The Hot Corner: Observations from Mesa, Cubs’ Top-30 additions, Young El Mago, more


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 David Ross hanging with Bryzzo (Kassie Hager - CubsHQ)
David Ross hanging with Bryzzo (Kassie Hager - CubsHQ)

Cubs’ news and notes

Cubs’ Opening Day: 3 days. (March 28 @ Rangers)

First Spring Training game: 2 Days. (Saturday, February 23, Brewers vs. Cubs at Sloan Park). The Cubs are then due to take on the Giants on Sunday, the Dodgers on Monday and the D-Backs on Tuesday.

Observations from Mesa: CubsHQ correspondent, Kassie Hager has attended each day of spring training and has made a few observations that we wanted to share. (1) KB, Rizzo, and Heyward have been hitting bombs out of the park and are generally hanging out a lot with Davis Ross. (2) Javy Baez spending all of his time at short with Russell, while Happ and Descalso have mainly covered second. (3) Addison Russell is generally by himself and appears sad, overall. (4) Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora, Jr. seem to have their own little clique, as the two have been inseparable. Meanwhile, Schwarber and Rizzo seem to have the right attitudes, as neither has been seen without a smile and both are always laughing and having fun.

Own it now: With the spring training opener just two days away, the Cubs released a short hype video.

Throwback Thursday: A younger Javy Baez doing what he does best:

New additions: The Cubs’ Top-30 prospect list has some new names: Yovanny Cruz (16), Paul Richan (18), Tyson Miller (19), Reivaj Garcia (21), Dakota Mekkes (24), Christopher Morel (26), Riley Thompson (27), Luis Verdugo (28), Andy Weber (30).

Players making the biggest jumps from the previous list include: +13 spots Richard Gallardo +12 Zack Short +9 Cole Roederer +9 Cory Abbott +9 Trent Giambrone (Credit to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian for the stats).

Baseball is back! Spring training games start today…

Today: Mariners vs. Athletics- Postponed due to rain after 1-1/2 innings with the visiting Mariners up 5-0.

Friday: Fire vs. Tigers (1:05 PM Eastern)

Huskies vs. Red Sox: (1:05 PM Eastern)

Phillies vs. Rays: (1:05 PM Eastern)

Athletics vs. Mariners: (3:10 PM Eastern)

An additional sixteen games are scheduled for Saturday, including the Cubs’ opener. Stay tuned to CubsHQ for scores and updates.

Other news and rumors from around MLB

Vegas odds: Las Vegas SuperBook released their latest odds for the 2019 World Series winner.

Astros 6/1 Yankees 6/1 Dodgers 7/1 Red Sox 7/1 Indians 10/1 Cubs 12/1 Cardinals 12/1 Nationals 12/1 Phillies 14/1 Braves/Brewers 18/1 Mets 20/1 A's/Rays/Rockies 25/1

Tragedy: Boston Globe baseball reporter Nick Cafardo has died at age 62. In part, an article from the Boston Globe reads, “Cafardo’s love of baseball and commitment to his craft compelled him to report to JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Red Sox, on one of his rare days off. He was apparently stricken by an embolism at the park, and members of the Sox medical team were unable to revive him.” We CubsHQ would like to extend our condolences to the Cafardo family.

Giants: SF has added right-hander Nick Vincent on a minor-league deal. Vincent will join the team for spring training.

Mariners: For all of the wheeling and dealing this year, one would almost wonder if Jerry Dipoto would even have a team to field: They do. In a rain-shortened inning-and-a-half game this afternoon, the visiting Mariners were manhandling the Oakland A’s. Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, then followed that up with a three-run top of the second, before Mother Nature took over. No word yet if the game will be continued at a later date.

Twins: In their efforts to continue rebuilding, the Twins are now looking at free-agent utility-man, Marwin Gonzalez.

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