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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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Herz Shackles Giants & Howard Makes 2023 Debut at Sloan Park

SP DJ Herz hurled 3.2 IP of no run / one hit ball (62 pitches - 39 strikes - six swing & miss), Anderson Suriel smoked a double off the RF fence (near HR) in the 4th, collected an RBI on a FC in the 6th, and lined a one-out single to left and scored the tying run in the 9th, and Adan Sanchez belted a game-tying RBI double (driving in Suriel) with two outs in the bottom of the 9th but then was thrown out at 3rd base to end the game while attempting to stretch the double into a triple, as the Cubs had to settle for a 2-2 tie with the Giants in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Herz had a no hitter in progress through one out in the 4th before P. J. Hilson lined a single into CF for the Giants first hit. Herz then struck out the next hitter (Cesar Quintas) before being relieved by Burl Carraway, who got the final out of the inning to preserve the shutout (at least for a while).   

Ed Howard (2022 hip surgery) saw his first game action since May 10, 2022, getting the start at SS and playing three innings in the field. He had just one chance (a 6-3 GO) and he looked OK.  

Also, RHP Manuel Espinoza pitched in a game (34 pitches) for the first time since last July.  

Two-way player (LHP / 1B) Reggie Crawford (Giants 2022 1st round draft pick - UConn) made his second professional appearance as a pitcher (first one was last week) and threw a scoreless 1st inning (23 pitches - 14 strikes - three swing & miss), striking out two (both swinging) with mid-90's smoke around a Cristian More double. 

Prior to the game, Kyle Hendricks, Jordan Holloway, Stephen Gonsalves, Luis Devers, and Carlos Garcia threw bullpen side sessions in the 12-pack, and Joel Sierra threw "live" BP on Field #6.

In EXST Cubs roster news, Ezequiel Pagan (knee surgery) has completed his rehab and has been moved-up to Hi-A South Bend. 

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

1a. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 1-3 (L-1, 1B, 5-3) 
1b. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-1 (L-8)
2. Jefferson Rojas, DH-SS: 1-4 (K, 6-3, 1B, 5-3, R) 
3. Cristian More, RF: 1-4 (2B, L-8, F-8, 4-3)
4a. Raino Coran, LF: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
4b. Brayan Altuve, LF: 1-2 (1B, F-8) 
5. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 2-4 (L-3, 2B, 6-4 FC, 1B, R, RBI)
6a. Jairo Diaz, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
6b. Frank Hernandez, PH-DH: 0-2 (L-4, K) 
7a. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-2 (L-7, 5-3) 
7b. Adan Sanchez, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B, RBI)
8a. Christian Olivo, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, K) 
8b. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 0-1 (4-3 DP) 
9a. Ed Howard IV, SS: NO AB 
9b. Yeison Santana, PH-DH: 0-2 (L-9, F-9) 
9c. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-1 (L-6) 

1. DJ Herz: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 4/3 GO/AO, 62 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Burl Carraway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Manuel Espinoza: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Starlyn Pichardo: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 44 pitches (27 strikes) 

1. P DJ Herz: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. SS Jefferson Rojas: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base after RBI infield single allowed second runner to score from 2nd) 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 



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


Thanks Phil! 

What're your thoughts on Suriel? Us he directly behind McGeary in the 1B pipeline? How's his defense? 

With Sanchez, was he thrown out because of being overly aggressive on going for the triple, or is he not as fast as some on the basepaths?

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

FINWE: Adan Sanchez was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple because he was being overly aggressive on the bases AND he is not a fast runner.  

As far as Anderson Suriel is concerned, he was originally an outfielder when the Cubs signed him, and then was moved to first base, mainly because the Cubs have too many outfielders and not enough first-basemen in the pipeline. He does still occasionally play LF, however. 

Suriel is an unusual first-baseman in that he has above-average speed (he stole four bases in one game last week) and he is an athletic defender. I have seen him save several potential throwing errors by EXST Cubs infielders just by his ability to scoop throws in the dirt and leap to catch high throws.    

He has changed his swing this year, elevating the ball more than he did last year. He also has increased his average exit velo. So I guess it shouldn't be too surprising that he hit three HR last week. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks Phil! I like to see the aggressiveness from Sanchez though, testing his limitations is exactly what he needs to be doing right now (in my unprofessional opinion).......Suriel just seems to be really blossoming before our eyes here, prayerfully he continues to improve! Would you say that he is more promising defensively than some of the other 1B prospects, like let's say McGeary or Ball, or even Mervis? And do you think his being an outfielder before being converted to 1B had a play in his defense at first? 

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