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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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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  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 16 min ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 59 min ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point

     

  • waveland 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 39 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 

     

  • bradsbeard 18 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 16 sec ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option

     

  • bradsbeard 20 hours 5 min ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 6 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could. 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 23 min ago (view)

    i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.

    even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...). 

    Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.

    Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 48 min ago (view)

    I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 59 min ago (view)

    With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 18 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

    So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

    The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).