Trey Doubles the Fun at HoHoKam Park

Trey Martin doubled twice, the second one a laser-shot off the RF fence that drove-in the go-ahead run and capped a four-run 7th, as the AZL Cubs rallied to edge the AZL Indians 6-5 in Arizona League action this evening at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.



box score


In addition to Martin's heroics, 1B Jacob Rogers (2012 40th round draft pick out of Mt Olive College) pulled two hard-hit ground RBI singles into the 3.5 hole, one in the 2nd and one in the 7th, to the aid the Cubs offense. (Rogers was 6th in NCAA Division II in HR in 2012).


And DH Dan Vogelbach belted his 4th double in three AZL games--a line shot down the RF line--and then came around to score the Cubs first run of the evening on Rogers' first RBI single.


Vogelbach's approach at the plate was way out of kilter at Extended Spring Training (189/306/379 in 111 PA) and he displayed a lot of visible frustration with how things were going (not to mention the ten errors at 1st base), but it looks like he's got the old Vogelbomb swing back now. Hopefully it's just matter of time before he starts depositing baseballs over the fence.


RHP David Cales (2011 shoulder surgery rehab) saw his first game action in over a year (not including a couple of Extended Spring Training "sim" games and an intrasquad game), and he did not look good. He allowed a run on two hits (a lead-off double and an RBI single) and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning (26 pitches), and he kept pinwheeling his arm like he couldn't get it loose. That's never a good sign for a guy coming back from a shoulder injury.


Another rehab hurler had a different problem, as veteran RHP Shane Lindsay (sent down from AAA Iowa to iron-out some "mechanical issues") continually fell behind in the count over the course of his 2.1 IP. The Australian fireballer did throw shutout ball (allowing a single and two walks) and got lots of swings & misses at his extreme heat, but he also needed 49 pitches (only 25 strikes) to get his seven outs. He threw seven consecutive balls when he entered the game with one out and a runner at 1st in the top of the 3rd, and then he threw seven consecutive balls again to open the 4th.


20-year old RHP Jin Young Kim threw two no-hit innings for the save, as the one-time Korean bonus baby ($850K signing bonus in 2010) is apparently being tracked into the closer role in Mesa. One unearned run did score off Kim, but that was thanks to a two-base error that put a Tribe runner on 2nd base with no outs in the top of the 9th (with the runner eventually scoring after a couple of 6-3 ground outs).


RHP Tony York (2012 NDFA - UCSD) made his pro debut tonight and threw a 1-2-3 12-pitch 6th. York was UCSD's closer in 2012, and indeed he does look like your typical RH college reliever (warms-up quickly, works fast, throws strikes).


RF Bijan Rademacher (Cubs 2012 13th round draft pick out of Orange Coast CC) also made his pro debut in tonight's game, and went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. He has a nice line-drive stroke and sprays the ball all over the yard. He looks like he might be a decent hitter (although HR power is always preferred in a corner OF), and he displayed a plus-arm in RF.


Rademacher was recruited by perennial D-1 baseball powerhouse Cal State - Fullerton out of HS and spent his freshman year there, before transferring to Orange Coast CC. He was set to transfer to Oral Roberts University if he hadn't signed with Cubs.

Comments

You might notice that the "official" milb box score (click on link above) shows the AZL Cubs winning 6-4, but (as usual) the AZL official scorer fell asleep at the switch, and failed to notice the Indians 5th run scoring in the top of the 9th.

Let's see how long it takes him to correct the "official" score.

tick... tick... tick...

This one isn't as good as the one the other day, though, when the "official" box score had Jin-Young Kim listed as the AZL Cubs starting pitcher for most of the game (until Kim entered the game in relief in the bottom of the 8th), and then the AZL Cubs starting pitcher was changed to ex-Angels RHP Young-Il Jung (who is presently pitching in Korea), before (sometime the next day) getting switched again, this time to Su-Min Jung.

3rd round pick Ryan McNeil has agreed to terms.

http://www.ksby.com/news/mcneil-agrees-to-ter...

McNeil will receive a signing bonus around the recommended amount for the 101st pick of $471,000.

Almora, Underwood and Wiseman the big names left unsigned.

ha. Levine said in his ESPN chat, watch for Almora to sign at midnight at the deadline

it's Boras, I'd expect nothing less.

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-3, HR (12), R, 2 RBI, K. Suddenly looking like he could be a line for a September callup; 944 OPS in June and .291/.341/.493 overall.

If we make June the starting point for Vitters' "awakening," we miss his 3 HRs (and 5 singles) in his last six games in May.

If we say the turning point was May 26, his OPS since then goes up to .987.

We may know in another month whether Vitters is really turning into a slugger. I'd love to see six or eight HRs in July. Then he'll have a shot at 25.

Iowa Cubs broadcaster " on the fence" about Rizzo

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/26/iowa-c...

I prefer this view:

"Rizzo's up, and entirely too much will be made of his first month. There were Internet-type people claiming he was already a AAAA-washout because of his rough start last year. And if he doesn't go off in his first month, those whispers will start again, only about three or four years too soon. But if he starts hitting, some rumblings from a few Padres fans will start up. It sure looks like a good deal for the Cubs right now."

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/6/26/3117219/ant...

Even better view on how Rizzo has adjusted his swing

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/anth...

i had no idea he stood so far back in the box.

it'll be interesting to see him handle sliders, cutters, and offspeed stuff in the bigs...or if he even offers at them too much.

fwiw, e.longoria makes a living almost exclusively on fastballs (though he's expanding what he offers at...with good results until injury in a short sample).

"on the fence"

Choi, Patterson and Pie, the usual suspects.

This is Choi's AAA slash line: .253/.367/.462 (.828)

And this is his major-league line: .240/.349/.437 (.786)

If you can't lose 5% of your AAA numbers and still make it in the majors, then you're 3A, not 4A.

fwiw, if you discount his reappearance in Pawtucket at age 27, his AAA slash line in Iowa was:

265/.372/.490 (.862 OPS)

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i...

"Indications are that Dempster will miss at least one more start after Tuesday and then return on the club’s final road trip of the first half, possibly during the July 6-8 series at New York against the Mets."

Sorry if this is 3/44.

rizzo's statue design is done, btw. they just need to find a location and the wording on the plaque depends on if they retire his number before they have to submit it to the sculptor later this week.

source: jo momma

They are going to cover it in rainbows, put it up on top of the scoreboard, and fireworks come out of his massive bat while he spins in circles.

And automatically deduct a $1 from your checking account everyone someone looks at it.

Tweets BruceMiles2112:
Cubs 3B Stewart says wrist still sore.
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Surprised? No.

he's gotta be ready to come back and swing...show something.

millions are on the line for him...and he was supposedly not too happy about how his AAA time last year might effect his arbitration loot.

More BruceMiles2112:

No money savings (for Cubs) because of Marlon Byrd suspension.

http://twitpic.com/a0vvmy

Cubs brass watching Rizzo in batting cage

http://possessthevision.files.wordpress.com/2...

another picture, different angle

Fucker.

You got me.

Where is the keystroke character with the middle finger when I need it?

Haha

hah!

Phil,

Any early observations on shortstop Tim Saunders, both at the plate and in the field? Thanks.

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 7:25pm — GDex

Phil,

Any early observations on shortstop Tim Saunders, both at the plate and in the field? Thanks.

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GDEX: Tim Saunders has been clobbering AZL pitching, but a 22-year old college senior with Saunders' experience is too advanced to be playing in the AZL. He should be at Boise or Peoria.

It looks like the Cubs project him as a utility infielder at the higher levels because he has already played three different positions (2B-SS-3B). He looks like a solid defensive player so far, but getting moved around the infield from game-to-game and playing two positions he probably hasn't played much previously in his career (2B & 3B) will be a challenge for him.

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  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 20 min 51 sec ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 3 hours 56 sec ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 4 hours 48 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 5 hours 23 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 5 hours 36 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 7 hours 39 sec ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 1 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 7 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 7 hours 11 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 14 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 7 hours 23 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 25 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • QuietMan 7 hours 39 min ago view