Results tagged ‘ Trey McNutt ’

3/9 Extra bases

The Cubs trimmed the spring camp roster by four, sending right-handed pitchers Marco Carillo and Trey McNutt, outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha, and infielder Jonathan Mota to the Minor League camp. With the moves, the spring roster now is 59. McNutt battled injuries in a 5-6 season last year at Double-A Tennessee.

“He’s got the stuff, he’s got the makeup,” Dale Sveum said of the right-hander. “He’s just got to be more consistent with his breaking ball. He’s got to understand how to use it and when to use it. He works as hard as anybody. His makeup is great. It’s just a matter of going out there and being more consistent on an every start basis.”

* Alfonso Soriano has hit three homers and led off Friday’s game with his second double this spring. The left fielder has shortened his leg kick. Said Sveum: “It might have been time where he came up with it. As you get older, the bat slows down, and you’ve got to have a lot less moving parts to your swing, especially that big ol’ log he swings. Less moving parts, the easier.”

* Paul Maholm will make his first Cactus League start on Monday when the Cubs face the Reds in Mesa at HoHoKam Park.

– Carrie Muskat

 

11/15 AFL update

Junior Lake hit a RBI double in the eighth but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost 4-2 to Peoria on Monday in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs prospect Trey McNutt started, and gave up two runs — one earned — on two hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out two. The two teams meet again in Peoria on Tuesday.

– Carrie Muskat

11/9 AFL update

DJ LeMahieu had two hits, two RBIs and a stolen base in Mesa’s 13-3 loss to Peoria on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Trey McNutt started for the Solar Sox, and gave up one unearned run on three hits over two innings. Cubs prospect Marcus Hatley gave up one hit and struck out one in one inning of relief. On Wednesday, Mesa plays host to Salt River at HoHoKam Park.

– Carrie Muskat

11/6 AFL & winter ball update

Junior Lake went 1-for-3 with a double but also made a costly throwing error as the West team beat the East, 11-2, in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game Saturday in Surprise. Cubs prospects Chris Carpenter and Trey McNutt each pitched in the game in relief. After an off day Sunday, the three rejoin the Mesa Solar Sox and play host to Peoria at HoHoKam Park on Monday.

In Venezuela, Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up two hits and struck out five over seven innings to help Zulia beat La Guaira, 4-0. On Sunday, Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to start for Caribes against Magallanes. It will be his first game since Aug. 12.

– Carrie Muskat

11/2 AFL update – Tuesday’s game

Josh Vitters hit a RBI double but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost, 7-5, on Tuesday to Surprise in Arizona Fall League play. Vitters is batting .343. Trey McNutt started and gave up three runs on four hits, including three home runs, in three innings. He struck out three. Andrew Cashner followed McNutt, and gave up two runs on three hits in one inning. Mesa faces Phoenix on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

Also on Tuesday, McNutt, pitcher Chris Carpenter and shortstop Junior Lake were named to the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars team.

– Carrie Muskat

10/25 AFL update

DJ LeMahieu had two hits and scored two runs in Mesa’s 8-6, 10-inning loss to Surprise on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Junior Lake and Josh Vitters were both hitless in four at-bats. Trey McNutt started for Mesa, and gave up three runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. The Solar Sox lost on a walkoff two-run homer in the 10th. On Wednesday, Mesa plays host to Scottsdale at HoHoKam Park. First pitch at 12:35 p.m. MT.

– Carrie Muskat

10/19 McNutt: “I thought it was a joke”

Trey McNutt was roughed up Wednesday in his third Arizona Fall League start, giving up four runs, two earned, over 1 2/3 innings. What surprised him even more was to hear that he was rumored to be one of the players mentioned as possible trade bait for the Cubs to acquire Theo Epstein.

McNutt can only hope he has better luck than Hector Trinidad.

In 1994, the Cubs agreed to terms with then-Minnesota GM Andy MacPhail and Trinidad, a Class A pitcher, was dealt to the Twins as compensation. The pitcher never made it to the big leagues.

Now, the Cubs and Red Sox are negotiating so Theo Epstein can take over baseball operations in Chicago.

McNutt, a 32nd-round pick in 2009, has been rumored to be one of the players the Red Sox are targeting. He’s just trying to get back on track after an injury riddled season with Double-A Tennessee. He missed time because of blisters and a bruised rib cage suffered in a collision with teammate Josh Vitters.

The right-hander didn’t know he was in the middle of the Epstein-to-Cubs talks until his Mesa Solar Sox teammates told him.

“I just thought it was a joke and then they showed me and I was like, ‘It’s for real,'” McNutt told WEEI in Boston after his start Wednesday. “I just didn’t think [the Cubs] would trade me because we need the starting pitching. But anything can happen. that’s just how the world works.

“[The rumor] just caught me by shock,” McNutt said. “I just didn’t think my name would be brought up, so I’m just going to sit and wait and see. Nothing’s probably going to happen until after the World Series, so that’ll probably be this time next week. You just kind of sit around and wait. Either way, they’re both good organizations. If they do trade me, sometimes organizations have to do things they don’t want to do and that’s just the nature of the game.”

The Cubs do need starting pitching, but also a general manager. Epstein, who will be 38 in December, apparently has agreed in principle to a five-year deal with the Cubs, and could be named president of baseball operations. There are reports that Epstein would bring Jed Hoyer, now the Padres GM, to Chicago and Hoyer would handle the general manager duties. Epstein would oversee the baseball operations, and be given a different title.

“I know he did a hell of a job with the Red Sox over there,” McNutt said of Epstein. “Brought them two World Series. He’s a good GM, one of the better ones out there. I think if we get him, he’ll do a good job in the Cubs organization for sure.”

There were reports that the Cubs and Red Sox could complete the negotiations on Thursday. However, Major League Baseball imposes a blackout on all announcements during the World Series, which began Wednesday in St. Louis between the Cardinals and Rangers.

Apparently, McNutt is the last to know.

“I dont know what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s out of my hands. I’m just trying to focus on pitching out here and trying to get better. You learn to take everything in stride, really. You don’t take the game for granted. You go out there and work hard every day and that’s all you can ask for.”

– Carrie Muskat

10/19 AFL update – Wednesday’s game

The Mesa Solar Sox rallied for a 6-5 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Trey McNutt, who reportedly has drawn interest from the Red Sox in the Theo Epstein talks, started and gave up four runs — two earned — on five hits and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. Chris Carpenter picked up the win, pitching one inning in relief. Cubs prospects Junior Lake was 2-for-5, Josh Vitters 1-for-3, and DJ LeMahieu 1-for-4. White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino hit a two-run single in the ninth for the game-winning runs. The Mesa team plays host to Scottsdale on Thursday at HoHoKam Park.

– Carrie Muskat

10/18 Waiting for Theo, Day 7

On Oct. 27, 2009, a travel day during the World Series between the Yankees and Phillies, the Cubs held a news conference at Wrigley Field to announce the Ricketts family had completed the sale of the ballclub. MLB discourages teams from announcements during the World Series but made an exception for the Cubs that year. Could that happen again so the Cubs can name their next general manager?

One week ago, reports surfaced that the Cubs and Red Sox GM Theo Epstein had agreed in principle to a five-year deal. But Epstein has one year left on his contract, and the two teams have been discussing compensation and who, if any, of his staff can accompany him to Chicago. The two teams can set their own deadline to complete negotiations but Game 1 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers is Wednesday night. No news conference was scheduled Tuesday for the Stadium Club at Wrigley Field.

The Red Sox apparently are trying to restock their pitching in the Minor Leagues. There were reports the Red Sox aimed high and asked for starter Matt Garza as compensation but the Cubs rejected that option. Boston was believed to be targeting right-hander Trey McNutt, who was currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League. A 32nd-round pick in 2009, McNutt battled blisters and a bruised rib cage this season at Double-A Tennessee and was 5-6 with a 4.55 ERA in 23 games. McNutt, 22, was 10-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 25 starts at Class A and Double-A in 2010.

Another arm in the mix could be right-hander Chris Carpenter, a third-round pick in 2008, who pitched in relief at Tennessee, Triple-A Iowa and briefly with the Cubs this season. But Chicago doesn’t have much depth in the system, which was evident this past season when the Cubs lost Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells to injuries after their first starts and struggled to fill their spots in the rotation.

There is some precedent. In 1994, after agreeing to terms with Twins GM Andy MacPhail to become president and CEO, the Cubs sent Class A pitcher Hector Trinidad to the Twins as compensation. Trinidad never made it to the big leagues.

Interim GM Randy Bush has handled the Cubs day to day operations the last two months, but there are decisions to be made once the World Series ends. Free agency begins five days after the final out. The Cubs staff also is on hold. Manager Mike Quade is under contract for 2012 but only hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo is believed to be signed for next year. The others have contracts that expire at the end of October.

In Epstein’s nine years as GM, the Red Sox won two World Series and reached the postseason six times. What’s that worth? Friday is a travel day for the Cardinals and Rangers. Perhaps Cubs and Red Sox followers will find out then.

– Carrie Muskat

10/17 Waiting for Theo, Day 6

The Boston Globe reported Monday that talks between the Cubs and Red Sox to determine compensation for Theo Epstein are ongoing but may not be resolved before the World Series begins. The Red Sox want players in exchange for allowing Epstein to leave with one year remaining on his contract. The Cubs and Epstein has reportedly agreed in principle on a five-year contract in which he would take over the baseball operations.

Major League Baseball discourages teams from making any announcements during the World Series, which begins Wednesday in St. Louis when the Cardinals face the Rangers. The two sides could continue to negotiate but if the World Series goes seven games, it would end Oct. 27.

The Red Sox are believed to be focused on adding pitchers, and one report said they were targeting right-hander Trey McNutt, who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League now.

The Cubs will not comment on the GM search, and the Red Sox have declined to comment on Epstein’s status.

– Carrie Muskat

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