Cub Miscues Help Angels Cruise to Victory at Diablo

Kyle Survance walked and scored, singled and stole a base and scored, and laced a two-run triple, Leonardo Rivas singled twice, drove-in two runs, and scored another, Brad Anderson reached base three times (two singles and an HBP), and the Angels took advantage of six errors en route to a 9-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #4 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.    

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Angels pitchers scheduled to throw in the game could get their work.  

In Extended Spring Training roster news, the Cubs have purchased the contract of 23-year old INF  from Winnipeg (American Association)  The 2014 6th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Western Michigan University, Sohn was released by STL at the end of Minor League Camp and signed with Winnipeg last Friday. He was a shortstop in college and in his first season in pro ball, but he played 2B-3B-SS about equally in 2015-16, and he was a "two-way" player in college (RHP/SS), so the Cubs might try him on the mound at some point, too, and perhaps eventually use him as a utility INF & "emergency" pitcher at one of their full-season affiliates.  

So in the meantime, Sohn would likely be the "first call" replacement if an infielder at South Bend, Myrtle Beach, or Tennessee goes on the DL anytime during the next couple of months (just as Brandon Cummins would likely be the "first-call" replacement if an outfielder at South Bend, Myrtle Beach, or Tennessee goes on the DL).  

And (you read it here first two days ago), Cubs Top 20 prospect LHP Jose Paulino has officially been moved-up to South Bend from Extended Spring Training. 

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

1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 0-2 (4-3, BB, 4-3)
1b. Tolly Filotei, CF: 0-1 (F-9)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-4 (6-3, 4-3, 3-U, 2B, R)
3a. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (F-7, K, K)
3b. Ruben Reyes, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, C-DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
4b. Franklin Tineo, PH-DH: 1-2 (4-3, 2B, RBI)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (1B, K, L-8, K)
6. Miguel Amaya, DH-C: 0-3 (5-3 DP, E-1, 5-3)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, 4-3, K)
8a. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 0-2 (F-8, L-4)
8b. Fernando Kelli, LF: 0-1 (K) 
9a. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, F-9)
9b. Orian Nunez, 3B: 0-0 (BB) 
10a. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-2 (K+WP, 1-3)
10b. Samir Lara, PH: 0-1 (K) 

1. Javier Assad: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 39 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Junior Marte: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 2 PO, 42 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. Nathan Sweeney: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Andury Acevedo: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (21 strikes) 
5. Jed Carter: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (7 strikes) 

1. LF Jose Gutierrez: E-7 (fielding error on bases-loaded single allowed runner to score from 1st base) 
2. P Nathan Sweeney: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
3. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
4. C Miguel Amaya: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)
5. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
6. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)  

1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS, 1 PB
2. Miguel Amaya: 0-1 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 



Arizona Scoring Service FTW

Phil, I read in Baseball America's transactions that the Cubs have re-signed Ryan Kalish. True?

HAGSAG: Ryan Kalish was a player-coach at Iowa the last three months of last season and it could be that he will be a player-coach again at Iowa (or at Tennessee) this season, so maybe he'll try and get into playing shape at Extended Spring Training. But Kalish is 29 years old with a lengthy injury history, and so I don't know if he would have much to offer as a player (only) at this point. He hasn't actually played in a game in almost a year.

Kalish was a favorite of the Cubs front office (Theo, Hoyer, and McLeod) back when they were all together in the Red Sox organization, and so Kalish would be a natural fit in some capacity in the Cubs Player Development Department going forward. He could even end up as a coach with the AZL Cubs once the short season affiliates begin play in June. 

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.


  • crunch 12 hours 36 sec ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 24 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"


  • tim815 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.


  • Hagsag 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.


  • jdrnym 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.


  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.


  • Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 


  • Cubster 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs


  • Jackstraw 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.


  • crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).