Cubs Use Long-Ball to Crush D'backs at Riverview

Jose Paniagua hammered a three-run HR, Shane Victorino belted a solo home run, Alex Bautista knocked in three runs with an RBI single, a solo home run, and a sacrifice fly, Wladimir Galindo doubled twice, singled, scored a run, and drove-in another, Yeiler Peguero tripled and scored and drilled an RBI single, and Erling Moreno hurled three innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs outslugged the Diamondbacks 12-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Francis Martinez blasted a grand slam home run, Kal Simmons cranked a two run HR, Jazz Chisholm ripped an RBI double and a triple and scored a run, and Jacy Cave doubled twice for the D'backs in a losing cause.  

17-year old RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) struck out the side in a 1-2-3 5th inning for the Cubs, mixing a mid-90's fastball with a plus-curve to blow the D'backs away.  

John Arguello has game notes from Riverview Park at Cubs Den.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Ruben Reyes, CF-DH: 0-3 (6-3, K, 3-6-1 DP, BB, BB, R, SB)
2a. Shane Victorino, DH #1: 1-2 (6-3, HR, BB, R, RBI)
2b. Yohan Matos, PH-RF: 0-1 (K, BB) 
3a. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 2-3 (5-3, 3B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
3b. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-7, R)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (F-9, BB, 5-3, HR, F-7, 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 3-5 (K, 2B, 2B, 1B, F-9, R, RBI)
6. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF-DH: 0-2 (3-U, 3-U, BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDERF 
7. Vimael Machin, 2B: 0-2 (BB, P-6, E-6, BB, R)
8. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-4 (P-5, 3-1, 1-3, 4-3, RBI)
9. Alex Bautista, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, HR, L-8 SF, K, R, 3 RBI)
10a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
10b, Eric Gonzalez, PH-C: 0-2 (P-4, F-7)
11. Jose Gonzalez, DH-CF: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, BB, K, R, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Erling Moreno: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 4/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes) 
5. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes) 
6. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (9 strikes) 
7. Enrique de los Rios: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (15 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS BASERUNNING:
Wladimir Galindo was thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 11 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

K-K-K inning for Albertos, 9/13 strikes. How did he look? All fastballs, or did he get some breaking pitches for the K's? Is Moreno showing any hint of improved velocity? Phil, one other Q: John Arguello has said Hedges is an 88-92 control pitcher. A poster on his board said that Hedges had hit 95 on one pitch last night. Did you see enough of him this spring to have any input on his velocity? Was he built up and stronger this spring compared to last year, and do you think it's realistic to envision him having a solid-velocity fastball? Just curious. I imagine a guy who's pitching 2-seamers for location and movement might be routinely working 88-90, and sometimes up to 92. But might gun up a 95-mph 4-seamer on occasion just for the gun, even if not as a pitch he'd often use to get outs.

CRAIG: Albertos was throwing both his fastball and curve for strikes today, displaying the best command I've seen from him so far. The Cubs have limited his outings at EXST, so he hasn't been stretched-out beyond one inning on a semi-regular basis.  

No uptick in Moreno's fastball velocity today (it's still 88-90 with an occasional 91-92), but his command was decent, and he did a nice job of mixing his pitches, working both sides of the plate, and changing eye levels... in other words, all the things he needs to do to be successful, but that he usually doesn't do (enough). No question Moreno's curve is his best pitch, very much like Bryan Hudson in that respect. Hopefully Moreno can build on this outing. 

As far as Trey Hedges is concerned, I did not see him throw any mid-90's heaters at Minor League Camp in March, and I did not note any significant physical changes, either. That said, a pitcher can sometimes change something in his delivery, release point, or grip that is manifested by increased fastball velocity (usually offset by reduced command). It's possible that Hedges can throw 95, but he doesn't throw that hard in games because he knows he can't command his fastball when he throws it that hard. 

Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample. What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos? Thanks for note on Hedges. Totally agree, fans often get excited about "touched 95", but pretty common that anybody can throw an occasional fast one if they throw a 4-seamer as hard as they can without control, and that often a guy's actual working velocity on the 2-seamer can be 5 mph slower. But your point that for pitchers, a modest change in grip or delivery or slot can sometimes have significant impact on command, movement, deception, and/or velocity. That's one of the reasons, I think, why it's much more realistic to envision a pitcher who's been ineffective or wild changing significantly and become much better. Whereas a hitter, it's way less likely for a hitter to change and improve dramatically.

CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

Phil, With Mutton on the DL now, does Victorino finally get to Iowa?

Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat Shane Victorino added to Iowa #Cubs roster today

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  • crunch 19 hours 35 min ago (view)

    * all figures stated are in a range of +/- 10m

    yeah, that was me not typing info correctly.  my bad.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Bryant got $19.5M 

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 min ago (view)

    bryant 9.5m, contreras 6.65m, baez 11.65m, z.davies 8.63m

    looks like happ is going to arbitration.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

    E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

    He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 

     

  • K Dub 2 days 22 min ago (view)

    Thanks Phil!

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    danny hultzen retires and joins the cubs as a "pitching development assistant"

    shame the comeback story didn't last longer...but hey, at least he got to taste the bigs after his body failed him for so many years.

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    theo joining the commish's front office operation as a "consultant reguarding on field matters"...basically weighing in on the possible impact of rules changes.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/266505#comm...

     

  • K Dub 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, to my calculation that suspension should be over by now unless he got caught again...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    (Not Phil) - Last I saw, he was on the restricted list.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Did the Cubs release Saul Vazquez?

     

  • Sonicwind75 6 days 6 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 guaranteed amount is $7 + $3 million mutual option buyout. 10>8.  Most media reports summarizes it as a $10 million deal. 

     

  • CubbyBlue 6 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Eric. After I put it up I thought.. damn I'm old. I wonder if people even remember back that far. I still think about that day. Uggh. Sorry. 

     

  • Charlie 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    I'm always confused by this. They also could have tendered him and then boosted his value by trading him with a million or two in cash considerations. Obviously, that's a million or two more expensive than simply non-tendering--but couldn't you at least get an interesting prospect in return from one of these teams? They obviosuly thought it was worth their return to toss in a few million in the Darvish trade.

     

  • tim815 6 days 8 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 amount is 7.

    The buyout is 3.

    8>7

     

  • crunch 6 days 21 hours ago (view)

    chase strumpf is quickly emerging as a "trendy" organizational hot prospect, even among non-cubs fans.  amaya is having a decent winter league showing so far...taking a lot of walks, too.