A's Cry Wolff at Fitch Park

Miguel Mercedes belted a two-run home run and Vicmal de la Cruz singled, doubled, and scored two runs, as the Athletics edged the Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Adonis Paula slugged a solo HR and Frandy de la Rosa singled and tripled for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

In EXST roster news, IF-OF Varonex Cuevas has been moved-up to AAA Iowa. The 22-year old switch-hitting super-sub was hitting only 204/235/327 with one HR and three doubles, four RBI, six runs scored, two walks, 14 strikeouts, and no SB (two CS), in 18 Cactus League EXST games (51 PA) this season, but he has been hot lately, putting up a 353/421/588 line over his last six Cactus League EXST games (19 PA). He has played 2B-3B-SS-LF at EXST. 

Cuevas was signed by the Cubs as an 18-year old out of the Dominican Republic in May 2011, and spent his first three seasons with the DSL Cubs (240/344/304 in 163 DSL games 2011-13) before arriving in the U. S. last season. He hit 288/416/493 in 24 Cactus League EXST games (89 PA) last season before being assigned to Boise, where he struggled (hitting just 118/211/235 in 12 NWL games). He then was moved down to the AZL Cubs, where he hit 318/368/466.  

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH: 1-4 (1B, P-4, E-5, F-8 DP, R)
2a. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-2 (K, F-8)
2b. Jose Paniagua, LF: 0-2 (6-3, K, RBI)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, K, PO)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 2-4 (4-3 DP, 1B, 6-3, 1B)
5a. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-2 (3-U, K) : 
5b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-2 (5-3, F-7)
6. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 2-4 (F-8, K, 3B, 1B)
7a. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (L-4, HR, K, R, RBI)
7b. Yohan Matos, PH: 1-1 (1B) 
8. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-4 (L-6, F-9, 6-3, K)
9. Roberto Caro, LF-CF: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Oscar de la Cruz: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 BALK, 2/7 GO/FO, 82 pitches (52 strikes) 
2. Corbin Hoffner: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Andin Diaz: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 47 pitches (28 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 3 
1. 3B Adonis Paula: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. SS Ho-Young Son: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. P Andin Diaz: E-1 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Alamo: 1-2 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures 100+ 

ATTENDANCE: 6 

Comments

Same here, Phil.

I don't believe it was me. I haven't made any changes today.

Soler update, now 2-3 weeks not 6 http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/128399868/...

It's a rollercoaster week for Mike Baxter.

I apologize for this, but does anyone know of a readily accessible database or list that shows amateur non-drafted free agents by team over time? Baseball-reference has a good database on the draft, but I have not been able to find on the internet any sort of summary of amateur non-drafted free agent signings. My work-in-progress list for the Cubs since 1965 includes Carlos Zambano (Career WAR 38.2) Bruce Sutter (24.5) Jim Colborn (16.3) Carmelo Martinez (11.0) Carlos Marmol (9.7) Les Lancaster (7.0) Juan Cruz (5.1) Current Cubs originally signed as NDFAs include Starlin Castro (9.2), Jorge Soler, Arismendy Alcantara and Junior Lake. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • crunch 10 hours 33 min ago (view)

    * all figures stated are in a range of +/- 10m

    yeah, that was me not typing info correctly.  my bad.

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Bryant got $19.5M 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 19 min ago (view)

    bryant 9.5m, contreras 6.65m, baez 11.65m, z.davies 8.63m

    looks like happ is going to arbitration.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

    E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

    He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 

     

  • K Dub 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil!

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    danny hultzen retires and joins the cubs as a "pitching development assistant"

    shame the comeback story didn't last longer...but hey, at least he got to taste the bigs after his body failed him for so many years.

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    theo joining the commish's front office operation as a "consultant reguarding on field matters"...basically weighing in on the possible impact of rules changes.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/266505#comm...

     

  • K Dub 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, to my calculation that suspension should be over by now unless he got caught again...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    (Not Phil) - Last I saw, he was on the restricted list.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Did the Cubs release Saul Vazquez?

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 guaranteed amount is $7 + $3 million mutual option buyout. 10>8.  Most media reports summarizes it as a $10 million deal. 

     

  • CubbyBlue 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Eric. After I put it up I thought.. damn I'm old. I wonder if people even remember back that far. I still think about that day. Uggh. Sorry. 

     

  • Charlie 5 days 22 hours ago (view)

    I'm always confused by this. They also could have tendered him and then boosted his value by trading him with a million or two in cash considerations. Obviously, that's a million or two more expensive than simply non-tendering--but couldn't you at least get an interesting prospect in return from one of these teams? They obviosuly thought it was worth their return to toss in a few million in the Darvish trade.

     

  • tim815 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 amount is 7.

    The buyout is 3.

    8>7

     

  • crunch 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    chase strumpf is quickly emerging as a "trendy" organizational hot prospect, even among non-cubs fans.  amaya is having a decent winter league showing so far...taking a lot of walks, too.