Cubs & D'backs Split the Difference at Salt River Fields

Jeff Smith ripped a two-run triple, singled, doubled, and scored two runs, Alex Brown hammered an RBI triple, singled, walked and scored two runs, Fernery Ozuna drilled an RBI double, tripled, walked, and scored a run, Austin Byler singled twice, walked twice, drove-in a run, and scored another, Marty Herum smacked a two-run home run and singled, and RHSP Sam McWilliams and four relievers combined to spin a five-hitter, as the Diamondbacks crushed the Cubs 12-4 on Whirlwind Field, and Wladimir Galindo (two-run single), Tyler Pearson (two-run double), and Jhonny Bethencourt (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run 7th and RHSP Pedro Silverio tossed three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, as the Cubs rallied to defeat the D'backs 7-5 on Jackrabbit Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

The game on Jackrabbit Field was called after eight innings of play. 

Yeiler Peguero singled twice, drove-in a run, and scored another and Miguel Amaya belted a two-run double and walked for the Cubs in a losing cause on Whirlwind Field, and Jose Herrera and Gerard Hernandez drilled two-run singles for the D'backs in a losing cause on Jackrabbit Field.  

RHSP Junior Marte had difficulty finding the strike zone in the game on Whilrlwind Field, walking six in just 1.1 IP (he threw only 43% strikes), and surrendering two run-scoring triples when he did throw the ball over the plate.  

RHP (ex-INF) Francisco Garay and RHP (ex-OF) Wander Feliz saw their first Cactus League EXST game action since being converted to pitchers this season (they had previously thrown only "live" BP and in intrasquad games at Riverview Park), throwing an inning a piece in the game on Jackrabbit Field. Garay got through his inning relatively unscathed (although his fastball topped out at only 86 MPH), while Feliz walked the bases loaded and then surrendered a two-run single (like Marte, Feliz could not find home plate, recording only 33% strikes).  

A 17-year old 6'2 Panamanian, Garay hit just 126/190/146 with a whopping 96 K in 220 PA while playing both 3B and SS for the VSL Cubs in his debut pro season last year, and the 18-year old 6'2 Feliz hit 235/375/333 in 202 PA and 54 games (mostly in RF) for the DSL Cubs in 2015 (his rookie season). Garay received a $200K signing bonus in July 2014, so his failure as a position player is especially noteworthy. 

Stephen Bruno saw his first game action since Minor League Camp, playing 2B for four ininngs and going 1-2 (a single and a FC) at the plate on Jackrabbit Field. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only) 


WHIRLWIND FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1a. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (BB, K, F-7, 3-6 FC, R, SB)
1b. Ruben Reyes, CF: 0-1 (3-6 FC, R)
2. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 2-4 (1B, F-7, F-8, 1B, R, RBI, PO)
3a. Rafael Mejia, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, K)
3b. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B, 2 RBI)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-4 (5-3, K, L-4, 3-1)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, DH #2: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3)
6. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF-DH: 0-2 (K, HBP, K)
7. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C-DH: 0-3 (E-6, K, F-7)
8. Vimael Machin, 3B: 1-2 (BB, F-7, 1B)
9. Jonathan Sierra, DH-LF: 0-3 (5-4-3 DP, L-7, K)
10. Roberto Caro, RF: 1-3 (3B, F-9, 1-3, R)
11. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-1 (6-3, BB, BB, RBI, SB)

CUBS SQUAD" A" PITCHERS
1. Junior Marte: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 6 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 49 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Daniel Lewis: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (29 strikes) 
3. Pablo Ochoa: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/4 GO/AO, 32 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 DP, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Jose Paniagua: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 
2. P Pablo Ochoa: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-2 CS 

CUBS SQUAD "A" OUTFIELD ASSISTS
CF Robert Garcia - batter thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 


JACKRABBIT FIELD

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-3 (3B, 3-U, P-2, RBI)
1b. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 0-1 (BB, 5-3, R)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-5 (K, 1-2 FC, F-8, F-7, 1B)
3a. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-2 (FC, 1B)
3b. Yohan Matos, PH-RF-LF: 1-2 (1B, BB, K+WP, R)
4a. Alex Bautista, DH #1: 0-1 (6-3, BB, BB, HBP, R)
4b. Rafael Narea, PH: 0-0 (BB, SB)
5a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-3 (F-9, 6-4 FC, K)
5b. Eric Gonzalez, 1B: 0-2 (P-2, P-4)
6. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-5 (1B, P-3, 3-U, 1B, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
7a. Abraham Rodriguez, RF-DH: 0-2 (P-2, E-3, R)
7b. Tyler Pearson, PH-C: 1-1 (BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
8. Jhonny Bethencourt, DH-2B: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K, 1-3 SH, BB)
10. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, BB, K, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
11. Luis Ayala, DH-RF: 0-2 (SH-FC, BB, F-7, K)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Pedro Silverio: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (29 strikes) 
2. Francisco Garay: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Alexander Santana: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (6 strikes) 
5. Wander Feliz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (9 strikes) 
6. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Payne: 1-2 CS 
2. Tyler Pearson: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 24 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 

Comments

Whoever had Bartolo Colon homering before Jayson Heyward this year. YOU WON!

colon is still rounding the bases...he's almost to 3rd.

Phil, Seems like Kevonte Mitchell is struggling. Agree or disagree?

CHILDERS: Kevonte Mitchell (Cubs 2014 13th round draft pick - Kennett HS - Kennett, MO) is hitting 250/425/357 in ten Cactus League EXST games (40 PA), with a 30% BB rate (he is second on the team in walks) and a 30% K-rate (he is also second on the team in strikeouts, behind only Kwang-Min Kwon, who has twelve K in just 29 PA). Mitchell is also second on the team in RBI, but he has only one SB (and one CS), even though speed is his best tool. 

Mitchell is what's known by scouts as an "athlete," meaning his overall athleticism is greater than his ability to play that particular sport. In the case of Mitchell, he was an outstanding HS basketball player, where baseball was not his #1 sport. He is an OK but not great defender in the outfield (he has plus-range and a plus-arm but he's only so-so at tracking fly balls) who can play all three OF slots. But he isn't a very good hitter at this point (too many swings & misses, and he has been unable to translate BP HR power into "game-usable" power). He also should be a better base-stealer than he is, but his jumps need work.  

Although he would appear to have the tools needed to improve as a baseball player, how much he will improve over time is the big question. He needs to have a good 2016 season at EXST and Eugene, and then build on that. 

.250 is better than I thought. I know BA isn't the end all beat all anymore, but I thought his was lower. Do you think the high walk rate is a product of a patient approach or more of a guessing approach? Thanks. I like tracking athletes. Potential is a four letter word but you cannot stay good in the Majors without a certain level of pure talent.

CHILDERS: Kevonte Mitchell is very patient and perhaps even somewhat passive at the plate. He's certainly not what I would call a "hacker," that's for sure. He actually fits the profile of a lead-off hitter because of the high OBP and raw speed combo, but he almost always hits 3-4-5 at EXST (which is probably why he's second on the EXST Cubs in RBI).   

Okay. I'm feeling better about his chances.

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