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):


LINEUP:
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)


PITCHERS:
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


ERRORS: 2
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)


OUTFIELD ASSIST:
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

Comments

comically grades the Cubs...

for a team that finished with the 6th worst record in baseball, only 3 players got below average grades (Z, Coleman and Colvin)

http://espn.go.com/chicago/polls?id=7033211

wtf happened to colvin? yeah, he's a free swinger, but holy crap...not that "free"...there was at least contact being made in years past. he couldn't show anything in AAA demotions, either. freaky.

btw, my mind exploded reading about k.hill.

He's the Mike Quade of reporters... Barney never played 2b before? Who knew?

There's obviously some "expectation" built in to his grades... what exactly was he expecting from Reed Johnson?

one of the best defensive 3rd, and hardest/accurate throwing 3rd basemen in the game just made a heck of a decision not to go home on a throw.

wow. postseason.

inge, btw...if he had more bat to go with his glove/arm he'd be so mega-paid.

He is mega-paid for a guy that hits .200.

whoops.

That's gonna really suck if they just blew through their Game 1 starters for an inning and a half. No one looked at the radar?

by K. Goldstein on twitter

Doubtful. RT @Carl9730: @Kevin_Goldstein Do either Cashner or Samardzija make it as a SP?

I asked about the D. Stubbs vs. B. Jackson comp fwiw.

Stubbs has more tools. RT @thecubreporter: @Kevin_Goldstein Would Drew Stubbs be a reasonable comp for Brett Jackson?

he also added that he "doesn't force comps" when someone asked if there's a better comp for B. Jackson and that Jackson will get a long look during spring training.

Hi Arizona Phil,

Do you have any thoughts on Alexander Santana? He had good numbers in the DSL this past summer and got a 6-figure bonus last year. Thank you!

Ex-Cub Factor alert...

Jerry Hairston Jr is starting over Casey McGehee for Brewers.

Ex-Cub Factor for the Playoffs (Playoff roster; 40 man rosters, DL status and Cub minor league careers excluded but noted ):
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Brewers (3): Casey McGehee, Jerry Hairston Jr., LaTroy Hawkins

Diamondbacks (1): Henry Blanco; Xavier Nady (DL, August hit by pitch with fractured metacarpal/hand), Jason Marquis (60 day DL, fractured fibula/leg)

Phillies (1): Ross Gload

Cards (2-3); Ryan Theriot, Corey Patterson, Kyle Lohse (Cub minors only)
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Yankees (0): Sergio Mitre (60 day DL, nerve injury to pitching shoulder)

Tigers (0-1): Al Alburquerque (Cub minors only)

Rays (3): Juan Cruz, Kyle Farnsworth, Sam Fuld; Robinson Chirinos and Brandon Guyer (on 40 man roster but did not make ALDS roster)

Rangers (1): Andres Blanco; Josh Hamilton (OK, a big reach here but he was a rule 5 Cubs draft pick for moments)

The Red Sox option exercise date on Theo Epstein's contract is October 8th, next Saturday (per Wittenmeyer, Sun Times article)

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/...

I want to see Milwaukee vs Philly, that would be a potentially excellent series.

Mlbtr says Brad Snyder has opted for free agency...so has Felix Pie

Submitted by Cubster on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 12:54pm.
Mlbtr says Brad Snyder has opted for free agency...so has Felix Pie

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CUBSTER: That's because they were Article XX-D minor league free-agents, meaning they had the right to be a free-agent when they were outrighted earlier in the year (Snyder because he had been outrighted previously in his career, and Pie because he had 3+ years of MLB Service Time), but each deferred the right to be a FA until after the end of the MLB regular season. However, neither would have been eligible to be an Article XX-D minor league FA if their club had added the player back to the 40-man roster prior to the end of the regular season.

Only Article XX-D minor league free-agents can be free-agents immediately after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. Players in this class have until October 15th to file. Clubs receive no compensation if an Article XX-D minor league FA signs with another organization, and the player can re-sign with his previous organization if he so chooses.

MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents (so called "Six-Year Minor League Free-agents" and/or players with expiring minor league contracts who have been previously released in their career) cannot be a free-agent until the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series. Clubs have until the 4th day following the conclusion of the World Series to add an MLB Rule 55 minor league FA to the 40-man roster.

Brad Snyder was the only Cubs minor leaguer eligible to be an Article XX-D minor league free-agent.

Here are the 18 Cubs minor leaguers who are eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents if not added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the 4th day following the conclusion of the World Series:

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA:
Jim Adduci, OF
Justin Berg, RHP
Marco Carrillo, RHP
Angel Guzman, RHP
Dylan Johnston, RHP
Mario Mercedes, C
Scott Moore, INF
Jonathon Mota, INF
Chris Robinson, C
Carlton Smith, RHP
Alvaro Sosa, RHP
Jeff Stevens, RHP
John Urick, 1B (player-coach)

PREVIOUSLY RELEASED - MINOR LEAGUE FA UNLESS SIGNED BEYOND 2011:
Adrian Aviles, LHP (previously released by LAD)
Dan Berlind, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP (previously released by SEA)
Robert Coello, RHP (previously released by CIN)
Carlos Figueroa, INF (previously released by COL)

SEASONS COME AND GO

AND I WILL NEVER CHANGE

AND I'M ON MY WAY

EEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

...im gonna have to shove pencils in my ears before the post-sesason ends.

Same as last year, no? Ugh.

...im gonna have to shove pencils in my ears before the post-sesason ends.
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Potatoes?

http://tinyurl.com/438gao6

niiiiiiiiiiiice.

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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 36 min 18 sec ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 48 min 27 sec ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 56 min 58 sec ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 8 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 5 hours 32 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 16 hours 35 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 16 hours 39 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 17 hours 27 min ago view