Hudson Continues to Thrive in the Arizona Sun

LHSP Bryan Hudson hurled five innings of one-hit shutout ball with six strikeouts, Jacob Hannemann drove-in three runs with a squeeze-bunt and a two-run line-drive single, and Chris Dominguez doubled twice and scored two runs, helping the Cubs whitewash the Diamondbacks 6-0 on Quail Field, and Rafael Mejia belted a three-run HR, Aramis Ademan singled, tripled, and scored a run, and six pitchers combined to toss a five-hitter, as the Cubs edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader action Tuesday morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Both games were pre-planned as seven-inning affairs. 

Bryan Hudson has thrown eleven innings over the course of his first two Cactus League Extended Spring Training starts, allowing no runs on three hits and one walk, with twelve strikeouts and a 15/3 GO/AO. 

Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL - right shoulder) was a DH in the game on Whirlwind Field, going 1-5 (1B, P-6, F-8, 6-3, K) while batting once in each of the first five innings.  

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 


QUAIL FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP
:
1. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 1-3 (4-3, 1-3 SH, K, 1B, 3 RBI)
2a. Zach Davis, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
2b. Joe Martarano, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
3. Chris Dominguez, DH #2: 2-4 (2B, K, 2B, K, 2 R)
4. Michael Cruz, C: 1-3 (1B, L-6, F-7, RBI, CS)
5. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 1-3 (K, 1-3, 1B)
6. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (F-9, F-8, 1B, RBI)
7. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-3 (2B, F-8, K)
8. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (4-3, BB, 1B, 2 R, SB)
9. Brandon Cummins, RF-CF: 1-2 (2B, K, BB, 2 R, SB)
10. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (1-3 SH, BB, K)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Bryan Hudson: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 5/3 GO/AO, 68 pitches (42 strikes)
2. Hector Garcia: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
3B Christopher Morel: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)  

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Michael Cruz: 1-1 CS 

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WHIRLWIND FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP

X. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 1-5 (1B, P-6, F-8, 6-3, K)
NOTE: Jimenez batted 2nd in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1a. Samir Lara, DH #2: 0-2 (F-8, F-9)
1b. Fernando Kelli, PH: 1-1 (1B)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 2-3 (1B, 3B, L-4, R)
3. Gustavo Polanco, C: 1-1 (1B, BB, R)
4. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (L-6 DP, HR, R, 3 RBI)
5. Henderson Perez, DH #3: 0-2 (4-3, K)
6. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B, CS)
7. Orian Nunez, 3B: 0-2 (P-4, 6-3)
8. Ruben Reyes, RF: 0-2 (F-7, K)
9. Rafael Narea, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, P-3)
10. Tolly Filotei, LF: 0-2 (1-3, L-6)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Manny Parra: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Brailyn Marquez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Yunior Perez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
4. Eury Ramos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (6 strikes) 
5. Andury Acevedo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (19 strikes) 
6. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 11 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Gustavo Polanco: 1-4 CS

ATTENDANCE: 13 (both fields combined)  
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

AZ Phil, Arguello is really impressed with Ademan. What are your thoughts on Aramis # 2?

HAGSAG: Unlike a lot of the players that come through here, Aramis Ademan is a legit shortstop. He will not be moved to another position.

He is an athletic, fluid defender with a strong arm, and he can hit, too. I saw him hit a HR onto the south bank of the Red Mountain Freeway last year at Extended Spring Training, and while that might not be typical for him (he really is more of a slashing-type hitter), it does show that he can turn on a pitch and give it a ride when the opportunity presents itself.

Areman is the real deal. 

I think Ademan is still really young, so if he's still gotta work his way all the way through the Cubs American minor league system, is he the type of guy who may end up replacing Addison Russell around 2021, that is if Russell can't be signed long term? Obviously that's a long way out to project, but just wondering if we have any other SS in our system with more talent?

LRB: It would have been Gleyber Torres before the Chapman trade, but I would say as things stand right now and given it's a long ways off and a lot can happen in the meantime, Aramis Ademan would now probably be the most-likely eventual replacement for Addison Russell - IF - Russell walks after 2021 - AND - the Cubs don't decide to move Javy Baez back to SS. (I suspect Baez would be more-amenable to a long-term Castro or Rizzo-like contract extension than a Boras client like Russell would be, and so Baez actually could end up replacing Russell at SS in 2022). 

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  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Shendrik Apostel will be first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021, so he will almost certainly be at AZL in 2021 if not at Lo-A. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Teenagers we've never heard of*
    Fixed!

     

  • crunch 15 hours 11 min ago (view)

    2027 team gonna be fire.

    i can't wait to see what group of teenagers we get for bryant mid-season.

     

  • tim815 15 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Underwood to Pittsburgh for a 1B that hasn't played stateside yet. 2 DSL seasons.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 23 min ago (view)

    the 2 geese are now together covering left-center

     

  • crunch 18 hours 36 min ago (view)

    we now have 2 OF geese.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 7 min ago (view)

    game is in goose delay.

    arrieta threw 2 innings...not bad, not good, nothing alarming, nothing impressive.  it'll be nice to see him work in future outings.

    game back again...goose still in CF.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 31 min ago (view)

    there is a goose in CF hanging out.

    this is goose territory now.  this is not up for discussion.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 42 min ago (view)

    pedro strop broke COVID protocol and will be even more days away from his spring debut.  good job, guy.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I've been watching Michael Hermosillo since his earliest days with the Angels, playing over the years against the Cubs in AZL, Minor League Camp, EXST, and AZ Instructs.

    From the outset he showed plus defensive skills, a plus arm, and plus speed, but his hit tool was clearly lacking, and he had well below-average power. I thought AAA was his likely ceiling, and even then only as a 4th OF. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    3/9 with a homer (no walks).

     

  • Cubster 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    How is Almora Jrs spring going?

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    maybin 0-9 with 6 Ks so far this spring.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, what are your thoughts on Mike Hermosillo? He is from our area,Ottawa.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The fact that the Cubs have not run him through waivers by now tells me they know Duane Underwood Jr is a lock to get claimed and so they are hoping to find a club that would be willing to give the Cubs something more than the $50,000 waiver price in return for Dunderwood (either more $$$ and/or a player). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Today's pitchers, most of them the same guys who threw last Tuesday: 

    Alec Mills:
    FB: 89-91 
    SL: 81 
    CH: 81-82 
    CV: 67-70 
    COMMENT: This just in: Mills heater now sitting at 91!!!!... had two easy innings and looked very good... threw only a handful of his "Bugs Bunny curves" but they are fun to watch because hitters don't know how to deal with it... ... 

    Craig Kimbrel: 
    FB: 93-96 
    CT: 87-88 
    SL: 82-84