Remember the Alamo!
Tyler Alamo blasted a two-run home run over the LF fence and onto the roof of a house on the north side of 8th Street to give the Cubs an early 2-0 lead, and Kelvin Freeman, Shawon Dunston Jr, Jacob Hannemann, Jeimer Candelario, Yasiel Balaguert, and Jordan Hankins drilled six consecutive two-out hits to highlight a five-run 6th, as the Cubs hammered out 17 hits and drubbed the Angels 10-3 in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa.
The 6'4 Alamo was the Cubs 2013 24th round pick out of Cypress HS in Cypress, CA, and the Cubs gave him an "overslot" $100K bonus to convince him to give up his opportunity to play college ball at D-1 powerhouse Cal State - Fullerton.
Eric Aguilera belted a two-run triple and then scored himself on an Andrew Ray SF to account for all three Angel runs.
Cubs 2013 3rd round draft pick Jacob Hannemann (right elbow ligament sprain) saw his first game action today in nearly two months, serving as a DH and hitting second in the lineup. He reached base three times in five PA on two singles and an HBP. He also stole a base.
After achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and serving two years on an LDS mission after graduating from high school, the Hawaiian-born Hannemann enrolled at BYU, where he joined his younger brother Micah on the Cougar football team (Jacob played cornerback) while also playing CF on the baseball team (WCC Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger first-team Freshman All-American). Because he was 21 years old when he started college, Hannemann was the rare "draft-eligible freshman." He is a hyper-aggressive player, running the bases and playing outfield defense with a "crash & burn" style that you often see when a football player (especially one who plays defensive back) plays baseball.
I would say as things stand right now, the Kane County Cougars 2014 Opening Day outfield looks to be Dunston-Hannemann-Balaguert in LF-CF-RF, and if so, that could be a very good outfield.
The top pitching performance of the day was delivered by Cubs starting pitcher Jose Arias, who tossed three dominating innings of no-run/no-hit ball with four strikeouts. The 22-year old 6'6 right-hander features a 94 MPH fastball, a plus-slider, and an improving change-up, and he will very likely be a member of the Kane County starting rotation in 2014 (could even be the ace of the staff), although if he throws in Minor League Camp next March like he has so far at Instructs, it is not inconceivable that he could make the Daytona rotation out of Spring Training.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 2-3 (K, BB, BB, 1B, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 2-4 (HBP, K, 1B, 1B, K, R, SB)
3. Jeimer Candelario, DH #2: 2-4 (BB, 1B, 6-4-3 DP, 1B, F-9, 2 R, RBI)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 3-5 (K, 1B, 5-3, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
5. Jordan Hankins, 3B: 2-4 (P-4, HBP, 1B, 1B, F-9, RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (BB, 6-4-3 DP, 4-3 DP, 6-3, R)
7a. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-2 (HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
7b. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-2 (F-7, K)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 1B, 4-3, 6-3, R, SB)
9. Rashad Crawford, CF: 2-3 (K, 1B, BB, 1B, R)
10. Kelvin Freeman, 1B: 2-4 (K, 1B, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/FO, 34 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Dillon Maples: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 34 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Trevor Clifton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 0/3 GO/FO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Trey Lang: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Zack Godley: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 26 pitches (17 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. P Dillon Maples - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. 3B Jordan Hankins - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Alamo: 1-1 CS
2. Alberto Mineo: 1-2 CS
ATTENDANCE: 22 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Sunny & VERY breezy with temperatures in the 80's
AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.
Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...
Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.
The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request
Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"
To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.
HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.
Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.
"they just fade away"
(Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)
Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.
I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.
AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?
He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.
Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.
I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.
I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).
Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.
"What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "
As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.
Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.
Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer