there's a chance Castro will end up somewhere once STELLA! gets back online so that Russell can move to short. Probably Castro and another prospect, I'll bet Vogelbomb, but that would require an AL team with a good young starting pitcher available, and I don't know that there are many around. Maybe Castro and McKinney if it's the Mets, but then again, as I said in a post yesterday, if the Mets make that trade, and they have another arm injury, they're the Mets all over again.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I don't see the Cubs doing much, since the only real needs are SP and more time for the young players to develop. It would take injuries to put the Cubs really in the market for any other very significant parts. Coghlan + Denorfia/Olt/Baez? should be fine in LF until Schwarber or someone else forces that issue. You'd have to pick up a really good player to be a significant improvement at either LF or 2B. I imagine that if they did move Castro for SP, they might find themselves suddenly in the market for a good 2B. Not sure who that would be. Utley? He's not hitting the ball hard this year and his ISO is on a downward trend.

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 2. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B 3. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF 4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 6. Kevin Plawecki (R) C 7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF 8. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B 9. Matt Harvey (R) P

vs.

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF 2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B 4. Starlin Castro (R) SS 5. Miguel Montero (L) C 6. Jorge Soler (R) RF 7. Chris Coghlan (L) LF 8. Jason Hammel (R) P 9. Addison Russell (R) 2B

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE NOLDARAN: Michael Busch has not taken any reps whatsoever at 3rd base, either on the backfields or in games. Same goes for Christopher Morel with respect to getting reps at 3rd base only (no 2B, no SS, no 1B, no OF). So at least for right now versatility is taking a back seat to having Busch (1B) and Morel (3B) concentrate 100% on mastering the position that the Cubs believe they need to play. 

    Miles Mastrobuoni (3B, 2B, and SS), Nick Madrigal (3B and 2B), Matt Shaw (3B, 2B, and SS), and David Bote (3B, 2B, and SS) are the "utility" guys who have been getting reps at 3B (both in practice and in games) in addition to other infield positions.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Haven't been able to check in recently, are we saying that Busch is not even considered an option at 3B?

  • 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