Down Goes Frazier!
Victor Caratini blasted a two-run home run, doubled, singled twice, walked, and scored four runs, Jordan Hankins knocked-in four runs with three run-scoring singles, Kevonte Mitchell singled twice and doubled, scored twice, and drove-in a run, Chesny Young laced a bases-loaded three-run triple and a single, and Johan Matos belted a solo home run and singled, in an AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game was played at "Cubs Park" (home to the AZL Cubs and the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL, and the Chicago Cubs during Spring Training in March).
Collecting 17 hits (including three doubles, a triple, and a home run), Team Gonzalez evened-up the "Cubs World Series" at two games a piece with a 15-5 drubbing of Team Johnson.
Eloy Jimenez left the game after being hit on the left arm by an Erick Leal fastball.
Several of the Cubs young sluggers competed in the annual Cubs Instructs Home Run Derby on Field #2 prior to the game, and Billy McKinney edged out Scott Frazier to take home the title.
Frazier is a pitcher, but the 6'7 fireballer was a two-way player (pitcher/outfielder) in HS, and he showed that he still knows how to swing the lumber, clubbing several prodigious shots onto the street beyond the LF fence ("Cubs Way') during the course of the contest. He then threw a 1-2-3 7th inning in the game that followed.
Here is the box score from today's game:
TEAM GONZALEZ LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-5 (1-3, P-4, BB, 4-3, F-9, L-9, RBI)
2. Andrew Ely, DH #1: 1-1 (BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST FOUR TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-5 (F-8, BB, 6-4 FC, 6-3, 4-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Victor Caratini, DH-C: 4-5 (1B, 2B, 1B, BB, HR, L-7, 4 R, 2 RBI)
5. Billy McKinney, RF: 1-3 (F-8, F-8 SF, 1B, BB, K, 2 R, RBI)
6. Gioskar Amaya, C-3B: 2-5 (K, 1B, 1B, P-3, 6-3, 2 R, RBI)
7. Jordan Hankins, 1B: 3-5 (E-2, 1B, 1B, 1B, 4-3, R, 4 RBI, SB)
8a. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 0-0 (HBP, SB)
8b. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 3-4 (6-4 FC, 1B, 1B+E4, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
9. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 1-4 (K, F-8, 2B, K, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 5th TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, L-8)
10b. Jason Vosler, PH-2B: 1-3 (K, F-7, 1B, R)
TEAM JOHNSON LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, K, R, RBI)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 3B, 4-3, 3 RBI, PO)
NOTE: Crawford and Young switched slots in the batting order in the 7th & 8th innings
3. Kyle Schwarber, DH: 0-3 (4-3, K, HBP, 6-3)
4a. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
4b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (1-6 FC, K)
5a. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
5b. Mark Zagunis, PH-RF: 0-2 (F-9, BB, K)
6a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (6-3, 1-3)
6b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-2 (F-9, 4-3)
7. Johan Matos, 1B: 2-4 (K, 1B+E4, F-8, HR, 2 R, RBI)
8a. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R, PO)
8b. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-2 (3-1, L-7)
9. Charlie White, LF: 0-2 (E-5, BB, F-9, R)
TEAM GONZALEZ PITCHERS:
1. Jeremy Null: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Tommy Thorpe: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 PO, 1/0 GO/FO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2/3 GO/FO, 45 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Trey Hedges: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/FO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)
TEAM JOHNSON PITCHERS:
1. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Santiago Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 39 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Daniel Lewis: 1.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 35 pitches (15 strikes)
4. David Garner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 29 pitches (18 strikes)
5. James Norwood: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/FO, 38 pitches (27 strikes)
TEAM GONZALEZ ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (fieding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Jason Vosler - E-4 (overthrow on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
TEAM JOHNSON ERRORS: 3
1. C Jhonny Pereda - E-2 (errant throw after fielding "swinging bunt" in front of home allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. CF Rashad Crawford - E-8 (errant throw on play at the plate on RBI single allowed batter to advance an extra base)
3. 2B Chesny Young - E-4 (throwing error at home plate allowed runner to score from 3rd base)
TEAM GONZALEZ CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gioskar Amaya: 1 PB
TEAM JOHNSON CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
TEAM JOHNSON OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Mark Zagunis - threw out baserunner (Jordan Hankins) 9-2 trying to score from 2nd on single to right
ATTENDANCE: 17 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
crunch 16 hours 2 min 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 17 hours 33 min ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 17 hours 58 min ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 19 hours 57 min ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 20 hours 45 min 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 1 hour 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 1 hour ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 1 day 17 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 1 day 20 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 1 hour 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 8 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).
Arizona Phil 2 days 20 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.