More of Morel with Some Cuevas

Christopher Morel drilled a two-run double in the 1st, doubled and scored in the 6th, reached base on an HBP in the 8th, and stole a base, Yovanny Cuevas belted a two-run triple, doubled and scored, walked, and stole a base, and Eduarniel Nunez hurled three innings of one-hit shutout ball, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Sunday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair. 

Here is the box score from the game:  

1. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-4 (1B, 5-3, 5-3, 1B, R, SB)
2a. Chris Coghlan, RF: 0-1 (BB, 3-U, R)
2b. Herson Perez, PH-DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
3. Jonathan Soto, DH #1: 0-4 (K, K, 6-3 DP, 6-3)
4. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-3 (2B, F-7, 2B, HBP, R, 2 RBI, SB, CS)
5a. Henderson Perez, C: 1-2 (4-3, 1B)
5b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-0 (BB, R)
5c. Franklin Tineo, C: 1-1 (1B)
6. Josue Huma, 2B: 1-4 (E-3, 4-3, 1B, K, RBI, SB)
7. Jose Gutierrez, DH-RF: 0-3 (K, K, BB, 6-3)
8. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-3 (5-3, K, 6-4 FC) 
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (E-5, K, K) 
10. Ruben Reyes, LF:  2-3 (4-6-3 DP, 3B, 1B, PO)

1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-3 (K, BB, K, 1B, R, SB)
2. Jonathan Sierra, DH #1: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, BB, 2 R)
3. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-3 ( F-9, HBP, 4-3, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
4. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 2-3 (F-9, BB, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI) 
5. Cam Balego, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, P-3, F-9 SF, K, RBI)
6. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (BB, 5-4-3 DP, 1B, RBI, SB)
7. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-2 (P-4 DP, BB, E-4, R)
8. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, 6-3, R, SB)
9. Jose Alonso Gaitan, LF: 0-3 (K, F-9, 3-U) 
10. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, K, RBI)

1. Eduarniel Nunez: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 59 pitches (33 strikes) 
2. Nathan Sweeney: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Dalton Geekie: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes) 
4. Stephen Ridings: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
5. Casey Ryan: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3 WP, 22 pitches (14 strikes) 

1. Eury Ramos: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 6/1 GO/AO, 59 pitches (38 strikes) 
2. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Yan de la Cruz: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes) 

2B Josue Huma: E-4 (missed catch on attempted pick-off at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2B Josue Huma: E-4 (dropped pop fly in short RF allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. 1B Kevin Zamudio: E-3 (errant underhand-flip on attempted 3-1 put-out allowed batter to reach base safely)  
2. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. Henderson Perez: 0-2 CS, 1 PB 
2. Richard Nunez: 0-1 CS 
3. Franklin Tineo: 0-1 CS 

Alexander Guerra: 1-4 CS, 1 PB 


WEATHER: Clear skies with temperatures 100+ 


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


Morel seems like the real deal.

AZ Phil, how has Jonathan Sierra looked in general? I seem to recall rave reviews last spring for his work ethic, but he struggles a good bit in the AZL. Haven’t heard much about him this spring. Any thoughts on his development so far? Do you think he’ll be up in Eugene when their season starts?

BRADSBEARD: Jonathan Sierra will likely be assigned to Eugene, but he hasn't developed quite as was expected from his original projection. I mean, he's not another Darryl Strawberry.

Sierra is a good outfielder with a plus arm and he runs the bases well, but he's an extreme pull hitter (opposing teams use an infield shift on him even in Extended Spring Training games) who hits the ball on the ground a lot and doesn't show much power in games (although he does in BP). But there is no point in having him repeat AZL. He needs to move along.

Actually, the left-handed hitting outfielder who's the hitter the Cubs thought Sierra would become is Abraham Rodriguez. He can really rake. Rodriguez laces line-drives foul line to foul line, and he hits HR in games, too. But he is defensively challenged no matter where he plays (1B-LF-RF). BTW, Rodriguez would have played in the AZL last year, but he missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in April.

Probably the only position players at Cubs Extended Spring Training right now who have a shot at skipping AZL and going directly to Eugene are C Alexander Guerra (who is 21 years old and played a couple of seasons in Serie Nacional in Cuba prior to defecting), SS-3B Christopher Morel  (who is probably one of the Cubs Top 10 prospects), and C Jonathan Soto (the Cubs #2 catching prospect, behind only Miguel Amaya), and maybe CF Fernando Kelli (the fastest player in the organization). 

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  • crunch 1 hour 16 min ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter


  • jdrnym 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 10 hours 20 min ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 32 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 23 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine
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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I'm with you 100% on that. Minor league retreads are fine and all but we don't need to be paying premiums for middle relief.