Cub Pitchers Mine Gold in Arizona Ball Fields

Five Cub pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter and Justin Bour drove-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the A’s Split Squad #2 in AZ Instructional League action at Papago Park Field #2 in Phoenix this afternoon.


Thanks to a GIDP, a PO, and a CS, Cubs pitchers faced only two batters above the minimum, and today’s pitching gem comes on the heels of the no-hitter thrown by five other Cubs pitchers on Saturday. (The Cubs did not play yesterday).


Cubs 7th round pick RHP Ben Wells (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) got the start and threw two perfect innings with three strikeouts (the 18-year old Wells has exactly the same body-type as 1970’s Cubs pitching great Rick Reuschel), and 19-year old long & lanky (6’4 180) RHP Starling Peralta (considered one of the top two pitching prospects on this year’s DSL Cubs #1 squad) retired all eight men he faced, striking out five of them.


Cubs 2010 23rd round draft pick RHP Matt Loosen (U. of Jacksonville) left the game in the bottom of the 7th inning after being struck on the right side of the face by a line drive. He did not lose consciousness and he walked off the field under his own power.


Bob Dernier (outfield & baserunning instructor) and Mark Johnson (catching instructor) have joined the Cubs AZ Instructional League coaching staff at Fitch Park. Dernier spent the last month of the season as the Chicago Cubs 1st base coach.


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


LINEUP:
1. Evan Crawford, CF: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 3-1, 1B, R)
2. Logan Watkins, DH #1: 1-3 (1-3 SH, 2B, F-9, F-7, R)
3. Micah Gibbs, C-DH: 1-3 (BB, 1B, F-7, F-7)
4a. Justin Bour, 1B: 1-2 (1B, F-7 SF, F-8, 2 RBI)
4b. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-1 (6-3)
5. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, P-3, 1B, BB, R, CS)
6. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3 SH, 1-U)
7a. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B, PO)
7b. Oliver Zapata, RF: NO AB
8. Sergio Burruel, DH-C: 0-2 (E4, 3-1, BB)
9. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-3 (1-6 FC, L-5, 6-U FC)
10. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, K)


PITCHERS:
1. Ben Wells: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches (14 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Ryan Hartman: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 30 pitches (16 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Amaury Paulino: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 35 pitches (19 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Matt Loosen: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (5 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
5. Starling Peralta: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 31 pitches (21 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO


ERRORS: (2)
SS Marco Hernandez E-6 (missed catch – two-base error allowed batter to reach base – eventually scored unearned run)
2B Gioskar Amaya E-4 (overthrow at 1st base attempting to complete DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 1-1 CS


OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Reggie Golden - threw out batter trying to advance to 2nd base on line single to RF


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ATTENDANCE: 17 (mostly scouts)


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

How did we miss this one?

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/10/...

"Martinez is well aware the Cubs have been interviewing candidates and is supportive of Ryne Sandberg's efforts to land the job.

"I think Ryno is a good man," Martinez said. "He deserves a shot over there to manage. He's done it in the minor leagues. I guess he's pretty successful."

If Martinez got it over Ryno, that would be truly ironic. I'm speechless.

Wells has exactly the same body-type as 1970’s Cubs pitching great Rick Reuschel)
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If Wells becomes a good mlb player he's built like Rick, if not, he's built like Paul

DLee and Bobby Cox say goodbye to the 2010 season.

Fontenot vs the Phillies

actually Lincecum vs Halliday is a fine matchup to start the NLCS.

AzPhil

Can you give us some insight on how Wells and Peralta's stuff looked? Was Wells sitting low 90's, occasionally touching mid-90's? I admit, as of typing this right now, I'm blanking on Peralta.

I asked AZ Phil this exact same thing after his first start. I obviously can't say anything about how he looked yesterday, but Phil said that his arm strength (i.e. velocity) wasn't quite back up to full strength yet because he hasn't pitched since May or June. Essentially, he is akin to a pitcher in the first week or two of spring training, trying to work his arm strength back up. I'm excited to see what the kid can do next year.

I also was wondering about Peralta, though. I vaguely remember seeing the name when casually perusing a box score from one of the Cubs' DSL teams.

I remember your question last time. I was curious if he showed a bit more this past outing. I'm very excited about Wells. As exciting as Golden is, and Reggie offers upside this system really doesn't have much of with the bat, Wells sounds like your proto-typical power arm workhorse type pitcher. I think too much was overstated pre-draft about how the kid only had the plus velo for a few outings late in the year - the kid was growing into his body and added inches and weight. Now, I didn't know he was 240 or more, which is a bit worrisome in some respects, but a pro training regimen could help. Add in that the reports were that his feel for his secondary stuff was good ... and I'm really fascinated.

Submitted by toonsterwu on Tue, 10/12/2010 - 3:39pm.
I remember your question last time. I was curious if he showed a bit more this past outing. I'm very excited about Wells. As exciting as Golden is, and Reggie offers upside this system really doesn't have much of with the bat, Wells sounds like your proto-typical power arm workhorse type pitcher. I think too much was overstated pre-draft about how the kid only had the plus velo for a few outings late in the year - the kid was growing into his body and added inches and weight. Now, I didn't know he was 240 or more, which is a bit worrisome in some respects, but a pro training regimen could help. Add in that the reports were that his feel for his secondary stuff was good ... and I'm really fascinated.

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TOONSTER: The Cubs have brought Ben Wells along slowly for reasons previously mentioned, and while his fastball velocity is only in the high 80's (so far), he is getting swings & misses (and strikeouts) with both his slider and his splitter. He is definitely a projectable kid.

A couple of other items regarding Cubs pitchers of which you may or may not have already been aware: LHP John Mincone had knee surgery, and RHP Jon Nagel had elbow surgery #2.

And in case you were thinking "maybe another McNutt?"... here is 40th round draft pick LHP Brian Smith's line through three Instructs games: 2.0 IP, 10 H, 12 R (10 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 3 WP, 1 BALK

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Cox and Baker out in the first round, couldn't happen to 2 better guys.

if Rays win tomorrow, I'm fairly certain that would be the first time I ever got all the LDS predictions correct.

probably not a coincidence that all the favorites would win then.

Nice.

Check out the DP Lee bashing in the comments - pretty funny stuff.

people who comment on mlb.com tend to think this whole game is played exactly like a video game.

their expectations of the game and suggestions for player movement can get wacky as hell.

of course it's not everyone...just too many.

Agreed, I think either the avg age or IQ is 13 (or both).

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

Am I on crack? Who exactly is the fourth candidate that Ricketts has interviewed? Lou?!?

Seriously, somebody help me. Musk-rat only mentions the three left that I know of, Ryno, Quade and Wedge. I saw the Davey Martinez link above, is he the fourth??

*edit Read the Martinez article, I haven't seen anything about them requesting (in writing) an interview with him, so that would be tampering (although I do like Davey Martinez)... Maybe he's our bench coach next year??

Rob G., Az Phil... Are either of you the fourth candidate??

The article implies that Melvin is the 4th candidate, but Levine doesn't seem to think that Melvin has interviewed yet. Feels like a 3 horse race with Melvin trailing.

Toonster! You escaped from BCB?!

Not to be contrarian given that this isn't 1970 and more is known about nutrition and training, but every time they tried to make Rick Reuschel lose weight he didn't pitch as well...sort of a variation on the Sampson not taking to haircuts from his girlfriend Dee. Reuschel wasn't about velocity though but he had one hell of a sinker. I'd love a more detailed history lesson from Az Phil's recollections about Big Daddy Reuschel.

Better diet and exercise worked for Geo Soto though, so if pitching doesn't work out maybe the can convert him to catching. He's got the backstop part down already.

Reuschel was listed as 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, which made him a few pounds heavier than his franchise-mate from two generations earlier, Hippo Vaughn

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June 4, 1970: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round of the 1970 amateur draft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Reuschel

So, Cubster, you're saying that Reuschel made a vow to God that he would stay fat?

Bruce Levine's latest post from earlier today:

Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge was the latest to be interviewed, meeting with Ricketts on Monday, according to major league sources. Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg and interim manager Mike Quade have already had their interviews with Ricketts within the last two weeks. Quade met with Ricketts before returning to his winter home in Florida after the Cubs season ended on Oct. 3....At this point it's unknown if former Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin will meet with Ricketts.

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

I see said the blind man (stupid Muskie), Toon implied the same above...

So I guess that makes Melvin the fourth man on the grassy knoll.

Rob G., is there a pool started on this?? I'm thinking Wedge gets it, because JH will be afraid to go with someone un-seasoned..... (not that I particularly like that answer).

Ultimately, I think about this just like hiring Rudy last year. If the new guy works, he'll get all the credit, if he doesn't, it's one more screwup on the list, but is it really his fault? Hard to say, he can only manage the pieces he's given... (standing by return fire....)

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  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 4 hours 18 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 14 hours 50 sec ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 16 hours 58 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 17 hours 10 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 17 hours 19 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 17 hours 25 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 17 hours 43 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 18 hours 37 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 18 hours 39 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 18 hours 57 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 20 hours 4 sec ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 20 hours 17 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 20 hours 22 min ago view