Another Albertos Mystery Ride on the Bump at Riverview

Fernando Kelli reached base four times (three singles and an HBP), stole a base, collected two RBI, and scored a run, Fidel Mejia ripped an RBI triple and two singles, and Jose A. Gonzalez drilled an RBI double, walked twice, and scored a run, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Monday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

RHSP Jose Albertos continues to struggle with command (mostly by spiking his FB in front of home plate or throwing it over the batter's head), allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits (four singles and a double), four walks, a HBP, and two wild pitches in 3.1 IP (73 pitches), while throwing only 48% strikes. He was, however, also occasionally brilliant, striking out six and getting batters to repeatedly hit his pitches into the ground when he was not recording a punch-out, issuing a walk, hitting a batter, or throwing a WP (4/0 GO/AO).  

Here is the box score from the game: 

X. Chris Coghlan, LF-DH: 0-2 (L-9, BB, BB, L-9)
NOTE:  Coghlan led-off the top of the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 7th innings
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-3 (K, K, P-6, BB)
2. Fernando Kelli, DH-LF: 3-3 (1B, HBP, 1B, 1B, R, 2 RBI, SB)
3a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2(2B, P-5)
3b. Luis Ubiera, RF: 0-2 (5-3 DP, 4-3)
4. Cam Balego, C-DH: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, F-7, R)
5. Fidel Mejia, 3B; 3-4 (3B, F-8, 1B, 1B, RBI, CS)
6a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-1 (BB, L-8, CS)
6b. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 1-2 (4-3, 1B)
7a. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-1 (L-1 DP)
7b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-3 (P-3, K, K)
8. Raymond Pena, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, 4-3 DP, R)
9. Eric Gonzalez, DH #3: 0-2 (K, 3-1, BB, R)
10. Henrry Pedra, 2B: 1-2 (1B, HBP, F-8, SB)

1a. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-1 (BB, 6-3, BB, 2 SB)
1b. Josue Huma, 2B: 0-1 (P-3)
2. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-2 (BB, K, P-3, BB, R)
3a. Christopher Morel, SS: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, R)
3b. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-2 (K, 1B)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-1 (K, HBP, R)
4b. Franklin Tineo, 1B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, RBI, SB)
5. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, K, 6-3, RBI)
6. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-4 (K, K, K, K)
7a. Henderson Perez, C: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, R, SB)
7b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (P-4)
8. Jose A. Gonzalez, RF: 1-2 (2B, BB, BB, K, R, RBI)
9. Herson Perez, DH #1: 0-3 (K, K, P-3, BB)
10. Tolly Filotei, DH #2: 0-4 (E-6, 6-3, K, L-9 DP, SB) 
1. Jose Albertos: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 4/0 GO/AO, 73 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Luis Silva: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Jonathan Bruzual: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 0/2 GO/AO, 16 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Brady Miller: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Andry Rondon: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (8 strikes) 

1. Peyton Remy: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes) 
2. Carlos Ocampo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Fernando Calderon: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1/1 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes) 
6. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (24 strikes) 

SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (overthrow to 3rd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score) 

1. Cam Balego: 0-4 CS 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS 

1. Henderson Perez: 1-3 CS, 2 E (see above)
2. Richard Nunez: 1-1 CS 

RF Luis Ubiera - runner (Herson Perez) doubled-off 1st base 9-3 after L-9. 

RF Jose A. Gonzalez - runner (Fernando Kelli) thrown out 9-4-2 (relay by Luis Diaz) attempting to score from 1st base on two-out double down RF line


WEATHER: Clear skies with temperatures 100+


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


Phil, how many draftees have arrived so far? Thanks.

AZ PHIL: Since Albertos is only 19 (where were we all at 19), and needs game experience, where do the coaches go from here? When his stuff is on, he has devastating breaking pitches, when its not - well, you get the results you usually see...Was he sent to EXST from South Bend due to a rehab stint? Is his ceiling in the bullpen do you think?

E-MAN: Although Jose Albertos was sent to EXST to work on his mechanics & command and pitch in EXST games (where there is supposedly less scrutiny than at South Bend), it's not considered a rehab assignment.

His bullpen side-sessions actually go pretty well. It's when he faces "live" batters that he displays the command problem. It's probably somewhat similar to what is happening with Tyler Chatwood. The stuff is there, it's just that he can't command it when he faces hitters.

But Albertos is still a legit SP prospect at this point. He just has to keep working through it.

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