Trey McNutt Takes Mound in Game for First Time in Two Years

Miguel Mercedes slugged a two-run triple in the top of the 1st inning and Robert Mullen smacked a two-run triple in the 6th, Rangel Ravelo singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, and Brett Siddall drilled a two-run double to cap a five-run 8th, as the AZL Athletics rallied to defeat the AZL Cubs 9-6 in Arizona League action Thursday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  


Wladimir Galindo belted a two-run triple and a double for the AZL Cubs in a losing cause. The 18-year old man-child also did his best "Bull in a China Shop" impression, doing a "header" while sliding head-first into third base on the triple, and crashing his face into the 3rd base bag and almost knocking himself out in the process.

Cubs 2015 24th round draft pick Sutton Whiting got the start in LF and he probably did knock himself out (albeit briefly) after he crashed at full speed into the LF fence while attempting to corral Mullen's two-run triple in the 6th. The speedy Whiting played SS at the U. of Louisville, but the Cubs have been working him out at 2B and now LF (probably with an eye toward using him as an IF-OF "super-sub" as he moves up through the system). But somebody better tell him that the LF fence (which he may never have met up-close-and-personal previously) doesn't have a lot of "give" to it, and that he might want to show just a wee bit more caution before he tries running through it again.

25-year old RHP Trey McNutt (2014 shoulder surgery) saw his first game action in more than two years, getting the start for the AZL Cubs and facing five batters (17 pitches - only 5 strikes). He walked the first man he faced on four pitches (runner was then CS) and retired the second batter on an F-8 FO, before allowing a single, an HBP, and the Mercedes two-run triple. McNutt's fastball lacked velocity or movement, and he couldn't throw his breaking ball for strikes.

There was a time not that long ago (well OK, five years ago) when McNutt and RHP Chris Archer were considered to be the Cubs top two pitching prospects, and when the Cubs acquired RHP Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Ray in January 2011, the pitching prospect going back to Tampa Bay was to be either McNutt or Archer (Cubs choice supposedly), and Cubs GM Jim Hendry opted to keep McNutt over Archer. McNutt did feature a 94-96 MPH fastball and an explosive slider at the time and Archer had command issues throughout his minor league career up to that point in time, but however it went down, it would appear that the Cubs ended up with the "short stick."

McNutt is eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 six-year minor league free-agent (6YFA) after this season, so this may be his last chance to make a favorable impression with the current Cubs regime. And from what I saw last night, he is nowhere close to the Trey McNutt I remember from 2010 or even from before the shoulder injury. 21-year old 6'2 220+ Dominican RHP Pedro Silverio followed McNutt to the mound and retired 13 of the first 15 men he faced (both of the batters reached base on an HBP), and he did not allow his first hit until his fifth inning of work (when he clearly was tiring). Silverio has a similar repertoire as that of Panamanian RHSP Erling Moreno (89-91 MPH fastball that touches 92, a plus-curve, and a decent change-up), but he doesn't have Moreno's "ceiling" (Moreno is three years younger). Still, Silverio was the ace of the 2015 DSL Cubs prior to getting moved-up to the AZL Cubs last month, and he was impressive last night (his second strong outing in a row). Silverio was signed as an 18-year old by the Cubs post-2012, but his pro debut was delayed for almost a year after he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a PED in April 2013.  

RHP Trey Masek (Cubs 2013 5th round pick - Texas Tech) continued his rehab (2014 right shoulder surgery), but had major control issues, surrendering a single and walking three (the last one to force-in a run) in just a third of an inning as the A's rallied for five runs in the 8th.

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

AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (K+WP, 1B, K, F-8, BB, R, CS)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-5 (1B, K, K, 6-3, K)
3. Wladmir Galindo, 3B: 2-4 (E2-CI, 3B, 2B, L-5, F-9, R, 2 RBI)
4. Joey Martarano, DH: 1-5 (5-4-3 DP, 1B, F-9, K, 6-4 FC, R, RBI)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, R)
6. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-4 (L-8, E-5, 4-6-3 DP, F-8, R)
7. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (2-U, 1B, 4-3, F-8, RBI)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-4 (5-3, F-9, K, 2B)
9a. Sutton Whiting, LF: 0-2 (E-4, F-7, R)
9b. Alex Bautista, LF: 1-2 (1B, 1-3)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Trey McNutt: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (5 strikes)
2. Pedro Silverio: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 7/4 GO/FO, 74 pitches (45 strikes)
3. Tanner Griggs: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Trey Masek: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Santiago Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 41 pitches (27 strikes)

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. LF Sutton Whiting: E-7 (throwing error allowed batter to advance an extra base on a single)
2. LF Alex Bautista: E-7 (fielding error allowed batter and runner to advance an extra base on single)

AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS:

OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Roberto Caro - runner thrown out 8-6-5 trying to stretch double into triple

Comments

Some internet discussion about Soler playing 9 innings for Iowa Friday night and because the I-Cubs go on the road ( to New Orleans) after that, he plays for the Cubs on Saturday night vs Miami. Roster move, who goes? Probably Szczur. http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t451

from CCO, video post of Randy Wehofer's I-Cubs spotlight. Looks like Dallas Beeler is back on track. I'm a big fan of DB and am hoping he gets another shot at the 5th starter spot. https://youtu.be/mVDee2G2_d0

AZ Phil, any thoughts on Manuel Rondon?

Q-MAN: I actually have seen Manuel Rondon pitch, both in Extended Spring Training and then a week ago against the Cubs in an AZL game. He didn't show much when I saw him. Actually, he got clobbered (allowing six runs and nine hits in 3.1 IP, including a double and two triples).  

But he was the Angels top pitching prospect with the DSL Angels last season, and he was also the AZL Angels Opening Day starter this season and he threw a really good game in his first start versus the AZL Athletics, before getting bombed by the Cubs. 

Rondon throws a 87-89 MPH two-seamer with movement that touches 90-91 and a plus change-up (his "swing & miss" pitch), but he has difficulty commanding his slider. 

I would expect Rondon to get a start for the AZL Cubs very soon, maybe even this weekend (he hasn't pitched since a week ago Thursday). He was supposed to get his next start for the AZL Angels this past Thursday, but he did not pitch as scheduled (probably because of the pending trade).

Thanks Phil. You're the best!

Still no Soler.

For Carlito:

не до сих пор нет Soler

где он??

Iowastan

 

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