El bate de beisbol de Verdugo habla verdad al Parque de Riverview

Luis Verdugo belted two triples, scored twice, and collected an RBI, Richard Nunez drilled an RBI double and walked twice, and Erling Moreno, Riger Fernandez, and Chi-Feng Lee combined (albeit pitching for opposite squads) to hurl 6.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball, in a six-inning AZL Cubs mini-camp intrasquad game played Thursday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Luis Verdugo is clearly the best prospect left behind in Mesa after the Eugene Emeralds departed town on Tuesday. One of the reasons he was left behind is that Luis Vazquez needs to play SS most every day at Eugene and on days he doesn't Christopher Morel will play there, but the main reason is that Verdugo is only 17 years old and is making his pro debut (although he did attend AZ Instructs as a 16-year old post-2017 and Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training this season). 

The four recently-signed position player draft picks (Artis, Galazin, Wharton, and Daniel) participated in pre-game baserunning drills, fielding practice, and BP, but did not play in the game, while the five pitchers who signed this week (Richan, McCauley, Vega, Whitney, and Patterson) are throwing bullpen side-sessions as a first step toward getting themselves "game ready" for the start of AZL play next week.    

In AZL mini-camp roster news, CF D. J. Wilson has completed his rehab and has rejoined Myrtle Beach. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, K)
2. Chris Coghlan, RF: 0-2 (K, 6-4-3 DP, BB)
NOTE: R. Garcia and Coghlan switched slots third time thru batting order
3. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 0-2 (5-3, F-7)
4. Kevin Zamudio, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B, R)
5. Yovany Cuevas, CF:1-2 (K, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
6. Jose Alonso Gaitan, DH-LF: 1-2 (1-3, 1B, RBI)
7. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-2 (1-U, 4-3)
8. Henrry Pedra, 3B: 0-2 (P-4, F-9)
9. Kevin Moreno, LF-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
10. Raymond Pena, DH #2: 0-2 (5-3, K)

1. Josue Huma, 2B: 1-2 (3-1, BB, 2B, R)
2. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-2 (BB, F-8, 1B, R, RBI)
3. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-3 (4-3 DP, 3B, 3B, 2 R, RBI)
4. Franklin Tineo, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, BB, FC+E3, 2 R, RBI)
5. Richard Nunez, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B, BB, R, RBI)
6. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-3 (5-4-3 DP, 3-U, F-8, RBI)
7. Jose A. Gonzalez, RF: 1-2 (F-8, BB, 2B, 2 RBI)
8. Herson Perez, DH #1: 0-3 (6-3, K, 5-3)
9. Tolly Filotei, LF: 0-1 (BB, K) 
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, K)

1. Erling Moreno: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 0 K, 2 GIDP, 5/1 GO/AO, 45 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Yovanny Cruz: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Nathan Sweeney: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (24 strikes) 

1. Riger Fernandez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (18 strikes) 
2. Chi-Feng Lee: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 25 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 43 pitches (24 strikes) 

1B Luis Hidalgo: E-3 (errant throw home on FC allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)  


Richard Nunez: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Clear skies with temperatures 100+ 


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


I hope Moreno can exit Arizona soon. 

Muy bien and gracias AZ PHIL: I am wondering, do the Cubs currently have one pitching prospect in the entire system that throws at 99 or better?

dillon maples works 99mph+ occasionally, but generally works a touch lower. dylan cease (now with the wsox) hit 99+ with a bit more regularity. if maples can figure out his command/control and reign in those walks he could be deadly with a 96-99mph fastball and a slider that has an unreal break on it. total closer material if he gets that shaped up.

Yes, Dylan Cease ceased being a Cub so he don't count as he is not a 'prospect' for us. So from your vantage point, the answer would be "one" - sort of...

E-MAN: The hardest thrower I saw at Spring Training this past March was Justin Hancock (who was touching 98-99 in MLB Cactus League games but wasn't there consistently), but I don't know what kind of FB velocity he has right now at Iowa. But he's 27 years old so he may have maxed-out his velo.

Hancock was acquired from SD in the Matt Szczur deal and he was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2017 but agreed to sign a successor contract and then went undrafted in the December 2017 Rule 5 Draft despite being eligible for selection.

Dillon Maples sits at 95-97 and (like Hancock) touches 98+ occasionally.  

21-year old Erling Moreno's FB has been sitting at 96-98 at EXST but he hasn't touched 99 (yet). E. Moreno was left behind at EXST to work on his mechanics, and while he looked like he had maybe turned a corner, he had a relapse (poor outing) last night, walking four in 2.2 IP (with no strikeouts) and throwing only 46% strikes.  

Among the U21 pitchers I have personally seen this year, Eury Ramos (age 20) was sitting 94-95 T 96-97, Danis Correa (age 18) was at 92-94 T-95-96 but then was shut-down a few weeks ago (also he is only 5'11 so there may be some limit to his velo), and both Yovanny Cruz (age 18) and Eduarniel Nunez (turned 19 last week) were hitting 95 fairly regularly by the end of EXST, but they don't throw 99.

The "wild card" may be 22-year old 6'8 Stephen Ridings. who ramped his FB up to 95-96 in some of his outings at EXST, and with his size and relatively young age he could add some MPH to his FB eventually. Ridings struggled a bit with command and consistency at EXST but was assigned to Eugene anyway, and since he was not stretched-out beyond one inning at EXST, he will likely work as a late-inning reliever going forward (at least in the immediate future) where his velocity would play-up. 

Thanks PHIL.A shame to lose Dylan Cease - but if Quintana can look like what he has been doing the last few starts most of the time, its not too bad.

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  • Arizona Phil 2 min 4 sec ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer (ex-MIA) from Kansas City (American Association) and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 


  • crunch 2 hours 13 min ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.


  • crunch 3 hours 40 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 58 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.


  • crunch 4 hours 11 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is mlb.tv free game, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now.