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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

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

David Bote 
Garrett Cooper
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

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

* Owen Caissie  

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Maholm Shoots Blanks at Friars

Paul Maholm and three relievers combined to toss a six-hit shutout, as a split squad oif Cubs blanked the San Diego Padres 2-0 this afternoon in Cactus League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in sunny Mesa, AZ

Maholm threw five innings of shutout ball (70 pitches - 40 strikes, 6/2 GO/FO), allowing no runs on four hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.

Carlos Marmol followed Maholm to the mound, and labored through his one inning of work, throwing 22 pitches while allowing a walk and a single, but no runs. Something still does not look right with Marmol.

Casey Coleman continued to pitch well in Cactus League games, tossing two shutout innings of one hit ball. It looks like Coleman could make the Cubs Opening Day MLB 25-man roster as a RH middle-reliever or as the "12th man" (long reliever/spot starter). 

RHP Rafael Dolis notched the save with a scoreles 9th, although two runners did reach base with two outs, one on a strike three wild pitch, and another on a walk, before Dolis induced a game-ending 4-3 ground out. Although there has been talk about Dolis beginning the season in the big leagues as one of the Cubs set-up men, it might be best to let him close at AAA Iowa for a while and work on improving his command.         

There wasn't much offense on display at HoHoKam Park today, but the Cubs did push across a run in the 1st and then another run in the 2nd against Padres starter Tim Stauffer.

Starlin Castro singled with two outs in the 1st, and after stealing 2nd, scored on a Bryan LaHair two-out RBI double off the fence in right-centerfield, and Reed Johnson knocked-in the second Cub run on a two-out RBI ground single ripped through through the box into CF, scoring Jeff Baker, who led-off the inning with a screaming double into left-center. 

What really stood out today, however, was the Cub outfield defense.

Tony Campana hustled to field a bloop hit down the LF line in the top of the 5th, and after a 360-spin, uncorked a perfect throw to 2nd base to nail Will Venable trying stretch the hit into a double, Reed Johnson followed Campana's play with a fine running catch on a line drive to end the 5th, and Daytina CF Matt Szczur (up from Minor League Camp for the day) made tte defensive play of the afternoon, a diving catch of a line-drive in right-center for the first-out in the top of the 9th. 

While one squad of Cubs was blanking the Padres in Mesa, the other squad traveled up to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick to play the Arizona Diamondbacks, losing 3-2. 

I wasn't at that game, but D'backs starter Ian Kennedy threw seven innings of one-run ball, the only Cub run scoring on back-to-back doubles by Blake DeWitt and Ian Stewart in the top of the 7th.

Iowa Cubs RHP Jay Jackson got the start at Salt River Fields, and allowed all three of the Arizona runs on seven hits (including three doubles and a Paul Goldschmidt HR) and one walk over his four innings of work.

This was the last Cubs split squad day of the 2012 Cactus League season, so it would seem likely that the final roster cuts will be forthcoming soon.   





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In reply to by Old and Blue

saw him last week at LAX getting thrown out of a Chilis...rodman, that is. he ordered a beer, sat down, a manager came out of the back and told him he's not allowed in the restaurant (i guess he's had run-ins before)...he picked up his beer (still in glass), said "fuck this." and walked out with glass-in-hand into the airport commons. he was dropping off and holding a "day bag" for mellissa rivers (joan's daughter). rodman walking out with a beer in a glass in one hand and a purse-thing overflowing with scarves out of the other. woo LA.

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In reply to by crunch

Yup, I saw an article on the Trib's site today about how he is broke and sick (I guess not too sick to swill a beer, tho) and therefore, can't pay his child support, for which he owes about 800k. He's the poster child for kids who think they can do whatever they want when they find some success, especially in sports. I get the sense his fuse is just about fizzled out.

Buster Olney mentioned that a number of teams, including D-Backs and Phillies, are looking for catching right now. I wonder how strong a market for Soto would be right now. Also, Castillo is clearly not "polished" at this point, but if thrust into action, I wonder if people think he could be "ready," by which I mean at least passable.

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In reply to by DavidP

I could see Blanco. He's always been compared to the Molina brothers, more Yadier due to their ages being closer. I tend to think he could be a mix between Bengie and Jose. Actually, I could see him as a Wilson Ramos type, or Rod Barajas. I guess, I'm not really agreeing or disagreeing. He has the skillset to be a starting backstop, but if he can't hit for a positionally-passable average, yeah, that could "doom" him as a starter. I tend to think he'll float around the .230-.260 range, given a full allotment of AB's, so IF he provides solid defense and power, I think he could start, akin to how some of the above guys can start.

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In reply to by John Beasley

well, to be fair, Castillo isn't likely to hit for a high average. That said, the flip side is, if he can provide power, a passable average for the position, and be solid behind the plate, well ... there are plenty of starting catchers that don't offer that. I'm also in the camp that believes that at some point, Soto should be moved because the chances of Geovany being a key part of our next core is ... quite minimal. I doubt we'd get a huge return right now, though, so I'm thinking that mid-season, if Soto is having a good year, might make more sense, particularly if teams have injuries (of course, this is premised on the idea that Soto stays healthy and is having a good year.

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In reply to by toonsterwu

If a catcher that hits between 230 and 260 with some power and passable defense, then Soto is a much better option. At about 29 years of age, if he is too old to be a part of the next core, you have an awful pessimistic view of the new management. If we can get a great deal for Soto, then we should trade him, just as we should trade Castro if we can get a great deal for him. We should trade ANYONE if we can get more in return than we give up. But trading Soto now because we think he is going to decline in the next year or two doesn't seem very realistic to me. By the way, if I were to guess, I think that Clevenger would make a better starting catcher than Castillo over the next 5 years or so. Other than his arm, which is extremely strong, Castillo isn't an exceptional defensive catcher, from what I have seen and heard of him.

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In reply to by Jace

That is pretty much what I remember ArizonaPhil as saying. And I have great respect for Phil and his reporting is probably the best I have ever seen in providing information about unknown young Cub prospects that have not been seen or heard of in the baseball community in general and Cub fans in particular. But there ARE other sources, as well as stats over the course of Castillo's career, and I have personally seen him play a fair amount of time. It is my opinion that Castillo will not provide enough contact at the plate to be an every day catcher, just as Blanco did not. As far as Clevenger is concerned, that is probably a result of my own personal prejudices. I value contact and OBA more highly than many fans, and I think that Clevenger will provide more of what the new administration seems to value. He has a good eye at the plate. He takes pitchers deep into the account. He doesn't strike out a lot, and has a relatively high walk rate, resulting in a pretty good OBA that I think will translate well into the majors. Time will tell.

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In reply to by Jace

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 12:42pm — Jace I am just parroting things that i have seen AZ Phil write in the past, but he generally described Clevenger as a MLB-backup type that was probably ready for duty. Castillo was described as someone who needed more work, but who could absolutely displace Soto when ready. I don't know if his views of this have changed... ==================================== JACE: Yes. That was my opinion, and it still is my opinion. Keep in mind that unless he is signed to a contract extension, Geovany Soto is eligible to be a free-agent post-2013, and that Welington Castillo needs regular playing time but has only one minor league option left. So I believe the best thing the Cubs can do is keep Steve Clevenger as the back-up catcher in Chicago (and he can also play 1B & 3B), send W. Castillo to Iowa and let him be the #1 guy there, and then make a decision about trading Soto either at the July trade deadline or next off-sesson.

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In reply to by John Beasley

Soto has two years of low average, and two years of average higher than I think Castillo will ever reach. And in spite of two pretty terrible years, Soto still has an OBA higher than most of the catchers the Cubs have had in years. I don't think that Castillo will approach an offensive career as good as Soto has had up til now, and in my opinion, Soto is likely to do better if he learns to control his weight.

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In reply to by DavidP

Soto is clearly the better offensive player. Batting average, yeah it's one stat ... but Castillo has an OPS of 875 as a 24-y-o in his first year at Iowa; Soto had a 723 OPS as a 23-y-o at Iowa for the first time, then broke through with a 1062 OPS as a 24-y-o. Both men tend to see their averages rise and fall with BABIP, but Soto on average will hit for a higher average than Castillo ever will. But what I've read tends to have Castillo long-term as a better defensive catcher. His arm, from what AZ says, is for real. He has enough power potential to be a threat. He's just entering the prime of his career. And his service clock is under 0.1 right now. So what's Soto worth? You and I don't know. But this came up because Olney wrote that there's a strong demand in the market for catchers right now. At $4M, most teams can afford Soto - and if not, then the Cubs can afford to eat a couple million. What would he bring back? Like I said, no way for you and I to know for sure. What if it's a couple of near-ready prospects? What about Tyler Skaggs? What does an extra $4M buy next offseason - a quality RP? So yes, you'd clearly step backwards at C in the short term. But in the long term, you get a guy who many project to be a MLB starter in the position; you get more money to spend other places; and if you get another guy or two back who also project to help in 2013 and beyond, then it's probably a good deal. Batting average be damned.

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In reply to by DavidP

i honestly expect soto to be gone by july...clevenger deserves to be a backup, but that's pretty much his ceiling. at best he profiles as light hitting catcher. welly at least has starter qualities. even if welly hits .250/.330 avg/ob% he should be able to smack a good number of doubles with 15+ homers bringing up the end of the lineup...and that's a rather average expectation out of him. with his arm and pop he should be more than passable as a starter even if it's not all-star caliber.

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In reply to by DavidP

well, first off, for me, a leads to b. That is, I don't think he's going to be a part of the next core, and as such, i think trading him earlier (again, I haven't suggested trading him now, i said midseason in another post above), when we could get more in return, makes more sense. So let's start with a. I've said elsewhere, but I think, realistically, 2014 is the earliest that we can hope that our next window (that is, period of years where we are competitive for playoff spots) could open. There's no harm in wishful thinking on 2013, but with a young group of guys likely to be manning key positions (hopefully), it just seems unrealistic, even if we go on a free agent splurge. So, in 2014, Soto will be at the end of his prime years while our new window is opening up. If I'm, not mistaken, 2014 will also be at the end of his team-controlled years. so a) It would seem debatable as to whether or not that this current regime would give him that long term deal. Varitek was kept around as much for his leadership as his ability. I'm not sure Soto is viewed in that manner. b) The chances, and note, I did say chance, are high that Soto will likely see some decline in his 30's. So, even if he is around in his mid-30's there is a good chance that Soto will be more of a secondary asset than a part of the core. It's possible Soto bucks the norm and is some sort of non-performance enhancing player that excels in his mid-30's. I'd bet against it. So, for me, I'm thinking like this - a) We keep a guy who, at best, will have a year or two in our window where he is in the tail end of his prime years. b) We trade him (not haphazardly, but only if a good trade comes along) for assets that will have a greater chance of being a key part of our next core. And for me, I lean to the latter. _____ As for Clevenger, I've long noted elsewhere that I have a level of irrational interest in him. I like him quite a bit, and I've never been as high on Castillo (when Tampa came calling for a catcher, I preferred keeping Chirinos around, but he's another guy who is on the same level as these two). Having seen both play, I tend to think both (and Chirinos) are borderline starter-types if things go well, but quite possibly, stopgap starters who eventually get replaced. I'm not sold yet that Clevenger will hit for a significantly high enough average against big league pitching to compensate for his deficiencies power wise and defensively (he's a steady eddie behind the plate, but ... well ... Ryan Theriot was a steady eddie ... obviously different positions/different dynamics, but the point is, Clevenger will be steady defensively, but to expect more is probably questionable). Castillo has the arm, and he has the athletic ability to be better behind the plate (and he's improved from 2 years ago).

j.mather playing 3rd again...seems they're taking b.dewitt out of the 3rd-backup situation and not considering j.baker, either.

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In reply to by crunch

You know, I don't think Theo has to worry about payroll dollars. However, if Mather could produce essentially what DeWitt and/or Baker will playing for the minimum (or close to it), I wouldn't hesitate to make that move as well. Have over half the roster playing for auto-renewal, and spend your major money to keep key home-grown talent (Castro, etc.) and fill in FA's.

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In reply to by George Altman

That's always been my take on it. If you can fill out half the positions on the field with pretty decent/solid players at pre-FA rates that's a huge win. Lock up Castro and other significant up and comers with Tampa Bay type deals buying out the ARB years and 2-3 FA years and then repeat. I have lots of confidence in Theo to get this to happen. That's when you can go out and spend big on a FA or two to fill in the holes.

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  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess Canario, Mervis, Strumpf and Vazquez are the only guys blocked. Everyone else has time.
    Canario is the only guy there that's used multiple options.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger debut wednesday.

    also, taillon may not start until this weekend (tentatively)...throwing a sim game today.  he's "working on things" and is having some minor leg soreness running with cleats (fielding, covering 1st), but not while pitching or off-field.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: I don't think the Cubs will add any AAV until the MLB Trade Deadline (and even that is dependent on how well the Cubs are playing and where they are in the standings at that point in time). 

    Otherwise, the Cubs might perhaps do something like "exchange" Drew Smyly ($10.5M in 2024 AAV plus an additional potential $3M in performance bonuses) for J. D. Davis ($6.9M in 2024 and then he is a FA post-2024) and then maybe (hopefully) jettison Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal without having to eat any salary (like if clubs claim Wisdom and Madrigal off waivers and thereby take on 100% of Wisdom's 2024 $2.725M salary and 100% of Madrigal's $1.81M salary). The Cubs don't need to get anything back for Wisdom and Madrigal other than AAV space and the $50,000 waiver price. 

    Another possibility would be a prospect for prospect trade, like when the Diamondbacks traded OF Daulton Varsho (the D'backs were overloaded with LH-hitting outfielders) to the Blue Jays for C Gabriel Moreno (Moreno was blocked in Toronto by Kirk and Jansen). 

    So if the Cubs have an opportunity to trade an outfield or middle-infield prospect for maybe a young arm or a 3B or catching prospect of similar value, I could see that happening.

  • crunch (view)

    z.wheeler (PHI) got a 3/126m extension...42m a year for age 35-37.

    SP market is getting crazy.

  • George Altman (view)

    Well said, Crunch. Every point is spot on perfect. And even if Ricketts allowed Hoyer to go all the way to the next AAV Level ($257M), it's $4,000,000!! For one damn year. He's got $80M+ coming off next year. Wonder what Blake Snell on an opt out deal would do for Cubs playoff chances this yeat. It's absolutely maddening and I too am exhausted from fans defending billionaires. Just stop.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the chances are that Jed makes a trade before OD?

    MLB Network today and Chicago Radio have both speculated as recently as yesterday that Jed will make a sizable move.

    They spoke about Alonso still and Bieber from Cleveland. 

    Social Media thinks JD Davis from SF might work now (I think we have that RH/3B/DH spot covered though).

    I wouldn't mind a SP like Bieber (he's in his last year of his original deal). Hendricks scares me. He's not the ground ball guy he used to be. He'd be lucky to have a sub 5 ERA in my opinion. CLEV needs OF slug. Canario is available (not even going to think about ONKC, PCA or Jaquar here). Brennan Davis probably needs a new spot. Mervis could get a chance at their 1B gig opposite Naylor as their DH. Vazquez appears ready for a shot at MLB level ball. 


  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Guardians - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    FB: 86-88
    CH: 80-81
    SL: 79-80 
    CV: 74 
    COMMAND: Threw three innings and allowed three runs on five hits (three singles and two doubles), one walk, and a WP, and he struck out one (swinging)... one run scored in each of the three innings... command was off right from the gitgo (he hit two batters in the 1st inning!)... threw 52 pitches (33 strikes - six swing & miss - six foul balls) over the course of the three innings, so at least he got his pitch count up over 50 (he threw only 29 pitches in two innings of work in his first outing last Tuesday)...  

    FB: 90 
    SPLIT: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single but then induced an F-7 and an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... threw 10 pitches (but only five strikes - no swing & miss)... FB velo was down a tick from his last outing and split was a bit off (strike throwing on FB must be better than 50% to get swing & miss on splitter)... 

    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 85-87 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single on a 95-MPH FB on his sixth pitch of the AB, but then retired the next three men in a row (P-4, 5-3, K-swinging on a SL)... Needed 18 pitches to retire the side (12 strikes - five swing & miss, including three on SL, one on CT, and one on FB)... 

    FB: 96-98
    SL/CT: 88-90 
    CH: 86 
    COMMENT: Hurled a 1-2-3 6th inning (L-8, 6-3, P-6)... Threw only 50% strikes (12 pitches -six strikes - one swing & miss on a CH - two foul balls)...   

    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 7th inning (4-3, K-swinging, 5-3)... 13-pitches (nine strikes - one swing & miss on SL - two foul balls)... FB has good velo but he doesn't get swing & miss with it, so he throws mainly his "plus" slider (which is his "go-to" strikeout pitch)... of all of the Cubs MLB ST LHRP contenders I have seen so far, Escobar is #1 (Luke Little's stuff is more electric, but he still has trouble commanding it and is clearly not MLB-ready)...    

    FB: 94-96
    CT: 91-92
    SL: 80-82 
    COMMENT: Pitched the 8th inning after the Cubs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th... allowed a lead-off single on a 1-0 FB and a two-out single on a 1-0 CT, but he did manage to retire the side without allowing a run... struck out two (both swinging)... threw 19 pitches (11 strikes - five swing & miss - one foul ball)... stuff is plus but FB command comes & goes... 

    FB: 86-87
    SLOW CV: 67-68 
    COMMENT: Threw a 1-2-3 seven pitch (five strike) 9th (F-7, K-swinging on an 86 MPH FB, and F-9) to record the save... while he at one-time featured a mid-90's FB, a mid-80's SL, and a mid-70's CV, after enduring heart surgery in 2021 and TJS in 2022 the 6'8 250+ lefty has morphed into an EXTREME soft-tosser, complete with an "eephus" CV that would make Bill "Spaceman" Lee jealous... 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, and with the way they've used him in the organization, I'd imagine he'd be fine with a mostly benchwarmer status; and at this point I don't know why Madrigal is still on the roster.......

  • crunch (view)

    you'd think a guy that could play 2nd and 3rd that has more pop than madrigal could at least get a shot at the team while they're busy paying him to be a multi-millionaire minor leaguer.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Are we able to orchestrate a giant nationwide conspiracy to convince Bote that all the games during the regular season are now also spring training games and don't count?