Cubs Send Bullpen to Riverview to Stabilize Isotopes

Cubs MLB bullpen members Brandon Morrow, Justin Wilson, and Brian Duensing combined to hurl 3.1 IP of shutout ball to get things started, Charcer Burks (RBI single) and David Bote (RBI double) drove-in what proved to be the winning runs in the bottom of the 1st, and Dillon Maples earned an easy save with a 1-2-3 14-pitch 9th, as the Cubs AAA Iowa affiliate edged the Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate) 2-1 on Field #6, and RHSP Ryan Castellani hurled four innings of shutout ball and the Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies AA affiliate) banged-out 15 hits en route to an 8-1 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader action Thursday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

The game on Field #5 was called after eight innings of play.

Morrow (4-3, K, 3B, BB), Wilson (5-4 FC, F-8, 1B, L-4 DP, K), and Duensing (F-7, F-8, 2B, K) were sent to the Cubs backfields to get work in the AAA game, and Chris Gimenez was their catcher, going 1-5 at the plate (F-8, 2B, K, 6-3, K) while hitting once in each of the first five innings.
 
Luis Hidalgo was hit in the helmet with a pitch in the bottom of the 8th inning on Field #5 and had to leave the game (although he left the field under his own power).   

As usual several position-players were moved-up to the Tennessee and Iowa squads to get some playing time with the more-advanced players. 

A number of Cubs minor leaguers have been (or currently are) sick, apparently with the same bug that sidelined Kyle Hendricks this week.

Here are the box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):

 
FIELD #5:

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-4 (L-7, K, 6-3, F-8)
2. Rafael Narea, SS: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, 1B, BB)
3a. Zack Short, DH: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, F-9)
3b. Luis Hidalgo, PH: 0-0 (HBP)
3c. Robert Garcia, PR (NO AB)
4a. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-2 (4-3, P-6)
4b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-2 (K, F-8)
5a. Trent Giambrone, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 2B, R)
5b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB)
6a. Daniel Spingola, LF: 1-2 (L-4, 3B, RBI)
6b. Chris Pieters, LF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
7. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-4 (K, 5-3, 5-3 DP, 5-4-3 DP)
8a. Kevin Cornelius, 1B: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-1 (L-9, K)
9a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-2 (1B, K)
9b. Tyler Payne, C: 1-2 (1B, L-8)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Duncan Robinson: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Jake Stinnett: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 40 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Steve Perakslis: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (7 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (28 strikes)
4. Dakota Mekkes: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Jesse Hodges: E-5 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. 3B Jesse Hodges: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-4 CS

TENNESSEE OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Daniel Spingola - runner thrown out 7-2 attempting to score from 2nd on two-base E-5

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FIELD #6:

IOWA LINEUP:
X. Chris Gimenez, C-DH: 1-5 (F-8, 2B, K, 6-3 DP, K)
NOTE: Gimenez batted 3rd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings)
1. Wynton Bernard, CF: 1-3 (2B, P-4, 5-3, R)
2. Charcer Burks, RF: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, CS, RBI)
3a. David Bote, SS-DH: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI)
3b. Erick Castillo, PH: 0-1 (4-3) 
4. Mark Zagunis, LF: 0-3 (4-3, F-8, 4-3)
5a. Chesny Young, 2B-SS: 0-2 (K, K)
5b. Jose A. Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
6a. Jason Vosler, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, K)
6b. Jonathan Soto, PH: 0-1 (K)
7a. Ian Rice, DH-C: 0-1 (HBP, L-9)
7b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
8. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, 6-3)
9. P. J. Higgins, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)
10. Christian Donahue, DH-2B: 0-2 (L-7, K)

IOWA PITCHERS:
1. Brandon Morrow: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Justin Wilson: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Brian Duensing: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Luke Farrell: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1/6 GO/AO, 58 pitches (35 strikes)
5. Daury Torrez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)

IOWA ERRORS: NONE

IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Ian Rice: 0-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 44

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's

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nice ass, phil.

d.maples throwing 10 strikes out of 14 pitches sounds great.  consistency would be nice.  it would be nice to see him look like early-career carlos marmol rather than late-career carlos marmol.

Interesting battle in progress for Opening Day starting rotations at the Cubs four full-season affiliates: IOWA: Tseng, Mills, Farrell, Zastryzny, and Underwood have the inside track right now, with Roth and/or Camarena (and perhaps eventually Bass) in the mix as piggy-backers or swing-men. Hedges, Pugliese, and Markey have been used only as relievers so far. Webster, Hultzen, and R. Williams are in the Rehab Throwing Program and almost certainly will be left behind at EXST. TENNESSEE: Alzolay, Clifton, Hatch, and Robinson virtual locks, with Rucker, Kellogg, and/or K. Miller competing for the 5th slot (the other two could be piggy-backers/swing-men). Morrison, Bloomquist, and Perakslis have been used only as relievers so far but could possibly be piggybackers/swing-man (but not rotation starters). MYRTLE BEACH: de la Cruz and Paulino are virtual locks, with Hudson, Moreno, Lange, Thomas, Thompson, T. Miller, and/or Swarmer competing for the other three slots and probably two piggy-back/swing-men slots. A couple could get moved-down to South Bend by the end of Minor League Camp. Leal and M. Rondon are in the Rehab Throwing Program and will almost certainly be left behind at EXST. SOUTH BEND: Albertos, Little, Uelmen, Abbott, Assad, Camargo, and/or B. Clark are competing for five slots, with the additional possibility that a couple of the Myrtle Beach SP candidates could move down to South Bend by the end of Minor League Camp.

Thanks Phil, that's really helpful and interesting. Interesting that Underwood got moved up to Iowa, and has a chance to start there. I'd guessed he'd start at Tennessee again. I hope that Rucker can beat out Kellogg and Miller. May have been mirage, but last year results suggest that perhaps he pitches better than his stuff would suggest. I'd kinda like to see him keep starting until/unless he finally struggles. Will be interesting to see if Hatch steps up this year, and if Clifton rebounds. Seems like some good big-league prospects at Tenn, and perhaps a pretty effective minor-league staff. Myrtle: Interesting that for the moment, you see Lange still fighting for a spot there. May change, or course. I'd guessed he'd start at South Bend, and work on using his change and 4-seam-up at a lower level where fewer hitters will punish mistakes. Hard to imagine Thomas or T Miller beating out two of those other six guys..... That could be a really good staff, and perhaps look even better given that Carolina League is pretty pitching-friendly and anti-HR. South Bend: That too could be a really, really good and interesting staff, even more so if Lange drops back there. Obviously it might not perform that great if Little is wild most of the time. But five really interesting big-league prospects. I'm curious about Abbott? Cubs used 2nd round pick on him, ahead of Thompson and Uelmann, and didn't subslot him particularly or anything. I wonder what his agenda is at South Bend. Also change and 4-seam-up? I'd thought given his scouting as a control artist, that perhaps he'd be a candidate to skip straight to Myrtle? Haven't heard much about him, though; and the Callis/BA scouting reports actually seemed to have less buzz than the Thompson or Uelmann reports. BA had kinda weird scouting notes, suggested fastball was 89-93, with slider 86-88. If so, that would seem an unusually fast slider, particularly for a guy whose fastball is only slightly faster. Wouldn't seem the velocity separation usually associated with slider/fastball? Anyway, thanks Phil. Fun to think about. Seem like a lot of pitcher who are already interesting, and have a chance to become more so. Obviously won't work for a lot of them, but a nice pool of guys who might step up pretty favorably and be really interesting by trade deadline.

sandoval is straight up standing about 30-40ft from home plate taking swings while Q pitches, timing his stuff.

spring training is weird.  cubs 1st round draft picks have permanently blinded people for similar antics.

hey, alright...it seems the "save america's pasttime act" finally found a new home in the new budget proposal. this pretty much kills any labor/pay discussion involving these 1000s of players that may come up in the future. good going billionaire team owners. that's some classy stuff right there.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2765933-minor-league-baseball-players-to-lose-minimum-wage-rights-under-spending-bill

Zobrist is hitting .192.  Heyward's at .205.  Last year, they were both terrible.  Heyward has been terrible for two years.  Nothing indicates anything has changed with either of them. It will be interesting to see if Theo's "playing time will be based on merit" is a real thing.  I guess the best case is maybe Joe won't play them at the same time. 

given what's happened this off-season with the "market crash" on player pay, it is looking really likely the cubs are gonna have this heyward contract for the duration. he would really have to turn it on and then some to walk away from 5 years at 21+ million per year left on his deal (78m paid out 2016-2018).

The Cubs have been giving David Bote reps at SS this week at Minor League Camp, as they obviously intend to use him all over the infield.

Bote played SS in HS, JC, and in his first couple of seasons in pro ball, so he knows how to play the position. It's just that he is a bit stiff to be a full-time SS (he's sort of out-grown the position). But at least he can play there in a pinch, although he is clearly much better at 2B and 3B (and 1B).

Bote got really bad reviews on his defense in the AFL, but he’s looked impressive to me at both 2B and 3B. I think his size has a lot to do with the reports. But he seems to have quick reaction and decent range (and a solid arm). Probably doesn’t have the range or hands for SS, but I think he’ll be a good defensive 2B and maybe even better as a 3B.

Glad to see Underwood and Torrez moved up to Iowa. I think both have made a bunch of progress. Do you agree Phil?

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  • azbobbop 6 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 22 hours 5 min ago (view)

    That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

    Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours 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 1 day 16 hours 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 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 17 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 3 days 7 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 3 days 8 hours 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 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!

     

  • crunch 3 days 8 hours 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 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

     

  • crunch 4 days 12 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 4 days 15 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 4 days 16 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 4 days 17 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.