Joe Nathan Back in Action at Riverview Park

Luis Ayala tripled, walked twice. stole a base, and scored three runs, Jose Gonzalez belted a two-run triple, and Isaac Paredes smacked an RBI double for the AZL Cubs, and Kal Simmons singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, Mark Karaviotis (2016 19th round draft pick - U. of Oregon) collected three singles and an RBI, and RHP Jhoan Duran hurled four innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts for the AZL Diamondbacks, as the two teams played to a 4-4 tie in AZL mini-camp pre-season game action Friday evening on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Veteran RHRP Joe Nathan (on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL - April 2015 TJS) saw his first game action in 14 months, throwing a shutout inning (15 pitches) for the AZL Cubs (6-3, 1-3, 1B-CS).  Nathan is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL on July 16th, and barring a medical setback, he should be ready to join the Cubs bullpen by that date. 

Ex-KC RHRP Aaron Crow (on the AAA Iowa Cubs 7-day DL - April 2015 TJS) returned to action after being shut-down on May 10th while warming up for an EXST rehab appearance versus the Giants in Scottsdale, and he also threw a shutout inning (18 pitches) for the AZL Cubs (K, F-9, 1B-CS).   

RHSP Tyler Wagner (on AAA Reno 7-day DL) got the start for the AZL Diamondbacks and worked three innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits (a single, a double, and a triple) and a walk (and two WP).

RHRP Evan Marshall (also on AAA Reno 7-day DL) followed Wagner to the hill and tossed a 1-2-3 4th inning (5-3, 6-3, 4-3), before Duran came into the game and shut the AZL Cubs down (retiring the last eight men he faced in a row, five on punch-outs).  

Besides Karaviotis at DH, LF Myles Babitt (2016 25th round pick - Cal State East Bay) and 2016 NDFA SS Adam Walton (U. of Illinois) were in the AZL Diamondbacks starting lineup. (The Diamondbacks have already signed 25 of their 40 2016 draft picks plus two NDFA, and nine of them have reported to Salt River Fields and the other 18 are on the active rosters at Hillsboro and Missoula). But a week after the draft, there are no Cubs 2016 draft picks (or NDFA) on the field at Riverview Park or at Eugene, and only one (7th round pick C Michael Cruz) has reportedly signed (and it isn't even official yet).  

AZL Opening Day is this coming Monday (6/20), and RHP Erling Moreno will get the start for the AZL Cubs versus the AZL Brewers. It is supposed to be somewhere near 120 degrees in the Valley of the Sun over the next couple of days, so I'm expecting a hot time in the old ballpark Monday night.

Here is the abridged box score from Friday night's game (AZL Cubs players only), followed by the updated AZL Cubs roster: 


AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, RF: 1-2 (BB, 3B, BB, K, 3 R, SB)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-4 (F-8, L-5, 3B, F-8, 2 RBI)
3. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-4 (2B, K, 6-3, E-5, RBI)
4. Gustavo Polanco, DH: 0-4 (K, 5-3, K, 6-3)
5a. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-3 (L-4, 6-3, K)
5b. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-0 (BB)
6. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, K, K, SB)
7a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (F-8, BB, 6-3, R)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
9. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 6-3)
9. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-3 (P-4, L-9, K)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS
1. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Joe Nathan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Andry Rondon: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 47 pitches (31 strikes) 
5. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
6. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO,, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 1 
3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda: 2-2 CS 

AZL CUBS BASERUNNING ADVENTURES
Isaac Paredes - thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Cloudless with temperatures 100+ 

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AZL CUBS (SS-R): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
REHAB: No more than three players on MLB or full season affiliates DL can be on "active rehab" with AZL Cubs at any one time - these players do not count against club's roster limit
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, no players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded) 
AZL CUBS OPENING DAY: Monday July 20th versus AZL Brewers at Sloan Park (Mesa)


AZL CUBS ROSTER
: 33+3

SS-R

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 19+3
Jose Albertos
Luis Aquino 
Javier Assad 
Jordan Brink 
Jesus Camargo (INACTIVE  - 7-day DL)
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS
* Andin Diaz 
P. J. Francescon 
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs
Luis Hernandez (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
* Jack Leathersich (ACTIVE REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Jose Leidenz
Gabriel Lima (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
Junior Marte
* Brian Matusz 
Erling Moreno
Joe Nathan (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
* Eugenio Palma
* C. J. Riefenhauser
Andry Rondon
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)

CATCHERS: 4
Eric Gonzalez
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco
Kevin Zamudio

INFIELDERS: 5
Jhonny Bethencourt
Rafael Mejia
Adonis Paula
Isaac Paredes 
# Edgar Rondon 

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Luis Ayala
Jose Gonzalez 
* Kwang-Min Kwon
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes

MANAGER
Carmelo Martinez 

COACHES 
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach) 
Jeremy Farrell (Hitting Coach) 
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach) 
Lance Rymel (Assistant Rehab Coach)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach) 

REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR 
Chuck Baughman  

AZL CUBS STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH 
Dallas Lopez 

AZL CUBS ATHLETIC TRAINER
Adrian Pettaway 

VIDEO
Sam Hunter

Comments

It looks like another strong pitching performance by Albertos.

From St. Louis post today "Sutcliffe then pointed to two moments in the last two years, one on the playing field and one on the practice field, as defining ones in the Cubs’ rise. On July 10, 2014, Cincinnati fireballer Aroldis Chapman threw a 100-mile-an-hour pitch behind Cubs hitter Nate Schierholtz before striking him out. The Cubs’ dugout barked at Chapman, Chapman barked back as he left the field and the debate raged on until Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo dropped his glove and hat and challenged the Reds to take him on. “Rizzo was saying, ‘We’re not going to take this crap anymore,” said Sutcliffe. The second instance occurred in spring training, 2015, during infield drills. “(Starlin) Castro started doing his nonchalant thing,” said Sutcliffe, “and David Ross jumped in and said, ‘If that’s the way you’re going to do it, then get the hell out of here.’ “That set the tone,” said Sutcliffe. “Those two things had nothing to do with the outcome of a game. But they had to do with a lot of outcomes.”

HAGSAG: Erling Moreno starts on Monday, day off Tuesday, then Jose Albertos is scheduled to start on Wednesday and Andry Rondon goes on Thursday (although veteran rehab guys like Nathan, Crow, and/or Leathersich may work the first inning of the game, as was the case last night). 

Also, a couple or three pitchers will probably be moved-up to AZL Cubs from DSL next week (if I had to guess, I would say they would most-likely be Mexican SPs Faustino Carrera and Hector Garcia, and/or relievers like Fauris Guerrero, Moises Ramirez, or Edison Novas). 

There is also supposed to be a"super-sub"-type infielder or IF-OF coming up to AZL Cubs from the DSL (one who was NOT at EXST), but I don't know which one. So keep an eye on the DSL box scores and see if an infielder or IF-OF that has been playing for DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2 all of a sudden is no longer in the lineup. 

Thanks, Phil. Great report. Any idea what kind of velocity Nathan had?

JOHN B: They were guarding the gun readings. 

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  • crunch 1 hour 27 min ago (view)

    There's a lot I hate about this playoff format and I hope we get back to 3-in with 2 teams playing a brutal 1-game playoff format.

    i don't want to watch 162...or 150...games to see 16 out of 30 teams get a shot at winning it all.

    we just watched the cubs drop 3 out of 4 to a team that was 15-38.  dropping a playoff series to a team that had the 5th best record and survived a 1-game sudden death playoff has a bit more legitamacy than a team that didn't even have a .500 record (MIL + HOU this year, btw).

     

  • Charlie 3 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Yay for playoff games taking place in the middle of a workday? I'll be watching this one well after the fact. Enjoy, to all those watching it live on Wednesday afternoon!

     

  • champsummers 5 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Gracias!

    And I did not know he was eligible already.  Makes sense..

     

  • crunch 11 hours 41 min ago (view)

    ex-cub and fun baseball dude Jay Johnstone has died.  74 years old (dementia, COVID).

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.