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Baez Is Back, But Sox Edge Cubs at Sloan Park

Jake Fincher drilled two singles and a triple and scored two runs (including what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the 9th), as the AZL White Sox rallied for two runs (both unearned) in the 8th and one in the 9th to edge the AZL Cubs 4-3 in Arizona League action Thursday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Javy Baez (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL - broken finger) saw his first game action since June 7th, playing shortstop for five innings and getting three AB.

Baez topped a one-hop chopper to the third-baseman on a 1-2 pitch with a runner at 3rd and one out in the bottom of the 1st inning (was misplayed into an E-5, with Baez getting credited with an RBI), hammered a line-drive single over the shortstop's head with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd (then advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, before scoring on a Michael Foster RBI double), and grounded out 4-3 on a 3-2 pitch for the final out of the 5th in his last PA.

Baez handled two chances in the field in five innings, a grounder through the box with a runner on 1st base and no outs in the top of the 4th that he quickly turned into a 6-3 DP (stepped on 2nd base, then fired a bullet to 1st to complete the twin-killing), and a slow-roller infield single to short (no play for Javy) with two outs in the top of the 5th. 

Other than being perhaps a bit over-anxious in his first AB, Baez showed no ill effects from the finger injury or the subsequent six-week lay-off.   

Cubs 2015 12th round draft pick P. J. Higgins (Old Dominion U.) made his professional debut in the game, batting 2nd in the order and playing 2B. The 22-year old Higgins is a versatile defender, having played C-2B-3B at ODU, and I would expect him to get the full "Catcher Immersion" treatment at post-season "instructs."

Meanwhile, Higgins had a nice pro debut at the plate, going 2-4. After striking out (swinging) on three pitches in his first AB in the 1st inning and grounding out 4-3 his second time up in the 3rd, Higgins belted a line-drive single to center in the 5th (unfortunately, Robert Garcia was thrown out at the plate trying to score from 2nd on the play), and then clubbed a lead-off double off the right-centerfield fence in the 8th. 

In AZL Cubs roster news, RHRP Scott Frazier (Cubs 2013 6th round draft pick - Pepperdine) and OF Alex Bautista (Cubs 2015 22nd round draft pick - Lindsey Wilson College) have been moved-up to Eugene, and OF Roberto Caro is back with the AZL Cubs after spending 15 days with the AAA Iowa Cubs as a temporary replacement. (Four I-Cubs position players were placed on the DL the first week of July). 

Bautista put up a 262/308/393 slash-line in 17 games for the AZL Cubs, after hitting 371/466/728 with 19 HR & 72 RBI, 13 doubles, and 27 SB (9 CS) in 60 games (251 PA) as a college senior at LWC in 2015 (earning him first-team NAIA All-American honors). 

Frazier, who features a 95-97 MPH fastball that touches 98-99, has seemingly conquered his battle with the yips, at least getting to the point where he can throw enough strikes to (usually) get through an inning without walkng the world (or waking the dead). 

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

1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (BB, K, 2B, F-7, 6-4 FC, R, SB) 
2. P. J. Higgins, 2B: 2-4 (K, 4-3, 1B, 2B)
3a. Javy Baez SS: 1-3 (E-5, 1B, 4-3, R, RBI)
3b. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-0 (3-4 SH)
4. Michael Foster, LF: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 1-3, 6-2 FC, R, RBI)
5. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 1-4 (4-6 FC, 4-3, K, 2B, RBI)
6. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-3 (L-6, P-3, BB, F-9)
7. Angelo Amendolare,  DH: 0-3 (P-3, 5-3, 5-3, BB
8. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-4 (F-8, 3-1, F-9, P-1)
9. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (4-3, F-8, 1-3, 1B)

1. Dylan Cease: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 4/2 GO/FO, 47 pitches (25 strikes) 
2. John Michael Knighton: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0  R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (17 strikes)
3. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/FO,  18 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Heath Dwyer: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 17 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Mark Malave: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER),  0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (17 strikes) 

1. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Varonex Cuevas: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely & unearned run to score)

Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2-2 CS

1. Robert Garcia - thrown out 8-2 attempting score from 2nd base on one-out line-drive single to CF in 5th
2. P. J. Higgins - thrown out 6-2 attempting score from 3rd base on grounder to shortstop with one out in 8th
3. Varonex Cuevas - thrown out 8-4-2-5 attempting to take 3rd base after two-out RBI double in 8th



AZ Phil, Any news on whether D.J. Wilson is just getting further instruction and indoctrination to the Cubs Way on the side or is he dealing with an injury? Thanks!

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In reply to by K Dub

K-DUB: I haven't seen D. J. Wilson since July 13th. He has not been in uniform or on the bench, and I have not seen him sitting with the AZL Cubs inactive pitchers and injured players in the stands during games.

He was in the posted starting lineup at AZL Royals on July 15th, but for some reason he did not make the trip to Papago Park with the team. It's possible he was injured during batting practice that day, or he may have returned home to Ohio for personal reasons, or at the request of the Cubs.  

I do know that 3B Wladimir Galindo has been battling left wrist inflammation for the past three months (he missed the last five weeks of Extended Spring Training because of it), and while he did begin the AZL season on the AZL Cubs active list and played in a number of games (hitting 348/392/500 in 18 AZL games), he has been shut-down again, and I don't know when and/or if he is expected back this season. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks, AZ Phil. I was wondering about Galindo as well. The Mesa line-up is pretty boring these days without those two. I was excited to see how Galindo would fair in the VSL after signing as the 25th ranked IFA per MLB and was pleased with is performance as a 17-year-old. Many times the jump from the VSL/DSL to the rookie leagues stateside can prove challenging, so I was extra pleased to see how well Galindo was hitting this season. I hope he recovers well.

per Cubs Den: Ian Happ to South Bend Scott Frazier to Eugene

Good news on Baez! Bad news on continuing organization-wide incompetence on the bases.

Paul Sullivan writes today that the Cubs should focus on the wild card and forget about catching the Cardinals. I have absolutely no idea what this means he thinks the Cubs should do, from a practical perspective, and he gives no explanation. Should they try harder against the Giants and Pirates than the Cardinals? Should they only try to win 88 games? How would they play differently if they were focused on catching the Cardinals?

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In reply to by billybucks

Seems pretty clear. Don't trade long term assets for a short term run as the best case scenario is a one game play off in which the acquired assets might not even play. For example trading for Hamels is fine, but there is little reason to trade for Price.

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In reply to by Ryno

disagree...i found the main narrative was a story about how one cannot overcome the oligarchy society they live in, even with a last minute power surge toward toppling the establishment. it's a nice reminder to the reader that we don't live in a fairy tale and it should be quite a shock to the emotionally coddled masses one runs into today. that said, it could use a subplot about monster trucks or ninjas to bring it all together...that would have been sweeeeeeet. final score: 7/10

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA has blue hair...with a buzz cut...odd combo.  he's 2 dozen face tattoos away from being a mumble rapper.

  • crunch (view)

    these uniforms are hot garbage.  everything Fanatics touches turns to...well, hot garbage.

  • crunch (view)

    ...and then a homer.

  • JoePepitone (view)

    And right away, the first ball put in play goes to Morel at 3rd, who fields the grounder to his left and pegs out the runner on a good throw to first.