Clifton & Albertos in Shut-Down Mode at Riverview

Caleb Knight drilled an RBI single and a two-run HR, Luis Vazquez belted a two-run HR, Fernando Kelli doubled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, Edmond Americaan singled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, Brennen Davis collected three hits, and Trevor Clifton and Jose Albertos each hurled three innngs of shutout ball (Clifton allowing just a single and Albertos allowing just a walk), in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

Although he will eventually join the Iowa starting rotation, Clifton has been assigned to the Eugene roster from AAA iowa while he gets stretched-out as a SP at Minor League Camp and (starting next week) Extended Spring Training. (Clifton was moved to the Iowa bullpen when Minor League Camp opened last month). 

Besides Clifton, other players who were assigned to the Eugene roster today are RHRP Brad Markey and C Erick Castillo (from Iowa), RHRP Ryan Williams and 3B Jesse Hodges (from Tennessee), RHP Garrett Kelly, C-INF Cam Balego, and OF Zach Davis (from Myrtle Beach), and RHRP Dalton Geekie and C-1B Gustavo Polanco (from South Bend). However, only Clifton and Hodges are actually at Minor League Camp. The others are physically remaining with their previously-assigned club and can be "called-up" to the club's active roster at literally a moment's notice if needed (the players "assigned" to Eugene won't have to wait the seven days they would have had to wait if they had been placed on the 7-day Injured List on Opening Day).  

Also, a number of Cubs minor league players were placed on the 7-day and 60-day injured lists today (minor league players cannot be placed onto an injured list until minor league Opening Day):

IOWA: RHSP Adbert Alzolay, LHRP Alberto Baldonado, RHSP Alec Mills, RHRP Junichi Tazawa, RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng, OF Wynton Bernard, and OF Jacob Hannemann were placed on the Iowa 7-day Injured List, and RHRP Casey Bloomquist, LHRP Luke Hagerty, LHRP Danny Hultzen, and LHRP Jerry Vasto were placed on the I-Cubs 60-day Injured List.   

TENNESSEE: RHRP Zach Hedges, RHSP Erick Leal, LHRP Conor Lillis-White, RHRP Tommy Nance, RHRP Jake Stinnett, RHRP Alexander Vargas, INF Gioskar Amaya, and OF Jose Cardona have been placed onto the Tennessee 7-day Injured List, and RHRP Corey Black, C Will Remillard, 1B-OF Yasiel Balaguert, and OF Chris Pieters were placed onto the Smokies 60-day Injured List (however, Remillard, Balaguert, and Pieters will actually be serving as coaches in 2019, Remillard with Tennessee, Balaguert with AZL Cubs #1, and Pieters with AZL Cubs #2). 

MYRTLE BEACH: RHRP Enrique de los Rios, RHRP Chad Hockin, and RHSP Erich Uelmen have been placed onto the Pelicans 7-day Injured List. 

SOUTH BEND: LHSP Andres Bonalde, LHSP Brendon Little, C Marcus Mastrobuoni, and OF Jose Gutierrez have been placed onto the South Bend 7-day Injured List  

Today is Minor League Opening Day, and it also marks the official conclusion of Minor League Camp. Extended Spring Training starts next week. 

However, a number of players who did not attend Minor League Camp but who have been invited to attend Extended Spring Training have already arrived in Mesa, including RHSP Willy Cabrera (pitched in DSL in 2018), LHSP Riger Fernandez (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Emilio Ferrebus (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Richard Gallardo (2018-19 IFA making his pro debut in 2019), RHRP Julio Guante (pitched in DSL in 2019 - DSL eligibility has expired), RHRP Elias Herrera (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Chi-Feng Lee (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Luis Ramos (pitched in DSL in 2018), LHRP (ex-OF) Ruben Reyes (played OF and pitched in AZL in 2018), RHSP Benjamin Rodriguez (attended EXST last year and then pitched in the DSL), LHSP Luis Rodriguez (pitched in DSL in 2018), LHRP Luis Silva (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHRP Jesus Tejada (pitched in AZL in 2018), LHSP Didier Vargas (pitched in AZL in 2018), RHRP Omar Ventura (pitched in DSL in 2018 - DSL eligibility has expired), C Daniel Diaz (played in DSL in 2018 - DSL eligibility has expired), 2B Revaj Garcia (played in AZL in 2018), INF Ignacio Otano (played in DSL in 2018 - DSL eligibility has expired), SS Luis Verdugo (played in AZL in 2018), and OF Carlos Morfa (played in DSL in 2018 and was the only DSL Cubs player to get invited to AZ Instructs in January). 

About a dozen more players are expected to arrive from the Cubs Dominican Academy later today.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-4 (K, K, K, HR, R, 2 RBI)
1b. Jonathan Soto, PH: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP) 
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-4 (2B, K, 2B, K, R, SB)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, K, F-9 SF, 5-3, RBI)
4a. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-3 (K, 5-3, 1B)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-0 (BB, SB)
5. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-4 (P-5, F-8, F-8, 5-3)
6. Josue Huma, 3B: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, BB, BB, R, SB, CS)
7. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (K, K, F-7, 2B)
8. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, F-8, 3-U, RBI)
9. Danny Zardon, DH: 0-2 (5-3, K, BB, BB, R)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-2 (BB, K, BB, 1B, 2 R, SB)
2. Brennen Davis, LF: 3-4 (1B, K, 1B, 1B)
3. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-3 (5-3 DP, 6-3, K, L-7 SF, RBI)
4. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 0-2 (HBP, BB, P-4, K, SB)
5a. Henderson Perez, C: 0-2 (4-3, L-3 DP)
5b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-1 (F-8)
6. Clayton Daniel. 3B: 1-2 (BB, F-8, 1B, CS)
7a. Jesse Hodges, DH #1: 0-1 (BB, L-5)
7b. Richard Nunez, PH: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
8. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-3 (K, K, P-3)
NOTE: R. Nunez & K. Moreno switched slots third time thru batting order
9. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (3-U, BB, F-9, R, SB)
10. Caleb Knight, DH #2: 2-3 (3-1, 1B, HR, R, 3 RBI)

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Kohl Franklin: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Niels Stone: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. Sean Barry: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/4 GO/AO, 26 pitches (14 strikes) 
5. Raidel Orta: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Trevor Clifton: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (25 strikes) 
2. Yunior Perez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 48 pitches (30 strikes) 
3. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (17 strikes) 
4. Carlos Vega: 1.1 IP,  1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (16 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" ERRORS
1. CF Fernando Kelli: E-8 (overthrow home on RBI single allowed batter to advance to 2nd) 
2. C Raymond Pena: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Henderson Perez: 0-2 CS 
2. Orian Nunez: 1-2 CS 

EUGENE/MESA SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSIST:
RF Dalton Hurd - threw out batter (Clayton Daniel) 9-6 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 7 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's 

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Comments

Albertos FB velo up to 94-95 today (was 89-92 last week) although he still has command issues with it, but CH and CV were very good.

Y. Perez FB velo at 94 (down from 96 a couple of weeks ago) but he got a lot of swings & misses with his plus-CV. He is a mountain of a young man (6'4 240+).  

Hi Phil,

Were you surprised Cruz stayed in Arizona? It seemed like he was on track for South Bend. Hopefully he’ll get up there sometime soon.

RAISIN: There were six pitchers (Casey, R. Thompson, Sanders, Carrera, E. Ramos, and Y. Cruz) assigned to the South Bend roster at the end of Minor League Camp who were fully-stretched-out as SP (and that's not even including Brailyn Marquez, who is not fully stretched-out yet), so it came down to either E. Ramos or Y. Cruz going to South Bend, and the Cubs decided to keep the youngest and least-experienced one (Y. Cruz) back at Extended Spring Training and send E. Ramos to SB (at least for the time-being). But Y. Cruz is one of the Cubs Top 10 pitching prospects, maybe even one of the Top 5.  

Hi, Phil!

Do you think Erick Leal realistically has a path to the majors as a starter? Or will they send him to the bullpen fulltime when he returns?

I'd just about forgotten about him after he missed 2017.

Thanks!

CHARLIE: Maybe as a SP/RP "swing-man," but not as a rotation SP. Even then it's a long-shot  

Thanks!

Three rehab pitchers threw "live" BP this week on Field #5:

Jose Miguel Gonzalez (Monday) 
Tommy Nance (Tuesday) 
Jake Stinnett (Wednesday) 

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  • BobbyD 2 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 1 min ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.

     

  • Cubster 6 hours 10 min ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.

     

  • Alexander Dimm 11 hours 19 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I've been following this all spring and I fully agree.  Let's not risk the health of these ballplayers.  Let's plan for 2021 an be done with 2020.  I know that whole game will be changed next year but it's already morphing now.  Just start with a clean slate.  I don't want scientists watching baseball when they should be working on a vaccine.

     

  • Hagsag 15 hours 57 min ago (view)

    I love baseball as much as anyone, but I cant see this working. Put the 2020 season on the shelf and plan for 2021. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    i still don't understand how any of this retains momentum if a team has an outbreak...

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  • CubbyBlue 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I wish I felt better about the possibility of baseball this year. All those details - it just seems like something's not going to work. And to me the worst thing that could happen is they get started and 2 weeks later have to shut it down, then try to start it up again. 
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  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    add the bjays to the list...

    whatever works to get people paid.

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers will keep their baseball operations staff intact for all of 2020.

    There will be no furloughs and only top executives in the organization will take pay cuts."

    2020 has officially crossed the line now...making me like the brewers...

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  • crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 week 6 hours ago (view)

    i can't speak for this or all of the US, but my state govt level safety committee reports kinda shape up like this...and this aggregated view stated below is my own...

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  • Hagsag 1 week 14 hours ago (view)

    They plan on testing 10.000 per week? I thought we were short of tests. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    i would be surprised to see this go start-to-finish without some kind of stupid drama.  it's not that covid is gonna kill a gazillion people while they bleed from their eyes or something...it's that it's so easy to pass it others.  if you find one guy positive, chances are pretty high he's taking down a handful of others with him even if they're all good to go in a couple weeks and feel fine during that downtime.

     

  • Craig A. 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    This is going to be full of surprises. Young players who don't feel that bad may be angry that they can't  play.  A team may loose several players at once. They'll need a taxi squad that doesn't practice with the main team. Even the best plan can't prepare teams for every possibility. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that MLB plans to process upward of 10,000 COVID-19 tests per week, according to a draft of the league's health-and-safety manual.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    some audio from him describing his symptoms...

    https://www.click2houston.com/sports/2020/05/14/fo...