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):

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
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)

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
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) 

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 1 
2B Luis Diaz: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 8 

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

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Comments

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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