Let's Play Two!

Bryan Hudson and two relievers combined to toss a five-hit shutout as Team Banks whitewashed Team Santo 1-0 in Cubs AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Friday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was called after 4-1/2 innings of play so that players could catch flights at Sky Harbor Airport (2016 Instructs concluded today). 

Here is the box score from the game: 

TEAM SANTO LINEUP:
1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-7)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-7)
3. Connor Myers, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B) 
4. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-2 (6-3, 1B)
5. Michael Cruz, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, P-6)
6. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
7. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-1 (K, BB)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, SB)

TEAM BANKS LINEUP:
1. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-1 (1B, BB)
2. Chris Pieters, CF: 0-0 (1-3 SH, BB, CS)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, LF: 1-2 (L-7, 2B, CS)
4. Ian Rice, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-2 (3-1, 5-4-3 DP)
6. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (4-3)
7. Gustavo Polanco, DH #1: 0-1 (6-3)
8. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-1 (K) 
9. Rafael Narea, 2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
10. Fernando Kelli, DH #2: 0-1 (6-3)

TEAM SANTO PITCHERS
1. Alfredo Colorado: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 25pitches (16 strikes)
2. Eury Ramos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (11 strikes)

TEAM BANKS PITCHERS
1. Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Faustino Carrera: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. Hector Garcia: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes) 

TEAM SANTO ERRORS: 1 
3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (dropped pop foul fly extending batter's AB) 

TEAM BANKS ERRORS: 1 
P Eury Ramos: E-1 (errant pick-off throw at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd - runner then thrown out 3-5 attempting to take 3rd)

TEAM SANTO CATCHERS DEFENSE
P. J. Higgins: 2-2 CS 

TEAM BANKS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 8

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's  




Comments

"The Dodgers have officially named Kenta Maeda their NLCS Game 1 starter against the Cubs." also, some lol cardinals news... "Zach Duke underwent Tommy John surgery and also had his flexor muscle repaired last week." that one came outta nowhere...but hey, no z.duke next season for STL. neat.

kershaw gets game 2.

r.hill confirmed for game 3

Cub legends Cap Anson and King Kelly in the top ten of all time ZARP leaders. So, if nothing else, at least it's got that going for it.

Phil, now that instructs are completed, what players (especially pitchers) made the biggest impression on you?

AZBOBBOP: RHSP Thomas Hatch (Cubs 2016 3rd round draft pick - Oklahoma State) looks legit. He was making his pro debut at Instructs (he did not pitch in the minor leagues after signing in July) and he was so impressive that he was moved-up from Basic Instructs to Advaned Instructs last week. He is a polished college arm who features a 91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action, a breaking ball that he can throw for strikes, and a decent change-up. While I would think that he will be assigned to the Myrtle Beach squad at Minor League Camp next March, he likely will be in the South Bend starting rotation on Opening Day. He could move fast through the pipeline. Hatch and RHP Bailey Clark (who returned to school after the season to finish his degree and did not attend Instructs) are the two best Cubs SP prospects from this June's draft, and both are MLB prospects. 

RHRP Dakota Mekkes (2016 Cubs 10th round draft pick - Michigan State) was the most-impressive reliever at Instructs. Although he is 6'5 250+, he doesn't throw particulary hard (fastball tops out at 93) but his delivery is deceptive, and his slider and change-up are both swing & miss pitches.

17-year old lanky 6'4+ LHSP Brailyn Marquez was another impressive pitcher at Instructs. Although his command came & went, he shows a 89-91 MPH fastball with sinking action and solid curve. While he is still a bit of a project, I wouldn't be surprised if he is the ace of the AZL Cubs starting rotation in 2017. He reminds me of Bryan Hudson.  

LHRP Wyatt Short (Ole Miss) and RHRP Chad Hockin (Cal-State Fullerton) were college closers selected by the Cubs in this past June's draft, and both appear to be ready to move fast through the system. Short is actually short (5'8) but he works fast, has a rubber arm, and throws strikes with a 90 MPH fastball, curve, and change-up. Hockin is the grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and the brother of Indians minor league RHP Grant Hockin. He combines a 95 MPH fastball with a plus-slider, and he is an athletic defender (he was a two-way player in HS).    

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  • crunch 6 hours 50 min ago (view)

    kevin rizzo is in camp with the cubs and is in workouts with the team.

    very tiny guy, no power, but he can run down a ball in the field and he's almost impossible to pitch to.  time to give him a contract and put him in the OF.

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1366081602242023425

     

  • crunch 7 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Marquee has added a tuesday game, so now the first televised cubs game is March 2nd (3pm EST)

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 21 min ago (view)

    The DFA of Robert Stock to make room for Kyle Ryan coming off the CoViD-related IL wil need to be followed by removing another player on the 40 to make room for Ryan Tepera. 

    It's possible somebody (like a pitcher) is injured to the extent that he might be placed on the 60-day IL, or else maybe somebody else will go on the CoViD-related IL (which is 40-man roster exempt) in the coming days to make room for Tepera.

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed LHSP Ben Holmes (ex-LAD) and RHRP Jose Moreno (ex-NYM) to 2021 minor league contracts. Both were post-2020 minor league 6YFA and neither has been on an MLB 40-man roster.

    Holmes pitched collegiately at Oregon State and has some AAA experience, but Moreno hasn't pitched above Lo-A over the course of seven seasons in the Mets organization.  

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the trade...it's practically asking to be written that way.

    jeff passan did it quite well... https://twitter.com/jeffpassan/status/136577746706...

    that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).

     

  • Charlie 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!

     

  • crunch 2 days 43 min ago (view)

    i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.

    i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    This is a straight up troll 

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player...

    ptbn from the josh osich deal.

    totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal

     

  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.

     

  • crunch 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.