Soler Energy Is The Cubs Way of the Future
Jorge Soler laced a three-run bases-loaded bases-clearing double down the LF line with two outs in the bottom of the 4th to break-open a close game, and the Cubs went on to defeat the Athletics 7-4 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
Soler also walked twice and scored a run.
Jacob Rogers singled twice, walked, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Gioskar Amaya ripped an RBI single and walked twice, to aid the Cub offense
B. A. Vollmuth belted a two-run home run, doubled, walked, and scored two runs, and Renato Nunez blasted a solo HR, in a losing cause.
The Cubs drew nine walks today, bringing their five-game Instructs total to 35 BB, including two nine-walk games.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1a. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-2 (3B, K, BB, 2 R)
1b. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP)
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, R, SB)
2b. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-1 (4-3)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-1 (BB, BB, 2B, R, 3 RBI)
3b. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B-DH: 0-3 (3-1, F-7, K, RBI)
4b. Rafael Lopez, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
5a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-4)
5b. Tim Saunders, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
6a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB, RBI, SB)
6b. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
7a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-3 (P-6, K, K)
7b. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (3-U)
8. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-2 (6-3, BB, 3-1, R)
9. Ben Carhart, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, F-8, P-6, R)
10. Jacob Rogers, DH-1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
1. Dallas Beeler: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 39 pitches (28 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
2. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 42 pitches (29 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
3. Corbin Hoffner: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 40 pitches (24 strikes), 3/4 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS (3):
1. SS Arismendy Alcantara - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score from 3rd base)
3. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single allowed base-runner to advance from 2nd to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilson Contreras: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures in the mid-90’s
ATTENDANCE: 23 (mostly scouts)
Ryan Kellogg is still a fringy prospect despite being very old for low-A. He's putting up very good numbers no matter who he's facihg.
Great article on Yosh and Nobe. Thanks for including it Trans.
Phil, it looks like Kevonte Mitchell has made some progress this Spring. Your thoughts please, thanks.
so far ryan williams (AAA) is the only system prospect on the "could be ready soon" horizon doing well...that said, he's not very exciting and he's assumed to be an end-rotation talent at best.
paul blackburn is getting great early returns in AA, but he's getting surprisingly low K numbers doing it. he throws lot of low/sinking stuff with good control...also assumed to be an end-rotation guy, but he's got room to be better, especially given his control as base to build on.
Speaking of pitching -- another ugly outing for Underwood at AA. Through 6 starts: 5.19 ERA, WHIP 1.69. Yikes!
Man, do we need starting pitching depth. Our best hopes are still hanging with AZ Phil in Arizona. Very scary.
jeebus... that's terrible.
*clap* *clap* *clap*
Thanks AZ. If you like him, I like him.
Awesome report, and good to see Beeler on his way back.
I'm also very happy to hear about the bi-level bump for Daniel Lewis. In the Name of Theo, he was the Last of the Full-Season Cuts, and There Will Be Blood for those who unnecessarily slow his development. Sure, he might end up in independent ball pitching for Lincoln. But if everything breaks right, he may even have a shot at joining up with the Gangs of Chicago. I wouldn't bet My Left Foot on it, though.
CHARLIE: The Cubs did the same thing with LHSP Eric Jokisch last month, and it has nothing to do with needing the player's 40-man roster slot.
The hope is that another MLB club will claim the player, so that you aren't on the hook for any termination pay (which you would be if you release him) AND you pick up $20,000 from the claiming team, all for a guy you don't want going forward anyway.
Moosetacos, I like it. All I can think of is a bearded lumberjack dude operating a Mexican style taco truck with a Canadian accent.
How strange is this for May? Is it insignificant, or does it suggest some sort of trade might be in the works?
The Cubs have sent LHRP C. J. Riefenhauser outright to Iowa.
Cubs MLB 40-man roster now stands at 37 (three slots open).
yow...the a.gordon/m.moustakas collision now makes the schwarb collision look minor in scope.
gordon broke his wrist, expected to miss 4+ weeks...and today moosetacos has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. fun times in KC.
dodgers calling up julio urias for tommorow's game. neat.
fernando-mania might have a new heir...dude is 19 (turns 20 in august) and he's got a legit argument for being MLB-ready.
Tony LaRussa, still an idiot