Ryan Williams Keeps Rollin' at Riverview as Extended Spring Training Comes to an End

D. J. Wilson singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run, Franklin Tineo belted a solo HR, and SP Ryan Williams (2017 right shoulder surgery) hurled five innings of one-run ball, in a Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game played Tuesday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after 4-1/2 innings of play (only two pitchers were scheduled to throw in the game, both with a pre-determined 75-pitch limit). 

Tuesday marked the official end of Cubs Extended Spring Training. AZL mini-camp begins on Thursday, and the first AZL games are next Monday.

Meanwhile, the Eugene Emeralds (the Cubs short-season "A" affiliate) flew up to Oregon earlier in the afternoon, leaving AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 behind in Mesa to play the final EXST intrasquad game. The first Eugene game will be this coming Friday. 

Based upon who did and did not play in the intrasquad game and who I did not see on the bench (and we will have to wait for the Eugene roster to be released before this can be confirmed), it would appear that a number of the Cubs best EXST prospects have been assigned to Eugene (at least initially, pending the eventual arrival of some of this year's college draft picks), including SS-3B Christopher Morel, C Jonathan Soto, LHSP Brailyn Marquez, CF Fernando Kelli, SS Luis Vazquez, LHSP Faustino Carrera, RF Jonathan Sierra, 2B Luis Diaz, RHSP Eury Ramos, and 3B-2B Orian Nunez. (OF Nelson Velazquez -- who was moved up to South Bend from EXST last month -- has also been assigned to Eugene, so the Emeralds could be a fun team to watch).

Converseely, some of the older and more experienced players who were expecting to go to Eugene (C Alexander Guerra, OF Luis Gutierrez, OF Jose A. Gonzalez, 3B-1B Fidel Mejia, OF Yovanny Cuevas, and INF Yonathan Perlaza) as well as the youngsters making their pro debuts (SS Luis Verdugo, 2B Reivaj Garcia, and OF Kevin Moreno) were left behind to play in the AZL. (As most of you know by now, the Cubs Player Development Department likes to employ aggressive "challenge-promotions" for their best prospects). 

On the EXST medical front, Cubs 2017 6th round draft pick RHSP Jeremiah Estrada (who was a virtual lock for the Eugene starting rotation) was left behind in Mesa after suffering a right elbow injury in a Cactus League EXST game versus Angels at Diablo Park about ten days ago. RHSP Jose M. Gonzalez (who was not in contention for a Eugene SP slot but was expected to be a SP for one of the two Cubs AZL teams) has been shut-down indefinitely with a right elbow/forearm injury that ocurred in a Cactus League EXST game at Giants about two or three weeks ago (but no TJS for either Estrada or Gonzalez... yet). RHSP Danis Correa and RHRP Junior Marte have also been shut-down indefinitely (and I don't know why). And still no confirmation on the exact nature of DSL Cubs #2 LHSP Andres Bonalde's season-ending left elbow surgery (probably was TJS, but I'm not 100% sure). NOTE: Bonalde was called up from the Cubs Dominican Academy and was assigned to Cubs Extended Spring Training only - AFTER - he had the surgery. Myrtle Beach OF Chris Pieters was last seen a couple of weeks ago at the UAPC wearing a TJS-type contraption on his right (non-throwing) arm, but his injury could be any one of a number of different types of elbow/biceps type-injury (although whatever it is, it didn't look good). South Bend catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni had season-ending knee surgery last month. And no update yet on OF Carlos Pacheco, who suffered a leg injury while tripping over 1st base (and had to be carried from the field) in an intrasquad game last weekend (Pacheco -- who was tied for 2nd in the DSL in HR in 2017 -- was expected to play LF and provide a power-bat for one of the two AZL Cubs teams).   

Here is the box score from the game: 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Tolly Filotei, LF: 1-3 (1B, K, 3-U) 
2. Jose Gutierrez, RF: 0-3 (K, F-8, K)
3. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-2 (F-9, F-9)
4. Franklin Tineo, C: 1-2 (F-7, HR, R, RBI)
5. Josue Huma, 3B: 0-2 (L-7, 4-3)
6. Herson Perez, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
7. Richard Nunez, 1B: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
9. Eric Gonzalez, DH:  0-2 (6-3, L-7)

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-2 (1B, 2B, R, SB)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-2 (P-3 DP, 5-3)
4. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3)
5. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
6. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-1 (K, BB)
7. Raymond Pena, DH #1: 1-2 (E-4, 1B)
8. Kevin Moreno, DH #2: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
9. Henrry Pedra, 2B: 0-2 (K, 5-3 DP)
10. Luis Ubiera, LF: 0-1 (K) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHER:
Didier Vargas: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 72 pitches (39 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHER:
Ryan Williams: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 4/6 GO/AO, 75 pitches (53 strikes) 
 
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
2B Herson Perez: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 1 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures 100+ 

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The Cubs have been toying with the idea of calling the two Cubs AZL teams "AZL Cubs Blue" and "AZL Cubs Red" instead of "AZL Cubs #1" and "AZL Cubs #2," although I don't think any final decision (one way or the other) has been made yet. (Some of the players assigned to Jonathan Mota's EXST Cubs squad have been wearing red arm sleeves and wristbands). 

FWIW, the Giants (like the Cubs, Indians, and Padres) are fielding two AZL teams this season, and they call their two AZL teams "AZL Giants Orange" and "AZL Giants Black."

Thanks for the great update Phil.

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  • crunch 5 hours 52 sec ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...

     

  • crunch 7 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 22 min ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 52 min ago (view)

    yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the trade...it's practically asking to be written that way.

    jeff passan did it quite well... https://twitter.com/jeffpassan/status/136577746706...

    that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).

     

  • Charlie 23 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.

    i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    This is a straight up troll 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player...

    ptbn from the josh osich deal.

    totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.

     

  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.

     

  • Sonicwind75 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.