Underwood Sharp in Final Rehab Tune-Up at Sloan Park
Five pitchers combined to toss a one-hit shutout and Didimo Bracho belted a two-run home run and an RBI single to account for all of his team's runs, helping the Diamondbacks blank the Cubs 3-0 at Sloan Park, and D. J. Wilson (two-run triple), Luis Ayala (RBI double), Gustavo Polanco (RBI double), and Jesse Hodges (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run Cub 3rd, as the Cubs and D'backs played to a 7-7 tie on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.
Michael Foster broke up the D'backs no-hit bid in Sloan Park with a one-out single in the bottom of the 9th.
RHSP Duane Underwood (right ebow stiffness) made his final rehab start in the game at Sloan Park and threw 5.1 IP (78 pitches) of one-run ball, retiring 13 of the first 16 men he faced before running into trouble in the top of the 6th when he allowed three singles and a HBP and surrendered his only run. But he was outstanding through the first five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
RHRP Dallas Beeler (on Cubs 15-day DL - right shoulder inflammation) made a rehab start in the game played on Field #1 and was hit hard, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits (two singles, a double, a triple, and a home run) and a walk (plus a throwing error) in 3.1 IP (50 pitches).
RHRP Aaron Crow (ex-KC - April 2015 TJS rehab) threw in the game on Field #1, but was unable to complete his inning, allowing a single, a double, and a triple and two runs while retiring only one batter. I couldn't tell if he was lifted because of pitch count or performance issues, but his stuff was subpar today and obviously didn't fool any of the young D'backs hitters.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SLOAN PARK (CUBS SPRING TRAINING STADIUM)
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-4 (F-8, P-4, F-9, 4-3)
2. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, F-8)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 0-3 (K, 4-3, P-4)
4a. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
4b. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5. Vimael Machin, SS: 0-2 (F-8, F-7, BB)
6. Rafael Mejia, DH-3B: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
7. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, 3-U, 6-4 FC)
8a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
8b. Miguel Amaya, C: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Michael Foster, RF-DH: 1-3 (5-3, 6-4 FC, 1B)
10a. Roberto Caro, DH #2: 0-2 (1-3, E-6, SB)
10b. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-1 (K)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3/7 GO/AO, 78 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Pedro Araujo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
2B Edgar Rondon: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS:
Jhonny Pereda; 2-3 CS
RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, LF: 1-4 (1-3, 3B, 3-1, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
2a. Luis Ayala, CF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
2b. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 0-0 (2-3 SH)
3. Jose Paniagua, DH #1: 1-4 (6-3, 6-3, 1B, F-7, R, RBI, SB)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, F-9, R, RBI)
4b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 1-1 (1B)
5a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
5b. Andruw Monasterio, 3B: 0-1 (6-3 DP)
6a. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-3 (K, 3-1, F-7)
6b. Alex Bautista, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
7a. Yohan Matos, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
7b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH-DH: 1-1 (2B, BB, CS)
8a. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, K)
8b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-1 (1B)
9a. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (HBP, L-6, R)
9b. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 1-2 (2B, 4-6 FC, SB)
10. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, E-6, K, R)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Dallas Beeler: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Daniel Lewis: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 7 pitches (4 strikes)
NOTE: Lewis relieved Beeler with an 0-2 count on batter
3. Aaron Crow: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Kyle Miller: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
6. Jesus Castillo: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3
1. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Dallas Beeler: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. 1B Gustavo Polanco: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Pearson: 1-2 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS
19 (SLOAN PARK)
11 (RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX FIELD #1)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Charlie 2 hours 13 min ago (view)
What's that, crunch? Kris Bryant for Robinson Canoe? Bold call!
George Altman 4 hours 36 min ago (view)
Phil, you used to put out a Top 10 or 20 Prospect list around the end of the AFL. Sometimes you would update mid year if trades or draft warranted. This is not false praise...your lists were more impactful than BA, MLB, BP to me, let alone the Cubs fan board lists. Today, the only thing I give any credence to are your evaluations and Fan Graphs Top 40. If the evaluator has only watched video then, hell, I can watch video.
crunch 8 hours 14 min ago (view)
there is no way the 2-3 guys that created most of those cubs reports have seen much more than youtube video footage as far as "live" scouting.
they seem very dedicated and eager, but there are some questionable things in their scouting reports.
Wrigley Rat 9 hours 3 sec ago (view)
I'd REALLY enjoy reading Phil's list with scouting reports!!! I'd definitely trust his ratings more than most!
Here is what the ProspectsLive.com website says about seeing the players: "Our evaluation team has spent countless hours filling these boards with highly in-depth scouting reports from live looks and film study."
Either way, in my opinion, it's good to read other people's evaluations, even when they vary from our own. It gets us thinking about how confident we are in our valuations and how much we're willing to modify them based on other people's reports!
Hagsag 10 hours 39 min ago (view)
Phil, I am sure you could put together a more realistic list.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 50 min ago (view)
No offense intended, but did anybody at this site actually see these guys play?
Chase Strumpf has only "40" power?!! Andy Weber even has more power than Strumpf? Seriously? Strumpf actually has plus-power. In fact, HR power is his #1 attribute. His power tool is probably at least "60" (maybe "65").
Both Ronnier Quintero and Aramis Ademan are "45" run? Really? Ademan has average speed ("50"), and Quintero is Miguel Montero 2.0. His run tool is probably "30" (on a good day). Quintero's plus raw tools are arm and power.
Hagsag 15 hours 48 min ago (view)
Thanks for the info.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
I just discovered this site: https://www.prospectslive.com/lists/2020/11/16/chi... (Sorry if you all know about it already!). 52 Cubs prospects listed with scouting reports! Really enjoying this one! :)
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
we all knew trades were coming...getting rid of 1-2 of the core, but at this point i wonder how much (if any) of that free'd up loot is going back into the team.
Charlie 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
He clearly did not want to be remembered for selling off the core and then walking away from the team a year later. Can't blame him.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
every other contender is full of rumor news for who they'll sign...and the hot cubs rumor is kris bryant won't be traded before the wednesday arb offer deadline. wee.
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: The MLB contracts that are tendered on 12/2 via Central Tender Letter are are non-guaranteed contacts.
And a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released prior to MLB Opening Day receives 30 days salary (paid at the minor league rate for players with split contracts) if the player is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day, or 45 days salary (paid at the MLB rate for players signed to split contracts) if the player is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day as termination pay.
jdrnym 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
If a player signs one of those deals that allows a split salary or incentives to be included, does that get treated like an arbitration salary in that it's only partially guaranteed until Opening Day?
bradsbeard 4 days 21 hours ago (view)
Great info. Thanks!
Arizona Phil 4 days 21 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract.
The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.
For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.
crunch 5 days 6 hours ago (view)
theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.
something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.
the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.