A's Roll Through Riverview

Rafael Rincones (RBI double and RBI single and a run scored), Aaron Arruda (two-run double, single, walk, and two runs scored), and Yerdel Vargas (double, HBP, and two runs scored) provided the offense and LHSP Jhenderson Hurtado hurled three innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

LHP Kyle Ryan got the start for the Cubs and was drilled to the tune of three runs on six hits (including three doubles) in just 2.1 IP (59 pitches). K. Ryan was left behind when the Iowa Cubs departed Arizona on April 1st, with the idea that he would stay ready in case a veteran lefty "swing-man" was needed in Des Moines during the first month of the PCL season. But with the way he pitched today, K. Ryan might not get moved-up to AAA even if there was a spot for him (which there is not at this time).   

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 2-3 (K, 2B, 2B, 2 RBI)
1b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Yonathan Perlaza, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, 3-1)
2b. Richard Nunez, PH: 1-1 (1B)
3. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, 1-U, SB)
4. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (BB, F-8, L-7, L-3)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF-RF:  0-4 (F-7, F-7, K, 4-3)
6a. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, P-3)
6b. Fabian Pertuz, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
7. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
8. Kwangmin Kwon, RF-CF: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (K, HBP, F-8, R)
10. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB, CS)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Kyle Ryan: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Stephen Ridings: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (4 strikes)
3. Mitch Stophel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (20 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base after WP allowed runner to score)

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Kwangmin Kwon - batter thrown out 8-5-4 attempting to advance to 2nd base after RBI single to CF

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's

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Comments

Is Velazquez looking reasonable in CF?

 

Thanks, as always.

TIM: Nelson Velazquez plays CF OK, but I would say the best comps for Nelson Velazquez defensively in CF are probably Jeffrey Baez and Eddy Julio Martinez.

Baez played mostly CF his first three years in pro ball before being moved to RF even though he can still play CF if necessary, and EJM has the tools required to play CF although he might not have the game-saving "big play" skills of (let's say) Almora, Hannemann, Martin, Wilson, and Myers.

That said, Velazquez CAN actually play CF. I just don't know if you would play him there if you had other better defensive options available. But if you had one OF who absolutely has to play LF and another OF with a RF arm but without the range to play CF and Velazquez was the third guy and you wanted all three of them in the lineup at the same time, then Velazquez would be your CF. 

a.alzolay didn't quite do so well in his 2nd start, but it wasn't a disaster...

4ip 5h 2bb 2k, 3r/er

he threw 83 pitches.

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