Zagunis Can Do It All at Riverview Park

Mark Zagunis singled twice, doubled, walked, stole a base, drove-in his team's lone run, and threw out a runner at the plate, in an AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #4 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.

Although they were outhit, Team Gonzalez took advantage of three errors, six walks, an HBP, and a PB, to edge Team Johnson 2-1 in Game 3 of the "Cubs World Series." Team Johnson now leads the series, two games to one.

Here is the box score from the game:


TEAM GONZALEZ LINEUP:
1a. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (BB, 5-3, F-9, 6-3, R)
1b. Jason Vosler, PH-CF: 1-1 (1B)
2. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-5 (FC+E5, K, 1B, E-6, K, PO)
3. Victor Caratini, 1B-C: 0-3 (F-9 SF, L-7, BB, K, K, RBI)
4a. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, K)
4b. Eloy Jimenez, PH-RF: 0-1 (P-3)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-2 (HBP, BB, K, K, R)
6. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 1-3 (5-4-3 DP, F-7, 1B, BB, SB)
7. Andrew Ely, DH: 2-4 (F-8, 1B, L-7, 1B)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (L-9, BB, F-7, 6-4 FC)
9a. Jordan Hankins, C-1B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, RBI)
9b. Wladimir Galindo, PH-1B: 0-1 (K)

TEAM JOHNSON LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (P-6, 1B, 3-1)
1b. Charlie White, CF: 0-1 (1-3)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (BB, 4-6 FC, 5-3, 1B)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-4 (4-6-3 DP, 2B, 3-U, 3-U, R)
4a. Kyle Schwarber, C: 0-3 (3-U, K, 3-U)
4b. Tyler Alamo, PH-C: 0-1 (K)
5. Mark Zagunis, LF: 3-3 (BB, 1B, 2B, 1B, RBI, SB, CS)
6a. Mark Malave, 1B: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, L-9)
6b. Johan Matos, PH-1B: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-4 (2B, 4-3, L-3, K, PO)
8. Jhonny Pereda, DH: 0-3 (K, 6-3, K)
9a. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-1 (BB, K)
9b. Chesny Young, SS: NO AB
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3RD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

TEAM GONZALEZ PITCHERS:
1. Jake Stinnett: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Jeferson Mejia: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 2/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)  
3. Tanner Griggs: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (14 strikes)
4. James Farris: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 29 pitches (20 strikes)
5. John Michael Knighton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes)

TEAM JOHNSON PITCHERS:
1. Jonathan Martinez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1/4 GO/FO, 40 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Oscar de la Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 6 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 42 pitches (24 strikes)
4, Ryan Williams: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Carson Sands: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 36 pitches (20 strikes)

TEAM GONZALEZ ERRORS: NONE

TEAM JOHNSON ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Jeimer Candelario - E-5 (errant throw attempting 5-4 FC allowed baserunner to reach 2nd base safely & advance to 3rd)   
2. C Kyle Schwarber - E-2 (errant throw on attempted pick-off allowed baserunner on 1st base to advance to 2nd)
3. SS Chesny Young - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

TEAM GONZALEZ CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jordan Hankins: 0-1 CS
2. Victor Caratini: 1-1 CS

TEAM JOHNSON CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Kyle Schwarber: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Tyler Alamo: 1 PB

TEAM JOHNSON OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Mark Zagunis - threw out baserunner (Andrew Ely) 7-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line single to left 

ATTENDANCE: 24 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's  

Comments

Phi, do you think that Juan Carlos Paniagua will be protected?

HAGSAG: If MLB had recognized Juan Carlos Paniagua's two seasons in the DSL with the Diamondbacks when he played under a false identity, he would have been eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft post-2013. But because MLB did not recognize those two seasons, he won't be Rule 5 Draft eligible for the first time until post-2015.   

The only way Paniagua could be Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2014 but not post-2013 would be if MLB did not recogzie Paniagua's two seasons with the DSL Diamondbacks (2009-10) when played under a false identity on a "pending" contract, but they do recognize the contract that Paniagua signed with the Yankees in 2011 that was never accepted by MLB and in fact was very quickly voided due to "missing required documentation" (presumably his Dominican birth certificate, which apparently has yet to be found).

It is probably a moot point. I doubt that anyone would even think about keeping him on a MLB 25 man roster in 2015.

more Ned Colletti firing rumors, Rays GM at the front of the line

Juan Carlos Paniagua was throwing consistently 95-96 today and touched 97, but his fastball command was poor and he had problems commanding his secondary stuff, too.

I suspect Paniagua will be in the Tennessee bullpen in 2015, and then the Cubs will need to decide whether or not to roster him after next season. (He turns 25 next April).

Phil, how does Kyle Schwarber look behind the plate?

He looks great! Said someone who's never seen him behind the plate but is an avid kool aid drinker.

My thoughts exactly.

thank god that's settled. i expect him up sometime around may 2015 at the latest if he cubs are going to win 120 games next year rather than 115. cubs should trade welly + 4 or 5 non-top-10 prospects for c.hamels. time to get going on that.

Thrown in Junior Lake while you're at it.

BOB R: Kyle Schwarber has been spending his mornings trying to work out some of the kinks in his receiving mechanics. He really wants to be a big league catcher, so he is a tireless worker. He just needs reps, and it really doesn't matter that much where he gets them (Instructs right now, sim games and/or intrasquad games, Big League Camp in February, Minor League Camp next March, and then either Myrtle Beach or Tennessee after that). 

BTW, the Cubs instructors began to employ an extreme infield defensive shift a couple of days ago against Schwarber, and he has gone 0-6 with two swinging strikeouts and four ground outs to the right side of the infield over his last couple of games when facing the shift. (It appeared that Schwarber was starting to get a bit pull-happy & overly aggressive at the plate at Instructs over the past week or so, after absolutely mauling the ball in "sim" games and "live" BP). This is probably one of the reasons why the Cubs decided to schedule only intrasquad games instead of AZIL games against other organizations, so that they can create & control the match-ups & situations they feel are most beneficial to the player's development. 

Why do I get the strange feeling the new version of Cubs coaching knows what it's doing?

Is that what that feeling is? I just assumed I ate something funny.

It's a highly unfamiliar feeling, and it will affect everyone differently.

Ha ha funny or upset tummy funny?

We aren't quite there yet, but did ANYONE on the planet pick KC / SF for the World Series? Also, lest we forget: Mike Olt.

*burst into inconsolable weeping at mention of the Mighty but Tragic Mike Olt* But *sob* good for those guys.

Tell me how either team in the WS would not benefit with the presence of Mike Olt? WELL.....I'M WAITING!

you laugh, but it's october and having a warm bench seat to come back to after playing is important for the regulars. mike olt is the difference between a good defensive play and a clanker off the glove because an actual baseball player is too cold to concentrate. yeah...

Can I just say that is some grade A top quality Olt comedy. Thanks guys!

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  • cubbies.4ever 7 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 59 min ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 21 min ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.

    Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 37 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch. 

     

  • bradsbeard 10 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).

    Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 22 min ago (view)

    So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch  among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.    

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 23 min ago (view)

    For those of you who like to plan ahead, AS THINGS STAND NOW here is how the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free-agency shape up for the Cubs post-2020: 

     

  • bradsbeard 18 hours 4 min ago (view)

    You say that in jest, but just from the 2016 draft, which did not feature a first or second round pick, the Cubs drafted 4 players who were added to 40 man rosters this winter (Hatch, Miller, Rucker, Short) with Mekkes, Giambrone, and several others being potential mid-season additions.  

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 21 min ago (view)

    So I guess he's the first guy since Rondon we've taken in rule 5 with a shot at making the roster. That's kinda cool

     

  • crunch 18 hours 27 min ago (view)

    "Megill is a guy we tried to trade for, actually, prior to the Rule 5." - hoyer

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 36 min ago (view)

    That's a bummer. He does what few on the big league club do: put the bat on the ball.

    Also hate to lose Rucker. He's a perfect type to be on AAA shuttle and cheap middle relief at minimum.

     

  • QuietMan 18 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Good stuff indeed.  

     

  • crunch 18 hours 39 min ago (view)

    A's trade for machin...probably not getting him back.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 50 min ago (view)

    cubs seem to be using the minor league phase of the rule5 to attempt to build a farm system...better than their recent non-1st-round draft record so far, i guess.