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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SCOUT National Baseball Analyst Kiley McDaniel ties together all of his 2014 MLB Draft coverage and reveals his top-288 prospects for draft day. http://sbb.scout.com/story/1404313-2014-mlb-d...

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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  • crunch 9 hours 34 min 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 13 hours 16 min 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 18 hours 30 min 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 1 day 40 min ago (view)

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

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • tim815 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Childersb3: Not much bat speed. Just "lug-power." I actually like Matt Mervis better. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG - Not Phil, but I think this info was from him in the past:

    RHP/OF (signed as a two-way player - seems to be sticking with hitting for now), R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18, SPAIN

     

  • Childersb3 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    AzP,

    Does Bryce Ball have any real bat speed, or is he just a big guy that waves at the ball and makes contact 1of5 times?

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.

     

  • tim815 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    If Matt is "not horrible" at third, that could be useful.

     

  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    bonds got a standing-O after being introduced between innings at LAD @ SF.

    as he sat down, dude looked extremely genuinely happy to hear the park errupt in cheers for him again.

    it's not his first time back, nor his first set of cheers, but the park is packed and loud.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Jed's GM search wrapping up, and the winner is: (Athletic write up): 37 yr old "Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.