Eloy Back in the Outfield at Extended Spring Training

Kwangmin Kwon (RBI triple), Christopher Morel (RBI double), and Franklin Tineo (two-run single) stroked run-scoring hits, Tolly Filotei tripled and singled and scored a run, Fernando Kelli singled and doubled and scored a run, catcher Miguel Amaya walked, singled, scored a run, and threw-out two runners on the bases, and LHSP Ryan Kellogg tossed three innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs took an early lead and then held-on to edge the Diamondbacks 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Billy Endris belted a solo HR for the D'backs in a losing cause.

Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL) saw his first game action in the outfield since suffering a right shoulder injury in an MLB Cactus League Spring Training game on March 14th. He played RF for three innings and then moved to a DH slot, getting three AB and going 0-2 with a sac fly RBI.  

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

CUBS LINEUP:
X. Eloy Jimenez, RF-DH: 0-2 (F-8, F-8 SF, 6-3, RBI)
NOTE: Jimenez batted 2nd in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings
1. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-4 (F-8, K, 1B, K)
2. Chris Dominguez, 1B: 0-4 (6-3, P-6, 5-3, 6-3)
3a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (1B, BB, 6-3, R)
3b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-1 (2B) 
4. Kwangmin Kwon, LF-RF: 1-4 (K, 3B, P-6, K, R, RBI)
5a. Christopher Morel, 3B-DH:  1-3 (F-9, 2B, E-7, RBI)
5b. Yovanny Cuevas, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
6. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3)
7. Tolly Filotei, DH-LF: 2-3 (3B, 1-3, 1B, R)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, 6-3, 6-4 FC) 
9. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-1 (6-4 FC, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Fernando Kelli, DH #3: 2-3 (1B, K, 2B, R)
11. Franklin Tineo, DH-C: 1-3 (5-3, K, 1B, 2 RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Ryan Kellogg: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 55 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Javier Assad: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Carlos Ocampo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (10 strikes)  
4. Jed Carter: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (24 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Miguel Amaya: 2-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 13 
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

AZ Phil- thanks for these great reports! DId Jimenez have any balls hit to him during his 3 inning in RF? Wondering if he got any game action throws in besides warm ups, or maybe throwing a fly out back in to a teammate... Obviously if they put him out there, he's ready to throw, but wondering if you saw any timidness in his throwing, if he had to make a play?

LRB: There was only one ball hit to Eloy Jimenez when he played RF yesterday. It was a ground single in the top of the 3rd, and he came forward to get the ball and then ran the ball into the infield. He moved to DH after that inning.

I don't know why he was moved to DH after only three innings in RF and I don't know if he ran the ball in because he didn't feel comfortable making the throw or because it just was the play to make, but he had no apparent difficulties throwing when he played catch in the outfield before each of the first three innings.

Thanks Phil... that is kind of interesting that he didn't even attempt that one throw, even while still playing catch and throwing during each innings warm ups.

Could be he just thought running the ball in was the right play at the time, or he could've been under instructions not to make a throw during the game just in case it was a high stress throw and was just following orders.

How's it going AZPhil? Love this stuff always. What's Ryan Kellogg looking like these days? Lost some of that baby fat yet and starting to lean out a little bit? It seems about that time for him. Is the IFA CF Jose Gutierrez keeping up with the ExST competition?

KING KONG v. GODZILLA: Ryan Kellogg is being stretched out in both innings and pitches and he should be ready to move up to Myrtle Beach after one or two more EXST starts. He still has a bit of a command issue, though. I don't think that's related to his being left behind at EXST, but he was adversely affected by pitching for Team Canada in the WBC because he just didn't get enough work.  

Jose Gutierrez has struggled to make contact in Cactus League EXST games, but he was a long-shot to make the Eugene roster anyway. He should be the starting CF for AZL Cubs in 2017.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 8 min 6 sec ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

     

  • Charlie 40 min 15 sec ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 14 hours 14 sec ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 46 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 15 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 54 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 2 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 3 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 17 hours 8 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 18 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 40 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 18 min ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Ben Zobrist (and Tony Barnette) cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List August 1st - October 31st without special approval from the MLB Commissioner (which would be problematic), and Zobrist and Barnette absolutely will - NOT - (under any cicumstances) be eligible to play in the post-season if not reinstated from the Restricted List prior to midnight on August 31st. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Pedro Martinez is a bat-first switch-hitting infielder capable of playing 2B-3B-SS (best position is 2B). He runs well and is a savvy baserunner, shows occasional HR power, and is at least as good a hitter as Reivaj Garcia (probably even better). 

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    I checked.  You are correct.  No one.  Ever.