Cubs Have Little to Show for 2017 First-Round Pick

Eddy Julio Martinez reached base on a HBP, tripled, singled, stole a base, and scored, and collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly, Yonathan Perlaza tripled, singled, stole a base, and scored a run, Oswaldo Pina ripped a two-run double and a single, and SP Brendon Little tossed two perfect innings and combined with five relievers on a two-hitter, as the Cubs "A" team defeated the Giants Orange squad 5-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning contest. 

The Cubs 2017 1st round draft pick out of SCF - Sarasota-Manatee, Little saw his first game action of the season after suffering a lat strain in his first "live" BP session the first week of Minor League Camp in March. And Little didn't miss a beat, either, easily retiring all six Giants he faced (P-2, F-8, K * F-9, 4-3, 5-3) on just 14 pitches. He displayed a 92-94 MPH FB, a plus-CV, and a CH, and he had command of all three of his pitches and threw all three pitches for strikes. In fact he was so efficient that after he finished his two innings, he was sent down to the bullpen to throw an additional 15 pitches (five FB, five CV, and five CH). So things are looking up for Little. 

Prior to the Cactus League EXST game on Field #1, RHSP Keegan Thompson (on AA Tennessee 7-day IL since April 11th) threw a two-inning "sim" game on Field #5. 

Here is the abridged box score from the Cactus League EXST game on Field #1 (Cubs players only): 

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (K, K, K, 1B, R, SB)
2. Angel Pagan, LF-RF: 0-4 (1-3, 1-3, L-8, F-7)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF-DH: 2-2 (HBP, 3B, 1B, F-9 SF, R, RBI, SB)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 2-4 (K, L-7, 1B, 3B, R, SB)
5. Henderson Perez, C: 1-4 (4-3, HBP, 6-U FC, 1B, 2 RBI, SB)
6. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 1-3 (1B, 6-4-3 DP, K, HBP, R)
7. Luis Diaz, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, K, K, R)
8. Oswaldo Pina, SS: 2-4 (2B, 1-3, 1B, 5-3, 2 RBI)
9. Carlos Pacheco, DH-LF: 0-4 (K, K, 5-4 FC, K)
10. Danny Zardon, DH #2: 1-4 (P-6, 2B, L-8, F-8)

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Brendon Little: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Chad Hockin: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1  (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 BALK, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Enrique de los Rios: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Elias Herrera: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (5 strikes)
6. Riley McCauley: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 1 
3B Luis Diaz: E-5 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

I saw outfielders Carlos Morfa and Kevin Moreno get hugs and handshakes as they left the bench and headed for the clubhouse prior to the conclusion of yesterday's game and they were absent today at BP, so they may be headed for the DSL. I wouldn't be surprised if LHP Joel Machado and RHP Willy Cabrera (and possibly RHP Manuel Espinoza) got a ticket to the DSL, too, since they are now M. I. A. as well.  

AZ PHIL- Bummer about Duncan Robinson, but along those same lines what in the world makes Corey Black so special that they'd hang on to him this long, one TJS is acceptable, worry some, but acceptable.  A second I'd likely say too much.  Then he struggles after 2 getting healthy, and now a 3rd TJS and (so far) they have kept him or is he expected to be released.  Is this just Theo wanting to say I got something for Soriano (a lot of dr bills)

cubbies.4ever: I don't think the Cubs saw the most recent Black TJS #3 coming or they wouldn't have offered him a 2019 minor league contract after he became a minor league 6YFA post-2018. But generally speaking, as long as the player follows the rehab program the Cubs will usually keep the guy until he's somewhat close to being healthy and no longer requires rehab services.

Not speaking from personal experience you understand, but it's sort of like being on Death Row. They won't execute you while you have the flu. They wait until you're healthy, then you can be executed. 

at least corey black has more time to sit around and tweet about how "the circle game" is absolutely nothing else, and why in the world would anyone think otherwise because there's obviously never been a huge pile of video, written, and photographic evidence otherwise.

Gotcha.  Theo really does like his TJS pitchers though.  On their 40 alone, Chatwood 2x, Collins 2x, Darvish, Rosario, Mills, Steele, Graveman.  Throw in Duensing.  Plus a bunch of minor leaguers.  How many of those pitchers have done anything worth while (Given Steele and Graveman get a TBD card) for the Cubs?  Maybe there's a theme here.  You always hear about the Adam Wainwright success stories, but never about the Corey Black's.

ken rosenthal reports the cubs are exploring craig kimbrel (according to "major-league sources") thanks in part to money saved from this zobrist incident (about $2m a month).

OF Eddy Julio Martinez was moved back up to AA Tennessee after Saturday's Cactus League EXST game at Riverview. His hard-contact rate has been outstanding and he has been displaying his full five-tool package in games. 

speaking of draft picks...

i don't think i've ever seen such a lack of interest in the draft on this board or from cubs fans in general.  it's hard to project such late picks, which takes some excitement out of it, but the interest from fans seems to be at a near all-time low in my recent memory.

Ever?

I don''t  think Cubs faans tend a much toward college in the first place. With no chaatter from the paid talkinng heads, no bonus picks, and it gets useless  to write  on the  topic.

i'm just saying the draft is tomorrow and not only have i not seen any discussion here, some of the "real life" local cubs fans i know haven't even chimed in about the draft in any cubs talk we've been having.

it's a personal observance rather than some cold, hard fact, but the draft seems to have little interest from cubdom.

CRUNCH: The MLB draft is just so different from the NFL and NBA drafts because even players selected in the 1st round aren't MLB-ready and (in most cases) won't surface in the big leagues until maybe two or three years later (if at all), and so it's hard for fans to wrap their heads around it.   

What I usually do is check the most-recent Baseball America mock (which was posted today) and get a general idea of who BA believes is on the Cubs radar at #27 overall:

1. Braden Shewmake, SS (Texas A&M) - BA has this as the Cubs pick - lanky 6'4 athletic SS who sounds like a LH-hitting version of D. J. LeMahieu (good hitter but not much power, probably can't stay long-term at SS, could end up as multi-positional super-sub utility guy);  
2. Kameron Misner, CF (U. of Missouri) - sounds a lot like Brett Jackson (6'4 toolsy CF, LH hitter with HR power, plus-speed, takes walks, strikes out a lot); 
3. Michael Toglia, 1B-LF (UCLA) - 6'5 switch-hitter, has HR power to all fields, takes walks, lots of strikeouts;
4. Rece Hinds, 3B (IMG Academy - Bradenton, FL) - LSU recruit is 6'4 beast & has the most pure raw HR power in the draft & throws 98 MPH if he doesn't make it as position player (or could he be viewed as a possible future two-way player?). Throws & bats right.   

Interestingly all four of the guys mentioned by BA in relation to the Cubs 1st round pick are at least 6'4 and are position players, and three of them are big-time HR hitters (especially Hinds).  

Of course last year the Cubs selected SS Nico Hoerner (Stanford) with their 1st round pick and - NOBODY - saw that one coming, so outside of the Cubs draft room nobody really knows who (or what) the Cubs are targeting with the #27 overall pick. 

weak pitching crop this draft...lot of "tools and high ceiling" guys and not many slam dunks (a.rutschman, a.vaughn, b.witt, jj.bleday).  even the slam dunks aren't that impressive except for a.rutschman.

rustchman got IBB a few days ago with the bases loaded and 0 outs.  that's b.bonds-level fear.

seeing cubs/misner linked on more than a few lists.

AA's last 3 outings @ Iowa: IP:17 H:6 BB:2 SO:23

Phil...now that extended spring trainInglis is over, what are your overall observations? Players to watch this year?

Brendon Little with an outstanding three-inning "sim" game at Riverview Park on Friday: 45 pitches - 34 strikes, 13 swings & misses. FB velo holding at 92-94 with a plus-CV and CH. 

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 

     

  • Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM

     

  • Charlie 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.

     

  • crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.

     

  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)

    mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...

     

  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.

    i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.

    he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.

    that said, his career is far from done.  most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -. 

    The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft after the Indians signed him to a minor league successor contract, and the Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Cubs signed him to a minor league successor contract. 

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Got to get Taylor Davis back.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).