Franco and Caldera Provide the Hot Punch at Salt River Fields

Junior Franco tripled and scored and Ricardo Caldera belted a three run home run to highlight a four-run 4th inning, as the Diamonbacks cruised to a 4-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.  

Trent Giambrone is on a Conditioning Assignment at EXST, and he played 3B for the Cubs in the game, batted five times (he led-off each of the first five innings), drew four walks, and scored a run. He also committed a costly throwing error and was caught stealing on the basepaths. 

The Cubs played as the home team because the D'backs had a limited number of pitchers available to throw in the game, and the game was called after 6-1/2 innings of play. 

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

X. Trent Giambrone, 3B-DH: 0-1 (E-6, BB, BB, BB, BB, R, CS) 
NOTE: Giambrone batted 1st in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings) 
1a. Reggie Preciado, SS: 0-2 (3-6 FC, K) 
1b. Yeison Santana, SS: 0-1 (6-3 DP)
2. Rafael Morel, 2B-3B: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB, R)
3. Owen Caissie, RF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB)
4a. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-1 (6-3 DP, BB) 
4b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 1-1 (1B) 
5a. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-1 (3-1, BB) 
5b. Jose O. Lopez, CF: 0-1 (4-3 FC, RBI) 
6a. Shendrik Apostel, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI) 
6b. Matt Warkentin, 1B: 0-1 (K) 
7a. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-1 (K, BB) 
7b. Wally Soto, 2B: 0-1 (P-6)
8. Felix Stevens, DH-LF: 1-2 (2B, K)  

1. Tyler Schlaffer: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 41 pitches (30 strikes) 
2. Joel Machado: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Alberto Sojo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes) 
4. Johzan Oquendo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 
5. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (6 strikes) 

1. 1B Shendrik Apostel: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Reggie Preciado: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. SS Reggie Preciado: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
4. 3B Trent Giambrone: E-5 (errant throw on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)

1. Malcom Quintero: 0-2 CS 
2. Miguel Fabrizio: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: N/A (field was closed to the public) 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 


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


All four of the dudes that came our way for Yu in the lineup today.

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  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring on December 1st, MLB owners and the MLBPA have jointly agreed to move the contract tender date up from Thursday December 2nd to Tuesday November 30th (that's a week from today). 

    Then (presumably) the lock-out will start the next day (Wednesday). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Not that TJS is ever necessarily a good thing, but taking a year off from catching could give Miguel Amaya a chance to work on his hitting.

    His glove & arm were probably a year ahead of his bat coming into 2021, so once he gets going again hopefully he will be able to spend a significant part of his rehab working in the cages. 

    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.


  • Cubster 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Chris Allen, 1B Shendrik Apostel, INF Matt Burch, INF Widimer Joaquin, RHP Garrett Kelly, RHP Marco Prieto,  RHP Jorge Remon, RHP Dawel Rodriguez, and OF Vance Vizcaino, so the off-season Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List is now at 169 (21 slots are open).  

    Six of the nine players who were released (Allen, Apostel, Joaquin, Kelly, Remon, and Vizcaino) were Rule 5 Draft-eligible, and all six had been left off the Iowa Reserve List when rosters were filed last Friday. 


  • Cubster 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Also, Justin Steele gets a 4th minor league option in 2022 (must be used in 2022). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

    So I would expect Amaya will be able to DH by mid-season (hitting shouldn't be a problem by then), and then (hopefully) be able to throw normally in games (as a catcher) at post-season Instructs and then maybe in the AFL, with 2023 Spring Training being when he should be 100%. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  


  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    well...that's one hell of a forearm strain.


  • tim815 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

    not bad for a guy with 1/10th of a season service time.


  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Miguel Amaya to have Tommy John surgery. Will likely miss most of next season. (I speculate that he could maybe DH a bit in the second half and throw towards August.)


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    When you add in the arb-eligibility, that's gotta make Ramirez a real contender for Hermosillo's "non-tender poster boy" title