Giants Are Mean to Cub Teenagers

The Giants combined two doubles, three singles, five walks, and an error to score seven runs in the first two innings, cruising to a 7-1 victory over the Cubs in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale.  



LHP Christopher Pieters (signed as a 16-year old out of Curacao during the 2011 International Signing Period for a reported $350K) got the start for the Cubs, and could not throw strikes (33 pitches – only 11 strikes), allowing three runs on three walks and two hits (a single and a double) in the 1st inning.


RHP Alexander Santana (signed as a 16-year old out of the Dominican Republic in 2010) wasn’t any better in the 2nd inning, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits (two singles and a double) and two walks while throwing 34 pitches (only 16 strikes).


The other four Cub pitchers who took the hill today fared much better, throwing six innings of three-hit shutout ball with no walks and six strikeouts, but by that time the Giants had what proved to be an insurmountable lead.


The Cubs offense was mostly dormant, scoring their only run in the top of the 4th inning without the benefit of a hit.


Rubi Silva drew a lead-off walk and moved up to 2nd base when Dan Vogelbach reached base on a error, advanced to 3rd on a double play, and then scored on a Wild Pitch.


The Cubs are missing a number of players who started the AZIL schedule on the Active List, as 2011 1st round draft pick SS Javier Baez, 1B Rock Shoulders, OF Taiwan Easterling, 3B-1B Dustin Geiger, and C Rafael Lopez are out of action.


Easterling, Geiger, and Lopez suffered injuries (either groin, quad, hamstring, or calf) while running the bases and/or sliding last week, Shoulder suffered a torn meniscus in a base-running drill two days prior to AZIL Opening Day, and Baez has been shut-down with a sore arm for more than a week (exact nature and extent of his injury is unknown at this time).


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


LINEUP:
1. Zeke DeVoss, 2B: 0-4 (6-3, K, 5-3, K)
2a. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3, BB)
2b. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (F-7)
3. Rubi Silva, DH #1: 0-3 (K, BB, 4-3, K, R)
4. Dan Volgelbach, 1B: 1-4 (F-8, E-3, F-8, 2B)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-3 (6-3, 1-6-3 DP, P-2, BB)
6. Yaniel Cabezas, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, F-7, 1B, BB)
7a. Mark Malave, C: 0-1 (BB, E-4)
7b. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-1 (F-7)
8. Shawon Dunston, Jr, LF: 0-3 (F-7, L-3 DP, P-5)
9a. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-2 (5-3, P-2)
9b. Trey Martin, CF: 0-1 (F-9)
10. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B)


PITCHERS:
1. Christopher Pieters: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 33 pitches (11 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
2. Alexander Santana: 1.0, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (16 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Starling Peralta: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 39 pitches (25 strikes), 0/5 GO/FO
4. Tayler Scott: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 10 pitches (9 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
5. Jose Arias: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 16 pitches (10 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
6. Andrew McKirahan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 8 pitches (5 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO


ERRORS: 1
SS Danny Lockhart - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)


CATCHERS DEFENSE
Mark Malave: 0-2 CS


ATTENDANCE: 31


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

Kyler Burke seems to have some potential on the mound. Do the Cubs have to make a decision on adding him to the 40 man roster this offseason? What direction do you think they take going forward with him? Awesome stuff thanks AziPhil.

Submitted by The Stick on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 8:23pm.
Kyler Burke seems to have some potential on the mound. Do the Cubs have to make a decision on adding him to the 40 man roster this offseason? What direction do you think they take going forward with him? Awesome stuff thanks AziPhil.

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THE STICK: Kyler Burke has been very impressive as a pitcher. He throws a 94 MPH fastball, a plus-curve, a change-up, and he is also now throwing a hard slider (a work in progress). I haven't thought about it a lot, but I might rate him a Cubs Top 20 prospect (as a pitcher) right now.

Burke is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft this year (December 2011), and he can be a Rule 55 Minor League Free-Agent ("Six-Year Minor League Free-Agent") after next season if he is not added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the 4th day following the conclusion of the 2012 World Series.

I think the Cubs will probably take the chance that since he hasn't pitched above Boise he probably won't get selected in this year's Rule 5 Draft, but I doubt that they will allow him to walk away as a free-agent post-2012. So as long as he doesn't suffer some career-threatening injury in the meantime, I would expect him to be added to the 40-man roster post-2012 to keep him from being a minor league free-agent.

I think if the Cubs really think Burke can be a starter, they should probably take the risk of adding him to the 40 man. There's still a lot of flotsam on there.

Would be cool if we had a GM to make these decisions.

dude says the writing is on the wall for Theo to leave Red Sox

http://news.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/...

Interesting that they're deflecting some responsibility for the bad FA signings. I wonder how much of that is real and how much is them trying to build Theo's trade value.

Jackson hit .400 (10-for-25) with HR 2 2b 6r 3rbi 3bb sb. Beliveau 2g - 3ip 2h 0r 1bb 6k. Australia & Venezuela also advanced.

The stats page I'm looking at has Jackson at 10 for 26 (.385) with no SBs.

came from Peoria Chiefs tweet...quick look at the boxscores don't show a Jackson SB, so I'm sure yours is right.

plays Cuba tonight at 8:30 EST

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i...

Red Sox allegedly putting manager search on hold until Epstein issue resolves itself.

Oh fun. Hopefully this is resolved soon.

on Cubs spring training facility

http://www.mesaaz.gov/bettermesa/cubs.aspx

Allegedly White Sox conisdered Konerko as player/manager before hiring Ventura.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/708...

Does KW get a bonus for making odd decisions?

Cubs RHP Dillon Maples 89-92 today in instructs with poor command.

from Olney
Current list of Baltimore GM candidates: Thad Levine, Josh Byrnes, J.P. Ricciardi, Tony LaCava, Gerry Hunsicker, Dan Jennings, maybe more.

from Will Carroll
Hearing one org is close to a decision on their GM, hope to name by the LCS/WS gap.

and Arte says not necessarily looking for a GM with past experience, does imply that he's starting to listen to the analytical voices in the organization and could be part of the purge.

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/moreno-32132...

Not a shock at all, really. It was only his 2nd appearance in instructs and I would wager that the Cubs are making some fairly substantial changes to his delivery. This usually causes an initial drop in velocity as the player adjusts and retrains his muscles. I just want him healthy and with a reworked delivery next spring.

Reply fail to Rob G.'s blurb about Maples.

You should be able to edit your comments unless someone replies to it.

I don't think you can move them, which is what he would have needed to do.

he could have copied it, deleted the old one I believe and replied correctly.

also, not a big deal at all.

He could have edited his original comment rather than replying to it. Not a big deal, just trying to be helpful.

Nice thing about the slow-paced Epstein affair, you get to read around a little bit. I'm beginning to like this guy Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe. Funny little piece today, allegedly originating from a Starbucks near Wrigley.

Cafardo also wrote this interesting longer article two days ago, which included, among other nuggets, an unsolicited testimonial by Omar Minaya for Ryne Sandberg.

some team's fans get to be excited about people who play the game...we're in offseason 3-in-a-row of suit hunt. awesome.

managers, hitting/pitching coaches, and GMs...oh my...which is going to fix the cubs this season?

i think the team needs a new traveling secretary...then the wins will roll in.

it'll be nice to be excited about something besides garza one day...maybe this offseason...maybe.

well, kerry wood for cheap was pretty cool...but like marlon byrd coming relatively cheap, role players only fill roles...they don't carry, they support.

George Costanza might be available.

george costanza might also be an improvement.

expected to be announced in 24-48 hours

http://bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/red_s...

Hell. Yes!

I just hope we're not losing anyone too valuable as compensation.

same...otherwise, sweet.

rickets hiring someone that isn't going to let "the rickets family" run the team's roster/moves is #1 on my priority list. theo doesn't seem to be the hired lapdog type.

article says that's part of the hold up but should be resolved soon

Just wondering, who do you think would be fair compensation for Epstein? I have no idea how these things are done.

hopefully, not carpenter, b.jackson, or cashner...or r.wells...

hell, i'd rather mcnutty than any of those 4, even if mcnutty projects higher than r.wells...i just feel the cubs actually need r.wells. i could understand putting mcnutt in the list of "hope he doesn't go" though.

wouldn't like to see vitters or golden go, but i'd consider it a lesser of many evils...

it'd be nice if it's even less than any of these options.

Has a GM ever been traded for a player? I think it's borderline crazy to trade ANYONE for a GM, let alone some actual talent.

fun part is Epstein gets to trade for himself...

agreed...i hope it doesn't cost much, but people are predicting it could hurt.

no idea how to handicap the situation, but managers have been traded in the past for decent prospects and mlb-ready young talent.

And for MLB players... it will be precedent setting if it does happen.

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

    Hagsag 53 min 16 sec ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 54 min 17 sec ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 10 hours 35 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 13 hours 33 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 13 hours 45 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 13 hours 54 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 13 hours 59 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 14 hours 18 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 14 hours 54 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 15 hours 12 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 15 hours 13 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 15 hours 31 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 15 hours 39 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 16 hours 34 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 16 hours 52 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 16 hours 56 min ago view