Eloy Back in the Outfield at Extended Spring Training

Kwangmin Kwon (RBI triple), Christopher Morel (RBI double), and Franklin Tineo (two-run single) stroked run-scoring hits, Tolly Filotei tripled and singled and scored a run, Fernando Kelli singled and doubled and scored a run, catcher Miguel Amaya walked, singled, scored a run, and threw-out two runners on the bases, and LHSP Ryan Kellogg tossed three innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs took an early lead and then held-on to edge the Diamondbacks 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Billy Endris belted a solo HR for the D'backs in a losing cause.

Eloy Jimenez (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL) saw his first game action in the outfield since suffering a right shoulder injury in an MLB Cactus League Spring Training game on March 14th. He played RF for three innings and then moved to a DH slot, getting three AB and going 0-2 with a sac fly RBI.  

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

CUBS LINEUP:
X. Eloy Jimenez, RF-DH: 0-2 (F-8, F-8 SF, 6-3, RBI)
NOTE: Jimenez batted 2nd in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings
1. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-4 (F-8, K, 1B, K)
2. Chris Dominguez, 1B: 0-4 (6-3, P-6, 5-3, 6-3)
3a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (1B, BB, 6-3, R)
3b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-1 (2B) 
4. Kwangmin Kwon, LF-RF: 1-4 (K, 3B, P-6, K, R, RBI)
5a. Christopher Morel, 3B-DH:  1-3 (F-9, 2B, E-7, RBI)
5b. Yovanny Cuevas, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
6. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 6-3)
7. Tolly Filotei, DH-LF: 2-3 (3B, 1-3, 1B, R)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, 6-3, 6-4 FC) 
9. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-1 (6-4 FC, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Fernando Kelli, DH #3: 2-3 (1B, K, 2B, R)
11. Franklin Tineo, DH-C: 1-3 (5-3, K, 1B, 2 RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Ryan Kellogg: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 55 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Javier Assad: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Carlos Ocampo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (10 strikes)  
4. Jed Carter: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Luis Aquino: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (24 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Miguel Amaya: 2-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 13 
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

AZ Phil- thanks for these great reports! DId Jimenez have any balls hit to him during his 3 inning in RF? Wondering if he got any game action throws in besides warm ups, or maybe throwing a fly out back in to a teammate... Obviously if they put him out there, he's ready to throw, but wondering if you saw any timidness in his throwing, if he had to make a play?

LRB: There was only one ball hit to Eloy Jimenez when he played RF yesterday. It was a ground single in the top of the 3rd, and he came forward to get the ball and then ran the ball into the infield. He moved to DH after that inning.

I don't know why he was moved to DH after only three innings in RF and I don't know if he ran the ball in because he didn't feel comfortable making the throw or because it just was the play to make, but he had no apparent difficulties throwing when he played catch in the outfield before each of the first three innings.

Thanks Phil... that is kind of interesting that he didn't even attempt that one throw, even while still playing catch and throwing during each innings warm ups.

Could be he just thought running the ball in was the right play at the time, or he could've been under instructions not to make a throw during the game just in case it was a high stress throw and was just following orders.

How's it going AZPhil? Love this stuff always. What's Ryan Kellogg looking like these days? Lost some of that baby fat yet and starting to lean out a little bit? It seems about that time for him. Is the IFA CF Jose Gutierrez keeping up with the ExST competition?

KING KONG v. GODZILLA: Ryan Kellogg is being stretched out in both innings and pitches and he should be ready to move up to Myrtle Beach after one or two more EXST starts. He still has a bit of a command issue, though. I don't think that's related to his being left behind at EXST, but he was adversely affected by pitching for Team Canada in the WBC because he just didn't get enough work.  

Jose Gutierrez has struggled to make contact in Cactus League EXST games, but he was a long-shot to make the Eugene roster anyway. He should be the starting CF for AZL Cubs in 2017.

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  • crunch 11 hours 36 min ago (view)

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  • bradsbeard 13 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 39 min ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 39 min ago (view)

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    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 52 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 15 hours 8 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t

     

  • bradsbeard 15 hours 9 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  

     

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    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

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  • Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.