Thomas Hatch Perfect in Pro Game Debut at Riverview
Yeiler Peguero drilled a two-run double, singled twice, and scored a run, Luis Ayala ripped an RBI double, singled, walked, scored two runs, and threw out a runner at the plate, Wladimir Galindo belted a double and a triple and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, and RHSP Thomas Hatch (Cubs 2016 3rd round pick making his pro game debut) hurled two perfect innings and combined with five relievers to toss a four-hitter, as Team Banks defeated Team Santo 6-1 in Cubs Arizona Instructional League intrasquad game action this morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
Christian Villanueva (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL) played third base for Team Santo and went 0-2 with a walk. This was Villanueva's first game action since breaking his leg seven months ago in Spring Training.
As was the case last year, the Cubs "basic" (traditional) instructs squad will not be playing AZIL league games against other organizations, but they will be playing several intrasquad games over the course of the next three weeks.
Here is the box score from today's game:
TEAM SANTO LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF-DH: 0-1 (5-3, 2-3 SH)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-3 (5-3, K, HBP, 5-3)
3. Connor Myers, LF: 2-4 (5-3, 1B, 1B, K, RBI)
4. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, K, 1-3)
5. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, 4-3, BB)
6. Jonathan Sierra, DH-RF: 0-3 (6-3, K, E-7)
7a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (K, K)
7b. Michael Cruz, C: 0-1 (FC)
8. Jose Gutierrez, RF-CF: 0-3 (F-9, 3-U, K)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-3 (K, F-8, K)
10. Christopher Morel, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, BB, 5-3, R)
TEAM BANKS LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, RF: 2-3 (1B, L-7, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B-DH: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI, CS)
3. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-4 (5-4-3 DP, 5-U FC, 4-3, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 2-3 (2B, 6-3, 3B, F-8 SF, RBI)
5. Chris Pieters, CF: 1-4 (4-3, 2B, F-7, P-3)
6a. Sam Tidaback, C: 0-2 (6-3, BB, 6-3)
6b. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-1 (4-3)
7. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 0-3 (5-3, K, HBP, F-7)
8. Zack Short, DH-2B: 1-2 (BB, 1B+E4, BB, L-4, R, SB)
9. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-2 (4-U FC, BB, F-8, R)
10. Miguel Amaya, DH #2:1-3 (1B, P-6, P-3)
NOTE: AMAYA & AYALA SWITCHED SLOTS LAST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
TEAM SANTO PITCHERS:
1. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 5/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Kyle Miller: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Javier Assad: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Manuel Rondon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 5 pitches (4 strikes)
5. Carlos Ocampo: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Dakota Mekkes: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
7. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
TEAM BANKS PITCHERS:
1. Thomas Hatch: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
2. Matt Swarmer: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Junior Marte: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Holden Cammack: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 17 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Jed Carter: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
TEAM SANTO ERRORS: 1
2B Yonathan Perlaza: E-4 (errant throw on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
TEAM BANKS ERRORS: 1
LF Kwang-Min Kwon: E-7 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely)
TEAM SANTO CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jhonny Pereda: 1-2 CS
2. Michael Cruz: 0-1 CS
TEAM BANKS OUTFIELD ASSISTS: 1
RF Luis Ayala - threw out baserunner (Christopher Morel) 9-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on single to RF
TEAM SANTO OUTFIELD ASSISTS: 1
CF Jose Gutierrez - threw out batter (Chris Pieters) 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple
WEATHER: Overcast & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
crunch 15 hours 57 min ago (view)
a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...
Cubster 17 hours 28 min ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 17 hours 53 min ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 19 hours 52 min ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 20 hours 40 min ago (view)
for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.
mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs). this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living. for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.
activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen. good work.
bradsbeard 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in).
Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.
Hagsag 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).
Arizona Phil 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.
I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.
Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.