Williams Perez Cruises at Extended Spring Training
RHSP Williams Perez hurled 6.2 IP of two-hit shut-out ball with seven strikeouts and a 10/3 GO/AO and Edgar Rondon singled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run, leading the Eugene Emeralds to a 6-2 victory over the Mesa Cubs in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Monday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Aramis Ademan drilled an RBI triple and a double for Mesa in a losing cause.
The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning affair, but was called with one out in the top of the 10th once all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the game got their work.
Ex-Boise State LB (and now full-time Cubs 1B) Joe Martarano took pre-game BP on Field #3 and looked pretty good, but he did not play in the game. Six recently-arrived position-players from the Cubs Dominican Academy (Yovanny Cuevas, Fernando Kelli, Fidel Mejia, Christopher Morel, Orian Nunez, and Yonathan Perlaza) did play in the game, however. (Henderson Perez has also arrived at EXST from the Dominican Academy, but he made his U. S. debut serving as one of the bullpen catchers).
Here is the box score from the game:
1. Jose Gutierrez, CF 0-4 (K, L-8, K, K)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 2-4 (4-3, 3-U, 2B, 3B, RBI)
3a. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
3b. Samir Lara, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
4. Gustavo Polanco, C-DH: 0-4 (6-3, F-8, F-9, 6-3)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-4 (3-U, K, 5-3, K)
6. Franklin Tineo, DH #1: 0-0 (BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST THREE TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
7. Miguel Amaya, DH-C: 1-3 (5-3, 4-3, 2B, HBP)
8a. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-1 (BB, 5-3)
8b. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, RBI)
9. Rafael Narea, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, 1B, K)
10. Tolly Filotei, LF-DH: 0-2 (K, P-5, HBP)
11. Ruben Reyes, DH-LF: 1-3 (K, 4-3, 2B, R)
NOTE: SWITCHED SLOTS WITH GUTIERREZ THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
1a. Zach Davis, CF: 1-3 (L-7, 4-3, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-0 (L-9 SF, RBI)
2. Brandon Cummins, RF: 1-4 (F-8, K, 1B, 4-3, R, 2 SB)
3. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-4 (F-8, F-9, F-8, P-4)
4 Michael Cruz, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
5. Richard Nunez, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, K, SB, PO)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTINGN ORDER
6a. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-2 (1B, P-6, R)
6b. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
7a. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-2 (E-5, P-4)
7b. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-9)
8. Fidel Mejia, DH-3B: 0-4 (L-4, 6-3, 4-6-3 DP, 6-3)
9. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (BB, BB, 1B, 5-3, R, SB)
10. Christopher Morel, 3B-DH: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, R)
11. Carlos Diaz, DH-C: 0-3 (P-4, K, F-8)
1. Enrique de los Rios: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Tyler Peyton: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Javier Assad: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Junior Marte: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 35 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Luis Aquino: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
1. Williams Perez: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 10/3 GO/AO, 87 pitches (59 strikes)
2. Nathan Sweeney: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Jed Carter: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
MESA ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Rafael Narea: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely and two runs to score)
2. C Gustavo Polanco: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base on stolen base attempt allowed runner to score)
3. P Junior Marte: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
EUGENE ERRORS: 1
C Carlos Diaz: E-2 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Gustavo Polanco: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Miguel Amaya: 0-2 CS, 1 PO
EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carlos Diaz: 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...
Cubster 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.
mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.
Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021
Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs). this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living. for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.
activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen. good work.
bradsbeard 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in).
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).
Arizona Phil 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.
I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.
Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.