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 

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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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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 12 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 6 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.