Cubs & Wyverns Play to 3-3 Tie at Talking Stick

The Cubs rallied for three runs in the 8th, and played the SK Wyverns (KBO) to a 3-3 tie in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talkng Stick Resort east of Scottsdale.

Trailing 2-0, the Cubs posted a three-spot in the top of the 8th. Jose Dore led-off with a bloop single to CF, and advanced to 3rd on a Tyler Alamo line-drive single to right. Erick Castillo plated Dore with a sacrifice fly, and Wilfredo Petit blooped a single down the left-field line, sending Alamo to 3rd. After pinch-runner Frandy de la Rosa stole 2nd base, Alamo scored and de la Rosa moved-up to 3rd on a PB. Jacob Hanneman struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, but de la Rosa scored on a costly two-out E-5 bobble by the Wyverns third-baseman.

Cub pitchers combined to toss a four-hitter, with RHP Jose Arias striking out the side (all three swinging) on 11 pitches in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the tie.

The Defensive Play of the Game was a back-handed diving catch by Cub third-baseman Jesse Hodges to end the 6th.

After going hitless in his first 14 AZIL AB (15 PA), 16-year old Venezuelan SS Gleyber Torres collected his first pro hit (a single) in the top of the 4th inning. He then promptly stole 2nd base. Torres also dropped a routine infield pop fly for an E-6 (his 4th error in six AZIL games) that resulted in an unearned run scoring in the bottom of the 1st.

Torres was rated the #2 international prospect by Baseball America this past Summer, before signing with the Cubs ($1.7M bonus) in July. The Cubs also signed BA's 2013 #1 rated international prospect (16-year old Dominican OF Eloy Jimenez - $2.8M bonus) in August, and while he is at Instructs and has been participating in workouts and intrasquad & sim games, he hasn't played in any AZIL games yet.

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

1. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 0-4 (3-U, F-7, 4-3, K)
2. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-4 (K, 1B, 5-3, E-5, SB)
3. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-4 (K, F-9, K,  K)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-3 (K, BB, K, 1-3)
5. Danny Lockhart, 2B:1-4 (6-3, 3-6 FC, P-5, 1B, SB)
6. Ben Carhart, 1B: 1-3 (1B, BB, L-7, 6-4 FC)
7. Jose Dore, LF: 2-3 (1B, K 1B, R)
8a. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 0-2 (F-7, F-7)
8b. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-1 (1B, R)
9. Erick Castillo, DH #1: 0-2 (K, F-9, F-8 SF, RBI)
10a. Wilfredo Petit, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B, CS)
10b. Frandy de la Rosa, PR: NO AB (R, SB)

1. Trey Masek: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/FO, 36 pitches (24 strikes)
NOTE: Masek's first inning was stopped with two outs when he reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for that inning (28)  
2. Tyler Ihrig: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)   
3. Tyler Skulina: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Rob Zastryzny: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 6 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Zack Godley: 1.0 IP, 1 H. 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
6. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (7 strikes)
7. Jose Arias: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 11 pitches (9 strikes)

1. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (dropped infield pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely & unearned run to score)
2. 2B Danny Lockhart - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Tyler Alamo: 0-2 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


Go Gleyber...first professional single!

Muskat reporting that Rick Renteria gets interviewed today in California. Davey Martinez will get an interview soon.

Davey Martinez will get an interview soon

Sandberg may be the Ricketts favorite player, but he must have run over TheJedi's dogs or something.

Didn't he just get a 3 year contract with the Phillies or something like that?

The story goes that Martinez and Sandberg's first wife may have been "friendly."

Hell, who wasn't she 'friendly' with?

Wasn't Palmiero part of that, too? Well, not with her and Dave, but...well, maybe so.

bryant/almora/soler/darvill = 20 rbi, 4hr

rest of team = 14 rbi, 1hr

...woo, 4 game sample size! almora/darvill have only played 2 games and bryant/soler 3 games, fwiw. no one has played in all 4 games on the entire team.

Tampa Bay Times confirmation of the Dave Martinez interview later this week

"Decade later, Game 6 still hard to forget"

Because you keep fucking reminding us!

article in BA from Gordon Wittenmeyer on CJ Edwards

They call him “String Bean Slinger”—his nickname since his 6-foot-2, 145-pound days coming up in high school—or some version of Satch.

And the comparisons to Satchel Paige and Oil Can Boyd are certain to follow Edwards to Double-A Tennessee next year, even if the Cubs training staff is successful putting a few more hard pounds on his lean frame during what they consider a key offseason for his development.

At 6-foot-3, 165 pounds on a heavy day, he still weighs 15 pounds less than the Hall of Famer Paige did when he pitched.

The 22-year-old Edwards has gone 13-5, 1.72 in four minor league stops over two seasons. He has 240 strikeouts and just 66 walks in 183 innings.

But the most impressive fact might be this: A guy who throws that hard and throws that many pitches in the strike zone has given up only one home run.

“He is extremely driven,” says Daytona manager Dave Keller. “You can tell he doesn’t just want to be a pitcher in the big leagues. He wants to be somebody who makes a difference.”

BA top 50 draft board...

After a below-average 2013 draft, the 2014 class has potential to be the best class since 2011’s banner crop.

Carlos Rodon (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)
The two headliners of the class are both college pitchers in North Carolina. N.C. State lefthander Carlos Rodon, who had a strong summer with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, gives the class a clear No. 1 prospect, combining size, plus stuff, good makeup and a strong track record of success. Jeff Hoffman was the top prospect in the Cape Cod League, solidifying his status as the draft’s No. 2 prospect, with a fastball up to 97, an out-pitch curveball and changeup that flashes plus. Hoffman stacks up well with any college pitcher in the last two classes at this point in the draft calendar.

1. Carlos Rodon, lhp, N.C. State: Could have ranked No. 1 in previous two draft classes with a 93-95 mph fastball and premium slider.

2. Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina: His stuff isn’t far off from Rodon’s, but he hasn’t performed to a comparable level (6.8 K/9 in two seasons).

3. Tyler Kolek, rhp, Shepherd (Texas) HS: Six-foot-6, 250-pounder has touched 99 mph and fits the Texas fireballer description.

4. Trea Turner, ss, North Carolina State: Ankle issue hampered him in 2013, but he offers bat speed, athleticism and top-of-the-scale speed when healthy.

5. Jacob Gatewood, ss/3b, Clovis (Calif.) HS: Long, lean and toolsy athlete with a plus arm and arguably the best power potential in the class.

6. Alex Jackson, c/of, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego: Pairs plus power and arm strength with athleticism and a chance to stay behind the plate.

7. Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt: Unsigned 2011 first-round pick has three above-average or better pitches, but command has become an issue for him.

8. Touki Toussaint, rhp, Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian HS: Like Beede, Toussaint shows premium stuff (mid-90s fastball, curve) but struggles to throw strikes at times.

9. Brady Aiken, lhp, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego: Projectable lefty with an ideal pitcher’s body has a chance for three plus offerings with command.

10. Aaron Nola, rhp, Louisiana State: Smallish, athletic college ace has excellent life on a low-90s fastball and plus changeup.

It would be great if the Cubs could somehow bribe a Cardinals FO person to pick for the Cubs?

Better view of the neighborhood than of a baseball game, and not a bad view of a neighborhood.

You're referring to the $19 iPhone seats?


" Julie DiCaro @JulieDiCaro

So the fan base that still loves Mark McGwire is whining about Puig not doing things "the right way." Get bent."


umpire wally bell died yesterday...damn...reported yesterday, but i just found out. 48 years old, 21 years umpiring for NL/MLB.

Marmol to the rescue!

26 pitches over 1.2ip for 0h 1bb 3k...i remember that marmol...rarely.

My Dad, the Cubs fan

My father passed this morning at 84 years 11 mos.

Sorry if this drags on, this is a little therapy for me and I really enjoy this community we have here.

My dad use to tell me of the earliest game he can remember going to. He grew up in Clearing,IL(Midway Airport)and his sister took him on a trolley car that cost ten cents.

He told me he remembered Charlie Root pitched that day, the pitcher that gave up Babe Ruth's called shot.

My dad dropped out of high school at 14 when his father died and worked from that point on to support his family.

He loved Ernie Banks, Sam Jones, Hank Sauer, Bill Nicholson and Ryno.

On his limited income we would only go to double headers (they were scheduled in 70's) and we packed sandwiches and buy one coke to last us two games.

He always watched games on TV and listen on radio when he couldn't.

Back in October 1986 I came home to see him watching one of the last games of the season, the Cubs eliminated back in August, the Cubs were down 5 in the 9th with one out. I came in from school went to change the channel, my dad said "What are you doing?" I said "the games over". He said "they still have two outs".

Thanks Dad, its that kind of dedication and faith that helps me through tough times, raising a family and watching this team that you so much loved all your life.

Rest in peace and GO CUBS!!!

Sincere condolences to you and your family.

What a great story - thanks for sharing that. The pattern of coming home from school to watch the Cubs on B&W tv, and then later on color, is something I as well will remember the rest of my days. Things sure have changed.

I hope our generation will have at least ONE World Series to remember.

I just am not too sure - but it keeps us all going here I guess.

Here's an Old Style to your Dad - RIP.

Thank you for sharing, Jacos. Difficult day - you'll be in my prayers.

Sorry for your loss. Which I know helps just as much as telling Corey Patterson NOT to swing at shoulder-high fastballs, so not at all.

He said "they still have two outs"


so sorry to hear this Jacos...

thanks for sharing those incredible stories and be happy the Cubs aren't on now as they would offer no worthy distraction.

My Dad is/was more of a White Sox fan, but he'd venture a trip to Wrigley every once in awhile, but only if he scored free or discount tickets from someone...that philosophy ran through most things in our lives. We also always packed a lunch and he did get me out of school early one day to take me.

Best story of my Dad and ballgames (he's still kicking btw albeit at 25% since an aortic dissection in 2007) was at a White Sox helmet day and he took my brother and I. Pretty sparse ballpark that day so they didn't come close to giving them all out, so he encouraged us to go to each separate gate and say we didn't get one...came home with 6-8 helmets I think.

Thanks for sharing and sincere condolences.
We never went to games as a family, there were too many of us and a few hours away. We only went on church trips and sat way up in the upper deck down the first base side.
It's a big deal to lose a family member. Thanks again for sharing with us.

Jacos, thank you for sharing these details of your dad's life and love of the Cubs. It sure brings a heavy vibe of mid century Chicago and the city that was.

I played hooky against my Dad's direct instructions to not join my senior HS class on the ditch day to Wrigley. Of course I was on TV twice (pregame Bleachers interviews, which I tried to cover my head from with my sweatshirt, and Gary Woods hit a HR directly to me). Dad was NOT happy.

Condolences, and thanks for sharing.

Thanks for sharing this, Jacos. I grew up hundreds of miles from Wrigley, so I didn't make my first trip until I was an adult. But my Cubs fandom has also been very much about my relationship with my dad, and my love for baseball (and many if not all aspects of my life) would be vastly different if not for him. I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm happy you've got some great memories with him like the ones you wrote out for us.

My condolences as well, Jacos. I hope your dad is sitting high above Wrigley Field, waiting for next year.

I just had a son and can only hope to be able to share my Cubs fandom with him the way your dad did with you.

Thanks Dad, its that kind of dedication and faith that helps me through tough times, raising a family and watching this team that you so much loved all your life.
Thanks Jacos for sharing that little slice of your Dad with us. He was pretty awesome.
and Ernie Banks is 82 years old. May he live to >100.

"Daniel Bard will pitch with Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League."

Thanks, Jacos, and sorry . . .

Theo said that in Boston, a lot of people visited the cemetery the day after they won. I hope that isn't my kids! (I mean, I hope they congratulate me in person.)

Your dad must have had a pretty good recollection of the '45 Series, as well as some recollection of the '38 team. His was just about the last generation to grow up thinking the Cubs were a normal team!

Thank you for your thoughts.

Like I said I enjoy our community here and I believe if my dad was young enough he would enjoy the thoughts, the information and fun this sight provides.

Sorry for your loss, but thanks for sharing that.

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    billybucks 3 hours 40 min ago view
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    Old and Blue 3 hours 57 min ago view
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    cubbies.4ever 12 hours 32 min ago view
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    billybucks 13 hours 2 min ago view
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    crunch 14 hours 33 min ago view
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