Raley & Golden Shine at Fitch Park
Brooks Raley threw six innings of three-hit one-run ball and Reggie Golden belted a two-run double, as the Boise/Mesa Cubs (Extended Spring Training) edged the Iowa Cubs 2-1 in an intrasquad game this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.
The game was halted after 6-1/2 innings.
The Iowa Cubs are still in Mesa (and will be until Wednesday), because they open the season on Thursday night at Albuquerque, and will not be flying to Des Moines until the end of their road trip (Albuquerque & Round Rock).
Raley pitched for the Boise/Mesa squad so that he could face the AAA Iowa Cubs lineup, and the Boise/Mesa pitchers threw for the Iowa Cubs and faced the Boise/Mesa hitters. Dillon Maples was very impressive, throwing 2.1 IP of no-hit ball with three strikeouts.
Iowa Cubs catcher J. C. Boscan, who spent Spring Training as an extra catcher in big league camp with the Chicago Cubs, got four AB in today's intrasquad game, batting third for Boise/Mesa in each of the first four innings. He got two hits (both singles), and was Raley's catcher for all six innings. (Justin Marra was the catcher for the Boise//Mesa pitchers, so he played for Iowa).
Ian Stewart (on the Cubs 15-day DL with a quad injury) took a lengthy BP session after the intrasquad game and hit the ball very well. .
In Cubs minor league roster news, Kane County INF Wes Darvill has been promoted to AAA Iowa, to provide an extra back-up middle-infielder while Alberto Gonzalez is with the Cubs. Also, 2B Roni Torreyes has been demoted from Daytona to Extended Spring Training. He's not injured (he's been playing regularly throughout Minor League Camp, and he played the entire game today), so there must be some other issue involved.
Also, RHP Rob Whitenack has been Designated for Assignment to make room for INF Alberto Gonzalez on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster. Whitenack was added to the 40-man roster after last season, but he has struggled with his control and was unable to elevate the velocity on his fastball throughout Spring Training. If he clears waivers, I would expect him to be assigned to Extended Spring Training.
RHP Carlos Martinez pitched in relief today. Martinez had been absent from Minor League Camp for about ten days and I was unable to determine his roster status or whereabouts, but I can now report that he has been assigned to Extended Spring Training.
However, it would appear that IF-OF Bobby Buckner (Bill Buckner's son), OF James Hill (Billy Williams' grandson), and C-OF Rony Rodriguez (somebody's son, nephew, brother, and/or cousin) have been released, although that cannot be confirmed at this time.
Here is the box scores from the game:
X. J. C. Boscan, C: 2-4 (1B, L-9, F-9, 1B, R)
NOTE: Boscan batted four times, hitting third in each of the first four innings
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (1B, L-8, F-8, R)
2. Roni Torreyes, 2B: 0-3 (L-8, E-5, F-8)
3. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-2 (2B, BB, K, 2 RBI)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-3 (3-1, F-8, 4-3)
5. Dong-Yub Kim, LF-DH: 0-3 (F-8, 4-6 FC, K)
6. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, BB, SB, CS)
7. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, BB, K)
8. Trevor Gretzky, DH-LF: 0-2 (1-3, F-7)
9. Erick Castillo, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
1. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (K, K, HBP)
2. Brian Bogusevic, CF: 1-3 (L-8, 1B, 4-3, R)
3. Josh Vitters, 3B: 0-2 (L-6, F-9)
4. Brad Nelson, 1B: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
5. Darnell McDonald, RF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
6. Ty Wright, LF: 0-2 (4-3, 6-3)
7. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8. Edwin Maysonet, SS: 1-2 (1B+E1, 5-3)
9a. Luis Flores, DH #1: 0-1 (K)
9b. Tim Torres, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
10. Wes Darvill, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3)
1. Brooks Raley: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 80 pitches (48 strikes), 7/5 GO/FO
1. Paul Blackburn: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 41 pitches (24 strikes), 3/5 GO/FO
2. Carlos Martinez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 19 pitches (10 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Dillon Maples: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 34 pitches (19 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
BOISE/MESA ERRORS: 1
P Brooks Raley - E-1 (throwing error on bunt single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
IOWA ERRORS: 1
3B Josh Vitters - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 1-2 CS
ATTENDANCE: 11 (including Wayne Gretzky)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 20 hours 10 min ago (view)
Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter.
He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Good to see Roederer and Velasquez providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
"He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."
reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well.
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here.
He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.
His receiving should improve with experience as well.
azbobbop 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?
tim815 2 days 14 hours 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 3 days 7 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 3 days 8 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 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 4 days 10 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 4 days 23 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 5 days 37 min 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 5 days 47 min ago (view)
In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year