Brenly Learns Son Good (So Far)
Newly-signed Michael Brenly wasted no time getting started, as the youngster slammed a line-drive opposite-field RBI single and stole a base, and RHP Chris Huseby threw three shoutout innings in what was definitely his best outing of 2008, as the EXST Cubs played a three-inning intrasquad game on Fitch Park Field #3 this morning.
Brenly, the Cubs 36th round draft pick out of UNLV and the son of Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly,reported to Fitch Park yesterday and, after meeting the guys and taking some BP, settled right in. And being one day ahead of the other new arrivals, Brenly became the first of the new Cubs to see game action, serving as a DH in today's game.
This will probably be the last "combined" workout for Boise/Mesa (EXST Cubs), as the Boise Hawks roster was to be posted in the clubhouse after the conclusion of the game and the Hawks will be leaving for Idaho tomorrow (although it's possible that the Hawks will have a workout at Fitch Park before leaving for the airport).
After arrival in Boise, the team will attend a banquet where each Hawk player will be paired with a "host family." The player stays free of charge with his host family, and essentially becomes part of the household for the next 2-1/2 months. Although the host families are not compensated financially for their generosity, they do receive season tickets to Hawks games as part of the deal.
Several other newly-signed Cubs 2008 draft picks reported to Fitch Park for their physicals this morning, after which they got their uniforms (this isn't Mississippi State, you know) and reported to Coach Josh Arteaga on Field #2 for a short work-out (infield & outfield practice, and a BP session).
Among the new arrivals at Fitch Park this morning were RHP Jay Jackson (9th round pick out of Furman), 2B Jake Opitz (12th round pick out of Nebraska), 1B Ryan Keedy (16th round pick out of UAB), and CF David Macias (19th round pick out of Vanderbilt). There were also two or three others on the field I was unable to identify (they apparently weren't told to check-in with me first before taking the field).
Here is the abridged box score from today's intrasquad game...
NOTE: The lineups were structured based on the players defensive positions, which is why the two first-basemen were the lead-off hitters, and why Starlin Castro batted clean-up for probably the first time in his life.
1. Bryan Jost, 1B: 1-2 (R)
2. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 1-1 (2 R, BB, SB)
3. Josh Vitters, 3B: 1-2 (RBI, R)
4. Michael Brenly, DH #1: 1-2 (RBI, SB)
5. Junior Lake, SS: 0-2 (K)
6. Kevin Soto, LF: 2-2 (2 RBI, 2B)
7. Leon Johnson, CF: 0-1 (BB)
8. Nelson Perez, RF: 0-1 (GIDP)
9. Carlos Perez, C: 0-1
10. Jeffrey Rea, DH #2: 0-1
1. Drew Rundle, 1B: 0-2 (GIDP)
2. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B: 1-1 (BB, SB)
3. John Contreras, 3B: 0-2 (2 K)
4. Starlin Castro, SS: 0-1
5. George Matheus, LF: 0-1
6. Cesar Salazar, CF: 0-1
7. Kyler Burke, RF: 1-1
8. Jose Made, DH: 0-1
9. Roberto Sabates, C: 0-0 (BB)
1. Chris Huseby - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP
1. Carlos Rojas - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP
2. Arik Hempy - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
Carlos Perez: 0-1 CS
Roberto Sabates: 0-2 CS
ERRORS (5) :
Junior Lake (2) - two E-6, one an overthow at 1st base, and one dropped throw on a 4-6 FC attempt.
Marwin Gonzalez - one E-4, muffed ground ball allowing batter to reach base.
Roberto Sabates (2) - two E-2, both errant throws to 2nd base trying to cut-down base-stealers, where ball bounced past middle infielder into CF, allowing runners to advance to 3rd base.
WEATHER: Very hot, with game-time temperature in the the 90's on the way to 110.
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.
First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.
Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.
Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.
"Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."
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