Cubs Offense Like a Machin at Riverview

Vimael Machin ripped an RBI double, singled, and stole a base, Jhonny Pereda singled twice and drove-in a run, and Keegan Thompson and three relievers combined to toss a two-hit shutout, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Monday afternoon on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

It was a rare day off for the MLB squad (one of only two this spring), so there was no activity on the other side of the UAPC. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Levi Jordan, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 3-6-3 DP) 
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-3 (3-U, K, 1-3)
3. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 0-1 (BB, F-7, 2 SB) 
4a. Jared Young, DH #1:  0-1 (K) 
4b. Tyler Payne, PH: 0-1 (F-9)
5. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-1 (1-3, BB)
6. Donnie Dewees, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
7. Jacob Hannemann, RF: 0-2 (K, F-7) 
8. Erick Castillo, C-DH: 1-2 (2B, F-9)
9a. Will Remillard, DH-C: 0-1 (L-6)
9b. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 0-1 (F-9)
10. Austin Filiere, 3B: 0-1 (5-3, BB) 
 
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Chase Daniel, 2B: 1-3 (3B, L-7, F-9, R)
2. Christian Donahue, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
3. Vimael Machin, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI, SB)
4. Chesny Young, SS: 0-2 (4-2 FC, 6-4-3 DP)
5. Zach Borenstein, LF: 0-2 (L-6, K)
6. Wynton Bernard, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, R)
7. Evan Marzilli, RF: 0-1 (BB, 3-U)
8. Ian Rice, DH: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
9. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI, PO) 

SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Riley McCauley: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Brad Markey: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Luis Lugo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
NOTE: Bottom of the 5th inning was skipped 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Keegan Thompson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (28 strikes) 
2. Ryan Williams: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Jake Steffens: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R 1 BB, 0 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Manuel Rondon: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes) 

SQUAD "A" ERRORS
NONE 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS
NONE 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS, 1 PO 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:  
Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 24  

WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 60's 

Arizona 
Scoring
Service 

"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

p.strop had an MRI on his hamstring and the injury is "mild"...he's gonna miss a little while, though.

chatwood gonna chatwood...

1.1ip 2h 3bb 1k, 4r/2er

I just wanted to thank whoever did the color coordination on the Spring Training Roster to the right -->. It's super functional.( I don't remember that being the look last year, but sorry if I merely overlooked it!)

CHARLIE: You're welcome. 

Jordan Bastian‏ @MLBastian

Maddon said there have been internal meetings about possible bullpen alternatives via waivers/trades. Said free-agent Craig Kimbrel's name has not come up: "We really didn't discuss that. But, I can't tell you that it's out of the question."

lester really crapped the bed today...1 more spring start and a sim game before the real thing...

2.2ip 7h 2bb 3k, 7r/er 1hr

the wind was a factor in play today, so that didn't help.

happ's bat woke up today...hope it continues.

Game was played with some kind of crazy wind that was giving OFers fits and possibly aiding some of the HRs. Happ missed a ball that sounded catchable but led to two of Lester’s runs, and then Lester’s relief let in a couple more.

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 10 min ago (view)

    I'm also thinking they really didn't anticipate losing two players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 and wanted to have more flexibility to pick guys, and they maybe figured Carrera had a better shot to go unpicked. It is a little surprising that the talent rich Rays are the ones who grabbed him. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 2 min ago (view)

    It's just strange because they had space. maybe they thought no one would have wanted him?

     

  • bradsbeard 12 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Best I can think is that maybe he was going to be squeezed out of a starting role next year with 2019 draftees and other lower level pitching pushing up into A ball. Doesn't seem like a great reason, but the pitching in the system is getting more crowded each year.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 16 min ago (view)

    i truly wonder why f.carrera wasn't more of a priority.

    he throws straight up junk, but he's got great control and command over his pitchers.  he's young enough that he could find some more velocity, too.

    i mean, this is a management team that decided to trade for dan haren and kyle hendricks.  they don't have an aversion to slow-tossing starters.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Has anyone else noticed James Norwood's picture on the Cubs top 30 prospects page is actually Brandon Kintzler?

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 20 min ago (view)

    It's always interesting to see how many players each MLB club protects on its AAA affiliate's 38-man reserve list on 11/20.

    I'm not saying it absolutely and necessarily proves what a club thinks of its own prospects, but there are 38 slots available on a AAA reserve list, and if you leave 15 slots open, I think that does say something, especially when you don't lose anybody in either the MLB Phase or in the AAA Phase. (I'm looking at you, Seattle Mariners!) 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Instructs starts next month. The pitching lab operates year round, so guys are always coming & going. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Phil, when does the Instructional program begin? Are there pitchers in the pitching lab now?

     

  • cubbies.4ever 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.

    Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).

    Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch  among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.