The Bryan Hudson Ground Ball Machine Chews Up A's at Extended Spring Training
LHSP Bryan Hudson hurled six innings of two-hit shutout ball with six strikeouts, no walks, and a 10/0 GO/AO, Michael Cruz drilled a triple and two singles and scored two runs, Andruw Monasterio doubled twice and scored a run, and Jacob Hannemann (on AA Tennessee 7-day DL - knee injury) reached base four times (two singles and two walks), as the Cubs edged the Athletics 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day game action this morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
The 6'8 Hudson (Cubs 2015 3rd round draft pick - Alton HS - Alton, IL) was an absolute ground-ball machine, mixing an 87-89 MPH sinker, a plus-curve, and an occasional change-up to keep the A's hitters off-balance and constantly beating pitches into the ground. He also threw 70% strikes and averaged only 11.5 pitches-per-inning. Hudson's outing was simply one of the best performances by a starting pitcher in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game I have ever witnessed (and I have seen many good ones over the last 40 years). There were three or four scouts from other MLB clubs in attendance at the game watching Hudson work, and I would think they probably came away favorably impressed as well.
Prior to the game, the six newly-arrived pitchers from the Cubs Dominican Academy (LHP Faustino Carrera, RHP Hector Garcia, RHP Fauris Guerrero, LHP Brailyn Marquez, RHP Yunior Perez, and RHP Eury Ramos) threw "live" BP on Field #5. Each pitcher threw one inning (20 pitches). All six were at post-2016 AZ Instructs, so they have been at the Cubs Mesa facility before. Two other pitchers who attended post-2016 AZ Instructs (RHP Alfredo Colorado and Carlos Ocampo) were supposedly going to be at Extended Spring Training, too, but both will be remaining at the Cubs Dominican Academy.
Also, Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL - right shoulder bruise) began taking BP this morning, as he gets himself into playing shape prior to playing in EXST games and (eventually) re-joining the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. However, he still is not throwing. Prior to today, Eloy had been participating in baserunning and outfield drills (without throwing), and he was "tracking" pitches in BP but not taking swings. So at least now he is able to swing the bat. Because the DH is used in the Carolina League, it's possible that Eloy could move-up to Myrtle Beach and be the DH even if he is unable to throw, although the Cubs will probably want him to complete the Rehab Throwing Program before he departs.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 2-2 (BB, 1B, BB, 1B)
2. Zach Davis, CF: 0-2 (BB, BB, K, K)
3. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-4 (K, K, 5-3, F-9)
4. Michael Cruz, C: 3-4 (3-U, 3B, 1B, 1B, 2 R)
5. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-4 (K, 2B, 2B+E9, P-3, R)
6. Brandon Cummins, RF: 0-2 (4-3, K, F-8 SF, RBI)
7. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-3 (K, F-7, 6-3)
8. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-3 (F-7, 4-3, 3B)
9. Edgar Rondon, 3B: 0-3 (3-U, 1-3, K)
10. Carlos Diaz, DH #2: 0-1 (K, BB, BB)
1. Bryan Hudson: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 GIDP, 10/0 GO/AO, 69 pitches (48 strikes)
2. Mark Malave: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (23 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Edgar Rondon: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Edgar Rondon: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 7 hours 34 min ago (view)
Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022.
crunch 13 hours 17 min ago (view)
cubs lose, cards win, brews win.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 2 min ago (view)
I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.
Charlie 15 hours 12 min ago (view)
Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?
Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 11 min ago (view)
I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.
Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.
crunch 16 hours 19 min ago (view)
there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.
Eric S 16 hours 19 min ago (view)
The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado
Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something
crunch 16 hours 25 min ago (view)
edwards gonna edwards...blah
bradsbeard 17 hours 53 min ago (view)
Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later.
crunch 18 hours 57 min ago (view)
delay over, game on.
Arizona Phil 20 hours 34 min ago (view)
And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.
Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Ben Zobrist (and Tony Barnette) cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List August 1st - October 31st without special approval from the MLB Commissioner (which would be problematic), and Zobrist and Barnette absolutely will - NOT - (under any cicumstances) be eligible to play in the post-season if not reinstated from the Restricted List prior to midnight on August 31st.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: Pedro Martinez is a bat-first switch-hitting infielder capable of playing 2B-3B-SS (best position is 2B). He runs well and is a savvy baserunner, shows occasional HR power, and is at least as good a hitter as Reivaj Garcia (probably even better).
Jackstraw 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
I checked. You are correct. No one. Ever.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
joe sure likes putting kimbrel to work.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
currently a big fan of hispanic puerto ricans...