Morelli Extends Hit Streak to 14 As Cubs Tarnish Angels at Fitch Park
Runey Davis drove-in four runs with a bases-loaded triple and an RBI single, Sergio Burruel knocked-in two more with a two-run single, and Jesus Morelli extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double, leading the EXST Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the EXST Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #2 this morning in Mesa.
AA Tennessee OF Brandon Guyer (left arm injury) continued his EXST rehab by getting seven Plate Appearances in the game, and he made the most of them, too, reaching base six times on two singles, a double, two walks and a HBP. He also scored a run and drove one in, and then he stole a couple of bases for good measure. To prove he is mortal, Guyer got himself picked-off 1st base in the 4th.
AA Tennessee LHP Casey Lambert (2009 TJS) also continued his rehab this morning, throwing one inning (18 pitches), and allowing a run on a single, a HBP, a WP, and a ground out.
In EXST Cubs roster news, 21-year old Dominican RHP Frank Batista and 19-year old Korean OF Jae-Hoon Ha have been promoted to Peoria.
In 20.1 IP over seven EXST appearances (three GS), Batista had allowed 11 runs (but only five earned) on 19 hits, with a 2.21 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .234 OBA, and a 4/16 BB/K and 21/22 GO/FO. Batista was the Cubs #1 pitcher in the Dominican Summer League in 2009.
Ha was hitting 350/378/600 with two doubles, two triples, one HR, and six RBI in 14 EXST games, and he was just recently moved back to the OF after having all kinds of problems trying to make the conversion back to catcher (he was a catcher in HS). Ha is very athletic and can play all three OF positions, but he was hampered throughout most of the 2009 season with a sore wrist. He does have XBH power (and HR power) when healthy.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
NOTE: CF Brandon Guyer hit 1st in the 2nd and 4th innings, and 3rd in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, getting seven Plate Appearances total in the game
X. Brandon Guyer, CF: 3-4 (BB, BB, 1B, HBP, F-8, 1B, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SB, PO)
1. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B: 0-4 (6-3, F-7, F-8, K)
2. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-4 (F-8, F-7, P-4, E-6, R)
3. Jesus Morelli, DH #1: 1-4 (6-3, F-8, P-4, 2B, R, RBI)
4. Alvaro Ramirez, RF: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 6-3, F-8, 2 R)
5a. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K, 2 R)
5b. Carlos Romero, 1B: 0-1 (5-3)
6. Runey Davis, LF: 2-3 (3B, 1B, 4-3, R, 4 RBI)
7. George Matheus, SS: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, 6-3, SB)
8. Sergio Burruel, DH #2: 1-3 (P-6 DP, 1B, 3-U, 2 RBI)
9. Jose Guevara, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-4 FC, F-8, SB)
1. Casey Lambert – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Tzu-An Wang – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Drew Rundle – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Jadel Mendez – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3/5 GO/FO, 29 pitches (22 strikes)
5. Alvido Jimenez – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 31 pitches (18 strikes)
1. P Tzu-An Wang E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd)
2. SS George Matheus E-6 (throwing error at 1st base allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
Jose Guevara: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and breezy, with temperatures in the 80’s
That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.
...and it's a 3 run homer.
hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!
montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.
"Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.
I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.
...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?
2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.
nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.
Wow in deed.
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Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game
he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.
He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.
At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.
sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.
he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.
Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?
"The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."
Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.
seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.
I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.