Cubs Pitchers Fan the Blaze at Riverview

Delvin Zinn walloped a solo HR, doubled, reach base on an HBP, and scored three runs, Yonathan Perlaza tripled, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, Chris Singleton singled twice, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and seven Cub pitchers combined to toss a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts (including five by SP Yunior Perez in just 1.2 IP), as the Mesa Cubs thrashed the Langley Blaze 7-1 in Minor League Camp game action Friday morning on Field #4 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

A member of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL), the Langley Blaze are one of the top amateur baseball clubs in Canada. Notable alumni include Brett Lawrie and Scott Mathieson, as well as ex-Cub minor leaguer Wes Darvill. 

The Blaze are on a ten-day Arizona Spring Training Trip, where they are playing minor league teams, and college and high school teams. 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.
 
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-3 (L-5, 1B, BB, F-7)
2a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (1B, K, BB) 
2b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-1 (L-7)
2c. Danny Zardon, C: NO AB 
3. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-3 (BB, K, K, K)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-3 (5-4-3 DP, BB, 3B, F-7, 2 R, 2 SB)
5. Jake Slaughter, 2B: 0-3 (BB, F-8, 5-3, L-7, RBI)
6. Delvin Zinn, SS: 2-3 (2B, HBP, HR, K, 3 R, RBI) 
7. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 1-4 (K, 2B, F-9, F-8, 2 RBI)
8. Chris Singleton, RF: 2-4 (1B, L-8, 1B, 3-U, R, RBI, 2 SB)
9. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-4 (1-3, 1-3, K, K)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-2 (2B, F-8, BB, RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Yunior Perez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 32 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Carlos Ocampo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 
6. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes) 
7. Pablo Ochoa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
P Carlos Ocampo: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 47 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 60's 

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

Comments

While the Eugene/Mesa squad was playing the Langley Blaze on Field #4, South Bend & Myrtle Beach (on Field #5) and Iowa & Tennessee (on Field #6) played four-inning intrasquad games. 

SOUTH BEND: 
Derek Casey (four innings) 

MYRTLE BEACH: 
Erling Moreno (two innings) 
Ivan Medina (one inning) 
Carlos Vega (one inning) 

TENNESSEE: 
Bailwey Clark (three innings) 
Jake Steffens (one inning)  

IOWA:
Jen-Ho Tseng (four innings) 

So Erling Moreno is finally throwing in a game (although only two innings)m and it appears that Bailey Clark is being stretched-out to start. 

Surprised they are stretching Clark out. Doesn’t seem like there is a rotation spot for him and he just seems like a guy who is best suited for a pen role. Perhaps they’ll keep him in more of a multi-inning relief role. 

BRADSBEARD: I strongly suspect he will be a piggy-backer. 

Who is Danny Zardon-C?

HAGSAG: Danny Zardon is 24 years old and he played HS ball with recently-signed Cubs minor league OF Brandon Vicens at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL, and he attended LSU before transferring to Nova Southeastern. He was the 17th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 and played in the Phillies organization for two seasons before being released. He then signed with Joliet (Frontier League) where he played in 2017-18. The Cubs signed him this week and are converting him to catcher (he previously played 3B and little bit of 2B and 1B). 

Best Cubs pitchers FB velo at the Langley game: 

Yunior Perez 93-96 (a beast... absolutely unhittable... obviously) 
Danis Correa: 91-94 - T-95 (also threw a couple of nice secondaries) 
Jeremiah Estrada: 92-94 (struggled with FB command the deeper he got into inning) 

Jose Albertos couldn't command his FB at all so he threw a lot of CV and CH (which were excellent) 

j.tazawa released...

also, p.goldschmidt (STL) signs a 5/130m extension

j.hammel (TEX) is retiring.  he was in TEX camp on a minor league deal and he had a decent spring.  he was also very recently added to the 25-man roster and made the major league team.  evidently he simply wants to go home and be with his family.

i.happ to open the season in AAA.

that's a mild surprise.

looks like almora's role just got elevated.

Definitely a surprise. Based on his spring campaign and continued swing and miss issues, it’s deserved. 

he didn't get cheated on chances this spring and failed to deliver.

he did look good playing 2nd, though...so that's a plus given how meh-to-average he's traditionally looked there.  maybe he'll get more looks there in AAA rather than the OF.

I'll betcha Happ is pissed. He has accrued 1+142 MLB Service Time through the 2018 season and with a full season of MLB Service Time in 2019 he stood a good chance to qualify for Salary Arbitration post-2019 as a "Super Two"" (the Super Two cutoff was 2+134 MLB Service Time post-2018, 2+123 post-2017, 2+131 post-2016, 2+130 post-2015, and 2+133 post-2014), but if he spends more than 20 days on Optional Assignment to the minors in 2019 he will not accrue a full season and could very well fall below the post-2019 "Super Two" cut-off (which cannot be determined until after the conclusion of the 2019 MLB regular season).

This open up a spot for Zagunis unless there is a trade or a waiver claim.

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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.

    also, z.wheeler 5/100+ to the phillies.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I think without the off-field issues, a front-office might at least be tempted to gamble on Russell's youth and dreams of his upside. But with what we all know about him now, the challenges of improving both on and off the field are too great to gamble on.

     

  • George Altman 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    This was the easiest non-tender decision, maybe ever. As if there weren't enough off-field reasons alone, there were even more baseball reasons. He became a sub .700 OPS hitter with bottom of the order OBA results. His defense, formerly his strength, became inconsistent due to attention deficit issues. He turned himself into bench infielder with suspect skills which is someone you don't pay more than $1--1.5M/yr.

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    he was due for a 3.5-4m payday (3.4m last year) at a minimum, anyway.

    it's as good of a time as any to cut him loose.  nico hoener's spring just became a lot more important.

     

  • Craig A. 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Addison Russell, to no one's surprise, was  non-tendered. I still think he has the talent to excel in the major leagues, but it'll take a new attitude for him to realize his potential. It can't be easy to deal with his baggage in front of millions of fans. I won't forget his contributions in 2016, or that beautiful play that used to be the banner of TCR.

     

  • crunch 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    keuchel doesn't have draft pick compensation attached to him and he's a decent enough ground ball pitcher...that will be attractive to a lot of clubs.  that would put 3 lefties in the cubs rotation (pending a trade) again, though.  not sure they want to go for that look again.

    that said, i still imagine the cubs are probably looking to make this thing happen via trade.  it's hard to tell what their $$ situation is, but they've done a great job signaling they're not looking to spend $$ this offseason.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Looking for impact starting pitchers, but won't be shopping at the top of the market? So I guess they won't be in the market for impact starting pitching.

    Still hoping they find a taker for Q.

     

  • crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    "Patrick Mooney of The Athletic writes the Cubs are in the market for impact starting pitchers but won't be shopping at the top of the market."

    darvish, lester, hendricks, Q, (???, a.mills, t.chatwood)...pending trades

    d.keuchel?  r.porcello?  trade target pitcher?

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I suspect going into his age 30 season and coming off a great year as a pinch-hitter, LaStella wanted a chance to be an everyday player, and since that obviously wasn't going to happen if he stayed with the Cubs, TLS (or his agent) may have asked the Cubs to trade him somewhere he could get that opportunity.

     

  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    dunno any official reasoning, but his D is miserable and they decided to "upgrade" there with descalso for similar loot as well as getting a trade piece back.  the whole a.russell thing was lingering over the team.

    it's not like descalso is great with the glove, but la stella plays a miserable 2nd and meh 3rd.

    i do wonder if things would have turned out differently if russell wasn't due to miss significant time.

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Was just thinking about this, maybe that isn't a good thing for TLS?  I wonder if Maddon will use TLS differently after seeing his success last year.  That's my gripe with people complaining about Theo trading away a player that turns into an All Star.  If TLS had stayed with the Cubs, Maddon would most likely kept using him in the same manner and with the same results.