Cubs Triple-Down on A's at Fitch Park

Rafael Disla, Cody Shields, and Xavier Batista ripped RBI triples in a five-run Cub 7th, leading the EXST Cubs to an 8-3 victory over the EXST A’s in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.


21-year old Cuban Defector RHP Juan Yasser Serrano got the start for the Cubs and went three innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. This was Serrano’s third appearance in the last week, and his pitch count has been increased each time out (one inning - 13 pitches last Saturday, two innings - 23 pitches this past Tuesday, and now three innings - 40 pitches today), as it appears that the Cubs are making an effort to get him through Extended Spring Training as quickly as possible. Serrano received a reported $250K bonus (essentially equivalent to "4th round money") when he was signed by the Cubs this past March.



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


LINEUP:
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-7, 6-3, RBI, R, SB)
2a. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, 5-3, RBI, R)
2b. SLOT SKIPPED 4th TIME THRU ORDER ALTHOUGH NA REMAINED IN CF
3a. Blair Springfield, DH #1: 0-3 (5-3, E-6, K, CS)
3b. SLOT SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-4 (F-8, P-2, 1B, 3B, RBI, PO)
5. Bobby Wagner, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, BB, P-6, K)
6. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-4 (6-4 FC, 5-4-3 GIDP, E-5, L-8, R)
7. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-3 (F-7, K+WP, BB, F-9, R)
8. Rafael Disla, 3B: 1-4 (F-7, F-8, 3B, L-3, 2 RBI, R)
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-4 (4-3, 3-U, 1B, 1-U, RBI, R)
10. Cody Shields, LF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 3B, RBI, 2 R, SB)


PITCHERS:
1. Juan Yasser Serrano – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1 BALK, 5/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Eduardo Figueroa – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 66 pitches (41 strikes)
3. Andres Quezada – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 38 pitches (26 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


ATTENDANCE: 23


WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and breezy, with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

Carpenter chased after 3 IP in AA Montgomery. Had good command of FB (90-93 MPH) but slider was in the dirt most of the night. Only had one ball hit in the air, but a lot of seeing eye singles and high pitch count (60+ thru 3), along with some sketchy infield play forced him out. 2 ER and 2 unearned.

Thanks for the report sweett.

60+ is high.

Thanks to PHIL for the AZ report, too.

Do you feel our Cuban Defectors have MLB "chops", AZ PHIL?

Submitted by The E-Man on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 10:52pm.

Do you feel our Cuban Defectors have MLB "chops", AZ PHIL

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E-MAN: I don't see OF Smaily Borges (presently at Daytona) having much of a future with the Cubs, but RHP Juan Yasser Serrano could develop into an MLB pitcher and do it fairly quickly. I just can't say right now how good he'll be, but he is clearly more advanced than most other young pitchers I've seen come through Fitch Park.

Thanks Lou - from Bruce Levine tonight:

"With the Cubs struggling to get base hits, manager Lou Piniella has decided to give rookie Tyler Colvin more at-bats.

Colvin’s pinch-hit home run was the only production of any significance from Cubs hitters in Friday’s 7-1 loss to the Cardinals.

“I’ve got some veteran outfielders who are good players,” Piniella said. “This kid is telling me [by his actions], ‘Put my name in the lineup a few more times.’”

Really, Lou? REALLY?

I dunno. This season is telling me, put Colvin in the lineup and leave him there.

today vs Silva:

Ottavino was 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA at Class AAA Memphis.

Az Phil: since Thomas Diamond, Jay Jackson and Andrew Cashner are all doing well at AAA Iowa, of the three, which do you project best and most ready (in order)as far as helping the Cubs bullpen this year?

As far as who moves to make room for one or more of them, right now the youngest righty is Stevens but based on performance maybe they can find a spot from Grabow as it seems his knee hasn't responded to the cortisone shot he was given and James Russell is showing he should be the 2nd bullpen lefty.

What is your impression of Jeff Stevens and his ability to stick at the mlb level?

Submitted by Cubster on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 12:54pm.
Az Phil: since Thomas Diamond, Jay Jackson and Andrew Cashner are all doing well at AAA Iowa, of the three, which do you project best and most ready (in order)as far as helping the Cubs bullpen this year?

As far as who moves to make room for one or more of them, right now the youngest righty is Stevens but based on performance maybe they can find a spot from Grabow as it seems his knee hasn't responded to the cortisone shot he was given and James Russell is showing he should be the 2nd bullpen lefty.

What is your impression of Jeff Stevens and his ability to stick at the mlb level?

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CUBSTER: Andrew Cashner was the #1 closer in college baseball in 2008 (at TCU), so he has a lot of experience working out of the bullpen and late in games. He also throws big-time gas AND he has a true strikeout pitch (a hard slider) that can put hitters away (like Marmol does). It's great that Cashner has developed the way he has as a staring pitcher, but the Cubs don't need another starter right now, they need somebody who can work out of the bullpen and can get big outs at critical times.

Jay Jackson is the classic starting pitcher type, in that he has a starter's array of pitches (he has at least three pitches that he can command), he is a good hitter, he has the stamina and contol needed to go seven innings start-to-start without losing velocity, and he gives up more than your average number of HR (which is bad for a reliever). J-Jax also does NOT throw harder out of the bullpen (while Cashner does).

Thomas Diamond probably walks too many guys to be considered for the 8th inning set-up gig, but I guess he might be a possibility in middle relief. He also could be an MLB starter, although he throws a lot of pitches-per-inning and that will tax a bullpen over time. My guess is that the Cubs will add Diamond back to their 40-man roster no later than September (he is eligible to be a Rule 55 Minor League FA post-2010 if he is not added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the 4th day following the conclusion of the World Series), and then they will (at the very least) have him at Iowa available for recall as needed in 2011 (he will have one minor league option left once he is added back to the 40), or he could get traded.

Jeff Stevens should be an OK MLB middle-reliever, although I'm not sure how he would work out as a set-up guy or closer at the big league level. His slider has a tendency to flatten-out at times, and when it does he gets creamed.

Which does Stevens throw more (and/or better) do you think, the slider or the curve he featured in yesterday's appearance? Thanks Phil.

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