Cubs Squeeze Giant Orange at Riverview Park
Catcher Miguel Amaya smacked a two-run HR and threw out four runners on the bases, Chris Dominguez (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL) doubled, singled, walked, and scored a run, Jacob Hannemann (on AA Tennessee DL - right knee) doubled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL - right shoulder) belted a broken-bat RBI double off the LF fence and walked, Orian Nunez drilled an opposite-field two-run double, and six pitchers combined to toss a four-hitter, leading the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Giants "orange" squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The Cubs slugged eight extra base hits in the game, including six doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez saw his first game action since injuring his right shoulder in an MLB Cactus League Spring Training game at Sloan Park on March 14th. While he is able to hit, run, and field, he is not throwing at this point, and so he is restricted to being a DH in games.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 2-4 (2B, 2B, 3-U, F-7, SB, R)
2. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, BB, K, RBI, CS)
3. Chris Dominguez, 1B-DH: 2-3 (1B, BB, 2B, K, R)
4. Rafael Mejia, DH-1B: 1-4 (6-3 DP, 6-4 FC, 2B, K, RBI)
5. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (BB, P-6, P-5, F-7, R)
6a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (HR, F-7, R, 2 RBI)
6b. Franklin Tineo, C: 1-2 (5-3, 3B, R)
7. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-3 (BB, F-7, 1B, 3-U, R, SB)
8. Fernando Kelli, LF: 0-3 (6-4 FC, P-6, K)
9. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-1 (L-9, BB, BB, R, SB, PO)
10. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-3 (F-9, P-5, 2B, 2 RBI)
1. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Tyler Peyton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Holden Cammack: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER),1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Orian Nunez: E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Rafael Narea: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 4-5 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
crunch 3 hours 19 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 7 hours 1 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 12 hours 15 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 18 hours 25 min ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 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 6 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 7 hours ago (view)
Childersb3: Not much bat speed. Just "lug-power." I actually like Matt Mervis better.
Hagsag 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Thanks wrigley rat.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 11 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 14 hours ago (view)
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 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.
tim815 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
If Matt is "not horrible" at third, that could be useful.
crunch 3 days 2 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 1 hour 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.