Tseng & Company Fan Flames as Cub Hitters Extinguish Blaze
Cubs 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Jen-Ho Tseng and six relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout with 17 strikeouts, David Bote singled twice, doubled, walked, stole two bases, scored three runs, and drove-in another, and Shamil Ubiera singled twice, walked twice, and knocked-in three runs, as the Cubs blanked the Langley Blaze 10-0 in Minor League Camp game action today on Field #3 at Mesa Cubtown.
A member of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL), the Blaze are one of the top amateur baseball clubs in Canada. Notable alumni include Brett Lawrie and Scott Mathieson, as well as Cub minor leaguers Wes Darvill and Jesse Hodges.
The Blaze are on an eleven-day Arizona Spring Training Trip, where they are playing minor league teams, college and high school teams, and another Canadian amateur club from Ontario. The Blaze are scheduled to play one or two (and sometimes even three!) games per day, including morning games, afternoon games, night games, doubleheaders, and split squad games, so the Canadian lads (age 15-18) are playing a LOT of baseball in the Valley of the Sun.
In Cubs Minor League Camp roster news, 21-year old Venezuelan Miguel Rico has arrived in Mesa, and (surprise!) he is being converted from 3B to catcher. Rico spent the last three seasons playing ball in Latin America (one season with the DSL Cubs and two with the VSL Cubs), hitting a combined 241/344/375 with 16 HR and 27 doubles in 174 games (681 PA).
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1a. Tim Saunders, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 5-4-3 DP, R, 2 SB)
1b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-1 (BB, BB, 6-3, R)
2. David Bote, 3B-DH: 3-4 (1B, 2B, BB, 5-3 DP, 1B, 3 R, RBI, 2 SB)
3. Tanner Witt, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, F-9, 2B, 6-3, SF-E8, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4. Shane Kennedy, DH-3B: 0-3 (BB, BB,5-3, F-9, 5-3, RBI, SB, CS)
5. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 2-2 (BB, F-9 SF, 1B, BB, 1B, 3 RBI, SB)
6a. Justin Marra, 1B: 0-2 (P-5, F-8, BB)
6b. Alex Tomasovich, 1B: 0-0 (BB, L-8 SF, RBI)
7. Charlie White, LF: 1-3 (HBP, 1B, HBP, F-8, 3-U, R, SB)
8a. Calvin Graves, CF: 1-3 (L-9, 2B, K, R)
8b. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 0-2 (F-8, F-7)
9a. Alberto Mineo, C: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, 2 RBI)
9b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-2 (1B, BB, 2B, R)
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/FO, 39 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Trevor Graham: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Alex Santana: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Tanner Griggs: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (12 strikes)
7. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Alberto Mineo: 0-2 CS
2. Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Charle White - threw out baserunner 7-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line single to left
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
KingKongvsGodzilla 1 day 9 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!
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 min ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 3 days 16 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.
Hagsag 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?
tim815 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future.
tim815 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded
Arizona Phil 4 days 12 hours ago (view)
OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract.
bigsky33 5 days 18 hours ago (view)
Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?