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)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 7 hours 3 min ago (view)
tim815 7 hours 32 min ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 14 min 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 9 hours 12 min 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 9 hours 30 min ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 9 hours 50 min 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 11 hours 5 min 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 11 hours 5 min 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. 12 hours 4 min ago (view)
Craig A. 12 hours 4 min 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 12 hours 48 min 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 15 hours 55 min 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 16 hours 15 min 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 17 hours 18 min 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.
Hagsag 22 hours 53 min ago (view)
I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.
He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.
He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter.