Sierra and Paniagua Long-Balls Help Cubs Gain Split with Giants

Jonathan Sierra (two-run home run), Alberto Mineo (RBI triple), Kwang-Min Kwon (RBI single), and Roberto Caro (RBI triple) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run 2nd, Jose Paniagua clubbed his team-leading 4th HR in the 6th, Edgar Rondon drilled two doubles, walked, and scored a run, and Marcus Mastrobuoni doubled, singled , and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 7-3 win over the Giants on Field #2, and Chase Compton belted a solo HR and an RBI single, Richard Amion Jr rifled an RBI single and walked twice, and RHP Hengerber Medina and four relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Giants blanked the Cubs 3-0 on Field #1, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.  

Both games were called by mutual-consent after 7-1/2 innings of play. 

Now 17, Jonathan Sierra (2015 IFA - Dominican Republic- $2.5M bonus) was invited to AZ Instructs as a 16-year old last September, and he made a favorable impression, even drawing comparisons to a (very) young Darryl Strawberry (lanky teenaged LH hitting & throwing corner OF with potential to mash). But Sierra has struggled at Extended Spring Training so far, hitting just 152/243/303 (16% K-rate - 11% walk-rate) in 13 Cactus League EXST games (37 PA), and his second-inning home run today (which was his 1st Cactus League EXST HR) broke an 0-13 skid that goes back ten days. So while his future is bright, he will likely be assigned to one of the Cubs DSL squads (DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2) in the coming days.     

Here are the abridged box scores from the games (Cubs players only): 

FIELD #2

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 2-3 (2B, F-7, 2B, BB, R)
2. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (L-9, 3B, F-9, P-6, RBI, PO)
3. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 0-4 (6-3, 3-1, 5-3, F-8, RBI)
4. Kevonte Mitchell, DH #1: 0-4 (F-9, E-6, F-9, 6-3, SB, PO) 
5a. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, K)
5b. Ruben Reyes, PH: 1-1 (1B)
6. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (E-5, 5-3, HR, 6-4-3 DP, 2 R, RBI)
7. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 1-3 (HR, F-7, 4-3, R, 2 RBI)
8. Marcus Mastrobuoni, DH #2: 2-3 (2B, 1B, 5-3, R) 
9. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-2 (3B, BB, 3-U, R, RBI)
10. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 1-2 (1B, F-8, HBP, R, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (6 strikes)
3. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (25 strikes) 
4. Andry Rondon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. CF Roberto Caro: E-8 (fielding error on double to left-centerfield allowed batter to advance to 3rd base) 
2. 2B Edgar Rondon: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

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FIELD #1

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-3 (F-8, P-2, F-8)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, CS) 
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, P-6)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, L-6, 1B)
5. Alex Bautista, DH #1: 0-3 (6-3, K, K)
6. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, F-8, 5-3)
7. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, HBP)
8. Abraham Rodriguez, LF:1-3 (1B, 9-6 FC, F-7)
9. Luis Ayala, DH #2: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, L-4, CS)
10. Jose Gonzalez, RF: 0-2 (BB, K, P-4, CS)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Manny Rondon: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 5/2 GO/AO, 50 pitches (28 strikes) 
2. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Daniel Lewis: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
2B Jhonny Bethencourt: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
1. LF Abraham Rodriguez - runner thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double to LF 
2. RF Jose Gonzalez - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF 

ATTENDANCE: 21 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

PIT + STL 9 games out of 1st...ugggggggggh. yeah. woo. etc.

According to his Facebook account and other sources, Anthony Giansanti has been released by the Cubs.

HAGSAG: Stephen Bruno wasn't at the EXST SS-DH in Scottsdale yesterday, so he may be headed back to Tennessee.  

I saw South Bend play here in Michigan last night. Although Martinez did not play, I must say I was very impressed by both Deweese and Jimenez. Deweese appears to have a phenomenal judgment of what's the strike zone and should be ready to blend into this Cubs lineup someday. The Lansing pitchers kept trying to get him to expand up, down, or away, and he mostly held off from the temptation. As for Jimenez, the Soler comparisons are so obvious. But at least against the low-minors pitching he was seeing last night, he also seemed to have a superior batting eye to Soler, certainly compared to who Soler was a few years ago. He hit, amongst others, a light tap to left field that dumped in over the shortstop, but it sounded like a space shuttle taking off from the bat. Jimenez (a right-handed batter) also hit a foul ball about 360 feet down the right-field line that banged off Lansing's huge right field wall like a train hitting a building. I was completely stunned by his power, even when the results didn't manifest.

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  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 38 min ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring on December 1st, MLB owners and the MLBPA have jointly agreed to move the contract tender date up from Thursday December 2nd to Tuesday November 30th (that's a week from today). 

    Then (presumably) the lock-out will start the next day (Wednesday). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Not that TJS is ever necessarily a good thing, but taking a year off from catching could give Miguel Amaya a chance to work on his hitting.

    His glove & arm were probably a year ahead of his bat coming into 2021, so once he gets going again hopefully he will be able to spend a significant part of his rehab working in the cages. 

    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Chris Allen, 1B Shendrik Apostel, INF Matt Burch, INF Widimer Joaquin, RHP Garrett Kelly, RHP Marco Prieto,  RHP Jorge Remon, RHP Dawel Rodriguez, and OF Vance Vizcaino, so the off-season Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List is now at 169 (21 slots are open).  

    Six of the nine players who were released (Allen, Apostel, Joaquin, Kelly, Remon, and Vizcaino) were Rule 5 Draft-eligible, and all six had been left off the Iowa Reserve List when rosters were filed last Friday. 

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Also, Justin Steele gets a 4th minor league option in 2022 (must be used in 2022). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

    So I would expect Amaya will be able to DH by mid-season (hitting shouldn't be a problem by then), and then (hopefully) be able to throw normally in games (as a catcher) at post-season Instructs and then maybe in the AFL, with 2023 Spring Training being when he should be 100%. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    well...that's one hell of a forearm strain.

     

  • tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

    not bad for a guy with 1/10th of a season service time.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Miguel Amaya to have Tommy John surgery. Will likely miss most of next season. (I speculate that he could maybe DH a bit in the second half and throw towards August.)

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    When you add in the arb-eligibility, that's gotta make Ramirez a real contender for Hermosillo's "non-tender poster boy" title