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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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Giants Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Power Display at Cubs Expense

Chicago native Donovan McIntyre belted a grand slam to put the Giants up 4-2 in the 2nd inning and Eliam Sandoval, Javier Castillo, and Estanlin Cassiani cracked solo home runs later in the game to provide a cushion, as the Giants used the long ball to defeat the Cubs 11-6 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Friday morning at the San Francisco Giants Papago Park Complex in Phoenix, AZ.  

Wally Soto slugged a two-run HR and Ed Howard, Anderson Suriel, and Christopher Paciolla laced RBI doubles for the Cubs in a losing cause.  

The game was called after seven innings of play. 

Three pitchers called up from the Cubs Dominican Academy last week (Wilme Mora, Luis A. Reyes, and Yenrri Rojas) made their U. S. game debuts in the game, throwing one inning each. Mora allowed two solo home runs, but struck out two (both swinging), and Reyes and Rojas each tossed a 1-2-3 inning. 

Although he did allow a HR and (as usual) had difficulty throwing strikes, Cubs RHRP Eduarniel Nunez (on Tennessee 7-day IL) came out smokin', with his FB clocking in at 100 MPH.     

Prior to the EXST game at Papago Park, RHP JP Wheat threw a bullpen side session back in Mesa, and RHP Luis Devers, LHP Drew Gray, RHP Kenyi Perez, and RHP Mathew Peters threw "live" BP at Sloan Park.  

When the Cubs play the Giants in Extended Spring Training, Nick Lovullo (son of Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo) is the Cubs manager and Jacob Heyward (brother of Jason Heyward) is the Giants manager. Yesterday Torey Lovullo attended the Cubs - D'backs EXST game at Salt River Fields (the MLB Diamondbacks had an off day at home), and it was not the first time Torey has been at a game managed by his son this year.   

In EXST Cubs roster news, C Ronnier Quintrero (2019 IFA Venezuela - $2.9M signing bonus) has been released. At the time of his release R. Quintero was hitting 294/368/294 with no XBH and 2/5 BB/K (11% walk rate and 26% K-rate) in nine Cactus League EXST games (19 PA), and he was tied for second on the team in RBI with Jefferson Rojas with five (both trailing only Anderson Suriel, who has seven). He also threw out one of six baserunners who tried to steal against him (17%) and committed one passed ball.     


After not playing in 2019 (the year he signed) and 2020 (the minor league season was canceled due to CoViD), Quintero arrived in the U. S. at post-2020 AZ Instructs and it was clear from the gitgo that he was not in shape to play in games, so he was used as a bullpen catcher (only) at all of the Cubs AZIL games that year. He also did not hit in any games. He could put on a show in BP (albeit hitting against a coach or a machine) and there was no questioning his arm strength, but his receiving skills were poor and he had a lot of difficulty hitting "live" pitching.

Quintero did play in the AZL (now ACL) in 2021 and 2022, hitting a combined 174/287/272 with two HR, one double, and one triple in 39 games (108 PA). He also committed six errors and six passed balls in just 29 games played as a catcher over the course of those two seasons.   

Quintero also participated in Extended Spring Training in both 2021 (played in only two games due to illness) and 2022, and in AZ Instructs post-2021 (just 20 games combined between 2021 EXST, 2021 AZIL, and 2022 EXST): 

2021 EXST: 200/333/200 - 6 PA (two games) - 1-5 - 0 BB  and 1 K (17%K-rate) - 1 HBP - DEFENSE:  0-1 CS and 1 PB 
2021 AZIL:  211/348/211 - 23 PA (eight games) - 4-19 - no XBH - 4 RBI, 1 RUN, 3 BB (13% walk-rate), 9 K (39% K-rate) - DEFENSE: 2-13 CS (15%), 1 PB, 2 E 
2022 EXST: 000/154/000 - 13 PA (10 games) - 0-11 - 2 BB (15% walk-rate) and 5 K (38% K-rate) - 1 GIDP - DEFENSE: 1-3 CS, 2 E (both throwing) 

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

1. James Triantos, DH #1: 0-1 (HBP, BB, F-7, 2 R) 
2a. Ed Howard, DH #2: 1-1 (2B, BB, 2 R, RBI)
2b. Brayan Altuve, PH-CF: 0-1 (4-3)
3a. Christopher Paciolla, SS: 1-2 (P-4, 2B, RBI)
3b. Jefferson Rojas, PH-SS: 0-1 (P-3)
4. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 2-3 (2B, 6-3, 2B, R, RBI)
5a. Jairo Diaz, C: 0-2 (F-7, K) 
5b. Wally Soto, C: 1-1 (HR, R, 2 RBI)
6. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 1-2 (1-3, BB, 1B) 
7. Geury Lubo, 3B: 0-3 (F-7, 5-4-3 DP, 5-4-3 DP)
8. Raino Coran, RF: 0-3 (F-8, K, K) 
9. Ismael Mena, CF-DH: 0-2 (L-6, K)
10. Christian Olivo, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-9, CS)

1. Gleiber Morales: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 41 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Max Bain: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 39 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Wilme Mora: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (19 strikes) 
5. Luis A. Reyes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes) 
6. Yenrri Rojas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 

1. SS Christopher Paciolla: E-6 (dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely & two unearned runs to score)
2. 1B Anderson Suriel: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)   

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 



"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


James Triantos is running the bases at full speed like he never had a knee injury. He has been stealing bases, taking the extra base, and generally running wild on the bases, so I don't know how much longer he will be at EXST. He looks to be 100%, and should be moving up to South Bend very soon.

BTW, if Triantos was open to the idea, I think he would make an excellent catcher conversion candidate. It would require a year or two of hard work (including post-2023 AZ Instructs and 2024 EXST) to get acclimated to the position, but it would probably be worth it in the long run. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Besides you feeling he has the intangibles and work ethic to convert to catching successfully, would your thoughts that he should convert have any influence from him potentially either being blocked or having stiff competition in the infield, or that he has limitations as an infield defender? 

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

Not Phil, but… I think the book on JT’s fielding is good hands & solid arm. Fringy range & a step below avg speed, but good overall athleticism. 

Seems like fielding isn’t a liability, but not going to be strong enough to push anyone off 2B/3B. If the bat plays, he’ll be in the DH rotation - a C/DH who can also play INF in a pinch is way more valuable to a roster than a DH who can pass as an INF. 

But I defer to Phil. 

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

Yep. That’s my thinking. 

And personally, I like having utility players w/ some C experience b/c I feel like it really opens up in-game options.  Especially if it’s an organizational/strategic decision to go defense/receiving first at the C position. Allows for that late inning PH for C if the situation arises. 

AZ Phil,

Do you think it's better for Morel to start 6 games per week in AAA or start 3 to 4 games per week in Chicago?

Ross said he doesn't have a spot right now in Chicago. He could platoon with Happ and Bellinger in LF and CF. Bellinger could go to 1B and Mervis to DH. He could spell Wisdom at 3B. Nico at 2B. Or give Dansby a rare break and Nico goes to SS.

I still think Morel looks best at SS but that's not happening so I'll move on from that belief.

What are your thoughts?

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In reply to by Childersb3

I think all of that sounds better come June or July when guys start to need more regular days off to get through the summer months. Until then, Morel can refine his game more with every day time and work on the finer points of defense at all of those positions you’d hope for him to handle. I think CF especially they want to give him lots of reps before bringing him back up. 

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