Rockies Morgan Has Hitting Shoes On at Salt River Fields
Luke Morgan collected four hits (three singles and a triple) and drove-in two runs, leading the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Cubs "B" team, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Luis Verdugo clubbed a two-run HR for the Cubs in a losing cause.
Cubs pitchers Misael Garcia, Jorge Remon, and Luis Ramos made their U. S. game debut. All three pitched in the DSL in 2018 and are competing for spots on the Cubs AZL teams. (RHP Benjamin Rodriguez made his 2019 game debut and like the other three pitched in the DSL in 2018, but he attended Extended Spring Training last year before being returned to the DSL in May, so this was not his first game in the U. S.).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only)
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1a. Reivaj Garcia, 2B 1-3 (4-3, 1B, 1-3, R)
1b. Pedro Martinez, 2B: 0-1 (5-3)
2. Brennen Davis, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-9 SF, 5-3, L-8, RBI, SB)
3. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-4 (P-6, HR, F-9, K, R, 2 RBI)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (K, 4-3, 4-3)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-0 (BB)
5a. Fabian Pertuz, DH #1: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 1B)
5b. Kevin Moreno, PH: 0-1 (K+WP)
6. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 5-3, 1B, F-9)
7. Carlos Morfa, DH #2: 0-4 (K, 5-3, K, K)
8a. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, P-5)
8b. Ervis Marchan, 1B: NO AB
9. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-2 (2B, 1-3, BB, R)
10a. Ricardo Verenzuela, RF: 0-2 (P-4, 1-3)
10b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Carlos Ocampo: 2.0 IP, 1 H 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (9 strikes)
2. Misael Garcia: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jorge Remon: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Luis Ramos: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Blake Whitney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
6. Luis Silva: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (8 strikes)
7. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: 4
1. 2B Reivaj Garcia: E-4 (errant throw to 1st allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
3. P Luis Ramos: E-1 (errant throw to 2nd base on pick-off attempt allowed runner to score)
4. CF Brennen Davis: E-8 (overran ball in CF after E-1 pick-off attempt at 2nd allowing runner on 1st to advance to 3rd)
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jonathan Soto: 0-3 CS, 2 PB, 1 E (see above)
2. Raymond Pena: 2-2 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!
"Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."
It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.
Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?
He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit.........
TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.
He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).
He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers.
SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.
He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.
I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win.
Fair call, and educational, as usual.
We shall see.
Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ
Did Court find a new team?
Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.
Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley.
Morrow to the 60.
Who gets DFA to allow either of those two on 40, though?