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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  • JustSayin' 17 hours 42 min 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 19 hours 13 min 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 3 days 11 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 3 days 17 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' 3 days 19 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 4 days 17 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 5 days 1 hour 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 5 days 2 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 5 days 6 hours 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 5 days 19 hours 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 6 days 23 hours 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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  • bradsbeard 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw

     

  • erich081 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.