Brendon Little Throws "Live" BP & Danny Hultzen gets Game Work at EXST
Jorge Barrosa belted a two-run triple and singled twice, Jose Corpa drilled a two-run triple and scored a run, and Luvin Valbuena doubled, walked, and scored two runs, leading the Diamondbacks past the Cubs "A" team 6-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Jake Slaughter laced an RBI double and a single, Edmond Americaan singled, doubled, walked, and scored a run, and Marcus Mastrobuoni drove-in two runs with an RBI single and an RBI FC, stole a base, and threw out a runner attempting to steal a base, to aid the Cubs in a losing cause.
LHP Danny Hultzen (on AAA Iowa 60-day IL - 2016 shoulder surgery rehab) saw his first game action of 2019, getting the start and striking out the side (all three swinging, and he threw 83% strikes) in the top of the 1st inning, and RHRP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL - May 2018 TJS) threw a 1-2-3 2nd inning (4-3, 6-3, K-swinging) as he continues to look sharp while rehabbing from May 2018 TJS.
Once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball (he was the Seattle Mariners 1st round pick and the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UVA), the 29-year old Hultzen still has a plus-CH and a very solid breaking ball and he runs his cutter at a respectable 88-90 MPH, and he has outstanding command of all of his pitches, too, but the problem he had last year (and it remains to be seen if the issue has been resolved) was that he was unable to throw more than one inning per appearance and he was also unable to throw two days in a row. If he is going to be an MLB lefty reliever he will need to be able to either throw multiple innings or pitch at least two days in a row.
Prior to the game on Field #5, LHP Brendon Little (Cubs 2017 1st round draft pick) and RHP John Pomeroy (ex-PIT) threw "live" BP on Field #6. This was the first time Little has faced hitters since straining his lat in his first "live" BP session of Minor League Camp the first week of March.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, DH #1: 0-4 (L-3, K, 4-3, K)
2a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 1-1 (2B, R)
2b. Alexander Guerra, PH-DH: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9)
3. Edmond Americaan, LF: 2-3 (1B, BB, 2B, K, R)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-4 (6-4 FC, L-6 DP, 1B, F-9, R, 2 RBI, SB)
5. Jake Slaughter, 3B-1B: 2-4 (2B, 6-3, F-9, 1B, RBI)
6. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-4 (K, 1B, K, 1B, SB, CS)
7a. Orian Nunez, 1B: 0-2 (E-5, L-8)
7b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 1-2 (3B, P-4, R)
8. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-3 (P-3, K, F-9 SF, K, RBI)
9. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
10. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 2-3, K)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Danny Hultzen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 18 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Willy Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Omar Ventura: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Manuel Espinoza: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (26 strikes)
6. Carlos Vega: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 35 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 3
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 2 hours 28 min ago (view)
Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter.
He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 4 min ago (view)
Good to see Roederer and Velasquez providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development
Arizona Phil 8 hours 7 min ago (view)
The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster.
crunch 9 hours 29 min ago (view)
"He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."
reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 23 min ago (view)
Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 39 min ago (view)
TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well.
Arizona Phil 11 hours 17 min ago (view)
AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here.
He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.
His receiving should improve with experience as well.
azbobbop 1 day 23 min ago (view)
Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?
tim815 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.
Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.
Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.
As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later.
Arizona Phil 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:
RHP Josh Burgmann
RHP Chris Clarke
LHP D. J. Herz
RHP Michael McAvene
Charlie 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 3 days 12 hours ago (view)
I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump.
crunch 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
iapoce expected to stay. i'm surprised. i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.
crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year