Cubs Lay Lumber on D'backs at Riverview

Fernando Kelli collected three singles and a walk, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Gioskar Amaya drilled an RBI double and a single, stole a base, and scored three runs, Wladimir Galindo blasted a three-run HR, Marcus Mastrobuoni laced an RBI double, singled and scored, and walked, Abraham Rodriguez doubled and scored and drew a bases-loaded walk to force-in a run, Dalton Hurd singled twice, scored two runs, and knocked-in another, and Rochest Cruz rifled an RBI single and a triple and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 12-3 drubbing of the Diamondbacks in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.  

The Cubs bashed-out 16 hits (ten singles, four doubles, a triple, and a HR) and drew five walks to propel the high-octane offense that was on display in the game. 

The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that hosted the D'backs consisted of elements of both the Cubs "A" team and the Cubs "B" team. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 3-4 (6-3, 1B, BB, 1B, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB, PO)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 2-5 (6-3, 2B, E-6, 1B, K, 3 R, RBI, SB)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 1-3 (6-3, K, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 2-3 (1B, 2B, BB, F-9, R, RBI)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, P-6, BB, F-9, R, RBI)
6. Dalton Hurd, RF: 2-4 (1B, 5-3, F-8, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
7a. Orian Nunez, DH #2: 0-2 (E-6, F-7, R, RBI)
7b. Richard Nunez, PH-DH: 1-2 (5-3, 2B, RBI)
8. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 1-3 (6-3, BB, 1B, L-9)
9. Herson Perez, 2B: 1-4 (1B, F-7, 5-3, K, RBI)
10. Rochest Cruz, SS: 2-4 (1B, P-3, 3B, 4-3, R, RBI)
11. Widimer Joaquin, DH #3: 0-2 (K, K)
NOTE: Slot was skipped 3rd & 4th times thru batting order

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 41 pitches (26 strikes) 
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Manuel Espinoza: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Didier Vargas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
 
CUBS ERRORS: 1 
2B Herson Perez: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS, 1 PO, 1 PB

CUBS BASERUNNING
1. Rochest Cruz - thrown out 7-5-4 attempting to take extra base on RBI single
2. Carlos Pacheco - thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

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The Cubs have moved hot-hitting INF Robel Garcia (295/391/590 with six HR in 22 games) up to AAA Iowa from AA Tennessee. Here is what I wrote about Garcia when the Cubs signed him last October: 

https://www.thecubreporter.com/10302018/hes-robel

One thing to keep in mind about Garcia is that because he was a second-contract free-agent (he was previously released by CLE), the Cubs might have him under control for just the 2019 season (TBD). 

A second contract player can be signed for one year or (with consent of the player) any number of years up through the player's seventh minor league season. Garcia will have accrued five minor league seasons by the end of the 2019 season, so the Cubs - MIGHT - have him under control through the 2021 season, or it could be only through the 2020 season, or it might be just for the 2019 season (again, TBD).   

If the Cubs have Garcia under control beyond this season, he will be Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2019 unless he is added to the MLB 40-man roster by 11/20. 

If he is not under control beyond the 2019 season, he will almost certainly (at minimum) be offered a 2020 minor league successor contract (which he does not have to sign), otherwise the only way the Cubs would be able to keep him from becoming a free-agent is by adding to the MLB 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. 

So the Cubs really needed to move Garcia up to AAA to find out just how good he really is. He had nothing left to prove at AA. 

was hoping this would happen sooner than later.  nice.

i'm not expecting anything great, but i do want him facing more advanced pitching closer to his age/experience.

FWIW, Robel Garcia was available in the AAA Phase of last December's MLB Rule 5 Draft, but was not selected. (The Cubs moved him from the AAA Iowa reserve list to the AA Tennessee reserve list on 11/20).  

And yet, the DD battery is undefeated. Plus, Caratini is playing pro baseball again so TD’s days are numbered. In the meantime, what better rest could there be for Willy than to skip Yu’s exhausting turns?

14 innings, 7 SB, 3 wild pitches over DD's last 3 starts as a tandum.

yu is so slow to the plate and his stuff doesn't always hit the mark.  i just think it's a bad matchup pairing davis/darvish given the 2 skill sets trying to compliment each other. 

the wild pitches technically aren't taylor's issue, but a more mobile guy could have gotten in front of at least 1-2 of those depeding on how loose you want to be with assuming another catcher could have gotten in front of those pitches.

Caratini a better receiver than TD? Hopefully so 

darvish has mostly been paired with contreras...he pulled the short straw or something when carantini went down.  *shrug*

caratini has worked ham/Q this season.  maybe davis doesn't do well with lefty starters, though he did catch 5 innings of montgomery yesterday.

either way, caratini will hopefully be back very soon.

davis isn't trash, but i dont like how the paring of darvish/davis has been playing out.

Alex Avila (strained quad) said to be close to returning to Diamondbacks which would give them four catchers on the 25. D'backs are looking for a #5 starter and they had to be impresed by what they saw of Tyler Chatwood when he threw against them last month.

Avila is making $4.25M in 2019 and Chatwood gets $12.5M in 2019 and $13M in 2020. It would require some financial offset for 2020, but that could be something that could get done.   

I'd be infavor of pairing Darvish with whoever is the best pitch framer. But I'm not sure the Cubs have one right now?

darvish is easily the slowest guy to the plate out of the starting crew.  contreras nullifies it.  taylor exacerbates it.

neither are horrible on their own, but in combination they open up an exploitable weakness.

i don't know why they didn't stick taylor with q, ham, or hendricks rather than darvish.

it's not the worst issue with either guy (especially since no catcher will make darvish suddenly not walk everyone while barely being able to put in 5 innings), but it's not helping.

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  • crunch 6 hours 26 min ago (view)

    semi-interesting winter league note...

    trey mcnutt (yes, that guy) is having a hell of a winter league in mexico (one of the less talented winter leagues) so far as a closer.  15.2ip 8h 4bb 24k, 0.57 era.

    giants signed him to a minor league deal a couple weeks ago.  he never went anywhere.  he's been consistently playing ball in the minors and indie league ball since he was last a noteworthy player.  last season he played in the OAK minor league system.  30 years old now...

     

  • jdrnym 13 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?

     

  • crunch 14 hours 11 sec ago (view)

    when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc).  last year was not a fun bullpen year...

     

  • crunch 16 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.

     

  • bradsbeard 17 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 19 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 32 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 19 hours 48 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t

     

  • bradsbeard 19 hours 49 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  

     

  • bradsbeard 23 hours 9 min ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:

    https://twitter.com/mlbastian/status/1202973097223237632

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 25 min ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.