Cedeno Sophisticated Slop Too Much for Young Giants

Yonathan Perlaza drilled an RBI double and an RBI single, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Edmond Americaan laced an RBI single and a double, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs. Jacob Hannemann collected three singles, stole a base, and scored two runs, Josue Huma belted a two-run double, drew a walk, and scored a run, Fernando Kelli knocked in two runs with a triple and a GO, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Dalton Hurd smacked an inside-the-park HR (line-drive bounded past centerfielder after diving catch attempt and rolled to the base of the Batter's Eye), and Oscar de la Cruz hurled 4.1 IP of one run ball with six strikeouts, leading the Cubs "A" Team to a 12-6 thrashing of the Giants Black squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day game action Friday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.   

Addison Russell played SS for four innings and batted once in each of the first four innings, going 1-3 (single and a run scored and an RBI on a sac fly). As things stand right now, Russell is eligible to be reinstated from the Restricted List on May 2nd (which is an off day) and make his 2019 MLB regular season debut on Friday May 3rd at Wrigley Field vs STL.     

LHP Xavier Cedeno (on the Cubs MLB 10-day Injured List with left wrist inflammation) made his first game appearance of 2019 and easily struck out the side in the top of the 1st inning, mixing a filthy CV with a straight-CH and maybe one FB. The young Giants had no chance against him.      

Prior to the game on Field #6, RHRP Tony Barnette threw "live" BP on Field #5, facing hitters for the first time since being shut-down with right shoulder inflammation following an MLB Cactus League game appearance on March 3rd. (Barnette is a few days behind Cedeno).  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
X. Addison Russell, SS: 1-3 (F-9 SF, E-8, F-9, 1B, R, RBI)
NOTE: Russell batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings
1. Luis Vazquez, DH-SS: 0-5 (E-4, 6-3, K, F-8, P-3, R)
2a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2 R, SB) 
2b. Dalton Hurd, LF: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-3 (2B, 5-3, 1B, BB, R, 2 RBI, SB)
4. Alexander Guerra, C-DH: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, BB, BB, R)
5. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 0-3 (K, F-9, F-7, BB)
6. Josue Huma, 3B: 1-3 (P-3, 2B, BB, F-7, R, 2 RBI) 
7. Edmond Americaan, RF: 2-3 (2B, 1B, 4-6 FC, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
8. Fernando Kelli, LF-CF: 1-3 (5-3, 3B, BB, 5-4-3 DP, R, 2 RBI, SB)
9. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, K, 6-3, R)
10. Danny Zardon, DH-C: 0-1 (K)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order 

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Xavier Cedeno: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Jake Stinnett: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Oscar de la Cruz: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 3/4 GO/AO, 78 pitches (47 strikes) 
4. Fauris Guerrero: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (15 strikes) 
5. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 
6. Alexander Vargas: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GO/AO, 23 pitches (11 strikes) 

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alexander Guerra: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 15 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's 

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Comments

AZ PHIL: Thanks for the AZ eyes. Say, I see in the 40-man list that Jen Ho Tseng was DFA'd? I am surprised. Is it a numbers thing? Or has he just looked bad since the Cubs gave him a cup of tea in 2018? 

Also, do you think Brailyn Marquez is the real deal with his consistent mid-90's and up stuff?

The Cubs have not had a young pitcher do this since...Dylan Cease.

E-MAN: The Cubs released RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng yesterday (he was Designated for Assignment last Saturday).

The Cubs could not place Tseng on Outright Assignment Waivers because he was on the Iowa 7-day DL, so they had to either trade him or release him. And they could re-sign him (to a minor league contract) if he clears Outright Release Waivers on Saturday, presuming both Tseng and the Cubs have a mutual interest in Tseng remaining with the Cubs at the minor league level (at least through the 2019 season). NOTE: If he is released and then re-signs with the Cubs, Tseng must sign a minor league contract, and he cannot be added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster (and 25-man roster) for at least 30 days. 

If Tseng is not claimed off Release Waivers and does not re-sign with the Cubs, he gets his 2019 minor league split salary (about $90,000) as terminatton pay. That's because the termination pay for a player signed to a "split contract" (one salary if the player is on an MLB Active List or MLB injured list, and a different and much lower salary if the player is on Optional Assignment to the minors) is the minor league salary, as long as he is released while on Optional Assignment to the minors (as was the case with Tseng). The one caveat is that a club cannot option a player to the minors and then release him just to avoid termination pay paid at the Major League rate. 

Also remember that while - AN INJURED PLAYER CAN BE RELEASED AT ANY TIME - (and an injured player can also be non-tendered on 12/2), most injured players can be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers (and be outrighted to the minors) only during a limited period of time extending from the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season until the off-season roster filing deadline on 11/20. The one exception is an injured player on an MLB 40-man roster who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season. As long as the player is not a Rule 6 Selected Player or Draft-Excluded Player or MLB Rule 55 player and as long as the player has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, a player who accrued no MLB Service Time the previous season can be outrighted to the minors (even if he is injured) beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day. 

E-MAN: Brailyn Marquez is the Cubs #1 pitching prospect right now, a legit TOR SP prospect. Of course in order to reach his potential he will need to continue to develop and avoid significant injury as he progresses through the pipeline. And hopefully he won't get traded (unlike what happened to Dylan Cease). 

I am glad to see that the Cubs are being very careful with Marquez. 

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  • crunch 26 min 14 sec ago (view)

    cubs release brock stewart (AAA Rule 5 pick) and carlos asuaje (middle IF'r)...both older AAA/MLB-replacement-part types.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 41 min ago (view)

    after dragging their feet, the cubs commit to paying their minor leaguers through june.

    i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months.  yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.

     

  • Cubster 16 hours 22 min ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

    It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.

     

  • Cubster 16 hours 32 min ago (view)

    "Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."

    I blame Pete Ricketts

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*

     

  • Ryno 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    True!

     

  • Cubster 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/just1deeva/status/1245654487026397184?s=21

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...