McNutt Versus Bradley - Instructs Version of Mothra Versus Godzilla
In his first start since throwing three perfect innings with eight strikeouts against the Cubs at Fitch Park on Monday, RHP Archie Bradley (7th overall pick in 1st round of 2011 draft) threw three innings of no run/no hit ball, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 3-1 in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale.
Bradley wasn’t as sharp as last time, walking two and hitting a batter while throwing barely 50% strikes (46 pitches – 24 strikes), and recording just two strikeouts. But the Cubs once again could do nothing with the 19-year old from Broken Arrow, OK.
Cubs top pitching prospect RHP Trey McNutt got the start for the Cubs, as he prepares for the start of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) next Tuesday where he will be a rotation starter for the Mesa Solar Sox. (Each MLB club designates one pitcher assigned to its AFL affiliate as a "starting pitcher," and the other three pitchers sent to the AFL work out of the AFL team's bullpen).
McNutt threw two innings, and he really struggled to get through a 26-pitch 1st inning, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. But he retired the last five men he faced, pumping 12 consecutive strikes in the process, and he induced mostly ground balls (five ground outs and a ground ball RBI single) throughout the two innings. In fact the only ball hit into the air was a broken bat opposite-field bloop single by the Diamondbacks lead-off hitter in the bottom of the 1st.
21-year old RHP Scott Weismann (Cubs 2011 46th round draft pick out of Clemson) has been added to the Cubs Instructs roster, and he made his pro debut in today’s game, throwing a perfect nine-pitch 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging, P-2, F-8). Weismann was in the CWS Clemson Tiger starting rotation with LHP Casey Harman (Cubs 2010 29th round pick) in 2010, but was moved to the bullpen this past season where he excelled as the team’s closer.
The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs 2011 #1 draft pick SS Javier Baez, who made a run-saving diving stop behind 2nd base with two outs and runners at 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 6th, got back up on his feet, and gunned-down (easily) the D’backs runner trying to sneak home, with a laser throw to catcher Yaniel Cabezas.
Baez also scored the only Cub run of the day, lining a double into left-center to lead-off the top of the 6th, and eventually scoring on a Dan Vogelbach one-out 6-3 GO.
Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 0-4 (3-U, 3-6 FC, K, P-2)
2. Javier Baez, SS: 1-4 (6-3, P-3, 2B, K, R)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-4 (K, 3-U, F-8, 4-3)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, P-4, 6-3, RBI)
5. Taiwan Easterling, LF: 1-2 (HBP, 2B, P-5, CS)
6. Micah Gibbs, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-7)
7. Neftali Rosario, DH #2: 0-3 (F-8, 5-4 FC, K)
8. Carlos Penalver, 2B: 0-3 (K, E-5, 4-3, SB)
9a. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (BB, L-5)
9b. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-1 (L-6)
10a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-3 (E-5, 3-U, 1B, CS)
10b. Garrett Schlecht, RF: NO AB
11a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
11b. Danny Lockhart, DH #3: 0-1 (6-3)
1. Trey McNutt: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (24 strikes), 5/0 GO/FO
2. Scott Weismann: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (6 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
3. Alexander Santana: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Tayler Scott: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 24 pitches (16 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Michael Jensen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 19 pitches (11 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
6. Kyler Burke: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (6 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
7. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 22 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
1. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (throwing error allowed batter-runner to take 2nd base)
2. 2B Carlos Penalver - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely & unearned run to score)
LF Taiwan Easterling - runner thrown out 7-6-2 trying to score from 1st base on a double into LF corner
ATTENDANCE: 20 (mostly scouts, plus cubs.com beat writer Carrie Muskat)
WEATHER: Sunny, hot (100+), and VERY breezy
bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...
felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size
13ip 4h 3bb 20K
remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.
this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.
Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...
also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.
also also, the wsox are 19-8.
Win tomorrow, and the Cubs would have a 6-game lead. On May 4.
Fully agree on Addy -- hope he is our SS for a long time. I'm just surprised he has 4 errors already -- the last 2 on routine plays.
Guess how many Carlos Correa has?
I would still rather have Russell, right now, than any shortstop the team has had in many years. The future is bright enough to wear shades.
EDIT: Gonzo WOULD have been my favorite, 'cepting a certain error of a double-play ball...
Hi Phil, made it home tonight safely. Looks like Cease is getting better each outing. I see Crow did ok today too. I will be reading your write_ups everyday. Great seeing you while there!
tomorrow's game is a 12:35pm EST game for some ungodly stupid reason...then it's back to wrigley field for a night game on the 5th.
The best part of tonight's game was 6 different players with RBIs. Truly a lineup that doesn't give up top to bottom.
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Jake Arrieta first Cub to go 6-0 in first six starts since Three Finger Brown in 1908.
Russell now with 4 errors -- that's a big (unpleasant) surprise.
Throwing error to 2nd on a possible double play ball.
Can someone tell me what happened on Russell's error?
BILLY BUCKS: As things stand right now, Dylan Cease will be in the Eugene starting rotation when the NWL season begins play in June, and if he peforms well there he could perhaps move up to South Bend toward the end of the minor league season or for the MWL playoffs (if South Bend qualifies).