Results tagged ‘ Logan Watkins ’

3/2 Bunt tourney update

The Cubs bunt tournament will resume on Sunday with Anthony Rizzo facing Logan Watkins. Rizzo then leaves the Cubs to join Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. There will be three matches on Monday. A portion of the prize money will go to the family of Tom Pratt, a Cubs Minor League coach who passed away last year.

Here are the sweet 16:

David DeJesus vs. Starlin Castro
Anthony Rizzo vs. Logan Watkins
Brent Lillibridge vs Michael Brenly
Edwin Maysonet vs Andy Lane (bullpen catcher)

Edwin Jackson vs. Casey Coleman
Hisanori Takahashi vs. Tim Buss (strength coach)
Jeff Samardzija vs Blake Parker
Travis Wood vs Nate Halm (video guy)

– Carrie Muskat

3/2 Watkins survives pie, guacamole

Logan Watkins may never eat guacamole again but at least he’s tried it. Just don’t ask the Cubs infielder to eat plain oatmeal or blueberry pie again. Watkins and Dale Sveum first discussed food in January at the rookie development camp in Chicago. A 21st round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Watkins felt fortunate to sit next to the Cubs manager at a dinner. Then his fortune changed.

“He noticed I wasn’t exactly grabbing everything to eat on the table,” Watkins said of Sveum.

Watkins doesn’t have dietary restrictions, just a limited palate.

“Sure enough, we struck up a great conversation where I told him everything,” Watkins said.

What Watkins, 23, revealed was all the things he’d never eaten, including chocolate milk, apple pie and guacamole. Sveum was amazed, and for the past week, he’s done daily taste tests with Watkins. Before every team meeting at HoHoKam Park, Sveum would walk into the room, carrying a covered plate. He’d make eye contact with Watkins. The manager would go over the workout plan for the day, and then the infielder would be asked to come up to a table in the middle of the room to eat whatever surprise Sveum had.

Last Saturday, it was chocolate milk. On Sunday, it was an orange, which Watkins had to peel. Monday was plain yogurt with berries. Tuesday was blueberry pie, and that wasn’t good. Watkins got one day off because they ran out of time. On Thursday, he had plain oatmeal, which he called “terrible.”

Friday was the last day, and that’s when Sveum presented the guacamole. Watkins had been dreading that.

“Just on strictly appearance, I wasn’t a fan of guacamole,” Watkins said. “I’m still not a fan. It had no taste. That’s probably the last time I’ll try it.”

It wasn’t the mushy texture or the green color that was the problem.

“It had no taste,” Watkins said.

But it wasn’t the worst.

“Oatmeal took the cake,” Watkins said. “Blueberry pie was a close second. Everything else was not bad, I guess.”

Would he eat any of the foods again?

“Chocolate milk or yogurt would be the only two I’d consider,” he said. “The berries were OK.”

Watkins is a steak and potatoes kind of guy.

“My favorite food is bread, like a roll from ‘Texas Roadhouse,'” he said.

He’s even adventurous enough to put butter on them.

“I just kind of stay in my own lane and eat the same thing over and over again,” Watkins said. “[My family] didn’t bring me up to eat like that but that’s the way I grew up.”

It’s not that he had a bad reaction to anything he ate or endured a bout of food poisoning.

“It’s more that I’d never tried it because I never felt like it kind of thing,” he said.

Watkins was the Cubs’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, and this is his first big league spring camp. It’s one he and his stomach won’t forget. What does he eat in the Minors?

“I eat a lot of peanut butter sandwiches because that’s there every day, and I’ll eat it every day,” he said. “Or chicken. I like chicken.”

The teasing was good natured, and Watkins handled it well, even if his tummy didn’t.

“I’m glad everybody got as much enjoyment out of it as they did because I didn’t,” he said. “It’s OK. It’s over now.”

Watkins can focus on prepping for the season and on the team bunt tournament. The young infielder has been impressive in that.

“I’m pretty excited,” Watkins said after the last taste test. “It’s over, and now I can concentrate on hitting.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/27 Bunt tourney update

Logan Watkins continued to impress and strength coach Tim Buss advanced in the Cubs bunting tournament on Wednesday. Watkins ousted Scott Hairston, who tried to beat the young infielder by aiming for the 100-point spot on the field in the final round. It didn’t work. Buss beat pitcher Scott Baker to advance, and will face Chris Rusin in the next round. Watkins now faces Anthony Rizzo, who beat Ian Stewart.

Thursday’s matches include:

Nick Struck vs. Edwin Jackson
Shawn Camp vs. Casey Coleman
David DeJesus vs. Darwin Barney
Starlin Castro vs. Rafael Lopez

– Carrie Muskat

11/20 Cubs add 4; LaHair DFA

The Cubs selected the contracts of four players, including Logan Watkins, the Minor League Player of the Year, and added them to the 40-man roster but also designated All-Star Bryan LaHair for assignment. Besides Watkins, right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt, infielder Christian Villanueva and right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack were added to the Cubs’ roster, which is now at 40.

Tuesday was the deadline for Major League teams to protect eligible prospects from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Among the players left unprotected were right-hander Nick Struck, who was the organization’s 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The Cubs are pursuing an opportunity for LaHair, 30, with a Japanese team. He batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games but lost the first base job to rookie Anthony Rizzo. LaHair batted .390 in April with five home runs and 14 RBIs, but then struggled. Rizzo was promoted from Triple-A Iowa on June 26, and won National League Rookie of the Month honors in July by batting .330 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. LaHair did consider playing in Japan after the 2011 season if he couldn’t get regular at-bats.

The Cubs also announced right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez, 26, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins Oct. 24, has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

11/20 Decision day

Today is the deadline for Major League teams to file their reserve lists and set their 40-man rosters prior to the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Dec. 6. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is at 39.

Players who have been in the Cubs’ Minor League system for four years and were 19 years old or older on June 5 the year they were drafted are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. If a player was 18 or younger on June 5 of his Draft year, that player becomes eligible after five years.

Among the names of players who could be selected are Logan Watkins and Nick Struck, who were picked as the Cubs’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, in 2012. Here’s a list of Cubs prospects eligible for Rule 5 Draft. We’ll update later when the team announces any changes to the roster:

Jeffry Antigua, Frank Batista, Jason Berken, Justin Bour, Michael Brenly, Michael Burgess, Kyler Burke, David Cales, Esmailin Caridad, Marcelo Carreno, Matt Cerda, Hunter Cervenka, Evan Crawford, Willengton Cruz, Michael de la Cruz, Antonio Encarnacion, Carlos Figueroa, Eduardo Figueroa, Marcus Hatley, Ty’Relle Harris, Jay Jackson, Alvido Jimenez, Austin Kirk, Luis Liria, Jeff Lorick, Marcos Mateo, Edwin Maysonet, Trey McNutt, Pedro Medina, Jose Montesino, A.J. Morris, Jonathon Mota, Felix Pena, Starling Peralta, Nelson Perez, Dae-Eun Rhee, Greg Rohan, Jose Rosario, Zac Rosscup, Julio Sanchez, Brian Schlitter, Ryan Searle, Matt Spencer, Nick Struck, Larry Suarez, Francisco Turbi, Christian Villanueva, Brett Wallach, Logan Watkins, Casey Weathers, Rob Whitenack, Ty Wright.

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 AFL final update

The Mesa Solar Sox ended the Arizona Fall League season on Thursday with an 8-3 loss to Phoenix. Cubs prospect Matt Szczur was 0-for-4, and finished his AFL stint batting .264. Logan Watkins, a late add to take Javier Baez’s place on the roster, batted .219 in nine games, and Rubi Silva batted .206 in 20 games. Among the Cubs pitching prospects who took part, Dae-Eun Rhee posted a 6.27 ERA in six games, giving up 13 earned runs over 18 2/3 innings in six starts. Nick Struck, the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year, compiled a 5.51 ERA in 12 appearances, giving up 10 earned runs on 12 hits and 12 walks over 16 1/3 innings. Kevin Rhoderick served up five runs on seven hits and struck out 14 over 9 1/3 innings. Tony Zych posted a 3.86 ERA in 13 games, giving up 18 hits and walking two over 14 innings. Peoria and Salt River will play for the AFL championship on Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium.

– Carrie Muskat

11/14 AFL update

Rubi Silva had two hits, Matt Szczur scored two runs and was 1-for-4 and Logan Watkins scored another run but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 10-8 to Surprise in Arizona Fall League play on Tuesday. Silva and Szczur each hit RBI singles in the loss. On Wednesday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale for a night game. First pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT.

– Carrie Muskat

11/13 AFL & Winter ball updates

* Logan Watkins drew three walks and scored one run but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-4 to Salt River on Monday in Arizona Fall League play. Other Cubs prospects to play included pitchers Nick Struck, who gave up one earned run in one inning, and Tony Zych, who also gave up a run in one inning. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox play host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT.

* Junior Lake was 2-for-2, scoring two runs and driving in another, for Estrellas de Oriente in Dominican Winter League play on Monday. Lake was batting .365. Esmailin Caridad has a 1.93 ERA in 15 games for Yaquis de Obregon in the Dominican. He’s struck out 23 and walked six over 18 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

11/12 Extra bases: Campana to Venezuela

* Cubs outfielder Tony Campana tweeted on Sunday that he was on his way to Venezuela to play winter ball. Campana was to join Caracas as was third baseman Josh Vitters. Last season, Campana batted .264 in 89 games for the Cubs with 30 stolen bases, and stole another 18 bases in 37 games for Triple-A Iowa, where he hit .280.

* Mesa plays host to Salt River on Monday, kicking off the last week of Arizona Fall League play. The Solar Sox have gotten a boost from Cubs prospect Logan Watkins, going 5-1 since he started playing. Watkins, named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year after batting .281 at Double-A Tennessee, was batting .316 in five games.

* In Winter League play, Junior Lake was batting .344 in 19 games for Estrellas de Oriente and Diory Hernandez batting .221 in 19 games for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. Jae-Hoon Ha was batting .213 in 17 games for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela, while Christian Villanueva was batting .167 in 12 games for Yaquis de Obregon in Mexico.

– Carrie Muskat

11/11 AFL update

Logan Watkins was 3-for-5, including a solo home run, and Matt Szczur was 2-for-5 to spark a 15-hit attack and lead the Mesa Solar Sox to an 11-8 win over Peoria on Saturday. Watkins, the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 who was a late add to Mesa’s roster after Javier Baez was injured, was batting .316 in the AFL. Dae-Eun Rhee started, and gave up four runs — one earned — on four hits and two walks over two innings. Sunday is an off day for the AFL, and play resumes Monday when Mesa plays host to Salt River at HoHoKam Park, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT.

– Carrie Muskat

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