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"
JustSayin' 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo. The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not. Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future. I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan. If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S
Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions. Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.
crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...
Charlie 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 6 hours ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 5 days 23 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 5 days 23 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 5 days 23 hours ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.