Dong Dinger Slams Door on Angel Comeback Bid

Dong-Yub Kim blasted a grand slam to cap at five-run 8th, as the Cubs outlasted the Angels 11-8 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ  

DY Kim was one of seven highly-regarded Korean teenagers signed by the Cubs during the years 2007-10 (RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, OF Jae-Hoon Ha, SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF Kyung-Min Na, RHP Su-Min Jung, and RHP Jin-Young Kim were the others), receiving a $550K bonus as an 18-year old in February 2009. (The Cubs spent a total of $4M+ worth of signing bonuses on the Korean prospects).

Kim made his U. S. debut at AZ Instructs post-2009 as a raw, multi-tool outfielder, showing plus-speed, HR power, and a RF cannon-arm. He reminded me of a young, teenaged, Korean Jose Canseco. However, he sustained a torn labrum in his right shoulder at Instructs, causing him to miss the 2010 season, before finally returning to full active status in 2011.

Because of his shoulder injury, he no longer has a RF arm, and so he has been relegated to playing LF and occasionally 1st base. Although he has improved some defensively over the past couple of years, he still struggles to track high fly balls and hard-hit liners, and his outfield defense can best be described as below-average.

While his arm is not what it was when he signed, he still has plus-speed and is a good base stealer, and he will occasionally show-off his BP HR power (as he did today), although he does not hit as many home runs in games as he probably should because he is not a good hitter (he struggles to hit breaking balls, he strikes out a ton, and he rarely walks).

Cub fans will sometimes talk about this prospect or that prospect being at the crossroads and that this is a make-or-break year, but for Dong-Yub Kim, it probably is.

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

1. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (K, 1B, 1-3, 4-3, R)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, 4-3, R)
3a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, E-5, 1B, RBI)
3b. Mark Malave, 3B: 1-1 (1B, R)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (2B, 3-6-3 DP, K, K, R)
5a. Gioskar Amaya, DH #1: 1-2 (F-9, 2B, BB, R)
5b. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-0 (BB, R)
6. Trey Martin, CF-DH: 1-3 (P-4, L-4, 1B, F-9 SF, RBI)
7. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-2 (2B, BB, L-8, BB, 2 R, RBI)
8b. Trevor Gretzky, DH #2: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
9. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-4 (6-3, K+WP, F-8, HR, R, 4 RBI, SB)
10. Wilson Contreras, C-DH: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, E-6, 2 RBI)
11. Garrett Schlecht, DH-CF: 0-2 (HBP, K, P-5, R)

1. Ian Dickson: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 50 pitches (33 strikes), 5/2 GO/FO
2. Sheldon McDonald: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 23 pitches (19 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
3. Pete Levitt: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 26 pitches (19 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Felix Pena: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 39 pitches (23 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO

SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (errant throw on attempted force play at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base - eventually scored unearned run)

Wilson Contreras: 1-1 CS, 1 PB
Wilfredo Petit: 0-1 CS

RF Xavier Batista - threw out batter-runner 9-6 trying to stretch single into double


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy at times with temperatures in the 80’s


Looks like you are seeing the best of Cubs action these days, PHIL.


IF the MLB Cubs are on pace to only win one of every series, is their win total >55?

Looks like another solid outing for the leftie, Sheldon McDonald. Even with all the offense in today's game a couple of innings of effective shut down offense. Interesting he pitched earlier in the game than in previous outings last week.

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 9:02pm — Desertdog12

Looks like another solid outing for the leftie, Sheldon McDonald. Even with all the offense in today's game a couple of innings of effective shut down offense. Interesting he pitched earlier in the game than in previous outings last week


DESERT DOG: Sheldon McDonald should be at Peoria or Daytona. He doesn't belong down here.

Hi Phil,

How has Ian Dickson looked so far?

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 10:20pm — Raisin101
Re: Dong Dinger Slams Door on Angel Comeback Bid
Hi Phil,

How has Ian Dickson looked so far?


RAISIN: Ian Dickson has looked very good.

He looked OK at Instructs last fall, too (1.69 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a .211 Opp BA), except his control is better now than it was then.

Dickson is a big kid (6'5 with long arms) but he doesn't throw hard. He has been throwing strikes, though, and he is good at changing eye levels with his fastball. He also has a solid change-up and a curve that he throws for strikes, and he mixes up his pitches very well. He seems to be a bright bulb.

When the Cubs drafted Dickson (2011 35th round - $100K "over-slot" bonus), they were kind of taking a chance because he hadn't pitched in almost a year after suffering a torn ACL shortly after throwing a no-hitter in the Valley League (a summer collegiate wood bat league) following his sophomore year at Lafayette.

I remember him strapping a big old ice bag around his knee after every outing last fall at Instructs, but I haven't seen him do that this year.

He actualy might be a decent starting pitcher prospect. Nothing special or eye-popping about him to this point, but he could be effective if he can continue to throw strikes. He reminds me a bit of Randy Wells.

He reminds me a bit of Randy Wells.
For a while, Dickson was sounding promising

moyer finally becomes the older pitcher in the majors to win a game (49).


hey phil,
how about the other korean kid, jin young kim, doing?
heard that he gained some weight...

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 11:22pm — bartlettcubsfan

hey phil,
how about the other korean kid, jin young kim, doing?
heard that he gained some weight...


BARTLETT: Jin-Young Kim has put on some weight. (Not a good thing, BTW).

For a kid who got a reported $850K bonus, he has not been impressive. He gets hit fairly hard (sometimes very hard) almost every time he pitches, and that's going back a couple of years now.

I liked Taiwanese RHP Yao-Lin Wang better when they were both at EXST last year, and I haven't changed my mind.

JY Kim has a long ways to go to become a legitimate MLB prospect.

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