Angels Big 4th Dooms Cubs at Diablo

Starter Dae-Eun Rhee tossed three perfect innings and Dong-Yub Kim ripped an RBI double and an RBI triple, but it wasn't enough to overcome a nine-run Angels 4th, as the Halos drubbed the Cubs 10-5 in Arizona Instructional League action at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe this afternoon.  

Although he did not throw his killer splitter-change today, Rhee had good movement on his fast ball and was also able to throw his breaking ball for strikes. He has struggled in his rehab the past couple of months (combined 9.35 ERA and 2.08 WHIP at Mesa and Boise in 2009 while attempting to return to action from 2008 TJS), having lots of difficulty throwing strikes and then getting hammered when he was able to find the strike zone. But he really threw the ball well today, and presuming he adds the splitter back to his bag of tricks after his arm is stronger next seaon, Rhee should be able to regain his rating as one of the Cubs top pitching prospects. 

Fellow rehabbers RHP Tarlandus Mitchell (lingering intercostal strain) and LHP John Mincone (June 2009 shoulder surgery) followed Rhee to the mound, and they had considerably less success than their 20-year old Korean teammate.

Mitchell was the Cubs 22nd round pick in the 2008 draft out of Alto HS (Alto, TX) where was the star QB and CB on the 1-A State champ Alto High football team, and the ace pitcher and DH on the baseball team. He gave up a chance to play college football ("cover corner") to try his hand at pro baseball. 

Mitchell struggled from the outset this afternoon. He kept bouncing his breaking ball and saw his fastball rocked when he did get it over the plate, allowing five runs on a walk, a HBP, a single, and two triples in just 1/3 of an inning. Mitchell is only 5'8, but he can really pack a wallop with his mid-90's fastball, but only if he can throw it over the plate and mix it a bit with a breaking ball and/or change.

Mincone was the Cubs 2009 11th round draft pick out of Suffolk County CC in NY. (He spent his freshman year at James Madison University, before deciding to transfer back home to SCCC). Prior to June 2009 surgery to clean some "debris" out of his left shoulder, Mincone was throwing a hard sinker that topped out at 93 MPH,

Mincone threw lots of strikes tiday, including some nice breaking balls, but the top velocity on his fastball was down 5 MPH, from 93 pre-surgery to 88 today, and he just could not put the opposing hitters away once he got to two strikes, allowing four more 4th inning runs on four hits (two singles and two doubles).  . .

19-year old  RHP Nick Struck had a very nice stint, throwing three shutout innings (frames 5-6-7) on just 32 pitches (21 strikes). Struck was the Cubs 39th round draft pick this past June out of Mt. Hood CC in Oregon, and he signed just before the August 17th deadline, giving up a full-ride scholarship to play Division 1 college baseball at the University of Hawaii (which is where he had planned to transfer if he hadn't signed with the Cubs) to swelter in the desert heat of Arizona  Struck was thought to be a "tough sign" because of his commitment to pitch for the Rainbows, which is why he fell to the 39th round.

The Cubs offense had its moments today, too. The Cubs got off to 2-0 lead in the 2nd when Michael Brenly walked to lead-off the inning, and then scored (huffing & puffing) all the way from 1st base on a towering one-out double banged off the CF fence (417 feet away from home plate) by DH Richard Jones (Cubs 2009 9th round draft pick out of The Citadel). Then with two outs, Jones scored the second run of the inning when 19-year old Korean slugger Dong-Yub Kim blasted a double off the LF fence that just missed going out of the yard by inches.  

The Cubs scored single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 9th,

Kyler Burke (the Cubs 2009 Organizational Player of the Year) doubled leading off the 6th and scored on a Wild Pitch following a ground out, Ryan Flaherty drove-in Runey Davis in the 7th,with a two out RBI single (Davis followed his three-hit day yesterday where he singled, doubled, and tripled by reaching base all three times he batted today on a single and two walks), and finally Dong-Yub Kim slammed a triple off the RF fence to drive-in Wes Darvill (who had reached base leading off the 9th on a PH infield single) to close the Cubs scoring for the day.    .     

Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):        . .    

1. Pin-Chieh Chen, SS-2B: 0-5 (K, 3-U, 5-4 FC, F-8, P-6)
2. Ryan Flaherty, 2B-SS: 2-3 (BB, 6-3, 1B, 1B), RBI
3. Rebel Ridling, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-7, 4-3)
4. Kyler Burke, RF-CF: 1-3 (F-7, HBP, 2B, F-9), R
5a. Michael Brenly, C: 0-2 (BB, 6-3 GIDP, 4-3), R
5b. Jovan Rosa, C: 0-1 (K)
6. Brandon May, 3B 0-3 (P-4, 6-3, BB, K)
7a. Richard Jones, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, K, K), R, RBI   
7b. Wes Davrvill, PH: 1-1 (1B), R
8a. D. J. Fitzgerald, LF: 1-3 (K, 2B, K)
8b. Jae-Hoon Ha, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
9. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #2: 2-4 (2B, 5-3, K, 3B), 2 RBI
10a. Runey Davis, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB), R, RBI 
10b. Bobby Wagner, RF: 0-1 (K)  

1. Dae-Eun Rhee - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 5/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Tarlandus Mitchell - 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (nine strikes)
3. John Mincone - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Nick Struck - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 4/3 GO/FO, 32 pitches (21 strikes)
5. Corey Martin - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 19 pitches (10 strikes)

1. Brandon May - E-5 (H+E), made nice diving stop on ground ball, then righted himself and threw the ball away at 1st base, allowing batter-runner to take 2nd base with one out in the bottom of the 4th.
2. Pin-Chieh Chen - E-6, errant throw over the head of Rebel Ridling resulting in two-base error that allowed batter to reach 2nd base and runner to score from 2nd (unearned run) with two outs in the bottom of the 4th. 
3. Pin -Chieh Chen - E-6, errant throw to 1st base pulled Rebel ridling off the bag, allowing batter to reach base safely with two outs and bases empty in bottom of the 5th.
NOTE: Chen REALLY struggled at SS today, and he was moved from SS to 2B (his "natural" position) and Flaherty was moved from 2B to SS at the start of the 6th inning.

CATCHERS DEFENSE: There were no stolen base attempts by the Angels and no Passed Balls

WEATHER:  Hot, cloudless, and a bit breezy, temp in the 90's

ATTENDANCE: 27 (mostly scouts)


"...the top velocity on his fastball was down 5 MPH, from 93 pre-surgery to 88 today..." Phil, just curious -- how do you keep tabs on the pitchers' velocity? Do they have radar gun readings posted at the ballpark, are you looking at some scout's radar gun or are you talking to the scouts to get this information? Just wanting to fill (phil) in my mental picture of you sitting there at the ballpark under the blazing sun with a smattering of scouts in the stands (occasionally accompanied by the odd swarm of bees, etc.).


Update your info...Mincone didn't have shoulder surgery, just rehabbed tendinitis.

crazy...still at rain delay.

game called...finally.

So it's a 161 game season. 2hr, 32 min rainout delay I assume everyone gets a refund for tonight's rainout, no? (assuming you had a ticket)

The monitor in the elevator at work had the score of last night's game as: Pittsburgh -1 Chicago -1 See? Bradley was right. This is why they can't win here: all the negativity.

"I love Mark as a player, a person, a clubhouse guy," Lilly said. "I could say he's probably the best teammate I've ever had. All around, he really cares a great deal about everybody, and that's the kind of person he is. I think he also leads by example -- the way he plays. He's a special individual." Never should have let him go... I agree with everything Lilly says except for these big fat caveats.. DeRosa's going to be 35 in February, he's got a bad wrist, and he's going to be coming off surgery.

Hope this isn't 3/44, but Jeff Samardzija is going to pitch in the Mexican league this winter. Supposedly Gorzelanny and S. are going to "compete" next spring for the #5 spot. Anyone else remember when Sean Marshall wasn't fish bait? March 20-2009
After weeks of speculation and prognostication, Cubs manager Lou Piniella named Sean Marshall as the fifth starter in the Cubs rotation on Thursday. Marshall beat out new acquisition Aaron Heilman, Jeff Samardzija and Chad Gaudin for the final rotation spot. "Marshall is going to be the fifth starter, and [Aaron] Heilman is going to pitch in that seventh-eighth-inning role," Piniella said.

Anyone else remember when Sean Marshall... --- Who's that?

Funny, I asked the same question last week and got....crickets. What is going on? Nice score today. jeez.

Rejected. Chicago is the first city eliminated for the 2016 Olympics. $50 million and what's left of Obama's prestige... down the drain.

obama's prestige? how much Fox News you been watching? hehe... i guess oprah's prestige is over, too. who will tell people who like to read 1 book a month what to read? :( i don't get this thing...a president goes and campaigns for the olympics for the US, spends less than a day doing it, and it happens to be in Chicago. big deal. it's not like "bring the olympics to chicago" was part of the campaign. that said, i believe the olympics are a huge shaft, corrupt as hell, and more than happy to placate human rights violations in exchange for a nice show...but whatever.

Maybe they get the games if they don't plan to build a rinky dink stadium in a crime ridden neighborhood. It looked like a DII football stadium.

That seem like a logical conclusion, now that the games are going to the crime-free area known as Rio. Edit: I remember hearing somewhere that baseball and softball getting back into the games for 2016 was going to be dependent upon either Chicago or Tokyo winning the bid, so I guess that probably won't happen now.

Man - are you NAVIGATOR or NEG-IGATOR? I agree - Is the Fox channel on all the time where you are? The new Pres. has been on the job for 10 mos. and you give him the Tim Wilken treatment. Hardly time yet to clean up the 8-year shit the last guy took in the White House. Also, many people who LIVE here are not sad in the least we did not get the Games. For reasons discussed here including transportation, displacement, Cook County taxes, etc. A "Civic Pride" blow, to be sure. But that's all.

Why do liberals always make fun of Fox News when they have MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and a host of other all Liberal 24/7 news outlets? The right has 1 TV network, and talk radio. When we get the amount of media coverage that the left spews out on a daily basis then the playing field will be even. Until then its sour grapes from a bunch of people who cant stand other people having a different view of the world. And thats the only reason liberals like to make fun of Fox News. Its 1 network to your 5, get over it already.

Yep, CNN is as far left as Fox is right. Gotcha. The reason liberals make fun of Fox News is because of segments like this, which is representative of the type of crap aired on it: Find me a comparable show on CNN in which pundits throw up random fear words on a chalkboard with the intention of spelling another fear word, which it turns out, they don't actually know how to spell.

liberal news as a catch-all one-size-fits-all is a myth...there's commercial driven news targeted to audiences who actually watch/listen to news programs. there's useless slanted commentary shows like rush l (far right weirdos), the ed show and racheal maddow (democrat rooting fanboys), lou dobbs (libertarian no-tax fear/anger lovers), various fox personalities (fear/outrage/smugness)...etc... cnn is actually one of the least offensive since MSNBC went far-left with maddow/ed. that said, CNN is more likely than any of the other stations to go for a "ratings story" making up a bulk of their reporting rather than stuff we should probably be hearing OR hearing more about. *ALL* are guilty of this. what was going on in Iran was squashed by michael jackson on *EVERY* network. i can give you a lot more examples, but anyone out there can probably think of more than a few, themselves. if you see a "1 network to your 5" you should probably realize news isn't supposed to be a sporting event. to paraphrase "comic book guy" from the simpsons...i get my news where most normal people get their news, from the internet. i have AP/Reuters/etc. raw feeds in a RSS feed as well as Yahoo News collections of stories based on reader ranks. the filter of your content is probably the most useful tool in the era of ratings-driven news.

bobby scales back in LF...hell of a nice ride for a 31 year old middle IF'r who seems to be our most regularly played non-regular OF'r. dlee out again. jake fawx at 1st... dlee out for "personal reasons" according to CarrieM.

Thanks for update again, AZPhil. It is greatly appreciated. How does Dong-Yub Kim look at the plate? Is he simply muscling the ball out there, or does he have good bat speed, quick wrists, etc? I also am wondering about his plate discipline. I think it was yesterday that he struck out twice and I think he's struck every game so far. Do you forsee this as a problem, or is it not something to get worried about? Thanks.

tell me Gorzelanny didn't throw Young a fastball for that HR in the first...

Well atleast we know our AAA lineup players can't hit the most mediocre pitchers in baseball. Thats something we learned this season, yeeeesh.

dunno what the attendance is, but the place (even the bleachers) is 1/2 empty. i'm sure 1/2 the bleachers that are still there haven't been paying attention since the 3rd and don't realize what's going on, but whatever. they can always cheer wildly and hand out homemade certificates of valor to people who throw the other team's HR's back on the field (they actually do this...or used to...i assume they still do) no matter how much the team is losing.

...and on cue (not like it's a surprise since this has been going on a looong time) ARZ hits a 2r homer...a bit of "meh" and "boo" followed by wild distant cheers as a ball gets thrown back.

this game was dildos. btw, for those keeping track...the camwhore front-row umpire mimic guys were at this game.

here's a little bit of managing...since some are big fans of it... clay zavada (ARZ reliever) made a boneheaded-as-hell play that ballboys usually make in the bottom 7th. he caught a ball in-play on the lines bouncing into the pen area thinking it was foul (he was protecting the catcher facing the play, too, which means he was in front of the play). he froze, realized what he did, and dropped the ball on the ground looking like he just saw someone get shot in front of him...mortified. ground rule double for hoff. it's late in the season...arz's season is meaning's a blowout... rather than letting zavada go back to the hotel with that zavada gets to close out the game in the 9th. he got to contribute something to the game besides some bush-league cubbery with his scoreless inning.

Wrongway Phil Rogers is at it again. Do you spell stoopid with one zero or two?

trade milton, sign uggla, re-sign grabes, get a backup catcher if k.hill doesn't want to come back...god only knows what will become of CF or RF (assuming fuku will be either CF or RF). least that's how i'm calling it. they should be able to clear the money to do that...and of course give uggla a backloaded deal to help it along. that said, the cubs have a load of mlb-ready bench-to-everyday types showstoppers, but plenty of extra mlb-ready parts compared to roster spots available. trader jim could get trading crazy again...

I guess at this point no one knows what will happen, but I say if the Cubs go after a 2B it will be Uribe. He would be a very Jim Hendry-ish acquisition.

yeah, im just speculating with no real direction. woo...wash seasons. meh. is it april yet? Milton's suitors goes down by 1.

dodgers lose 5 straight...COL wins 5 straight...LA's lead is 1 game. 2 games left [email protected]. fun.

AZ Phil -- Appreciate the updates, but also have a question you may be able to help me understand. What is the organization's thinking with David Patton? Do you recall another similar effort by the Cubs to retain a Rule 5 player like this? Is his upside really such that he warrants the roster space? Iowa next year?

Ricciardi out too

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  • Hagsag 8 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Thank you Phil, I can see this is a work of love.


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  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base


  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.


  • Cubster 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...


  • crunch 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 3 days 21 hours 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 4 days 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 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 


  • crunch 4 days 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 4 days 21 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 5 days 2 hours 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 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.