Pertuz Celebrates Return to Mesa
Fabian Pertuz belted a solo HR and an RBI single, Rafael Mejia drilled a solo HR and a double, Edmond Americaan smacked an RBI triple and scored a run, Yonathan Perlaza singled twice, walked, and scored a run, and Clayton Daniel roped a two-run single, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest.
Pertuz was signed by the Cubs ($300K signing bonus) as a 16-year old shortstop in August 2017 out of Orlando Cabrera's Prospect Sport baseball academy in Colombia, and he attended both AZ Instructs post-2017 and Extended Spring Training in 2018 and appeared to be on a fast track to bypass the DSL and go directly to the AZL, only to be sent to the DSL last May after struggling both offensively and defensively in EXST game action. Despite the (slight) setback last year, Pertuz should be one of the Cubs top prospects in the AZL in 2019.
Here is the box score from today's game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, L-3)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 4-3)
3. Christopher Morel, SS-3B: 0-3 (E-4, 5-3, K, R)
4a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
4b. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-1 (3-1)
5. Richard Nunez, DH #1: 0-1 (K)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
6. Fabian Pertuz, 3B-DH: 2-3 (1B, K, HR, R, 2 RBI)
7. Luis Verdugo, DH-SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-9)
8. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-2 (P-2, 5-4 FC, BB)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 2-3 (HR, 3-1, 2B. R, RBI)
10. Carlos Morfa, DH #3: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R)
11a. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3, CS)
11b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (K)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, RF: 1-4 (1B, P-3, 1-3, E-6, R, SB)
2. Edmond Americaan, CF: 1-3 (3B, 4-3, K, 4-3, R, RBI)
3. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, F-8, R)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B-2B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, R, CS)
5. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-2 (1B, BB, P-4, R)
6. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 1-3 (1B, 3-6 FC, 1-U, R, RBI)
7. Josue Huma, 2B-3B: 0-1 (BB, F-7, BB, R, RBI, SB)
8. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3, R, RBI)
9. Clayton Daniel, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, F-9, F-8, 2 RBI)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, 4-3, RBI, SB)
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Carlos Ocampo: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (5 strikes)
2. Alexander Vargas: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Jake Stinnett: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Jack Patterson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes)
6. Jake Reindl: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes)
7. Ivan Medina: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Kohl Franklin: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GP/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Sean Barry: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (5 strikes)
6. Maikel Aguilar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 3/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (4 strikes)
7. Pablo Ochoa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
8. Blake Whitney: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. SS Luis Verdugo: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
2B Josue Huma: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-2 CS
2. Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 6 hours 18 min ago (view)
i forgot about these types of update posts...thanks for the breakdowns. they're really useful.
strong agreement on the mess t.olson was throwing. he didn't even look happy with himself out there.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 19 min ago (view)
I know most of you saw the game or will be seeing the game, but for anyone else who might be interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Saturday night's game:
NOTES: Nice mix of pitches... Mills obviously comes from the "I'm a pitcher not a thrower" school, all of which means command & control matters a lot and he had both tonight... a legit candidate for the Cubs #5 SP slot...
crunch 7 hours 19 min ago (view)
hell of a 1st game. even the good and bad mean nothing this early in spring, but it was a nice one. i'm not worried about rizzo misplaying a couple balls in the first innings, nor do i think bote is on his way to a batting title. spring is meaningless enough without trying to read into february spring games. it was a fun watch, though.
my biggest regret is not seeing souza chase down any plays in LF while he was in the game. that's something i really would like to see this early in spring.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 9 min ago (view)
I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.
crunch 9 hours 17 min ago (view)
"i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace
crunch 9 hours 23 min ago (view)
really not a big fan of the marquee network's score bug graphic location.
crunch 10 hours 54 min ago (view)
d.ross got sent home with flu-like symptoms, andy green managing...
crunch 11 hours 3 min ago (view)
cubs coming out big for their marquee network debut lineup...
bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward / contreras / kipnis / souza (LF) / bote (DH) / almora...mills pitching
Arizona Phil 14 hours 48 min ago (view)
Besides Quintero, Altuve, and Made, a fourth significant IFA signing by the Cubs during the off-season was 16 year old Dominican CF Anderson Suriel. He played for the Dominican 15U World Cup team in 2018.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 48 min ago (view)
Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year before Altuve will be Rule 5 Draft eligible (post-2024, instead of post-2023 which would have been the case if he had signed in July).
Arizona Phil 14 hours 57 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: It's still drizzling in Mesa but it's clearing to the southwest (which is where the rain came from) so the Cubs should have at least three hours to get the field ready. The infield is covered, so it's just the outfield that will be wet.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 20 min ago (view)
As things stand right now, 109 pitchers and 20 catchers are scheduled to report to Cubs Minor League Camp next week.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 57 min ago (view)
Jordan Patterson will not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training but he will likely get considerable playing time in Cubs MLB Cactus League games as he competes with Corban Joseph for AAA Iowa primary 1B.
crunch 17 hours 36 min ago (view)
cubs moving the game up was a wise choice unless the rain lingers very long. everyone else in ARZ is rained out except LA/SF which starts in 4 hours (cubs in 7 hours)...and that LA/SF game still might get rained out because other games in that time slot have been cancelled/postponed (though they posted a lineup for today's game on twitter 10 minutes ago).
speaking of LA, m.betts makes his debut tomorrow vs CHC.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 29 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed post-2019 minor league 6YFA 1B-OF Jordan Patterson (ex-COL) and RHRP Dario Beltre to 2020 minor league contracts.
Patterson (who has considerable AAA experience and some MLB time as well) was assigned to AAA Iowa and Beltre (who has not pitched above AA in ten minor league seasons) was assigned to AA Tennessee.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 41 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released 13 minor leaguers:
LHP Andres Bonalde
RHP Alfredo Colorado
RHP Julio Guante
OF Albert Hinirio
RHP M. T. Minacci
INF Rafael Narea
INF Herson Perez
RHP Tyler Peyton
RHP Casey Ryan
LHP Saul Vazquez
RHP Omar Ventura
OF Ricardo Verenzuela
OF Brandon Vicens