McNutt Versus Bradley - Instructs Version of Mothra Versus Godzilla

In his first start since throwing three perfect innings with eight strikeouts against the Cubs at Fitch Park on Monday, RHP Archie Bradley (7th overall pick in 1st round of 2011 draft) threw three innings of no run/no hit ball, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 3-1 in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale.



Bradley wasn’t as sharp as last time, walking two and hitting a batter while throwing barely 50% strikes (46 pitches – 24 strikes), and recording just two strikeouts. But the Cubs once again could do nothing with the 19-year old from Broken Arrow, OK.


Cubs top pitching prospect RHP Trey McNutt got the start for the Cubs, as he prepares for the start of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) next Tuesday where he will be a rotation starter for the Mesa Solar Sox. (Each MLB club designates one pitcher assigned to its AFL affiliate as a "starting pitcher," and the other three pitchers sent to the AFL work out of the AFL team's bullpen).


McNutt threw two innings, and he really struggled to get through a 26-pitch 1st inning, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. But he retired the last five men he faced, pumping 12 consecutive strikes in the process, and he induced mostly ground balls (five ground outs and a ground ball RBI single) throughout the two innings. In fact the only ball hit into the air was a broken bat opposite-field bloop single by the Diamondbacks lead-off hitter in the bottom of the 1st.


21-year old RHP Scott Weismann (Cubs 2011 46th round draft pick out of Clemson) has been added to the Cubs Instructs roster, and he made his pro debut in today’s game, throwing a perfect nine-pitch 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging, P-2, F-8). Weismann was in the CWS Clemson Tiger starting rotation with LHP Casey Harman (Cubs 2010 29th round pick) in 2010, but was moved to the bullpen this past season where he excelled as the team’s closer.


The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs 2011 #1 draft pick SS Javier Baez, who made a run-saving diving stop behind 2nd base with two outs and runners at 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 6th, got back up on his feet, and gunned-down (easily) the D’backs runner trying to sneak home, with a laser throw to catcher Yaniel Cabezas.


Baez also scored the only Cub run of the day, lining a double into left-center to lead-off the top of the 6th, and eventually scoring on a Dan Vogelbach one-out 6-3 GO.


Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only):


LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 0-4 (3-U, 3-6 FC, K, P-2)
2. Javier Baez, SS: 1-4 (6-3, P-3, 2B, K, R)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-4 (K, 3-U, F-8, 4-3)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, P-4, 6-3, RBI)
5. Taiwan Easterling, LF: 1-2 (HBP, 2B, P-5, CS)
6. Micah Gibbs, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-7)
7. Neftali Rosario, DH #2: 0-3 (F-8, 5-4 FC, K)
8. Carlos Penalver, 2B: 0-3 (K, E-5, 4-3, SB)
9a. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (BB, L-5)
9b. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-1 (L-6)
10a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-3 (E-5, 3-U, 1B, CS)
10b. Garrett Schlecht, RF: NO AB
11a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
11b. Danny Lockhart, DH #3: 0-1 (6-3)


PITCHERS:
1. Trey McNutt: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (24 strikes), 5/0 GO/FO
2. Scott Weismann: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (6 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
3. Alexander Santana: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Tayler Scott: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 24 pitches (16 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Michael Jensen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 19 pitches (11 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
6. Kyler Burke: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (6 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
7. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 22 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO


ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (throwing error allowed batter-runner to take 2nd base)
2. 2B Carlos Penalver - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely & unearned run to score)


OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Taiwan Easterling - runner thrown out 7-6-2 trying to score from 1st base on a double into LF corner


ATTENDANCE: 20 (mostly scouts, plus cubs.com beat writer Carrie Muskat)


WEATHER: Sunny, hot (100+), and VERY breezy

Comments

comically grades the Cubs...

for a team that finished with the 6th worst record in baseball, only 3 players got below average grades (Z, Coleman and Colvin)

http://espn.go.com/chicago/polls?id=7033211

wtf happened to colvin? yeah, he's a free swinger, but holy crap...not that "free"...there was at least contact being made in years past. he couldn't show anything in AAA demotions, either. freaky.

btw, my mind exploded reading about k.hill.

He's the Mike Quade of reporters... Barney never played 2b before? Who knew?

There's obviously some "expectation" built in to his grades... what exactly was he expecting from Reed Johnson?

one of the best defensive 3rd, and hardest/accurate throwing 3rd basemen in the game just made a heck of a decision not to go home on a throw.

wow. postseason.

inge, btw...if he had more bat to go with his glove/arm he'd be so mega-paid.

He is mega-paid for a guy that hits .200.

whoops.

That's gonna really suck if they just blew through their Game 1 starters for an inning and a half. No one looked at the radar?

by K. Goldstein on twitter

Doubtful. RT @Carl9730: @Kevin_Goldstein Do either Cashner or Samardzija make it as a SP?

I asked about the D. Stubbs vs. B. Jackson comp fwiw.

Stubbs has more tools. RT @thecubreporter: @Kevin_Goldstein Would Drew Stubbs be a reasonable comp for Brett Jackson?

he also added that he "doesn't force comps" when someone asked if there's a better comp for B. Jackson and that Jackson will get a long look during spring training.

Hi Arizona Phil,

Do you have any thoughts on Alexander Santana? He had good numbers in the DSL this past summer and got a 6-figure bonus last year. Thank you!

Ex-Cub Factor alert...

Jerry Hairston Jr is starting over Casey McGehee for Brewers.

Ex-Cub Factor for the Playoffs (Playoff roster; 40 man rosters, DL status and Cub minor league careers excluded but noted ):
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Brewers (3): Casey McGehee, Jerry Hairston Jr., LaTroy Hawkins

Diamondbacks (1): Henry Blanco; Xavier Nady (DL, August hit by pitch with fractured metacarpal/hand), Jason Marquis (60 day DL, fractured fibula/leg)

Phillies (1): Ross Gload

Cards (2-3); Ryan Theriot, Corey Patterson, Kyle Lohse (Cub minors only)
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Yankees (0): Sergio Mitre (60 day DL, nerve injury to pitching shoulder)

Tigers (0-1): Al Alburquerque (Cub minors only)

Rays (3): Juan Cruz, Kyle Farnsworth, Sam Fuld; Robinson Chirinos and Brandon Guyer (on 40 man roster but did not make ALDS roster)

Rangers (1): Andres Blanco; Josh Hamilton (OK, a big reach here but he was a rule 5 Cubs draft pick for moments)

The Red Sox option exercise date on Theo Epstein's contract is October 8th, next Saturday (per Wittenmeyer, Sun Times article)

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/...

I want to see Milwaukee vs Philly, that would be a potentially excellent series.

Mlbtr says Brad Snyder has opted for free agency...so has Felix Pie

Submitted by Cubster on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 12:54pm.
Mlbtr says Brad Snyder has opted for free agency...so has Felix Pie

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CUBSTER: That's because they were Article XX-D minor league free-agents, meaning they had the right to be a free-agent when they were outrighted earlier in the year (Snyder because he had been outrighted previously in his career, and Pie because he had 3+ years of MLB Service Time), but each deferred the right to be a FA until after the end of the MLB regular season. However, neither would have been eligible to be an Article XX-D minor league FA if their club had added the player back to the 40-man roster prior to the end of the regular season.

Only Article XX-D minor league free-agents can be free-agents immediately after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. Players in this class have until October 15th to file. Clubs receive no compensation if an Article XX-D minor league FA signs with another organization, and the player can re-sign with his previous organization if he so chooses.

MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents (so called "Six-Year Minor League Free-agents" and/or players with expiring minor league contracts who have been previously released in their career) cannot be a free-agent until the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series. Clubs have until the 4th day following the conclusion of the World Series to add an MLB Rule 55 minor league FA to the 40-man roster.

Brad Snyder was the only Cubs minor leaguer eligible to be an Article XX-D minor league free-agent.

Here are the 18 Cubs minor leaguers who are eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents if not added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the 4th day following the conclusion of the World Series:

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA:
Jim Adduci, OF
Justin Berg, RHP
Marco Carrillo, RHP
Angel Guzman, RHP
Dylan Johnston, RHP
Mario Mercedes, C
Scott Moore, INF
Jonathon Mota, INF
Chris Robinson, C
Carlton Smith, RHP
Alvaro Sosa, RHP
Jeff Stevens, RHP
John Urick, 1B (player-coach)

PREVIOUSLY RELEASED - MINOR LEAGUE FA UNLESS SIGNED BEYOND 2011:
Adrian Aviles, LHP (previously released by LAD)
Dan Berlind, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP (previously released by SEA)
Robert Coello, RHP (previously released by CIN)
Carlos Figueroa, INF (previously released by COL)

SEASONS COME AND GO

AND I WILL NEVER CHANGE

AND I'M ON MY WAY

EEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

...im gonna have to shove pencils in my ears before the post-sesason ends.

Same as last year, no? Ugh.

...im gonna have to shove pencils in my ears before the post-sesason ends.
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Potatoes?

http://tinyurl.com/438gao6

niiiiiiiiiiiice.

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  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 9 min 5 sec ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 3 hours 30 sec ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 59 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 6 hours 51 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 11 hours 37 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 11 hours 38 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 21 hours 19 min 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 1 day 17 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 1 day 29 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 1 day 38 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 1 day 43 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 1 day 1 hour ago view