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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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Since the deal isn't official, I wonder if the Cubs will wait until camp opens to finalize the deal and then put him on the 60 day IL as soon as it's available (assuming it's a major league deal). That doesn't really make sense in light of their luxury tax maneuvering though. If he's gonna miss a third of the season they'd probably only offer a minor league deal I guess. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Cory Abbott, Ben Hecht, Ryan Lawlor, and Brailyn Marquez were in a separate group on Field #3, so they may be prepping for NRIs to MLB Spring Training.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 36 min ago (view)

    And Max Bain threw (long toss) at Instructs this morning, too. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 36 min ago (view)

    I can positively confirm that Jerrick Suiter (1B-OF selected by Cubs from Pirates in Minor League Phase of last month';s Rule 5 Draft) is indeed being converted to a RHP. I saw him throw long-toss this morning at Instructs. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 36 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.

    Choplick was the 14th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of the U. of Oklahoma in 2015, and he was released by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training 2019 (never got higher than AA). 

    I saw Choplick throw (long-toss) at Instructs this morning and he is one huge dude (6'9 250+). 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 42 min ago (view)

    the entire cubs offseason has been "wow, this guy was good 2-3 years ago, but didn't play or sucked in recent past."

    houston finished using their trash can and the cubs are rooting around in it looking for players.

    speaking of...it's taken MLB longer to figure out bryant's service time complaint than the entire astros cheating scandal.

     

  • crunch 9 hours 19 min ago (view)

    "Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs."

    okay.  sure.  congrats and good luck.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player...

     

  • Charlie 12 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Good for Nick. Good luck to him and the Reds improving his defense. That park should very much play to his offense.

    Interest in Gennett is strange. If you are going to pick up a bench infielder at this point, shouldn't it be someone with SS chops?

     

  • crunch 13 hours 5 min ago (view)

    nick castellanos to the reds, 4/64m...opt out after 1 year.

    meanwhile, on the cubs front...

    "Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs continue to have interest in free agent Scooter Gennett. "

    wtf...

     

  • Sonicwind75 17 hours 26 min ago (view)

    There seemed to be a least an tacit understanding between ownership and fans during the rebuild that we as fans should support the organization when it was intentionally underspending and tanking. When it was time to be competitive, you know when the greatest core of Cubs players in my lifetime are in their prime, ownership would make the most of that window. That doesn't appear to be the case with the team shedding around $40 million in salary. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    in all honesty, the team is spending a healthy amount that i only jokingly complain about...but...it was not just fans talking about the extra perks the new revenue streams and tv contract would open.  it was ownership and front office at points in the past bringing it up.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    What's pretty obvious is that the Cubs 2020 salary budget is $208m AAV.  Whatever Theo/Jed can field with that number (existing players, trades, and/or signings). They could generate $100m from Marquee, concerts, Wrigleyville, etc and it's NOT going to translate into more $$$ for players.  Very sad, frustrating, and maddening. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    maybe if the cubs can squeeze a 5th in-season concert at wrigley they can sign addison russell.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Morosi reporting that the Reds are favorites for Castellanos. Seems like a good direction for them if they can deal with his defense in LF. They look to have the best sarting rotation in the division (or close to it) as things stand. If they can squeeze more offense out of the OF and skate by with their bullpen, they could hang reasonably close to the Cards-Brewers-Cubs pack. I'll be curious to see how much money they throw at him if they do sign him. Being younger has to get him more money than Ozuna, right?

     

  • Charlie 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Sure would be nice to rehab a player and then have them stick around and help out the team. Fingers crossed for Souza.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Unfortunately the video doesn't show how his knee looked the day after the workout, whether he can run and take BP two days in a row, if he needs to take pain meds before or after he does physical activity, and/or if he has to have his knee drained every couple of weeks.