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Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman


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Bowser and Preciado Go Deep at Sloan

Drew Bowser (solo blast) and Reggie Preciado (two-run bomb) launched home runs onto the LF berm with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning to give the Cubs an early 3-0 lead, and SP Alfredo Romero and four relievers combined to hurl a two-hitter, as the Cubs edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 in Arizona Instructional League game action Monday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.   

The game was called after seven innings of play. 

Although the Cubs won the game and hit two home runs, Cubs batters struck out 13 times over the course of the seven innings, including three by Christian Olivo. 

The game saw the pro game debut of RHP (ex-C) Shane Marshall (Cubs 2022 14th round draft pick - U. of Georgia). Marshall was a light-hitting defense-first back-up catcher in college and threw "garbage-time" innings for the Bulldogs in a couple of blow-outs, but it was enough to impress  Cubs area scout Greg Gerard -- enough that the Cubs drafted Marshall as a pitcher, not as a catcher. 

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

1. Christian Olivo, CF-3B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 0-3 (P-3, K, E-5, SB)
3a. Drew Bowser, 3B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
3b. Jose Escobar, CF: 0-1 (K) 
4. Adan Sanchez, C: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, K, R)
5. Reggie Preciado, DH #1: 1-3 (HR, K, K, R, 2 RBI) 
6a. Jefferson Encarnacion, RF: 0-2 (P-4, 4-3) 
6b. Leonel Espinoza, RF: 0-1 (K) 
7a. Geuri Lubo, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, K) 
7b,. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-1 (K) 
8. Alfonsin Rosario, LF: 0-3 (F-9, K, 6-3)
9. Yahil Melendez, DH #2: 0-1 (P-6, BB)
10. Wally Soto, 1B: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB) 

1. Alfredo Romero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Shane Marshall: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (5 strikes) 
3. Mason McGwire: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 38 pitches (17 strikes) 
4. Kevin Valdez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Koen Moreno: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 2 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 52 pitches (25 strikes) 

1. SS Ed Howard: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. C Adan Sanchez: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

Adan Sanchez: 0-4 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

ATTENDANCE 14 (including Mark McGwire)


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


Here are pitch types / velo from the game: 

Alfredo Romero: FB 88-91 and CV 77-79 
Shane Marshall: FB 92, SL/CT: 87-88, CV: 79-81 
Mason McGwire: FB 93-95, SL/CT 85-88, SPLIT 76-78    
Kevin Valdez: FB 92-93, SL 80-83, CV 74 
Koen Moreno: FB 89-92, SL/CT 84-85, CH 79-81, CV 73-74 

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger wins comeback player of the year.  the AL winner was liam hendricks and his 5ip before he got tommy john...setting himself up for a 2025 shot at the award.

  • Bill (view)

    I hope that Perlaza goes on to have a successful career.  On most Cubs teams prior to the current administration, he would have been one of their more highly ranked prospects.  As far as the others are concerned, one or more may well go on to be much better than expected, but unfortunately there is no way to tell which one at the present time.  You can't keep everyone.

  • crunch (view)

    s.gray signs with the cards...3/75m

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Another one of the nine Cubs post-2023 Rule 9 minor league 6YFA has signed, as RHP Carlos Guzman (acquired from the Tigers for Zack McKinstry at the end of Spring Training) signed a 2024 minor league contract with the Mets. 


    So RHRP Yovanny Cruz (SD), C-INF P. J. Higgins (CIN), and now Carlos Guzman (NYM) have already signed 2024 minor league contracts with new MLB organizations, and OF Yonathan Perlaza is headed for Korea (Hanhwa Eagles).

  • crunch (view)

    ...and back to 3rd for another game.  at this point i'm gonna hang back and when/if he actually plays 1st then i'll find it notable.  i am glad he's playing a good amount of 3rd, though...give the club one more good look at him there.  shrug

  • crunch (view)

    morel played SS last night (no errors)...hit a homer and a double.  he's got 2 of both in 19PA.

  • crunch (view)

    e.escobar was throwing 95-97mph on his fastball in 2023.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    One more thing about Edwin Escobar. Even though he had accrued less than one year of MLB Service Time prior to signing with Nippon Ham in 2017 (he ended up eventually with Yokohama), he will have Article XIX-A rights by virtue of the seven seasons he spent in Japan. So he will be essentially locked on the 40-man roster (or at least he can't be outrighted without his consent), and he will be a FA whenever his contract expires. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Also, Pirates were supposedly in on Escobar, too, so if the Cubs sign him to a minor league contract there is a very good chance that the Pirates will select him in the Rule 5 Draft. So even though it means he would take up a slot on the 40, it better be a major league contract if the Cubs don't want to lose him right after signing him! 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Ronald Acuna's cousin.