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 

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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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  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 25 min ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point

     

  • waveland 14 hours 54 min ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 48 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 

     

  • bradsbeard 17 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 9 min ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option

     

  • bradsbeard 19 hours 14 min ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 15 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 32 min ago (view)

    i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.

    even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 54 min ago (view)

    At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...). 

    Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.

    Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 57 min ago (view)

    I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 8 min ago (view)

    With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 28 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

    So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

    The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).