Feldman Gets Back On Track at Fitch Park

Scott Feldman threw five innings (65 pitches) of two-hit ball with seven strikeouts, but the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) edged the Daytona Cubs 2-1 on Field #3, and Rock Shoulders clubbed an opposite field HR over the left-centerfield fence, Willson Contreras drilled a triple, and Oliver Zapata followed with an RBI double to highlight a three-run 7th that helped the Kane County Cougars rally and take a 4-3 lead, but the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) pushed across a run in the top of the 9th to salvage a 4-4 tie, in Cactus League Minor League Camp action this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Feldman was left behind when the Cubs traveled to Houston this weekend to get work in a minor league game, since he isn't scheduled to get his first 2013 start until next Friday. The big right-hander had a terrible Cactus League (11.25 ERA & a 2.20 WHIP, allowing 38 hits--including seven HR--and 25 earned runs in just 20 IP), and he struggled in the top of the 1st inning today, too, allowing a run on two doubles and a walk. But then he settled-in and really got into a groove, retiring 13 of the last 14 men he faced (including seven on strikeouts).

There were a number of roster moves made yeaterday at Minor League Camp, with more to come today.

The Iowa Cubs (AAA) will be remaining at Fitch Park for another couple of days, because they open the PCL season at Albuquerque. The I-Cubs still need to cut about a half-dozen pitchers, so the intrasquad games to be played tomorrow and Tuesday may help decide which pitchers get pink slips.

Three players from the Boise/Mesa squad (Extended Spring Training) saw action in the Kane County game today, including Mark Malave, Rashad Crawford, and Trevor Gretzky.

The game on Field #3 was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the D-Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw today could get their work.  

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


1a. Pin-Chieh Chen, LF: 1-3 (3B, F-7, F-7, R)
1b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (3-U, BB)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-4 (4-3, K, 5-3, BB, K, SB)
3. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (F-7 SF+E-7, 1B, 4-3, BB, RBI)
4a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (6-5 FC, L-9)
4b. Mark Malave, PH-3B: 0-2 (6-3, 6-4 FC).
5. Rock Shoulders, DH #1: 1-4 (K, K, HR, K, R, RBI)
6. Marco Hernandez, SS-DH: 0-4 (K, P-5, 4-3, F-7)
7. Willson Contreras, C: 1-4 (K, K, 3B, P-2, R)
8. Oliver Zapata, RF: 1-3 (K, F-8, 2B, BB, R, RBI, SB)
9a. Trey Martin, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
9b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (F-7 SF, K, RBI)
10a. David Bote, DH-SS: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, 2 SB)

1. Felix Pena: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 53 pitches (40 strikes), 4/4 GO/FO
2. Jeffry Antigua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 29 pitches (19 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Brian Smith: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
4. Justin Amlung: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 20 pitches (14 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO)
5. Nathan Dorris: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 29 pitches (18 strikes)
NOTE: 9th inning was stopped with two outs when Dorris reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the inning

1. RF Oliver Zapata - E-9 (fielding error on single allowed batter to advance an extra base)
2. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base and unearned runs to score from 2nd & 3rd)


1. Zeke DeVoss, CF-DH: 0-4 (F-9, K, 6-3, 6-3)
2. Tim Saunders, 3B-SS: 1-3 (F-9, F-8, HBP, 2B, SB)
3a. Javier Baez, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. Ben Carhart, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, 3-1)
4. Dustin Geiger, 1B-3B: 0-4 (4-3, K, 5-3, P-4)
5. Jorge Soler, RF: 2-4 (F-9, 1B, 2B, K, R, SB)
6a. Steve Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (HBP, 6-3)
6b. Roni Torreyes, 2B: 1-2 (1B, P-6, RBI)
7. John Andreoli, LF-CF: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, K)
8a. Taylor Davis, C: 0-2 (5-3, F-8)
8b. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-1 (4-3)
9. Taiwan Easterling, DH-LF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, PO)

1. Scott Feldman: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, 65 pitches (46 strikes), 6/2 GO/FO
2. Starling Peralta: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (18 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 26 pitches (17 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
4. Frank del Valle: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 11 pitches (7 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO

P Scott Feldman - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd)


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's



AZ Phil, I see Vogelbach played for Kane County today. has he been moved down a level? Thanks.

HAGSAG: Dan Vogelbach has indeed been moved down to Kane County. Both he and Rock Shoulders are with the Cougars, so I would expect them to alternate at DH, and Shoulders will probably also get some reps in LF (like he did last season at Boise).

Other than the three EXST guys who played with Kane County, all of the players who played at Fitch Park today are where they are going to be to start the season. The most puzzling assignment (to me) is Roni Torreyes with Daytona, because (#1) Steve Bruno is also there and he has been playing 2B exclusively this Spring, and (#2) Tennessee doesn't really have a true 2B (although Alcantara, Soto, and Silva can play there).

Chad Noble was moved down from Iowa to Daytona, and I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes a player-coach there.

Wes Darvill, Bijan Rademacher, Chadd Krist, and Yaniel Cabezas have been moved down to KC from Daytona (although they did not play in the game).  

And OF Evan Crawford (2012 shoulder surgery) requested & received his release after he was sent to EXST.   

Additional roster moves still TBD (mostly involving pitchers).

Mildly surprised that Chen was moved to Kane County and DeVoss was given priority in CF. Is this a two similar guys, so the older guy will get the higher level look situation (as Chen is a year younger and only going to turn 22), or has DeVoss really taken well to the OF?

TOONSTER: Zeke DeVoss has taken VERY well to CF (he played OF at Instructs post-2011), and I don't think it's necessarily a matter of DeVoss getting the Daytona job over Pin-Chieh Chen, because Chen isn't playing CF at KC, either (Trey Martin is mostly playing CF there now, and Albert Almora probably will be some time later this year). But both DeVoss and Chen are being groomed as lead-off hitters, and they can't both do that at the same place.

Chen actually had a strong Minor League Camp hitting lead-off and playing CF for the Daytona squad, and I think the Cubs wanted to make sure that he gets regular playing time somewhere (preferably CF at Daytona, although LF at KC will work, too), but John Andreoli was sent back to Daytona yesterday (he was blocked by Szczur, Ha, Silva, and Chavez at AA) and will be playing mostly LF for the D-Cubs, and that (as much as DeVoss moving to CF) forced Chen back to KC. So I think it's probably more about getting regular playing time for both DeVoss and Chen and allowing both of them to be lead-off hitters than it is where each of them are doing it. 

What I do find surprising is Roni Torreyes going back to Daytona, especially since Steve Bruno has been playing 2B there most every day in Miinor League Camp. I know Bruno probably projects as a "super-sub" type eventually, but I wonder if the intention is to move Alcantara to 2B at Tennessee so that Baez can move up there whenever he's ready without forcing Alcantara to move to 2B mid-season? Elliot Soto is at Tennessee with Alcantara, and Soto is a defensive wizard at SS (though not with the bat). So Soto would be a more-logical "place-holder" for Baez at Tennesssee than Alcantara, who has become a legitimate Top 15 prospect in his own right (especially offensively). And I think Baez showed the Cubs this Spring that he is very close to being ready for AA, and that he might not spend much time at Daytona in 2013 before he gets moved up.

BTW, the big rap on Alcantara isn't his range, arm, or athleticism, but rather he just plays too fast and out-of-control at shortstop (sort of like a point guard who tries to do too much and turns the ball over a lot), and moving him to 2B would give him more time to recover and make a play if he bobbles the ball or double-clutches a throw. But if he does move to 2B, Alcantara has to play there every day and get lots & lots of PT. 

It's also interesting that Reggie Golden was sent to EXST. Although he had surgery for two torn knee ligaments last season, he appears to be 100% healthy now (though he may have lost a step). But he is struggling to make contact at the plate. He's very rusty. 

AZ Phil: what is your take so far on Torreyes? Good hit tool seems to be the popular lingo these days. Does he project to be a Jose Altuve type?

CUBSTER: Torreyes has plus-bat speed and surprising power for a guy his size. He may be tiny, but he packs a wallop. 

Because he has below-average defensive skills across the board and isn't particularly athletic, it will be pretty much "2B or Bust" for him.

Unlike Tim Saunders and Steve Bruno (for example), Torreyes does NOT project as a multi-positional utility player at the MLB level if he doesn't make it as a second-baseman, although I suppose he could play LF if the Cubs really want to get his bat into the lineup.

per Roto...
Garza officially on 15 DL. Not really news but remaining official roster moves should be coming soon.

Yankees DL to start season...

1B Mark Teixeira** + STRAINED TENDON IN WRIST (3/6/13); likely out 8-10 weeks; placed on 15-Day DL

3B Alex Rodriguez + HIP SURGERY; out until at least June; placed on 60-Day DL (2/13/13)

SS Derek Jeter + RECOVERY FROM ANKLE SURGERY; placed on 15-Day

DL OF Curtis Granderson* + FRACTURED FOREARM; out 10 weeks (2/24/13)

RHP Phil Hughes + BULGING DISC IN BACK; placed on 15-Day DL

RHP Michael Pineda + SHOULDER SURGERY on 5/1/12; placed on 60-Day DL (3/15/13)

LHP Cesar Cabral

$100m DL...literally...only very slightly over $100m by a few K.

More importantly, has yahoo DL'd these motherfuckers yet?

and Yankees DFA former Cub minor league pitcher, Clay Rapada

i know he's managing one of the crappiest teams to ever take the field in the modern era...but it's awesome to see bo porter manage a club.

doh..."the next big thing" in pitching has an explanation for his weird velocity drop this spring...

"MASN's Steve Melewski reports Dylan Bundy is dealing with "mild tightness" in his right elbow."

jose fernandez (FLA)...it's your time to shine.

"FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and Elvis Andrus are "close" to an eight-year extension that is believed to be worth $120 million."

the s.castro deal looks better every minute...that's f'n crazy loot even if he's a great defensive SS.

Anthony Rizzo must be salivating.

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  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.