Candy Triple Not So Sweet for Angels
Jeimer Candelario belted a two-out game-tying bases-loaded three-run triple off the RF fence and Rafael Lopez followed with an RBI double into the RF corner to drive-in the go-ahead run, as the Cubs rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 6th en route to a 5-4 victory over the Angels in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.
David Bote drove-in the Cubs first run of the game in the 5th with a two-out RBI double into the LF corner.
Making his first game appearance since throwing two innings for Peoria at Kane County on September 3rd, RHP Ben Wells got the start for the Cubs today and tossed two shutout innings with four strikeouts, allowing one harmless single.
RHP Jose Arias relieved Wells and hurled 2.2 IP of no-hit ball with three strikeouts, and after the Cubs took a 5-4 lead in the 6th, LHP Nathan Dorris threw three shutout innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts to record his second three-inning save this week (and third save in five games).
Kaleb Cowart (Angels 2010 1st round draft pick - 18th overall pick) provided most of the offense for the Angels in today's game, with a two-run double, a single, and a walk, in three PA. Cowart is playing temporarily with the Angels Instructs squad while preparing for the Arizona Fall League (AFL), where he will be a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions. The AFL begins play on Tuesday.
Several Cubs executives were at the game today, including Assistant GM Randy Bush and Scouting & Player Development Director Jason McLeod.
Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only)
1a. Tim Saunders, SS: 1-2 (2B, K, PO)
1b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-2 (3-U, 1-3)
2. Albert Almora, CF: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, E-6, K, R, SB)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 0-1 (F-8, HBP)
3b. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-1 (K, BB)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-7)
4b. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
5a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-4 FC)
5b. Lance Rymel, C: 0-1 (BB, 5-3, R)
6a. Ben Carhart, 3B: 0-2 (E-7, 6-3)
6b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-2 (3B, K, R, 3 RBI)
7. Rafael Lopez, DH #1: 1-3 (K, L-6, 2B, RBI)
8. Chadd Krist, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R)
9. David Bote, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, K, RBI)
10a. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
10b. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-0 (HBP)
1. Ben Wells: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 21 pitches (15 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Jose Arias: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 40 pitches (29 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Steve Perakslis: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 40 pitches (25 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Nathan Dorris: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 40 pitches (27 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 4
1. C Wilson Contreras - E-2 (throwing error after dropped third strike allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. SS Marco Hernandez - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
3. P Steve Perakslis - E-1 (throwing error at 3rd base on SH-FC allowed runner to score)
4. SS Marco Hernandez - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wilson Contreras: 1 E (see above)
2. Lance Rymel: 0-1 CS, 1 PO
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Jorge Soler - threw out runner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to RF
WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures in the 90’s
ATTENDANCE: 17 (including Carrie Muskat)
This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.
CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now.
LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.
AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).
I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.
Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)
E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.
Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.
More on the Cub Way.
Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.
Send Soler down!
Awesome thanks AZ
Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!
given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.
i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.
Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?
He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.
My guess? Toronto.
PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.
Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?
Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.
Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.
Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.
While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.