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: 

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)

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)

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) 

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) 

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)

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) 

Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 

Danny Zardon: 1-2 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


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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  • Eric S 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Reds just lost in tough fashion to the Royals. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out and rap into a 5-4-3 dp to end it. 


  • crunch 3 hours 39 min ago (view)

    no kimbrel...but another decent jeffress outing


  • Cubster 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Fly the W. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 36 min ago (view)

    So we keep Phegley ostensibly to get Caratini into lineup as DH and have a different backup C so we don't get caught in the exact situation we knowingly and avoidably put ourselves in tonight?


  • crunch 4 hours 53 min ago (view)

    this game is now "bryant watch"...also will 4 runs be enough for kimbrel?  gotta imagine he's due to get work even if it's not a save situation.


  • crunch 5 hours 16 min ago (view)

    early returns on that bomb to LF are looking good.


  • Charlie 5 hours 22 min ago (view)

    That one looked like it got all bone. Here's hoping it didn't go full Todd Hollandsworth.


  • Eric S 6 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Cubs did both Dietrich and the Rangers a solid 

    Wouldn't be a season without the Cubs and Rangers having some form of transaction 


  • crunch 7 hours 47 min ago (view)

    called up and in the lineup for TEX tonight.  hell of a few days for him.


  • Eric S 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Cleveland Game 2: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Happ, JHey, Bote (3B), Caratini (DH), Kipnis

    Schwarber was in initial lineup but removed due to a knee contusion - I imagine a result of the hard breaking ball which popped him in the knee last night. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Rea has been a very nice surprise so far. Hopefully he can keep it up this year and going forward. We have a few more years of team control.


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Rea bringing the heat 94-96 - and retires the heart of the Indians lineup in order.  He's looked impressive in his two appearances. 


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Happ's bat being on fire is pleasing to the eye


  • Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    He's the anti-Kimbrel 


  • Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Oliver Perez alone is worth the price of admission - more kinds of "deliveries" than Baskin-Robbins has flavors. 


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    anyone that doesn't enjoy watching oliver perez pitching isn't my friend and can't borrow any of my stuff.