Cubs Wish Yanqui Had Just Stayed Home
Yoel Yanqui (two-run triple), Jose Queliz (two-run double), Eduardo Diaz (solo HR), and Luke Van Rycheghem (RBI double) contributed run-scoring extra base hits to lead the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks Hi-A affiliate) to a 7-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, and Buddy Kennedy collected three hits (two singles and a double) and scored twice and Francis Martinez drilled an RBI double, singled and scored, and reached base on an HBP, helping the Kane County Cougars (D'backs Lo-A affiliate) defeat the Cubs Lo-A South Bend affiliate 4-1 on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Wednesday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Diamondbacks relievers retired a combined 30 of the last 33 hitters they faced on the two fields.
Wladimir Galindo stroked a two-run 1st inning HR and SP Jose Paulino hurled three shutout innings with five strikeouts (including the first four men he faced) for the Pelicans in a losing cause on Field #6,.and Christopher Morel doubled and singled and scored a run and Delvin Zinn roped an RBI triple and a single in the South Bend loss on Field #5.
CF Jose Gutierrez and 1B Rafael Mejia were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa squad to the Myrtle Beach squad for the day to provide additional late-inning position-player replacements beyond what the Pelicans had available.
Both games were eight inning affairs.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Luis Ayala, LF: 0-2 (K, BB, K, PO)
1b. Kwangmin Kwon, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
2b. Jared Young, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Jonathan Sierra, DH: 1-3 (1B, K, F-7)
3b. Alexander Guerra, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
4a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
4b. Abraham Rodriguez, RF: 0-2 (F-7, 6-3)
5a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (P-5, 1B)
5b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (K)
6a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R)
6b. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Austin Filiere, 1B: 0-3 (P-3, 6-4-3 DP, 6-3)
8. Delvin Zinn, 2B-SS: 2-3 (3B, L-9, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Zach Davis, CF: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, K)
1. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Emilio Ferrebus: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Brendan King: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
3B Cam Balego: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 0-3 CS
TENNESSEE OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Kwangmin Kwon - runner on 1st base thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score on double into LF corner
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-2 (4-3, L-8)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K, R, SB, CS)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 1-3 (HR, K, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
4. Brandon Hughes, RF: 2-3 (2B, L-9, 1B, SB)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, DH: 1-3 (1B, P-6, K, CS)
6. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 3-U)
7a. Joe Martarano, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, P-3)
7b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-1 (K)
8a. Michael Cruz, C: 1-2 (K, 2B)
8b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (K)
9a. Chris Singleton, LF: 0-1 (BB, K)
9b. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-1 (P-3)
10. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, F-9, 5-3)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 44 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Brian Glowicki: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (10 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Michael Cruz: 0-2 CS
2. Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS
MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jose Gutierrez - batter thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double off CF Batter's Eye into triple
WEATHER: Partly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 6 hours 55 min ago (view)
For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.
As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 46 min ago (view)
In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:
RHP Josh Burgmann
RHP Chris Clarke
LHP D. J. Herz
RHP Michael McAvene
Charlie 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump.
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
iapoce expected to stay. i'm surprised. i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.
crunch 2 days 3 min ago (view)
i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 13 min ago (view)
In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 20 min ago (view)
Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!
crunch 2 days 20 min ago (view)
shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro. 25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.
Charlie 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.
crunch 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists
bradsbeard 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure.
Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games.
Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.
He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls.
bradsbeard 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me.
KingKongvsGodzilla 5 days 20 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!