Cubs Top Giant Black at Riverview
Carlos Pacheco singled twice, doubled, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another, Jonathan Sierra singled, walked, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored three runs, Brailyn Marquez and Jeremiah Estrada combined to strike out seven of the first 11 men they faced, and seven pitchers combined to toss a five-hitter, as the Cubs cruised past the Giants black squad 7-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
The 19-year old Pacheco was signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2016, he tied for 2nd in the DSL in HR in 2017, and he is expected to provide power for one the two Cubs AZL teams this summer.
RHPs Fernando Calderon, Benjamin Rodriguez, and Jose M. Gonzalez made their U. S. debut in today's game, working one inning a piece. All three pitched in the DSL last year.
Not counting pitchers who are rehabbing at Extended Spring Training, Marquez and Estrada are clearly the Cubs top two pitching prospects at EXST, and the duo will likely be at the top of the Eugene starting rotation when the NWL begins play in June.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (1B, L-8, K, K, BB, R, SB)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 2B, 6-3, F-7, BB, R)
3. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-3 (E-4, HBP, BB, 1B, L-8, 3 R, SB)
4. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-3 (E-5, L-8, F-8, BB, R, RBI)
5. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, 5-3, 2 RBI)
6. Delvin Zinn, DH #2: 0-3 (BB, 4-3, L-6, 5-3, RBI)
7. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, K, 2B, R, RBI)
8a. Raymond Pena, C: 0-2 (K, 6-3 DP)
8b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (1B, 5-3)
9a. Henrry Pedra, 3B: 0-2 (3-2 FC, 5-3, PO)
9b. Herson Perez, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, K)
10. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (HBP, HBP, K, 1B, RBI)
1. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Sean Barry: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Junior Marte: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Fernando Calderon: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
6. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)
7. Jose M. Gonzalez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (11 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Raymond Pena: E-2 (errant throw to 1st base on dropped third strike allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Raymond Pena: 1 PB, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 80's
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As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!
"Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."
It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.
Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?
He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit.........
TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.
He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).
He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers.
SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.
He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.
I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win.
Fair call, and educational, as usual.
We shall see.
Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ
Did Court find a new team?
Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.
Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley.
Morrow to the 60.