Guzman Extends Pitch Count At Fitch Park
While the EXST Cubs were losing 8-3 to the EXST Giants this morning on Fitch Park Field #3, Angel Guzman continued his rehab from September 2007 TJ surgery, throwing 20 pitches in a "simulated game" on Field #2.
Facing five EXST Cubs who were not in the starting lineup on Field #3 (Junior Lake, George Matheus, Nelson Perez, Kevin Soto, and Josh Vitters), the 26-year old Guzman once again had good velocity (consistently throwing his fastball 92-94 MPH, same as last Thursday), but also once again struggled with his control, (throwing ten balls and ten strikes in his one inning of work). But at least nobody hit the ball hard off him.
The same could not be said of Guzman's "simulated opponent," Daytona RHP Jon Mueller, who is also rehabbing at Fitch Park.
Mueller threw one real ringer-dinger, as Nelson Perez unloaded a bomb over the RF fence onto 8th Street to put an exclamation point on Mueller's two innings (30 pitches) of mostly subpar work.
Meanwhile, in the EXST game versus Giants on Field #3, RHP Jose Pina (2007 TJ surgery) got his first game action of 2008, throwing one shutout inning (one hit, no walks, and one K). He threw strikes and with decent velocity, and had no control problems at all.
The 22-year old Dominican spent most of the 2007 season in the starting rotation at Peoria, going 5-8 with a 4.29 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 23 games (19 GS), with a 37/71 BB/K and 107 hits allowed in 107 IP, before getting shut-down with a sore elbow that eventually resulted in season-ending surgery.
17-year old Dominican Jeffrey Antigua followed Pina to the mound and got clobbered, easily Antigua's worst outing of EXST 2008. The young left-hander allowed six runs on a triple, two doubles, four singles, and three walks, in just two innings of work.
19-year oldn Dominican RHP Miguel Sierra followed Antigua to the hill, and allowed two runs on five hits over four innings, and then ex-catcher (now RHP) Jake Muyco made his EXST Cactus League debut, throwing one inning, while allowing one hit but no runs.
Muyco had good velocity on his fastball, but the one hit he allowed was a hanging breaking ball. (I'll bet he didn't throw too many of those when he was behind the plate!).
Muyco has the typical look of a catcher-turned-pitcher, throwing with a cocky "bulldog" short-arm motion that is completely artless and totally lacking in style points. But he attacks the opposing hitters with an aggressive, sneering demeanor, and rapid-fire pace.
In EXST roster moves, infielder Gian Guzman was promoted to Peoria, replacing 2B Jeffrey Rea, who has returned to Fitch Park (he is injured again). Also, Tennessee infielder Robinson Chirinos has been sent to EXST at Fitch Park to learn to be a catcher.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Cesar Salazar, CF: 1-2 (RBI, BB, HBP, SB)
2. Kyler Burke, RF: 0-3 (BB)
3. Carlos Perez, DH #1: 0-4 (GIDP)
4. Drew Rundle, DH #2: 1-4
5a. John Contreras, 3B: 0-2 (K, GIDP)
5b. Junior Lake, 3B: 0-2
6a. Marwin Gonzalez, SS: 0-2 (R, BB)
6b. Roberto Sabates, PH: 0-1 (K)
7. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 1-3 (R, BB, K)
8. Alvaro Sosa, C: 2-2 (RBI, R, BB)
9. Bryan Jost, 1B: 0-2 (BB, K, GIDP)
10. Jose Made, LF: 0-2 (RBI, HBP, K)
1. Jose Pina - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (2/0 GO/FO)
2. Jeffry Antigua - 2.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 1 K (3/1 GO/FO)
3. Miguel Sierra - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP (4/4 GO/FO)
4. Jake Muyco - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (1/2 GO/FO)
5. Israel Camacaro - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (2/1 GO/FO)
Alvaro Sosa: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Cloudless, sunny, and hot, temperature over 100 degrees (headed for an expected mid-afternoon high of 110).
And here is the updated 2008 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (as of 5/19)
53 PLAYERS (41 ACTIVE):
37 ON ACTIVE ROSTER
3 ON ACTIVE REHAB
1 ON RESTRICTED LIST – ACTIVE
12 ON DISABLED LIST - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY
* bats or throws left
# bats both
ACTIVE players in BOLD
PITCHERS (31 TOTAL – 24 ACTIVE):
Alberto Alburquerque (SHOULDER SURGERY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Jeffry Antigua
* Michael Bunton (INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Rafael Dolis (TJ SURGERY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Angel Guzman (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Cody Hams
* Arik Hempy
Robert Hernandez (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Kitt Kopach (SHOULDER SURGERY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Oswaldo Martinez (TJ SURGERY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Jon Mueller (ACTIVE REHAB)
Jake Muyco (ex-catcher - POSITION CHANGE)
* Mark Pawelek
Jose Pina (ACTIVE REHAB)
Andres Quezada (ex-OF - POSITION CHANGE)
Cedric Redmond (LABRUM INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Larry Suarez (TJ SURGERY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Luke Sommer (ex-OF - POSITION CHANGE)
CATCHERS (5 TOTAL – 4 ACTIVE):
Robinson Chirinos (ex-2B - POSITION CHANGE)
Jose Guevara (HAND INJURY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Alvaro Sosa
INFIELDERS (10 TOTAL – 8 ACTIVE):
Starlin Castro (FINGER INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Marwin Gonzalez
* Bryan Jost
* Jeffrey Rea (LEG INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
OUTFIELDERS (7 TOTAL – 5 ACTIVE):
* Kyler Burke
* Jeff Culpepper (SHOULDER SURGERY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Clark Hardman (INJURY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Nelson Perez
* Drew Rundle
# Cesar Salazar
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.
They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?
He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.
What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.
(All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)
Lester will probably be all right.
I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.
I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.
Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?
He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.
But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.
The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.
Yup. Thanks Q
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTNekUcY-XM
I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.