Lake Takes the Plunge at Riverview Park

Junior Lake collected five hits (four singles and a double), stole two bases, and scored two runs, Welington Castillo reached base four times on three walks and a single, and Dustin Geiger singled twice, doubled, and drove-in four runs, in Cactus League Minor League action this afternoon at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.  

The Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affliate) hammered the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers AA affiliate) 10-4 on Field #3, while the Albuquerque Isotopes (LAD AAA affiliate) edged the Iowa Cubs 4-3 on Field #6.

Lake and Castillo moved back & forth between the two fields, each working as an extra DH and taking an AB whenever the opportunity arose. Lake managed eight Plate Appearances between the two games, and Castillo had six.

Cubs #1 pitching prospect RHP C. J. Edwards got the start for Tennessee on Field #3, and he allowed one run on three hits (two singles and a double) and a walk, with five strikeouts and a 6/0 GO/FO in 3.2 IP (67 pitches).

Recently returned from the Arizona Diamondbacks (who had selected him the Major League Phase of the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft), RHRP Marcos Mateo threw a dominating 9th inning on Field #3 (two strikeouts and a broken bat 5-3 GO) to seal the victory for the Smokies. 

LHP Eric Jokisch got the start for the I-Cubs, and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits (a single and a double) and four walks in 5.2 IP (78 pitches). He also struck out seven and induced two DP grounders along the way, using his quality off-speed stuff to keep Isoptope hitters off-balance. Albuquerque plated their two runs off Jokisch on a bases-loaded walk and a two-out RBI double.  

Carlos Pimentel "piggy-backed" with Jokisch and worked 3.1 IP, allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits (three singles and a triple) and two walks. He struck out four, with a 2/4 GO/FO.  

Kris Bryant went 0-3 for Tennessee, striking out (swinging) his first two times up, and then popping out to the first-baseman in foul territory in his final AB.  

Arismendy Alcantara played SS and batted 3rd for Iowa, and he struck out all three times up, first two times swinging, and last time looking. 

Though assigned to the Tennessee squad, Dan Vogelbach was the Iowa DH, and he went 0-3 in the game, grounding into a 4-6-3 DP and then striking out twice (both times swinging). 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


FIELD #3

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
X-1 Junior Lake, DH #1: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, SB)
NOTE: Lake hit lead-off in the bottom of the 1st and 2nd innings
X-2 Welington Castillo, DH #2: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-8, BB, 2 R)
NOTE: W. Castillo hit 2nd in the bottom of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings  
1. Zeke Devoss, CF: 1-4 (2B, K, K, 4-3, R)
2. Stephen Bruno, DH #3: 1-4 (1B, F-8, K, E-9, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3a. Kris Bryant, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, P-3)  
3b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-1 (1B, R, RBI)
4. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, K, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI)
5. Jeudy Valdez, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, BB, F-7, R)
6. Walter Ibarra, SS: 2-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, 3B, 2 RBI, CS)
7a. Chadd Krist, C: 0-2 (K, K)
7b. Lance Rymel, C: 1-2 (2B, K, RBI)
8. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-8)
9. Pin-Chieh Chen, LF: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. C. J. Edwards: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 6/0 GO/FO, 67 pitches (46 strikes)
2. Jeff Lorick: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Al Yevoli: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 36 pitches (23 strikes)
5. Marcos Mateo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
SS Walter Ibarra - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Chadd Krist: 0-1 CS

FIELD #6

IOWA LINEUP:
X-1. Welington Castillo, DH #1: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB)
NOTE: W. Castillo hit 2nd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings
X-2. Junior Lake, DH #2: 3-6 (1B, K, K, F-8, 2B, 1B, R, SB)
NOTE: Lake hit lead-off in the bottom of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings
1. Matt Szczur, LF: 1-3 (1B, F-8, P-3, CS)
2. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (K, 3-U, BB)
3. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-3 (K, K, K)
4. Jonathan Mota, 3B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, BB, R, SB)
5. Rubi Silva, RF: 0-3 (4-1, K, K)
6. Dan Vogelbach, DH #3: 0-3 (4-6-3 DP, K, K)
7. John Andreoli, CF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, R, RBI)
8. Lars Anderson, 1B: 1-3 (P-4, P-2, 1B, 2 RBI)
9a. Rafael Lopez, C: 0-1 (F-7)
9b. Luis Flores, C: 0-1 (BB, P-3) 

IOWA PITCHERS:
1. Eric Jokisch: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2 GIDP, 7/3 GO/FO, 78 pitches (47 strikes)
2. Carlos Pimentel: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/4 GO/FO, 53 pitches (36 strikes)

IOWA ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Jonathon Mota - E-5 (fielding error allowede batterto reach base safely)
2. 2B Logan Watkins - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reeach base safely)
3. C Luis Flores - E-2 (overthrow on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)

IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Rafael Lopez: 0-1 CS
2. Luis Flores: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)  

ATTENDANCE: 76

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

 

 

 


 

 

Comments

veras walks dj lemahieu...stolen base...stolen base...balked home.

classic cubbery.

he did get 2 Ks and a groundout aside from that, though.

ArizonaPhil - you said that Mateo had the right to elect free agency if he is returned to the Cubs. Has he declined that election, or can he do it any time before the season starts?

DAVID P: Because he has been outerighted previously in his career, Marcos Mateo is an Article XX-D player, meaning he has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted to the minors.

So after he was returned (outrighted) to Iowa by Arizona, Marcos Mateo had three days to either elect free-agency or accept the Outright Assignment and defer free-agency until the conclusion of the MLB regular season. Since he was returned on 3/12, the election period has expired, and he cannot elect to be a free-agent at this time. .

If he had elected to be an Article XX-D free-agent after being outrighted, his contract would have been terminated and he would have received no termination pay. But because he accepted the Outright Assignment, he receives his 2014 salary at Iowa (presumably the MLB minimum minor league "split" salary of $80,000). He will then be able to elect free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the 2014 MLB regular season up through October 15th, UNLESS he is added back to an MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the 2014 regular season, in which case he does not have the right to elect free-agency.

Baez HR, then doesn't give way on a pop-up despite being called off by LF, down for awhile but staying in game. Looked like left wrist was hurting

Olt pinch hits with runners on corners down a run. Fouled off a couple hittable pitches but works the walk and doesn't chase any bad pitches. Nice AB.

Valaika grounds to shortstop who dives but throws away the force out and go ahead run scores.

Paolo Espino pitching for Cubs, not sure that's a real person.

Well whoever he is, he sucks. Gives up 4 runs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOYnuUhgqQM

ow. chapman's gonna miss a chunk of games.

Iglesias done for season, make it happen Theo. Hard to imagine they wouldn't be more interested in Franklin or Gregorius, but you never know.

Haha! I remember Riverview Park! What was The Plunge?

Daniel Vogelbach breaking news now!!!

Indicating that Trevor Gretkzy is headed to Angels

Daniel Vogelbach @Flowbro3

Good luck to my boy @TrevorGretzky with the angels. Not going to be the same without u my man, gonna miss you for sure.

More pictures of his sister would be fine too

Gretzky started "raking" pretty good at Kane County last season.

olt finally makes it to 3rd today

Hottovy sent down...44 left.

Be very interesting if Olt and Baez make team, what bench will look like? Do they dump 2 of Murphy, Valbuena, Bonifacio and go with Barney as back-up?

Castillo, Kottares, Rizzo, Baez, Castro, Olt, Lake, Sweeney, Schierholtz, Barney, Ruggiano, (2 of) Bonifacio, Murphy, Valbuena or Kalish

I don't think Baez would make team without Barney trade or Castro disabled list stint, but it sure seems possible at this point. I'd pay attention to that lineup at least.

I think if Cubs move Shark, Barney and Scherholtz, Baez wont come up.

No need to bring him up early for shit show.

Trevor Gretzky for Matt Scioscia seems to be the trade.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sciosc001mat

I'm not sure why on Earth this deal happened?

Scioscia was a 45th round pick out of University of Notre Dame in 2011 (past Samardzija's time there so doubtful a connection there). Numbers are awful, played some 1b, but mostly been injured over 2+ seasons.

gretz can go play high A ball in socal (inland empire)...only reason i can think of. it sure as hell seems like a player convenience trade rather than a talent swap.

m.scioscia will be lucky to still be in baseball on any level by the end of the year given his performance so far...especially factoring in his age vs competition showing.

blocking the plate rule killed his future

http://i.imgur.com/JqhSOQF.png

possible solution...

"shave those side burns!"

Lake stole a HR in the 6th. Got banged up but is staying in the game.

how's olt look (if you got the game) playing D at 3rd?

...i'm stuck with stupid LAA/KC...though it's a rather good stupid game.

He looked fine. He missed a chance on a hot shot but otherwise not much action. I think the test will be how he feels tomorrow.

thanks. hope he gets enough time this spring to show he's worth giving an enhanced role at 3rd.

given that 2014 is a punt year it probably doesn't matter that much, but there's a 3rd base logjam going on with the kids and it would be convenient if olt can step up and play on the MLB roster.

He looks ready to me but I'm not a great judge of these things.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins are shopping starting pitcher Jacob Turner.

The Marlins have starting pitching depth and long-term needs at second base and first base

Turner (23 years old/#22 prospect in baseball before 2012) for Alcantara/Vogelbach crossed my mind until I looked at Turner's dwindling K rates the last 2 years.

he's gone from throwing 95-98mph to 90-93mph since being drafted. he dropped off big time in 2012, throwing a lot of stuff closer to 90 than 93.

he's still a promising pitcher, but he doesn't have the buzz on his name he used to have.

Ugh. Velocity falling off like that makes me more worried about possible arm problems than just the matter of diminished stuff. No thanks.

Give him a TJ and rub some dirt in it... he'll be fine.

never too early to talk draft...

http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/mlb-draft-cubs-identifying-targets-no-4-o...

12 potentials Cubs may be looking at.

There's also this story about lefty pitcher Brady Aiken that Cubs and White Sox were scouting

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/mlb-draft-white-sox-cubs-scout-proje...

barring injury or weirdness it's a sure thing rondon will go in picks 1-3 (most likely first...btw, HOU scouts have been at some of his NCSU games).

beede...kolek...nola...also top guys i wouldn't mind seeing the cubs jump on if they make it to 4th.

i still don't understand the obsession some have with jeff hoffman, but it looks like his stock is dropping anyway...which beede's stock has been rising.

outside of rondon, beede, kolek, and nola i'm not really stoked or knowledgeable about anyone else, though.

that said, if they want at least one of them they pretty much can...dunno what their game plan is, though it seems it will probably be a pitcher with enough top pitching talent available.

as an aside...seeing as he won't be draft eligable for another 2 years...NCSU has a 3rd baseman freshman named andrew knizner who's ungodly good with a bat and his power should develop with age/experience. hell of a highschool player and continuing it into college without pause.

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  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 36 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 2 hours 41 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 3 hours 49 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 5 hours 44 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 5 hours 57 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 10 hours 38 min ago view
  • I hope the D and bullpen show up. Cubs haven't had much luck against Davies, and he's been going well lately. A little uncomfortable with the Cards only 6.5 back--feels like they're right on our tails compared to the 11 game lead I've grown accustomed to.

    Charlie 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • Cardinals, stop that. Right now.

    billybucks 11 hours 35 min ago view
  • In a year or two, a lot of fans are going to point at trading him as a mistake. He'll probably be slashing something like 280/400/480 for Seattle at the time. Of course, by WAR, he'll still be worth less than 3, since we're talking zero defensive value.

    John Beasley 12 hours 39 min ago view
  • vogelbomb debut for tacoma (AAA SEA)... 3-3, 1bb, 1 HR, 1 double...DH'd.

    while he mostly played 1st considerably more than DH for AAA CHC, DJ Peterson is probably going to see most of the time at 1st for AAA SEA.

    crunch 21 hours 5 min ago view