Brady & Maitan Lift Angels over Cubs at Diablo

RHSP Denny Brady (LAA 7th round draft pick - Mercer County CC) fired four innings of one-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts and Kevin Maitan (2016 IFA - Venezuela - $6.45M combined signing bonuses between ATL and LAA) belted a solo HR, helping the Angels defeat the Cubs 3-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ. 

Christopher Morel drilled an RBI single and a double for the Cubs. 

The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Angels pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

Cubs 2017 6th round draft pick RHP Jeremiah Estrada (Palm Desert HS - Palm Desert, CA) got the start for the Cubs and continued to struggle with command (bouncing pitches in front of home plate and nearly hitting batters), throwing just 51% strikes and walking four in three innings of work. Then he left the game with a right elbow issue while warming up for the bottom of the 4th. 

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

1. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-4 (F-7, 4-3, 2B, 1-3, R)
2. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, HBP, F-7)
3. Jonathan Soto, DH #1: 1-4 (P-4, K, 6-4-3 DP, 1B)
4a. Christopher Morel, DH #2: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B, RBI)
4b. Tolly Filotei, PR-DH: 0-1 (K)
5a. Henderson Perez, C: 0-3 (4-3, 6-3, 4-6 FC)
5b. Ruben Reyes, PH: 0-1 (K)
6. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (K, K, F-9)
7. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
8. Ramsey Romano, SS: 0-2 (2-3, HBP, F-9, SB)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, 5-3, K)
10. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-3 (K, 3-U, K)

1. Jeremiah Estrada: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 58 pitches (30 strikes) 
2. Yan de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Brady Miller: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Carlos Ocampo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 10 pitches (4 strikes) 
5. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 

1. P Jeremiah Estrada E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 
2. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (errant flip to pitcher covering 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 3B Orian Nunez: E-5 (dropped pop fly in short LF allowing batter to reach base safely) 

Henderson Perez: 2-2 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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


Attendance is really down Phil.


the front office gambled that kwangmin kwon would put asses in the seats, but they were wrong. this front office is trash.

CRUNCH: Funny you should say that, because the only other "lay person" in attendance at the EXST Cubs-Angels game today was one of Kwangmin Kwon's buddies from South Korea.

i stand corrected.  he puts asses in seats.  theo and jed 4-ever!

For anyone who might be interested, the youngest player in the Cubs organization right now is 16-year old Mexican 2B Reivaj Garcia, who will not turn 17 until August. And since he is still at Extended Spring Training (and playing very well I might add), it looks like he will go directly to AZL (skipping DSL). A 16-year old in the AZL? Wow.

Recently signed Venezuelan catcher Pablo Aliendo is the second-youngest player in the Cubs organization (he just turned 17 last Tuesday), but he is presently on the Resricted List (apprarently due to visa issues). 

17-year old Mexican SS Luis Verdugo is also still at Extended Spring Training (and playing well) and so he will also very likely skip DSL and (like Garcia) go directly to the AZL. (Verdugo turned 17 last October)

BTW, I have mentioned this before, but Reivaj is "Javier" spelled backwards (kind of like "Nomar" is "Ramon" spelled backwards).

Any guesses on how that’s pronounced?

Ray-vogge, or somesuch.

Garrett Kelly repping today for South Bend.

The DSL results are flying much more "real time" this year. Many thanks to those responsible.

Anything on Carlos Morfa? He's Morta-ing the ball early in the DSL.

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 53 min ago (view)

    Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?


  • Hagsag 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 22 min ago (view)

    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."


  • crunch 8 hours 51 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

    s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m

    a.rendon - angels - 7/245m

    boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week.  not bad.


  • crunch 8 hours 58 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

    on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Taijuan Walker is a good candidate. 


  • cubbies.4ever 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery?  That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo.  Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo.  I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.


  • Charlie 19 hours 40 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.


  • Charlie 19 hours 43 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.


  • crunch 20 hours 28 sec ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter


  • jdrnym 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.