5th Inning Funny Business Afoot at Fitch

Just missing a grand slam HR, 18-year old Korean OF Jae-Hoon Ha clubbed a bases-loaded triple high off the left-centerfield fence to cap a five-run 5th, and fellow 18-year old Korean Hak-Ju Lee (presently rehabbing from 2008 TJS at Fitch Park) doubled twice and drove-in two runs, as the EXST Cubs outlasted the EXST A's 10-7 at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in hot & sunny Mesa, AZ.

19-year old RHP Tarlandus Mitchell had the most-impressive outing of the four Cubs pitchers who worked today, tossing 2.2 IP of hitless ball. Mitchell may be only 5''8, but his mid-90's fastball really packs a wallop. The young Texan was an all-state football player (QB/DB) as well as a two-way star baseball player (P/OF) at Alto HS before getting drafted by the Cubs in the 22nd round of the 2008 Rule 4 Draft. He fell to the 22nd round only because he was considered a "tough sign" who was more-likely to play college football than pro baseball, but the Cubs are no doubt glad he chose a career in baseball.

Converted 3B Josh Lansford (son of Carney Lansford) also got an inning of work today and looked good, retiring the side 1-2-3 with one strikeout. Although his father and uncles were MLB third-basemen, his brother is a pitcher in the A's organization, and so maybe it's not surprising that Josh looks like a natural on the mound.

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

1. Francisco Guzman, DH #1:  2-4 (L-5, K, 1B, BB, 2B - 1 R)
2. Jose Valdez, CF: 1-4 (F-8, BB, 1B, K, L-6 - 2 R)
3a. Matt Cerda, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB - 2 R, SB)
3b. Juan Medina, C: 0-2 (L-8, 4-3)
4. Ryan Keedy, 1B: 1-3 (1B, BB, BB, 4-3, 1-3 - 1 R, 1 RBI)
5. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-3 (K, FC, BB, F-9 - 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS)
6. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3, K, F-9)
7. Jae-Hoon Ha, LF: 1-3 (HBP, 6-3, 3B, 5-3 - 1 R, 3 RBI)
8. George Matheus, 3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, K, 6-3 - 1 R)
9. Robert Bautista, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8 SF, K, 4-3 - 1 R, 1 RBI)
10. Hak-Ju Lee, DH #2: 2-4 (2B, K, 2B, 4-3 - 2 RBI)

1. Jon Nagel - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 GIDP, 1 WP, 1 PO, 5/3 GO/FO
2. Josh Lansford - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO
3. Tarlandus Mitchell - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 1/4 GO/FO
4. Eduardo Figueroa: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/FO
NOTE: Figueroa's innings in both 8th & 9th were stopped before three outs after he reached the maximum pitch count for that inning ("roll it!").



I don't even remember Mitchell being drafted. Signability issues aside any idea where he would have gone (3rd or 4th?).

5'8" and throwing mid90s at age 19.

ha. neat.

sori, riot, fuky, rami, hoff, milt, font, soto, lilly.

Submitted by The Real Neal on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 4:22pm.
I don't even remember Mitchell being drafted. Signability issues aside any idea where he would have gone (3rd or 4th?).


REAL NEAL: Supposedly somewhere in the Top 10 rounds.

Wow, lot of x's on the bullpen usage chart for Marmol & Gregg. Only off day was Lou's faux off day Tuesday.

they pitched 5 out of 6 days in a row for 100-120 pitches...got a 7th day off, marched out on day 8.

it's weird how they're both being used together to me. i wonder if they hold hands on the bench.

Let's hope they are not holding hands on the DL in September when their arms are falling off from overuse.

Speaking of arms falling off after tonight's performance I am guessing two more appearences until Fox's arm falls off again. Not pretty!!

Russ Ortiz is old. And sucks.

russ ortiz is old and sucks but he also looks like he has lost alot of weight if i remember he was definatly heavier
before some of his injurie problems hmmmmmmmmmmm

juice=injuries=weight loss?

Well well well fellas. This is a little more like it. I'm not the stats hound most of you are but I bet the walk ratio is creeping up a bit. A little more patience at the plate, and you can start teeing off. Nice.

Right now the team has 2 issues that they need to work on:

1. The last few spots in the bullpen. I've got a feeling we are going to see just about everyone from Iowa or free agents before this thing is settled.

2. Hitting with runners in scoring position. I don't know the numbers but they can't be very good. It seems like we have more bases loaded walks than hits. Part of this will work itself out when Bradley and Soto get going.

Tomorrow it will be interesting to see Wells, but the expectations are low.

The relief on Bradley's face when he got that single with runners on was painfully apparent. Now if he will just relax and quit trying to jerk everything out of the park, maybe he'll get going.

I assume he's just pressing, but for a guy with great patience, he's been hacking at everything lately.

The spring training/first week Bradley needs to come back.

so i guess the question is what is the roster move friday?

lee to dl
gathright to iowa
scales to iowa
fox to surgeon

I don't believe Gath would take an Iowa assignment.

He is bad, though.

Fox - I like the other one. Happy to return this one.

Keep Scales.

I think Jim Hendry has to finally let Chad go on his merry way.


Fox had good stuff tonight. Was throwing 94 and the slider looked good. I think he was just really amped up. He was overthrowing everything very badly.

Gotta at least give him more than one outing. Would have helped if Gathright hadn't cost him about 5 bases with two bad plays.

Marmol was nice, too tonight, although what do I know I didn't pitch anywhere like you did. But I noticed he was pretty much delivering where Soto was spotting him. Of course, when he's really on the ball dives but Soto is so fucking good at bringing the mitt up that I sometimes wonder if he was why Cubs minor league pitchers had such a good rep for years. I mean, shit, the dude can pick a downward facing slider that's heading for the dirt and push it up and make it look like a strike? That's fucking art.

I was watching on Gameday so I didn't see the plays in CF. But I was wondering if these were plays that shoulda/coulda been made.

Seems like Fox didn't have the same benefit as Lilly, who (again, according to Gameday) looks like his ass was SAVED by some well-placed moon shots that landed 435 feet away, but still in the park.

(please look past the poor syntax of that last sentence).

Who wants donuts?

Yeah, Fukudome made those catches, Gathright was afraid of the wall and pulled up on one (which then put him too close to the wall, letting it bounce off for a triple) and then didn't call it and pulled up for fear of running into Soriano and let the ball drop between them. Not good.

I've seen Scales for two years now in spring training and he just looks like a baseball player. Got a nice even, and pretty quick swing (on Scoriano scale where Scoriano is 10 I would say a 6) and has range and a decent arm. I have no opinion on Gathright cuz he just hasn't exposed himself that much to me. LOL.

The Fox slider was a thing of beauty, magnificent to behold - swg

I really like the way this Mitchell guy plays. He's definitely short but that doesn't mean he can't toss the ball. Baseball suit him well.
mandarin lessons online

Recent comments

The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.