Keprielian Throws Three Shutout Innings at Cubs at Riverview
Devin Foyle (RBI double), Matt Cross (RBI single), and Max Schuemann (RBI single) stroked run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 3rd inning and SP James Kaprielian hurled three innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics Gold squad to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs "A" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest.
Kaprielian was the New York Yankees 1st round draft pick (#16 overall) in 2015 out of UCLA and was traded to the Oakland A's in July 2017 as part of the package for Sonny Gray. This was Kaprielian's first game action since 2016 (he underwent TJS in April 2017 and shoulder surgery in July 2018). His FB velo is way down from where it was three years ago (was 94-97 in 2015-16) and he didn't miss many bats today, but he had good command of his CV and generally threw strikes (3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2 GIDP, 3/4 GO/AO).
Abraham Rodriguez (reinstated from the Restricted List last week) clubbed a three-run HR onto the south bank of the Loop 202 Freeway and singled for the Cubs in a losing cause.
RHP Erich Uelmen (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL) made his second Cactus League EXST rehab start for the Cubs and worked one out into the third inning (37 pitches), allowing a run on three hits (all three singles) and a walk.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, RF: 0-2 (F-9, HBP, BB, 5-3)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-3 (1B, P-3, K, HBP)
3. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped first two times thru batting order
4. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-4 (4-3 DP, K, K, F-8)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 2-3 (1B, P-3, 1B, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
6a. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP, BB)
6b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (F-8 SF, F-9, RBI)
7. Luis Diaz, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, E-6, R)
8. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 2-3 (F-7, 1B, HR, R, 3 RBI)
9. Edmond Americaan, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 5-3, SB)
10. Carlos Pacheco, DH #3: 0-3 (F-8, K, 1-3)
11. Albert Hinirio, LF: 0-3 (1-4 FC, K, 4-3)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Erich Uelmen: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
2. Kohl Franklin: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Alexander Vargas: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 47 pitches (30 strikes)
4. Jorge Remon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Blake Whitney: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: 4
1. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (errant back-pick throw to 1st base after RBI single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
3. 3B Yonathan Perlaza: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (overthrow to 3rd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score)
CUBS "A" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Henderson Perez: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
CUBS "A" TEAM OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Edmond Americaan - batter thrown out 8-6 attempting to stretch single into double
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 3 hours 2 min ago (view)
"MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."
espada's had 2 interviews. for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work. SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.
JustSayin' 4 hours 27 min ago (view)
That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter. MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent. They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players. In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted. For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col
Hagsag 4 hours 51 min ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 54 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.
crunch 6 hours 19 min ago (view)
The discussions on this matter have been quite varried. There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.
It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.
Hagsag 18 hours 32 min ago (view)
AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.
crunch 1 day 36 min ago (view)
yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic. wow.
altuve continues to build his astros legend.
bradsbeard 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen.
bradsbeard 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab.
JustSayin' 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday? Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?) Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back?
Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.
Charlie 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Who are you all rooting for in the World Series? I'm rooting for the Nats to face and defeat Houston, I think, but with very mild interest. Let them get that championship out of the way and then maybe go the way of the post-2016 Cubs.
bradsbeard 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, what do you think the Cubs will do with Oscar de la Cruz if they don’t add him back to the 40 man? Can they try to re-sign him but wait until after the Rule 5 to make it official? Do you think they will try to keep him in the organization in some fashion?
bradsbeard 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant.
azbobbop 4 days 4 min ago (view)
I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.
Arizona Phil 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out).
When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable.