Cubs Youngsters Meet Veteran MLB RHP Kip Wells at Diablo Park

Ryan Dalton smacked a two-out two-run double to cap a three-run 6th, and veteran RHP Kip Wells and three relievers combined to throw a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts, as the Angels topped the Cubs 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this afternoon at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.

The Angels signed Wells last Friday, and this was his first game outing of any kind in 2013. He allowed one unearned run, a single and a walk, with four strikeouts, in his two innings of work  

Two more prospects who recently arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy made their U. S. debut today, as 17-year old switch-hitting SS Frandy de la Rosa (signed as a 16-year old last July 2nd for a $700K bonus) and 20-year old switch-hitting 2B Bryant Flete (296/419/419 for DSL Cubs #2 in 2012) saw action in the game. Flete will probably be the starting 2B for the AZL Cubs in 2013, and de la Rosa will likely spend Extended Spring Training battling Francisco Sanchez for the AZL Cubs starting SS job.

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

1a. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3, R, SB)
1b. Bryant Flete, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
2a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
2b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (4-3, K)
3. Reggie Golden, DH #1: 0-2 (K, L-9, BB, SB)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-2 (E-6, K, BB)
5. Yasiel Balaguert, RF-DH: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, 6-4 FC)
6. Xavier Batista, DH-RF: 0-3 (K, K, K)  
7a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (BB, P-6)
7b. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-1 (K)
8a. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-2 (K, F-8)
8b. Jeffrey Baez, LF: 0-0 (BB)
9a. Lance Rymel, C: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
9b. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (K)
10. Luis Acosta, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, K)

1. Dillon Maples: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 37 pitches (22 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Erick Leal: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 35 pitches (27 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Corbin Hoffner: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 39 pitches (23 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO 
4. Mike Hamann: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 31 pitches (22 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Matt Iannazzo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 12 pitches (10 strikes)

3B Luis Acosta - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70's     



I might have mentioned this before, but Erick Leal (one of two Venezuelan pitchers acquired by the Cubs from the Diamondbacks for Tony Campana) has an unusual stretch position. He covers his face with his glove and cocks his left arm horizontal to the ground with his elbow facing directly at the hitter, and all you can see are his eyes... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes... glaring back at the hitter... Like the Phantom of the Opera about to reveal his identity.

Geez PHIL - that is creepy!

I can't wait for the Bears season to start, so that when Cutler gets hurt I can get pumped about seeing some of the new kids in spring training.

From the twitter feed:

Wild scene here in Toledo as Felix Pie has to be restrained from going into stands. Brandon Inge plays peacemaker and gives fans baseballs

supposedly some asshat dumped beer on him...reached around into the dugout and threw it on him.

so much for the cubs not inviting "those that don't belong" to sing the 7th...for the second time in a week...

john c mcginley murdered the song...well, badly wounded it...he only messed up 3-4 random words rather than flubbing entire lines.

not bad for a guy from NYC who's a detroit redwings fan, i guess.

I'd expect Dr. Cox to tell the fans to piss off or something.

Game's not over yet, but, through 12 games and 7 innings:

Cubs #2 hitter has zero walks.
Cubs clean-up hitter has zero RBIs.

What we need here is a Jumbotron.

Camp looks like he's ready to return to the closer role. My goodness, what an awful team.

another season of awesome pen work in progress

i dunno who it is, but that dude wearing #42 for the cubs sucks.


ground out, fly out, single, walk, single, double, HBP...bases loaded, down by 2...and it's up to d.barney.

diving catch by gentry in CF to end not fair...not a "mailed in" diving catch, either...damn.

at least the game was interesting for 15 minutes or so.

That hit by Barney looked just about how you'd want it to -- nice low line drive that Gentry looked to be too far away from to get to it. I didn't think he was going to reach it but he closed on it quickly, laid out for it and picked it off.

it was awesome and sucked all at the same time...

speaking of, that HBP on welly probably left a nice bruise on his ankle (or right above the ankle)...i imagine d.navarro will get the start behind the plate tomorrow.

At least Kameron Loe didn't give up a HR tonight. So I guess we've got that going for us.

he got a lucky call at home plate that kept a run from going on his ERA, though.

at the same time, the runner that would have scored wouldn't have been on base if it wasn't for a bad hop off the infield dirt.

AZ Soler on his way back to Daytona?

GEORGE A: Jorge Soler has left Arizona and should be in Florida, although he will not be physically rejoining the D-Cubs until they return home tomorrow.

Thanks, Phil....I still think he beats Baez to Tennessee.

He also plays Red Barber in 42, and it was Jackie Robinson Day, so...

Must be looking for his retirement check

Sullivan tweets Big Z at Wrigley "saying hi" to everyone.

that shouldn't take long...hardly anyone around in the front office, coaches, or players that were around in 2011.

Probably no game tonight

game postponed. no makeup date announced.

You would think the Cubs would be all over getting Julio Borbon to replace the steaming pile of crap that is Sappelt.

countdown until he's an astro starting...

And just a waiver refresher...

The Cubs have #2 priority for claims off Outright, Optional, and Release waivers through the 30th day of the 2013 MLB regular season. (Houston is #1). Then beginning with the waiver period that commences on the 31st day of the MLB regular season (April 30th), the standings from the day the 47-hour waiver claiming period ends for a particular player are used to determine waiver claim priority.  

Also, waiver claim priority for Outright, Optional, and Release waivers is ALWAYS just like draft priority, in that there is no distinction made between the American League and the National League. So if Julio Borbon were to be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers, the only team that has waiver claim priority over the Cubs would be Houston. It doesn't matter that Borbon was placed on waivers by an American League team (Texas) and the Cubs are in the National League. The Cubs are still #2 behind Houston (at least until April 30th).

The only type of waivers where a player has to be "waived out of his own league" (no club from his own league made a claim) before a club from the other league can be awarded a claim are Trade Assignment Waivers, which are required to trade any player on an MLB 40-man roster after the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline up through the conclusion of the MLB regular season.

Sappelt is off to a rocky start. But Borbon hits left-handed.
Bigger problems than Sappelt I suppose?

Sappelt is somehow still the best option for CF v LHP on this team. His career splits v LHP compared to DeJ clearly play that out. However, especially now with Barney back, this ice-cold version of Sappelt had better never bat leadoff again.

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

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept.

  • 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.