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. 

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  • Eric S 5 hours 8 min ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2


  • Cubster 6 hours 9 min ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 


  • crunch 7 hours 39 min ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!


  • crunch 8 hours 1 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 8 hours 36 min ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.


  • bradsbeard 10 hours 27 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 


  • First.Pitch.120 11 hours 44 min ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 27 min ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.


  • ggross 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Phil (or anyone else),

    Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year?  When will the announcements be made?  Thanks!