Down Goes Frazier!

Victor Caratini blasted a two-run home run, doubled, singled twice, walked, and scored four runs, Jordan Hankins knocked-in four runs with three run-scoring singles, Kevonte Mitchell singled twice and doubled, scored twice, and drove-in a run, Chesny Young laced a bases-loaded three-run triple and a single, and Johan Matos belted a solo home run and singled, in an AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.

The game was played at "Cubs Park" (home to the AZL Cubs and the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL, and the Chicago Cubs during Spring Training in March).

Collecting 17 hits (including three doubles, a triple, and a home run), Team Gonzalez evened-up the "Cubs World Series" at two games a piece with a 15-5 drubbing of Team Johnson. 

Eloy Jimenez left the game after being hit on the left arm by an Erick Leal fastball. 

Several of the Cubs young sluggers competed in the annual Cubs Instructs Home Run Derby on Field #2 prior to the game, and Billy McKinney edged out Scott Frazier to take home the title. 

Frazier is a pitcher, but the 6'7 fireballer was a two-way player (pitcher/outfielder) in HS, and he showed that he still knows how to swing the lumber, clubbing several prodigious shots onto the street beyond the LF fence ("Cubs Way') during the course of the contest. He then threw a 1-2-3 7th inning in the game that followed. 

Here is the box score from today's game:


TEAM GONZALEZ LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-5 (1-3, P-4, BB, 4-3, F-9, L-9, RBI)
2. Andrew Ely, DH #1: 1-1 (BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST FOUR TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-5 (F-8, BB, 6-4 FC, 6-3, 4-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Victor Caratini, DH-C: 4-5 (1B, 2B, 1B, BB, HR, L-7, 4 R, 2 RBI)
5. Billy McKinney, RF: 1-3 (F-8, F-8 SF, 1B, BB, K, 2 R, RBI)
6. Gioskar Amaya, C-3B: 2-5 (K, 1B, 1B, P-3, 6-3, 2 R, RBI)
7. Jordan Hankins, 1B: 3-5 (E-2, 1B, 1B, 1B, 4-3, R, 4 RBI, SB)
8a. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 0-0 (HBP, SB)
8b. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 3-4 (6-4 FC, 1B, 1B+E4, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
9. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 1-4 (K, F-8, 2B, K, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 5th TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, L-8)
10b. Jason Vosler, PH-2B: 1-3 (K, F-7, 1B, R)

TEAM JOHNSON LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, K, R, RBI)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 3B, 4-3, 3 RBI, PO)
NOTE: Crawford and Young switched slots in the batting order in the 7th & 8th innings
3. Kyle Schwarber, DH: 0-3 (4-3, K, HBP, 6-3)
4a. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
4b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (1-6 FC, K)
5a. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
5b. Mark Zagunis, PH-RF: 0-2 (F-9, BB, K)
6a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (6-3, 1-3)
6b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-2 (F-9, 4-3)
7. Johan Matos, 1B: 2-4 (K, 1B+E4, F-8, HR, 2 R, RBI)
8a. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R, PO)
8b. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-2 (3-1, L-7)
9. Charlie White, LF: 0-2 (E-5, BB, F-9, R)

TEAM GONZALEZ PITCHERS:
1. Jeremy Null: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Tommy Thorpe: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 PO, 1/0 GO/FO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2/3 GO/FO, 45 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Trey Hedges: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/FO, 10 pitches (8 strikes)

TEAM JOHNSON PITCHERS:
1. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Santiago Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 39 pitches (23 strikes)
3. Daniel Lewis: 1.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 35 pitches (15 strikes)
4. David Garner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 29 pitches (18 strikes)
5. James Norwood: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/FO, 38 pitches (27 strikes)

TEAM GONZALEZ ERRORS: 2 
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (fieding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Jason Vosler - E-4 (overthrow on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)

TEAM JOHNSON ERRORS: 3
1. C Jhonny Pereda - E-2 (errant throw after fielding "swinging bunt" in front of home allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. CF Rashad Crawford - E-8 (errant throw on play at the plate on RBI single allowed batter to advance an extra base) 
3. 2B Chesny Young - E-4 (throwing error at home plate allowed runner to score from 3rd base)

TEAM GONZALEZ CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gioskar Amaya: 1 PB

TEAM JOHNSON CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)

TEAM JOHNSON OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Mark Zagunis - threw out baserunner (Jordan Hankins) 9-2 trying to score from 2nd on single to right

ATTENDANCE: 17 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

 

Comments

TBS...screwing up post-season coverage in new and exciting (not) ways.

Phil, do you have any thoughts on Ho-Young Son? He's got a special place in my heart.

THE JOE: Ho-Young Son is the classic "small ball" player, a patient contact hitter with a good eye at the plate and no HR power. He also is a very accomplished bunter.

He has above-average speed and is a good base-stealer, but he also is sometimes too aggressive on the bases and runs into outs.

He is an athletic middle-infielder with plus range in the field and a strong enough arm to play SS, although his arm is not particularly accurate, so he is probably better-suited to play 2B. He also tends to play too fast (like a basketball point guard who turns the ball over too much), and so he makes too many errors to be considered a good defensive middle-infielder whether he plays SS or 2B. 

Son actually fits the profile of a CF, and it would also help if he was a switch-hitter so that he could take better advantage of his speed, since he doesn't have HR power hitting RH  

Very much appreciated! Thanks Phil.

"Ho-Young Son is the classic "small ball" player, a patient contact hitter with a good eye at the plate" Send him on his way. He has no place here.

Friday night's Mesa box score, with appearances by: Vogelbach-CJ Edwards, Z Cates and Concepcion http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2... Cubs Den/John Arguello says Edwards was throwing 94-97 http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2014/10/az...

Two of the four Latin winter leagues have started, with today being Opening Day for both the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) and the Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP).  

The Dominican Winter League (LBD) begins next Friday, and the Puerto Rican League (LBPRC) starts two weeks from Thursday.

Felix Doubront (Magallanes) and Joe Ortiz (La Guaira) will be pitching in Venezuela.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/98226486/theo-e... Based upon the comments from the season ticket holder event, it sounds like the Cubs are more likely to add 2 WAR types this winter than the big names some of us wouldn't mind seeing (Lester, Shields, and Scherzer, for 3). Here's a few guesses: Yasmani Tomas, Russell Martin, Nick Markakis could all fit as hitters. Not much impact other than those guys and infielders, which I doubt the Cubs are seeking. As for starting pitchers, take you best guess: Ervin Santana, Jake Peavy, Jason Hammel, Brandon McCarthy, Francisco Liriano, Jorge de la Rosa, Justin Masterson all seem plausible.

there's still season ticket holders left? neat. the past 2 seasons has cleared up about 10000000000 spaces on the waiting list.

It's really been the past 4-5 seasons of steady declines. Even though most holders lost their asses again this year and several dropped out, the ticket numbers overall were more encouraging, and I suspect the worst is over for everyone. This doesn't look like a franchise that's going to lose 90 games very often for the next decade with tons of young talent and money to spend.

I really would like to see a Martin signing. Even though he's getting a little ripe, and of course he's a catcher, but if Yaddy Molina can grind it out he can. I'm sort of the philosophy that the middle is the most important part of the field, in a vertical line. It's kind of the same thing as my football mantra, that the lines, both, are where it all happens. Castillo is ok, but that is all he is. I'd love to see a nice piece of glue there instead.

So you can watch FoxSports 1 no Buck and Reynolds,with five analysts who talk sabremetrics? You had me at no Buck and Reynolds.

...with graphics + 2nd view taking up 3/4 of the screen. gimmie an 85" TV and i'm down. i didn't know the game was on Fox rather than FS1 and tuned into FS1 going "what the hell is this?" after 5 minutes of a co-view + graphics + ticker going all over the screen. it's like the bloomberg news of baseball broadcast...which i guess is cool if you're into it. it would be nice to have the Fox video feed with the FS1 audio feed, though...i'd do that in a second.

Do you want to make Joe Buck cry?

if he'd actually say "slam-a-lama-ding-dong" when someone hit a homer i would like him better.

If he never did a mlb game I would like him better

oh snap a lapa...ding...d...nevermind. agreed.

Game #5 of the AZ Instructs "Cubs World Series" was cancelled, and so the series ends in a 2-2 draw.

Instructs is over.

There's a very real possibility that Jay Cutler has two very distinct personalities

Or that he's a talented but flawed performer in a league with a minuscule margin of error?

The Good Jay is as fun to watch as the Bad Jay is painful to watch. It didn't hurt that the Bears controlled the line of scrimmage on both ends.

Joe "Hawk" Buck Geez keep it in your pants when Cards are up.

Man, I hate the Cards, and Buck's boner for them reinforces my certainty toward their hateability.

baseball is fixed best tv viewing post-season EVER...so far.

I can't remember a more exciting post season. Still, F the Cards.

ALCS postponed until tomorrow (8pm) because of expected heavy rain. thanks obama.

OITNB. Obama is the new (Michael) Barrett.

Andrew Friedman (rays) new head of baseball for Dodgers. Ned shuffling papers role.

Friedman with Dodger payroll, that's a little scary. Will be interesting to see how Lots-O-Moneyball plays out.

Sigh http://deadspin.com/cubs-fans-look-away-now-1... with Frank Thomas smiling on

Thinking this will be Harold Reynolds only postseason. "let the dog fly'?

amazing post-season viewing rolls on...giants win in 10 innings after choate makes a throwing error on a bunt.

haha

KC wins their 11th post-season game in a row...8th this season (3 in 85...screw you STL). KC in the world series...wow.

CJ Edwards, (starts) 3 IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 3K (nice symmetry) Addison Russell (DH) 1-3, 2B, RBI, 1BB, 1K Bijan Rademacher (RF) 2-4, R and something about Russell overrunning 2nd to make a 3rd out and costing a run https://twitter.com/BerniePleskoff/status/522... Mesa wins 5-2 http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2...

Fat Adams

David Kaplan tweets that Mark Grace has been named DBacks (edit: assistant) hitting coach. That should be fun. https://twitter.com/thekapman/status/52273859... Note the slump buster quip on that thread. I'm sure more will follow.

awright! ...wish he was back in the booth, though. corny, yes...cringe-worthy, occasionally...fun, very very often.

So much for the historical landmark designation https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0GYNCVIcAAAciB.j...

Needs zombies.

Hi Phil. whatever happened to Kevin Brown? Looks like you are keeping busy down there!

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