Cubs Release Eleven Minor League Pitchers
The Cubs released eleven minor league pitchers yesterday:
Anderson Acevedo - age 25 (Dominican Republic)
Yan de la Cruz - age 25 (Dominican Republic)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF) - age 21 (Dominican Republic)
Hector Alonso Garcia - age 20 (Mexico)
Jose Alejandro Gonzalez (ex-OF) - age 23 (Venezuela)
Ronaldo Lopez (ex-INF) - age 20 (Venezuela)
Junior Marte - age 23 (Dominican Republic)
Enzo Perez - age 18 (Venezuela)
Andry Rondon - age 23 (Dominican Republic)
Freddy Tineo - age 21 (Venezuela)
Sucre Valdez - age 25 (Dominican Republic)
The eleven are mainly older pitchers who have not progressed to the Cubs' satisfaction. In fact none of the eleven ever made it out of short-season ball (only five of the eleven made it as far as Eugene, and another five never even made it out of the DSL).
All eleven are RHP and were originally IFA signed out of Latin America. Three (W. Feliz, J. Gonzalez, and R. Lopez) were position-player conversions, three others (A. Acevedo, Y. de la Cruz, and E. Perez) were second-contract guys (previously released by another organization), and ten of the eleven would have been Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2019.
Only two of the eleven (W. Feliz and H. Garcia) were signed by the Cubs as 16-year old IFA in their first-eligible ISP, and Feliz was originally signed as an outfielder. Garcia was one of the 25 players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico 2014-18. (E. Perez was originally signed as a 16-year old IFA by SD, but was released by the Padres two years later).
Junior Marte is the most-notable pitcher released, because a couple of years ago he was so impressive in Extended Spring Training that he was signed by the Boras Corporation (same day Boras Corp signed Jose Albertos).
Eric S 1 hour 16 min ago (view)
Not a hill I’m going to die on for sure, but compare the 2019 defense vs 2016, I believe Cubs are bottom half on defense. Also, last info I saw on the topic, Cubs lead the majors in outs recorded on the basepaths. At six games over .500, Four teams in the NL have better records than the Cubs, who are now tied with the Phillies and just a game ahead of the Brewers. I think it was Bill Parcells who said you are what your record says you are - have to agree here too.
CubbyBlue 1 hour 51 min ago (view)
I've lost the joy of making this Cub fan blow himself up.
If I had continiued today, Dan would have dragged himself back into frame as a bloodied Leonardo DiCaprio and said, "I ain't afraid to die any more. I done it already."
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 19 min ago (view)
I wonder if Joe will talk about how he feels re: next years contract to media today?
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 20 min ago (view)
I don’t think Kintzler threw a single pitch where a Pirate swung and missed. All swings led to foul balls or that walk off hit. It was obvious he had nothing. The guy hadn’t pitched in over a week, so I can’t really blame him.
Jackstraw 6 hours 17 min ago (view)
Cubs at home = Roadrunner
Cubs on road = Wile E. Coyote
crunch 13 hours 10 min ago (view)
23 years old and carving up the hopes and dreams of the very young kids he was pitching against...
hard to take a 23 year old in DSL too seriously, but his numbers were filthy. 0.87 era, 0.48 whip, 11.6 k/9
Arizona Phil 13 hours 26 min ago (view)
RHRP Marcos Encarnacion (DSL Cubs #2 closer) busted for PED (the ever-popular stanozolol), gets 72-game suspension that will carry through the 2020 season (he will be 25 in November 2020). Encarnacion formerly pitched in the Reds organization and was signed as a 23-year old second-contract FA by the Cubs in June.
crunch 13 hours 53 min ago (view)
Charlie 13 hours 59 min ago (view)
By the end of this road trip, Bill might really have seen some things. No shortage of stuff to discuss in therapy.
crunch 14 hours 6 min ago (view)
obligatory farnsworth flashback video...
some nice bonus "pissed off sarge" gary matthews in there, too...and dusty baker handling shit. say what one wants about his lineup construction, dusty put up with some insane baseball attitudes with players he managed. i still can't believe a clubhouse with jeff kent and barry bonds didn't result in attempted murder at the very least.
Charlie 14 hours 16 min ago (view)
I think they are better than slightly above average in every area but the bullpen. Fangraphs WAR numbers suggest they are top 4 offense in the NL, top 5 rotation in NL, and bottom 5 bullpen in the NL. But that still suggests they should be right where they are, struggling to stay in the back of the pack of contenders for the postseason. So, that's probably close to what you are saying, but we could maybe attribute it mostly to one flaw--the bullpen.
Eric S 14 hours 25 min ago (view)
Brandon Morrow says hello too re the front office’s best laid plans
Charlie 14 hours 33 min ago (view)
Started to feel like I was watching Kyle Farnsworth and just knowing that he didn't have a way of getting the batter out.
For those looking to identify the particular nightmare I was reliving: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/2004...
Charlie 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
Kyle Ryan and Brandon Kintzler handling a 1-run lead in a 9th inning following a sweep to the Phillies. This is not the bullpen the front office has been trying to assemble. The closer, the setup man/backup closer (Strop), the future closer (Edwards), and the replacement closer (Kimbrel) have all fallen through in one way or another. If they can make the playoffs, I suppose we expect Kimbrel and Cishek as reinforcements? It's still going to be rough with Strop underperforming.
crunch 15 hours 8 min ago (view)
this has been a particularly rough set of losses...ow.
Eric S 15 hours 9 min ago (view)
The thing is, this Cub team has so many flaws you really can’t take the inevitable meltdowns too harshly. The Cubs are a slightly above average team - that’s all