Newcomers day on the mound
Several pitchers saw their first action in a Cubs uniform during the 8-3 loss to Arizona. Adam Warren, acquired from the Yankees for Starlin Castro, got the start and allowed two runs in the first and pitched a scoreless second. He threw 32 pitches and finished with a line of 2 IP, 3H 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Spencer Patton, another pitcher acquired via trade, worked a 1-2-3 third with two punchouts while Rex Brothers threw 29 pitches and didn’t get out of the fourth, allowing two runs on two hits with two strikeouts. Brothers, acquired from the Rockies for pitcher Wander Cabrera, threw four wild pitches in the outing.
Nick Greenwood signed as a free agent after pitching in the Cardinals system, got the final out of the 4th.....Left-hander Scott Barnes made his Cubs debut, getting the final out of the fifth but allowed an inherited runner to score on a single. Barnes, signed as a free agent, fanned one....... Miguel Mejia who’s never pitched above A ball and out of states for the past five seasons, made his debut and looked good, consistently throwing his fastball at 94-95 while working a 1-2-3 7th. The 27-year-old saw limited action last year in Japan........ C.J. Riefenhauser, claimed off waivers before the start of spring training from the Orioles, surrendered a solo homer in the 8th and got out of a jam after a pair of two-out singles.
Frank Batista, in his 8th season with the Cubs, all in the minors, made his spring debut but left the game after suffering a leg injury. Batista got charged with an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning......Michael Jensen, who spent all of ’15 in the Tennessee bullpen, got charged with two runs in the sixth, allowing two hits and a walk.......Other minor leaguers seeing action were LF Anthony Giansanti (0-1), CF Albert Almora (1-2), C Willson Contreras (0-1, BB), DH Dan Vogelbach (0-3, 2 K), DH Cael Brockmeyer (0-1), 3B Taylor Davis (0-2), and RF John Andreoli (0-1).
Minor League camp begins
While many of the Cubs minor leaguers have been in Arizona for a few weeks, the official start of the minor league training camp was Sunday. Here’s an unofficial list of the players in camp. This is just a list and in no means a reflection of where they will begin the season, that announcement will be made a few days before the start of the season. The more free agents that remain on Iowa’s roster, the less movement from below, so several players may start the year in the league they finished in.
MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reported one of the best stories this spring as Cubs pitching prospect Jose Zapata is now a coach. Zapata, 22, was involved in the two-car accident with other Cubs prospects in the Dominican Republic in January of 2014. Zapata broke his neck and after doctors told him he may not walk again, attempted a comeback but shoulder pain ended his career. According to Muskat, Zapata will work with pitchers in Mesa during extended spring training and during the Arizona Rookie League season.
Pitchers—Pierce Johnson, Dallas Beeler, Eric Jokisch, Felix Pena, Jonathan Pettibone, Drew Rucinski, Manny Parra, Nick Greenwood, Andury Acevedo, Scott Barnes, Frank Batista, Cole Brocker, Rex Brothers, Aaron Crow, Carl Edwards Jr., Stephen Fife, Spencer Patton, C.J. Riefenhauser, Brandon Gomes, Jack Leathersich, Jean Machi, Edgar Olmos, P.J. Francescon (50-game suspension), Miguel Mejia, Luis Parra, Armando Rivero, Corey Black
Catchers— Taylor Davis, Tim Federowicz, Willson Contreras
Infielders—Jesus Guzman, Matt Clark, Jonathan Mota, Arismendy Alcantara, Stephen Bruno, Munenori Kawasaki, Kris Negron, Christian Villanueva (DL), Ryan Dent
Outfielders— Matt Szczur, Shane Victorino, Juan Perez, Matt Murton, Albert Almora, John Andreoli, Mike O’Neil, Kelly Dugan, Ryan Kalish
Pitchers—Duane Underwood, Ryan Williams, Rob Zastryzny, Paul Blackburn, Jonathan Martinez, Daury Torrez, Jen-Ho Tseng, Fernando Cruz, Jeffry Antigua, Matt Brazis, Gerardo Concepcion, Juan Paniagua, Michael Jensen, Stephen Perakslis, Starling Peralta, James Pugliese, Taylor Scott, Josh Conway, Jasvir Rakkar
Catchers— Cael Brockmeyer, Victor Caratini, David Frietas
Infielders— Daniel Vogelbach, Jacob Rogers, Daniel Lockhart, Chesny Young, David Bote, Carlos Penalver, Jeimer Candelario
Outfielders— Anthony Giansanti, Jacob Hannemann, Billy McKinney, Bijan Rademacher, Mark Zagunis, Trey Martin
Pitchers— Brad Markey, Jeremy Null, Tyler Skulina, Trevor Clifton, Erick Leal, Jake Stinnett, David Berg, James Farris, David Garner, Tyler Ihrig, Corbin Hoffner, Daniel Lewis, Dillon Maples, Ryan McNeil, Jordan Minch, Tommy Thorpe, Sam Wilson
Catchers— Tyler Pearson, Ben Carhart, Gioskar Amaya
Infielders— Ian Happ, Andrew Ely, Bryant Flete, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vosler, Jesse Hodges
Outfielders— Yasiel Balaguert, Charcer Burks, Rashard Crawford,, Shawon Dunston Jr., Jeffry Baez
Pitchers— Starters—Zach Hedges, James Norwood, Adbert Alzolay, Casey Blomquist, Oscar De La Cruz, Ryan Kellogg, Kyle Miller, Preston Morrison, Carson Sands, Justin Steele, Kyle Twomey, Santiago Rodriguez, Alex Santana, Pedro Araujo, Craig Brooks, Scott Effross, Greyfer Eregua, Scott Frazier, Luis Hernandez, Mark Malave, Trey Masek, Jose Paulino, Tyler Peitzmeier
Catchers— Erick Castillo, Jordan Hankins, Alberto Mineo
Infielders— Matt Rose, Tyler Alamo, Angelo Amendolare, PJ Higgins, Vimeal Machin, Sutton Whiting, Joe Martarano, Blake Headley
Outfielders—Eddy Martinez, Alex Bautista, Donnie Dewees, Eloy Jimenez, Daniel Spingola
Pitchers— Jesus Camargo, Dylan Cease, Enrique De Los Rio, Bryan Hudson, Gabriel Lima, Junior Marte, Manuel Rondon, Pedro Silverio, Austyn Willis, Jordan Brink, Jesus Castillo, Jared Cheek, Andin Diaz, Heath Dwyer, Tanner Griggs (50-game suspension), Michael Knighton, M.T. Minacci, Tommy Nance, John Williamson
Catchers— Ian Rice, Marcus Mastrobuoni, Yohan Matos, Tyler Payne, Jhonny Pereda, Miguel Amaya, Gustavo Polanco
Infielders— Rafael Mejia, Ho-young Son, Carlos Sepulveda, Jhonny Bethencourt, Andruw Monasterio, Aramis Ademan, Luis Diaz, Isaac Paredes, Yeiler Peguero, Adonis Paula, Wladimir Galindo, Donnie Cimino
Outfielders—Ricardo Marcarno, Roberto Caro, Michael Foster, Robert Garcia, Kevonte Mitchell, Jose Paniagua, Chris Pieters, DJ Wilson, Kwang-Min Kwon, Jonathan Sierra