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):

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
11b. Danny Lockhart, DH #3: 0-1 (6-3)

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

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)

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 beat writer Carrie Muskat)

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


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)

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.


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 ):
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)
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)

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

Mlbtr says Brad Snyder has opted for free has Felix Pie

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


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:

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)

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)




EEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE gonna have to shove pencils in my ears before the post-sesason ends.

Same as last year, no? Ugh. gonna have to shove pencils in my ears before the post-sesason ends.


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  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat

  • Hey AZ, Chesny Young made raised some eyebrows with his minor league season. What do you think of him?

  • AZ Phil, why are Beeler and Parker in Mesa? Are they still recovering from injury?