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
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Charlie 3 hours 25 min ago (view)
Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.
crunch 3 hours 43 min ago (view)
"Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."
also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)
crunch 1 day 6 min ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 2 days 2 min ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
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In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
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That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
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crunch 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
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by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
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Charlie 6 days 4 hours ago (view)
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crunch 6 days 15 hours ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.