Rivas Gives Personal Greetings to ex-A's Teammates at Riverview

Alfonso Rivas (on AA Tennessee 7-day IL) belted a solo HR and a single, Wally Soto clubbed a solo HR and an RBI double and scored two runs, Shendrik Apostel thumped an RBI triple off the top of the CF Batter's Eye and singled, Owen Caissie doubled and singled and scored two runs, and Yeison Santana drilled a two-run double and reached base on a walk and an HBP and scored a run, leading the Cubs to an 8-5 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.   

George Bell hammered a solo HR for the A's in a losing cause. 

LHP Brendon Little (on AA Tennessee 7-day IL) made a rehab start and needed only 18 pitches to toss two perfect innings (4-3, 6-3, K / L-8, 6-3, 6-3). In fact, he was so efficient that he was sent to the bullpen after he left the game to throw another 15 pitches in the pen.  

Recently acquired catcher Tim Susnara (ex-AZ) made his Cub debut, catching the first five innings of the game and going 0-2 at the plate with a walk. Susnara's contract was purchased by the Cubs from Ogden (Pioneer League) last week, the second player acquired by the Cubs from the Pioneer League (formerly an affiliated short-season league, but now it's an independent MLB "Partner League"). The other player acquired by the Cubs from the Pioneer League recently is 1B Matt Warkentin, and he has been at EXST for about ten days.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Tim Susnara, C: 0-2 (BB, F-9, F-8)
1b. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
2a. Reggie Preciado, SS: 0-3 (6-3 DP, F-7, K) 
2b. Felix Stevens, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 2-2 (1B, HR, R, RBI)
3b. Matt Warkentin, 1B:  0-1 (K, BB, R)
4a. Owen Caissie, RF: 2-3 (1B, L-4, 2B, 2 R)
4b. Juan Mora, 2B-SS: 1-1 (1B, RBI)  
5a. Rafael Morel, 3B:  0-1 (BB, K, R)
5b. Wally Soto, 3B-2B: 2-2 (2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
6. Shendrik Apostel, DH-3B: 2-4 (1B, L-9, 3B, K, RBI)
7a. Yeison Santana, 2B-SS: 1-1 (2B, HBP, BB, R, 2 RBI, CS)
7b. Miguel Fabrizio, PH: 0-1 (K) 
8a. Jose O. Lopez, LF: 0-1 (E-3, BB, CS)
8b. Yovanny Cuevas, LF-CF: 0-0 (HBP, BB)
9a. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-2 (1-3, P-4) 
9b. Rafael Herrera, PH-LF: 0-2 (P-4, K) 

1. Brendon Little: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Hunter Bigge: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP,1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Andricson Salvador: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Elian Almanzar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 0/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
6. Luis Devers: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 
7. Jose Moreno: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (9 strikes) 
8. Johzan Oquendo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)  

1. C Malcom Quintero: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. SS Yeison Santana: E-6 (dropped pop fly in LF allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 
3. 3B Wally Soto: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on attempted 6-3 GO allowed batter to reach base safely)  

Malcom Quintero: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)

1. Alfonso Rivas - thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double 
2. Shendrik Apostel - thrown out 9-4-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double 
3. Juan Mora - thrown out 9-2-6 attempting to advance to 2nd base after RBI single 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 110+ 


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


Just as a point of information, the Cubs have played only three Cactus League EXST games so far, one last week and two this week (yesterday and today). What was supposed to be the first Cubs EXST game was canceled last Tuesday because the A's didn't have enough pitchers available for a game, and it's possible additional games will be canceled for that reason or for some other reason.  

With a lot of days off in between Cactus League EXST games (they are off again tomorrow), the Cubs have been playing brief intrasquad "sim games" (two or three innings, max), and doing a lot of baserunning drills and fielding practice in addition to BP and PFP.   

They are not going to play very many Cactus League EXST games prior to the start of the ACL season on June 28th, and when they do play games, they only play OAK, COL, or AZ (unless the game is canceled). 

y.santana has gone from "okay, you're not ready for A ball" to going back to AZ and owning it (short sample size, etc).

Of the four prospects the Cubs got from SD in the Darvish trade, I would rate them this way: 

Owen Caissie (LH power-hitting RF) and Reggie Preciado (a raw five-tool SS) have the highest ceilings, Yeison Santana (bat-first middle-unfielder) has the next highest-ceiling, and then Ismael Mena (plus defender and base-runner, but questionable hit tool and power) would have the lowest ceiling.of the four

Caissiie and Santana have the highest floors, and Preciado and Mena not so much.

So Caissie is clearly a legit MLB prospect (I would rate him in the Cubs Top 10 right now), Santana should progress steadily through the minors and has a good chance to play in MLB but he probably is more 2B than SS, Preciado is a boom or bust type (the classic "lottery ticket" who could be a superstar or he might not ever get out of A-ball)), and Mena would seem to project more as a defense-first CF where his bat is the big question as he moves up.