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"
crunch 6 min 36 sec ago (view)
it's either that or montgomery/chatwood...i'll take AA
Hagsag 29 min 28 sec ago (view)
Phil, thanks. You are the Man!
tim815 35 min 3 sec ago (view)
Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?
I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.
Eric S 1 hour 16 min ago (view)
Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote.
Andy 1 hour 24 min ago (view)
I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.
JustSayin' 1 hour 31 min ago (view)
Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017. He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment. Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing. I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.
crunch 2 hours 20 min ago (view)
last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"
crunch 2 hours 28 min ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 2 hours 28 min ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 2 hours 29 min ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 40 min ago (view)
Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each.
The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 46 min ago (view)
The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day).
So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 56 min ago (view)
Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).
Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).
Craig A. 4 hours 17 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 4 hours 31 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 4 hours 34 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.