Easter Lilly in Full-Bloom at Fitch Park Sunrise Service

Ted Lilly threw 5.2 IP (66 pitches – 46 strikes) for the Iowa Cubs this morning against the Angels AAA squad (Salt Lake) at Fitch Park Field #3, allowing one run on three hits, no walks, with four strikeouts.


Lilly was supposed to throw four innings/60 pitches, but he was so efficient with his pitches he ended-up working into the 6th inning before he hit 60 pitches, and even then he ended up going slightly over his pre-arranged pitch limit.


Lilly retired the first nine men he faced, and he generally threw strikes (he didn’t walk anyone, and he went to a three-ball count on only two of the 20 men he faced). While he had outstanding command of his fast ball and had a really good change-up today (same as last time), he had some difficulty commanding his curve, bouncing three in the dirt.


Here is Lilly’s INNING-BY INNING LOG:



1st INNING:
F-7 on 3-2 pitch
3-U on 2-0 pitch
K (swinging) on 1-2 pitch


2nd INNING:
F-9 on 1-0 pitch
F-9 on 1-1 pitch
K (swinging) on 2-2 pitch
 


3rd INNING:
5-3 on 0-1 pitch
P-3 on 2-0 pitch
K (looking) on 0-2 pitch


4th INNING:
Bunt single (ball bounced off plate and over Lilly’s head) on first pitch
F-9 on 1-0 pitch
Lilly balked – runner advanced to 2nd base (otherwise runner was picked-off)
Lilly threw wild pitch as breaking ball bounced in dirt in front of plate, runner advanced to 3rd base
F-7 SF on 1-2 pitch, runner scored easily from 3rd base
P-6 on 1-1 pitch


5th INNING:
F-9 on 0-1 pitch
K (looking) on 3-2 pitch
Line single to RF on first pitch
1-3 on 0-1 [pitch
 


6th INNING:
F-7 on 1-2 pitch
Triple into right-centerfield alley on 1-2 pitch
FC (6-2) on 0-2 pitch, runner thrown out at home


The Iowa Cubs didn’t do much offensively, scoring a run in the 4th on a Bryan Lahair lead-off double into the RF corner and two ground outs, and the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th on a throwing error by the Angels 3rd baseman on a Darwin Barney infield single after Marquez Smith and Matt Camp walked. (The game ended in a 2-2 tie, as Micah Hoffpauir flied out to the warning track in left-center with the potential winning run on base).


While Lilly was throwing against the Angels AAA squad on Field #3, Cubs #5 starter Tom Gorzelanny was getting shelled by the Angels AA squad (Arkansas) on Field #2, getting knocked-out of the game in the top of the 4th after allowing two HR. His breaking ball was really sharp, but his fast ball had no life and he really got hammered.


Starlin Castro had two RBI triples in the game.


Today is “getaway day” for the Cubs full-season minor league teams (Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and Peoria), so all games started at 9 AM. The Boise/Mesa squad will be remaining at Fitch Park and becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad, playing games most every morning Monday-Saturday (they get Sunday’s off) until mid-June.


Here is today’s abridged box score (Iowa Cubs players only):


NOTE: Jose Guevara was brought up from Boise/Mesa for today's game only, and utility infielder Jonathan Mota will be assigned to Extended Spring Training for a while as he continues to learn the art of catching.


IOWA LINEUP:
1. Matt Camp, SS: 0-4 (Kc, 6-3, Ks, P-4, BB)
2. Darwin Barney, 2B: 2-5 (1B, E-3, F-8, F-7, 1B+E5)
3. Micah Hoffpauir, 1B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 3-1, BB, F-8)
4. Jason Dubois, LF: 0-4 (L-7, F-7, 5-3, Ks)
5. Bryan Lahair, RF: 2-4 (3-U, 2B, 1B, Ks, R)
6. James Adduci, CF: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, E-4, Ks)
7. Chris Robinson, C: 0-4 (4-6 FC, E-4, 6-4 FC, F-8, RBI)
8. Marquez Smith, 3B: 0-3 (4-U FC, F-9, 6-4 FC, BB, R)
9a. Ted Lilly, P: 0-2 (4-3, F-7)
9b. Bobby Scales, DH: 0-1 (Kc)
9c. Jose Guevara, PH: 0-1 (Ks)


IOWA PITCHERS:
1. Ted Lilly- 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 4/9 GO/FO, 66 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Thomas Diamond – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
3. J. R. Mathes - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Jay Jackson – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


Best I can tell, here are the Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, Peoria, and Boise/Mesa rosters as they were yesterday:


UPDATED 2010 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS – SATURDAY 4/3:


IOWA (24):


PITCHERS (12):
Mitch Atkins
Casey Coleman
Thomas Diamond
* John Gaub
Jeff Gray
Jay Jackson
* Scott Maine
* J. R. Mathes
Mike Parisi
Blake Parker
Brian Schlitter
Jeff Stevens


CATCHERS (2)
Welington Castillo
* Mark Johnson (Inactive - player/coach)
Chris Robinson


INFIELDERS (6)
Darwin Barney
* Matt Camp
* Micah Hoffpauir
* Bryan Lahair
# Bobby Scales
Marquez Smith


OUTFIELDERS (4)
* James Adduci
Jason Dubois
* Sam Fuld
* Brad Snyder


TENNESSEE (27):


PITCHERS (15)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Todd Blackford
* Ryan Buchter
David Cales
Chris Carpenter (Limited Activity Only – Injury Rehab)
Marco Carrillo
Andrew Cashner
Hung-Wen Chen
Alessandro Maestri
Marcos Mateo
Craig Muschko
Jake Muyco
* Jeremy Papelbon
David Patton (Limited Activity Only – Injury Rehab)
* Dustin Sasser
* Chris Siegfried
* Luke Sommer


CATCHERS (2)
Robinson Chirinos
* Steve Clevenger


INFIELDERS (7)
Russ Canzler
Starlin Castro
* Ryan Flaherty
* Blake Lalli
* Jake Opitz
Nate Samson
* Matt Spencer (Disabled List – broken toe)
Tony Thomas


OUTFIELDERS (3)
* Tony Campana
Brandon Guyer
Ty Wright


DAYTONA (28):


PITCHERS (13)
Chris Archer
Alberto Cabrera
Rafael Dolis
Chris Huseby
* James Leverton
Oswaldo Martinez
Dan McDaniel
Mike Perconte
* Brooks Raley
Dae-Eun Rhee
* Chris Rusin
Ryan Searle
Aaron Shafer


CATCHERS (4)
Michael Brenly
Luis Flores
* Mark Reed
# Alvaro Sosa


INFIELDERS (6)
# Marwin Gonzalez
Junior Lake
D. J. Lemahieu
# David Macias
# Matt Matulia (Inactive - player/coach)
Josh Vitters
* Ryne White


OUTFIELDERS (5)
Smaily Borges
* Kyler Burke
* Brett Jackson
* Jason James
* Nelson Perez


PEORIA (24):


PITCHERS (12):
* Jeffry Antigua
* Jeffrey Beliveau
Steve Grife
Su-Min Jung
Jordan Latham
Corey Martin
Trey McNutt
Ronny Morla
Jon Nagel
Andres Quezada
Nick Struck
Robert Whitenack


CATCHERS (2):
Mario Mercedes
Jovan Rosa (ex-3B)


INFIELDERS (6):
* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
* Hak-Ju Lee
George Matheus
Greg Rohan
* Logan Watkins


OUTFIELDERS (4):
* Richard Jones
Jesus Morelli
* Alvaro Ramirez
# Jose Valdez


BOISE/MESA (52):


PITCHERS (29):
Frank Batista
Justin Bristow (Limited Activity – injury rehab)
Rogelio Carmona
Tim Clubb
Eduardo Figueroa
Jesse Ginley
Yohan Gonzalez
Gian Guzman (ex-SS)
* Cody Hams
Marcus Hatley (TJS rehab)
Dylan Johnston (TJS rehab)
Danny Keefe
* Austin Kirk
* Casey Lambert (TJS rehab)
Luis Liria
Toby Matchulat
* John Mincone
Tarlandus Mitchell
Arismendy Mota
Julio Pena
* Marcos Perez
Carlos Rojas
Melvin Rosa
Jose Rosario
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
Adam Spencer
Larry Suarez
Tzu-An Wang
Yao-Lin Wang


CATCHERS (6):
* Sergio Burruel
Jose Guevara
Jae-Hoon Ha
Garrett Maines
Jonathan Mota (ex-SS)
Carlos Romero


INFIELDERS (10):
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Ping-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
# Rafael Disla
D. J. Fitzgerald
Derek Helenihi
Brandon May
Rebel Ridling (appendectomy rehab)
Charles Thomas
* Bobby Wagner


OUTFIELDERS (7):
# Vismeldy Bieneme
Runey Davis
* Francisco Guzman
Dong-Yub Kim
* Kyung-Min Na
Cody Shields
Blair Springfield


NOTE: The Boise/Mesa squad becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training (EXST) team at Fitch Park April-May-June.

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Comments

2 hours until baseball counts again :D

...also, woo ted lilly.

no castro in DM either? after lilly leaves the main attraction will be watching ryno flash signs from the 3b box; that & diamond...thomas diamond throwing his thunderball...

Jason Dubois...

he's the cockroach of Cubs minor league players.

Bobby Scales says hi

Looks like it'll be a boring season in Peoria, is that your take Phil? To me, it looks as if Antigua, Cerda and of course, Hak Ju are the only players with much upside.

What about Watkins?

Trey McNutt is one to watch -- sounds like if he could control his stuff, he would be one of our best pitching prospects. I think Az Phil spoke about Richard Jones having great power. Rosa should hit Peoria pitching pretty well and hopefully becomes a good catcher.

Submitted by springs on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 7:14pm.
Trey McNutt is one to watch -- sounds like if he could control his stuff, he would be one of our best pitching prospects. I think Az Phil spoke about Richard Jones having great power. Rosa should hit Peoria pitching pretty well and hopefully becomes a good catcher.

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SPRINGS: From what I have seen of Trey McNutt, he should be the ace of the Peoria staff. He would have made the Daytona Opening Day roster, but it was loaded with starting pitchers who really can't go back to Peoria (Archer, Dolis, O. Martinez, Searle, Shafer, and Rhee, plus Rusin and Raley are there, too). McNutt is probably the Cubs #3 pitching prospect right now, behind only Cashner, J. Jackson, and Carpenter. At least I think so

Peoria will be getting one more pitcher before Opening Day, and it almost certainly will be a lefty, probably either Brooks Raley moving down from Daytona, or John Mincone moving up from Boise/Mesa. Mincone has been throwing the ball VERY well the last week or so, BTW. He would be the perfect lefty for the Peoria pen (Jeffrey Beliveau is the only lefty reliever there now).
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Lilly's 15 day DL stint is retroactive from March 26th which means he's theoretically eligible to return April 10th.

Not that he'll be ready to be reactivated that soon.

My calender says today is Apri 4th
Ted is 60 days early

29 of 44. Did bad on the College of Coaches era, 1916-1925 managers, and whiffed on 1941-44 & 1974-76 plus various forgettables in the 80's & early 90's.

Phil, I notice there are three outfielders on TN roster (not including Matt Spencer who is on DL), and five on the Daytona roster. With Jackson and Burke in Daytona, do you think a callup - even if temporary - is likely?

Submitted by chattbaseball on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 8:15pm.
Phil, I notice there are three outfielders on TN roster (not including Matt Spencer who is on DL), and five on the Daytona roster. With Jackson and Burke in Daytona, do you think a callup - even if temporary - is likely?

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CHATT: It doesn't look like it.

Blake Lalli played 1B today (and Steve Clevenger has been playing 1B, too), allowing Russ Canzler to play corner OF in addition to 1B. So I guess the Smokies will just go with that arrangement until Matt Spencer returns, and even then, I don't know how much OF Spencer will play.

I only saw Spencer at 1B in Minor League Camp, although he played mostly LF and RF last year with OAK in AA (Midland).

lol... nevermind. And I haven't even had anything to drink tonight.

looks like we ultimately will come out ahead by missing out in the Chan Ho Park sweepstakes (seems he's got a little Aaron Heilman in him)

I forgot how wicked that 2-seamer is, though. That thing jumps around a lot.

Any word on who the 'last outs' were? The hitter and pitcher who just missed making Peoria.

Submitted by tim815 on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 1:30am.
Any word on who the 'last outs' were? The hitter and pitcher who just missed making Peoria.

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tim815: Larry Suarez was the last pitcher cut, and Jae-Hoon Ha was the last position player cut. (Both were sent to Extended Spring Training).

Peoria went down below 25 players because they need another lefty pitcher in the bullpen and the identity of that pitcher is TBD.

Az. Phil, all this player movement and still Julio " The Animal" Castillo still hasnt showed up.

Thanks for the roster info, Phil.

Q's:
1. Thomas, Opitz, and Samson joining Castro and Flaherty, does that probably mean Flaherty will primarily play 3B and let the others share 2B? (When Marquez Smith was with Tenn, I'd figured Flaherty primarily for 2b.)

Rotation questions:
1. Nick Struck: does he seem slotted for rotation or relief. Have you seen or heard anything about him? He got some superslot money, McNutt-level I think, so I'm curious how much they like him?
2. Iowa: which of these 6 is *not* in the rotation? I'm guessing Mathes starts as the token lefty, and it's Atkis or Parisi to the pen?
3. Tenn: With Cashner and Patton hurt, and Rusin dropped to Daytona, I'm puzzling for their rotation. Cashner, Bibens, Muschko, Chen, and Papelbon? Or will there be some surprise reliever-used-in-rotation deal, with Blackford or Carrillo or Mateo or something?
4. Daytona: as you noted, a lot of names. I'm assuming Archer, Cabrera, Dolis, Raley, Rhee, Rusin, and Searle are the 7 rotation candidates, and even that is a surplus; or will on of the Shafer/Leverton/Martinez group surprise me and be starting and crowd it even more? Dropping Raley to Peoria could alleviate some of the glut, I'd think...
5. Peoria: without Raley, I see Jeffry Antigua
 Trey McNutt
 Nick Struck
 Su-Min Jung
 Ronny Morla
Robert Whitenack and Jon Nagel as seven rotation/piggy-back possibilities, and Raley could add an 8th. Am I missing anybody for rotation? And are there any of my rotation possibilities who are definitely going to be used in relief rather than rotation, based on what you've seen? Struck, or Morla, or Jung, or somebody?

Thanks much for all your input. Fun to look forward to the upcoming minor league season.

Submitted by craig on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:14am.
Thanks for the roster info, Phil.

Q's:
1. Thomas, Opitz, and Samson joining Castro and Flaherty, does that probably mean Flaherty will primarily play 3B and let the others share 2B? (When Marquez Smith was with Tenn, I'd figured Flaherty primarily for 2b.)

CRAIG: Ryan Flaherty played mostly 2B in Minor League Camp, although his future is probably as a multi-positional supersub (he really struggles against LH pitchers). I'm not sure what the Cubs intend to do with Tony Thomas. He literally played himself right off the Iowa roster. He is a streaky hitter and a below-average defensive 2nd baseman with no apparent versatility to play other positions, although I guess OF is always a possibility. The Cubs might even just trade him for someone else's misfit.

Rotation questions:
1. Nick Struck: does he seem slotted for rotation or relief. Have you seen or heard anything about him? He got some superslot money, McNutt-level I think, so I'm curious how much they like him?

CRAIG: Nick Struck was a starter in Minor League ST games and he pitched OK, although Trey McNutt is better. (McNutt is probably the Cubs #4 pitching prospect right now).

2. Iowa: which of these 6 is *not* in the rotation? I'm guessing Mathes starts as the token lefty, and it's Atkis or Parisi to the pen?

CRAIG: Mitch Atkins had a bad Spring, and will probably begin the season as the long-man in the Iowa pen. Atkins is also now the #1 candidate to get dropped from the 40-man roster whenever the Cubs get to the point where they need a slot (which could be a while, because the Cubs 40-man roster is presently at 39, and Angel Guzman can be transferred to the 60-day DL if a second slot is needed).

3. Tenn: With Cashner and Patton hurt, and Rusin dropped to Daytona, I'm puzzling for their rotation. Cashner, Bibens, Muschko, Chen, and Papelbon? Or will there be some surprise reliever-used-in-rotation deal, with Blackford or Carrillo or Mateo or something?

CRAIG: Cashner, Chen, Bibens-Dirkx, Muschko, and Papelbon were the Tennessee starters the last week of Minor League Camp. Cashner absolutely blew the Giants AA squad away (devastating slider) in one game I saw. Cash just needs to throw strikes more consistently.

4. Daytona: as you noted, a lot of names. I'm assuming Archer, Cabrera, Dolis, Raley, Rhee, Rusin, and Searle are the 7 rotation candidates, and even that is a surplus; or will on of the Shafer/Leverton/Martinez group surprise me and be starting and crowd it even more? Dropping Raley to Peoria could alleviate some of the glut, I'd think...

CRAIG: There is indeed a logjam of potential starters at Daytona. Although I believe Chris Archer will eventually be moved to the bullpen, he'll probably be a atarter at Daytona in 2010. Rafael Dolis is a mess and will probably work out of the bullpen (set-up) because he can't throw strikes right now (that's why he got demoted to Daytona). Alberto Cabrera will probably work in middle relief. Dae-Eun Rhee is probably a 3-4 inning pitcher right now and so another pitcher (Shafer or O. Martinez) might have to "piggy-back" with him for a while. So the rotation will probably be Rusin-Archer-Searle-Raley-Rhee (Rusin just missed the cut at Tennessee), with Dolis-Huseby-Sommer-Perconte-Siegfried the short relievers, Cabrera in two-inning middle-relief, and Shafer and O. Martinez the long-men in the pen (although both could get some starts, too).

5. Peoria: without Raley, I see Jeffry Antigua
 Trey McNutt
 Nick Struck
 Su-Min Jung
 Ronny Morla, Robert Whitenack and Jon Nagel as seven rotation/piggy-back possibilities, and Raley could add an 8th. Am I missing anybody for rotation? And are there any of my rotation possibilities who are definitely going to be used in relief rather than rotation, based on what you've seen? Struck, or Morla, or Jung, or somebody?

CRAIG: If I had to guess, I'd say the Peoria rotation will probably be McNutt-Antigua-Nagel-Whitenack-Struck, with Ronny Morla and Su-Min Jung piggy-backing if one or two of the five can't go longer than 3-4 innings in April. Morla could be a starter, too, if one of the five (like Struck) pitches in the back-end of a piggy-back. Jordan Latham, Steve Grife, Corey Martin, Jeffrey Beliveau, and Andres Quezada (and whoever is the 13th pitcher) will be the 1-2 inning relievers. Martin (who throws sidearm/submarine, BTW) and Grife are probably the closers (as they were in Instructs), although Latham has closer stuff, too, and could get some chances. Beliveau had a really bad Spring control-wise right from the outset, which is why he got dropped from Daytona to Peoria just a few days into Minor League Camp. He was never really considered for Daytona, and they needed lefty relievers there, too. Beliveau is the closest thing to Mark Pawelek in the Cubs system (high risk/high reward). Wild lefties make the Cubs Player Development people really nervous for some reason.

This may be a dumb question or one that has already been answered (if so, my bad), but why isn't Starlin Castro going to Iowa? It seems that the Cubs see Castro as the starting SS of the future and Darwin Barney as more of a backup/utility guy. If so, and if the Cubs want Castro to keep developing, why not send him to Iowa and face better pitching and have Barney back him up there? Are they trying to keep Barney fresh and ready to be promoted as the first middle INF call-up during 2010 if someone gets hurt at the big-league level?

AA is considered the last real proving ground in the minors. AAA is where guys go to rehab...stay ready for a call-up..work on a pitch..get one last shot/hang on to a dream, etc...

I disagree. It's also where you stash fairly developed prospects so they can face the best competition until you have an opening for them--or until they force their ways into the majors.

1-Castro has less than half a season at AA. No need to rush.
2- Please check out some of the cannon fodder around AAA.

Top to bottom AAA pitching staffs are going to be better than AA staffs.

However AA is probably the best place for Castro to get off to a good start and build confidence. Knoxville is surely a better April hitting climate than Des Moines.

2009 Iowa Cubs:
Mitch Atkins
Esmailin Caridad
JR Mathes:
Jeff Samardzija
Jose Ascanio
2009 Tennessee Smokies:
Jay Jackson
Casey Coleman
Marcus Mateo
Andrew Cashner
HW Chen

Ok..ok..so I'm picking just the Cubs, but which rotation has more "prospects?"
I'm sure some of the AAA pitchers were quaking at facing players in the league like John-Ford Griffin, Bobby Scales, Jason Dubois, So Taguchi, and Luis Rivas, to name a few..jsut polluting the Cubs AAA team.

Ok..ok..so I'm picking just the Cubs

That's a bigger deal than you make it out to be. The Cubs system is deep, but most of the real prospects are very young--it certainly hasn't always been true that the Cubs highest ceiling players are in AA ball or (as was the case for the Cubs last year) A ball.

You don't think that Jackson, Coleman, Mateo or Chen will spend time in AAA? Cashner may not, but primarily because he's likely to end up a relief pitcher and the Cubs have a shaky bullpen.

If Castro skips AAA, it'll be because the Cubs need an infielder, not because AAA has no role in the development of an everyday player.

1. I didn't mean to suggest Castro shouldn't start in AA.
2. There's plenty of fodder and no-future/long shot prospects in AA as well.

Phil - Is Jason James still in the organization, and if so, is there anything you can tell us about him. Also, have you seen or heard anything about Smailey Borges?

http://cubs.scout.com/2/960139.html

differences I spotted...

T. Blackford & D. Patton aren't on the AA roster

L. Sommer and C. Siegfried will start with Daytona

C. Lambert is on the Tennessee DL (along with M. Spencer as noted)

no sign of J. Leverton, D. McDaniel, J. James, L. Flores, or A. Sosa, all of whom Phil saw assigned to Daytona.

I assume some were cut and some stay back in extended spring training.

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