Kevin Moreno Carries the Day at Riverview

Kevin Moreno knocked in four runs with a two-run HR, an RBI single, and a sacrifice fly, stole a base, and scored two runs, Brennen Davis doubled twice, stole a base, and drove-in a run, Clayton Daniel tripled, walked, scored two runs, and collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly, Christopher Morel singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and SP Javier Assad hurled 4.2 IP of one-run ball, leading the Eugene/Mesa Cubs (soon to be the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad) to 9-3 thrashing of the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) in Minor League Spring Training game action Sunday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Javier Assad was left behind when his Myrtle Beach teammates left town today so that he could get his scheduled work (he will likely start for the Pelicans next Saturday or Sunday). 

Kevin Moreno is from Cuba and is in the U. S. on a work visa (he is - NOT - a defector). The 18 year old's favorite MLB player is Kris Bryant and his father's favorite MLB team is the Cubs (and that was the case before Kevin signed with the Cubs a little over a year ago), and just by observing his batting stance, his mannerisms on the field, and the way he carries himself, it is clear that he has been studying KB very closely.      

Here is the box score from the game: 

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. D. J. Artis, CF: 0-4 (K, F-8, P-5, K)
2. Cole Roederer, CF: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, BB, K, R, CS)
3. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, E-6, 2 R) 
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 2-3 (2B, 2B, K, RBI)
5. Tyler Durna, 1B: 0-2 (L-4, K, BB)
6. Andy Weber, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, E-4, RBI) 
7. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, 6-3, BB) 
8. Delvin Zinn, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, F-8, K) 
9a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (K, BB) 
9b. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-1 (5-3)
10. Rafael Narea, 2B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, 5-3)

EUGENE/MESA LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, CF: 1-3 (F-7, 6-3. 1B, R, 2 SB) 
2. Brennen Davis, RF: 2-3 (K, 2B, 2B, RBI, SB)
3. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (3B, 5-3, BB)
4. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, HBP, 4-3, CS)
5. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-3 (2B, 6-3, 1B, 2 R, SB)
6a. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-2 (5-3, L-8)
6b. Caleb Knight, C: 1-1 (2B, R, RBI)
7. Clayton Daniel, 2B: 1-1 (3B, BB, F-9 SF, 2 R, RBI)
8. Richard Nunez, DH #1: 0-0 (HBP, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
9. Kevin Moreno, LF: 2-2 (F-7 SF, 1B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, SB)
10. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-1 (F-8, BB, BB)
11. Raymond Pena, DH #3: 0-3 (K, P-4 DP, F-8)
12. Orian Nunez, DH #4: 0-1 (6-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Riley Thompson: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 5/4 GO/AO, 66 pitches (38 strikes) 
2. Yunior Perez: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Zach Mort: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 2/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (21 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA PITCHERS
1. Javier Assad: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 5/3 GO/AO, 72 pitches (50 strikes) 
2. Kohl Franklin: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (9 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Maikel Aguiar: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 14 pitches (9 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE 

EUGENE/MESA ERRORS: 2 
1. SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Clayton Daniel: E-4 (errant toss on attempted 4-6 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)  

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Eric Gonzalez: 1-1 CS 
2. Gustavo Polanco: 0-5 CS 

EUGENE/MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jonathan Soto: 1-1 CS  

ATTENDANCE: 11 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

Arizona 
Scoring
Service 

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

Comments

Phil, sorry to correct you, but the name of the infielder is Clayton Daniel. Chase Daniels is the back-up quarterback.

TOM U: That's the second time in the last week I've done that. I'm seeing a specialist tomorrow. 

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  • bradsbeard 50 min 48 sec ago (view)

    Since the deal isn't official, I wonder if the Cubs will wait until camp opens to finalize the deal and then put him on the 60 day IL as soon as it's available (assuming it's a major league deal). That doesn't really make sense in light of their luxury tax maneuvering though. If he's gonna miss a third of the season they'd probably only offer a minor league deal I guess. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Cory Abbott, Ben Hecht, Ryan Lawlor, and Brailyn Marquez were in a separate group on Field #3, so they may be prepping for NRIs to MLB Spring Training.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    And Max Bain threw (long toss) at Instructs this morning, too. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    I can positively confirm that Jerrick Suiter (1B-OF selected by Cubs from Pirates in Minor League Phase of last month';s Rule 5 Draft) is indeed being converted to a RHP. I saw him throw long-toss this morning at Instructs. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.

    Choplick was the 14th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of the U. of Oklahoma in 2015, and he was released by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training 2019 (never got higher than AA). 

    I saw Choplick throw (long-toss) at Instructs this morning and he is one huge dude (6'9 250+). 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 32 sec ago (view)

    the entire cubs offseason has been "wow, this guy was good 2-3 years ago, but didn't play or sucked in recent past."

    houston finished using their trash can and the cubs are rooting around in it looking for players.

    speaking of...it's taken MLB longer to figure out bryant's service time complaint than the entire astros cheating scandal.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 37 min ago (view)

    "Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs."

    okay.  sure.  congrats and good luck.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player...

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Good for Nick. Good luck to him and the Reds improving his defense. That park should very much play to his offense.

    Interest in Gennett is strange. If you are going to pick up a bench infielder at this point, shouldn't it be someone with SS chops?

     

  • crunch 10 hours 23 min ago (view)

    nick castellanos to the reds, 4/64m...opt out after 1 year.

    meanwhile, on the cubs front...

    "Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs continue to have interest in free agent Scooter Gennett. "

    wtf...

     

  • Sonicwind75 14 hours 44 min ago (view)

    There seemed to be a least an tacit understanding between ownership and fans during the rebuild that we as fans should support the organization when it was intentionally underspending and tanking. When it was time to be competitive, you know when the greatest core of Cubs players in my lifetime are in their prime, ownership would make the most of that window. That doesn't appear to be the case with the team shedding around $40 million in salary. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 52 min ago (view)

    in all honesty, the team is spending a healthy amount that i only jokingly complain about...but...it was not just fans talking about the extra perks the new revenue streams and tv contract would open.  it was ownership and front office at points in the past bringing it up.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    What's pretty obvious is that the Cubs 2020 salary budget is $208m AAV.  Whatever Theo/Jed can field with that number (existing players, trades, and/or signings). They could generate $100m from Marquee, concerts, Wrigleyville, etc and it's NOT going to translate into more $$$ for players.  Very sad, frustrating, and maddening. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    maybe if the cubs can squeeze a 5th in-season concert at wrigley they can sign addison russell.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Morosi reporting that the Reds are favorites for Castellanos. Seems like a good direction for them if they can deal with his defense in LF. They look to have the best sarting rotation in the division (or close to it) as things stand. If they can squeeze more offense out of the OF and skate by with their bullpen, they could hang reasonably close to the Cards-Brewers-Cubs pack. I'll be curious to see how much money they throw at him if they do sign him. Being younger has to get him more money than Ozuna, right?

     

  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Sure would be nice to rehab a player and then have them stick around and help out the team. Fingers crossed for Souza.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Unfortunately the video doesn't show how his knee looked the day after the workout, whether he can run and take BP two days in a row, if he needs to take pain meds before or after he does physical activity, and/or if he has to have his knee drained every couple of weeks.