Cubs Tie Up Loose Ends

The Cubs and Giants played to a 1-1 tie this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, in what was the Cubs final 2010 AZ Instructional League game.

The Cubs finished with a record of 7-9-4 in Instructional League play.

Cubs 2010 7th round draft pick RHP Ben Wells (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) got the start for the Cubs today, and threw three innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and no walks, while striking out three. In four Instructs appearances covering 7.1 IP, Wells allowed no runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight (0.00 ERA and 0.55 WHIP).

CF Evan Crawford singled in the third inning to extend his Instructs hitting streak to ten games (he hit safely in all ten games in which he played). In the ten games, Crawford hit 385/400/590, with four stolen bases (1 CS), and three strikeouts and no walks in 40 PA. He is probably the fastest player in the Cubs organization. (Crawford was the minor league prospect the Cubs got back from the Giants in the Mike Fontenot trade in August).

And SS Hak-Ju Lee extended his Instructs errorless streak to 11 games (all 11 games in which he played). He also hit 294/368/384 with three stolen bases (1 CS) in those 11 games.

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

1. Evan Crawford, CF: 1-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
2. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 4-6 FC, 3-U)
3. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 0-2 (L-5, 4-3, BB, PO)
4. Justin Bour, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, 4-3, BB)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha, RF: 0-3 (E5, F-9, 6-3 GIDP)
6. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (5-3 SH, 1-3, 3-1)
7. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3)
8. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
9. Max Kwan, DH-C: 0-2 (6-3, K, BB, PO)
10. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (2B, 5-3, 1-3, R)

1. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (26 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Hunter Ackerman: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 24 pitches (15 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 35 pitches (19 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
4. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base)

Sergio Burruel: 1-1 CS



WEATHER: Sunny, with temperatures in the 80’s



phillies are scouting their own pitcher (halladay) and radioing in mph/location of each pitch in real-time. micromanage much?

Blue Jays interested in Sandberg?

Ted Lilly staying with Dodgers.

I say let Ryno get some experience somewhere else before coming back to manage the Cubs. What if he bunts all the time? How will he relate to the star players? Let's see what kind of manager he is before we hire him.

What if he wins a World Series and doesn't want to come back while we have bat the best hitter 8th Mike Quade driving for top 5 draft picks?

I'd take that risk.
Ultimately, I think he needs time around current big league clubhouses and environments before he is named Cubs manager. Managing in MLB is different than the minors

Sandberg is a hall of fame player who has dealt with many personalities at the major league level. Unless you are saying that nobody who hasn't managed/coached at the big league level ever should be hired as manager, your point doesn't make sense. And if you are saying that you need experience coaching at MLB level before being hired, I am certain there are multiple counterexamples...did Piniella coach? Larussa? Bobby Cox? Joe Torre?...I am not sure of the answer for these, but am positive there are many examples disproving the concept that you need to coach at the major league level before being a manager.

Whether Sandberg is the correct choice is debatable (though I am ardently in favor of him), the debate is not, IMO, centered on previous MLB experience, particularly when considering the other parties we are interviewing.

I guess I would rather take a guy with 20 years of managing and coaching experience to one with 3 or 4 years.

Whatever risk you're attributing to his lack of being in a big league clubhouse during the regular season, is less than the risk of having an unknown, with no MLB playing experience being the manager. If you're Carlos Zambrano, who are you more likely to listen to? The hall of famer, or the guy who couldn't hit in high A at the age of 26?

Ted Roosevelt Lilly signs with Dodgers 3/44 ($$ not yet disclosed, but Ned Coletti was the original author of the Jason Schmidt contract). Rosenthal did say it was for 3 yrs.

Lilly signs with the Dodgers at 3/44.

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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.