Eloy Goes Deep to Help Cubs Defeat Angels at Riverview
Alberto Mineo (RBI double), Tyler Alamo (RBI single), and Adonis Paula (RBI single) collected run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 3rd, 17-year old Andruw Monasterio smacked a two-run double, Eloy Jimenez belted a solo home run, and Jose Paulino hurled four shutout innings and combined with four relievers to toss a three-hitter, as the Cubs cruised past the Angels 7-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning affair so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Frandy de la Rosa drilled his team-leading seventh double in the game and is now hitting 279/324/443 in 19 Cactus League EXST games (68 PA), and it appears that he has won the Opening Day starting second-base job at Eugene.
The Eloy Jimenez HR gives him the team lead with two, and he is now hitting 317/348/583 in 19 Cactus League EXST games (66 PA). In addition to the two home runs, Eloy also has four doubles and is tied for the team lead in triples with three (tied with Kevin Encarnacion), and he leads the team in RBI (15 ) and in runs scored (11). He has three walks and ten strikeouts in the 66 PA, and he has also stolen three bases (no CS).
In EXST Cubs roster news, INF Bryant Flete has been moved-up to AA Tennessee, and catcher Erick Castillo has been assigned to Extended Spring Training from AA Tennessee, as Flete and Castillo essentially changed places.
The 22-year old left-handed hitting Flete is a versatile player defensively and a polished player offensively, capable of playing 2B, SS, and 3B. and with a patient approach and a good eye at the plate. He hit a combined 274/385/355 in 189 career minor league games (761 PA) 2012-14, and in 13 Cactus League EXST games (35 PA) this season, Flete hit 357/485/500, with four doubles, seven walks and five strikeouts, one stolen base (one CS), seven runs scored, and three RBI.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, L-6, 5-3, R, SB)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 5-3, F-9, R)
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 1-3 (6-4 FC, BB, K, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB)
4. Alberto Mineo, 1B-C: 1-4 (4-3, 2B, K, L-7, R, RBI)
5. Tyler Alamo, C-1B: 1-4 (L-3, 1B, P-4, F-8, R, RBI)
6. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, BB, K, RBI, PO)
7. Jose Paniagua, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-9 SF, E-4, K, R, RBI)
8. Danny Gutierrez, LF: 0-4 (F-8, F-8, F-7, K)
9. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 1-2 (1B, BB, 5-3, R)
10. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (2B, 4-6-3 DP, K, 2 RBI)
1. Jose Paulino: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5/5 GO/FO, 42 pitches (32 strikes)
2. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Pedro Araujo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 10 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Jordan Brink: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Adonis Paula: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Frandy de la Rosa: E-4 (dropped throw on attempted 6-4 FC allowing runner to reach 2nd base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 1 PB
WEATHER: Mostly sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.
bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
"MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."
espada's had 2 interviews. for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work. SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.
JustSayin' 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter. MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent. They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players. In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted. For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col
Hagsag 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
The discussions on this matter have been quite varried. There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.
It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.
crunch 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic. wow.
altuve continues to build his astros legend.
bradsbeard 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen.
bradsbeard 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab.
JustSayin' 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday? Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?) Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back?
Arizona Phil 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.