Dunderwood Just Plain Dealin' at Riverview Park

Iowa Cubs RHSP Duane Underwood Jr hurled 6.2 IP of two-hit shutout baseball, Henderson Perez belted a two-run HR, and Christopher Morel smacked a solo HR, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Wednesday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The Morel HR was hit halfway to Scottsdale.

The game was pre-planned as an eleven-inning affair so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work.

So it looks like Underwood is ready for his first start with the I-Cubs (probably next Tuesday).

LHRP Kyle Ryan (who was an NRI to MLB Spring Training) followed Underwood to the mound and retired seven of the eight men he faced. (K. Ryan was assigned to Extended Spring Training to get work and stay ready in case he is needed at Iowa).  

LHP Manuel Rondon and RHP Erick Leal also threw in the game (this was the second game appearance for both of them after spending most of Minor League Camp in the Rehab Throwing Program).
 
Here is the box score from the game:

SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. Chris Coghlan, LF: 0-1 (L-4, BB)
1b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 1-2 (K, 2B)
2. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-4 (L-8, 1B, K, K, SB)
3. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-4 (5-3, P-3, F-8, 1B)
4. Abraham Rodriguez, RF: 1-4 (F-7, L-4 DP, L-4, 2B, R)
5. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-4 (F-9, K, 5-3, 5-3, RBI)
6. Kwangmin Kwon, DH: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, 3-1, P-6)
7. Richard Nunez, C: 0-4 (E-5, 5-4-3 DP, F-8, F-9)
8. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-4 (L-4 DP, 4-3, K, K)
9. Delvin Zinn, 3B: 0-4 (K, 5-3, 4-3, F-9)

SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (P-3, 1B, K, 5-3, CS)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
2. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 1-4 (F-8, P-3, 4-3, 1B, SB)
3. Gioskar Amaya, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, P-6, 6-3, BB)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-4 (P-4, K, F-8, 3-6-1 DP)
5. Christopher Morel, SS: 1-4 (HR, K, F-7, F-8, R, RBI)
6. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, BB, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
7. Henderson Perez, C: 1-3 (P-4, HR, F-7, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
8. Raymond Pena, DH #2: 0-2 (E-3, K)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order 
9. Eric Gonzalez, DH #3: 0-2 (1-6-3 DP, F-7)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
10. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-3 (F-9, 3-1, 1B, CS)
11. Ramsey Romano, 2B: 0-2 (P-4, BB, K, CS)
 
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Manuel Rondon: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/6 GO/AO, 39 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Erick Leal: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 0/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Jeremiah Estrada: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Brailyn Marquez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Eury Ramos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes)

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 4/9 GO/AO, 73 pitches (46 strikes) 
2. Kyle Ryan: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Danis Correa: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. RF Abraham Rodriguez: E-9 (missed catch on pop fly in foul territory extended batter's AB) 
2. 1B Luis Hidalgo: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
3B Fidel Mejia: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Richard Nunez: 3-4 CS

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS

SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Yovanny Cuevas - runner (Luis Diaz) thrown out 7-5-2 attempting score from 1st on double into LF corner

ATTENDANCE: 3

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's

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* bats or left
# bats both  


PITCHERS: 35+11 
Adbert Alzolay
Luis Aquino
Sean Barry
Corey Black (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - February 2017 TJS)
* Faustino Carrera 
Alfredo Colorado (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)  
Danis Correa
Enrique de los Rios
Jeremiah Estrada
Emilio Ferrebus  
Hector Alonso Garcia (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)
David Garner (ACTIVE - on RESTRICTED LIST while serving 50 game Drug of Abuse suspension) 
Fauris Guerrero
* Danny Hultzen (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - 2016 left shoulder surgery)
Garrett Kelly
Brendan King
Erick Leal (ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow)  
Chi-Feng Lee 
(ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow) 
Braxton Light
 (ABSENT - present status unknown)
Gabriel Lima (INACTIVE - Restricted List)
* Brailyn Marquez 
Ivan Medina
Ryan McNeil (ACTIVE REHAB - back, hip, and right elbow) 
Brady Miller 
Kyle Miller
M. T. Minacci (ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow)
Erling Moreno
Carlos Ocampo 
* Pablo Ochoa
* Eugenio Palma
Jeffrey Passantino  
Yunior Perez (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)
Eury Ramos 
Peyton Remy
Stephen Ridings 
Andry Rondon (ABSENT - present status unknown) 
* Manuel Rondon (ACTIVE REHAB - ???)
Jose Rosario  
Casey Ryan
* Kyle Ryan 
Justin Steele (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - July 2017 TJS) 
Jake Steffens
Mitch Stophel
Nathan Sweeney 
Allen Webster (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)
Ryan Williams (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - 2017 right shoulder surgery)

CATCHERS: 11+1  
Cam Balego (ex-INF)
Eric Gonzalez
Alexander Guerra
Marcus Mastrobuoni
Richard Nunez
Raymond Pena
Henderson Perez
Gustavo Polanco
Will Remillard (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2016 TJS #2)
* Jonathan Soto
Franklin Tineo (ex-INF - LIMITED ACTIVITY - left wrist)
Kevin Zamudio

INFIELDERS: 10+2 
Gioskar Amaya
Luis Diaz 
Luis Hidalgo 
Joe Martarano
# Fidel Mejia
Rafael Mejia
Christopher Morel
Yonathan Perlaza (INACTIVE - knee surgery)
Ramsey Romano
* Carlos Sepulveda (LIMITED ACTIVITY - post-2017 right shoulder surgery)
Luis Vazquez
Delvin Zinn

OUTFIELDERS: 10+3 
Luis Ayala (LIMITED ACTIVITY - right shoulder)
# Roberto Caro
* Chris Coghlan 
Yovanny Cuevas
* Tolly Filotei
Jose A. Gonzalez
# Jose Gutierrez
Fernando Kelli  
* Kwangmin Kwon
Ruben Reyes (ABSENT - present status unknown)  
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
Nelson Velazquez (LIMITED ACTIVITY -???)

Comments

Hi, Phil.  Tyson Miller had a strong game today (7K/1BB/5IP).  Assuming you had the opportunity to see him this spring, do you have any input on his velocity and his stuff? 

He was viewed as kinda raw but having a decent arm when drafted two years ago as a 4th rounder, and while his numbers last year didn't stand out, his second half showed improvement (55K/15BB/64IP).  So it would be kinda cool if during and following his first full season, if he's made some adjustments or gotten stronger and faster, and perhaps has some actual-prospect stuff at this point?  

Thanks in advance!

CRAIG: I saw Tyson Miller pitch twice at Minor League Camp, once against San Jose (Giants Hi-A) and then in an intrasquad game the next week. He retired the first ten men he faced versus San Jose (five on strikeouts) before hitting a bit of a wall in the 4th inning and then pitching through it to finish strong, and he was equally effective in the intrasquad game. His stuff is somewhat above-average but not exceptional. His FB was sitting at 92-93 when I saw him and he seemed to have had a good feel for his breaking ball both times (I don't know if it's a slider or a CV), and he also threw an occasional CH. He did a nice job of mixing his pitches. The best things about T. Miller are command, athleticism, confidence, and reliability. He works fast and throws strikes, and he's a big dude. too (somewhat like Oscar de la Cruz), so he gives the impression that he could be a "horse" in the rotation (presuming he stays healthy, which of course is true for all young pitchers). T. Miller was definitely raw the first few times I saw him pitch in 2016 (AZL and Instructs) and 2017 (Minor League Camp) and I have to admit I wasn't particularly impressed at that time given where the Cubs selected him in the draft, but he has developed nicely over the past year and is a lot more polished now. If he can develop his CH into an effective third pitch without it affecting his command, he would become a Top 15 prospect.

Thanks, Phil.  

Tennessee RHSP Adbert Alzolay pitched in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game this morning (Monday 4/9) on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 59 pitches (37 strikes)

Phil, do you think Alzolay will be going to Tenn. or Iowa?

HAGSAG: I would say when he leaves EXST, Alzolay will probably "piggy-back" with one of the starters at AA (whichever one is having the most difficulty getting past the 4th inning).

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