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)
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 6 hours ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 1 day 8 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 9 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 13 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 14 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 5 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 9 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 14 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 20 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 3 days 9 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 9 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.