Ha Gives Cubs Reason to Smile

Michael Choice and A. J. Kirby-Jones crushed back-to-back home runs to cap a five-run 5th, leading the A’s Split Squad #1 to a 9-3 victory over the Cubs in AZ Instructional League action at Papago Park Baseball Complex Field #2 in Phoenix this afternoon.

Although there wasn’t much to celebrate on the Cubs side of the field, CF Jae-Hoon Ha had a nice day, rapping an RBI single in the top of the 1st before stealing 2nd base and 3rd base, and then scoring on a WP on the steal of 3rd as he came all the way around to score from 2nd without slowing-down, sliding home safely in a bang-bang play at the plate. Ha later made a spectacular diving catch on a hump-backed liner in short center.

17-year old LHP Brian Smith (Cubs 2010 40th round draft pick out of Pickering, Ontario) made his pro debut today, and looked very nervous, allowing two runs in one inning of work, while having a lot of difficulty locating the strike zone (23 pitches, only nine strikes). He also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and committed a balk. Smith pitched for the Canadian Junior National Team in 2010.

18-year old RHP Ryan Hartman (Cubs 2010 16th round draft pick out of Mt. Zion HS - Mt. Zion, IL) had an especially poor outing today, allowing five runs on six hits (three singles, a triple, and back-to-back home runs) plus a walk and a wild pitch in his two innings of work. Although he was selected in the 16th round in last June's draft, Hartman received a $150,000 bonus (equivalent to "5th round money") when he signed with the Cubs. He appeared in eight games for the AZL Cubs in 2010, allowing 10 hits in 14.1 IP, with a 5/15 BB/K, 3.77 ERA, and a 1.05 WHIP. He was considered one of the top high school pitching prospects in Illinois coming into the 2010 season, and his curve ball was rated by scouts as the best among Illinois HS hurlers.

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

1a. Marco Hernandez, SS: 2-3 (1B+E5, E6, 1B+E1, R)
1b. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-1 (P-3)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (4-3, 6-4-3 GIDP, E6)
2b. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-1 (K)
3. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 1-4 (1B, F-7, F-7, L-6, RBI, R, 2 SB)
4. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 1-3 (K, HBP, 3B, F-7)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (K, E1, HBP, BB, CS)
6. Engel Santana, DH-C: 0-3 (6-3, BB, 4-3 GIDP, F-9)
7a. Willson Contreras, 3B: 0-2 (F-7, L-3 DP)
7b. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
7c. Max Kwan, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
8. Delbis Arcila, LF-DH: 0-2 (HBP, 6-3, K)
9. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 0-2 (BB, K, 4-3)
10. Oliver Zapata, DH-LF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 2B, R)

1. Dustin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 31 pitches (23 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
2. Brian Smith: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 1 BALK, 23 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Ryan Hartman: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2 HR, 1 GIDP, 45 pitches (24 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
4. Luis Liria: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 30 pitches (18 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
5. Jeff Lorick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
6. Cam Greathouse: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 BALK, 1 GIDP, 13 pitches (9 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO

1. C Sergio Burruel E-2 (overthrow on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. 3B Dustin Geiger: E-5 (dropped tag on run-down play allowed runner to reach 3rd base – eventually scored unearned run)

Sergio Burruel: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
Engel Santana: 0-1 CS, 1 PB


ATTENDANCE: 17 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Hot and sunny, with temperatures in the 90’s



Dave Bialas

Jeff Fassero
Franklin Font
Dave Keller
Greg Maddux
Carmelo Martinez
Marty Pevey
Tom Pratt
Mark Riggins
Min-Kyu Sung

Juan Cabreja


* bats or throws left
# bats both

* Hunter Ackerman
* Brent Ebinger
Dustin Fitzgerald
* Cam Greathouse
* Casey Harman
Ryan Hartman
Jin-Yeong Kim
Aaron Kurcz
Luis Liria
Matt Loosen
Robinson Lopez
* Jeff Lorick
Tarlandus Mitchell
Amaury Paulino
Starling Peralta
Austin Reed
Kevin Rhoderick
Jhon Rodriguez
* Brian Smith
Alvaro Sosa (ex-C)
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
Ben Wells

* Sergio Burruel
# Micah Gibbs
Max Kwan
Chad Noble
# Engel Santana

Gioskar Amaya
* Justin Bour
Willson Contreras
* Ryan Cuneo
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
Dustin Geiger
* Marco Hernandez
* Hak-Ju Lee
D. J. Lemahieu
Josh Vitters
* Logan Watkins

* Delbis Arcila
Xavier Batista
Evan Crawford
Reggie Golden
Jae-Hoon Ha
Chris Huseby (ex-P)
* Kyung-Min Na
# Oliver Zapata


Viva Zapata!


10. Oliver Zapata, DH-LF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 2B, R)

Phil, can you give us your impressions of the DSL kids now at Fitch? I know it has been a small sample of play so far. Thanks.

Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 09/25/2010 - 5:01am.
Phil, can you give us your impressions of the DSL kids now at Fitch? I know it has been a small sample of play so far. Thanks.


HAGSAG: Not yet.

Phil. Always with the short and curt answers.:-)

I'm still bitter on how cheese head refs robbed ASU last week.

This doesn't apply to the Cubs this year (unfortunately), but here are the post-season roster eligibility rules (contrary to what you might read elsewhere)...

1. All players on a club's MLB Active List (25-man roster) and MLB 15-day or 60-day DL as of midnight August 31st are eligible to be included on the club's post-season (LDS, LCS, or World Series) 25-man roster.

2. A post-season eligible player who is on the 15-day or 60-day DL at the start of the post-season can be replaced on his club's LDS, LCS, or World Series Active List (25-man roster) by any player (regardless of position) who was in the club's organization as of midnight August 31st, including minor leaguers who were not on the club's MLB 40-man roster at that time. However, if a "replacement player" is on a minor league reserve list, the player must be added to his club's MLB 40-man roster before he can be made eligible for the post-season.

3. A club's Active List (25-man roster) can be changed (tweaked/reset) prior to each post-season series (LDS, LCS, and World Series).

4. A player who is injured during a post-season series can be placed on the 15-day DL and (with approval of the MLB Commissioner) be replaced on his club's Active List (25-man roster) prior to the conclusion of that series by any player on the 40-man roster who plays the same position as the injured player (a pitcher must replace a pitcher, a catcher must replace a catcher, etc).

5. If an injured player is placed on the 15-day DL and replaced during a post-season series, the injured player is ineligible to return to the Active List (25-man roster) until he has completed his stint on the DL.

from now on only whiffle ball and whiffle bats for MLB games...especially vs. the cubs.

Hawksworth at the hospital, but never lost consciousness, fwiw.

silly ballplayer...your face is not a glove.

Maybe he was on acid and actually thought his face was a glove. Or he tried to eat the white pill.

"CHICAGO - Cardinals pitcher Blake Hawksworth was transported to an area hospital immediately after leaving today's fifth inning. Hawksworth was struck in the face by a line drive hit by Chicago Cubs center fielder Sam Fuld and sustained serious lacerations to his mouth and upper lip."


Brenly withdraws from Cubs manager search. Says his reason is personal. Most likely he doesn't want to manage his son if Michael ever makes it up here. He's said before he'll quit broadcasting the Cubs if his son comes up because he doesn't want to have to criticize him.


The wave is going on at Wrigley again. I recommend Ricketts install facial recognition software and camera's all over the park and permanently ban idiots who do the wave.

informally observing...wrigley is attracting a lot more families these days, especially down the 1st/3rd lines. I'm seeing sooooooo many more kids.

it's not a bad thing, but based on the 10 zillion minor league games i've been to the casual fan, esp. with children, love the wave.

that "NO WAVE" sign by the geriatric crew in the OF isn't gonna have the same effect it once did...though i love it. hehe...

i don't find any of this bad, btw...it just seems the fan base is shifting a bit.

also...one thing i've noticed with this until-recently-fail-attendance...lou doesn't put butts in seats...quade doesn't put butts in seats...dlee doesn't put butts in seats...aram doesn't put butts in seats...winning puts butts in seats.

this out-of-it team got new attendance life when the wins started rolling even with a 0% chance of a playoff spot...and it's not just returning college kids looking for something to do in those seats.

a.chapman hit 105mph last night setting a new record for fastest record pitch.

weird it's only now i'm hearing about it. whatever.


Brenly withdraws name from consideration that didn't ever seem to be considered.

73.2ip 131Ks

yow. murmul.

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  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate


  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat

  • Hey AZ, Chesny Young made raised some eyebrows with his minor league season. What do you think of him?

  • AZ Phil, why are Beeler and Parker in Mesa? Are they still recovering from injury?

  • Meh, Bucs win. Magic number down to 1 for Pirates home WC game.