Cubs Win Home Opener

Kyle Ryan hurled three innings of shutout ball and combined with four relievers to toss a two-hit shutout, Fernando Kelli singled twice, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Cam Balego (two-run double) and Gioskar Amaya (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits, as the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 4-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work (and even with the extra half-inning Cubs pitchers still threw a two-hit shutout!).   

K. Ryan was left behind when the Iowa Cubs departed Arizona last week, and he is staying ready in case he is needed in Des Moines. He dominated the young Dodgers today. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, 2 R, 2 SB) 
1b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-1 (K)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
2b. Kwangmin Kwon, PH-CF: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Cam Balego, 1B: 1-2 (BB, P-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
3b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (K) 
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-3 (3-2 FC, K, F-7)
4b. Ramsey Romano, PH-RF: 0-1 (4-3)
5a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (5-U FC, 1B, RBI, CS)
5b. Henderson Perez, PH-C-DH: 0-2 (K, F-8)
6a. Luis Diaz, DH #1: 0-2 (E-6, BB, K, SB)
6b. Gustavo Polanco, PH-C: 0-1 (F-9)
7. Jonathan Soto, C-DH-1B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, 6-3)
8a. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
8b. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-1 (E-6, SB)
9. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (HBP, F-7, K)
10. Delvin Zinn, DH-2B: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, BB, 6-3, R)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Kyle Ryan: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Manuel Rondon: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 26 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Jeremiah Estrada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes) 
5. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (17 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 8

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

AZ Phil, any thoughts on how Estrada and Marquez are coming along as pitchers? Thanks in advance!

BRADSBEARD: Not counting guys who are at Extended Spring Training to get into shape for full-season ball, Jeremiah Estrada and Brailyn Marquez are the top two pitching prospects at Cubs EXST right now. Actually that's why they pitched today (Tuesday) after Kyle Ryan and the two rehab guys (McNeil and Rondon), because they are at the head of the class. Estrada's FB has been sitting at 94 the last two outings, and in his previous outing (which was an intrasquad game) he had a plus-plus knee-buckling CV. But against the Dodgers he was bouncing/spiking his CV in front of the plate and so he used his FB to get outs. He is still a bit raw. Marquez is more-polished than Estrada. His FB is ranging 90-92 T-93, and his CV is more consistent than Estrada's at this point. Marquez also features a CH that shows promise. As things stand right now, Estrada and Marquez (in no particular order) are likely to be the #1 and #2 starters at Eugene when the short-season leagues begin play in June. They are both legit SP prospects, and (presuming there are no blips) both will be will spending the next couple of months getting game experience as starting pitchers and gradually increasing their innings and pitch counts.

Excellent. Have been anticipating good things from Marquez. Just seems to have all the elements to be a workhorse starter. Estrada sounds pretty exciting too though!

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CUBS WIN cactus league extended spring training HOME OPENER

...we should keep an eye on this phil guy.

The troll headline game is strong with this one.

He can be a trickster, that PHIL But hope he keeps those ledes coming...

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 6 days 15 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 1 week 13 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 21 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 22 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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