A's 4th Inning Explosion Too Much for Cubs at Fitch Park

Alexander Campos (RBI double), Jorge Romero (RBI double), and Marcos Betancourt (RBI single) contributed back-to-back-to-back run-scoring hits in a five-run 4th, propelling the Athletics to a 9-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Owen Caissie blasted a solo HR (his third in his last two games) and Ismael Mena tripled and scored to account for the two Cub runs. Caissie also singled, so he has now reached base in 15 of his 21 EXST PA (three HR, four doubles, five singles, and three walks, in just seven games).  

Cubs SP Tyler Schlaffer easily retired the first ten A's in order (F-9, K, L-7 / K, 5-3, K / L-9, F-7, K / 5-3...) before the roof fell-in -- starting with a walk -- with one out in the 4th.  

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 0-2 (F-9, 4-6 FC) 
1b. Yovanny Cuevas, PH-LF: 0-1 (K, BB) 
2a. Reggie Preciado, SS-DH: 1-2 (F-8, 2B, BB) 
2b. Edgar Gamargo, PH: 1-1 (1B) 
3a. Jared Young, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, 4-3)
3b. Shendrik Apostel, 1B: 0-0 (BB) 
4a. Owen Caissie, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, HR, K, R, RBI, PO) 
4b. Juan Mora, 3B: 0-1 (K) 
5. Rafael Morel, 3B-SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, HBP)
6a. Ronnier Quintero, C: 1-2 (L-7, 1B)
6b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 1-1 (1B) 
7a. Felix Stevens, RF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
7b. Rafael Herrera, RF: 0-0 (BB) 
8a. Ismael Mena, CF: 1-2 (3B, P-5, R)
8b. Jose O. Lopez, CF: 0-1 (P-3 DP) 
9a. Widimer Joaquin, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K, RBI)
9b. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 0-1 (4-3) . 
10. Wally Soto, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, SB) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Tyler Schlaffer: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 60 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (13 strtkes) 
3. Alberto Sojo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Elian Almanzar: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (16 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
CF Jose O. Lopez: E-8 (fielding error on bloop single to CF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Ronnier Quintero: 1 PB 
2. Miguel Fabrizio: 1-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

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Comments

AZPhil! Any impressions of Ronnier Quintero?

KKvG: Just from watching Ronnier Quintero take BP, offensively he reminds me a bit of a very young Carlos Delgado, who started at catcher and then was moved to 1B / DH. Quintero clearly has plus-power in BP, but I don't know yet if it will play in games. That is the $2.9M question.  

Defensively he clearly needs work on his receiving. The Cubs worked very hard with him last fall at AZ Instructs on his defense (most days he wasn't even taking BP). His arm is solid but I haven't seen yet how accurate it is, especially under pressure. I remember when the Cubs signed Mark Malave a few years ago and then found out he wasn't suited to be a catcher, or much of anything else for that matter.   

And no way Quintero weighs 175. Maybe 215 would be more like it. He is in better shape now than he was last year at Instructs, however, but he is still a VERY slow runner. 

So if I had to make a bet right now on Ronnier Quintero's future defensive home, I would put my money on him moving eventually to 1B or maybe even DH. But he will have to hit a LOT to play there. Hopefully he can remain at catcher. By all appearances he is a hard worker and he seems to be popular with his teammates and coaches, so if he doesn't make it at catcher it won't be for lack of effort and opportunity. 

Man, I remember being pretty interested in Malave after his age 18 as a switch hitter, but he stopped almost immediately after. Thanks for the feedback.

Quintero's MLB.com's scouting report had alot of praise for his makeup, describing him as vocal and a field leader type. Between that, his age, and the Cubs' growing track record developing catchers even as young as Quintero, and other stuff, I see him as possibly their best catching prospect as soon as this summer or next. I'm a big fan of the physicality, actually much prefer 215 to 175. Here's hoping he's the next Brian McCann!

Is Cassie the real deal, the best of the 4 youngsters we got for Yu?

reggie preciado, most likely.

3rd is probably his future rather than SS, though.  power potential, but still a ways to go growing into his body.  at best he'd rank in the 5-10 range on the most optomistic team rankings, but it wouldn't take too much to vault him into top team prospect status.

Here's what AZPhil wrote a week or so ago:

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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  • Hagsag 5 min 17 sec ago (view)

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

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 55 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Cubster 7 hours 56 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 9 hours 25 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 28 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 9 hours 47 min ago (view)

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

    also davies still sucks.

     

  • tim815 10 hours 23 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 13 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 13 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Thanks!

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 4 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 14 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 11 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.