Diamondback Whirlwind Leaves Cubs in Dust at Salt River Fields

Luis Lara slugged a two-run HR and a triple, Raymel Flores laced a bases-loaded three-run triple and a single, and Juan Araujo belted an RBI triple and a single, as the Diamondbacks rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to eventually outslug the Cubs 13-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Jose Gutierrez tripled and scored on an Aramis Ademan RBI GO and Kevin Cornelius walked and Miguel Amaya doubled and both scored on a Kwangmin Kwon two-run double into the RF corner as the Cubs scored three times in the top of the 1st, Orian Nunez clubbed a solo HR leading-off the inning and Fernando Kelli doubled and scored on a two-out RBI single by Ademan in the 2nd to give the Cubs a 5-1 lead, and then after the Diamondbacks tied it up with a four-run 4th, Henderson Perez tripled off the right-centerfield fence and Rafael Narea knocked him in with an RBI double into the LF corner and scored later in the inning on an error as the Cubs scored twice in the 6th to take back the lead 7-5, only to watch the D'backs score eight unanswered runs over the final three innings to grab the victory. 

Through the first three weeks of Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, the Cubs are 7-8-3, after starting 5-1.     

Kevin Cornelius (selected from the New York Yankees AA Trenton affuliate in the AAA Phase of the 2016 Rule 5 Draft) saw his first game action of 2017 after fracturing his left hand in Minor League Camp. He played 1B for five innings and went 1-2 in three PA (the previously-mentioned first-inning walk, an F-9 FO in the 2nd, and a double in the 4th).  

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

1. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-5 (3B, F-9, 4-3, L-6, 6-3, R)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-5 (4-3, 1B, 4-3, L-9, 4-3, 2 RBI)
3a. Kevin Cornelius, 1B: 1-2 (BB, F-9, 2B, R)
3b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-1 (1B, CS)
4a. Miguel Amaya, DH #1: 2-3 (2B, 1B, F-9, R)
4b. Gustavo Polanco, PH: 0-1 (P-4)
5a. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 1-3 (2B, F-7, P-3, 2 RBI)
5b. Ruben Reyes, RF: 0-1 (4-3)
6. Henderson Perez, C-DH: 2-4 (K, 4-6 FC, 3B, 1B, R)
7. Rafael Narea, 3B: 1-4 (P-4, P-3, 2B, F-9, R, RBI)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-4 (HR, F-9, K, 6-4 FC, R, RBI)
9. Franklin Tineo, DH-C: 1-4 (F-9, 2B, F-7, F-8)
10a. Fernando Kelli, LF: 1-3 (2B, L-8, E-7, R)
10b. Tolly Filotei, LF: 1-1 (1B) 

1. Andry Rondon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 strikes) 
2. Jack Leathersich: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Nathan Sweeney: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 4/0 GO/AO, 36 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Carlos Ocampo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 41 pitches (22 strikes) 
5. Jed Carter: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (20 strikes) 
6. Andin Diaz: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (7 strikes)   

1. 3B Rafael Narea: E-5 (errant throw to 2nd base after play at 3rd allowed runner to score from 3rd)
2. P Jed Carter: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
3. 3B Rafael Narea: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. Henderson Perez: 1 PB 
2. Franklin Tineo: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 



adam eaton (WAS) torn ACL...assumed out for the season. that's a huge blow for WAS and a great perk for all the other playoff quality NL teams.

Still no sign of Eloy Jimenez. He hasn't played in an EXST game or even taken BP for ten days, since playing LF for four innings in a Cactus League EXST game versus OAK on 4/21. 

Some early stats for notable Cubs position-player prospects at EXST: 

Aramis Ademan, SS: 400/420/667 (31 PA) - 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB (0 CS), DEFENSE: 2 E (9 GAMES)
NOTE: Has hit safely in all nine games played
Miguel Amaya, C: 267/421/389 (19 PA) - 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 BB, 0 K, DEFENSE: 7-10 CS (70% CS), 1 PB, 1 E
Michael Cruz, C-1B: 450/522/650 (23 PA) - 2 2B, 1 K, DEFENSE: 1-4 CS (25% CS), 1 PB 
Jose Gutierrez, CF: 294/333/588 ​(18 PA) - 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 SB/1 CS 

Still too early to know for sure, but Ademan and Amaya could be playing themselves to Eugene (skipping AZL). If they continue to develop and play the way they have so far, both Ademan and Amaya should be consensus Cubs Top 15 prospects (maybe even Top 10) post-2017. They are the two-best position-player prospects to come through EXST since Gleyber Torres and Eloy Jimenez in 2014.  

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