Nic, Bug, and Mac Are a Rockie Concoction for Cubs at Riverview
Nic Motley doubled twice, walked, and collected two RBI, Tyler Bugner singled twice, stole two bases, and scored twice, and RHSP Pearson McMahan hurled five innings of two-hit/one-run ball (retiring the first nine men and the last six men he faced), helping the Rockies edge the Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Luis Hidalgo smacked a three-run HR, Luis Vazquez drilled a single and an RBI double and scored a run, Reivaj Garcia singled, doubled, and scored a run, and Yovanny Cuevas belted an RBI triple and drove-in another run with an RBI GO for the Cubs in a losing cause.
The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair, but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Rockies pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Prior to the game, LHSP Justin Steele (July 2017 TJS) threw "live" BP (two innings - 35 pitches) on Field #4 and it went very well (FB velo good and flashed a plus-CH). Next step is three innings (45 pitches), and then he will begin to throw a breaking ball.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Erick Leal (missed 2017 season with a non-TJS elbow injury) has completed his rehab and has rejoined Myrtle Beach, replacing RHRP Elvis Diaz on the Pelicans roster (E. Diaz was released). In addition, RHP Kyle Miller (Cubs 2015 19th round draft pick - Florida Atlantic) has been released from Extended Spring Training. (K. Miller had a lot of difficulty throwing strikes at Minor League Camp and was left behind in Mesa to work on his mechanics when Myrtle Beach departed Arizona at the end of March, but he was unable to overcome the problem).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 2-4 (F-7, 1B, 1-3, 2B, R)
2. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (P-6, 2B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 1-4 (F-7, 6-3, 3B, F-8, 2 RBI)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-4 (K, P-5, K, 3-1)
5. Carlos Pacheco, DH #1: 0-4 (K, F-7, P-4, F-8)
6a. Kevin Zamudio, C: 0-3 (P-4, K, K)
6b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (5-3)
7. Cam Balego, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, F-9, 1B, R)
8. Fidel Mejia, DH #2: 1-3 (F-9, K, 1B, R)
9. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, HR, R, 3 RBI)
10. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-2 (BB, K, 1B, R)
1. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Garrett Kelly: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Peyton Remy: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes)
5. Yan de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 24 pitches (20 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. CF Yovanny Cuevas: E-8 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. C Kevin Zamudio: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Kevin Zamudio: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Kevin Moreno - batter thrown out 7-6-5 (relay by SS Luis Vazquez) attempting to stretch double into triple
Kevin Moreno - thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double into LF corner
Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 10 hours 21 min ago (view)
The Cubs have officially signed C-1B Alberto Mineo to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
A native of Italy, Mineo was signed by the Cubs as a 16 year old J-2 IFA in November 2010. He was one of three players signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Academy in Turin, Italy in the years 2008-10 (Italian RHP Alex Maestri and Dutch INF Dwayne Kemp were the other two).
Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 9 min ago (view)
No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
tim815 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).
bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game:
NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now... just needs to gradually increase innings...
NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter
Craig A. 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Craig A. 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting
tim815 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.
Thanks, as always.
Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.
I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!
Charlie 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.