Cubs Pitchers Micrify Giants with Combined Two-Hitter

Jacob Hannemann and Kelvin Freeman belted RBI doubles and Arodys Vizcaino and five relievers combined to toss a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts while retiring the last 16 batters in a row, as the Cubs edged the Giants 2-1 in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Indian School Park Field #1 in Scottsdale.


Vizcaino allowed a walk and struck out one in his one inning of work (18 pitches  12 strikes). His fastball velocity was clocked consistently at 93-94 MPH, and his command was fair.  

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

CUBS LINEUP
:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, K, BB, SB)
2. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (6-3, 4-3, 2B, 5-U FC, R)
3. Jacob Hannemann, DH: 1-4 (K, 4-3, 2B, 5-3, RBI)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, K, F-9)
5a. Will Remillard, C: 1-3 (1B, F-9, L-5)
5b. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 0-0 (HBP)
6. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, 5-3, R, SB)
7. Rashad Crawford, LF: 0-4 (K, K, K, K)
8. Kelvin Freeman, 1B: 1-4 (3-U, K, 2B, 6-3, RBI)
9a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, PO)
9b. Giuseppe Papaccio, SS: 0-2 (F-9, 5-3)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Arodys Vizcaino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
2. Rob Zastryzny: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 27 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Tyler Skulina: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 10 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Trey Masek: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1
2B Danny Lockhart - E-4 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely and baserunner to score unearned run)  

ATTENDANCE: 25

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's
 

Comments

AZ Phil: any more detail on the progress of the 2013 draft pick pitchers who threw at least 2 IP. Some strike throwing machines out there: (Zazz (21/27, 77%), Skulina (18/23,78%) and Masek (12/18, 66%)).

Wilson (9/10) and Frazier (5/8) were no slouches either.

CUBSTER: All of the Cubs pitchers who threw today pitched well and were pounding the strike zone. 

Zastryzny absolutely carved-up the Giant hitters (striking out four af the last five men he faced - all four swinging), changing speeds on his fastball and using his breaking ball to put 'em away. I'm not sure if he was throwing a slider or a curve (maybe both?), but it was a VERY impressive outing.  

Skulina is a big dude (6'6 225) and he was throwing a low 90's fastball with movement and a plus-slider (getting one swinging "K" and two more looking), with an occasional slow curve to keep the hitters guessing.  

Masek (who has a similar frame as Roy Oswalt) was a bit more hittable and a bit less in command than Zastrynsky and Skulina, but he did retire all six men he faced (6-3, K, F-9, 6-3, 6-3, F-9). Masek's stuff isn't in the same class as Skulina's and Zastrynsky's, but it's not bad.

LHP Sam Wilson struck out the side (two looking and one swinging) on ten pitches, throwing fastball/slider/fastball/slider/fastball/slider combinations to freeze the Giant hitters. Wilson is being primed as a lefty reliever and he could be pretty good. BTW, Tyler Ihrig (who did not pitch today) is another lefty 2013 draft pick at Instructs who is apparently being groomed for the bullpen, and he combines a rather pedestrian fastball (I believe it's a cutter or a sinker, maybe both) with a "Bugs Bunny" curveball (you can take three swings before it reaches home plate).

Scott Frazier had one strikeout (swinging) and two busted bat 4-3 ground-outs in his eight-pitch inning today. 
 

Baseball America will be coming out with 2013 Draft report cards for the NL Central on Oct 21st.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/2013-draft-re...

"Rays pitching prospect Taylor Guerrieri has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse."

seriously dude...you gotta put the weed away...the minors are a bit cruel about it.

tim beckham went down twice for it in the TB system.

luckily for guerrieri (if you can call it luck) he's recovering from TJ surgery and he can serve that time while injured.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/tyler-skulin...

"Last week, as the fall instructional league was winding down, the Cubs held an intrasquad game for the benefit of general manager Theo Epstein and nearly every member of the front office."

lulz...poor jed.

I'm really missing the twitter bar. Not showing up the last day or two on chrome

works on my firefox and I just tried it on chrome and safari on mac os x 10.8.5 and it showed up. It is usually the last thing to load though.

I wish I knew more about it, but I don't think it's on our end. And if it is, but it's showing up on my computer, it's nearly impossible for me to troubleshoot.

The standard clear out your cache, restart, etc and my apologies?

mesa loses their 1st game, 11-9...7-1-1(tie)

bryant 3-5, 2 HR, double

almora 1-6, double

soler 2-5

it's weird having 4 legit "top" hitting prospects (those guys + baez) and a few others who aren't bad even if not on their level (a.alcantara, m.olt, vogelbomb, j.candelario). now the team needs a few legit pitching prospect besides cj edwards. given how thin the 2014 draft is shaping up for bats, especially power bats outside of highschool 1st/OF, i imagine they're going for a pitcher this go around.

Bryant is now 11 for 26 with 2 2Bs, 4 HRs, and 12 RBI. He's stolen 2 bases to boot. .962 slugging and 1.410 OPS. Sample size, etc. but ridiculous. And Almora has a 1.232 OPS.

I don't usually wish death upon people, but fuck that guy. Your team is a game away from the World Series and you wear a jersey mocking a last place team? I hope he gets the bird flu this winter.

Don't judge, unless you also have been forced to live in St. Louis.

h.ramirez pulled from the lineup pre-game...then back into the lineup an hour ago...now in the training room with n.punto warming up 15 minutes before game time.

rollercoaster elimination lineup.

...and h.ramirez is back in the lineup 6 minutes before game time.

delay of game because s.van slyke + j.kelly are still hats-over-hearts in a standoff after the national anthem.

this is absolutely stupid as hell.

pointless story about a pointless incident...

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24103525

...i guess it was "fun" for both team's dugouts...and harmless...but whatever, it was stupid.

puig's D and defensive choices have tanked this game early on...crazy trainwreck.

2 instances of "bryce harper disease" trying to play superman on plays and letting runners advance on throws to the wrong base rather than conceding a run and holding runners. a couple innings later lets a leadoff single turn into a man on 2nd fielding a ball as if he's going to throw out the runner going to 1st...and he ends up clanking the ball that would have right in front of him.

messy over-aggressive stuff out there.

on the flipside...kershaw is doing himself no favors getting hit a ton.

...wow, kershaw...3 straight hits to lead off the 5th...no outs, men on 2nd/3rd...he's out of the game...down 0-5...gave up 10 hits.

end of 5...0-9...uggg.

Could things get any worse?

Couldn't happen to a more deserving player than Puig. That dude needs a slap down.

STL once again proves you can't win without blowing up your team for a few years and getting a bunch of low-round draft picks to build your farm...wait, no they didn't.

either way, they're off to the World Series. barf.

Are you serious crunch? They have a badass farm system with 20 of their players home grown out of 25. If anything they support the Epstein model.

only STL didn't follow the part of the model where you tell the fans to expect massive losing for 2-3 years while they don't try to compete and almost everyone signed is signed for potential mid-season trade bait.

Ok. I think you know the difference between a team that is going to the World Series for the 4th time in the last ten years based largely on their farm system and the Cubs situation when Epstein took over, but I'm sorry it bums you out so much. You're obviously a major fan, and knowledgable and do your homework. I just think in 10 years if the cubs are a winning machine that we'll all be happy they built the foundation. Time shall tell that's for sure. Either way.

that's a key point...4th time in the past 10 years.

they haven't had to tear down and sink to rise again from the ashes to do it. they get a 20th pick in the 1st round...they get talent. they get a 5th round pick...they get talent that seems like a 1st/2nd round pick...etc

i like what's going on with the cubs, but STL never had to go through 2-3 years of "please be patient while we collect parts and lose like hell" to get there.

what's been going on the past 2 seasons...and maybe 1 more season...has been knowing we're not going to compete before april even begins and all the "hell yeah!" of off-season signings has been followed by "wonder what we'll get for this dude in june/july?"

i just hope theo/jed can do as well with their 20th+ picks in the 1st round and minors building once they're not getting sweet top-5 picks in the 1st round and not trading away talent mid-season. that's what they were hired for as much as (and more important than) what's going on right now.

1.) 5 of the 11 championship series games have been shutouts. That's CRAZY!

2.) I hope Albert Pujols at least loses a little sleep.

The won because they replaced Pujols with Allen Craig, no wait...Allen Craig was replaced with...

and then there was Wacha-macallit

and there is still some speculation Jedstein is waiting for Boston's season to end so they can interview the one they really want...Torey Lovullo.

http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-have-red-sox-b...

and Krazy David Kaplan is now banging the drum for...Brad Ausmus (after giving up on hoping Ozzie Guillen would get interviewed).

http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/kaplan-cubs-should-...

Guillen? Seriously? Kaplan is a moran.

per mlbtr...JC Boscan and Darnell McDonald have elected to become free agents. Yawn.

BA videos of Skulina, Zazz and Eloy Jimenez

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/tyler-skulin...

Mike Maddux name popping up again, thru CCO link...to NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth site

The Cubs have also been rumored to be interested in the younger Maddux, but have actually already asked the Rangers permission to talk to Mike.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/red-fever/Maddux-Again...

I HATE the fucking Cardinals. Still.

And Tim has NO more brain cells left to be pummeled.

If not for the stupid internet, we could all have months to re-generate. Sometimes I really miss the days when all my info came from a sports page.

 

Someday someone besides the Cardinals will go all the way.

Someday someone besides the Cardinals will go all the way.
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The Raspberries?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfgnc6Ey0q0

bryant + almora sitting tonight...soler + w.darvill playing

darvill is playing 3rd.

holy f'n shit...it's game 2 all over again.

grand slam after scherzer comes out.

BOS leads by 3, bottom 7th.

STL vs BOS...

...meh

If it means a 2004 sweep repeat, then sign me up.

Not much of a silver lining.

I want to see the Cards come in last in the league sometime soon. They are due.

If the Cards weren't in the playoffs, I wouldn't have any thoughts about them. And that's how I prefer it.

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  • I think while I get you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.

  • bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...

    felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size

    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

    remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.

    this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.

  • Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...

  • nice.

    also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.

    also also, the wsox are 19-8.