Schwarber Just Keeps a-rakin' at Riverview Park

Kyle Schwarber ripped a double and an RBI single and scored a run, Charlie White belted an RBI triple and a single and scored a run, and Mark Zagunis singled twice, scored a run, drove-in another, and stole a base, in a seven-inning AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #1 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.

Trevor Clifton and three relievers combined to toss a three-hit shut out, as Team Johnson blanked Team Gonzalez 7-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the "Cubs World Series." 

For some reason, Cubs coaches wanted Scott Frazier to face only LH hitters in his one inning of work, so the lineup was adjusted to accomodate the plan. Frazier has what some in the Cub organization believe to be the best pure stuff in the system, but the big right-hander from Pepperdine has struggled to throw strikes going all the way back to Minor League Camp in March. The Cubs have tried almost everything to try and fix the problem, with facing only LH hitters being the latest attempt.    

Here is the box score from today's game:


TEAM GONZALEZ LINEUP
:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB)
2. Andrew Ely, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, 4-6 FC)
3. Billy McKinney, DH: 0-3 (F-7, K, K)
4. Victor Caratini, C: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, F-8)
5. Jordan Hankins, 1B: 0-1 (BB, BB, L-8)
6. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, 5-3)
7. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-3 (K, P-3, F-8)
9. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, F-8)
9. Jason Vosler, SS: 0-2 (6-3, F-8)

TEAM JOHNSON LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-4 (4-3, L-8,  L-9, 1B, R)
4. Kyle Schwarber, DH: 2-4 (2B, F-8, 6-3, 1B, R, RBI)
5. Mark Zagunis, C: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-2 (1B, K, 1-3 SH, RBI)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 1-1 (1B, F-8 SF, R, RBI) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
8. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3 SH, 4-3)
9. Charlie White, LF: 2-2 (3B, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

TEAM GONZALEZ PITCHERS:
1. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Josh Conway: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Justin Steele: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 39 pitches (28 strikes)
4. Tommy Thorpe: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 25 pitches (15 strikes)

TEAM JOHNSON PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Clifton: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
2. James Norwood: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 40 pitches (26 strikes)
3. David Garner: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 34 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Daniel Lewis: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)

TEAM GONZALEZ ERRORS: NONE

TEAM JOHNSON ERRORS: NONE

TEAM GONZALEZ CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Victor Caratini: 1-2 CS

TEAM JOHNSON OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Kevin Encarnacion - threw out baseunner (Jordan Hankins) 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on single

ATTENDANCE: 21 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Theo says wants next hitting coach to be someone "who has done this job before and with young players."

howz bout done it well?

Internets rumor has it Ted Williams head is being thawed: Done this job before, check Young players, check Theo connection, check edit: Bosox Luccino wants Javy Baez in exchange for Splendid Splinter rights. Apparently, his last rites. http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/...

Williams was a terrible hitting coach. He couldn't understand why everyone didn't hit .300

Just read his book -- guaranteed .300.

Maybe they should have Javy Baez face Frazier for every AB.

I don't know what's worse, Joe Buck announcing or his father's shitty poetry.

Yasiel Puig in to pinch-run in the 9th.

Cause, why the fuck not?

a very good hitter/ a very bad baserunner. How best to deploy him...

I thought Don's wife was the meth-head.

Is the line to start the Dusty Baker Dodger's manager rumors?

poor Dodgers fans...

poor Kershaw's arm...

Hooray short no obp latino middle infielders Hooray closeted racists who write letters

Translation?

let me guess... 1) Neifi 2) Dusty's mailbag

j.beckett to retire (34yo) because of injuries and a lack of motivation to keep his career going after upcoming labrum/hip surgery. maybe he'll change his mind post-surgery and rehab...who knows...

Beckett celebrating the decision at KFC? Hope he's out of baseball. Remembering his role in 2003 still not fun.

2003? What happened in 2003?

Hitting coach, top candidate (per Sahadev Sharma tweet):
Hearing Astros hitting coach John Mallee is top candidate to replace Bill Mueller as Cubs hitting coach. Chicago guy, worked w Hyde in Miami. Mallee was hitting coach with Marlins when Hyde was bench coach. Interviewed for Cubs minor league hitting coordinator job two years ago. My big takeaway: front office has a ton of respect for Hyde. He had a big hand in hiring their roving instructors, now this possible move.
https://twitter.com/sahadevsharma

Why you throw pitches for IBB http://thebiglead.com/2014/10/08/giants-score... Yes, it would shave a good 20 seconds off the game to just put the guy on first.

Rockies GM resigns...

how long is the contract?

bored today

Game 3 of the AZ Instructional League "Cubs World Series" that was scheduled to be played today at Riverview Park has been postponed due to rain.

Cub pitchers who were scheduled to face Kyle Schwarber in the game refer to this unscheduled day-off as a "Schwarber Day," although the day will have to made up at the end of the school year.

fell behind on these, but top 20 league prospects

http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/2014-le...

FSL: Schwarber #4, Almora #11, McKinney #18

ML: D. Underwood #18 (surprised Tseng didn't make it)

Northwest League and AZL we already covered, but just in case

NWL: J. Baez #6, M. Zagunis #9, E. Leal #14, R. Crawford #18

AZL: C. Sands #9, E. Jimenez #13, G. Torres #14,

 

Additional Baseball America Top 20 prospects: 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Kris Bryant #1, Addison Russell #2, C. J. Edwards #5, and Albert Almora #18
PCL: Kris Bryant #1, Javier Baez #3, Arismendy Alcantara #10, and Kyle Hendricks #17

no baseball until friday...it's going to be a long winter. c'mon mlb network...show some AFL + winter league ball...

dumpster officially retires.

Feeling among number of people is that GM Colletti is on hot seat, and that ownership has softer spot for Mattingly. We shall see.

Not that Colletti has ever made me think he's excellent at what he does, but that seems misguided. Obviously over the last few years it's just been writing big paychecks, but before the ownership change and TV deal, I did like how he structured some of the earlier contracts (more upfront money, shorter years, but higher AAV).

Since 2006 when he took over, team has had 3rd best record in NL behind Cards and Phillies. Although I guess if you own the Dodgers and see the Giants in the NLCS and World Series every other year, might be motivated for a change.

Giants and Cardinals kind of in it almost every year, and, stating the obvious for TCRers, lots of home grown talent on each. I'm happy with the Cubs approach recently, stocking up on position players. Anyone who reads my posts (not many if you're smart) knows what I think of throwing lots of resources at established pitching resources, although I recognize that's gonna happen this year.

Being a life long Cub fan and a young teenager in the 70s I had to have a second favorite team I followed the Royals in the middle 70s I can honestly say my favorite player all time is George Brett think of his numbers and what they could of been had he not been injured so much in his career.My second favorite Royal was the smallest player of his time originally of the pirates but in my view starred with the Royals Freddie Patek starting shortstop damn could he play . Those Damn Yankees spoiled it 3 years in a row I will never forget Freddie crying on the bench after one of those series so close but those damn Yankees. I can see how the Royals this year ,give me hope that the Cubs could be in for something special in the next 2 years 9 (Theo give us a top of the rotation pitcher) I am tired of waiting. Yesterday I spent the day with the same people I was with thirty years ago to the day to watch game 5 meltdown vs. Padres screw you Steve Garvey and Leon Durham ( Mr 5 Hole ). Go Royals this year, The Cub train is coming in the next year.

Hey, rokfish! It's been awhile. Don't be a stranger!

for those who need a Daytona Cubs 2014 fix, CCO is doing a series of interviews with broadcasters from High-A, AA and AAA. The interview with Robbie Aaron who did the Daytona broadcasts is up and covers just about everyone on the team. http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2014/10...

Boston article speculating on what prospects it would take to get Cole Hamels. http://www.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the...

He seems to be talking about Vogelbach/Villenueva/Candelario/Pierce Johnson level prospects for Hamels. If the Phillies would accept it, I would trade half a dozen prospects of that level for Hamels. It isn't going to happen.

"It isn't going to happen." Trades like that happen all the time. Phillies are primed to cash in on some prospects for Hamels. They're old and need an infusion. If I'm the Cubs, I say no. He's due for a breakdown, like most modern pitchers.

I don't know about that low...I'd guess Edwards, Alcantara and 2 of the quality that you listed. Phillies may need youth, but they don't have to save money, so doubt they'll settle for at least 2 very good prospects albeit not elite prospects (Edwards, Alcantara).

How about Jackson and Baez?

I'm trying to guess if you mean Edwin or Brett, and I can't figure which would be less enticing for Philly. I think Baez would headline any deal to Philly, IMO, but it would take more than just him and garbage.

bjax is in AAA with ARZ.

Trading Jackson merely to reduce payroll doesn't make much sense. They don't really need payroll reduction. Swapping one bad contract for another can be a reasonable thing to do, but trading a top prospect just to get the Phillies to take on Jackson's contract doesn't accomplish much. They would be better off just to release Jackson. I agree with Rob. The Phillies will want not trade Hamels without getting at least one top prospect, and probably two. Much better off overpaying free agents like Lester, or even sacrificing a draft choice going after someone like Scherzer or Schields.

I disagree. I guess Bryant, Soler, and Russell are probably as close to untouchable as prospects can be, but if it were another top Cubs prospect, I think the Cubs would make a reasonable deal to get a guy like Hamels. My guess would be a package of something like Baez, Olt, Edwards, Vogelbach, and another low-level, decent-upside guy like Tseng or Blackburn.

At this point I don't think they trade Baez (or any other of our MLB top 100 guys) for a veteran pitcher.

https://twitter.com/BruceMiles2112/status/520...

 @BruceMiles2112 John Mallee named #Cubs hitting coach. Eric Hinske moves to asst. hitting coach. Doug Dascenzo first-base-OF coach

Yes! I'm gainfully employed!

It seems that Brandon Hyde has Theo and Jed's ear based on the Mallee hiring. BH has bridged the management (Director of Player Development) and coaching sides of the organization since he was brought in from the Marlins organization. Renteria has gone from (SD) bench coach to a "rookie" manager. Hyde now has one year of bench coach under his belt. Anyone care to discuss how Brandon Hyde did as a "rookie" bench coach? Were Renteria's flaws, when it came to in game strategy, some reflection on having a rookie bench coach? and Doug Dascenzo...that's an interesting choice. I didn't expect them to hire one of TCR's readers! Rumor had it Joe Pepitone was their next choice.

I'm humbled and honored. I vow to do my very best at taking guys' batting gloves as they reach first base.

slap rizzo on the ass for me. congrats.

If you're in charge of batting gloves, get them the ones that they don't have to adjust after every pitch. "Time, ump."

Altuve testimonial (and a special bat) to Mallee http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/83919008... I read a quote from Cubs Den where Giancarlo Stanton gave high praise to Mallee when they worked together with the Marlins. The quote is actually from Mallee's own website on hitting instruction called Major League Batting. http://www.johnmallee.com/what-pros-say.html Also, found this Chris Coughlin quote from when Mallee was fired as Marlins hitting coach (Coughlinand Altuve are also quoted on the testimonial page):
Said Chris Coghlan: "I feel awful. I respect (the front office's) authority. But I will say, on Mallee's side, he's the best coach I ever had. He taught me my approach. He taught me how to hit. And he works his butt off. As far as a hitting coach, I've never seen anyone better."
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fish_bytes/201...

And Gammons calls him a "huge get" for the Cubs, etc. But correct me if I am wrong, haven't there been similar quotes about the last several hitting coach signings? As someone who teaches and gets course evaluations regularly, I can say that some people like my style and some people don't; and I imagine it's the same with coaching. For every Coghlan there is someone that won't click with him and others probably liked Mueller and Jaramillo just as much as Coghlan likes Mallee. So I guess the main goal is to get to know your rosster well and understand what learning style predominates and then find a coach who A) shares your organization goals, and B) coaches towards that learning style. You'll then reach the most players you can with the message you want to deliver; but you always realize that you won't reach everyone. I imagine hiring coaches like this is one of the most frustrating things for upper management. You might work with a coach with one team and he did a great job but you put him with a different group of guys and they hate him and nothing clicks.

the only "huge gets" that matter actually throw pitches and swing bats. the cubs hired the "best hitting coach in the game" not too long ago, rudy jaramillo...that didn't end well. still, not much to complain about with mallee...he comes with a low price tag (i assume) and it probably wouldn't hurt to have j.baez work with someone else (especially someone who's used to working with high-K batters).

But I'll bet you would have been happier if they threw a lot of money at him.

more Mallee, Sun-Times coverage... http://www.suntimes.com/sports/30358915-419/c... and Houston coverage, including some Astro's GM (Jeff Luhnow) quotes... http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros/2014/10/...

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  • First.Pitch.120 2 min 31 sec ago (view)

    Let us know if you see Dunderwood shagging flyballs in the OF... 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 7 min 22 sec ago (view)

    Re: 6-8, w/ JHey in the 6 hole there are a lot of interesting things that can happen 7-9. You have the 2B slot, Happ (CF), & P slot.  Happ is a Switch hitter (though admittedly better LHH), roster looks to be long on 2B options from both sides (quality issues TBD, but promising IMHO), & a slot you with pinch hit for at least x2/gm. Lots of dbl switch possibilities (w/o jacking up the rest of your lineup)

    That creates some brutal match up decisions for the opposing mgr right before recycling back to Bryzzo. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 51 min 17 sec ago (view)

    I think proving the K rate wasn't a fluke would go a long way toward convincing me. 

     

  • bradsbeard 9 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Hey, if you hate the swing there's probably nothing I can say to change your mind. I personally think it's one of the nicer looking ones on the team. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Extended period of good hitting? Not striking out at deeply inopportune times? Some baseball IQ in regard to situational hitting?

    I think I also just hate his swing. It's so long and loopy.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 12 hours 26 min ago (view)

    C/1B Alberto Mineo (25) has re-signed with the Cubs organization according to: https://www.mister-baseball.com/alberto-mineo-mino...

     

  • bradsbeard 14 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Happ has been an above average hitter every season he's been in the majors, and he killed it in his brief return from the minors last year (with better contact and lower K rates to boot). Aside from an extended period with the lower K rates, what else are you not seeing?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Bote, for the moment, is adequate. Very unsold on the 2 LH hitting 2B options.

    I have never seen it for Happ. I'd love for him to prove me wrong but I dont see it happening.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 14 min ago (view)

    someone else may have noticed or written something about a possible issue with lefties last year (aside from the obvious disappointing numbers), but i didn't see anything that made him look lost vs them.

    myself, i'm not expecting the hard time vs lefties to keep happening (though i can't point to why 2019 wasn't good for him and i may be missing something).  also, how well he handled righties has me a bit pumped about his future.

     

  • bradsbeard 15 hours 31 min ago (view)

    I think it was likely just a small sample size luxuation against LHP last year. His splits were essentially swapped from 2018 to 2019. For his career he's been a little above average against both sides, or essentially no significant split. I'd expect him to hit LHP better than RHP going forward though. 

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I'd like to see Bote not get owned by lefties. Not sure what it is about his stroke that's hurting him - struggles against offspeed in general?

     

  • crunch 16 hours 16 min ago (view)

    huge bote fan over here, and i think he's one of the best longterm investments the cubs have gambled on.  cubs have control over him through 2026 if they exercise both his options (both 7.6m).

    i'd like to see him penciled in as the main regular at 2nd, but overall i just wanna see him play more than he was late last year when he was red hot.  if bryant flames out with the glove at 3rd (clock is ticking on that) we might see bote at 3rd a bit.

     

  • Eric S 16 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Hopefully KB has worked on his base sliding technique - believe he jacked his knee up last year because of some rough "landings" on the basepaths. He definitely should shine in the role - and provided KB is not traded - Cubs can only go up from their leadoff hitter ranking from last year. 

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Bote was a little better than league average with the bat last year and Happ has never been worse than league average with the bat over a full season in the majors. Not too bad at the end of your lineup (though neither is helping out too much on defense). Heyward could end up the #8 if things break OK for Bote and Happ at the plate.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 24 min ago (view)

    That would be a hell of a 1-5. The problem comes from 6-8 being a combination of Heyward, Bote/ Kipnis/ Descalso, and Happ/ Almora.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 20 min ago (view)

    that should be good for 175Ks, 30 homers, 30 doubles, 60-70 RBI...

    wonder who the #2 they're looking at...hopefully rizzo and not heyward.

    bryant/rizzo/baez/schwarber/contreras would be a hell of a 1-5.