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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  • Arizona Phil 23 min 52 sec ago (view)

    The fact hat the Cubs have not run him through waivers by now tells me the Cubs know Duane Underwood Jr is a lock to get claimed and so they are hoping to find a club that would be willing to give the Cubs something more than the $50,000 waiver price in return for Dunderwood (either more $$$ and/or a player). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 5 min ago (view)

    Today's pitchers, most of them the same guys who threw last Tuesday: 

    Alec Mills:
    FB: 89-91 
    SL: 81 
    CH: 81-82 
    CV: 67-70 
    COMMENT: This just in: Mills heater now sitting at 91!!!!... had two easy innings and looked very good... threw only a handful of his "Bugs Bunny curves" but they are fun to watch because hitters don't know how to deal with it... ... 

    Craig Kimbrel: 
    FB: 93-96 
    CT: 87-88 
    SL: 82-84 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 39 min ago (view)

    DJL: Jason Adam sustained a right elbow fracture a few years ago and missed two full seasons, and when he returned to action he started using a "short-arm" delivery. 

     

  • crunch 1 hour 40 min ago (view)

    baez "soft tissue injury"...no biggie...it's spring.  he'll be back in a day or 2.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 49 min ago (view)

    kimbrel...K, single, HBP, 3 more hits...inning called due to pitch count.  4 earned.

    also, baez removed after being HBP on the hand.

    neat.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Cotton McKnight: In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I'd seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself.

    Pepper Brooks: He will not be able to see very well, Cotton. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Yes! Exactly... I'd love to be able to watch coverages in football or just key-in on a great WR to watch them work.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Wow... this is the most engagement I have ever received on any topic on social media platform. Please stay tuned for my opinions on the Oxford Comma, the APA Style Manual for Academic Writing, and the auto-correct on my iPhone.  

    I am an awesome guy at parties.... 

     

  • bradsbeard 20 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I watched some of the Puerto Rican Winter League games that Miguel Amaya played in this winter. At least one broadcast had a super wide shot for balls in play that let you see the OF and the baserunners at the same time. It was awesome. 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 23 hours 36 min ago (view)

    3 dots on this evening's Cubs-Dodgers game - makes sense & they do color in the 3rd dot as they're going to commericals (Spectrum Sportsnet).

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    3 dot crew represent.  i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!

    Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport,  to learn something from the broadcast crew.

    Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't,  and I know about NOTHING about football. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3.  If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #.  eg - OUTS: 1  It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.