Trey Doubles the Fun at HoHoKam Park

Trey Martin doubled twice, the second one a laser-shot off the RF fence that drove-in the go-ahead run and capped a four-run 7th, as the AZL Cubs rallied to edge the AZL Indians 6-5 in Arizona League action this evening at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.

box score

In addition to Martin's heroics, 1B Jacob Rogers (2012 40th round draft pick out of Mt Olive College) pulled two hard-hit ground RBI singles into the 3.5 hole, one in the 2nd and one in the 7th, to the aid the Cubs offense. (Rogers was 6th in NCAA Division II in HR in 2012).

And DH Dan Vogelbach belted his 4th double in three AZL games--a line shot down the RF line--and then came around to score the Cubs first run of the evening on Rogers' first RBI single.

Vogelbach's approach at the plate was way out of kilter at Extended Spring Training (189/306/379 in 111 PA) and he displayed a lot of visible frustration with how things were going (not to mention the ten errors at 1st base), but it looks like he's got the old Vogelbomb swing back now. Hopefully it's just matter of time before he starts depositing baseballs over the fence.

RHP David Cales (2011 shoulder surgery rehab) saw his first game action in over a year (not including a couple of Extended Spring Training "sim" games and an intrasquad game), and he did not look good. He allowed a run on two hits (a lead-off double and an RBI single) and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning (26 pitches), and he kept pinwheeling his arm like he couldn't get it loose. That's never a good sign for a guy coming back from a shoulder injury.

Another rehab hurler had a different problem, as veteran RHP Shane Lindsay (sent down from AAA Iowa to iron-out some "mechanical issues") continually fell behind in the count over the course of his 2.1 IP. The Australian fireballer did throw shutout ball (allowing a single and two walks) and got lots of swings & misses at his extreme heat, but he also needed 49 pitches (only 25 strikes) to get his seven outs. He threw seven consecutive balls when he entered the game with one out and a runner at 1st in the top of the 3rd, and then he threw seven consecutive balls again to open the 4th.

20-year old RHP Jin Young Kim threw two no-hit innings for the save, as the one-time Korean bonus baby ($850K signing bonus in 2010) is apparently being tracked into the closer role in Mesa. One unearned run did score off Kim, but that was thanks to a two-base error that put a Tribe runner on 2nd base with no outs in the top of the 9th (with the runner eventually scoring after a couple of 6-3 ground outs).

RHP Tony York (2012 NDFA - UCSD) made his pro debut tonight and threw a 1-2-3 12-pitch 6th. York was UCSD's closer in 2012, and indeed he does look like your typical RH college reliever (warms-up quickly, works fast, throws strikes).

RF Bijan Rademacher (Cubs 2012 13th round draft pick out of Orange Coast CC) also made his pro debut in tonight's game, and went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. He has a nice line-drive stroke and sprays the ball all over the yard. He looks like he might be a decent hitter (although HR power is always preferred in a corner OF), and he displayed a plus-arm in RF.

Rademacher was recruited by perennial D-1 baseball powerhouse Cal State - Fullerton out of HS and spent his freshman year there, before transferring to Orange Coast CC. He was set to transfer to Oral Roberts University if he hadn't signed with Cubs.


You might notice that the "official" milb box score (click on link above) shows the AZL Cubs winning 6-4, but (as usual) the AZL official scorer fell asleep at the switch, and failed to notice the Indians 5th run scoring in the top of the 9th.

Let's see how long it takes him to correct the "official" score.

tick... tick... tick...

This one isn't as good as the one the other day, though, when the "official" box score had Jin-Young Kim listed as the AZL Cubs starting pitcher for most of the game (until Kim entered the game in relief in the bottom of the 8th), and then the AZL Cubs starting pitcher was changed to ex-Angels RHP Young-Il Jung (who is presently pitching in Korea), before (sometime the next day) getting switched again, this time to Su-Min Jung.

3rd round pick Ryan McNeil has agreed to terms.

McNeil will receive a signing bonus around the recommended amount for the 101st pick of $471,000.

Almora, Underwood and Wiseman the big names left unsigned.

ha. Levine said in his ESPN chat, watch for Almora to sign at midnight at the deadline

it's Boras, I'd expect nothing less.

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-3, HR (12), R, 2 RBI, K. Suddenly looking like he could be a line for a September callup; 944 OPS in June and .291/.341/.493 overall.

If we make June the starting point for Vitters' "awakening," we miss his 3 HRs (and 5 singles) in his last six games in May.

If we say the turning point was May 26, his OPS since then goes up to .987.

We may know in another month whether Vitters is really turning into a slugger. I'd love to see six or eight HRs in July. Then he'll have a shot at 25.

Iowa Cubs broadcaster " on the fence" about Rizzo

I prefer this view:

"Rizzo's up, and entirely too much will be made of his first month. There were Internet-type people claiming he was already a AAAA-washout because of his rough start last year. And if he doesn't go off in his first month, those whispers will start again, only about three or four years too soon. But if he starts hitting, some rumblings from a few Padres fans will start up. It sure looks like a good deal for the Cubs right now."

Even better view on how Rizzo has adjusted his swing

i had no idea he stood so far back in the box.

it'll be interesting to see him handle sliders, cutters, and offspeed stuff in the bigs...or if he even offers at them too much.

fwiw, e.longoria makes a living almost exclusively on fastballs (though he's expanding what he offers at...with good results until injury in a short sample).

"on the fence"

Choi, Patterson and Pie, the usual suspects.

This is Choi's AAA slash line: .253/.367/.462 (.828)

And this is his major-league line: .240/.349/.437 (.786)

If you can't lose 5% of your AAA numbers and still make it in the majors, then you're 3A, not 4A.

fwiw, if you discount his reappearance in Pawtucket at age 27, his AAA slash line in Iowa was:

265/.372/.490 (.862 OPS)

"Indications are that Dempster will miss at least one more start after Tuesday and then return on the club’s final road trip of the first half, possibly during the July 6-8 series at New York against the Mets."

Sorry if this is 3/44.

rizzo's statue design is done, btw. they just need to find a location and the wording on the plaque depends on if they retire his number before they have to submit it to the sculptor later this week.

source: jo momma

They are going to cover it in rainbows, put it up on top of the scoreboard, and fireworks come out of his massive bat while he spins in circles.

And automatically deduct a $1 from your checking account everyone someone looks at it.

Tweets BruceMiles2112:
Cubs 3B Stewart says wrist still sore.
Surprised? No.

he's gotta be ready to come back and something.

millions are on the line for him...and he was supposedly not too happy about how his AAA time last year might effect his arbitration loot.

More BruceMiles2112:

No money savings (for Cubs) because of Marlon Byrd suspension.

Cubs brass watching Rizzo in batting cage

another picture, different angle


You got me.

Where is the keystroke character with the middle finger when I need it?




Any early observations on shortstop Tim Saunders, both at the plate and in the field? Thanks.

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 7:25pm — GDex


Any early observations on shortstop Tim Saunders, both at the plate and in the field? Thanks.


GDEX: Tim Saunders has been clobbering AZL pitching, but a 22-year old college senior with Saunders' experience is too advanced to be playing in the AZL. He should be at Boise or Peoria.

It looks like the Cubs project him as a utility infielder at the higher levels because he has already played three different positions (2B-SS-3B). He looks like a solid defensive player so far, but getting moved around the infield from game-to-game and playing two positions he probably hasn't played much previously in his career (2B & 3B) will be a challenge for him.

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  • 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?

    Here is Lackey/Lester from last night. It seems their box is a bit different than the K-Zone TBS was using.

    Here is Lester's data:

  • 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.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.