Barnette, Tazawa, Gallardo, Machado, and Espinoza Throw at Riverview
Ricardo Verenzuela tripled, singled, scored two runs, and threw out a runner on the bases, and Carlos Morfa and Ervis Marchan drilled consecutive RBI singles to highlight a four-run 4th inning, leading the Cubs "B" team to a 5-1 victory over the Cubs "A" team in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as a five-inning contest.
RHRP Tony Barnette (on Cubs MLB 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation) hurled a 1-2-3 ten-pitch 2nd inning (K, P-3, F-8), and RHRP Junichi Tazawa tossed a scoreless 3rd (allowed a single, runner erased by a CS) for the "A" team.
RHP Manuel Espinoza made his pro debut for the Cubs "A" team, allowing a run on one hit (a triple) with one strikeout in one inning of work. The 18-year old Mexican was signed by the Cubs in July 2017, but he did not pitch in 2018 while his signing was under investigation by MLB. (He signed the same day as fellow Mexican RHP Florencio Serrano Jr, whose contract was voided by MLB last June).
Prior to the game on Field #6, three of the four youngest Cubs pitchers at EXST (Manuel Espinoza is the other one) threw "live" BP on Field #5 (two "innings" - 30 pitches each). 17-year old Venezuelan RHP Richard Gallardo (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the current ISP) got swings & misses with a 91-93 MPH FB and a plus-CV, and he also threw a couple of decent CH; 17-year old Venezuelan LHP Joel Machado was sitting 85-86 with his FB, but he had a solid CV and so-so CH that he was able to mix & match with his FB; and 18-year old 6'3 210 Dominican RHP Willy Cabrera's FB was impressive at 92-94 MPH (T-95) in addition to an 88-90 MPH CH and a sharp-breaking CV, but he had difficulty commanding his stuff (not too surprising considering he walked 50 in just 25.2 IP in the DSL in 2018!).
Here is the box score from the game:
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
X. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 0-3 (4-3, F-7, P-5)
NOTE: Hannemann led-off the top of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings
1. Josue Huma, SS: 0-2 (3-1, 1-3)
2. Dalton Hurd, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
3. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 1-2 (1B, K)
4a. Caleb Knight, C: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
4b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-0 (BB)
5. Albert Hinirio, RF: 0-2 (3-1, 4-6-3 DP)
6. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 1-1 (1B, RBI, CS)
7. Richard Nunez, 1B: 0-1 (K)
8. Edmond Americaan, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
9. Herson Perez, 2B: 0-1 (6-3)
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-2 (F-9, 5-3)
2. Ricardo Verenzuela, CF: 2-2 (3B, 1B, 2 R)
3. Pedro Martinez, SS: 0-0 (F-7 SF, BB, R, RBI)
4. Carlos Morfa, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
5. Ervis Marchan, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 1-2 (P-3, 1B)
7. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, 5-4 FC, RBI)
8. Danny Zardon, C: 1-2 (5-3, 1B)
9. Kevin Moreno, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, F-9, CS)
10. Raymond Pena, DH #2: 0-1 (L-8)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Manuel Espinoza: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
2. Tony Barnette: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Junichi Tazawa: 1.0 IP, 1 H,0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Luis Silva: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (17 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Chi-Feng Lee: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Riger Fernandez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Emilio Ferrebus: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Caleb Knight: 1-1 CS
2. Orian Nunez: 1 PB
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Danny Zardon: 1-1 CS
CUBS "B" TEAM OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Ricardo Verenzuela threw out runner (Dalton Hurd) 8-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to CF
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.
bradsbeard 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.
Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).
Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old
crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
"MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."
espada's had 2 interviews. for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work. SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.
JustSayin' 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter. MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent. They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players. In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted. For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col
Hagsag 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
The discussions on this matter have been quite varried. There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.
It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.
Hagsag 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.
crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic. wow.
altuve continues to build his astros legend.
bradsbeard 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen.
bradsbeard 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab.
JustSayin' 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday? Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?) Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back?
Arizona Phil 4 days 12 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.