Pertuz Celebrates Return to Mesa

Fabian Pertuz belted a solo HR and an RBI single, Rafael Mejia drilled a solo HR and a double, Edmond Americaan smacked an RBI triple and scored a run, Yonathan Perlaza singled twice, walked, and scored a run, and Clayton Daniel roped a two-run single, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.   

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest. 

Pertuz was signed by the Cubs ($300K signing bonus) as a 16-year old shortstop in August 2017 out of Orlando Cabrera's Prospect Sport baseball academy in Colombia, and he attended both AZ Instructs post-2017 and Extended Spring Training in 2018 and appeared to be on a fast track to bypass the DSL and go directly to the AZL, only to be sent to the DSL last May after struggling both offensively and defensively in EXST game action. Despite the (slight) setback last year, Pertuz should be one of the Cubs top prospects in the AZL in 2019. 

Here is the box score from today's game:  

SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Brennen Davis, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, L-3)
2. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 4-3)
3. Christopher Morel, SS-3B: 0-3 (E-4, 5-3, K, R)
4a. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (1B, F-8) 
4b. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-1 (3-1)
5. Richard Nunez, DH #1: 0-1 (K) 
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
6. Fabian Pertuz, 3B-DH: 2-3 (1B, K, HR, R, 2 RBI)
7. Luis Verdugo, DH-SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-9)
8. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-2 (P-2, 5-4 FC, BB)
9. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 2-3 (HR, 3-1, 2B. R, RBI)
10. Carlos Morfa, DH #3: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R)
11a. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3, CS)
11b. Raymond Pena, PH: 0-1 (K)

SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, RF: 1-4 (1B, P-3, 1-3, E-6, R, SB)
2. Edmond Americaan, CF: 1-3 (3B, 4-3, K, 4-3, R, RBI)
3. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, F-8, R)
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B-2B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, R, CS) 
5. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-2 (1B, BB, P-4, R)
6. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 1-3 (1B, 3-6 FC, 1-U, R, RBI)
7. Josue Huma, 2B-3B: 0-1 (BB, F-7, BB, R, RBI, SB)
8. Jake Slaughter, 1B: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3, R, RBI)
9. Clayton Daniel, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, F-9, F-8, 2 RBI)
10. Luis Diaz, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, 4-3, RBI, SB)

SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Carlos Ocampo: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (5 strikes) 
2. Alexander Vargas: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Jake Stinnett: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Jack Patterson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes) 
6. Jake Reindl: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes) 
7. Ivan Medina: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Kohl Franklin: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (17 strikes) 
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GP/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Sean Barry: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (5 strikes) 
6. Maikel Aguilar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 3/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (4 strikes) 
7. Pablo Ochoa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes) 
8. Blake Whitney: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 
2. SS Luis Verdugo: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
2B Josue Huma: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-2 CS 
2. Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alexander Guerra: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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

Comments

Phil, I was expecting another wave of Latinos. Is the camp full?

everyone is gonna love the ozuna (STL) non-defensive highlight from tonight's game.  epic misjudging of a ball...

dude has a gold glove, btw...just saying...

The Cubs have released minor league LHP Jonathan Bruzual, RHP Fernando Calderon, C Daniel Diaz, INF Henrry Pedra, and OF Jose Alonso Gaitan.  

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  • bradsbeard 2 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Best I can think is that maybe he was going to be squeezed out of a starting role next year with 2019 draftees and other lower level pitching pushing up into A ball. Doesn't seem like a great reason, but the pitching in the system is getting more crowded each year.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 47 min ago (view)

    i truly wonder why f.carrera wasn't more of a priority.

    he throws straight up junk, but he's got great control and command over his pitchers.  he's young enough that he could find some more velocity, too.

    i mean, this is a management team that decided to trade for dan haren and kyle hendricks.  they don't have an aversion to slow-tossing starters.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Has anyone else noticed James Norwood's picture on the Cubs top 30 prospects page is actually Brandon Kintzler?

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 50 min ago (view)

    It's always interesting to see how many players each MLB club protects on its AAA affiliate's 38-man reserve list on 11/20.

    I'm not saying it absolutely and necessarily proves what a club thinks of its own prospects, but there are 38 slots available on a AAA reserve list, and if you leave 15 slots open, I think that does say something, especially when you don't lose anybody in either the MLB Phase or in the AAA Phase. (I'm looking at you, Seattle Mariners!) 

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 35 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Instructs starts next month. The pitching lab operates year round, so guys are always coming & going. 

     

  • Hagsag 16 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Phil, when does the Instructional program begin? Are there pitchers in the pitching lab now?

     

  • cubbies.4ever 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.

    Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).

    Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch  among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.    

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    For those of you who like to plan ahead, AS THINGS STAND NOW here is how the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free-agency shape up for the Cubs post-2020: 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    You say that in jest, but just from the 2016 draft, which did not feature a first or second round pick, the Cubs drafted 4 players who were added to 40 man rosters this winter (Hatch, Miller, Rucker, Short) with Mekkes, Giambrone, and several others being potential mid-season additions.