Cubs Minor League Recap for April 6, 2012

I'd probably go Eric Jokisch and Arismendy Alcantara as your pitching and hitting stars of the day, both for Hi-A Daytona.


Round Rock 4 - @Iowa 3; Coleman gives up 4 earned runs over 5 innings, but does strikeout 5 without giving up a walk. Rizzo with two singles and an error. W. Castillo and B. Jackson have the only extra-base hits on the night for Iowa. Campana gets caught stealing but does get an outfield assist (and so you know, First Inning doesn't update the stolen base/caught stealings until the morning for some reason so they're not usually going to be reflected in the screen grab).

Tennessee 1 - @Chattanooga 0; Burgess goes yard with a solo shot and ends with two hits on the night, Watkins with the only other multi-hit game. Catcher Juan Apodeca walks twice. Combined shutout by McNutt (3.2 IP), Antigua (2.1 IP), A. Cabrera (2 IP) and F. Batista (1 IP whom also got his second save).

@Daytona 6 - Brevard County 2; Rubi Silva and Arismendy Alcantara both with three hits, Alcantara's included a 3-run HR and he had 4 RBI's total on the night. Silva did have two doubles. Jokisch goes 6 innings, giving up 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB and 5 K. Tony Zych goes 2 innings for the save (1 H, 1 K, 0 BB).

@Beloit 6 - Peoria 1; Nothing interesting in the offensive box score with Eduardo Gonzalz having the only extra-base hit. Reggie Golden did steal a base. Patrick Francescon goes 4.1 IP with 9 K's, 0 BB, 2 H, 1 ER. Willengton Cruz is the dunce of the night giving up 4 ER on 0.2 IP including 2 BB's and 0 K's.

If anyone cares to volunteer to bring updates on the minors or post lineups next week, let me know. I'll be out on vacation, but can give you posting access. Some sort of familiarty with blogging or computers may help as I won't be near any type of reliable Internet access to assist in any way.


The Chicago Microbes National League Baseball Club?

Wow that is amazing. Had no idea . . .

So it looks like in the old days, reporters just named teams based on traits? That leaves a lot of opportunity for some not so good names for the modern edition, over the years.

2 walks in 2 games for Vitters?!

A fangraphs type of article in CCO regarding Dempster getting a free pass because of the wind on opening day

Eh, but that's Wrigley. Home runs get stolen by the wind all the time. I thought he pitched pretty well over all. We don't even know if he would have thrown a different pitch if the conditions were different. He probably wouldn't have, but we don't know.

Supposedly, with their penchant for analysis and stidy, the new management is up for the challenge of trying to do what no one else has been able to solve:

build a team to play to all types of conditions at Wrigley.

I think of Campana when the wind is blowing in, but honestly he would be a fantastic 25th guy on a team chock full of great players like the Carss, Rangers, etc.

Not on a team with mostly 25th guys.

It'd help if he could hit.

Here is the Sun-Times pic of Theo walking on water (that lead to Theo's quote: "I almost spit up my fruit loops when I saw that")

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  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • 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.