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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  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 27 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 6 hours 54 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 7 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 7 hours 39 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 8 hours 1 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 8 hours 7 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 9 hours 34 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 14 hours 10 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 23 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 27 sec ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.