Wang Answers the Bell

Yao-Lin Wang threw three innings of one-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts and Dong-Yub Kim capped a three-run third inning with a bases loaded two-out two-run single, but the A’s rallied to tie the game thanks to some shaky Cub defense, as the EXST Cubs and EXST A’s played to a 3-3 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this afternoon

The stocky 20-year old Wang got the start for the Cubs, striking out one batter in the 1st inning and two each in the 2nd and 3rd. He did allow one walk and one single, but one base-runner was erased on a 6-4-3 DP, and the other never made it past 1st base. Wang is a native of Taiwan and was a member of the Taiwan Junior National Team prior to signing with the Cubs for a reported $260K bonus in June 2009.

The Cubs scored all of their runs in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 3-0 lead. Blair Springfield and Wes Darvill opened the inning with singles to put runners on 1st & 3rd, and then Dustin Geiger lofted a sacrifice fly to RF to score Springfield. After Pin Chieh Chen reached base on an error and Wilson Conteras was hit on the knee by a pitch, Dong-Yub Kim came through with his two-out two-run single to CF to score Darvill and Chen.

DY Kim is one of several players signed by the Cubs out of South Korea in the last few years, receiving a reported $550K bonus in February 2009. He made his U. S. debut at AZ Instructs in September 2009 and showed some indication that he could be a five-tool player, but his career was sidetracked at Minor League Camp 2010 when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery. He has yet to play any RF in 2011, and his throws from LF are somewhat weak. He was tried at 1B occasionally in Minor League Camp but struggled there, so now he is most-often used as a DH, although he also does play LF.

Daytona Cubs catcher Luis Flores is now on an Active Rehab Assignment with the EXST Cubs, after suffering a concussion in Minor League Camp. Flores started behind the plate today and played five innings, getting two AB (5-3 and F-9).

Also, Iowa Cubs OF Brad Snyder (strained oblique) has completed his Rehab Assignment with the EXST Cubs and has rejoined the I-Cubs, and RHP Ty’Relle Harris completed his Arm Strengthening Program at Extended Spring Training and was moved up to AA Tennessee.

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

1a. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 1-3 (F-7, E-1, 2B, R, CS)
1b. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 0-1 (F-9)
2. Oliver Zapata, CF: 0-4 (K, F-9, 3-1, 4-6-3 DP)
3a. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-2 (1B, HBP, 5-3)
3b. Gregori Gonzalez, 3B: 0-1 (K)
4. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #1: 1-4 (6-4 FC, 1B, 5-3, 6-3, 2 RBI)
5a. Luis Flores, C: 0-2 (5-3, F-9)
5b. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-2 (6-3, P-3)
6a. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-2 (5-3, BB, F-7, PO)
6b. Jesus Morelli, RF: NO AB
7. Xavier Batista, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 5-3, 2B)
8a. Blair Springfield, LF: 1-3 (1B, F-7, 5-3, R)
8b. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: NO AB
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 2-3, (1B, 6-3, 1B, R)
10. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-2 (F-9 SF, K, 1B, RBI)

1. Yao-Lin Wang: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 42 pitches (28 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
2. Ben Wells: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 28 pitches (22 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
3. Ryan Hartman: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 30 pitches (19 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
4. Dustin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 40 pitches (23 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO

1. 2B Pin-Chieh Chen E4 – fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and runner to score unearned run
2. 2B Pin-Chieh Chen E4 – fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and runner to score unearned run
NOTE: The two errors occurred on consecutive plays with two outs in the top of the 4th inning


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80’s



#Cubs haven't decided on 5th starter for Tues. vs #Padres - Russell/Samardzija a possibility, along with Ortiz or Coello getting a call-up.

from Patrick Mooney of CSN

Jae-Hoon Ha with a 1B, 2B, 3B in his first 3 Ab's for Daytona

Strikeouts are fun...

No defense, no pitching, no offense so far. Good combo.

Byrd Brain

not to make excuses for Garza and all, but Byrd should have caught that triple. He seemed to pause for a moment near the end like he was coasting under it and then of all the times he doesn't dive.

The ball just keeps carrying at that place. I can understand misjudging a ball like that in game 1. It's basically just excuse-making at this point, but so what. Even if he catches that ball, the Cubs still lose 2-0 at least. Whatevah.

Baseball America has Brett Jackson on this weeks Prospect Hot Sheet

Team: Double-A Tennessee (Southern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: .480/.563/.720 (12-for-25), 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 6 BB, 6 SO, 4-for-5 SB
The Scoop: Jackson's well-rounded skill set helps him do a bit of everything. The Cubs' No. 1 prospect has a solid swing, works the count and can drive the ball, while his plus speed is a weapon on the basepaths and in the outfield. He's been an on-base machine early for Tennessee, including a 3-for-3 showing with a walk to help chase Rays lefty Matt Moore from the game early on Wednesday.

Baseball America Prospect chat:

Lorne (Toronto): Biggest suprise (Good and Bad) you've noticed this season, even though its still very early.

Ben Badler: Starting with the bad, it would have to be Wimmers. Hopefully he can put things together, because everything we've heard from his first start was that he was all over the place, with more pitches going to the backstop than landing for strikes. JOSH VITTERS' start has been a pleasant surprise, and he's done it against some good arms. Joe Savery who we hit on in Blast From The Past this week, certainly wasn't a guy anyone here was expecting to be leading the minors in hitting right now. On the mound, I think Trevor Rosenthal with the Cardinals is opening some eyes with his fastball in Low-A and Keyvius Sampson is starting to show why the Padres liked him so much a couple years ago as well.

And for crunch:

eastin (Louisiana): Is Goldschmidt for real? He's killed the ball throughout his minor league career and had a very nice(though small sample size) spring training this year.

Ben Badler: I saw him his first series at Carolina when he was on that tear, and there's some thing to like, but he's still going to have to shake the "mistake hitter" tag from scouts. He sets up wide, stays back well and he can drive the ball to all fields. No questions about the power. He struggled some though when pitchers elevated stuff up on him and they got him to chase some offspeed stuff out of the zone, so I think he's still going to have to prove he can make more contact against advanced pitchers.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Diamondbacks
Team: Double-A Mobile (Southern)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: .381/.536/1.143 (8-for-21) 5 HR, 1 2B, 10 RBIs, 6 R, 7 BB, 4 SO
The Scoop: In a September Prospect Hot Sheet last year we wrote that "Double-A will be the true test to see if Goldschmidt can sink or swim against advanced pitching in a more neutral environment." The early results are in, and they sure look good. Goldschmidt belted two home runs on Opening Day, then added two more in the opening series at Carolina before hitting his fifth of the year yesterday off Braves lefty Brett Oberholtzer to push his way into a tie for the minor league lead in home runs.

Carolina pitchers seemed to want little to do with Goldschmidt, pitching around him and putting him on base via the walk rather than allow him to inflict more pain with the bat with his power to all fields.

"He's just got a combination of strength and bat speed and being able to use his lower half, that's what I see with him," Mobile manager Turner Ward said. "Any guy who's got good power potential, they really use their lower half, and that's what he does—he really uses his lower half to get himself through the ball."

Thanks for sharing the info QM - hopefully Jackson/Vitters keep it going strong for awhile ...

in the meantime, Berkman with 2 more HR's

Az. Phil, how does Angel Guzman look? Is there any chance that he can make it back this season? Thanks.

Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 04/16/2011 - 5:05am.
Az. Phil, how does Angel Guzman look? Is there any chance that he can make it back this season? Thanks


HAGSAG: Right now Angel Guzman is throwing one inning (20 pitches) in a "sim game" at Fitch Park (where pitch counts can be controlled to an exact number) every 5th day, and he has his fastball velocity up to 92 MPH.

Once he begins to throw more often and starts to mix in his breaking ball he could move up in a hurry. It's just a question of when that will be. So far he has had no medical setbacks.

I would bet that Gooz will be pitching in Chicago by September (at the latest).

Three Cubs minor league pitchers released during Minor League Camp have found homes in Independent baseball leagues.

RHP Steve Grife signed with Washington (PA) in the Frontier League, RHP Alessandro Maestri signed with Lincoln (NE) of the American Association, and LHP Scott Rice signed with York (PA) in the Atlantic League.

A Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) post-2010, Rice was signed by the Cubs after spending 12 seasons in the minors, and he even got an NRI to Spring Training with the big club. He was released by the Cubs soon after he was assigned to Minor League Camp.

Despite having been releaed by the Cubs and never pitching above AA, Alessandro Maestri probably has a very good chance to be a starting pitcher (perhaps even the #1 starter) with Team Italy in next year's World Baseball Classic, and getting regular work in indy ball will help him keep in pitching shape and stay visible. Maestri was a member of Team Italy in both 2006 and 2009, but he has a lot more experience now than he did then.

A 26th round Cubs draft pick in 2009, Grife was released by the Cubs despite having a decent year working out of the Peoria bullpen in 2010. But 24-year old RH middle relievers have to keep moving upward or they disappear, and that's what happened with Grife. He was caught in a numbers game at Daytona and the Cubs apparently felt he was too old to repeat Peoria again, where he would have blocked younger arms with more upside.

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  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

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    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

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