Giant Orange No Match for Cubs at Riverview

D. J. Wilson belted a two-run triple, walked twice, and scored a run, Luis Verdugo drilled two RBI singles, Carlos Morfa smacked a solo HR and singled, and SP Erich Uelmen hurled four innings of one-run ball, leading the Cubs "B" team to an 8-3 victory over the Giants Orange squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.   

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

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (3-U, BB, BB, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
2. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-4 (L-4, 3-U, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Brennen Davis, RF: 0-3 (1-3, K, P-4, BB)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-4 (L-8, 2B, 6-3, K)
4b. Caleb Knight, C: NO AB 
5. Pedro Martinez, 3B: 0-3 (F-9, K, BB, K, R)
6. Fabian Pertuz, 2B: 1-3 (BB, P-4, 1B, P-3, R)
7. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, F-9, K)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, BB, F-7, 2 R)
9a. Carlos Morfa, LF: 2-2 (HR, 1B, R, RBI)
9b. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 1-2 (2B, K, R)
10. Yovanny Cuevas, DH #2: 1-4 (P-3, 1B, L-7, 5-3, R, RBI)

CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Erich Uelmen: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/AO, 70 pitches (44 strikes) 
2. Raidel Orta: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Pablo Ochoa: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Maikel Aguiar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 3 
1. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (overthrow to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 2B Fabian Pertuz: E-4 (missed catch on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jonathan Soto: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 
2. Caleb Knight: 1-1 CS 

CUBS "B TEAM BASERUNNING
Carlos Morfa - thrown out 7-5-4 attempting to advance to 2nd base after RBI single 
NOTE: Morfa injured his left ankle sliding into 2nd base and had to be helped off the field

ATTENDANCE: 11 

WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

So is DJ Wilson just trying to revamp his swing or something? He’s appears to be healthy at this point and knocking EXST pitching around. 

BRADSBEARD: D. J. Wilson was so lost at the plate at Myrtle Beach this season (and even last season as well) that it was either EXST or get released. Not that it was his choice (because it wasn't), but the Cubs apparently felt that if he could maybe get hot at EXST (which he is now) it might possibly help him get going at Myrtle Beach once he's back there. We'll see. 

BTW, the Cubs did the same thing with Wladimir Galindo last month (he was demoted to EXST after struggling at Myrtle Beach for the second season in a row), and while he hit three HR at EXST and made hard contact, it hasn't carried-over since he returned to MB last week (1-12 with six K). 

The thing is, Wilson was the Cubs 4th round draft pick in 2015 ($1.3M signing bonus) and was a Cubs Top 15 prospect as recently as post-2017 and he is an outstanding defensive CF and base-runner and Galindo was a Cubs Top 20 prospect as recently as post-2016 and he has as much HR power as any hitter in the system, so the Cubs are going to give them both every oppportunity to master Hi-A before cutting them loose. 

But time is running short for both of them. 

cubs have claimed chandler shepherd off waivers from the redsox...because claiming redsox players is what they do.

26 year old with a 10.01.era in AAA.  29.2ip 53h (yes, 53) 16bb 30k, 11hr (yes, 11)

good luck.

And he's likely to get run through waivers this weekend.

As a 2014 draft choice, he shouldn't be able to choose free agency yet. Fantastic move.

i can't imagine the bidding war if he became a free agent.

i imagine it's somewhere between "infield rake" and "can of simoniz"...probably not both, though.

TIM: And the reason the Cubs should feel fairly confident that they can get Shepherd through waivers right away is that they won the claim with the #26 waiver claim priority. 

Just as a point of information, waiver claim priority is based upon aggregate MLB standings on the day the waiver claiming period ends for the player (which league doesn't matter), which is why the Cubs had the #26 waiver claim priority for Shepherd. In other words, the Dodgers were - NOT - the only other team after the Cubs. The aggregate MLB standings as of 9 AM (Eastern) on Saturday 5/18 were used to determine the waiver claim priority with respect to Shepherd, and because the the Rays, Dodgers, Twins, and Astros had better records than the Cubs at that time, those four clubs had a worse waiver claim priority than the Cubs.     

It used to be for Optional Assignment Waivers (which were eliminated in 2017) and Trade Assignment Waivers (which have been eliminated ths season) -- and - ONLY - for those types of waivers -- the clubs in the player's own league had waiver claim priority over all of the clubs in the other league if more than one club claimed the player. So the player would have to be "waived out of his own league" (so to speak) before a club in the other league would have a waiver claim priority in the case of Optional Assignment Waivers and Trade Assignment Waivers. But that type of waiver claim priority is no longer used because Optional Assignment Waivers and Trade Assignment Waivers no longer exist.  

In the case of Outright Assignment Waivers and Outright Release Waivers (the only two types of waivers still in existence), the aggregate MLB standings are used to determine waiver claim priority. It's similar to how draft order is determined with respect to the MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) in June and the MLB Rule 5 Draft in December. Individual league standings don't matter. 

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  • crunch 14 hours 57 min ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...

     

  • Hagsag 15 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!

     

  • crunch 15 hours 31 min ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM

     

  • Charlie 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.

     

  • crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.

     

  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)

    mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...

     

  • crunch 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.

    i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.

    he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.

    that said, his career is far from done.  most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -. 

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  • Hagsag 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Got to get Taylor Davis back.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).

     

  • crunch 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    that's some of that 4-D chess i keep hearing about.

    checkmate, boras.  cub gets 10 more years of club control for bryant.