Eloy Drives in Six at Riverview

Eloy Jimenez belted a three-run HR, a two-run double, and an RBI single, Carlos Sepulveda reached base three times (a triple, a walk, and an RBI single) and scored three runs, and Joey Martarano clubbed a two-run HR, lifting the Eugene Emeralds to a 10-4 victory over the Mesa Cubs in Extended Spring Training intrasquad action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

Here is the abridged box score rrom today's intrasquad game, followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:: 

MESA CUBS LINEUP:
1. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI)
2. Calvin Graves, LF: 1-3 (3-1, 6-3, 1B)
3. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-3 (P-4, K, F-9)
4. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-3 (P-3, 1B, P-2, R)
5. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-2 (K, 3B, HBP, 2 R, RBI, SB)
6. Jenner Emeterio, DH: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI, CS)
7. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, P-3, PO)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, R)
9. Roberto Caro, RF: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, 6-3)

EUGENE LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-2 (K, BB, K, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 2-2 (3B, BB, 1B, 3 R, RBI)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 3-3 (1B, HR, 2B, 2 R, 6 RBI)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 1-3 (HR, 6-3, F-9, R, 2 RBI)
5. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, P-5, F-9, R, SB)
6. Ricardo Marcano, DH: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B, RBI CS)
7. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-3 (K+WP, 1B, 3-U, R)
8. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
9. Erick Castillo, C: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, R)

MESA CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 45 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Greyfer Eregua: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/4 GO/FO, 44 pitches (31 strikes)  

EUGENE PITCHERS
1. Oscar de la Cruz: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3/6 GO/FO, 78 pitches (46 strikes)   
2. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 19 pitches (12 strikes) 

MESA CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Alberto Mineo: E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

EUGENE ERRORS: NONE 

MESA CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above)

EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE
Erick Castillo: 1-2 CS, 1 PO 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 2 (just me and Harvey, just like old times)

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2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER 

updated 5/28

64 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB and LIMITED ACTIVITY)

8 players TRAINING CENTER REHAB (not cleared for field activity)

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 39+3
Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard 
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (ACTIVE REHAB)
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - groin)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - lat strain)
Barret Loux (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (LIMITED ACTIVITY - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Blake Parker (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - elbow)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Neil Ramirez (ACTIVE REHAB - shoulder)
Austin Reed (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Santiago Rodriguez
Jose Rosario (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
* Carson Sands 
Alexander Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow strain)
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Rob Zastryzny (LIMITED ACTIVITY - foot)

CATCHERS: 5+2
Tyler Alamo 
# Erick Castillo
Yohan Matos;
* Alberto Mineo 
Jhonny Pereda
Will Remillard (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B - TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left knee injury)

INFIELDERS
: 11+3
Roney Alcala (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
Wladimir Galindo (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left wrist injury)
Danny Gutierrez
Carlos Jimenez
* Tommy LaStella (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - oblique strain)
Joey Martarano
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured right wrist)
Adonis Paula
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son
* Logan Watkins (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

OUTFIELDERS: 9
# Roberto Caro
* Shawon Dunston Jr (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - right shoulder injury)
Jenner Emeterio
# Robert Garcia
Calvin Graves
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano
Jose Paniagua

GAME MANAGERS
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)

COACHES
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)

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

 

Comments

PHIL: Can we assume that there were no lines at the Old Style stand, then? So how is Dunston, Jr. doing? And further, do you believe he will project out as an MLB contributing payer? Thanks.

E-MAN: No lines at the Old Style stand, and I had no difficuity getting out of the parking lot after the game, either.

I talked to Shawon Dunston Jr last week, and he said at the time that he was scheduled to begin a throwing program and to start taking BP this week, and in fact that's what happened. He has been out on the Agility Field at 8 AM every day this week with the PITCHERS REHAB GROUP (Carreno, Cease, Masek, McNutt, Moreno, et al) playing catch & long toss, and he is taking BP with the position players. He said that after he gets back into game shape, that the plan is for him to play in some EXST games before going back to Myrtle Beach. 

When I first saw him last week, Dunston was playing 1st base in infield practice, receiving throws from the infielders and then dropping the received balls into a bucket that (when fuil) would be carried back to home plate by one of the other players where a coach was hitting grounders to the infielders.  

Then he went out and caught fly balls in CF, but since he wasn't able to throw at that time, he would just underhand flip the ball to a teammate standing nearby.    

As for his future as a player, I don't know how far he will get. He has a below-average arm, runs OK but isn't a burner, has below-average power, and isn't a particularly good hitter. But he is a very bright kid and his baseball IQ is off the charts, and sometimes that can make up for shortcomings in other areas.  

A lot of the minor leaguers the Cubs have placed on the 7-day DL this season have minor injuries, and they are placed on the DL just to get them off the active roster for few days, and then they stay with their club and continue to throw bullpen side-sessions (pitchers) or take BP and fielding practice (position players) until they are needed again. 

But Dunston is one of the few Cubs minor leaguers on the DL who actually is injured and requires rehab. 

Oh, the irony of Shawon Dunston Jr. having a below average throwing arm. If I had a time machine, one of my stops would be in the late 80's to see his daddy throw one more time like a cannon shot to Mark Grace to complete a double play. You could hear the "pop" of the ball in the mitt so loud it would make you wince and you'd wonder if Grace had any feeling left in his catching hand. It inspired awe.

If I could go back in time I would tell them to draft Dwight Gooden, and that taking a walk wasn't a bad thing.

Ha

Dunston (the father) had a better arm than Gooden. The reference to the son's baseball IQ also brings up in my mind a different contrast with the father. The father never figured out the offense thing, and his defense at SS does not show up well in defensive WAR. In term of career WAR from the 1982 first round draft class (of which Dunston (#1) and Gooden (#5) were members), Gooden is in first place by a mile (53.2), while Dunston's career WAR (11.5) is slightly behind Ron Karkovice and Spike Owen, and slightly ahead of Todd Worrell and Duane Ward. This from a man with athletic ability coming out his ears. He could run, he could throw, he could hit the ball hard. The father did have an 18 year MLB career, which he was able to prolong for about 5 years at the end due to the versatility that he was able to provide with the athleticism he retained (to an unusual degree) into his late 30s. I recall he had a back injury, and he really stopped playing much shortstop after 1997, the year he turned 34. He played 5 years after that, mostly in the outfield, but with some appearances in the infield.

Courtesy of a Wiscgrad piece from last year (http://www.thecubreporter.com/06042014/best-c...), here is a partial list of Cub draft picks with more career WAR than Dunston senior (as of last June): Greg Maddux 106.9, Rafael Palmeiro 71.6, Rick Reuschel 70.0, Jamie Moyer 50.4, Mark Grace 46.1, Burt Hooton 35.9, Scott Fletcher 32.0, Joe Niekro 29.9, Lee Smith 29.6, Steve Trachsel 29.4, Kerry Wood 27.7, Ken Holtzman 27.6, Bill North 26.7, Mike Krukow 24.1, Oscar Gamble 23.0, Jon Garland 22.5, Larry Gura 21.7, Kyle Lohse 20.6, Dontrelle Willis 20.3, Joe Carter 19.3, Dave Martinez 19.1, Mark Prior 16.5, Ray Burris 16.4, Dennis Lamp 15.4, Rick Wilkins 13.9, Josh Donaldson 13.7

Ha! I totally agree with the critiques about Dunston Sr. I also wish the Cubs had chosen Gooden -- but I loved watching Dunston's athletic ability.

Is Harvey a 6 foot tall invisible rabbit or the former umpire they called God?

CUBSTER: A little bit of both. 

Phil, any surprise in the Eugene v. Mesa assignments? Is that "official" or tentative?

JOHN B: The assignments are not official. They are tentative and fluid.

A lot of roster movement can happen in the next ten days or so, but *AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW* the Eugene roster appears to be:

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

STARTING PITCHERS (alphabetical):
Oscar de la Cruz 
* Jose Paulino 
* Carson Sands 
* Justin Steele
Austyn Willis  

BULLPEN (alphabetical): 
Pedro Araujo 
Jordan Brink 
* Andin Diaz 
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Corbin Hoffner 
John Michael Knighton 
Dillon Maples
Alexander Santana 
* Sam Wilson

STARTING LINEUP:
Kevonte Mitchell, CF
Ho-Young Son, SS
Eloy Jimenez, RF
Joey Martarano, 1B
# Frandy de la Rosa, 2B
Tyler Alamo, C 
* Ricardo Marcano, LF  
Adonis Paula, 3B  
DH - TBD 

BENCH:  
# Erick Castillo, C
Jose Paniagua, OF-1B 
* Carlos Sepulveda, INF

One or more players could be moved down to Eugene from South Bend, Myrtle Beach, or Tennessee prior to NWL Opening Day. For example, catcher Tyler Pearson and INF Bryant Flete (both presently at Tennessee) could get moved down to Eugene.     

RHRPs Daniel Lewis and Michael Wagner were moved up to South Bend and Iowa (respectively) from EXST and then were subsequently "assigned to Eugene," but neither pitcher has been sent back to EXST, and so the transactions appear to be just be a way to get them off their club's active roster without having to place them on the DL.    

Remember, Eugene will have a 35-man reserve list, and a 30-man active roster, of which 25 players are designated "active" for each game, of which ten must be pitchers.

Most of the players signed after being selected in the First-Year Player Draft as well as undrafted players signed as free-agents after the draft will initially be assigned to the AZL Cubs (at least for a few days), but it is possible that one or more draft picks or NDFA could go directly to Eugene. 

 

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  • jdrnym 4 hours 39 min ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 5 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 

     

  • crunch 11 hours 28 min ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.

     

  • jdrnym 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.

     

  • jdrnym 16 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 9 min ago (view)

    though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

    there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.

     

  • Cubster 17 hours 38 min ago (view)

    "In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."

     

  • crunch 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ.  they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.

    with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0).  now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 5 min ago (view)

    cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.

    he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.

    he's 38 years old, btw.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Bravo Crunch!

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing.  also, ha.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups? 

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Well said Crunch.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 24 min ago (view)

    1956 Cub Hoax...

    Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season

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