Cubs & Angels Tie One Up at Diablo Stadium

With the Cubs "A" team trailing 3-0 going into the top of the 6th inning, Fernando Kelli lined a lead-off triple into the LF corner and then scored on an RBI GO, Orian Nunez clubbed a solo HR, and Yonathan Perlaza singled, advanced to 2nd base on a FO to the warning track in CF, moved-up to 3rd on a balk, and scored on an Ezequiel Pagan infield single, as the Cubs rallied to score three runs to tie the Angels 3-3, and that's how it ended, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ. 

The game was called after nine innings of play. 

LHSP Jerryell Rivera hurled four innings of no-run/no-hit ball with seven strikeouts and Angels top prospect OF Jo Adell (right ankle sprain and left hamstring strain suffered while running the bases at Sloan Park in a Cactus League MLB Spring Training game versus the Cubs in March) stroked a single and a double for the Halos, although a "Designated Pinch-Runner" was employed for Adell both times he reached base.  

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

1. Fernando Kelli, LF: 1-3 (BB, F-9, 3B, P-1, R, SB)
2. Edmond Americaan, CF: 1-4 (K, 6-3, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
3a. Orian Nunez, DH #1: 1-3 (F-8, E-5, HR, R, RBI)
3b. Danny Zardon, PH: 0-1 (P-4)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-3 (K, BB, 1B, F-8, R)
5a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-3 (6-3, K, F-8)
5b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (K) 
6a. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #2: 1-3 (K, 3-1, 1B, RBI, CS) 
6b. Albert Hinirio, PH: 0-1 (L-8)
7. Josue Huma, SS: 1-4 (6-3, P-4, L-4, 1B)
8. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-3 (K, BB, F-7, K, SB)
9. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, PO)
10. Jake Slaughter, 1B:  1-3 (K, 1-3, 1B)

1. Richard Gallardo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 4/3 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Casey Ryan: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 25 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Elias Herrera: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Raidel Orta: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes) 

C Alexander Guerra: E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

Alexander Guerra: 2-3 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above)

RF Dalton Hurd - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF


WEATHER: Mostly sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 


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


Phil, can you give us an updated scouting report on Gallardo?

HAGSAG: For a 17-year old he's very polished and poised. If I didn't know better I would think he was a D-1 college draft pick. High floor type pitcher. 91-93 MPH FB, solid CV, CH looks promising. Throws strikes. Stuff isn't electric. Doesn't get a lot of swings & misses. He's probably not quite as much of a prospect as you would think he would be given his $1M signing bonus. I would call him (at best) a younger version of Paul Richan, or Javier Assad might be even a better comp. He's a good prospect but he's not elite. Because he is so polished at such a young age I would say he is one of the Cubs Top 10 pitching prospects, but he's not one of the Top 5. 

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  • crunch 21 min 17 sec ago (view)

    hah!  also uggg...i wonder what $20m-ish of k.bryant after a down season and uncertainty of april-june for "normal" baseball is worth to a team.  we will probably find out in a month or 2, though.


  • Charlie 2 hours 58 min ago (view)

    What's that, crunch? Kris Bryant for Robinson Canoe? Bold call!


  • George Altman 5 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Phil, you used to put out a Top 10 or 20 Prospect list around the end of the AFL. Sometimes you would update mid year if trades or draft warranted. This is not false praise...your lists were more impactful than BA, MLB, BP to me, let alone the Cubs fan board lists. Today, the only thing I give any credence to are your evaluations and Fan Graphs Top 40. If the evaluator has only watched video then, hell, I can watch video.


  • crunch 9 hours 7 sec ago (view)

    there is no way the 2-3 guys that created most of those cubs reports have seen much more than youtube video footage as far as "live" scouting.

    they seem very dedicated and eager, but there are some questionable things in their scouting reports.


  • Wrigley Rat 9 hours 45 min ago (view)

    I'd REALLY enjoy reading Phil's list with scouting reports!!! I'd definitely trust his ratings more than most!

    Here is what the website says about seeing the players: "Our evaluation team has spent countless hours filling these boards with highly in-depth scouting reports from live looks and film study."

    Either way, in my opinion, it's good to read other people's evaluations, even when they vary from our own. It gets us thinking about how confident we are in our valuations and how much we're willing to modify them based on other people's reports!


  • Hagsag 11 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Phil, I am sure you could put together a more realistic list.


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 36 min ago (view)

    No offense intended, but did anybody at this site actually see these guys play? 

    Chase Strumpf has only "40" power?!! Andy Weber even has more power than Strumpf? Seriously? Strumpf actually has plus-power. In fact, HR power is his #1 attribute. His power tool is probably at least "60" (maybe "65").   

    Both Ronnier Quintero and Aramis Ademan are "45" run? Really? Ademan has average speed ("50"), and Quintero is Miguel Montero 2.0. His run tool is probably "30" (on a good day). Quintero's plus raw tools are arm and power.  


  • Hagsag 16 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the info.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    I just discovered this site: (Sorry if you all know about it already!). 52 Cubs prospects listed with scouting reports! Really enjoying this one! :)


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    we all knew trades were coming...getting rid of 1-2 of the core, but at this point i wonder how much (if any) of that free'd up loot is going back into the team.


  • Charlie 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    He clearly did not want to be remembered for selling off the core and then walking away from the team a year later. Can't blame him.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    every other contender is full of rumor news for who they'll sign...and the hot cubs rumor is kris bryant won't be traded before the wednesday arb offer deadline.  wee.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: The MLB contracts that are tendered on 12/2 via Central Tender Letter are are non-guaranteed contacts.

    And a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released prior to MLB Opening Day receives 30 days salary (paid at the minor league rate for players with split contracts) if the player is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day, or 45 days salary (paid at the MLB rate for players signed to split contracts) if the player is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day as termination pay. 


  • jdrnym 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    If a player signs one of those deals that allows a split salary or incentives to be included, does that get treated like an arbitration salary in that it's only partially guaranteed until Opening Day?


  • bradsbeard 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.