Cubs Walk on the Wild Side at Riverview

Eddy Julio Martinez blasted a two-run HR and a triple (near-HR), and while the Cubs "A" team collected only four hits in the game (the EJM HR and triple and a couple of singles that didn't factor in the scoring), they drew 13 walks plus two HBP and stole six bases, edging the Athletics Green squad 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Memorial Day game action Monday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

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

1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, F-8 SF, K, RBI, CS)
2. Henderson Perez, C-DH: 0-3 (5-3, BB, L-7, F-9)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3 DP, 4-3, 4-3, SB)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, 1B: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, BB)
5. Orian Nunez, DH-C: 0-2 (5-3, L-9, BB, HBP, PO)
6a. Clayton Daniel, SS-DH: 0-2 (BB, F-8, L-8, R)
6b. Oswaldo Pina, PH: 0-0 (BB) 
7a. Eddy Julio Martinez, DH #2: 2-2 (HR, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
7b. Carlos Pacheco, PH-LF: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP) 
8. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, BB, K)
9. Dalton Hurd, LF-DH: 0-1 (BB, F-8, HBP)
10a. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB)
10b. Albert Hinirio, PR-RF: 0-1 (K, R, 2 SB) 
11. Josue Huma, DH-SS: 0-1 (P-5, BB, BB, R, 2 SB)

1. Kohl Franklin: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 47 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 BALK, 2/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes) 
5. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes) 

2B Luis Diaz: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, what are your thoughts on Eddy Julio’s future?

azbobbop: Eddy Julio Martinez will show flashes of his five-tool skillset but then he tends to go into a prolonged malaise.

Martinez was signed by the Cubs for $3M in 2015 (and the Cubs had to pay a 100% tax on the signing so it really cost the Cubs $6M). He was a member of the Cuban U16 Junior National Team and played in Serie Nacional (the Cuban major league) as a teenager prior to signing with the Cubs, and was (at the time he signed) considered a possible future MLB CF.  

Mainly (right now) he needs to get healthy and get back to AA and master AA and then get to AAA in 2020. He's under club control through the 2022 season so it's not like his time is running out, but he is 24 years old and still in AA so there needs to be more urgency in his game. 

Joel Machaado. Mesa or Boca Chica? (Gallardo seems like he's staying.)

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  • crunch 5 hours 34 min ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...


  • crunch 7 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.


  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 55 min ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.


  • crunch 23 hours 26 min ago (view)

    yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the's practically asking to be written that way.

    jeff passan did it quite well...

    that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).


  • Charlie 1 day 5 min ago (view)

    Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.

    i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.


  • Charlie 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    This is a straight up troll 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.

    ptbn from the josh osich deal.

    totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.


  • Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 6 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.