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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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Messinger Delivers a Dinger at Riverview

Darius Perry drilled a game-tying RBI single in the 5th, Bryant Betancourt roped an RBI double in the 8th to break the 1-1 tie, and Skyler Messinger capped the scoring with a solo HR in the 9th, lifting the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

In four AZIL games played against the Cubs, Skyler Messinger has been a virtual one-man wrecking crew, going 6-14 with three singles, a double, a triple, and a HR, and four RBI. 

The Cubs employed a 13-man batting order with five designated hitters but still struck out 14 times, while Cub pitchers struck out eleven Rockies, albeit in a losing cause. Cubs 2023 4th round pick RHP Will Sanders was especially impressive, striking out the side 1-2-3 (all three swinging) in the top of the 2nd, mixing a 92-95 MPH FB, 82-85 MPH SL, 86 MPH CH, and 80 MPH CV to great effect. 

The one bright spot for the Cubs among the position players was Jose Escobar, who collected an RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd to put the Cubs up 1-0 after throwing out a runner on the bases for his second AZIL outfield assist in the top of the 1st. (Not counting the intrasquad game, no other Cub outfielder has even one outfield assist in AZIL games). Escobar played exclusively in the infield (rotating between 2B-3B-SS) in the DSL in 2022 and in the ACL in 2023, but he has been moved to the outfield at Instructs and has played only LF and CF over the last four weeks.   

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

1. Zyhir Hope, CF: 0-3 (K, L-8, L-7)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
3. Reggie Preciado, 2B-3B: 0-3 (K, L-8, K) 
4. Drew Bowser, 1B: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, K, CS) 
5a. Yahil Melendez, 3B: 0-2 (K, K) 
5b. Christian Olivo, 2B: 1-1 (1B) 
6. Josh Rivera, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, K, K, R)
7. Jose Escobar, LF: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, 3-U, RBI)
8. Leonel Espinoza, RF-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B)
9. Jefferson Encarnacion, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3 DP) 
10. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 1-1 (1B, BB) 
11. Alfonsin Rosario, DH-RF: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
12. Alexis Hernandez, DH #4: 0-1 (L-8, BB) 
13. Wally Soto, DH-C: 0-2 (4-3, K)

1. Will Sanders: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Shane Marshall: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Nick Dean: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. Ty Johnson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Kenten Egbert: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes) 
6. Luis A. Reyes: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/2 GO/AO, 25 pitches (12 strikes) 
1. C Adan Sanchez: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. 3B Reggie Preciado: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Adan Sanchez: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above) 

LF Jose Escobar- batter thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 



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Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    reliever market is f'n crazy.  guys that aren't "lights out" but still good are getting crazy loot.  josh hader gonna get crazy paid if these early contracts are an indication of the market.

    emilio pagan - 2/16m (8m average)

    nick martinez - 2/26m (13m average)

    reynaldo lopez - 3/30m (10m average)

    it also makes me wonder how much j.assad is worth as a trade piece in this market...or how valuable he is to the team to save money.  these swing guy types are going to start making good loot for relievers.  in 2023 there were 5 pitchers in all of MLB that pitched 200+ IP...8 in 2022...4 in 2021.  Pre-COVID you have to go back to the strike shortened 1994 to find less than 10 pitchers with sub-200 IP (Greg Maddux the only guy in 94).

  • crunch (view)

    thomas hatch is going to fight ham in japan.  he was on PIT's 40-man.

  • crunch (view)

    morel played somewhere besides 3rd and SS...he got 8 innings in CF, 2 putouts and an assist.

  • crunch (view)

    ryan flaherty new cubs bench coach.

  • 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.