Brewers Pitching Magnifico at Maryvale
Mitch Haniger belted a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the 4th to break a scoreless tie, and four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Brewers blanked the Cubs 3-0 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park Field #7 (AKA “Paul Molitor Field”) in Phoenix.
All four of the Brew Crew pitchers threw the ball well, but the most eye-popping outing of the day was turned-in by RHP Damien Magnifico (Milwaukee's 2012 5th round draft pick out of the U. of Oklahoma), who wowed the dozen-plus scouts in attendance (and Cub hitters) with a fastball that topped-out at 100 MPH.
Cubs pitchers were also imprsssive, allowing just four hits and one walk.
RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua had an especially efficient outing (13 pitches - 11 strikes in 1.2 IP), marred only by a bunt single that was essentially turned into an inside-the-park HR thanks to a three-base throwing error by catcher Wilson Contreras. It was clearly a hit with no play, but that didn’t stop Contreras from picking up the ball and firing it over the head of 6’5 Cub 1st baseman Jacob Rogers and into the RF corner, allowing speedy Angel Ortega to round the bases and score the Brewers third run of the day. (The Brewers second run was equally “scratchy,” a lead-off bunt single followed by a stolen base, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly).
The Cubs drew six more walks today, bringing their four-game BB total to 26. But they also could muster only four hits (all singles), and left 10 men stranded on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the 9th.
It probably didn’t help the Cub cause that Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Dan Vogelbach, and Chadd Krist did not make the trip to Maryvale. It was their turn to remain at Fitch Park and participate in an Instructional “Camp Day.” (Each of the position players have a “Camp Day” once a week where they do not play in the game that day, instead receiving one-on-one instruction in various phases of the game with the camp’s instructors).
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1. Arismendy Alcantara, DH #1: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3 DP, F-9, P-4)
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-4 (F-8, 1B, K, K)
3a. Ben Carhart, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, 5-4 FC, 4-3)
3b. Lance Rymel, PH: 0-0 (BB)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, BB)
5a. Rafael Lopez, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-U FC)
5b. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-1 (1B, HBP)
6a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
6b. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
7a. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
7b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (P-6)
7c. Justin Marra, PH: 0-1 (K)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 5-3, F-8)
9a. David Bote, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
9b. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (P-4)
10a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-1 (1B, BB)
10b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-1 (1B, SB)
1. Paul Blackburn: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 32 pitches (21 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Duane Underwood: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 33 pitches (22 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 33 pitches (20 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
4. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (11 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (4):
1. 2B David Bote - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Rafael Lopez - E-2 (dropped pop-up in fair territory allowing batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Stephen Bruno - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. C Wilson Contreras - E-2 (three-base error on overthrow at 1st base on bunt single allowed batter to score unearned run)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Rafael Lopez: 1 E (see above)
2. Wilson Contreras: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and a bit breezy, with temperatures in the upper-90’s
ATTENDANCE: 22 (mostly scouts)
best relievers in baseball tend to not be the best relievers for very long though...
also, when you start just trading away guys for marginal benefits, that window will shrink. The window is easily through 2021, just have to look how long Rizzo is signed for and how long they have rights to Bryant, Russell and so on down the line.
Can't say I'm too worried about the SP, they've done nothing but land guys on the cheap and on the expensive since they've arrived. TheJedi will figure that out.
Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).
Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.
Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.
In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?
Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.
Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.
Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.
I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.
peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.
unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.
they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.
Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester
damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice
Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.
Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.
Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.
Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.
"Pitching prospects not looking so hot"
That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.
Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.
Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:
"Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
"No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"
How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.