Olt & Ramirez Ready to Rumble at Riverview

Ho-Young Son tripled, singled twice, stole two bases, scored three runs, and drove-in two more, Kevonte Mitchell belted a bases-loaded triple, singled, and walked, and Joey Martarano drilled a double and an RBI single and scored a run, helping the Eugene Emeralds thrash the Mesa Cubs 10-2 in Extended Spring Training intrasquad action this morning on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. 

Neil Ramirez (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - right shoulder inflammation) saw his first game action since April 16th, and Mike Olt (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL - fractured right wrist) saw his first game action since April 20th,

Getting the start for Eugene, Ramirez allowed singles to the first two men he faced (an infield single followed by a line-drive single to right) and then the runners pulled off a double-steal. Ramirez then struck out the next two hitters, one swinging and one looking. He threw 17 pitches (11 strikes), and was pulled from the game when he reached his pre-planned pitch limit.

Mike Olt played 3rd base for three innings for the Mesa Cubs and got four Plate Appearances, one in each of the first four innings. He struck out (swinging) on three pitches against Neil Ramirez in the top of the 1st, was called out on strikes on a 1-2 pitch in the 2nd, drew a walk and scored a run in the 3rd, and grounded out 6-3 in his fourth and final PA in the 4th (with the last three AB coming against LHP Jose Paulino). He did not handle any chances in the field.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game: 


Martarano & Marcano Lead Emeralds to Victory at Riverview

Joey Martarano and Ricardo Marcano doubled, singled, walked, and scored two runs a piece, leading the Eugene Emeralds to a 4-1 victory over the Mesa Cubs in Extended Spring Training intrasquad action this morning on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game: 

2015 Cubs MLB First Year Player Draft Ticker Tracker

DAY ONE:


1st ROUND
 (9): 
Ian Happ, OF-IF
B/R, 6'0 205, Age 20
U. of Cincinnati 
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT::Has played all three outfield positions as well as 2nd base and 3rd base in his college career... considered to be one of the best college hitters in the 2015 draft, with a compact stroke and plus bat speed from both sides of the plate... hit 369/492/672 with 14 HR & 44 RBI, 18 doubles, 49 walks and 49 strikeouts, and 12 SB (8 CS), in 56 games (252 PA) for the Bearcats in 2015... .all-time Top 3 at University of Cincinnati in OBP and walks... 2015 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year... was ranked among the top prospects in the Cape Cod League (the top summer collegiate "wood-bat" league) by Baseball America the last two summers (ranked #2 by BA in 2013 when he was playing 2nd base, and #6 in 2014 after he moved to the outfield)... has average power and is an above-average baserunner, but has a slightly below-average arm... pro position still up in the air, but it will most-likely be either 2B or LF...  
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #9 SLOT VALUE: $3,351,000

2nd ROUND
 (47): 
Donnie Dewees, OF 
L/L, 5'11 180, Age 21 
U. of North Florida 
COLLEGE JR (REDSHIRT SOPH) 
COMMENT: Took medical redshirt in 2014 so he has two years of college eligibility left... missed most of the 2014 college baseball season with a wrist injury, but then was a Cape Cod League all-star with Hyannis Harbor last summer and that put him back on the prospect map for 2015...  hit 422/483/749 with 18 HR and 68 RBI, twelve doubles and eight triples, 23 SB (3 CS), 30 walks and 16 strikeouts, in 60 games (287 PA) for the Ospreys this season... while he has the speed & range needed to play CF, he also has a below-average arm... played both baseball and football in HS and was a member of National Honor Society...  
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #47 SLOT VALUE: $1,292,100


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DAY TWO: 

3rd ROUND (82): 
Bryan Hudson, LHP 
L/L, 6'8, 220, Age 18 
Alton HS - Alton, IL 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: U. of Missouri 
COMMENT: Played center on HS basketball team... throws upper 80's fastball that touches 92-93... curve ball is his best pitch... a "two-pitch pitcher" at this point... throws strikes... 
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #82 SLOT VALUE: $731,000

4th ROUND
 (113): 
D. J. Wilson, OF 
L/L, 5'8 177, Age 18 
Canton South HS - Canton, OH
COLLEGE COMMITMENT
: Vanderbilt 
COMMENT
: Fast runner and outstanding defender in CF... above-average bat speed & contact skills... 
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #113 SLOT VALUE: $503,100

5th ROUND (143):
Ryan Kellogg,. LHP
R/L, 6'6 230, Age 21
Arizona State
COLLEGE JR
COMMENT
MVP of Canadian Junior National team as a 17-year old in 2012... was selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 12th round of 2012 draft but did not sign... threw a no-hitter as a college freshman... three-time first-team All-Pac 12... gets lots of ground balls with 88-91 MPH two-seam fastball... second-best pitch is change-up... inconsistent breaking ball needs work... went 9-2 with a 3.60 ERA, allowing 121 hits (10 HR) with 23/72 BB/K in 115 IP (16 GS) for Sun Devils in 2015... is majoring in mechanical engineering at ASU...
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #143 SLOT VALUE: $376,700

6th ROUND
 (173): 
David Berg, RHP 
R/R, 6'0 190, Age 22 
UCLA
COLLEGE SR
COMMENT: "Rubber-arm" reliever set single-season college baseball saves record in 2013 and holds career appearances record... throws extreme sidearm/submarine... alternates an 83-85 MPH sinker that he throws with precision and a "Frisbee" slider chase-pitch... a member of Team USA in 2012 & 2013,... Pac-12 "Pitcher of the Year" in 2013... was selected by Texas Rangers in 17th round of 2014 draft but did not sign...  
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #173 SLOT VALUE: $281,900

7th ROUND
 (203): 
Craig Brooks, RHP 
R/R, 5'10 180, Age 22  
Catawba College 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Two-way player in college (RHP/3B)... ABCA National Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and SAC Pitcher of the Year in 2014... 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA, 156 OppBA, and 158 strikeouts in 99 IP on the mound for the Indians in 2015... Led NCAA D-2 in strikeouts (158) and strikeouts per nine innings pitched (14.35 K/9) in 2015... 
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #203 SLOT VALUE: $211,300

8th ROUND
 (233): 
Preston Morrison, RHP 
R/R, 6'2 185, Age 21 
TCU 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: 2014 Big 12 "Pitcher of the Year"...  11-3, 2.55 ERA, and .223 OppBA, with 93 hits (7 HR) allowed and 21/86 BB/K in 17 GAMES (16 GS) in 113 IP for Horned Frogs in 2015  
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #233 SLOT VALUE: $174,200

9th ROUND
 (263): 
Tyler Peitzmeier, LHP 
L/L, 6'2 210, Age 22 
Cal State - Fullerton  
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: 2015 1st team All-Big West... breaking ball is his strikeout pitch...  CSF closer... 3rd in NCAA D-1 in saves in 2015... went 5-3 with 16 saves and a 2.20 ERA, 52 hits (one HR) allowed, and 11/58 BB/K in 57.1 IP for Titans in 2015...    
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #263 SLOT VALUE: $162,800

10th ROUND
 (293): 
Vimael Machin, SS 
L/R, 511 185, Age 21 
Virginia Commonwealth U. 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Attended the Puerto Baseball Academy prior to enrolling at VCU... has strong contact skills at plate and is a reliable and sure-handed middle-infielder, but he has below-average power, is a below-average runner, and he has a below-average arm that will likely require a move to 2B in pro ball...  hit 369/401/441 with 13 doubles, two triples, three HR & 53 RBI in 65 games (294 PA) for the Rams in 2015... was selected by San Diego Padres in 29th round of 2011 draft but did not sign... 
2015 SIGNING BONUS POOL #293 SLOT VALUE: $152,000

 

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DAY THREE

11th ROUND (323) 
Matt Rose, 1B 
R/R, 6'4 194, Age 20 
Georgia State 
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Sun Belt Conference HR champ & first-team All-Sun Belt in 2015... hit 289/391/613 with 16 HR & 49 RBI, 16 doubles, and 31/43 BB/K in 53 games (243 PA) for Panthers in 2015... pre-season All-American... was a two-way player (3B/RHP) first two years at GSU, but elbow UCL sprain necessitated move to 1B this season (no TJS, however)...  has a long swing but is a very patient hitter... 

12th ROUND (353)
P. J. Higgins, C-INF  
R/R, 5;10, 185, Age 22 
Old Dominion U. 
COLLEGE JR
COMMENT: Played 2B-3B-C at ODU but is projected as a catcher at the pro level... Monarchs leading hitter in 2015, putting up a 335/402/452 line with 3 HR & 32 RBI, 19 doubles, and 25/16 BB/K in 56 games (265 PA)... contact hitter with little HR power and an opposite-field line-drive stroke but he can drive ball into gaps... 

13th ROUND (383)
Kyle Twomey, LHP 
L/L, 6'3 170, Age 21 
USC 
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Selected by Oakland A's in 3rd round of 2012 draft but did not sign... 9-3 with a 2.87 ERA .255 OppBA, allowing 87 hits (only two HR) and 38/68 BB/K in 93.2 IP (16 GS) for Trojans in 2015... lefty workhorse features an upper 80's two-seamer with plus-movement that can touch 91, an above-average change-up, and a below-average curve... Ranked 14th-best prospect in Cape Cod League by Baseball America in 2014... 

14th ROUND 
(413)
Jake Kelzer, RHP 
R/R, 6'8 230, Age 21 
Indiana U. 
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT  4-5 with a 3.95 ERA, .237 OppBA, allowing 65 hits (4 HR) and 31/57 BB/K in 73.0 IP and 17 games (11 GS) for Hoosiers in 2015... 

15th ROUND 
(443)
Scott Effross, RHP 
R/R, 6'2 197, Age 21 
Indiana U.  
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: 4-4 with a 2.35 ERA and .217 OppBA, allowing 50 hits (3 HR) and 9/51 BB/K in 61.1 IP and 21 games (7 GS) for Hoosiers in 2015...  

16th ROUND 
(473)
Michael Foster
, IF-OF
R/R, 5'11, 184, Age 21 
Northeastern University 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Was a member of Canadian Junior National Team as a teenager... also was a champion swimmer... was selected by Houston Astros in 38th round of 2014 draft but did not sign... was a two-way player (RHP/SS) in college but projects as a CF in pro ball... led Huskies in batting average (343), OBP (.426), runs, hits, triples, walks, and SB (10) in 2015... is majoring in chemical engineering at Northeastern...  .. 

17th ROUND 
(503)
Casey Bloomquist, RHP 
R/R, 6'3 190, Age 21 
Cal Poly - SLO  
College JR 
COLLEGE: Athletic right-hander... two-way player (RHP/SS) in HS... works with three effective pitches, an 88-90 MPH sinker that touches 92, a slider, and a change-up... 8-2 with a 2.85 ERA and .251 OppBA, allowing 93 hits (no HR) and 29/78 BB/K in 98.0 IP (14 GS) for Mustangs in 2015...

18th ROUND (533)
John Cresto, 3B  
R/R, 6'3 210, Age 18 
Cathedral Catholic HS - San Diego, CA 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Santa Clara U. 
COMMENT: Also plays beach volleyball... average arm but below average range as SS... projects as 3B in pro ball... expected to develop HR power as he matures... has volunteered at Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico...

19th ROUND (563)
Kyle Miller, RHP 
R/R, 6;2 165, Age 21 
Florida Atlantic U. 
COLLEGE JR
COMMENT: 7-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, allowing 92 hits (4 HR) in 82.0 IP, with 18/62 BB/K for the Owls in 2015... 

20th ROUND (593) 
Blake Headley, 3B-1B 
L/R, 6'2 218, Age 22 
U. of Nebraska 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Hit 271/345/425 with 2 HR & 41 RBI, 18 doubles, and 26/39 BB/K in 56 games (256 PA) for Cornhuskers in 2015  

21st ROUND (623) 
Jared Cheek, RHP 
B/R, 5'11 180, Age 22 
U. of Georgia 
COLLEGE SENIOR 
COMMENT: Two-way player (RHP/C) in HS... was a pre-season HS All-American in 2011... began college career at Georgia Southern, then transferred to Florence-Darlington Tech, and then to U. of Georgia for junior year... pitched for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in Perfect Game Collegiate League post-2012...  was Bulldogs closer in 2015, going 2-2 with six saves and a 2.34 ERA, .228 OppBA, allowing 29 hits (0 HR) with 16/31 BB/K in 34.2 IP...    

22nd ROUND (653) 
Alex Bautista, OF 
R/R, 6'0 200, Age 21 
Lindsey Wilson College 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: NAIA 1st team All-American... Hit 371/466/728 with 19 HR & 72 RBI, 13 doubles, and 27 SB (9 CS) in 60 games (251 PA) for Blue Raiders in 2015... Transferred to LWC from Clarendon College after sophomore year...

23rd ROUND (683)
John Williamson, LHP 
L/L, 6'1 195, Age 22 
Rice University 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Two-way player (LHP/OF) in college... 1-2 with 3.98 ERA and .218 OppBA, allowing 17 hits (0 HR) with 6/20 BB/K in 20.1 IP, and hit 284/352/312 for Owls in 2015....    

24th ROUND (713)
Sutton Whiting, SS 
B/R, 5'9 165, Age 23 
U. of Louisville 
COLLEGE SR
COMMENT: Team captain... hit 302/407/369 with no HR and 27 RBI, 13 doubles, 38/54 BB/K, and 15 SB (7 CS) for Cardinals in 2015... was 5th in NCAA D-1 in SB (37) in 2014... 

25th ROUND (743)
Marcus Mastrobuoni, C 
R/R, 5'11 205, Age 21  
Cal State - Stanislaus 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Transferred to Stanislaus from San Joaquin Delta CC... hit 357/415/522 with 3 HR & 30 RBI and 15 doubles, and threw out 57% of opposing base-stealers in 43 games (186 PA) for the Warriors in 2015... 1st team ABCA/Rawlings NCAA D-2 West Region...  

26th ROUND (773)
Jared Padgett, LHP 
L/L, 6'3 190, Age 18 
Graceville HS - Graceville, FL 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Mississippi State 
COMMENT: Raw athletic talent who will require time to develop... two-pitch pitcher at this point... best pitch is spike-curve... also throws fastball that sits at 90-91 MPH and touches 94, but he lacks command of the heater... 

27th ROUND (803)
Angelo Amendolare, 2B 
R/R, 5'9 170, Age 22 
Jacksonville University
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Team captain... polished contact hitter without much power... hit 366/441/480 with 2 HR & 42 RBI, 16 doubles, and 27/28 BB/K in 56 games (263 PA) for the Dolphins in 2015... transferred to Jacksonville from Seminole State after sophomore year...  played summer ball for Harwich in the Cape Cod League in 2014... 

28th ROUND (833) 
Delvin Zinn, SS 
R/R, 5'10 170, Age 18 
Pontoloc HS - Pontoloc, MS 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Mississippi State 
COMMENT: Also was the star PG on HS basketball team... 2015 Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention...  : 

29th ROUND (863)
Ian Rice, C 
R/R, 6'0 200, Age 21 
U. of Houston 
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT Played 3B & catcher in HS... transferred to Houston from Chipola JC...  hit 330 with 11 HR & 51 RBI at Chipola in 2014... was selected by Boston Red Sox in 21st round of 2014 draft but did not sign... hit 
272/352/444 in Cape Cod League in 2014... has an upper-cut swing... draws lots of walks... hit 255/427/364 with 3 HR & 27 RBI, nine doubles, and 46/34 BB in 55 games (222 PA) for Cougars in 2015...   

30th ROUND (893) 
Tyler Payne, C 
R/R, 5'11 200, Age 22 
West Virginia State 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT Two-way player (RHP/C) in college... hit 354/413/571 with 4 HR & 36 RBI, 24 doubles, and 18/9 BB/K in 50 games (197 PA) and threw out 45% of opposing base-stealers for Yellowjackets in 2015... 

31st ROUND (923)
Daniel Spingola, OF 
L/R, 6'1 180, Age 22 
Georgia Tech 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Was selected by Cubs in 24th round of 2014 draft but did not sign... had disappointing senior year at Tech after hitting .319 as a junior in 2014, putting up a 259/341/346 line with 2 HR & 26 RBI, eight doubles, 17/27 BB/K, and 6 SB (2 CS) in 49 games (232 PA)... suffered a season-ending ankle injury prior to ACC tournament...  

32nd ROUND (953)
Fitz Stadler, RHP 
R/R, 6'8 215, Age 18 
Glenbrook South HS - Glenview, IL 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Arizona State 
COMMENT: Was voted by scouts as one of the top prospects in the Area Code Games in 2014,,, features an 86-88 MPH fastball with sink that touches 92, and fastball velocity is expected to increase as he matures... curve shows promise... is working on a change-up... was also the QB on the Glenbrook South football team... 

33rd ROUND (983) 
M. T. Minacci, RHP 
R/R, 6'2 175, Age 20 
NO SCHOOL 
COMMENT: Selected by Colorado Rockies in 20th round of 2013 draft but did not sign... enrolled at Florida State after graduating from North Florida Christian HS in Tallahassee, but he did not pitch at FSU... he subsequently transferred to Chipola JC and he pitched there (briefly) in 2014, but he is not presently enrolled in college...  

34th ROUND (1013) 
Cody Hawken, OF 
R/R, 6'5 205, Age 18 
Union HS - Camas, WA 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: U. of Portland 
COMMENT: 2015 Washington Gatorade Player of the Year... hit .465 with 7 HR & 30 RBI through his first 17 games in 2015... 

35th ROUND (1043)
Taylor Jones, 1B 
R/R, 6'7 225, Age 21 
Gonzaga University 
COLLEGE JR 
COMMENT: Two-way player (RHP/1B) in HS and first two years at Gonzaga... was rated pre-draft Top 100 prospect by Baseball America in 2012... was rated #1 HS pitching prospect in State of Washington by Baseball Northwest in 2012... First-team All-WCC in 2015... hit 358/414/545 with 5 HR & 30 RBI, eight doubles, and 10/16 BB/K in 44 games (155 PA) for the Bulldogs in 2015...  
 

36th ROUND (1073)
Alonzo Jones, SS
B/R, 5'9 197, Age 18 
Columbus HS - Columbus, GA 
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Vanderbilt 
COMMENT: Rated the fastest player in the 2015 draft... draws comparisons to Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, but Jones is stronger, with HR power from both sides of the plate... shaky defensive infielder, will probably play CF in pro ball... suffered season-ending broken hand (hamate bone) that required surgery in April... 
 
37th ROUND (1103)
Donnie Cimino, OF 
R/R, 6'2 205, Age 21 
Weslyan University (Connecticut) 
COLLEGE SR 
COMMENT: Two-time NESCAC batting champ... hit 362/424/497 with 3 HR & 28 RBI, nine doubles, 14 SB (4 CS), and 15/20 BB/K for the Cardinals in 2015... 

38th ROUND (1133)
Rayne Supple, RHP 
B/R, 6'3 185, Age 17 
Champlain Valley Union HS - Hinesburg, VT  
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Wake Forest 
COMMENT: 2015 Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year... two-way player (RHP/SS) in HS... best pitch is curve ball... upper 80's fastball velocity expected to uptick as he matures... 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA, with eight hits allowed and 40 strikeouts in 27.1 IP through his first twelve games in 2015... First-Team Pre-Season Perfect Game all-Northeast Region  

39th ROUND (1163) 
John Kilichowski, LHP 
L/L, 6'5 217, Age 21 
Vanderbilt University 
COLLEGE SOPH (draft-eligible) 
COMMENT: Moved from Commodore bullpen to the starting rotation in 2015 and projects as a future TOR starter at Vandy... lanky lefty throws strikes, and combines three quality pitches, including an 88-92 MPH fastball, a hard-breaking curve, and a change-up with fade... 3-3 with 2.97 ERA, allowing 49 hits (4 HR) with 13/61 BB/K in 60.1 IP and 14 games (10 GS) in 2015... 

40th ROUND (1193) 
Domenic DeRenzo, C 
R/R, 5'11 185, Age 18 
Central Catholic HS - Pittsburgh, PA  
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: U. of Oklahoma  
COMMENT: Does not possess a strong throwing arm, but he is an athletic backstop and is considered one of the top HS receivers in the draft... has plus-bat speed and shows potential as a hitter but is still very raw... 2015 Perfect Game All-American 3rd team... 

Cubs @ Tigers: Lester vs. Sanchez (Game 56 Thread)

CHC (30-25): LHP Jon Lester (4-4, 3.86)

DET (30-28): RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-7, 5.69)

First pitch: 6:08pmCT

Fowler# cf
Rizzo* 1b

Bryant 3b

Montero* dh

Denorfia lf

Castro ss

Lake rf

Ross c

Russell 2b

 

Davis cf

Kinsler 2b

Cabrera 1b

Cespedes lf

Martinez, J dh

Castellanos 3b

McCann c

Wilson 3b

Iglesias ss


Is David Ross Really That Bad?

by CubsfaninCA

A lot of people have been complaining since we signed David Ross.  Many felt we had to give up a better catcher (Welly) for very little as a result. Others say Lester shouldn’t have a “personal catcher.” But mostly everyone talks about how he’s an automatic out in the lineup.  Well, folks, he’s a backup catcher. They have been a topic on Cubs message boards for as long as I can remember, debating the merits of Koyie Hill, Henry Blanco, and the infamous John Baker.  

So the question is: is Ross really that bad for a backup catcher and how much does it really matter? 

Meet the Mets SPs

Much has been made of the Cubs and Mets as natural trading partners because of the Cubs potential log jam of infielders and the Mets starting pitching. Does a trade make sense? And what might one look like? Thanks to MLB's blackout restrictions, I rarely get to see the Mets, so I went to my go-to guy for all things Mets, James (aka, the Mayor of Bridgeport), and posed some questions to him.

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