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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 min 5 sec ago (view)

    Managerial change making a difference I think. Hopefully the changes to the amateur scouting department also bears fruit

     

  • Cubster 2 hours 5 min ago (view)

    David Ross might be worthy of a little credit, especially sorting out the bullpen issues.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 10 min ago (view)

    this team is amazing.  i want more than 60 games of this.  darvish since mid-season last year has been great stuff.

    also, wick got to close.  kimbrel hasn't worked in quite a while.

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 51 min ago (view)

    39 pitch inning by Burnes.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 26 min ago (view)

    "allegedly"

    ...well, it is true that's the plan...but...umm..."allegedly"

     

  • QuietMan 3 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Cubs to play double headers Monday and Wednesday against the Cardinals.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Ha! Hope Nico goes on a heater!

     

  • Cubster 4 hours 34 min ago (view)

    "Not thrilled"...as if on cue, Nico leads off with a double and a later Schwarbsbomb.

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Updated Bullpen tiers:

    Tier 1 (Closer/Firemen)

    Wick and Jeffress (interchangeable)

    Tier 2 (Preferred Setup roles)

    Tepera, Sadler, Rea (!)

    Tier 3 (Face lefties exclusively if possible)

    Ryan (has to get that fastball out of mid-80s or head to South Bend)

    Winkler 

    Tier 4 (Long man innings eater)

    Underwood 

    Tier 10 (reserved for use when either up or down by 10+ runs)

    Kimbrel

    I think that covers it?

     

  • Jackstraw 7 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Wait.  The bullpen can get worse?  That's unpossible.

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Well, shoot.

    Here we go again: Nico, Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Schwarber (LF), Happ, Bote, Souza, Caratini

    Not thrilled with Nico leading off when the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history was available but whatever 

     

  • crunch 8 hours 32 min ago (view)

    bryant was supposedly gonna be in the lineup but he has left ring finger and wrist hurties.

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 48 min ago (view)

    I really think they could play .500 from here and would take the division.

    But leave room for at least a week long slump due to bullpen implosion.

     

  • Cubster 8 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Don't get too giddy but...

    One Quarter of the schedule is complete.

    Pace is for a 48-12 record which when extrapolated to 162 games is about 130 win season.

    Is it all downhill from here?

    Cardinals at White Sox game tomorrow is possibly canceled per Sun-Times reporting that Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the postponement. 

     

  • Eric S 9 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Brewers Game 1: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson (DH), Happ, Bote (3B), Souza (RF), Nico, Caratini, Darvish

     

  • Eric S 1 day 2 hours 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.