Cubs & A's Play to a Draw at Fitch Park

Kevin Moreno (making his pro debut) singled twice, walked, and stole a base, Luis Vazquez singled twice, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Gustavo Polanco belted a solo HR for the Cubs, and Jesus Lage drilled an RBI double and a single and scored a run, Daniel Bautista doubled, walked, scored a run, and drove-in another with an RBI GO, Kevin Richards singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, and Lazaro Armenteros singled, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run for the Athletics, as the two teams played to a 5-5 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was called after eight innings of play.

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Jesus Camargo has been moved-up to South Bend. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (1B, BB, L-8, R, SB)
1b. Luis Ubiera, LF: 0-1 (4-3)
2a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-3, R, RBI, SB)
2b. Herson Perez, 3B: 0-0 (HBP, CS)
3a. Carlos Pacheco, RF: 1-3 (P-5, 2B, F-9, RBI)
3b. Jose Alonso Gaitan, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-2 (L-9, F-9 SF-DP, 3-1, RBI)
4b. Eric Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
5a. Gustavo Polanco, C: 1-3 (K, K, HR, R, RBI)
5b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (K) 
6. Yovanny Cuevas, LF-CF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-8, R, CS)
7. Kevin Moreno, DH #2: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, F-8, SB)
8. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (P-4, BB, 6-3)
9. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, HBP, K, RBI)
10. Delvin Zinn, 3B-SS: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, R) 

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Fernando Calderon: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Peyton Remy: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Garrett Kelly: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Jeffrey Passantino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (24 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. 3B Delvin Zinn: E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 
2. 1B Fidel Mejia: E-3 (dropped infield pop fly allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-3 CS 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

Arizona 
Scoring 
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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

I love hearing when guys like Moreno debut and represent.

 

Either he sticks in the states, pushing everyone else. Or he starts in the DSL, which is probably unlikely. Most teams seem to have given up on the remaining amateur talent. 

 

Moreno could be in South Bend in less than 24 months.

 

Thanks, as always.

TIM: Interesting thing about Kevin Moreno is that Kris Bryant (not one of the Cuban players) is his favorite MLB player (and the Cubs are his father's favorite MLB club), and he actually has a similar body-type as Bryant and he has patterned his swing after Bryant as well. And (also somewhat like KB) Moreno is a "four-corner" guy defensively (3B-1B-LF-RF). So if there ever was a Cuban baseball player born to be a Cub, it's probably Kevin Moreno.

Moreno's two hits yesterday were both line drives pulled into the LF corner (they both probably should have been doubles, but he returned to 1st base after going about a 1/3 of the way to 2nd base both times, but then he stole 2nd base after his first single anyway). His walk was on a 3-2 pitch (after he started to 1st base on what he thought was "ball four" on the 3-1 pitch), and he appears to have a very good eye at the plate. How and why he never played on the Cuban U16 or U18 junior national team is mystifying, although that may be why it was so easy for him to sign with the Cubs while remaining a Cuban citizen.

The thing about Moreno is that he is not a Cuban defector. He is a Cuban resident who is in the U. S. on an H2B work visa issued by the U. S. Embassy in Bogata, Colombia (the U. S. Embassy in Havana stopped issuing H2B work visas last summer), and if the H2B visa program is eventually (once again) blocked to Cuban residents even through the Bogata embassy (as it was for more than 50 years prior to the re-establishment of "normal" relations with Cuba in 2016), Moreno may not be able to return to the U. S. after this season. The Cubs do have two Cuban defectors at Extended Spring Training (catcher Alexander Guerra and RHP Raidel Orta), and they both played in Serie Nacional (the Cuban "major" league) prior to defecting. 

Az Phil,

What can you tell us about Javier Assad? I don't recall a lot of chatter about him over the last year. He's only 20, but he was solid last year at Eugene, and has started well in SBend.

Thanks

CHILDERSb3: When I first saw Javier Assad a couple of years ago he featured a 90-91 MPH FB, a decent CV, a promising CH, and good command of all of his pitches, but he was a little bit pudgy and not in great physical condition. But he came to Minor League Camp last year in much better physical shape, and then he added a slider and a couple of MPH to his FB at Extended Spring Training and had a fine year at Eugene, which has carried-over to this season at South Bend.

Good stuff there. Thanks. I like guys with good Changes.

At some point, enough has to be enough.   The coaches and players on the SB Cubs don't want an automatic loss every fifth or sixth game.  Whatever great potential Jose Albertos may have, it isn't being developed by getting knocked out after an inning or two once a week.  Isn't this why we have extended spring training?

wow. he's really stringing together some hot garbage outings.

JUSTSAYIN: RHSP Jesus Camargo was stretched-out to four innings and 60 pitches last week before he was moved-up to South Bend from EXST on Saturday, LHSP Manuel Rondon threw three innings (45 pitches) in an EXST "sim" game last Thursday, and RHSP Erick Leal (who missed all of last season with an elbow injury) is gradually increasing his innings and pitch count at EXST as well, so I would expect some changes with regard to the starting rotations at both Myrtle Beach and South Bend (and possibly a 6th starter added to the starting rotation at Tennessee) in the next week or so (possibly in the next few days), with perhaps Camargo replacing Albertos at South Bend (with Albertos going to EXST), Rondon replacing Paulino at Myrtle Beach (with Paulino moving to the bullpen), and Leal added as a 6th starter (maybe "piggy-backing" with Hedges) at Tennessee. 

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  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 8 hours ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 6 days 11 hours ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw

     

  • erich081 6 days 23 hours ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 4 hours ago (view)

    I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.

     

  • Charlie 1 week 8 hours ago (view)

    Watched it yesterday with my girlfriend and while Skyping my dad. It was fun to give her running commentary since she's only been a Cubs fan for the last five years.

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    MLB is sidestepping this "to the surface" pushing issue by choosing to "finacially support" minor league players according to a press release from a couple days ago.  minor league pay has been a recent source of embarrassment for MLB...

    i have no idea how robust this assistant will be, but anything less than 100% for most players (no matter the source) would be a disservice to future of the game.