Cubs Whitewash Dodgers at Fitch Park

Four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 2-0 in AZ Instructional League action this aftenoon at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa.

Both Daury Torrez and Jose Rosario threw three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, but Rosario was especially effective, retiring nine of the ten men he faced (allowing no hits and one walk as he recorded the rare three-inning save).  

Dodgers pitchers were just about as good, as starter James Campbell and four relievers combined to allow just three singles and one walk. Both of the Cub runs were unearned, thanks to four Dodger errors. 

The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs CF Rashad Crawford, who raced at full speed into the right-center alley before making an inning-ending diving catch in front of the warning track, robbing Adam Law of an extra-base hit.

Ben Carhart made his AZIL game debut at catcher, and he handled himself fairly well, although he did allow a Passed Ball during his five innings behind the plate.  

RHP Arodys Vizcaino (60-day DL - 2011 TJS rehab) threw a 45-pitch three-inning "sim" game on Field #3 this morning prior to the Cubs-Dodgers AZIL game, and he looked good. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-3 (5-3, P-4, F-7)
2. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, 5-3, 1B)
3. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 4-3)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-2 (1B, BB, 5-3, R, SB)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, K)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (L-4, 4-3, 4-3, RBI)
7. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 0-3 (5-4-3 DP, F-9, P-4)
8a. Ben Carhart, C: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8b. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (4-3)
9. Tyler Alamo, DH #2: 0-3 (E-6, K, 4-3, R)
10. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (E-1, 4-3, 4-3)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 2.0 IP, 2 H. 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 37 pitches (17 strikes)  
2. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Daury Torrez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/FO, 44 pitches (25 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 1 PB
2. Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 14

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's  

Comments

minor league transactions...from BA

Chicago Cubs
Signed: RHP Marcus Hatley (re-signed), 2B Edgar Gonzalez (re-signed), OF Jonathan Mota (re-signed)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Trey McNutt, RHP Zach Putnam, C J.C. Boscan, OF Darnell McDonald, OF Thomas Neal (all players outrighted to Triple-A)

btw, jc boscan has elected to become a FA.

...also of note, TOR removed r.romero from their 40-man...he's owed $15m over the next 2 seasons with a 600K buyout in 2016...mad fail.

The six Cubs outrighted to the minors this week:

1. Trey McNutt: Does NOT have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted (he has not been outrighted prevously in his career, he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time, and he is not eligible for Salary Arbitration as a "Super Two"), and he cannot be a Rule 55 minor league FA (so-called "six-year minor league free-agent") until post-2015, but he will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft this year and in December 2014 unless he is added back an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime,

2-3-4. Rafael Dolis, Thomas Neal, and Zach Putnam: Do NOT have the right elect free-agency if outrighted, but all three will automatically be declared Rule 55 minor league free-agents at 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, unless the player signs a 2014 minor league successor contract between now & then, in which case the player would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft.

5. J. C. Boscan: Was eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted per Article XX-D of the CBA (which he did) because he had been outrighted previously in his career. He can now sign a 2014 major league or minor league with any club, including the Cubs.

6. Darnell McDonald: Like Boscan, McDonald can elect free-agency if outrighted per Article XX-D of the CBA (he has eight days to decide) because he has been outrighted previously in his career (he also has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time). If McDonald does not elect free-agency per Article XX-D, he would automatically be declared a Rule 55 minor league free-agent at 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, unless he signs a 2014 minor league successor contract between now & then, in which case he would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft.  

ARTICLE XX-D CUBS MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS POST-2013:
J. C. Boscan, C (elected 10/10)
Michael Bowden, RHP (elected 10/1)
Darnell McDonald, OF (player decision pending)  
Henry Rodriguez, RHP  (player decision pending)
Eduardo Sanchez, RHP (elected 10/1)

Marcus Hatley, Edgar Gonzalez, and Jonathon Mota are the first of the Cubs potential post-2013 Rule 55 minor league free-agents to sign 2014 minor league successor contracts. All three will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, however.  

Here are the other potential Cub post-2013 Rule 55 minor league FA. Note tha the player cannot be a FA if he is added to an MLB 40-man roster or if the player & club agree to a 2014 minor league successor contract prior to 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series...  

POTENTIAL CUBS MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS POST-2013:

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT
:
Jeffry Antigua, LHP
Kyler Burke, LHP
Alex Burnett, RHP
Yeiper Castillo, RHP
Jaye Chapman, RHP
Johermyn Chavez, RHP (ex-OF)
Rafael Dolis, RHP
Eduardo Figueroa, RHP
Cole Gillespie, OF
Marcos Mateo, RHP
Edwin Maysonet, INF
Thomas Neal, OF
Brad Nelson, 1B
Nate Samson, IF-OF
Tim Torres, IF-OF
Casey Weathers, RHP
Ty Wright, OF

SECOND-CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT
Michael de la Cruz, RHP (previously released by TEX)
Carlos Figueroa, INF (previously released by CHC)
Humberto Garcia, INF (previously released by CHW)
Nate Maldonado, C (previously released by CHC)
Yomar Pacheco, RHP (previously released by PIT)
Zach Putnam, RHP (previously non-tendered by CHC)
Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP (previously released by TB)
Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP (previously released by AZ)
Roberto Vahlis, C (previously released by TOR)

Thanks for the updates. With LA-STL-BOS-DET, any Cub news is welcome news.

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  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.

    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Eric S 8 hours 34 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 14 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 9 hours 39 min ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 10 hours 6 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 10 hours 33 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 12 hours 1 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 12 hours 9 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 13 hours 36 min ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 14 hours 3 min ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 15 hours 9 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 15 hours 16 min ago view
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    chitownmvp01 15 hours 17 min ago view
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    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 15 hours 19 min ago view
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    Tito 15 hours 21 min ago view