Cubs Don't Show Brothers Much Hospitality at Riverview
D. J. Wilson smacked a two-run triple and a single, walked, stole a base, and scored three runs, Zack Short doubled twice and scored twice, Austin Upshaw hammered a two-run home run, Chris Pieters knocked-in three runs with a two-run single and a FC, stole a base, and scored twice, and Stephen Bruno, Kevonte Mitchell, and Miguel Amaya each drilled an RBI double, as the Cubs drubbed the Chinatrust Brothers 13-5 in Minor League Camp game action Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Tung-Jung Wu belted a two-run HR for the Brothers in a losing cause.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
Duncan Robinson got the start for the Cubs, working two innings and allowing a run on four hits (all four hits were singles) and no walks, with four strikeouts (all swinging). Trevor Clifton followed Robinson to the hill and worked two shutout innings, allowing two hits (both doubles) and no walks, with two strikeouts (both looking). Michael Rucker also threw two innings, surrendering a two-run HR along the way while throwing 82% strikes. As things stand right now, Robinson, Clifton, and Rucker would appear to be 3/5 of the AA Tennessee Smokies projected Opening Day starting rotation.
The Brothers (AKA "Brother Elephants") are one of the four clubs in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), and they have been having their Spring Training at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson (former Spring Training home of the White Sox and the Diamondbacks) for the past few weeks, sharing the facility with los Toros de Tijuana (Mexican League).
Cory Snyder is the Brothers manager, Jim Presley is the hitting coach, and Scott Budner is the pitching coach, so there is a distinct MLB feel to the operation. Ex-MLB or minor league pitchers Casey Coleman, Zack Segovia, Nick Additon, and Mitch Lively are on the Brothers roster, although none of them pitched in the game. Several of the Brothers played for Team Chinese Taipei in the most-recent World Baseball Classic, so they have some experience playing with and against MLB and minor league players.
Here is the box score from the game (English translation only):
1. Tung-Hua Yueh, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-8, K, 3-6 FC)
2a. Tung-Jung Wu, SS: 2-3 (K, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI)
2b. Wei-Chen Wang, SS: 1-1 (1B, R)
3a. Szu-Chi Chou, DH: 0-2 (6-3, 3-1)
3b. Chun-Chieh Wang, PH-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B)
4a. Chih-Hao Chang, CF: 1-1 (1B, RBI, CS)
4b. Shu-Yi Lin, RF-CF: 1-3 (F-8, F-8, 1B, RBI)
5a. Tao-Jung Tseng, RF-CF: 0-2 (K, K)
5b. Tzu-Hsien Chan, RF: 0-2 (F-8, E-9)
6a. Tzu-Hao Chen, LF: 2-2 (1B, 2B)
6b. Wen-Chieh Chen, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K)
7a. Cheng-Min Peng, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K)
7b. Tzu-Hung Chen, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8a. Chun-Sheng Huang, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
8b. Ming-Hung Wu, C: 0-2 (1-3, K)
9a. Ting-Hsiang Pan, 2B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
9b. Seng-Wei Wang, 2B: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
X-1. Austin Upshaw, 1B-DH: 1-3 (F-8, P-5, HR, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Upshaw batted 2nd in the 2nd, 6th in the 3rd, and 6th in the 4th
X-2. Tyler Payne, DH #4: 1-2 (1-3, 1B)
NOTE: Payne batted 1st in the 7th and 3rd in the 8th (after serving as bullpen catcher)
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB)
1b. Trey Martin, CF: 0-1 (6-3, RBI)
2. Zack Short, 3B-DH: 2-3 (L-3, 2B, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3a. Chris Pieters, LF: 1-2 (FC, 1B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB)
3b. Jesse Hodges, PH-3B: 0-2 (K, K)
4a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
4b. Connor Myers, PH-LF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5a. Stephen Bruno, DH #1: 1-1 (2B, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 2nd & 3rd TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
5b. Tyler Pearson, PH: 0-0 (BB, R)
6a. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-2 (2B, F-7, RBI)
6b. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-2 (L-8, 2B, RBI)
7a. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
7b. Daniel Spingola, RF: 0-2 (L-6, K)
8a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, R)
8b. Jared Young, 2B: 0-2 (L-6, P-3)
9a. Kevin Cornelius, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9b. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 5-3)
10. Tyler Alamo, DH-1B: 1-4 (F-9, P-5, 3B, 4-3, R)
1. Chen-Yu Hung: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Chi-Che Tsai: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Che-Yuan Wu: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 42 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Po-Hao Chen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Kai-Wen Cheng: 1.0 IP: 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Chung-Chen Chiang: 1.0 IP: 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
7. Chi-Hung Cheng: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
1. Duncan Robinson: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Trevor Clifton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 35 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Michael Rucker: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Jose Paulino: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (23 strikes)
5. Kyle Miller: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
BROTHERS ERRORS: 1
C Chun-Sheng Huang - E2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
RF Daniel Spingola - E9 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely)
BROTHERS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Chun-Sheng Huang: 0-2 SB, 1 E (see above)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 13 hours 26 min ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
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In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
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That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
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bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
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crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
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by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
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crunch 6 days 5 hours ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
crunch 6 days 9 hours ago (view)
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green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.
Arizona Phil 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
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