Underwood Hurls Blanks at Royals at Riverview
Victor Caratini (Cubs) ripped an opposite-field two-out triple into the rightfield corner, Dan Vogelbach (Cubs) followed with an RBI double down the RF line to knock-in Caratini, and Andrew Daniel (Angels) drove-in Vogelbach from 2nd with an RBI ground single to center to open the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning, and Cubs top pitching prospect RHP Duane Underwood Jr hurled four innings of no run/no hit ball with five strikeouts and combined with four Cub relievers to toss a three hitter, as the Angels/Cubs co-op squad defeated the Royals 4-1 in AZ Advanced Instructional League action this afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The Royals were held hitless through the first six innings of the game, before Austin Bailey lined a single to center off Rob Zastryzny leading off the top of the 7th.
Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined)
1a. Carlos Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (P-5, 2-3)
1b. Austin Bailey, 2B: 1-2 (1B, 1-3)
2a. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
2b. Humberto Arteaga, SS: 0-2 (4-6 FC, 6-3)
3a. Orlando Calixte, 3B: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
3b. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-1 (L-8)
4a. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B: 0-2 (L-9, F-7)
4b. Samir Duenez, 1B: 0-1 (F-7)
5. Elier Hernandez, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B, R)
6. Alfredo Escalera, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 4-3, 1B)
7a. Anderson Miller, CF: 0-2 (P-4, 4-3)
7b. Amalani Fukofuka, CF: 0-1 (5-3)
8a. Chad Johnson, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
8b. Xavier Fernandez, C: 0-1 (5-3, RBI)
9. Cam Gallagher, DH #1: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
10. Chase Vallot, DH #2: 0-2 (BB, F-8, K)
X-1 Wade Wass, DH-C: 1-3 (K, BB, F-9, 2B, RBI)
NOTE: Wass batted third in bottom of the 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 8th innings)
X-2 Bo Way, PR: NO AB (R, 2 SB, CS)
NOTE: Way pinch-ran for Wass in bottom of the 5th & 8th innings)
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (L-9, 5-3, 5-3, 1B, R)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 2-4 (3-1, 1B, 1B, F-8, SB)
3. Victor Caratini, C-DH: 1-2 (3B, 4-3, BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (2B, F-8, P-6, BB, R, RBI, CS)
5. Andrew Daniel, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-9, F-7, K, RBI)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
7. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-9)
8. Kody Eaves, SS: 0-3 (K, F-8, P-4)
1. Eric Skoglund: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Matt Alvarez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Josh Staumont: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Evan Beal: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes)
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3/4 GO/AO, 62 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Rob Zastryzny: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
4. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Michael Jensen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
ROYALS ERRORS: 1
C Xavier Fernandez - E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)
ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE
ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Chad Johnson: 1-3 CS
2. Xavier Fernandez: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures 105+
Arizona Phil 37 min 51 sec ago (view)
Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter.
He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 42 min ago (view)
Good to see Roederer and Velasquez providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development
Arizona Phil 10 hours 44 min ago (view)
The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster.
crunch 12 hours 7 min ago (view)
"He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."
reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 1 min ago (view)
Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 16 min ago (view)
TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 55 min ago (view)
AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here.
He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.
His receiving should improve with experience as well.
azbobbop 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?
tim815 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.
Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.
Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.
As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later.
Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:
RHP Josh Burgmann
RHP Chris Clarke
LHP D. J. Herz
RHP Michael McAvene
Charlie 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump.
crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
iapoce expected to stay. i'm surprised. i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.
crunch 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year