Galindo Provides Some Offense for Cubs at Diablo
Wladimir Galindo (recently demoted to EXST from Myrtle Beach) collected three hits and drove-in two runs and SP Yunior Perez and four relievers combined on a five-hitter with twelve strikeouts, helping the Cubs "A" Team defeat the Angels 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.
Baseball America's #18 Cubs prospect as recently as two years ago, the 22-year old Galindo was hitting just 125/222/150 with 14 K in 13 games (45 PA) for the Pelicans prior to being sent to EXST. (Galindo hit just 216/276/313 with 124 K in 114 games at Myrtle Beach last season).
The Cubs stole four bases against Angels catcher (and former Cub) Michael Cruz (no CS plus one E-2 throwing error), and all four of those runners ended up scoring. The last time the two teams played with Cruz in the Angel lineup, the ex-Cub was plunked on the upper right arm by a pitch.
SS Jeremiah Jackson (LAA 2018 2nd round draft pick - St. Luke's Episcopal School - Mobile, AL) belted a solo HR (103 MPH exit velo vs. a 95 MPH Yunior Perez FB) leading off the bottom of the 1st inning for the Angels. (Jackson laced two doubles and scored two runs in the Angels victory over the Cubs at Riverview this past Wednesday). On the negative side, Jackson also uncorked a wild throw to 1st base (E-6) in the top of the 9th that eventually led to the Cubs scoring an insurance run.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-3 (1B, BB, K, K, R, SB)
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-3 (BB, P-3, 5-3, 5-3, R)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
3b. Herson Perez, 2B: 0-1 (E-6, R, SB)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
5. Yonathan Perlaza, DH-SS: 0-4 (F-7, K, K, 4-3 DP)
6a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-3 (P-6, F-7, P-3)
6b. Danny Zardon, C: 0-1 (K)
7. Luis Diaz, 2B-DH: 1-2 (BB, L-6, 1B, R, SB)
8. Dalton Hurd, LF: 1-3 (K, 4-3, 1B)
9. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, 4-3 DP, R, SB)
10. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, F-9)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Yunior Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Pablo Ochoa: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Alexander Vargas: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (22 strikes)
5. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Wladimir Galindo: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. 1B Wladimir Galindo: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS
2. Danny Zardon: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Charlie 3 hours 39 min ago (view)
Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.
crunch 5 hours 37 min ago (view)
RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists
bradsbeard 9 hours 33 min ago (view)
Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 22 min ago (view)
There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games.
Arizona Phil 11 hours 17 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.
He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls.
bradsbeard 1 day 39 min ago (view)
Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me.
KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!
crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 5 days 5 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.