Nwolverine Nwogu Nwonderful at Talking Stick

Jordan Nwogu, singled, doubled, tripled, scored two runs, drove-in another, and made a diving catch in LF, Yonathan Perlaza singled twice and scored a run, and Manuel Espinoza hurled three innings of perfect baseball, as the Cubs cruised past the Diamondbacks 6-2 in AZ Instructional League game action Wednesday afternoon on Whirlwind Field at Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

Kristian Robinson drilled an RBI double for the D'backs in a losing cause. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  


CUBS LINEUP
1a. Yohendrick Pinango, RF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
1b. Yonathan Perlaza, PR-RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, CS)
2a. Bryce Windham, C: 1-3 (4-3, 6-3, 1B, R)
2b. Cam Balego, C: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
3. Jordan Nwogu, LF: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 2B, K, 2 R, RBI). 
4. Ethan Hearn, DH: 0-3 (K, F-8,  F-8 SF, K, RBI)
5. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, F-9 SF, K, RBI)
6. Rafael Morel, 3B: 1-4 (K, 1B, L-5, 6-3, R)
7. Kevin Made, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
8. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K) 
9. Jacob Wetzel, CF: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, 1-3, R, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB , 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Manuel Espinoza,: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/5 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes) 
3. Erling Moreno: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP,  0/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

Arizona 
Scoring 
Service 

"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

Phil, we all are so glad you are getting to somehow "view" these games. Stay safe my friend.

Cards decline Kolten Wong option. It's going to be tough sledding out there.

There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either. 

I also would expect clubs to be reluctant to extend Qualifying Offers to free-agents on Sunday and I would not expect most post-2020 free-agents to sign until it is determined whether there will be a 2021 season and/or if fans will be allowed to attend games in a normal fashion, because owners are not going to want to pay players "2019/2020 money" if the stadiums are only half-full. There will probably be lots of one-year contracts with complicated performance bonuses. 

So I expect the "hot stove" will be fairly cool for the next few months (at least up until the start of Spring Training, presuming there even is a Spring Training). 

And I would be very surprised if there is traditional minor league baseball in 2021. I expect a delayed start (April) to Minor League Camp (minor league Spring Training) after MLB clubs break camp, with most minor league players (AA, Hi-A, Lo-A, and Rookie) remaining in the Spring Training facilities in Arizona and Florida for most if not all of 2021.

The MLB 40-man roster and a larger number of minor league NRI than typical (possibly as many as 40 players) will be at MLB Spring Training in February & March, with only the most advanced and/or MLB-ready minor leaguers (the de facto AAA squad) likely playing outside of the Spring Training facility once the MLB season starts.

But they can't have an Alternate Training Site / Practice Squad playing just intrasquad "sim" games for an entire season like they did in the truncated 2020 season. The ATS practice squads will need to play other organizations (probably the nearest other ATS sites, maybe grouped in a foursome).  

but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer.   ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?

Around the corner or in the ditch?

76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections. 

Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).

Feels like Ricky and Starlin Castro should form a support group.  Everytime your rebuilding team is about to turn the corner and you're gone. 

my dream of seeing s.castro end his career with 3000+ hits and a WAR in the mid-30s, making HOF voters sweat, came to an end this year with the shortened season followed by the early injury.  he came into the year as a just-turned 30 year old (march 24) with 1617 hits.

Jerry Reinsdorf is reasons 1 thru 100 why I could never root for the White Sox and have hated the Bulls since 1999.

KBO (korea) ends their season tomorrow.

a.russell started off hot, but severely cooled off to a .253/.317/.336 slash (not counting today's game).  if he comes back to the US (and finds a team that wants to sign him), it should be rather cheap.

Brewers decline Ryan Braun's option. Any predictions as to where he goes?

PHIL: How is Kevin Made's last name pronounced? Is it mah-day? Or like it's spelled - made? Thanks!

I lean two syllables.

He was Dominican-born, so Mah-day would have made sense, but that's a good Q.

Cubs had a prospect named Jose Made (also Dominican) between 2007-2009. I believe his name was pronounced like the verb "made". 

K-DUB: It's pronounced "MAH - day" 

"Jon Lester said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that he's had conversations with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein "about getting something done, coming back and being a part of the organization." "

ummm...how about no?  i mean, thanks for those 3 good seasons in your first 4 years as a cub...but after those last 2...yeah...no.

also, the cubs claimed 2nd/3rd max schrock off waivers from STL (no power, bit of speed, slow to react in the IF even though the glove isn't bad).  meh.

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  • bradsbeard 2 hours 33 min ago (view)

    I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)? 

     

  • Cubster 5 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen. https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/01/17/les-grobstein-1952-2022/

     

  • Cubster 5 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
    Tribune article today on the Cub https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-alexis-hernan...

     

  • CubsCentral08 2 days 59 min ago (view)

    List is up to 12 now

    Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
    Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
    Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
    Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
    Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
    Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:

    • RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
    • LHP - Kevin Valdez
    • RHP - Jensi Ramirez
    • RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
    • RHP - Eligio Paredes
    • RHP - Jair Jimenez
    • OF - Edward Vargas

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:

    • Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    • Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):

    Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):

    • Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
    • Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
    • Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
    • Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela

     

     

  • crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.

    they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.

     

  • Cubster 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run. 

     

  • crunch 5 days 22 hours ago (view)

    meeting on thursday.  hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.

     

  • crunch 1 week 22 hours ago (view)

    yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager.  first female manager in the minors.

    she was also the first female strength/conditioning coach and hitting coach in rookie leagues for the yanks.

     

  • crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""

     

  • tim815 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!

     

  • crunch 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.

    2022 looking good so far.

     

  • Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    Welcome to 2022. 
    First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.