Giants Wear Their Hitting Clothes at Indian School Park
Gustavo Cabrera singled twice, doubled, and drove-in two runs, Jarrett Parker, Angel Villalona, and Tyler Horan contributed RBI singles to a four-run 3rd, and Giants hitters collectively belted out 17 hits, en route to a 9-7 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #1 in Scottsdale.
Mark Malave stroked two RBI singles, Trey Martin singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Giuseppe Papaccio and Jordan Hankins each hammered an RBI double for the Cubs in a losing cause.
16-year old Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres made his profesional game debut today, playing shotstop for three innings and getting two at-bats. He struck out his first time up (an ugly swing on a 3-2 breaking ball), and grounded out 4-3 in his final AB. He had one defensive chance and threw the ball away.
Torres was rated the #2 International prospect by Baseball America this past summer before signing with the Cubs on July 2nd ($1.7M bonus). The Cubs also signed the #1 rated 2013 International prospect (16-year old Dominican OF Eloy Jimenez - $2.8M bonus), and he is at Instructs, too, although he has yet to play in an AZIL game.
RHP Armando Rivero got an inning of work in today's game, in preparation for the start of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) season next Tuesday. (He is one of four Cubs pitchers who have been assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox). The 25-year old righthander's fastball was consistently clocked at 95-96 MPH today, and he used his hard splitter as his "chase" pitch.
Rivero was the closer for Industriales in Serie Nacional (the Cuban major league) for several seasons prior to defecting in 2011. He signed with the Cubs this past March ($3.1M signing bonus), and spent the 2013 season getting into playing shape (he hadn't piched competively since 2011) and then moving rapidly up through the pipeline, before finishing the season at AA Tennessee. Rivero had the fourth-highest K/IP rate in the organization.
Rivero will almost certainly get an NRI to Spring Training, and I would say as things stand right now, he has a reasonable chance of making the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster as a member of the bullpen. Depending on how things develop, he could even conceivably win the closer's job.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game. (Cubs players only). The game was stopped an inning early when the Cubs ran out of pitchers, plus after 3-1/2 hours of baseball in the hot afternoon sun (this was one of the longest Instructs games I've witnessed) following 2-1/2 hours of field instruction in the morning, everybody just wanted to go home.
1. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 0-4 (4-3, F-9, K, HBP, K)
2a. Trey Martin, CF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
2b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (BB, K, RBI)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-5 (1B, F-7, K, 3-U, 1B, R)
4a. Mark Malave, DH #2: 2-3 (6-4 FC, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
4b. Giuseppe Papaccio, PH-DH: 1-2 (K, 2B, R, RBI)
5a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (K, 6-4 FC, 1B, RBI)
5b. Jordan Hankins, 3B: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
6a. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-3 (4-3, L-9, K)
6b. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
7a. Kelvin Freeman, 1B: 0-1 (E-6, BB)
7b. Ben Carhart, 1B: 0-3 (3-1, F-9, L-5)
8a. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-2 (6-3, F-7)
8b. Jose Dore, LF: 0-2 (BB, K+WP, P-3, R)
9a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-2 (1B, 1-6 FC, R, SB)
9b. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
10a. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 0-0 (HBP, BB, 2 R)
10b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (K, HBP)
1. Jose Rosario: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/FO, 26 pitches (14 strikes)
2. Daury Torrez: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Armando Rivero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Tyler Ihrig: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1/0 GO/FO, 42 pitches (29 strikes)
5. Scott Frazier: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 26 pitches (18 strikes)
1. SS Frandy de la Rosa - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance an extra base)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cael Brockmeyer: 1-1 CS
ATTENDANCE: 11 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and breezy, with temperatures in the 90's
Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]
ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.
cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/
HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC.
ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels.
M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores) the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating.
E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.
Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).
PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.