Starlin Castro, Jorge Soler star in Cubs intrasquad game: Recap including video highlights

It's good to have baseball again.  Thanks to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Carrie Muskat of, Meghan Montemurro of The Northwest Herald, and reader @EricLPauly (who also sent both videos) for the Twitter updates.  It was fun.

Quick Recap

White Team 7 - Blue Team 3

  • Starlin Castro was the big star of the game, getting 3 hits and making a couple of sparkling plays in the field -- including a diving stop on a rocket hit by fellow SS Javier Baez.  Baez had a tough day.  He didn't get charged with an error but missed a grounder he should have gotten in the first, which turned into a single and two runs, then bobbled another grounder later that cost a chance at a DP and allowed a run to score.  Here's the video of Castro robbing Baez of a hit...

    • Jorge Soler hit a monster shot off of Nick Struck, who otherwise pitched well today.  He also worked the count in both of his PAs.  He hit his HR on a 3-1 count and then walked after working the count full in his next AB.   He topped it off with a diving catch on a sinking line drive.  I'm a little bummed for selfish reasons.  Was hoping to catch him in Kane County, but these are the kinds of things that gets you promoted to Daytona.

  • Dionner Navarro had a two run single (actually the Baez misplay described above) but got thrown out by a mile at the plate on a Soler to Baez to Castillo relay.  How's the sound of that for a future Cubs team?
  • Nate Schierholtz hit a 2 run shot off the right field foul pole.  He was also robbed of a hit by Soler but got a sac fly, making it a 3 RBI day.
  • Anthony Rizzo went 1-1 and drew a couple of walks.  Good to see him work the count.  I think we'll see an improvement in his walk rate for next year.
  • Bryan Bogusevic hit a HR off of Rafael Dolis to cap things off for the white team.
  • Don't have the actual numbers but Chris Rusin was roughed up a bit today.  Not too worried.  Hes a finesse guy who thrives on command and location -- and this is really early.  We'll see if he can find a rhythm as he gets more work.
  • Junior Lake hit a triple off the wall and otherwise played well.
  • Ian Stewart looked good in BP, hitting a couple of long HRs, and then laced a double in is first AB.  Good sign for the Cubs if he can hit like that all year.
  • Welington Castillo hit a double and went 1-2 overall.
  • Stewart and Josh Vitters are day-to-day with quad issues, which helps explain Vitters absence.

Here are tomorrow's lineups via Carrie Muskat

Blue Team
Brett Jackson CF
Darnell McDonald LF
Rafael Lopez C
Junior Lake DH
Brian Bogusevic RF
Christian Villanueva 3B
Alberto Gonzalez 2B
Brad Nelson 1B
Javier Baez SS

White Team
Logan Watkins 2B
Matt Szczur CF
Steve Clevenger C
Johermyn Chavez RF
Josh Vitters 3B
Edwin Maysonett SS
Brent Lillibridge 1B
Jorge Soler LF
Ian Stewart DH

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  • Just good to be talking baseball again.

  • In reply to peoria cubfan:


  • John, thanks for the summary... I'm hearing around that Vitters and Stewart are both day to day with quad issues.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Thanks Caps. Missed that news. Explains Vitters absence but Lake took advantage of it.

  • On the good side: Its nice to see a few people were driving the ball.
    On the bad side: It was off of our own pitching.

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    Haha! Very true.

  • If the Cubs play teams like themselves, they can win over 100 games in 2013.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    And also lose 100.

  • John,

    Baez did have some difficulty in the field today, but he also made a diving catch of a low liner that he snarred and doubled Barney off of first. Not a total loss for him today. Navarro's play at the plate just shows why short, round guys should stay at third. He was out by 40 feet. Good day all around for Cub fans. Wish you were here

  • In reply to AZBOB:

    Thanks AZBob!

    Good to hear. He also hit that ball pretty hard and got robbed. Flashed some of his talent so we don't need to worry. His time will come.

  • Just added video of Castro's great play on Baez. Thanks again to @ericlpauly

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Did he get the following play with Lake's line drive for a DP?

  • In reply to Caps:

    I don't think so. Those 2 vids was what he sent.

  • McLeod (per Meghan Montemurro) is saying Soler will start in Daytona this year.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Bummer for you, although yay for me... I live in FL lol.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Happy for you and Soler -- bummed for me! At least I did get to see that insane HR at Kane Cty last year.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I only saw the video, but hey, I'll try to shoot as many videos as I can and post them.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    That's what you guys up north get for stealing our Cubs from Peoria! Haha jk John! sucks for me too, because i was planning on going to the games when Kane County came to Peoria. But the sooner we see these prospects in Cubs uniforms, the better for us all!

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    Ha! Very true though. We should all be rooting for them to move up and get to Chicago.

  • I love baseball....

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Me too....good to have it back.

  • Hey John, any word on how Brett Jackson looked with his new mechanics?

  • In reply to Caps:

    Didn't hear anything except on one AB where he made an out -- but I guess at least it wasn't a strikeout.

  • Interesting that Soler played LF today and is scheduled to do the same tomorrow.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    It is odd. You think of him as having prototypical RF skills.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    They're getting him ready to take Soriano's place after they trade him. Ha!

  • The more I look at this team the more I realize how important this years draft could be. Picking up the right players could move them forward quickly. I love what their middle of their line may look like soon.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Kevin, I'm very interested to learn what you mean by the right players. Are you just talking BPA and then developing them as a way to better the organization's overall depth of high-end/impact talent or do you mean something else?

  • In reply to Quedub:

    There are some good pitchers that can be had in this draft in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. If they decided to go with the position player with their 1st pick. If I had a pick it would be Manaea but that's me and then I would go with a pitcher in the 2nd too.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    I've been advocating for Manaea since June. From everything I've read about him, his easy velocity, breaking ball (when it's on), improving control, 6'5" and left-handed with mid-90s fastball. I'm pulling for him to be the choice.

    I also like a pitcher in the 2nd with the hopes that Okey is still there in the 3rd. However, if one of those prep catchers distinguishes himself worthy of that 2nd round pick, I would love for the Cubs to go catcher there just because good catching is so hard to come by and history shows that TOR pitching can be found in rounds 3-8.

  • Wow, Soler has already been traded! I wonder who the Blue team got in return... ;-)

  • In reply to Quedub:

    Haha...Villanueva got traded in the middle of the game.

  • According to the Trib write up: "Baez was a “little shaky” at short, Sveum said, and needs to work on changing “some instinctive stuff.”'

    Can you really change instinctive stuff? Isn't this something that you either have or don't? Maybe Sveum misspoke? This quote concerns me probably more than it should...

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Confusing for me too, scouts rave about Baez' instincts and Sveum thinks he needs work with that... Maybe what he meant to say was that he needs to keep playing to gain experience and master those instincts.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    I saw that as well. He still has good instincts overall, but I thnk he meant there were a few habits that need to change. I think you can still change instinctive habits because I wouldn't necessarily equate it with being innate. Much of the time those instincts come about through years of playing -- but yeah, it does make it hard to change. It really makes me doubt whether he'll stay at SS long term.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    You're right in that innate and instinctive aren't the same thing. However, like you say, it takes an awful lot of effort and repetition to overcome one's natural instincts. My guess is that he meant what both you and Caps said about changing some bad habits (which are hard to change as well). Obviously that's what spending a couple of years in the minors is meant to do... but it's a disquieting reminder that prospects are never a lock to become productive/above average ball players. Hopefully the new philosophy and emphasis on teaching a system-wide approach will help the development of these guys...

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Good point, us fans are always raving about prospects but I like Sveum's attitude, he's straight, first thing he said was that both of them have raw ability but he has to see them in games to see how that ability translates... He was straight about Baez and said he has work to do, instead of praising him blindly, he also mentioned how a lot of prospects with insane bat speed flop often... I think he gave these guys a reality check without being harsh, at least they won't get full of themselves and will focus on working on their flaws instead of trying to exhibit their strengths.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Agreed. No such thing as a sure thing and from what I've seen from Baez, he still has some work to do. But that talent is incredible. Just hope he can keep adjusting and developing.

  • B-Jax grounded out twice today, both, I believe, to second, but he didn't strike out.

  • In reply to AZBOB:

    Thanks Bob! Good to see him make contact at least. Next step...hard, line drive contact!

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