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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)

    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.