Minor League Recap: June 12 – June 19

I take this free moment to address some nonsense on WSD’s Facebook page.  Like the nutcase in that particular piece, I am also a veteran.  We’re not all like that.  Please don’t lump us all in with that *******. Moving on to the system, not a whole lot has happened this week.  With All-Star breaks in the Midwest League, Florida State League, and Southern League, there...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Awarded Cubs Rule 5 Pick

The Phillies will be awarded the Cubs Rule 5 pick in this year’s Rule 5 draft. The news was first reported by MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat who states the Phillies were awarded the pick because the Cubs’ 2011 selection, Lendy Castillo from the Phillies, did not meet the required number of days (90 or more) needed on the Cubs active roster. The rules are in place to prevent teams...
Via Phillies Nation
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant wins Arizona Fall League MVP and Cubs AFL report

Even during the frost of Winter, getting significant Cubs’ news past their fans was like trying to sneak a fastball by the quick hands of Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks.  Despite the frost, most Cubs’ fans are dancing in the snow over 3B Kris Bryant, the team’s 2013 first round selection, being crowned MVP of the Arizona Fall League.  Bryant, 21, and seven other Cubs’ prospects...
Via The Sports Bank
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Captains sweep twinbill from Cougars

  EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (8-16) came from behind late in both games to sweep the doubleheader from the Kane County Cougars (8-13) by a final score of 7-6 in the first game. Lake County won the nightcap 4-2. In game one, Lake County sent right-hander Luis Dejesus (0-2, 5.85 ERA) to the mound for the first game of the doubleheader to face Felix Pena (0-0, 2.60 ERA...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Send Lendy Castillo Outright to Iowa

The Cubs have sent RHP Lendy Castillo outright to AAA Iowa. Castillo was Designated for Assignment on January 26th when RHP Carlos Villanueva (MLB Article XX-B free-agent signed by the Cubs last month) was added to the 40-man roster. Tags: Rule 5 draftLendy CastilloHector RondonRead more about Cubs Send Lendy Castillo Outright to Iowa
Via Cub Reporter
February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The Week That Was...

So the Cubs are going to sign Scott Hairston, but since the deal isn't official we don't really have comments from TheJedi on his exact purpose. Chances are though, he'll platoon with DeJesus and Schierholtz and be the thunder off the bench late in games. And if they happen to trade Alfonso Soriano at some point, he might just be the starting left fielder. The 33-year...
Via Cub Reporter
January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs finalize $10 million deal with Villanueva, DFA Castillo

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva agreed to terms on a two-year $10 million contract. To make room for Villanueva, right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo was designated for assignment. Villanueva, 29, joins the Cubs after pitching the last seven seasons with the Brewers (2006-10) and Blue Jays (2011-12). Villanueva has 56 starts and 245 relief appearances during...
Via The Sports Bank
January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

On 2012′s Unforgivable Walks

With very rare exception, walks are bad, for the pitcher and for the pitcher’s team. Sometimes a pitcher will walk an opposing hitter on purpose, but sometimes that’s not even the right thing to do. Walks are just bad, as a general principle. But, of course, some walks are worse than others. There’s an entire spectrum, from okay walks to awful walks, from forgivable walks to...
Via Fangraphs
November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Potential bench-clearing brawl between Nationals and Cubs turned into a bench-clearing shoving match

Benches cleared after Cubs pitcher Lendy Castillo threw inside on Bryce Harper. But once teams gathered on the diamond, all they were able to muster was a little yapping and shoving. Things seemed to have calmed down when more yapping and shoving broke out at first base. Meanwhile Nationals announcers are going on and on about the Cubs “throwing at a teenager” and wondering...
Via No Guts, No Glory
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Baseball, Brawls, and Brooms: Nats Sweep Cubs In Four-Game Series

And people say baseball is boring. Thursday night’s series finale between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs had bench-clearing brawls, charging bullpens, more home runs, and more great pitching from the Nats. The Nats completed the four-game sweep of the Cubs as they head into their last weekend on this homestand, and with their 85th win, their magic number is 19...
Via The Nats Blog
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs Throw Down

The Chicago Cubs are having a very poor season, and when losing continues so consistently, frustrations are bound to boil over.   The Cubs played the Nationals on Thursday night and the benches cleared not once, but twice.  The cause of the second melee was what seemed like an intentional brush back pitch towards Bryce Harper. The Outside Corner breaks it down: In Thursday’s...
Via Next Impulse Sports
September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Benches clear twice during Nats-Cubs game

In Thursday's Cubs-Nationals game, benches cleared in the sixth inning after Cubs reliever Lendy Castillo threw inside at Bryce Harper. Both benches cleared and the bullpens emptied onto the field. There was an incident at first base between Cubs reliever Manuel Corpas and Nationals reliever Mike Gonzalez led to both of their ejections, and Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger was...
Via The Outside Corner
September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs Bats Stay Hot in Arizona Heat

Shawon Dunston Jr ripped an RBI single and a three-run inside-the-park HR and Lendy Castillo threw three innings of shutout ball, leading the AZL Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the AZL Athletics in Arizona League action tonight at Field #2 (Connie Mack Field) at the Papago Park Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ.   box score Dunston was mired in 2-20 slump before slicing an RBI...
Via Cub Reporter
July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

A VogelBomb and a VogelDub Lead Cubs to Victory

Dan Vogelbach blasted a 415-foot+ two-run home run over the right-centerfield fence in the bottom of the 4th and an RBI double off the LF fence in the bottom of the 6th (he also stole a base), and Lendy Castillo and four relievers combined to throw a two-hitter, as the AZL Cubs defeated the AZL Padres 4-2 in Arizona League action tonight at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.   The game...
Via Cub Reporter
July 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Crazy Night for the Brewers and Wives!

The Milwaukee Brewers played a crazy game last night and the night/morning got crazier afterwards. The Chicago Cubs were in town and Miller Park saw a five-hour game, lasting 13 innings. The Brewers pulled off an 8-7 win. A 13th inning that saw starting second baseman, Rickie Weeks, get hit on the left wrist by a pitch thrown by Lendy Castillo, later saw Corey Hart win the game...
Via Reading Between The Seams
May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Weeks X-Rays Negative

Day-to-day The Milwaukee Brewers played a wild one last night vs. the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. The game was a five-hour affair that ended in the 13th inning with a 8-7 Brewers’ victory. In the bottom of the 13th, starting Brewers second baseman, Rickie Weeks, was hit on the left hand by Cubs pitcher, Lendy Castillo. Fortunately for the Brewers, according to Tom Haudricourt...
Via Reading Between The Seams
May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers win but Axford's streak ends

Corey Hart hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. With the bases loaded and no outs, Hart sent Lendy Castillo's first pitch back up the middle to end the game after five hours, four minutes. Castillo (0-1) plunked Rickie Weeks on the left hand and Ryan Braun in the back before Aramis Ramirez hit...
Via AP on Fox
May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Brewers 8, Cubs 7(13)

Corey Hart hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. With the bases loaded and no outs, Hart sent Lendy Castillo's first pitch back up the middle to end the game after five hours, four minutes. Castillo (0-1) plunked Rickie Weeks on the left hand and Ryan Braun in the back before Aramis Ramirez hit...
Via AP on Fox
May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Painting the Black: Who Are These Guys? by R.J. Anderson

It happens every spring. You enjoy opening weekend, taking in as much baseball as possible, but find yourself wondering who some of these guys are. Not every player with a new role on Opening Day is a former top prospect or an established veteran. Some never even made Kevin Goldstein’s top-20 rankings. To fill in some blanks, here are 12 pitchers and players who may have flown...
Via Baseball Prospectus
April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospect List-Mania 2012

Here we go again, a full rundown of all the Cubs' prospect lists fit to print. Click on the "Prospect Listmania" tag at the bottom of the post for previous years or you can always visit Wiklifield. 5-Star Prospects Brett Jackson 4-Star Prospects Javier Baez 3-Star Prospects Welington Castillo Dillon Maples Matt Szczur Josh Vitters Jeimer Candelario Trey McNutt...
Via Cub Reporter
April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dempster Strong Outing the One Bright Spot at HoHoKam

Ryan Dempster allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings of work (72 pitches - 50 strikes, 5/8 GO/FO, 3 K), but the Texas Rangers rallied for two in the 8th off Lendy Castillo and two more in the 9th off Alberto Cabrera (two-run HR by 23-year old Cuban defector Leonys Martin) to defeat a Cubs split squad 6-2 in Spring Training Cactus League action this afternoon at...
Via Cub Reporter
March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Brew Crew Catcher a Pain in the Kottaras

George Kotarras drove-in five runs with bases-loaded doubles in consecutive innings, as the Milwaukee Brewers hammered the Cubs 10-2 in Cactus League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in warm & sunny Mesa, AZ, this afternoon. Battling for a spot in the Cubs starting rotation, RHP Randy Wells got the start and threw three shutout innings (38 pitches – 26 strikes...
Via Cub Reporter
March 14, 2012  |  Discuss

No News is Good News...I Guess

It certainly has been a rather drama free first week of camp, which doesn't give me much to react to...but I'll do my best. - A Dave Kaplan tweet says Dale Sveum would bat Starlin Casto third if the season started today. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with that leading to Darwin Barney probably batting second. Hopefully the front office can talk some sense...
Via Cub Reporter
March 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs Pitchers Stretch Out at Fitch Park

Randy Wells, Travis Wood, Andy Sonnanstine, Trey McNutt, Lendy Castillo, Marcos Mateo, Trever Miller, and Rodrigo Lopez threw "live" BP at cool & blustery Fitch Park today, before a sparse crowd under partly cloudy skies. Wells, T. Wood, Sonnanstine, McNutt, and Lopez threw 45 pitches each, while L. Castillo, Mateo, and Miller threw 30 pitches a piece. This is...
Via Cub Reporter
February 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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