Galindo Provides Some Offense for Cubs at Diablo

Wladimir Galindo (recently demoted to EXST from Myrtle Beach) collected three hits and drove-in two runs and SP Yunior Perez and four relievers combined on a five-hitter with twelve strikeouts, helping the Cubs "A" Team defeat the Angels 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.  

Baseball America's #18 Cubs prospect as recently as two years ago, the 22-year old Galindo was hitting just 125/222/150 with 14 K in 13 games (45 PA) for the Pelicans prior to being sent to EXST. (Galindo hit just 216/276/313 with 124 K in 114 games at Myrtle Beach last season).   

The Cubs stole four bases against Angels catcher (and former Cub) Michael Cruz (no CS plus one E-2 throwing error), and all four of those runners ended up scoring. The last time the two teams played with Cruz in the Angel lineup, the ex-Cub was plunked on the upper right arm by a pitch.  

SS Jeremiah Jackson (LAA 2018 2nd round draft pick - St. Luke's Episcopal School - Mobile, AL) belted a solo HR (103 MPH exit velo vs. a 95 MPH Yunior Perez FB) leading off the bottom of the 1st inning for the Angels. (Jackson laced two doubles and scored two runs in the Angels victory over the Cubs at Riverview this past Wednesday). On the negative side, Jackson also uncorked a wild throw to 1st base (E-6) in the top of the 9th that eventually led to the Cubs scoring an insurance run.  

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

CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-3 (1B, BB, K, K, R, SB)
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-3 (BB, P-3, 5-3, 5-3, R)
3a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
3b. Herson Perez, 2B: 0-1 (E-6, R, SB)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
5. Yonathan Perlaza, DH-SS: 0-4 (F-7, K, K, 4-3 DP)
6a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-3 (P-6, F-7, P-3)
6b. Danny Zardon, C: 0-1 (K) 
7. Luis Diaz, 2B-DH: 1-2 (BB, L-6, 1B, R, SB)
8. Dalton Hurd, LF: 1-3 (K, 4-3, 1B)
9. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, 4-3 DP, R, SB)
10. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, F-9)

CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Yunior Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
3. Pablo Ochoa: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 27 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Alexander Vargas: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (22 strikes) 
5. Casey Ryan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes) 

CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Wladimir Galindo: E-3 (missed catch on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. 1B Wladimir Galindo: E-3 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS 
2. Danny Zardon: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 5 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

Phil, can you give me a progress report on Alzolay if there is any? Thanks.

HAGSAG: Alzolay has been starting every 5th day or so and has been very gradually increasing his innings and number of pitches thrown. Sometimes he throws in a Cactus League EXST game, sometimes it's in a backfield "sim" game. 

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  • bradsbeard 1 hour 46 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 9 hours 38 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 10 hours 19 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 42 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 13 hours 26 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Hagsag 15 hours 32 min ago (view)

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

     

  • cubbies.4ever 1 day 2 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 13 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.