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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  • cubbies.4ever 10 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Why no Dakota Meekes?  Somebody is gonna take him.

     

  • Cubster 11 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Per S Sharma: "Cubs have added C Miguel Amaya, RHP Tyson Miller, RHP Manuel Rodriguez and INF Zack Short to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 36."

    ...Manny Rodriguez must be a bit of a surprise.

     

  • erich081 18 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Interesting, thanks AZ Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 47 min ago (view)

    First.Pitch.120: Without citing the source, I can say that other than Miguel Amaya, no Cub eligible for selection in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft is more-likely to be selected (if left unprotected) than P. J. Higgins, and if Higgins is selected, the Cubs will almost certainly not get him back. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 21 hours 40 min ago (view)

    AZ PHIL:  can you tell us a bit more about the "likely" ranking for PJ Higgins? I haven't had a chance to see him IRL. His stat sheet looks ok but not necessarily above some others. Is it a case of the "useful AAA catcher who can also do other things while not destroying you with the bat"?

     

  • JustSayin' 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

     I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo.  The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not.  Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future.  I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan.  If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S

     

  • Cubster 4 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions.  Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.

     

  • crunch 5 days 13 hours ago (view)

    christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...

    https://twitter.com/ChristianYelich/status/1195462...

     

  • Charlie 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.

     

  • crunch 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

    "Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."

    also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/cubs/2019/11/15/20966...

     

  • crunch 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.

    w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend).  braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.

     

  • crunch 1 week 13 hours ago (view)

    nice.

    it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control.  he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 17 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.

    Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 17 hours ago (view)

    nice info...

    i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.

    he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 17 hours ago (view)

    I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection. 

    STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them. 
    EXAMPLES: See my lists above. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 20 hours ago (view)

    "There are no untouchables," Epstein said.

    In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28066390/there...