Break-Up Team Banks!

Chris Pieters tripled, singled twice, scored three runs, and knocked-in another, Gustavo Polanco belted a two-run double and a single and scored a run, Sam Tidaback drilled a two-run double, singled, and walked, Aramis Ademan doubled twice and scored two runs and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Zack Short tripled and singled and scored two runs, as Team Banks hammered out 16 hits (including seven XBH) en route to an 11-3 drubbing of Team Santo in Cubs Arizona Instructional League intrasquad game action Saturday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The two teams combined to commit nine errors, including three by Team Santo third-baseman Christopher Morel. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

TEAM SANTO LINEUP:
1. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, 6-3, R, SB, CS)
2. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B-DH: 2-4 (1B+E5, 1B, K, 3-U, SB)
3. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-3 (L-7 SF, F-9, E-3, E-6, R, RBI, SB)
4. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (K, K, K, 1B)
5. Christopher Morel, 3B: 0-4 (F-8, 6-3, 5-3, 6-3, RBI)
6. Luis Diaz, DH-2B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
7. Isaac Paredes, DH #2: 1-3 (3-U, F-7, 2B, R)
8a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (4-3, F-9)
8b. Carlos Diaz, C: 0-1 (K)
9. Fernando Kelli, LF: 0-3 (1-3, 5-3, 5-3) 
10. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (6-3, K, 1B, RBI, CS)

TEAM BANKS LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, CF: 0-4 (E-5, L-7, F-8, 4-3, R, SB)
2. Zack Short, 3B: 2-4 (F-8, 1-3, 3B, 1B, 2 R)
3. Aramis Ademan, SS: 2-3 (F-7 SF, 2B, K, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, BB, K, R, RBI) 
5. Chris Pieters, LF: 3-4 (3B, 1B, 1B, E-3, 3 R, RBI) 
6. Gustavo Polanco C-DH: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 5-U FC+E5, 4-6-3 DP, R, 2 RBI)
7. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-3 (K, BB, K, F-8)
8. Sam Tidaback, DH-C: 2-3 (F-7, BB, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI) 
9. Yeiler Peguero, 2B-DH: 1-4 (2B, K, 4-3, K)
10. Delvin Zinn, DH-2B: 1-2 (1B+E5, K, R, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
11. Rafael Narea, DH #3: 2-3 (4-3, 1B, 1B, RBI, CS)

TEAM SANTO PITCHERS
1. Alfredo Colorado: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 1/3 GO/AO, 32 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Tyson Miller: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (21 strikes)  
3. Yunior Perez: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes) 
4. Eury Ramos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)  
5. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)   
6. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)  

TEAM BANKS PITCHERS

1. Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Faustino Carrera: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Hector Garcia: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Fauris Guerrero: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
5. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (17 strikes)

TEAM SANTO ERRORS:
1. 3B Christopher Morel: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Christopher Morel: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base after 5-U FC allowed batter to advance to 2nd & runner to advance to 3rd)
3. 3B Christopher Morel; E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)  
4. RF Jonathan Sierra: E-9 (errant throw to 3rd base on double to RF allowed runner to score) 
5. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

TEAM BANKS ERRORS
: 4
1. 3B Zack Short: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd & runner to advance to 3rd)
 
2. 1B Wladimir Galindo: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. C Sam Tidaback E-2 (overthrow on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
4. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

TEAM SANTO CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jhonny Pereda: 1-2 CS 
2. Carlos Diaz: 0-1 CS 

TEAM BANKS CATCHERS DEFENSE: 

1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-3 CS 
2. Sam Tidaback: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)  

TEAM SANTO OUTFIELD ASSISTS: 2 
LF Fernando Kelli - threw out batter 7-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 
CF Jose Gutierrez - threw out batter 8-6 attempting to stretch single into double  

ATTENDANCE: 16 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

Chris Pieters might be future prospect?

HAGSAG: Although he has a tendency to sometimes be a bit too passive at the plate and swing & miss a bit too much when he does swing, Chris Pieters has some promise as a hitter. He has a short line-drive stroke (albeit without much HR power), and a good batting eye that help him work counts and draw walks. He also has above-average speed (he's a lanky long-strider) with excellent base-stealing technique. And he has a strong (though not always accurate) arm (he's an ex-LHP).

In other words, basically the traits you would looks for in a CF prospect.

Unfortunately, Pieters has difficulty tracking fly balls and making accurate throws (that's why he has been playing mostly 1B since getting converted to a position player). Still, the Cubs very much want Pieters to play OF (preferably CF), so he has been working hard to improve his outfield defense at instructs.  

Fielding percentage is a not necessarily a great way to evaluate a player defensively, but Pieters fielding percentage in LF this past season (.909) and in CF last season (.943) is what you would expect to see from a defensively-challenged third-baseman or shortstop, not from an outfielder. And it's not a fluke, either. He really does have a LOT of difficulty tracking fly balls and line drives and making accurate throws from the outfield.  

That said, I would expect Pieters to play mostly OF next season at South Bend (even if it's a struggle), because he really doesn't fit the profile of a first-baseman (though he is a decent defender at 1B). 

So I wouldn't necessarily call him a "prospect" at this point. Probably more like a "project with potential." 

hopefully he can come around in the OF because he has the legs for it and he's somewhat relatively new-ish returning to fielding since he was originally signed as a pitcher. he's got youth and time on his side.

AZPhil, Love this time of year and, as usual, appreciate your reports. Any word on velocity for Faustino Carrera? Any impressions? I'd say he and Marquez are my favorite candidates to become serious SP prospects within the next 3 years. IIRC I may have read a CJ Wilson comp on Carrera physically, but maybe I am not remembering correctly. Actually since I have early favorites already....Any impressions on Jose Gutierrez, Jonathan Sierra, Miguel Amaya, Carrera, Marquez, or Carlos Ocampo?

KING KONG v. GODZILLA: Obviously it's still early, but I'll tell you what I can. Faustino Carrera is an advanced pitcher for his age, the classic crafty lefty with a plus curve, an occasional change-up, and an 86-88 MPH fastball that he uses to paint the corners and to set-up his off-speed stuff. Jose Gutierrez is a solid defender in CF with a strong and accurate arm, and he has above-average speed, is a smart baserunner, and he has a line-drive stroke from both sides of the plate. I would expect him to play CF and be the lead-off hitter at AZL Cubs next season. Physically speaking Jonathan Sierra looks like a young Darryl Strawberry, but he has an opposite-field stroke without much loft. The Cubs hitting instructors have been working with Sierra one-on-one to get him to pull inside pitches more and to maybe get a bit of a loft on his swing. It's gone well in BP so far, but he needs to translate it to games. Right now he is a bit of a project defensively in RF. Miguel Amaya has put on some muscle since I last saw him at Extended Spring Training. He has good mechanics behind the plate and he also has a strong & accurate arm, and his hitting has promise although it lags a bit behind his defense right now. Carlos Ocampo has a "live" arm but he is essentially a fastball-first pitcher (93-94) with major command issues. The two times I've seen him throw to hitters (one "live" BP and once in a game) he couldn't find the strike zone. He's probably a long-term project, like Junior Marte and Andry Rondon. Brailyn Marquez is a tall lefty (listed at 6'4, but probably more like 6'5 or 6'6) who is similar to Bryan Hudson. Marquez doesn't throw as hard as Hudson at this point (Marquez tops out at 91, while Hudson works at 89-91 but touches 92-93), but he's also two years younger. Like Hudson, Marquez gets a lot of ground balls with a two-seamer that he generally throws for strikes, and he has a decent curve, too, and he's working on a change-up.

Awesome, thanks. I've read in the past that Marquez has touched at least as high as 92 (McDaniel) and Carrera sat 87-89 (CCO, I assume sourced from BA), so is it possible these velocities are related to late year fatigue? After all these are the two that held up best during the DSL summer and logged the most innings at the youngest ages. 93-94 from a RH like Ocampo is one way to perk me up. I'm impressed by his K rate (21%) as a 17 YO in a league with an 18% K rate. Same for both Marquez (20%) and even Carrera (19%). There's some video of him out there and I have to say I get a Matt Garza-ish-esque image in my head if things goes very, very well over the next 4-7 years. Great to hear on Gutierrez, who showed more bat to ball skills (15% K rate) than I think other teams thought he might.

KING KONG VS GODZILLA: Velocity readings for a certain pitcher can vary depending on the circumstances, and there can be some fluctuation from year-to-year or even game-to-game, depending on the pitcher and how fresh or tired his arm might be. In the case of Carrera, he doesn't have a lot projection physically, so what you see in velocity right now is probably pretty much what you'll get long-term. But with Marquez, there could be a velocity increase at some point. I would also mention that results matter, too. Some pitchers figure out how to make the best use of what they've got (Kyle Hendricks being the poster boy for that), while others with high velocity fastballs never figure it out and can't get out of "A" ball.

[email protected]@!#!#@!#[email protected]!!! 5-4, top 9, 2 out double scoring 2 runs. CIN bullpen = epic.

2r homer from montero off the bench 7-4.

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  • crunch 1 day 4 hours 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 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours 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 13 hours 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 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 5 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 2 days 9 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 14 hours 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 20 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.

     

  • tim815 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 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.