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Mesa Cubscast: Goals for 2012

MESA, Ariz.–The Cubs transitioned to game action today at HoHoKam Park after a tough few weeks of workouts. As the team continues to stress the fundamentals in preparation for Cactus League action, the players look ahead to their goals for the 2012 regular season.

Cactus Notes: Game day

MESA, Ariz.–The Cubs are gearing up for their first live game action of the season this afternoon at HoHoKam Park. After morning workouts, the club will play an intrasquad game–blue team versus white–essentially pitting the major league squad against the minor leaguers. The game starts at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.

Here are today’s intrasquad lineups:

1. Soriano – LF

2. Stewart – 3B

3. Castro – SS

4. LaHair – 1B

5. Byrd – CF

6. DeJesus – RF

7. Lalli – C

8. Barney – 2B

9. DeWitt – DH

T. Wood – P

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1. Jackson – CF

2. Sczcur – RF

3. Baker – 2B

4. Rizzo – 1B

5. Johnson – L

6. Vitters – 3B

7. Lake – SS

8. Brenly – C

9. Campana – DH

Wells – P

Cactus Notes: Injury updates

MESA, Ariz.–New Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm threw a side session on Monday but was sent home afterward, as he is still recovering from the flu. Although Maholm was slated to compete against Rodrigo Lopez in the Cubs bunting competition this afternoon, their matchup was postponed by manager Dale Sveum.

“I think he got a little sick–a little lightheaded–and is still a little dehydrated from being sick,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Shortstop Starlin Castro showed no ill effects after being hit in the forearm by a fastball from pitcher Kerry Wood during live batting practice on Monday. Castro, who was immediately examined by assistant trainer Ed Halbur, stepped back in against Wood later in the round and participated in all other drills throughout the day.

“He’s fine,” Sveum said. “I wasn’t there to witness it. It sounded a little more scary, but he’s fine. He stepped right in and did all his drills after that. It was almost like he didn’t get hit.”

Congrats, Starlin! 21-year-old Castro leads league in hits

Photo by David Durochik.

Starlin Castro wrapped up a great sophomore season at the plate with his 207th hit yesterday, finishing the season with 207 knocks and a .307 AVG/.341 OBP/.432 SLG triple-slash line. Look out for an illustration by Jerry Neumann commemorating the achievement in the November issue of Vine Line.

Your final National League hits leaderboard for 2011:

1. Castro (CHC) 207
2. Kemp (LAD) 195
3. Bourn (TOT) 193
4. Pence (TOT) 190
5. Braun (MIL) 187
6. Votto (CIN) 185
7. Phillips (CIN) 183
8. Reyes (NYM) 181
9. Pujols (STL) 173
Ramirez (CHC) 173

The more impressive 200: Castro or Dempster?

The following guest post was submitted by Ryan Maloney, from the Cubs MLBlog Prose and Ivy. (Photos by Stephen Green)

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: If Ryan Dempster joins Starlin Castro in reaching a personal “200″ milestone this week, which accomplishment are you more impressed by: Dempster’s four straight seasons of 200+ innings, or Castro hitting the 200-hit mark at a younger age than any player in the history of the franchise?

Starlin Castro reached his statistical mountain top on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals when he became the Cubs’ youngest player ever to reach 200 hits in a season. Ryan Dempster is chasing the 200-inning mark for the fourth straight season, needing just 3.1 innings pitched in his last remaining start, at San Diego.

So let’s consider what each achievement says about the two players. (more…)

1000 Words: Hop in his step

Already having proved his bat can be a cornerstone of the Cubs lineup for years to come, shortstop Starlin Castro works on his defense during the last homestand. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Farm Report: LaHair leads Triple-A All-Stars

Bryan LaHair has torn up Triple-A pitching this season. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Starlin Castro isn’t the only player in the Cubs organization representing his team in an All-Star Game. (Though he’s the only one with two stolen bases in one, entering in the fifth inning as a pinch-runner.)

Between Chicago and the club’s top four minor league levels, 27 players were selected to All-Star teams. Vine Line’s August issue covers Cubs farmhand experiences, from personal and developmental perspectives, at the various midsummer events.

Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game [MLB Network, 8 p.m. CT] showcases three Iowa Cubs on the Pacific League team: Bryan LaHair, Welington Castillo and John Gaub.

Starting at first base, LaHair currently shares the league lead in homers (25) and has an impressive line of .349 AVG/.418 OBP/.681 SLG. The Cubs acquired him as a minor league free agent after the 2009 season.

Marlon Byrd talked on his blog, The Byrd’s Nest, about his first-hand experience with LaHair and Castillo during his rehab appearances.

“His [LaHair’s] numbers are phenomenal. At some point, hopefully he gets a chance to help the team, whether it’s here or somewhere,” Byrd said. “Welington Castillo is looking good back there and still learning.” (more…)

Castillo making play to be Cubs catcher of the future

Post by Austin Hannon; photo by Stephen Green. Subscribe to Vine Line today.

Cubs fans have been hearing about catching prospect Welington Castillo’s toolset—including pop that could play at the big league level. But he may have reached another level a couple weeks ago.

On June 17, Castillo crushed a soaring homer that cleared Albuquerque’s 40-foot scoreboard, just the second time a player had cleared the giant structure in a game. According to an MiLB.com report, Castillo didn’t see where it had landed and couldn’t say if it was his longest ever—but teammates assured him it was indeed.

The June issue of Vine Line covered Castillo as one of the team’s three rising stars, along with shortstop Starlin Castro and five-tool center fielder Brett Jackson. The 24-year-old backstop has made great strides, owed partly to his willingness to learn in the game. Castillo has requested English-speaking roommates at every minor league level in order to sharpen his fluency and communication skills. (more…)

From the pages of Vine Line: Cubby Blue

By Tim Souers, Cubby Blue. Featured in the July 2011, Music Issue of Vine Line (subscribe).

1000 Words: Tony Campana’s 10th-inning mob

Starlin Castro's walk-off hit.

Aramis Ramirez celebrates as Starlin Castro drives home the winning run, completing a come-from-behind, 10th-inning win over the Brewers. (Photos by Stephen Green)

Tony Campana gets mobbed at home plate.

Tony Campana prepares for the mob at home plate after scoring the winning run.
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