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): 

CUBS LINEUP:
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)

CUBS PITCHERS
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)

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Great to see Hudson throwing strikes after his struggles last year. Could be another big SP prospect moving up the chain soon.

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  • Jackstraw 1 hour 17 min ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil

     

  • Craig A. 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    If the cardinals loose and the giants win, the cardinals will have to play and win on Monday to make the playoffs. 

     

  • crunch 8 hours 29 min ago (view)

    ...and dodger stadium loses power.

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Game 2 somewhat less fun than game 1.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 48 min ago (view)

    lester goes out with a whimper...7 runs given up in his last start

    5.16era/1.33whip on the year.

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 48 min ago (view)

    JACKSTRAW: The Cardinals & Tigers will only play the first game of Monday's doubleheader (and it will be a seven-inning game) if what needs to be determined is determined by the result of the first game (the second game will be canceled), but they won't play the games at all (and the Cardinals won't go to Detroit) if everything that is affected by the two missing STL games is settled and resolved by end of MLB play on Sunday. 

     

  • crunch 12 hours 10 min ago (view)

    GRAND

    SLAM

    KRIS

    BRYANT

     

  • crunch 14 hours 4 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / heyward / bryant / schwarber / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)

    game 2

    bryant's back, and at 3rd.  neat.

     

  • Jackstraw 15 hours 49 min ago (view)

    I don't know if the math works out but (at least to me) it raises the possibility that they would play one game on Monday and if that decided what was left that they'd skip game 2.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 17 min ago (view)

    The Cardinals have to play the doubleheader on Monday at Detroit if either the games impact who or who does not get into the playoffs, or if the games will determine whether the Cards or Cubs finish 1st in the division and get home field advantage in the Wild Card series.

     

  • Charlie 21 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Maybe he should stick with it for a while.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.

     

  • blockhead25 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs.  If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it.  Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games?  Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    yeah, it may be another team.  i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.

     

  • blockhead25 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Cubs?  We played the cards the full 10 slate?

    if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think