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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  • bradsbeard 8 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    HOU/NYY postponed.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    as expected, joe maddon to be the new manager of the angels.

    btw, it is unlikely tonight's HOU @ NYY (10/16) will happen because of rain that's going to start 3-4 hours before game time and carry well into the night.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    world series will be played in DC for the first time since 1933.  neat.

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    and it's only getting worse...i mean, better.

    7 runs to pad out the 1st.

     

  • Craig A. 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Oof. Hudson leaves the game after giving up five runs on singles and doubles and only getting one out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    The thing about Kris Bryant is that he would probably be traded only to a club that feels that it under-achieved in 2019 and where the owner is exerting pressure from the top and who therefore will over-pay for two years of Kris Bryant. 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson

     

  • crunch 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/27828247/...

    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.

     

  • Charlie 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.