Cubs Pitchers Fan the Blaze at Riverview

Delvin Zinn walloped a solo HR, doubled, reach base on an HBP, and scored three runs, Yonathan Perlaza tripled, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, Chris Singleton singled twice, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and seven Cub pitchers combined to toss a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts (including five by SP Yunior Perez in just 1.2 IP), as the Mesa Cubs thrashed the Langley Blaze 7-1 in Minor League Camp game action Friday morning on Field #4 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

A member of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL), the Langley Blaze are one of the top amateur baseball clubs in Canada. Notable alumni include Brett Lawrie and Scott Mathieson, as well as ex-Cub minor leaguer Wes Darvill. 

The Blaze are on a ten-day Arizona Spring Training Trip, where they are playing minor league teams, and college and high school teams. The Blaze are scheduled to play one or two (and sometimes even three!) games per day, including morning games, afternoon games, night games, doubleheaders, and split squad games, so the Canadian lads (age 15-18) are playing a LOT of baseball in the Valley of the Sun.
 
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-3 (L-5, 1B, BB, F-7)
2a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (1B, K, BB) 
2b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-1 (L-7)
2c. Danny Zardon, C: NO AB 
3. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-3 (BB, K, K, K)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-3 (5-4-3 DP, BB, 3B, F-7, 2 R, 2 SB)
5. Jake Slaughter, 2B: 0-3 (BB, F-8, 5-3, L-7, RBI)
6. Delvin Zinn, SS: 2-3 (2B, HBP, HR, K, 3 R, RBI) 
7. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 1-4 (K, 2B, F-9, F-8, 2 RBI)
8. Chris Singleton, RF: 2-4 (1B, L-8, 1B, 3-U, R, RBI, 2 SB)
9. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-4 (1-3, 1-3, K, K)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-2 (2B, F-8, BB, RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Yunior Perez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 32 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Carlos Ocampo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 
6. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes) 
7. Pablo Ochoa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
P Carlos Ocampo: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 47 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 60's 

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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"  

Comments

While the Eugene/Mesa squad was playing the Langley Blaze on Field #4, South Bend & Myrtle Beach (on Field #5) and Iowa & Tennessee (on Field #6) played four-inning intrasquad games. 

SOUTH BEND: 
Derek Casey (four innings) 

MYRTLE BEACH: 
Erling Moreno (two innings) 
Ivan Medina (one inning) 
Carlos Vega (one inning) 

TENNESSEE: 
Bailwey Clark (three innings) 
Jake Steffens (one inning)  

IOWA:
Jen-Ho Tseng (four innings) 

So Erling Moreno is finally throwing in a game (although only two innings)m and it appears that Bailey Clark is being stretched-out to start. 

Surprised they are stretching Clark out. Doesn’t seem like there is a rotation spot for him and he just seems like a guy who is best suited for a pen role. Perhaps they’ll keep him in more of a multi-inning relief role. 

BRADSBEARD: I strongly suspect he will be a piggy-backer. 

Who is Danny Zardon-C?

HAGSAG: Danny Zardon is 24 years old and he played HS ball with recently-signed Cubs minor league OF Brandon Vicens at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL, and he attended LSU before transferring to Nova Southeastern. He was the 17th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 and played in the Phillies organization for two seasons before being released. He then signed with Joliet (Frontier League) where he played in 2017-18. The Cubs signed him this week and are converting him to catcher (he previously played 3B and little bit of 2B and 1B). 

Best Cubs pitchers FB velo at the Langley game: 

Yunior Perez 93-96 (a beast... absolutely unhittable... obviously) 
Danis Correa: 91-94 - T-95 (also threw a couple of nice secondaries) 
Jeremiah Estrada: 92-94 (struggled with FB command the deeper he got into inning) 

Jose Albertos couldn't command his FB at all so he threw a lot of CV and CH (which were excellent) 

j.tazawa released...

also, p.goldschmidt (STL) signs a 5/130m extension

j.hammel (TEX) is retiring.  he was in TEX camp on a minor league deal and he had a decent spring.  he was also very recently added to the 25-man roster and made the major league team.  evidently he simply wants to go home and be with his family.

i.happ to open the season in AAA.

that's a mild surprise.

looks like almora's role just got elevated.

Definitely a surprise. Based on his spring campaign and continued swing and miss issues, it’s deserved. 

he didn't get cheated on chances this spring and failed to deliver.

he did look good playing 2nd, though...so that's a plus given how meh-to-average he's traditionally looked there.  maybe he'll get more looks there in AAA rather than the OF.

I'll betcha Happ is pissed. He has accrued 1+142 MLB Service Time through the 2018 season and with a full season of MLB Service Time in 2019 he stood a good chance to qualify for Salary Arbitration post-2019 as a "Super Two"" (the Super Two cutoff was 2+134 MLB Service Time post-2018, 2+123 post-2017, 2+131 post-2016, 2+130 post-2015, and 2+133 post-2014), but if he spends more than 20 days on Optional Assignment to the minors in 2019 he will not accrue a full season and could very well fall below the post-2019 "Super Two" cut-off (which cannot be determined until after the conclusion of the 2019 MLB regular season).

This open up a spot for Zagunis unless there is a trade or a waiver claim.

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  • crunch 4 hours 26 min ago (view)

    without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them.  it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys.  that's no way to run things...

     

  • JustSayin' 5 hours 45 min ago (view)

    So true.  The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families.  You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor.  If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?  

     

  • crunch 6 hours 15 min ago (view)

    there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.

    that's a real shame.

     

  • JustSayin' 11 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair.  That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche.  I find this interesting.  Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible.  It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries.  Those don't even factor in the luxury tax.  You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 47 min ago (view)

    As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.

    the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.

    it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB). 

     

  • CubbyBlue 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    "Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."

    that's cool.  no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    The Danny Hultzen and Carlos Asuaje minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but no Jason Adam or Tyler Olson contract filings (yet).  

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career). 

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace.  If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI?  This ownership has given him nothing this year.  Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.