Three in Third Just Enough for Cubs at Salt River Fields

Taking advantage of three walks, three errors (all three on pick-off attempts), two balks, and a WP, the Cubs "B" Team plated three gift runs in the top of the 3rd and then hung-on to edge the Rockies 3-2 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.

The Cubs managed only four hits in the game, although Yovanny Cuevas did reach base three times (two walks and a single) and scored a run, Rochest Cruz walked, tripled, and scored a run, and Brandon Vicens doubled and scored a run.

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-3 (K, BB, K, 1B)
2. Fabian Pertuz, DH #1: 0-4 (K, 5-4 FC, P-6, 6-4-3 DP, RBI, SB)
3. Pedro Martinez, 3B: 0-3 (K, BB, 2-3, 6-3)
4a. Jonathan Soto, C: 0-3 (P-5, K, L-8)
4b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (K) 
5. Widimer Joaquin, DH #2: 0-4 (K, F-9, F-7, K)
6. Carlos Morfa, LF: 0-3 (F-9, K, P-3)
7. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, R)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (L-7, F-9, 6-4 FC)
9. Brandon Vicens, RF: 1-3 (2B, K, F-7, R)
10. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 3B, K, R)
 
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Carlos Ocampo: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Luis Ramos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Chi-Feng Lee: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Misael Garcia: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (20 strikes)
5. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (11 strikes) 

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jonathan Soto: 1-4 CS 
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

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Comments

Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

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. 

For example, he drew a walk in the 3rd inning on a 3-2 pitch and then personally caused a balk that got him to second, and then he enticed a pick-off attempt at 2nd that resulted in an errant throw that got him to 3rd, before scoring on a FC. It was like a death by a thousand cuts slow-motion little league HR. 

Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah.

He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

"Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

(Phil, we're from Chicago. We don't say it like that.)

Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

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  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 53 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.

    He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.

    He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 44 min ago (view)

    DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 45 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis was sent outright to the minors last September, and because he did not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted he remains under club control through the 2020 season, and so he is signed to a minor league contract that expires at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 9 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Thank you AZ Phil! Does that mean he's been signed to a minor league contract, then? Because he's out of options.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 10 min ago (view)

    I love these scouting reports. Thanks Phil!

    You wouldn't happen to have this info for the road games Sun and Mon?

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 21 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis is assigned to AAA Iowa but he did not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 World Series if he is not added back to an MLB reserve list (40-man roster) in the meantime. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Most of the pitchers who threw today pitched Saturday night, so not a lot of new pitch/velo info. 

    Jon Lester:  
    FB: 86-89
    SL: 85 
    CH: 84
    CV: 70-74 
    NOTES: First Cactus League game outing of 2020 for Lester... looked uncomfortable on the mound and even when he was warming up in the bullpen before the game... stuff and command were not sharp... hopefully Lester has at least one good year left in him...  

     

  • Wrigley Rat 10 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Whatever happened to Mark Zagunis? I thought we still held his rights, but he was just out of options? Haven't heard anything about him in awhile & I think he would make a good platoon partner with Schwarber.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 2 sec ago (view)

    3h 43m game today.

    at least i've seen a lot of "i need to hop on baseball reference" cubs minor leaguers and new hires in the past 2 days.

    rex brothers looked good again.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 58 min ago (view)

    1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.

    yesterday's game was 3h 45m.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 16 min ago (view)

    lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.

    no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while.  i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid.  it's probably a safer range.

    his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop.  i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.

    he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign.  there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.

    i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    ha.  also, this reminds me that Grand Slam cereal existed in the late 90s.  it was basically Kix with the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (in baseball items shape).  it was actually really good.