Hannemann Back in Action at Extended Spring Training
Andruw Monasterio drilled a two-run home run and a single, walked, and stole two bases, and Yapson Gomez and two relievers combined to hurl a three-hit shutout, as the Eugene Emeralds blanked the Mesa Cubs 7-0 in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Wednesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the game could get their work.
Jacob Hannemann (on AA Tennessee 7-day DL - knee injury) played CF for Mesa and batted five times (once in each of the first five innings), collecting all three Mesa hits (two doubles and a single).
LHP Jose Paulino was notified during the game that he is being moved-up from Extended Spring Training, but he doesn't know if he is going to South Bend or to Myrtle Beach. (Players who started the season on a minor league 7-day DL cannot be reinstated until tomorrow). Paulino threw a "live" BP session on Field #6 last week and looked very good, so it's not surprising that he will be moving up.
And based on how he looked today, I would say Jacob Hannemann probably won't be down here much lomger, either.
Meanwhile, OF Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL - right shoulder bruise) is bunting in the cages and catching fly balls in outfield drills, but he is not hitting or throwing at this point. In "live" BP he's been standing in the box tracking pitches, but he doesn't swing. Hopefully he will be able to do more soon.
INF Chris Dominguez (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL) is taking BP and is fielding grounders at 3B and 1B, but he hasn't played in any games yet. Dominguez hit 282/317/538 with two HR and four doubles in 22 MLB Cactus League Spring Training games, and is projected to play the infield corners (1B-3B) at Iowa in 2017.
The Cubs are trying Kevin Zamudio (2015 IFA - Mexico) at catcher again in pre-game drills (he hasn't caught in a game yet). He was a catcher when he first reported to Mesa last year, but then he was moved to corner infield (1B-3B) after he struggled behind the plate. The 19-year old Zamudio has plus raw power, and so it would be good for his career going forward if he can maybe be a C-1B-3B.
Joe Martarano took pre-game BP again today but did not play in the game, and he is playing 1B in infield practice (one of the reasons Zamudio was moved back to catcher). Martarano was a third-baseman in HS and in his first year in pro ball (2014), but then was moved to 1B in 2015 and he hasn't played 3B since. However, it is expected that he will play both 1B and corner OF in Extended Spring Training (although he hasn't taken any fly balls yet), and if he proves he can handle OF (he is an athletic 6'4 240 with a third-baseman's arm), he conceivably could eventually morph into a "four-corner" player (1B-3B-LF-RF), or at least a 1B-LF-RF if 3B is too much of a problem for him defensively.
Here is the box score from today's game:
X. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 3-5 (1B, F-9, 2B, 2B, 6-3)
NOTE: Hannemann batted 2nd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-2 (L-8, F-7)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-2 (K, 3-U)
3. Kwangmin Kwon, DH #1: 0-2 (F-7, K)
4. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, L-7)
5. Franklin Tineo, C: 0-2 (P-4, 5-3)
6. Samir Lara, RF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3, PO)
7. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K)
8. Orian Nunez, 3B: 0-1 (5-3)
9. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-1 (4-3)
1. Fernando Kelli, RF: 1-3 (K, 5-4-3 DP, 1B, R, SB)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-2 (BB, 1B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
3. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, P-6, K, R)
4. Michael Cruz, 1B: 0-1 (K, BB)
5. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-2 (2B, 3-6 FC, 2 R, SB)
6. Richard Nunez, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, RBI)
7. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 1-1 (2B, BB, RBI)
8. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (HBP, F-8)
9. Christopher Morel, DH #2: 0-1 (K, BB)
10. Brandon Cummins, CF: 0-2 (F-8, 4-6 FC, R, SB)
1. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 41 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Holden Cammack: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (12 strikes)
1. Yapson Gomez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 0/5 GO/AO, 26 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Elvis Diaz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Andin Diaz: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (11 strikes)
MESA ERRORS: NONE
EUGENE ERRORS: 1
C Richard Nunez: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Franklin Tineo: 0-5 CS, 1 PB
EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Richard Nunez: 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.
bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
"MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."
espada's had 2 interviews. for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work. SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.
JustSayin' 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter. MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent. They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players. In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted. For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col
Hagsag 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
The discussions on this matter have been quite varried. There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.
It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.
crunch 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic. wow.
altuve continues to build his astros legend.
bradsbeard 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen.
bradsbeard 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab.
JustSayin' 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday? Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?) Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back?
Arizona Phil 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.