Angels Blank Cubs at HoHoKam

With Cubs Player Personnel Director Oneri Fleita in attendance, RHP Jadel Mendez worked-out of a no outs/bases loaded jam in the top of the 8th to preserve a scoreless tie, but was not as fortunate in the top of the 9th as the AZL Angels scored four times en route to a 4-0 whitewashing of the AZL Cubs in Arizona League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa this evening.



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Cubs bats were mostly silent tonight, with the notable exception of 1B Ryan Cuneo (2010 20th round draft pick out of the University of Delaware) who doubled off the RF fence in the bottom of the 2nd and roped a triple into the RF corner in the 9th. The sweet swingin' Cuneo is now hitting a cool 323/382/613 in eight AZL games, and I would think he will likely get moved up to Boise in the very near future, as should SS Elliot Soto (15th round pick out of Creighton) who continued his fine defensive play at shortstop, while also collecting a hit and a stolen base.  


Catcher Micah Gibbs (Cubs 2010 3rd round pick out of LSU) made his pro debut in tonight's game, going 0-4 with a throwing error. One of his outs was a feeble ground ball to SS with one out and a runner at 3rd, and the throwing error occurred when Gibbs blocked a ball in the dirt on a swinging strike three, only to throw the ball high & wide to 1st base, allowing the batter to reach base on the strikeout. Along with Cuneo and Soto, both Micah Gibbs and fellow-catcher Chad Noble (37th round pick out of Northwestern) will likely be going up to Boise, too. Noble hit a 9th inning game-tying two-run HR last night in Phoenix, only to see AZL A's LF Yeudy Brazoban stroke a two-out two-run walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th to give the A's the victory. 


21-year old Dominican RHP Hector Mayora started tonight's game for the AZL Cubs and threw four innings of two-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts, and RHP Matt Loosen (2010 23rd round pick out of Jacksonville U.) threw two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts.    


AA Tennessee RHP Marcos Mateo (knee surgery rehab) threw one-inning in tonight's game, retiring the side 1-2-3 on 15 pitches (nine strikes). He (understandably) looked a bit rusty after missing the last seven weeks, but he also had plus-velocity, retiring the first two batters he faced on weak groundouts before upping his gas into the mid-90's to get the third batter on a called third strike. Barring a medical setback, Mateo probably won't be down here too much longer.


With tonight's loss, the AZL Cubs dropped to 2-6 and fell into last place in the AZL East, having lost three consecutive games in the 9th inning.

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Comments

Phil
Great to see these reports. I'm especially excited to see some of the draft picks in action. I'd love to see an update on who's signed so far out of the draft picks. Do we know where Simpson is ending up? I really want to see if Golden signs - I haven't heard anything about that.

I saw Huseby was in RF yesterday. Do you know if the team has made any decisions about whether he's a pitcher or a hitter?

Also, Brett Jackson seems to be adapting well to AA so far. What do you see his timetable to the majors being?

Thanks as always -

Cubs picks who have signed:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/draftdb/2010xt...

Add Matt Szczur to the signed list.

Submitted by Jumbo on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 4:31am.
Phil
Great to see these reports. I'm especially excited to see some of the draft picks in action. I'd love to see an update on who's signed so far out of the draft picks. Do we know where Simpson is ending up? I really want to see if Golden signs - I haven't heard anything about that.

I saw Huseby was in RF yesterday. Do you know if the team has made any decisions about whether he's a pitcher or a hitter?

Also, Brett Jackson seems to be adapting well to AA so far. What do you see his timetable to the majors being?

Thanks as always -

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QUIET MAN: The Cubs have signed 20 of their 50 draft picks so far, and they usually sign about 30. So expect the Cubs to sign another ten of their draft choices before the mid-August deadline. Typically they will sign 9-10 of their top ten picks, 7-8 of their next ten (11-20), 5-6 of the next ten (21-30), 3-4 of the next ten (31-40), and 1-2 of the bottom ten (41-50). So far the Cubs have signed only five of their top 10 picks, plus eight of their next ten (the usual number), four of the next ten (about one or two below expectation), three in rounds 31-40 (maybe one below the usual number), and none from the bottom ten.

The delay in signing Reggie Golden may have to do with Golden wanting "1st round money," and even if the Cubs are willing to do that, clubs may have been requested by MLB to delay signing players to overslot bonuses until sometime closer to the mid-August deadline, so as to not have a negative impact on negotiations other clubs may be having with draft picks from that round. But the Cubs probably will eventually sign at least nine of their top ten picks. And even if they don't sign Golden, the Cubs will receive a 2011 Rule 4 Draft compensation pick one slot lower in the 2nd round than where they picked Golden this year.

Chris Huseby's future is unclear. He apparently does not enjoy pitching, and is being used as a DH (and he played RF last night) to give him something to do when he is not pitching. He has some skills as a hitter, although Huseby reminds me a bit of Michael Jordan when Jordan was trying to become a baseball player.

Brett Jackson is probably at the same point that Starlin Castro was at this time last year. The main difference is that Jackson is blocked by Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd, and so his arrival in MLB will probably depend to some extent on whether Soriano is moved to 1B when Derrek Lee leaves. If Tyler Colvin moves to 1B and Kosuke Fukudome is traded, Marlon Byrd could possibly move to RF in 2011 and Jackson could play CF. Or Jackson could begin his MLB career in the same role Tyler Colvin has been used this year.

Presuming either Colvin or Soriano moves to 1B in 2011, Jackson could have a spot in the lineup as early as Opening Day 2011, if he has a really good showing in Spring Training. The problem with Jackson is that he has a below-average arm, so he projects as a CF or LF rather than a RF. The Cubs do have an arm-strengthening program for outfielders that has resulted in Tyler Colvin and some others in the minors like Brandon Guyer improving arm strength to where they can play RF, although Colvin did have a TJS along the way and Guyer has had some arm issues, too.

Jackson is a talented player who projects as an everyday MLB outfielder and #3 hitter in the order, but his two weaknesses are strikeouts and arm strength.

AZ Phil:

Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Hunter Ackerman

Do you know why?

Thanks!

Submitted by QuietMan on Fri, 07/02/2010 - 5:17pm.
AZ Phil:

Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Hunter Ackerman

Do you know why?

Thanks!

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QUIET MAN: The Cubs had to add Ackerman to a minor league reserve list (AZL Cubs) within 15 days after signing him (which they did), and then he would be placed on the Temporarliy Inactive List if he returned home for some reason. The reason could be any one of a number of things, like a legal matter, or a family issue, or something related to school, or a problem with his contract.

BTW, the Temoporarily Inactive List is used only in the minor leagues, and it is essentially a club-approved short-term leave of absence.

Anyone planning to catch the Road to Wrigley game, Groupon has a half-off offer. 15 bux (originally $30) still seems crazy high to see a Low-A game (I paid $8 last month and was right behind home plate), but better than paying full price ...

rf colvin, 2b baker, 1b lee, 3b ramy, cf byrd, lf sori, c soto, ss castro, p silva

vs. lefty Travis Wood

Phil - Do you know the status of the Korean outfielder by the name of Kim? It might have been Dub-something.

Submitted by DavidP on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 10:49am.
Phil - Do you know the status of the Korean outfielder by the name of Kim? It might have been Dub-something.

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DAVID P: Dong-Yub Kim has been on the Disabled List since Minor League Camp. I don't know for sure what's wrong, but I did see him throw a ball left-handed at Fitch Park last month (he is a right-handed thrower), so if I had to guess, I'd say he probably had either TJS or shoulder surgery. But I don't know that for sure. I didn't see him take any BP during EXST, either.

RHP Marco Carrillo has been moved up to Iowa from Daytona. Carrillo is one of two Mexicans in the Cubs system (RHP Oswaldo Martinez is the other one), and while he has spent parts of the past three seasons at AA, he has not been able to stick there.

The "rubber-armed" Carrillo was demoted from Tennessee to Daytona about a month into the 2010 season, and became Daytona's co-closer, putting up a 1.67 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 17 games and 32.1 IP for the D-Cubs. He can be a Rule 55 minor league FA (6YFA) post-2011 if he isn't added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the end of the 2011 World Series.

Because it takes two business days to get a player through waivers, the Cubs have about 30 minutes to trade Chad Tracy (he was Designated for Assignment last Friday).

Unless he agress in advance to accept a minor league assignment, the Cubs will have to place Tracy on Release Waivers at 2 PM (EDT) if they can't trade him by that time, and if he is released, the Cubs will be on the hook for the balance of Tracy's 2010 base salary (but NOT his potential incentive bonuses), minus the pro-rated MLB minimum salary if he signs with another club after getting released.

The Cubs are a well oiled machine.

this might be a bit shocking, but I don't think the market for Chad Tracy is really fierce at the moment.

D. Barney and T. Diamond named to PCL All-Star Game.

Barney? Really? His .686 OPS makes him a PCL All Star. Slim pickings this year, I guess.

Prospect bashing? Only four PCL hitters have more hits. When Barney is not hitting or in the dugout, he wears a glove. What do you consider an acceptable OPS for a shortstop? In the NL today, Cabrera, A. Escobar, Y. Escobar, Crosby, Counsell, Ryan and of course Cedeno have lower OPS's than Barney.

I'm just not very impressed by that. I'm not saying he'll never contribute at the major league level, I'm just surprised there aren't a couple of guys doing better, especially in the hitter-friendly PCL. Of course, it could just be an effect of the fact that shortstops who can hit and field often aren't in AAA anymore by mid-season.

I also haven't seen his defense, though mostly what I've heard about it is that he's consistent.

AZ Phil says he's not chopped liver.

Personally, I don't think he's a good fit for the Cubs, because he would be replacing a guy who runs pretty well, and the Cubs are plenty slow enough already.

But I was glad he made the AS team and gets some recognition.

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/st...

likely to get some rehab games in before joining the team. Lou's says something..

"Personally, I like the young man, I really do. I thought what happened shouldn't, but personally I've enjoyed talking to Zambrano and having him on the team. Hopefully the help that he's getting now will help him and we'll leave it at that."

so Z needs "3 weeks" before he's ready?

i think the organization is handling the situation well, but i also think the organization isn't fully disclosing what he's working on...whatever...

hanging changeups = bad.

i know the world might grind to a halt and everything, but hows about a soriano/aram swap in the lineup order?

...and soriano gets another hit as i type...if only a single.

yeah, he's streaky, but since april so is aram...only his is a 1-way streak.

I called for it 30 days ago.
he batted sri once ar cleanup when aram was hurt.

cubs shut down by mld debut pitcher.

shocking!

castro has just made a huge defensive progression.

dives/catches a ball...and DOESNT throw it.

yes, castro...you gotta put some in your pocket and let it be. as soon as he made the pick i had visions of the ball flying god knows where...

ala Cedeno and the air-mailed throws to the stands?

it doesn't sound pretty, but Silva is keeping down the best offense in the NL

he's giving up a lot of hits, but they're not doing much with them...except for that triple.

he's not working a bunch of 3-2 counts or anything, though.

Giant sucking sound coming from the cub offense...

the Vuvuzela offense blows

another great cy silva outing (still in progress).

wow.

At this point he's just being rude pitching so well.

...Cubs losing... no runs.

sighhhhh

18 innings without a run and counting...

Feels like 2006 lite.

feels like a 3-month long prostrate exam so far

I just went through radiation treatment for prostate cancer and I can tell you from experience that it is not as bad as watching the 2010 edition of the Cubs.

assuming you're not just making a joke, here's to a speedy recovery.

Agreed,

Keep your head up Sweet Lou of the interweebs.

I'm not kidding, but I'm doing fine. Thanks! It was my second bout with cancer. The first time it was throat cancer. That was nasty. By comparison, the prostate cancer wasn't bad.

The thing is that I don't smoke, I don't drink, and I don't hang out in environments conducive to cancer. I might as well be Amish. Meanwhile, my brothers and sister live unhealthy lifestyles and they remain cancer-free. Doesn't seem fair, does it?

Oh yeah, Go Cubs!

sorry to hear about your struggles (that doesn't seem like a strong enough word).

anyway, we'll keep making fart jokes to keep your spirits up.

Boobs, too. That deserves boobs.

Farts & Boobs...Who could ask for more?

Geez! That is not fair at all, and such a mystery, isn't it?

I discuss these kinds of things with my doc, that somehow all of the health shit we do for our our bodies in pursuit of longevity, much comes down to just heredity.

I grew up swimming in sugar. Ten scoops of sugar on my cereal. Lot's of soda. My brother hated sugar; he drank milk all the time. He got diabetes.

Also, he went bald, while I'm super sexy.

Well, there are definitely exceptions, but your odds are much better if you take care of yourself. Put it this way, would you rather be riding with a good driver or a bad one? Good drivers can still get into accidents, but you increase your odds of avoiding one.

I only grew up knowing 1 of 4 grandparents, because the other 3 drank, smoke, and chewed themselves to death. My one grandpa died when my DAD was still a teenager.

Also, again from family experience, you are able to handle the news much better and fight through it if you can say "well, I've lived a good life and it just threw me a curveball, but I can get past it" rather than "well, this is my punishment for living a terrible life." I've seen both play out up close and the former is far better than the latter.

I'm not arguing anything...I'm just saying that my brother got screwed.

fart?

BWHAHAHAHAHHA SILVA.

he's all...FUCK GATORAIDE!!!! and then he's all *SMASH* and GRRR!

that was funny. i've never seen anyone calmly get themselves a cup of something then turn around and violently smash it into their face. nice.

jimmy cagney w grapefruit?

Balls go thru Starlin Castro like he's not even there.

I guarantee you the ball hit today would have gone through Theriot.

He is the least of the team's problem. To make rookie pitchers, and rag-arms look like Clemens on 'roids, is horrendous.

Any team in the top third of the NL, would have had this guy Travis Wood, for lunch.

This is so pathetic, day after day.

But blame Castro if you want.

WHO SAID THERIOT WAS A BETTER SS??

Do me a favor. For months now you've been putting words in my mouth. Give it a rest.

For those not watching, with a runner on third, Castro toreadored a ball hit right at him instead of keeping the ball in front of him. You have to forget finesse and give up your body in that situation. Instead, he whiffed, he just got out of the way and the run scored to increase their lead to 2-0.

None of this will show up in the box score, which is why I mentioned it.

"WHO SAID THERIOT WAS A BETTER SS??"

Nobody. They don't have the play up on the interweb yet, but how come Castro jumped out of the balls path to waive at it with is glove they didn't score it an error?

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp...

very hard hit, Silva was pretty irate over it, look like it took a bit of a unexpected hop, but he did ole it. Castro's been pretty gunshy on throws from the catcher as well.

-edit- he mishandled a potential inning-ending double play in the 10th as well.

It is going to be painful, sometimes, agreed with Castro. However, he also made a deep-in-the-hole play and nailed the runner which has been either unnoticed or forgotten.

Going to have to agree to disagree on this one. I don't think I've ever seen a shortstop make a play on a ball like that off his chest. He takes it in the chest and odds are he goes on the DL with a broken sternum. Been watching too much World Cup or something to suggest that should be trapped off the chest.

Looks like Silva is taking over the acting like a child mantle with Zambrano gone. The Cubs fielder should start having a hissy fit every time one of these morons gives up a walk or a HR, if that's how they're going to be treated.

COLWIN!

COLWIN!!!

that, too.

credit to you for the nickname

im just glad marmol isn't "marmolAIDS" anymore.

marmol the starter was pain.

nice tie,ty.

"Veteran scout: Mark Prior "just all right" in today's throwing session."

"Agent for Mark Prior says one club wants to sign him, many others interested. Hit 90 mph, seen by 15 scouts."

Tom Krasovic

here's to making my Cubs jersey relevant again

Don't feel too bad. I've got a Tony Boselli Houstan Texans jersey.

mine too.

/bought at store on clark and addison right after game 2 of nlcs

Wanna trade for my Zambrano one?

My jersey can kick your jersey's ass!

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/baseballs-g...

anyone with ESPN insider can tell us if there's anything about Hendry in the original Olney article.

Easiest GMs to deal with:

#1: Jim Hendry, Cubs (5 votes) "Hendry is the type of person you'd feel comfortable going out and having a beer with. He's a backslapping type of guy, and that really works for making trades."

seems to fit his M.O.

he should have no problem finding another job in the hopefully near future.

+1000000000

and thanks for giving the Reds the game with Bob Howry

FWIW, it was mostly Marshall. But you are just bitter that Marshall is hurting your fantasy team. Howry's probably available though. You should go get him.

Howry's gonna get the loss, right?

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Love it!

Utley on the DL now... wonder, hopefully that will boost the demand for our three second basemen a little more. One more loss this weekend, and hopefully the light will go on in Hendry's or Ricketts' head.

McPhail waited

a) 30 seconds
b) 5 minutes
c) 1 hour

to call the Padres and work out a deal?

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/07/01/revised-to...

Hak-Ju Lee at #23

The Skinny: This is another wild-card pick on my part. Lee has the talent to play big-league shortstop defensively right now, and his speed stacks up against anyone in professional baseball. He's still a little crude at the plate, but he has star potential.

interesting list...

also, bret wallace is being developed at 1st in the TOR organization. he's to 3rd what bj upton was to SS.

May 25 vs. LA - last time the Cubs won a series opener.

Facepalm.

Chad Tracy has cleared waivers and opted to be released rather than go to the minors.

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

Runaway!!!!!!!

when a lot of folks thought Josh Byrnes was an awesome GM?

he's been fired along with Hinch, Kirk Gibson taking over as manager.

kirk gibson what?

hahahha.

i mean, he's paid his coaching dues...he was in DET for a long time being a coach, but well...okay, sure. why not?

When Gibson was a bench coach with the Tigers, they called him "One Hit" behind his back as a swipe at the arrogant, entitled attitude he copped from the '88 Series homer. This won't end well.

He's a frequent attendee at Red Wings games and, by all accounts, an appropriate choice for the DBags.

I had a former family member that dated him at Michigan State. By her accounts he was a self entitled dick way back then.

Heyo maturity....

Cubs 2010 5th round pick OF Matt Szczur (Villanova) has signed. He was rated by scouts as one of the fastest players in college baseball.

He will report to the AZL Cubs and then will return to Villanova for his senior year where he will be permitted to play football. He is a possibility to get selected in the 2011 NFL draft as a WR/KR, so he will be able to keep his options open while playing both sports.

Because he has a scholarship to play college football, the signing bonus paid to him by the Cubs can be spread over five seasons.

BTW, his name is pronounced like "Caesar" (Julius or Sid, depending on your reference points).

"BTW, his name is pronounced like "Caesar" (Julius or Sid, depending on your reference points)."

f'n thank u. been wondering about that one.

That looks like the Polish word for "rat" pronounced "sh-choor" but that often comes out "shtoor."
Not good.

Caesar it is.

I'm sure he's fast. But more importantly, can he jump over a car?

or catch a rat?

AZ Phil,

Would you mind sharing any thoughts you have on Kyler Burke so far this year? After seeming to rebound last year with a .911 OPS, his 2010 OPS of .606 falls right in line with his other extremely disappointing efforts at the plate.

Should he be considering a switch to the mound? Are the Cubs holding out he might break through as a slugger in 2011 or in the second half of 2010?

Submitted by Charlie on Sat, 07/03/2010 - 4:55pm.
AZ Phil,

Would you mind sharing any thoughts you have on Kyler Burke so far this year? After seeming to rebound last year with a .911 OPS, his 2010 OPS of .606 falls right in line with his other extremely disappointing efforts at the plate.

Should he be considering a switch to the mound? Are the Cubs holding out he might break through as a slugger in 2011 or in the second half of 2010?

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CHARLIE: I think there was already a Red Flag regarding Kyler Burke, and it has to do with needing three tries to get through the Midwest League.

The fact that he spent all or parrts of three seasons at the same low level would be OK if it doesn't reflect a more chronic problem, but he is underperforming at Hi-A (Daytona) just like he did his first two seasons in the MWL. He is starting to look like the type of guy who takes too long not just to adjust to, but to master, each level, the type of player who will probably top-out at AA.

Burke was a two-way player in HS (RF-LHP), and was fairly highly-regarded as a pitcher. Some teams even had Burke rated as a better pitching prospexct than outfield prospect pre-draft in 2006, and so he might want to start thinking about a move before he spends too much more time spinning his wheels trying to get to AA. It's not like he is a stranger to the mound, and he's only 22.

Same goes for Peoria 3B Charles Thomas, BTW. He supposedly threw 94 as a closer in college, and I have seen his arm, and it is a rocket. He is a big dude, too (6'4 225).

Thanks, Phil! I'm kind of hoping Burke switches to the mound soon. I don't see much hope for him as a position player, despite his offensive upside.

I think they'll give him the rest of the season. If he figures out High A, by then, you've got some hope that he's one of those guys that just takes time to adjust. If he doesn't, they can pretty easily lay the path for him that he's not going to make the bigs as a hitter, and if he does he'll be 29 years old at this pace.

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