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 6 hours 36 min ago (view)
tim815 7 hours 5 min ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 47 min ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 8 hours 45 min ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 9 hours 2 min ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 9 hours 23 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).
bradsbeard 10 hours 37 min ago (view)
AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?
Arizona Phil 10 hours 38 min ago (view)
For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game:
NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now... just needs to gradually increase innings...
NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter
Craig A. 11 hours 37 min ago (view)
Craig A. 11 hours 37 min ago (view)
He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly.
Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 21 min ago (view)
I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting
tim815 15 hours 28 min ago (view)
Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.
Thanks, as always.
Charlie 15 hours 48 min ago (view)
Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.
I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!
Charlie 16 hours 50 min ago (view)
Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.
Hagsag 22 hours 26 min ago (view)
I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.
He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.
He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter.