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 

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Overcast & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?

HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.

Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.

Carlos Ocampo throws hard but has major command issues. He was wild in the BP session last Friday, and couldn't find the strike zone yesterday. He wasn't just missing, he was missing by a mile. Probably a long-term project. 

John Arguello at Cubs Den with observations & photos from Tuesday's Cubs instructs intrasquad game: link

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  • crunch 1 hour 49 min ago (view)

    3 dot crew represent.  i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.

     

  • Charlie 1 hour 57 min ago (view)

    I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!

    Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.

     

  • George Altman 6 hours 15 sec ago (view)

    The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport,  to learn something from the broadcast crew.

    Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't,  and I know about NOTHING about football. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 8 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3.  If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #.  eg - OUTS: 1  It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 51 min ago (view)

    tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 9 hours 13 min ago (view)

    General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 36 min ago (view)

    brews sign j.bradley 2/24m...decent deal for a quality CF'r.  he can opt out of the 2nd year.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 16 min ago (view)

    the national broadcasts on ESPN suffer badly from a lack of "homework" on the teams they're covering.

    yesterday i heard more riffing between the announcers about each other more than the players.  the only thing that saved them from more of that and dead air was in-progress action and player interviews (too many player interviews, but it's spring so whatever).

     

  • Hagsag 13 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Not impressed with ESPN's broadcast. I like Mendoza's work, but how many kids did we have to see rolling around the grass. Good day to see some young players ,but half the time you had no idea who was batting or pitching.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 44 min ago (view)

    cubs game totally not a delay broadcast for ESPN...thanks for that gem heyward.

    dunno if they'll be printing up any "You better have your shit in line" t-shirts, but it's as least as good as "Try not to suck"

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 44 min ago (view)

    Jason Adam is another who throws short arm. I don't think he was a position player, but maybe falls into the arm injury category?

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil, these pitching summaries are great!

     

  • Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil.  Looks like a better use of the off-season by Maples than Carl Jr's hop-in-delivery was a few years ago - and not against the rules either. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Even though he is signed to a minor lesague contract and is not on the MLB 40-man roster right now, I would think Eric Sogard is a virtual lock to make the Cubs Opening Day Active List 26-man roster. 

    The Cubs were reportedly looking to sign a left-handed hitting second-baseman, and Sogard certainly fits that description. And unlike Jason Kipnis, Sogard has the versatility to play 3B and SS as well as 2B. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    ERIC: Just as you said, the short-arm technique can improve command, hopefully without impacting the quality of a pitcher's stuff.

    Based on what I saw yesterday, Maples' stuff is as good as ever, and his command was better, too. Hopefully it will continue, because he probably has the best pure stuff on the staff. Command has always been the problem.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless there is a wave of pitcher injuries in Spring Training I would think Shelby Miller will probably begin the season at AAA (or at the ATS, since the start of the AAA season is supposely going to be delayed) where he can get stretched out.