Marmol and Berg Make Pilgrimage to Fitch
Carlos Marmol threw a nine-pitch 1-2-3 1st inning (K, F-9, P-5), Jose Valdez singled, tripled, stole two bases, scored two runs, and drove-in another, and D. J. Fitzgerald clubbed a two-run HR onto 8th Steeet, leading the Daytona Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Advanced Class “A” affiliate) on Field #3, while Justin Berg allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in his one inning of work, as the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Angels Class “A” affiliate) drubbed the Peoria Chiefs 9-1 on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League action at Fitch Park this afternoon.
Marmol and Berg had their scheduled outings rained-out yesterday, which is why both threw in games at Minor League Camp today.
Cubs 2010 7th round draft pick RHP Ben Wells (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) was the most impressive pitcher at Fitch Park today, following Berg to the mound on Field #2 and throwing three shutout innings for Peoria, allowing just an infield hit, a bunt single, and a walk, while striking out two, and doing it all on just 29 pitches.
Conversely, RHP Tarlandus Mitchell had a very poor outing for Peoria, getting just one out while allowing a single and walking the bases loaded before getting pulled from the game. Although he throws in the mid-90's, the 5'8 Mitchell has struggled with his control since signing with the Cubs and has yet to pitch in a full-season league.
Pitching for Daytona on Field #2, RHP Justin Bristow (2008 5th round draft pick out of East Carolina) saw his first game action since 2009 (he missed all of last season with an elbow injury), loading the bases on a double and two walks before being relieved without retiring a batter.
Cuban defector Rubi Silva played CF for Peoria today and drew two walks. He also grounded out twice. The 21-year old lefty hitting Silva played for the Cuban Junior National Team prior to defecting, and he is very fast and a Gold Glove caliber CF with a plus-arm. He received a reported $1M bonus when he signed with the Cubs in December.
After a work-out on Field #4, several players from the Extended Spring Training squad (3B Wilson Contreras, OF Reggie Golden, SS Marco Hernandez, and C Brian Inoa) got some late game action with Peoria or Daytona, and two others (OF Xavier Batista and INF Gioskar Amaya) traveled with the Tennessee and Iowa squads to the AA and AAA road games at Tempe Diablo Park. Catcher Hector Suarez, INF Vismeldy Bieneme, and outfielders Dong-Yub Kim, Blair Springfield, and Oliver Zapata were on the bench at Fitch Park but did not play. (Position players from Extended Spring Training are used as late-inning replacements in the minor league games).
Catcher Yaniel Cabeza (another defector from the Cuban Junior National team who signed with the Cubs in December), 1B Richard Jones, 2B Pin-Chieh Chen, ex-Villanova football star Matt Szczur, and OF Kyung-Min Na are assigned to the Peoria squad but did not play today, and catcher Chad Noble is the only position player assigned to Daytona who did not play today. (Cabeza and Noble were the bullpen catchers for their respective squads today).
Here are today’s abridged box scores (Cubs players only):
FIELD #2 (CLASS “A” - Peoria vs. Cedar Rapids)
1. Rubi Silva, CF: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, BB, 4-3)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-4 (F-8, 1B, F-7, 5-3, R, SB)
3a. Anthony Giansanti, RF: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, 5-3)
3b. Brian Inoa, PH 0-1 (F-7)
4a. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 4-3 FC, 1B, RBI)
4b. Wilson Contreras, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
5a. Chris Huseby, DH-LF: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B)
5b. Reggie Golden, PH: 0-1 (1-3)
6. Max Kwan, C-DH: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, 4-6 FC)
7. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-2 (4-3 GIDP, L-9, HBP)
8. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, 3-U, 3-1)
9. Cody Shields, LF-DH: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-8)
10. Johan DeJesus, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, 6-3)
1. Justin Berg: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (13 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 29 pitches (18 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
3. Jeffry Antigua: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 33 pitches (23 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO,
4. Robinson Lopez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 19 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO)
5. Tarlandus Mitchell: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R ( 2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 25 pitches (9 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
6. Larry Suarez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 29 pitches (17strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
PEORIA ERRORS: 2
1B Ryan Cuneo: E-3 – errant throw to pitcher covering 1st base
2B Wes Darvill: E-4 – dropped pop fly
PEORIA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Max Kwan: 1-3 CS
PEORIA OUTFIELD ASSIST:
RF Anthony Giansanti threw out baserunner 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on single
FIELD #3 (CLASS “A” ADVANCED - Daytona vs. Inland Empire)
1. Evan Crawford, DH-CF: 1-4 (6-3, 5-3, 3-U, 2B)
2a. Dustin Harrington, 2B: 0-3 (P-4, K, F-9)
2b. Pierre LePage, 2B: 0-1 (P-5)
3. Matt Cerda, 3B-DH: 0-3 (BB, 1-3, 4-3, F-8)
4. Justin Bour, 1B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, F-8, BB)
5. Greg Rohan, DH-3B: 0-4 (K, K, 5-3, F-9)
6a. Francisco Guzman, CF: 0-1 (HBP, 6-3)
6b. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-2 (F-8, 6-4-3 GIDP)
7a. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-2 (1B, 4-3)
7b. Micah Gibbs, C: 1-1 (1B, R)
8. Jose Valdez, RF-DH: 2-3 (F-7, 1B, 3B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB)
9a. Elliot Soto, SS: 0-0 (BB, F-8 SF, RBI)
9b. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-1 (K)
10a. Alvaro Ramirez, LF: 0-2 (F-8, 5-3)
10b. D. J. Fitzgerald, LF: 1-1 (HR, R, 2 RBI)
1. Carlos Marmol: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (6 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
2. Graham Hicks: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 34 pitches (20 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. Justin Bristow: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 16 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Marcus Hatley: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 22 pitches (18 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO)
5. Danny Keefe: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 25 pitches (16 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
6. Jordan Latham: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 11 pitches (6 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
DAYTONA ERRORS: NONE
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 1-5 CS
WEATHER: Sunny, with temperatures in the 70’s
Old news, sorry if it's 3/44-
J-Hey being classy by repaying an old teammate:
With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?
Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.
This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.
This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.
CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now.
LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.
AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).
I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.
Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)
E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.
Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.
More on the Cub Way.
Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.
Send Soler down!
Awesome thanks AZ
Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!
given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.
i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.