Giants Bash Carlos Rodriguez and Cubs in AZL Action

Dillon Dobson (SF 2015 23rd round draft pick - Appalachian State) belted a two-run triple and an RBI double, and Nathaniel Javier and Matt Winn (SF 2015 14th round draft pick - VMI) clubbed solo home runs, helping the AZL Giants hammer the AZL Cubs 11-6 in Arizona League action last night on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Robert Garcia drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single, walked, and scored a run (Garcia has now driven-in six runs over his last two games) and Carlos Sepulveda ripped a double and a two-run single for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

Cubs 2014 6th round draft pick RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS) got the start for the Cubs and threw his best outing of the year, two innings of no-run/no-hit ball (24 pitches - 18 strikes), with two strikeouts (the first two men he faced) and a 3/0 GO/FO. Cease was delivering fastball velocities in the upper 90's with a sharp-breaking curve and a quality change-up throughout Extended Spring Training, but this was the first time he was able to actually command his stuff and throw strikes.

LHP Carlos Rodriguez followed Cease to the mound and had an odd bi-polar type outing, allowing six runs on five hits (two singles, a double, a triple, and a home run) and a walk in his first inning, then he retired nine men in a row (5-3, F-8, P-6, 4-3, K, F-7, K, K, 3-1), and then he allowed four more runs on four hits (three singles and a home run), Rodriguez is the classic "soft-tossing lefty" (mid-80's fastball, curve, and change-up) who relies on command to be effective, and when he doesn't put his fastball exactly where he needs to put it, or if he hangs his off-speed stuff, he gets whacked big-time (which happened last night). He did throw a very high percetange of strikes (73%), but he also allowed ten runs (all earned) in 3.2 IP (60 pitches - 44 strikes).   

Cubs 2013 6th round pick RHRP Scott Frazier continued his recovery from the "yips" with an inning of relief (17 pitches - 11 strikes). While he did allow a run (HBP, RBI double, and a walk), he also showed solid command, and could be up for a promotion to Eugene or South Bend before too long.   

Here is the abridged box score from last night's game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP
1. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 1-4 (BB,K, 2B, F-7, K, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 2-5 (K, 2B, F-8, F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
3. Wladimir Galindo, DH: 0-4 (L-8, BB, K, 5-3, K)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 1-4 (K, L-9, 1B, 4-3, RBI, SB)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 1-4 (F-8, 2B, F-8, K, R)
6. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, K, F-7)
7. Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-3 (2B, 1-6-3 DP, K, BB, 2 R)
8. Robert Garcia, CF: 2-3 (3B, HBP, K, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
9. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-4 (6-3, K, 4-3, 1B, R)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Dylan Cease: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Carlos Rodriguez: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 10 R (10 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 3/4 GO/FO, 60 pitches (44 strikes)
3. Santiago Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Sutton Whiting: E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Joey Martarano: E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS


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BP writeup on Mark Zagunis (and a few other minor leaguers)...
Mark Zagunis, OF, Chicago Cubs (High-A Myrtle Beach) As if the Cubs' system needed any more offensive intrigue, they may just have found some in the third round last summer. Zagunis is a converted catcher with the requisite size and strength for the position packed onto a muscular frame. He’s an aggressive player with purpose in his actions, and while he shows strong athleticism in his movement, there’s some rigidity and stiffness in his swing. The bat path is fairly linear and lacks a ton of extension in the follow-through, and that limits his ability to drive pitches to the pull side, but he showed an advanced ability to track pitches and he was consistently short to the ball with above-average bat speed. He controlled the zone well in the All-Star Game despite a couple of whiffs, demonstrating intriguing selectivity in his approach while working up the middle and away in his other three at-bats. I’m not sure how much game power he’s going to be able to develop with the current mechanics and approach, but he showed a very strong baseline package for the hit tool. Zagunis played center for most of the game and acquitted himself well before sliding over to right. He showed off above-average foot speed into the gap and a strong arm in cutting down an over-aggressive runner at second. The whole package is an interesting one, particularly if continued reps in center yield a player capable of holding down the position even on a part-time basis at higher levels. –Wilson Karaman
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php...

Due for a promotion, Zagunis was not in the Pelican lineup last night; but no explanation anywhere that I can see.

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  • Charlie 3 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 54 min ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists

     

  • bradsbeard 9 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 39 min ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 34 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 56 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!

     

  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 

     

  • tim815 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.

     

  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?

     

  • tim815 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=609&sid=milb

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=2270&sid=...

     

  • crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.