Clifton & Albertos in Shut-Down Mode at Riverview

Caleb Knight drilled an RBI single and a two-run HR, Luis Vazquez belted a two-run HR, Fernando Kelli doubled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, Edmond Americaan singled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, Brennen Davis collected three hits, and Trevor Clifton and Jose Albertos each hurled three innngs of shutout ball (Clifton allowing just a single and Albertos allowing just a walk), in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

Although he will eventually join the Iowa starting rotation, Clifton has been assigned to the Eugene roster from AAA iowa while he gets stretched-out as a SP at Minor League Camp and (starting next week) Extended Spring Training. (Clifton was moved to the Iowa bullpen when Minor League Camp opened last month). 

Besides Clifton, other players who were assigned to the Eugene roster today are RHRP Brad Markey and C Erick Castillo (from Iowa), RHRP Ryan Williams and 3B Jesse Hodges (from Tennessee), RHP Garrett Kelly, C-INF Cam Balego, and OF Zach Davis (from Myrtle Beach), and RHRP Dalton Geekie and C-1B Gustavo Polanco (from South Bend). However, only Clifton and Hodges are actually at Minor League Camp. The others are physically remaining with their previously-assigned club and can be "called-up" to the club's active roster at literally a moment's notice if needed (the players "assigned" to Eugene won't have to wait the seven days they would have had to wait if they had been placed on the 7-day Injured List on Opening Day).  

Also, a number of Cubs minor league players were placed on the 7-day and 60-day injured lists today (minor league players cannot be placed onto an injured list until minor league Opening Day):

IOWA: RHSP Adbert Alzolay, LHRP Alberto Baldonado, RHSP Alec Mills, RHRP Junichi Tazawa, RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng, OF Wynton Bernard, and OF Jacob Hannemann were placed on the Iowa 7-day Injured List, and RHRP Casey Bloomquist, LHRP Luke Hagerty, LHRP Danny Hultzen, and LHRP Jerry Vasto were placed on the I-Cubs 60-day Injured List.   

TENNESSEE: RHRP Zach Hedges, RHSP Erick Leal, LHRP Conor Lillis-White, RHRP Tommy Nance, RHRP Jake Stinnett, RHRP Alexander Vargas, INF Gioskar Amaya, and OF Jose Cardona have been placed onto the Tennessee 7-day Injured List, and RHRP Corey Black, C Will Remillard, 1B-OF Yasiel Balaguert, and OF Chris Pieters were placed onto the Smokies 60-day Injured List (however, Remillard, Balaguert, and Pieters will actually be serving as coaches in 2019, Remillard with Tennessee, Balaguert with AZL Cubs #1, and Pieters with AZL Cubs #2). 

MYRTLE BEACH: RHRP Enrique de los Rios, RHRP Chad Hockin, and RHSP Erich Uelmen have been placed onto the Pelicans 7-day Injured List. 

SOUTH BEND: LHSP Andres Bonalde, LHSP Brendon Little, C Marcus Mastrobuoni, and OF Jose Gutierrez have been placed onto the South Bend 7-day Injured List  

Today is Minor League Opening Day, and it also marks the official conclusion of Minor League Camp. Extended Spring Training starts next week. 

However, a number of players who did not attend Minor League Camp but who have been invited to attend Extended Spring Training have already arrived in Mesa, including RHSP Willy Cabrera (pitched in DSL in 2018), LHSP Riger Fernandez (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Emilio Ferrebus (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Richard Gallardo (2018-19 IFA making his pro debut in 2019), RHRP Julio Guante (pitched in DSL in 2019 - DSL eligibility has expired), RHRP Elias Herrera (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Chi-Feng Lee (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Luis Ramos (pitched in DSL in 2018), LHRP (ex-OF) Ruben Reyes (played OF and pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Benjamin Rodriguez (attended EXST last year and then pitched in the DSL), LHSP Luis Rodriguez (pitched in DSL in 2018), LHRP Luis Silva (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHRP Jesus Tejada (pitched in AZL in 2018), LHSP Didier Vargas (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHRP Omar Ventura (pitched in DSL in 2018 - DSL eligibility has expired), C Daniel Diaz (played in DSL in 2018 - DSL eligibility has expired), 2B Revaj Garcia (played in AZL in 2018), INF Ignacio Otano (played in DSL in 2018 - DSL eligibility has expired), SS Luis Verdugo (played in AZL in 2018), and OF Carlos Morfa (played in DSL in 2018 and was the only DSL Cubs player to get invited to AZ Instructs in January). 

About a dozen more players are expected to arrive from the Cubs Dominican Academy later today.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-4 (K, K, K, HR, R, 2 RBI)
1b. Jonathan Soto, PH: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP) 
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-4 (2B, K, 2B, K, R, SB)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, K, F-9 SF, 5-3, RBI)
4a. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-3 (K, 5-3, 1B)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-0 (BB, SB)
5. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-4 (P-5, F-8, F-8, 5-3)
6. Josue Huma, 3B: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, BB, BB, R, SB, CS)
7. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (K, K, F-7, 2B)
8. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, F-8, 3-U, RBI)
9. Danny Zardon, DH: 0-2 (5-3, K, BB, BB, R)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-2 (BB, K, BB, 1B, 2 R, SB)
2. Brennen Davis, LF: 3-4 (1B, K, 1B, 1B)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-3 (5-3 DP, 6-3, K, L-7 SF, RBI)
4. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 0-2 (HBP, BB, P-4, K, SB)
5a. Henderson Perez, C: 0-2 (4-3, L-3 DP)
5b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-1 (F-8)
6. Clayton Daniel. 3B: 1-2 (BB, F-8, 1B, CS)
7a. Jesse Hodges, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, L-5)
7b. Richard Nunez, PH: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
8. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-3 (K, K, P-3)
NOTE: R. Nunez & K. Moreno switched slots third time thru batting order
9. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (3-U, BB, F-9, R, SB)
10. Caleb Knight, DH #2: 2-3 (3-1, 1B, HR, R, 3 RBI)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Kohl Franklin: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Niels Stone: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. Sean Barry: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/4 GO/AO, 26 pitches (14 strikes) 
5. Raidel Orta: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Trevor Clifton: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (25 strikes) 
2. Yunior Perez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 48 pitches (30 strikes) 
3. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (17 strikes) 
4. Carlos Vega: 1.1 IP,  1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (16 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" ERRORS
1. CF Fernando Kelli: E-8 (overthrow home on RBI single allowed batter to advance to 2nd) 
2. C Raymond Pena: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Henderson Perez: 0-2 CS 
2. Orian Nunez: 1-2 CS 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSIST:
RF Dalton Hurd - threw out batter (Clayton Daniel) 9-6 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 7 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's 

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Comments

Albertos FB velo up to 94-95 today (was 89-92 last week) although he still has command issues with it, but CH and CV were very good.

Y. Perez FB velo at 94 (down from 96 a couple of weeks ago) but he got a lot of swings & misses with his plus-CV. He is a mountain of a young man (6'4 240+).  

Hi Phil,

Were you surprised Cruz stayed in Arizona? It seemed like he was on track for South Bend. Hopefully he’ll get up there sometime soon.

RAISIN: There were six pitchers (Casey, R. Thompson, Sanders, Carrera, E. Ramos, and Y. Cruz) assigned to the South Bend roster at the end of Minor League Camp who were fully-stretched-out as SP (and that's not even including Brailyn Marquez, who is not fully stretched-out yet), so it came down to either E. Ramos or Y. Cruz going to South Bend, and the Cubs decided to keep the youngest and least-experienced one (Y. Cruz) back at Extended Spring Training and send E. Ramos to SB (at least for the time-being). But Y. Cruz is one of the Cubs Top 10 pitching prospects, maybe even one of the Top 5.  

Hi, Phil!

Do you think Erick Leal realistically has a path to the majors as a starter? Or will they send him to the bullpen fulltime when he returns?

I'd just about forgotten about him after he missed 2017.

Thanks!

CHARLIE: Maybe as a SP/RP "swing-man," but not as a rotation SP. Even then it's a long-shot  

Thanks!

Three rehab pitchers threw "live" BP this week on Field #5:

Jose Miguel Gonzalez (Monday) 
Tommy Nance (Tuesday) 
Jake Stinnett (Wednesday) 

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  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 38 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 13 hours ago (view)

    ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.

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  • Charlie 2 days 5 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 19 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 8 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 8 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 3 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 9 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 11 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."

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  • Arizona Phil 5 days 12 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 12 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.

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  • Sonicwind75 5 days 16 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.