Zastryzny Sharp at Riverview

Rashad Crawford belted a lead-off triple into the rightfield corner, Andrew Daniel walked, and then Jeffrey Baez and Chesny Young drilled RBI singles to highlight a three-run 3rd and LHSP Rob Zastryzny tossed four innings of one-hit shutout ball for the Angels/Cubs co-op squad, and Samir Duenez doubled in the 7th and drilled an RBI single in the 9th for the Royals, as the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action this afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

The game was called by mutual agreement after nine innings of play.

Three members of the Kansas City Royals MLB 40-man roster (3B Chestor Cuthbert, LHP Scott Alexander, and RHP Louis Coleman) who were left off the Royals ALDS roster played in the advanced instructs game today, staying sharp while waiting for a possible call-up for the ALCS


About a dozen scouts were on hand to watch Rob Zastryzny and his newly-minted curve ball that has coaches at instructs buzzing. The much-improved breaking ball could get Zastryzny on track to be the pitcher the Cubs hoped he would be when they drafted the 6'3 left-hander out of the University of Missouri in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft.       

2015 Carolina League batting champion Chesny Young extended his hitting streak to eight games with his third inning single, and is now hitting .364. 

Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined

ROYALS LINEUP:
1a. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS: 1-2 (F-9, 1B)
1b. Humberto Arteaga, PH-SS: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, R)
2. Orlando Calixte, CF: 0-2 (K, K, BB, BB, 2 R)
3. Chestor Cuthbert, 3B-DH: 0-3 (L-5, K, L-8, BB)
4a. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B: 0-2 (P-5, F-8)
4b. Samir Duenez, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI)
5a. Jorge Bonifacio, DH #1: 0-1 (L-8, BB)
5b. Wander Franco, PH-DH: 0-1 (BB, 3-U, RBI)
6. Hunter Dozier, DH-3B: 0-1 (BB, 5-4 FC, L-8 SF-DP, BB, RBI)
7a. Cam Gallagher, C: 0-2 (F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
7b. Chad Johnson, C: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Alfredo Escalera, LF: 0-3 (K, HBP, 5-3, K)
9a. Anderson Miller, RF: 0-1 (P-2) 
9b. Elier Hernandez, PH-RF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
10a. Austin Bailey, 2B: 0-1 (P-4)
10b. Carlos Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP:
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (P-3, 1B, F-8, L-7, R, RBI, SB)
2. Chesny Young, SS: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, K, F-9, RBI, SB)
3. Victor Caratini, C: 0-3 (K, K, BB, F-9)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (1B, BB, 6-4-3 DP, BB, CS)
5. Zach Houchins, 3B: 1-4 (4-6-3 DP, 5-3, 1B, F-7)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH-LF: 1-3 (K, 3-U, 1B, BB)
7. Charcer Burks, LF-DH: 0-4 (P-4, K, F-8, F-7)
8. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (3B, F-7, 5-3, 4-3, R)
9. Andrew Daniel, 2B: 0-2 (BB, L-8, 6-3, R, SB)
 
ROYALS PITCHERS
1. Brooks Pounders: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Scott Alexander: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Louis Coleman: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Eric Skoglund: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 4/5 GO/AO, 54 pitches (34 strikes) 
5. Matt Tenuta: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes) 

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
1. Rob Zastryzny: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/8 GO/AO, 52 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Tyler Skulina: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 41 pitches (21 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
4. James Pugliese: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Steve Perakslis: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 9 pitches (6 strikes)

ROYALS ERRORS: 1 
C Cam Gallagher - E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: 1 
P Tyler Skulina: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)

ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Cam Gallagher: 0-2 CS
2. Chad Johnson: 1-1 CS

ANGELS/CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Rashad Crawford - runner (Samir Duenez) thrown out 8-2-5 trying to advance from 2nd to 3rd on F-8 SF

WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 16 (mostly scouts) 

  

Comments

it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017). neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits. also, rain delays suck.

"Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago" Wow. Nice turn of events. MLB is higher on him than BA, but I trust the Cubs FO and Jason McLeod. Now I just hope the Cubs get another couple Cubans before it's over. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez tops my wish list, but there's a whole host more. Ruiz, Diaz, Ona, Arozarena, Machado, Estevez, Armeteros, the list goes on. A lot of those guys are still teenagers. The way the Cubs have been able to teach and develop young talent, getting a chance to sign potential impact talent teenagers and teach them the "Cubs Way" would create an exciting super wave, tsunami if you will, of talent scheduled to arrive 4-5 years from now. With the youth already on the major league roster, the timing couldn't be better. Come on, PTR, don't get cheap on us now. This is an historic influx of talent and the Cubs timed this (or lucked into this) perfectly. Pony up.

This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago... "Comment From Wrenzie Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez? Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."

K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best. 

That's great to hear AZ Phil. If anyone should know, it'd be you. You've witnessed the transformation first-hand on a daily basis!! Thanks for passing that along and confirming what has seemed quite evident from afar!

From Keith Law: "His swing is very fluid and simple with excellent hip rotation, and despite a minimal stride, the right-handed hitter makes loud contact to all fields, with easy power from left field over to right-center. I did not get to see him play in a game, so what I know of the rest of his abilities -- such as his potential to play above-average center field -- comes from scouts who have seen him. Based on that, the BP I saw and his very live body, I think he's worth well more than the $3 million the Cubs reportedly will pay him. In fact, I think he's much closer to the $10 million or so that pre-July 2 reports had him getting from the Dodgers. If he were in the Rule 4 draft class for next year, we'd be talking about him as the potential No. 1 overall pick, so the Cubs getting him for $3 million is a relative steal."

Just freakin love it!

how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m? ...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?

Who are you? Andy Rooney?

*checks pulse* *checks pulse again* nope.

Apparently it was greedy agents who kept pushing the envelope and teams backed away. He then fired his agents and by that time the landscape had changed. The July push had passed and teams were willing to be patient. As far as what happened to the Giants' deal, I don't know. But perhaps he looked at the two rosters and realized the Cubs had the better chance of winning going forward. Maybe the Cubs swooped in and gave him $500,000 more and he bit. I don't know. What I do know is he signed the day after the Cubs won the wildcard game rather impressively...

thanks. it was odd. supposedly the dodgers had him signed earlier in the year, then a lot of nothing, then the giants thing a few days ago, then the cubs get him for a bargain. i'll take it.

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  • crunch 8 hours 20 min ago (view)

    i forgot about these types of update posts...thanks for the breakdowns.  they're really useful.

    strong agreement on the mess t.olson was throwing.  he didn't even look happy with himself out there.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 20 min ago (view)

    I know most of you saw the game or will be seeing the game, but for anyone else who might be interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Saturday night's game: 

    Alec Mills: 
    FB: 90-92 
    CH: 82-83 
    SL: 80-81 
    CV: 68 
    NOTES: Nice mix of pitches... Mills obviously comes from the "I'm a pitcher not a thrower" school, all of which means command & control matters a lot and he had both tonight... a legit candidate for the Cubs #5 SP slot... 

     

  • crunch 9 hours 20 min ago (view)

    hell of a 1st game.  even the good and bad mean nothing this early in spring, but it was a nice one.  i'm not worried about rizzo misplaying a couple balls in the first innings, nor do i think bote is on his way to a batting title.  spring is meaningless enough without trying to read into february spring games.  it was a fun watch, though.

    my biggest regret is not seeing souza chase down any plays in LF while he was in the game.  that's something i really would like to see this early in spring.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 10 min ago (view)

    I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 18 min ago (view)

    "i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace

     

  • crunch 11 hours 25 min ago (view)

    really not a big fan of the marquee network's score bug graphic location.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 55 min ago (view)

    d.ross got sent home with flu-like symptoms, andy green managing...

     

  • crunch 13 hours 5 min ago (view)

    cubs coming out big for their marquee network debut lineup...

    bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward / contreras / kipnis / souza (LF) / bote (DH) / almora...mills pitching

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Besides Quintero, Altuve, and Made, a fourth significant IFA signing by the Cubs during the off-season was 16 year old Dominican CF Anderson Suriel. He played for the Dominican 15U World Cup team in 2018.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year before Altuve will be Rule 5 Draft eligible (post-2024, instead of post-2023 which would have been the case if he had signed in July).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 58 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: It's still drizzling in Mesa but it's clearing to the southwest (which is where the rain came from) so the Cubs should have at least three hours to get the field ready. The infield is covered, so it's just the outfield that will be wet. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 21 min ago (view)

    As things stand right now, 109 pitchers and 20 catchers are scheduled to report to Cubs Minor League Camp next week. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Jordan Patterson will not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training but he will likely get considerable playing time in Cubs MLB Cactus League games as he competes with Corban Joseph for AAA Iowa primary 1B. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 37 min ago (view)

    cubs moving the game up was a wise choice unless the rain lingers very long.  everyone else in ARZ is rained out except LA/SF which starts in 4 hours (cubs in 7 hours)...and that LA/SF game still might get rained out because other games in that time slot have been cancelled/postponed (though they posted a lineup for today's game on twitter 10 minutes ago).

    speaking of LA, m.betts makes his debut tomorrow vs CHC.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 30 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 minor league 6YFA 1B-OF Jordan Patterson (ex-COL) and RHRP Dario Beltre to 2020 minor league contracts.

    Patterson (who has considerable AAA experience and some MLB time as well) was assigned to AAA Iowa and Beltre (who has not pitched above AA in ten minor league seasons) was assigned to AA Tennessee. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 42 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released 13 minor leaguers: 

    LHP Andres Bonalde 
    RHP Alfredo Colorado 
    RHP Julio Guante
    OF Albert Hinirio 
    RHP M. T. Minacci 
    INF Rafael Narea 
    INF Herson Perez 
    RHP Tyler Peyton 
    RHP Casey Ryan 
    LHP Saul Vazquez 
    RHP Omar Ventura 
    OF Ricardo Verenzuela 
    OF Brandon Vicens