Angel Five-Run 3rd Sinks Cubs at Riverview

Alexis Rivera hammered a two-run home run to key a five-run 3rd inning that turned a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 lead, and the Angels held-on to edge the Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

17-year old SS Aramis Ademan (2015 IFA - Dominican Republic - $2M bonus) ripped a double and a bases-loaded bases-clearing three-run triple, 17-year old 2B Yonathan Perlaza (2015 IFA - Venezuela - $1M bonus) drilled an RBI triple and a single, walked, and scored a run, and 19-year old CF D. J. Wilson (Cubs 2015 4th round draft pick - Canton South HS - Canton, OH) singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored three runs for the Cubs in a losing cause.

Ademan also made a nice play in the field on an L-6 that he turned into an inning-ending DP in the top of the 1st. (This was Ademan's first Cactus League EXST game action since April 16th, although he did play in yesterday's intrasquad game). 


RHSP Pedro Silverio got the start for the Cubs and threw ten straight balls to start the game, before settling down and retiring eight of the last nine men he faced (K, L-6 DP, 6-3, BB, K, F-7, K, F-9, 4-3). 

Recently signed RHRP Nick Sarianides (ex-AZ) was the victim of the five-run explosion in the top of the 3rd, allowing all five runs on two hits (including the Rivera HR), two walks, a HBP, and two WP (he threw only 39% srikes and he could not complete the inning). The strikeout and save leader in the California League in 2015, Sarianides was released by the D'backs earlier this month because he could not throw strikes at AA Mobile. He posted a 1-2-3 nine-pitch inning in his first EXST outing on Tuesday. 

RF Michael Foster fouled a ball off his left ankle mid-AB in the bottom of the 7th and had to be carted off the field (Yohan Matos finished the AB), the third Cub outfielder to leave a game due to a leg, ankle, or foot injury in three days (Jose Gonzalez and Robert Garcia were injured in Wednesday's SS-DH versus the Rockies).  

Prior to the game on Field #5, RHSP Aaron Brooks (March 2016 hip contusion) and LHRP Jack Leathersich (July 2015 TJS) threw "live" BP on Field #6 (one inning - 25 pitches each), so if there are no medical setbacks, both pitchers should be ready for Cactus League EXST or intrasquad game action within a week or so. This was Leathersich's first time throwing from a mound on a field since his TJS, but Brooks threw in an intrasquad game at Riverview on April 26th (he was shut-down after just two innings, and he hadn't thrown on a field since). 

Among Cubs 40-man roster pitchers who are on the DL, LHRP Zac Rosscup has had season-ending left shoulder-surgery, RHRP Andury Acevedo has had season-ending knee surgery (torn ACL), and RHSP Dallas Beeler (right shoulder inflammation) was shut-down mid-AB while throwing in a Cactus League EXST game on April 30th, and he hasn't pitched since. RHSP Pierce Johnson (lat strain) is at the Cubs UAPC in Mesa, but he is not throwing "live" yet. And I have not seen Joe Nathan. 

RHSP Stephen Fife (oblique strain) is not on the Cubs 40-man roster but he was an NRI to Spring Training, and he has completed his EXST rehab assignment (he threw 81 pitches in a Cactus League EXST game on Wednesday) and he will be re-joining the Iowa Cubs when they return home on Monday. 

RHRP Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS) is also not on the Cubs 40-man roster but (like Fife) he was an NRI to Spring Training, and he was active and pitching in Cactus League EXST games regularly (one inning every two or three days) up until ten days ago (5/10), when he was shut-down while warming up to come into a game versus the Giants in Scottsdale, and he hasn't pitched since.

And as I've mentioned here before, but in case you missed it, LHRP Manny Parra (another NRI to Cubs MLB Spring Training) had TJS last month and is out for the year. 

John Arguello has notes from the game at Cubs Den: 



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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-3 (K, BB, 1B, 1B, 3 R, SB)
2. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-3 (5-3, 1B, BB, 3B, R, RBI)
3a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 2-2 (2B, 3B, 3 RBI)
3b. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-2 (F-9, P-3)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (F-9, K, 1B+E5, 3-U, RBI)
5. Vimael Machin, 3B: 1-4 (6-3, K, 6-3, 1B) 
6. Kevin Zamudio, C-DH: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
7. Rafael Mejia, DH #1: 0-3 (K, 6-3, P-2)
8a. Michael Foster, RF: 0-1 (BB, K, R, SB)
8b. Yohan Matos, PH-RF: 0-1 (5-3)
9. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 0-3 (5-3, F-9, 5-3)
10. Ruben Reyes, LF: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, 4-3, R, RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Pedro Silverio: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 2/3 GO/AO, 56 pitches (30 pitches) 
2. Nick Sarianides: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (9 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. Luis Aquino: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes) 
6. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 streikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 20 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

Phil, how did Albertos look today?

AZBOBBOP: Jose Albertos FB was sitting at 95-96, he showed a nice change-up but only threw it twice, and he had trouble commanding his curve (which has a very sharp break).  

The Cubs have been bringing Albertos along very slowly (he throws two innings every seven or eight days), and he will almost certainly be at AZL Cubs in 2016. The best way to explain it is that Albertos is a year behind Cease & Hudson, so if all goes well, he should be where they are now this time next year (in other words, headed for Eugene). Of course, Albertos is only 17, so there is no reason to rush him.   

AZ PHIL: Did you ever see dominating stuff from Rosscup? I know the club would like to have lefty specialists with fire, but I never saw much that made me think he'd be anything more than mediocre. And, he has had plenty of injuries in his young career.

his main attribute is deception, vs lefties and righties...hitters have a hard time picking his stuff up out of his hand. he gets good movement, too...sometimes to the detriment of his control. some of the swings guys take off him are absolutely embarrassing. /notexactlyphil /notatallphil

That's cool, cause the other swings connect yielding plenty of hits. That is, when he is not walking everyone...

E-MAN: A lefty reliever with a mid-80's slider and a 91-94 MPH fastball can have a lot of success - IF - he can throw strikes. Unfortunately, Rosscup has trouble doing that, and a major shoulder injury probably won't help his command, and it could very well negatively impact his "swing & miss" wipe-out slider, too. 

I suspect Rosscup will get outrighted post-2016, and will eventually find his way to another organization as a minor league 6YFA. 

Hi Phil, it is exciting to see so many of the young players (16,17yo)doing so well.It appears the system is really loaded with young talent. Would appreciate your take on this. MTBob

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  • Hagsag 5 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Are ther any FA starting pitchers that would be an addition to take a starting spot?

     

  • QuietMan 16 hours 50 min ago (view)

    I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list.  "Sorry Honey, can't do it."

    Thanks Phil.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 51 min ago (view)

    or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...

    jeff kent deserves to be in the HOF...lou whitaker needs to get in first...

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 27 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 1 min ago (view)

    oh boy...chatwood and a.mills in the rotation...because the minor league system sure as hell don't have much to offer for competition.

     

  • QuietMan 20 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Non Baseball related injury.  Does he still get paid?

     

  • Ryno 21 hours 3 min ago (view)

    A digital nerve sounds like something that would be repaired with a copper wire and solder.

     

  • Cubster 21 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Per Sun-Times: Jose Quintana out two weeks after cutting a digital nerve in his pitching  left thumb and requiring microsurgery to repair the nerve, from a kitchen dishwashing accident last week. Hard to say what impact that might have on his repertoire. The sensation can take 2-3 months to return if the repair is successful.

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.