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 3 hours 45 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' 5 hours 9 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 5 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 36 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 7 hours 2 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 19 hours 14 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 1 hour 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 3 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 4 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 47 min ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 3 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.