Hot Bats Produce Slugfest at Fitch Park

Rafael Morel belted a two-run HR, Ismael Mena ripped a two-run double and a single, Reggie Preciado tripled, walked, and scored a run, Jose Lopez smacked a PH RBI triple, Wally Soto laced an RBI double, and Alfonso Rivas drilled an RBI single, walked, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored two runs for the Cubs, and Pedro Pineda smacked a solo HR and a triple and Jalen Greer belted an RBI triple and an RBI double for the Athletics, as the two teams played to an 8-8 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field # 4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.    

The two teams combined to hammer out twelve extra-base hits in the game. 

The game was called after seven innings of play. 

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

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

1. Joel Machado: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 35 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Elian Almanzar: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (5 strikes) 
3. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0/2 GO./AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)  
4. Andricson Salvador: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Luis Devers: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Jose Moreno: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (15 strikes) 
7. Johzan Oquendo: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)  

1. 3B Oswaldo Pina: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)  
2. 3B Oswaldo Pina: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Malcom Quintero: 1-1 CS 

RF Felix Stevens - batter thrown out 9-4-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperaturtes 115+ 


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


Sorry if this is explained somewhere and I missed it, but who knows the exact compensation the Cubs would get if they made qualifying offers to Rizzo, Bryant, and Baez after the season, all three turned them down and they each signed with different teams? I read that the Cubs exceeded the Luxury Tax in 2020, so apparently that changes the draft pick value. Thanks in advance!

With the CBA expiring in the off-season, nobody has any idea what will happen in 2022, if there's an MLB season in 2022.

I doubt that whatever changes are made in the new CBA regarding compensation draft picks for losing a Qualified Player will be implemented in the 2022 draft. They might, however, remove the penalty of losing a draft pick after signing a qualified player, and that could easily be implemented in the 2022 draft. That would seem to be a demand the MLBPA would make that the MLB owners could accept. 

Other than ostensibly depressing the market value for qualified free-agents, there is really no logical reason to penalize a club for signing a qualified FA as long as the club that loses the qualified player gets a compensation draft pick. Especially since the compensation draft pick no longer has any connection to the club that signs the qualified player. (Back in the day, the compenstion pick was the signing club's forfeited draft pick).  

W-RAT: Going over the CBT threshhold in 2020 but not in 2021 will not affect which draft pick a club receives if it loses a player who receives a Qualifying Offer post-2021 World Series and that player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 MLB Rule 4 Draft (MLB First-Year Player Draft).

So because the Cubs will almost certainly not exceed the CBT threshold in 2021 (they are about $30M+ under the threshold right now), they will receive a compensation draft pick between the 2nd & 3rd round (after Competitive Balance Round "B") if a free-agent to whom they extend a QO (like Bryant, Baez, and/or Rizzo) declines it and the player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 draft, because they will not be exceeding the CBT threshold in 2021. (It doesn't matter what their AAV payroll was in 2020).

So if all three players (Bryant, Baez, and Rizzo) receive and decline a QO post-2021 World Series and subsequently sign a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 draft, the Cubs would get three compensation draft picks (one for each player lost) slotted one right after another after another after the 2nd round and Competitive Balance Round "B" in the 2022 draft. Which slots they would actually get would depend on where they are in the master draft order and how many other clubs ahead of them in the master draft order lost a qualified player, but generally speaking, the picks would very likely be somewhere around # 75.  

Otherwise, going over the CBT threshold in the - IMMEDIATELY PREVIOUS SEASON - changes the draft pick compensation for a club like the Cubs from between the 2nd & 3rd round (after Competitive Balance Round "B") to a slot after the 4th round.

Also, going over the CBT threshold in 2020 but not in 2021 would have absolutely no bearing on the Cubs signing a post-2021 Article XX-B MLB qualified free-agent post-2021 World Series. It only would have mattered if the Cubs had signed a qualified MLB Article XX-B FA post-2020 World Series (which they did not), because they exceeded the CBT AAV threshold in 2020. If that had happened (which it did not), they would have forfeited two draft picks in the 2021 draft instead of one (their second highest and fifth highest picks, instead of just their second-highest pick). 

Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!

w.franco getting called up by TB.  he's amazing.  check him out.  agressive at the plate and on the bases (and gets away with it)...rather decent in the field.  javy baez meets ronald acuna type stuff...

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  • Hagsag 43 min 28 sec ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.


  • Eric S 7 hours 33 min ago (view)

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


  • Cubster 8 hours 34 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 10 hours 3 min ago (view)

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


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 6 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 10 hours 26 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 11 hours 1 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 12 hours 52 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 14 hours 9 min ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 42 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 19 hours 52 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 8 hours ago (view)

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


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 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 9 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 9 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 12 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.