R. Mejia Triple Provides the Spark at Riverview

Rafael Mejia belted an RBI triple and scored on a Caleb Knight RBI single and Luis Vazquez singled, walked and scored, and collected an RBI on a GO, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Wednesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as a six-inning contest. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Dalton Hurd, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
2. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (1B, BB, 4-3, R, RBI) 
3. Rafael Mejia, DH #1: 1-3 (5-4-3 DP, 3B, P-4, R, RBI)
4. Caleb Knight, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Josue Huma, 2B: 1-2 (3B, L-9) 
6. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (4-2 FC, 1B, CS)
7. Orian Nunez, DH #2: 0-2 (L-4, 6-4-3 DP)
8. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-2 (6-3, K)  
9. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-2 (1-3, E-3, R)
10. Raymond Pena, DH #3: 1-1 (1B, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first time thru batting order
11. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-1 (F-7, HBP, R, SB)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Clayton Daniel, 2B: 0-2 (K, P-4, BB)
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-3 (F-9, 3-1, 4-3)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, BB)
4. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-7) 
5. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K)
6. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-2 (K, E-4, R, SB)
7. Richard Nunez, 1B: 0-2 (P-5, F-8)
8. Danny Zardon, C: 0-2 (F-9, K)
9. Henderson Perez, DH #1: 0-2 (K, F-9)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (18 strikes) 
2. Jake Reindl: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes) 
3. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3, 34 pitches (18 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Alexander Vargas: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (16 strikes) 
2. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 30 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (15 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Josue Huma: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)   
2. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB sttempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Richard Nunez: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. C Danny Zardon: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base after WP allowed runner to score) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Danny Zardon: 1-2 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

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RHRP Padro Araujo has been Designated for Assignment by the Baltimore Orioles.

Araujo was selected by the Orioles from the Cubs in the Major League Phase of the 2017 MLB Rule 5 Draft, but he has not yet accrued the 90 days needed to have "Selected Player" status removed (he is ten days short).

Therefore, the Orioles have seven days to trade him to another club (in which case Araujo would still be a "Selected Player" with his new club for ten days after-which he could be optioned to the minors), or if he is not traded he must be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers and any other MLB club can claim Araujo for the $50,000 waiver price, with Araujo continuing to have "Selected Player" status for another ten days (after-which he can be optioned to the minors). 

If he is not traded and is not claimed off waivers by another MLB club, the Orioles must offer Araujo back to the Cubs. The Cubs would then have 72 hours to decide whether to re-claim him for half the Rule 5 Draft price ($50,000) or allow the Orioles to keep him. If the Cubs do re-claim him the Orioles get $50,000 and he would automatically be outrighted back to the minor league club from which he was drafted (AAA Iowa). If the Cubs decline to re-claim Araujo, the Orioles are out the $100,000 they paid the Cubs when they drafted him and Araujo would no longer have "Selected Player" status and so the Orioles could either outright him to the minors or release him. 

If Araujo is outrighted to the minors, he would be eligble to be a minor league 6YFA post-2019 if he is not added back to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) by the 5th day after the final game of the World Series.  

Any hunch on how it plays out?

I could see the White Sox claiming him on waivers, and hiding him after ten days.

As long as a club believes Araujo is worthy of a spot on its MLB 40-man roster (and the Orioles obviously do not), keeping him on the 25 for just ten days and then optioning him to the minors shouldn't be that big of a deal. 

If Araujo is not traded or claimed off waivers, the Cubs can easily re-claim him as long as they don't believe they have a better future use for the $50,000 it will cost to re-claim him. There is also the issue of very limited roster space right now for relief pitchers at both AA and AAA, although Araujo could be sent to Extended Spring Training and remain there until there is a slot for him at Tennessee or Iowa. 

Since today is Iowa's Opening Day I wrongly assumed we'd see some roster moves. I know the standard procedure is to hide a few guys in Extended Spring Training in case of injuries, but any idea when we'll see an Opening Day roster?

bote just got a 5/15m extension because why not...the real gem of the deal is 2 team option years for 7m and 7.6m

his D is solid enough to play 3rd and 2nd without embarrasing himself, and can probably play the corner OF if needed.

this could end up being one hell of a deal once the option years are kicked in.

It could make him attractive trade bait too. It also might be the end of Addison in a Cub uniform.

You know I hate to say it and it proves how brutal the pen has been, but Brandon Kintzler has been our best RP.  I'd like to see Dillon Maples because his stuff is awesome (assuming he can control it) or Dakota Mekkes.  Mekkes seems to go unnoticed and doesn't get the credit he deserves.  He's blown through every level he's pitched now at AAA.  Throughout his career 94G 147IP 1.16ERA .170AVG 1.05WHIP 190/67 K/BB.  You can't tell me he can't beat out one of the guys in the bullpen?

He probably does "deserve" it. The hiccup is, he's not on the 40.

When ODLC comes off suspnsion, someone leaves the 40. The same with Addison Russell. Mekkes would make it three. Webster would make it four.

At some point, Brandon Morrow returns, needing a spot. The same for Xavier Cedeno.

Unless you have seven or eight guys you want to purge, it's kinda the guys on hand, now. Which is why developing your own works so well. If it can be pulled off.

Chatwood, Ryan, Tseng, and Wick off 40.

Morrow Barnette and Cedeno replace Chatwood Rosario and Edwards on 25. Kintzler will eventually become garbage again at which point that opens a spot. But you’re right in that after that point there isn’t a ton of flexibility.

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  • crunch 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them.  it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys.  that's no way to run things...

     

  • JustSayin' 4 hours 43 min ago (view)

    So true.  The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families.  You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor.  If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?  

     

  • crunch 5 hours 13 min ago (view)

    there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.

    that's a real shame.

     

  • JustSayin' 10 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair.  That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche.  I find this interesting.  Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible.  It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries.  Those don't even factor in the luxury tax.  You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 45 min ago (view)

    As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 min ago (view)

    WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.

    the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.

    it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB). 

     

  • CubbyBlue 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    "Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."

    that's cool.  no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Danny Hultzen and Carlos Asuaje minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but no Jason Adam or Tyler Olson contract filings (yet).  

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career). 

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace.  If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI?  This ownership has given him nothing this year.  Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.