Ubiera-Torres Tag-Team Torments A's at Papago Park

Gleyber Torres (three singles, a double, and a walk) and Shamil Ubiera (two singles, a triple, and a walk) combined to reach base nine times, collect six RBI, and score four runs, Tyler Alamo drilled an RBI double and an RBI single, and Jesse Hodges singled, tripled, scored two runs, and drove-in another, as the Cubs outlasted the Athletics 9-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #2 (AKA "Connie Mack Field") at the Papago Baseball Facility in Phoenix, AZ. 

In 23 Cactus League EXST games (91 PA), the 17-year old Torres is now hitting 291/378/392, with four doubles and two triples, 8 RBI, 8 runs scored, 9/17 BB/K, two HBP (and he tried to charge the mound on one of them), 2 SB (2 CS) and one PO, and ten errors (seven fielding and three throwing). 

After hitting 297/367/446 with 42 doubles, four triples, eight HR, and 97 RBI, 89 runs scored, 27 SB (14 CS), and a 43/83 BB/K in 134 games (569 PA) in the DSL 2012-13, the 21-year old Ubiera is now hitting 328/355/517 with seven doubles, two triples, a 3/5 BB/K, 1 SB (0 CS), 3 GIDP, and a team-leading 12 RBI in 18 Cactus League EXST games (62 PA). He has played all three OF positions for the EXST Cubs, and has commited two errors (both in LF) and he has one outfield assist (while playing RF).     

RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa (on the Cubs 60-day DL - 2013 TJS) saw his first Cactus League EXST game action since April 14th (when he walked off the mound at Riverview Park in the middle of an AB after thowing 17 pitches), retiring all three batters he faced (4-3, F-9, P-3) on just 12 pitches. Fujikawa is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL today, but he will require additional rehab work before he is ready to rejoin the Cubs (and that's presuming there are no further setbacks along the way).

Cubs 2013 5th round draft pick RHP Trey Masek (on Kane County 7-day DL) saw his first Cactus League EXST game action of 2014, but he was not as sharp as Fujikawa, surrendering a solo HR to the first batter he faced before walking two of the next three hitters. Masek was unable to complete his inning (21 pitches - only 9 strikes), and was relieved with two outs and a runner on 1st (the other baserunner had already been erased on a CS).       

RHP Erick Leal had a terrible outing, allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits and four walks in three innings of work (and the 71 pitches he logged in only 3.0 IP is not a typo). He struck out only one, and that was the last batter he faced.

RHP Trevor Graham was relaxing in a chair, charting the game from behind home plate, when he was called up to Daytona in the middle of the 7th inning. He was driven back to Riverview Park by the Strength & Conditioning coach so that he could catch a plane at Sky Harbor Airport ASAP.

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

 CUBS LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-4 (4-3, P-1, P-5, BB, K, R)
2. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-4 (F-8, K, P-2, BB, 3-U, R)
3. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 1-4 (L-8, P-6, BB, P-3, 1B, R)
4. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 3-4 (BB, 1B, 3B, 1B, K, 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-5 (1B, L-8, L-4, 3B, K, 2 R, RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS; 4-4 (1B, 1B, BB, 2B, 1B, 2 R, 3 RBI)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 2-5 (2B, L-7 DP, F-9, 1B, 4-3, 2 RBI)
8. Antonio Valerio, C: 1-3 (BB, P-3, 6-3, 1B)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, CS)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Kyuji Fujikawa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Trey Masek: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/FO, 21 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Michael Heesch: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/FO, 42 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Erick Leal: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 2/5 GO/FO, 71 pitches (40 strikes)
5. Alberto Diaz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (19 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. LF Shamil Ubiera - E-7 (bobble on ground single to LF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Antonio Valerio; 2-3 CS

ATTENDANCE: 7

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Cool. And the Yankeees game. Thanks QuietMan. Very cool. Last night was the most fun I have had at a Cubs game in several years. Although Hammel was Trachsel-like slow, he had just enough bite on his stuff to keep the Yankees off-balance for most of his start. And, I was literally shocked that there were key hits from our typically useless hitters. Who would have thought Baker and Sure-outs would actually contribute? Well - at least not myself. Had the "squeeze" bunts not gone directly back to the pitcher, and a few feet more towards either base, one more run could have scored. But with the slow runners on 3rd, maybe not the greatest calls.

Jim Callis‏@jimcallisMLB Max Pentecost keeps rising up @MLBdraft boards. Not impossible he goes in top 10 & heard Cubs prez Theo Epstein checked him out today.

intriguing, Pentecost is a college catcher for those wondering, Kennesaw State

I missed the Baseball America mock draft from last week

http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/2014-dra...

has Alex Jackson going #2 and Cubs passing on Kolek to take Evansville LHP pitcher Kyle Freeland

Cpt Happys line up construction is a head scratcher Bonifacio CF, Lake LF, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Valbuena 2B, Castillo C, Schierholtz RF, Olt 3B, Samardzija P Sureouts must have pix of Capt Happy

Olt this season: .183/.263/.452/.715 Schierholtz this season: .200/.255/.254/.509 If Renteria is thinking--Look they're both doing terrible, and Schierholtz is a lefty and a vet, so he bats 6th and Olt bats 8th/rides the bench--then the importance of slugging percentage is completely lost on him. This is not to even address the fact that Olt could be a part of the team's future and Schierholtz isn't even going to recoup trade value after the front office didn't pull the trigger on whatever was available last July.

With Shark pitching, he provides Olt more protection than about half the lineup. Only being half sarcastic.

Olt, just hit a line drive so hard the left fielder couldn't react in time. Double. As noted already leads team in HR and RBI. Batting 8th.

Trevor Graham made it to Daytona. He gave up a hit and two walks with four K's in two and two-thirds innings and got the win this afternoon.

Mike Oltimate Warriro- Sac fly rbi Batting eight looking great! /Ernie may had or had not said that.

I look forward to the next T Souers comic to come out of this.

Okay why does Olt get pulled late in close games, again? His defense has been pretty good of late.

so Gold Glover Darwin Barney can make the error that ties the game...

so much Cubbery

This has been EPIC Cubbery. When one factors in the Shark situation!

of course veras feels the need to contribute to this. hell, with that wild pitch he's trying to be player of the game on contributing to this mess. ...2 runs in now...POTG!

Definitely POTG. It's essential to blow Shark's perfect pitching, BUT make sure you use the whole bullpen before losing. Veras 14 strikes, 15 balls. Beauty way to go.

I'm so pissed and drunk. Right now

not to excuse Veras whom would have inevitably blown the game anyway, but that wild pitch looked really catchable.

John Baker: Guy who wants to go home. Mission accomplished. Any chance he has property in Des Moines?

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  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 6 min ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 49 min ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point

     

  • waveland 15 hours 35 min ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 29 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 

     

  • bradsbeard 18 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 50 min ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option

     

  • bradsbeard 19 hours 55 min ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 56 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could. 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 13 min ago (view)

    i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.

    even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 35 min ago (view)

    At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...). 

    Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.

    Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 49 min ago (view)

    With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 9 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

    So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

    The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).