A's Roll Through Riverview

Rafael Rincones (RBI double and RBI single and a run scored), Aaron Arruda (two-run double, single, walk, and two runs scored), and Yerdel Vargas (double, HBP, and two runs scored) provided the offense and LHSP Jhenderson Hurtado hurled three innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

LHP Kyle Ryan got the start for the Cubs and was drilled to the tune of three runs on six hits (including three doubles) in just 2.1 IP (59 pitches). K. Ryan was left behind when the Iowa Cubs departed Arizona on April 1st, with the idea that he would stay ready in case a veteran lefty "swing-man" was needed in Des Moines during the first month of the PCL season. But with the way he pitched today, K. Ryan might not get moved-up to AAA even if there was a spot for him (which there is not at this time).   

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 2-3 (K, 2B, 2B, 2 RBI)
1b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Yonathan Perlaza, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, 3-1)
2b. Richard Nunez, PH: 1-1 (1B)
3. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, 1-U, SB)
4. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (BB, F-8, L-7, L-3)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF-RF:  0-4 (F-7, F-7, K, 4-3)
6a. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, P-3)
6b. Fabian Pertuz, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
7. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
8. Kwangmin Kwon, RF-CF: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (K, HBP, F-8, R)
10. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB, CS)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Kyle Ryan: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Stephen Ridings: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (4 strikes)
3. Mitch Stophel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base after WP allowed runner to score)

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Kwangmin Kwon - batter thrown out 8-5-4 attempting to advance to 2nd base after RBI single to CF

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's

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Comments

Is Velazquez looking reasonable in CF?

 

Thanks, as always.

TIM: Nelson Velazquez plays CF OK, but I would say the best comps for Nelson Velazquez defensively in CF are probably Jeffrey Baez and Eddy Julio Martinez.

Baez played mostly CF his first three years in pro ball before being moved to RF even though he can still play CF if necessary, and EJM has the tools required to play CF although he might not have the game-saving "big play" skills of (let's say) Almora, Hannemann, Martin, Wilson, and Myers.

That said, Velazquez CAN actually play CF. I just don't know if you would play him there if you had other better defensive options available. But if you had one OF who absolutely has to play LF and another OF with a RF arm but without the range to play CF and Velazquez was the third guy and you wanted all three of them in the lineup at the same time, then Velazquez would be your CF. 

a.alzolay didn't quite do so well in his 2nd start, but it wasn't a disaster...

4ip 5h 2bb 2k, 3r/er

he threw 83 pitches.

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  • bradsbeard 1 day 10 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 10 hours ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 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 19 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

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  • JustSayin' 2 days 8 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 8 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 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 10 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.

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  • Hagsag 2 days 22 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 4 hours ago (view)

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  • bradsbeard 3 days 18 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 18 hours ago (view)

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  • JustSayin' 4 days 6 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 7 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.