Last exhibition of the season looks very much like a regular season lineup, except for the DH, of course. But hey, maybe one day the Cubs will be able to stick Dan Vogelbach in that spot. The Cubs take on the Houston Astros today at 1 pm CT.
News and Notes
- It looks like we can officially call Hayden Simpson a "bust". It's a rare first round whiff for Tim Wilken in terms of getting top draftees to the majors. It could still happen, but it's unlikely and it appears it will not happen with the Cubs. The Cubs saw a little of Roy Oswalt when they drafted Simpson and when you see his build, delivery and early reports of a plus fastball and breaking stuff, it's not hard to see why. Unfortunately, Simpson's bout with mono not only deprived him of his plus velocity, but also of much needed development time.
- A couple of other familiar names were also released. The Cubs cut ties with Michael Brenly and Dontrelle Willis. There were others and when we get the names we can pass them on. I don't expect any to be bigger than the names mentioned, however.
- Interested in watching fast-rising pitcher Jonathan Gray in action? You can catch a video of his complete game, 12 strikeout performance vs. Kansas here.
- Speaking of the draft, Austin Meadows remains red-hot and has now raised his season average to .600. In 15 games he has 8 doubles, 4 HRs, 13 SBs, and 8 walks.
- The Cubs still have an open roster spot and continue to scour the waiver for talent. One interesting name is Tyler Greene, a RH hitting infielder who can play all infield positions, though he doesn't play any of them well. He does do two things that may interest the Cubs, however. He will grind out ABs and he also has some pop in his bat. The 29 year old was just let go by the Houston Astros -- so that in itself gives you reason to be wary. The Astros aren't exactly loaded with MLB talent. If the Cubs don't make any moves than Steve Clevenger and Hisanori Takahashi will get the last two spots. Keeping Takahashi would require that the Cubs use that last 40 man roster spot.
- David DeJesus, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Nate Schierholtz, DH
- Welington Castillo, C
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Scott Hairston, RF
SP: Travis Wood
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