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.

Comments

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.

http://www.ksby.com/news/mcneil-agrees-to-ter...

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

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/26/iowa-c...

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."

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/6/26/3117219/ant...

Even better view on how Rizzo has adjusted his swing

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/anth...

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)

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

"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.
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Surprised? No.

he's gotta be ready to come back and swing...show 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.

http://twitpic.com/a0vvmy

Cubs brass watching Rizzo in batting cage

http://possessthevision.files.wordpress.com/2...

another picture, different angle

Fucker.

You got me.

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

Haha

hah!

Phil,

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

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 7:25pm — GDex

Phil,

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

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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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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 5 hours 15 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 8 hours 13 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 8 hours 25 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 8 hours 34 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 8 hours 40 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 8 hours 58 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 9 hours 34 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 9 hours 52 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 9 hours 54 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 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 10 hours 19 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 11 hours 14 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 11 hours 32 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 11 hours 37 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 12 hours 47 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 13 hours 25 min ago view