Albertos Keeps Rollin' at Riverview

D. J. Wilson singled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, Jonathan Soto drilled an RBI single, Jose Gutierrez rifled a two-run double, and Jose Albertos fired three innings of shutout ball (four strikeouts, 5/0 GO/AO, FB 94-97, and struck out the side in his final inning of work), as the Cubs "B" team whitewashed the Athletics Green squad 4-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday 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. 

RHP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL - May 2018 TJS) saw his first game action in more than a year, working one shutout inning (17 pitches).   

Jose Albertos last three EXST outings (combined): 
7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 14/0 GO/AO, 93 pitches (59 strikes)

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

CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF-DH: 1-2 (BB, BB, 1B, K, 2 R, SB)
2. Pedro Martinez, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, K, 1B, R, SB)
3a. Brennen Davis, RF: 1-1 (BB, 1B) 
3b. Jose Gutierrez, CF:  1-1 (2B, 2 RBI)
4. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3 DP, 3-1, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (F-9, K, P-6)
6. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (P-6, 1B, L-8)
7. Brandon Vicens, DH-RF: 1-3 (2B, 6-4 FC, 4-3, R)
8. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 6-3)
9a. Ricardo Verenzuela, LF: 0-1 (F-9 SF, K, RBI)
9b. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 1-1 (1B)
10. Reivaj Garcia, DH #2: 0-3 (4-6-3 DP, 3-U, K)

CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS
1. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 
2. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 5/0 GO/AO, 50 pitches (30 strikes)
3. Richard Gallardo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (25 strikes) 
4. Omar Ventura: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (15 strikes)
5. Elias Herrera: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 

CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

Gallardo representing that he belongs in Arizona, at the very least.

i dunno if he's even 18 years old yet, but he could probably legit belong at south bend or myrtle beach.

3 good innings from albertos is nice to see, too.

Still 17, but you want him to get "the appropriate" number of innings and pitches. Best at the lower levels.

oh, totally...i just mean he's got exceptional command/control and even a plus offspeed offering.  high ceiling with an already solid set of starting tools for a young dude...

PHIL: Does Albertos appear to be in better shape? (He's always been a bit chunky...)

K-DUB: Albertos is in good shape. The Cubs post-season (October-November) conditioning program that replaced Fall Instructs has been a rousing success. 

Arizona Phil - Any other prospects you believe benefited in a significant way from the changed fall regimen?

ERIC S: Brennen Davis and Luis Verdugo are the two most-obvious ones. 

Thanks Az Phil!

Thanks, Phil!

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  • crunch 16 hours 23 min ago (view)

    don't worry, i'm sure even though he was spared from cuts there's some hardship he's being tortured with that he has to unfairly overcome.  #coreystrong #onthecross #yolo #swag #kony2012

     

  • crunch 16 hours 24 min ago (view)

    there's no way a system like that or something similar to that would work.

    "oh hi." - green bay packers

    *shoves out of way*

    like i said, there's no way that would work.

     

  • Hagsag 19 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.

     

  • Charlie 19 hours 27 min ago (view)

    I am ready for MLB owners to give it a f***ing rest. I don't have any outrage to spare on them.

    If they can't afford this crisis, maybe they can surrender franchise rights to the players, grounds crew, concession employees, etc., and MLB teams can be employee owned.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty.  This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021.  Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation.  The game will not be what it used to be after this.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant.  it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over.  the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.

     

  • bigsky33 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League.  Do you think there will be more cuts?  De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    aww...de la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.  the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.

    he chose the cubs.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.