D'back Arms Shut-Down Cubs at Sloan

Jake McCarthy clubbed a solo HR, walked twice, and singled, and SP Tyler Holton and four relievers combined to toss a shutout, as the Diamondbacks blanked the Cubs 2-0 in AZ Instructional League game action Saturday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Cubs pitchers had a pretty good day, too, striking out 14 D'backs (13 swinging) while allowing two runs on five hits and five walks.    

Jared Young tripled and singled for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

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

CUBS LINEUP
1. Kevin Made, SS: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, K, BB)
2a. Pablo Aliendo, C: 0-2 (F-7, BB, F-8)
2b. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-1 (K) 
3a. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
3b. Yohendrick Pinango, CF: 0-1 (2-3) 
4. Jordan Nwogu, RF: 1-3 (K, F-9, 1B, BB)
5. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 1-4 (1B, L-8, 4-6 FC, K)
6. Fabian Pertuz, 2B-DH: 1-4 (5-4-3 DP, 1B, F-9, K)
7a. Jared Young, DH: 2-3 (3B, P-5, 1B) 
7b. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 0-1 (K) 
8. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-2 (P-3, K, HBP)
9. Jacob Wetzel, LF: 1-3 (1B, 3-1, P-6) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Peyton Remy: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (25 strikes)
3. Bailey Reid: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/0 GO/AO, 39 pitches (26 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. 3B Rafael Morel: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Rafael Morel: E-5 (errant throw on botched rundown play allowed runners to advance an extra base) 

ATTENDANCE: 0 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

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In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

RHP Josh Burgmann 
RHP Chris Clarke 
LHP D. J. Herz
RHP Michael McAvene 

For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well. 

In the case of Rafael Morel (who is also at Instructs), he is a bat-first SS. His brother Christopher is a lean "quick-twitch" type infielder with a plus arm (he's best at 3B or he can shift to short RF vs LH hitters), but Rafael is built more like a corner infielder/outfielder (maybe CF if he can be an assertive "ball hawk" because he has above-average speed). Just as the Cubs have moved Yonathan Perlaza from INF to OF to take advantage of his bat, I suspect the same will happen eventually with Rafael Morel. He will go as far as his bat will take him. He can hit, but he is not really a SS. 

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  • Charlie 55 min 48 sec ago (view)

    I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 58 min ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 41 min ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point

     

  • waveland 18 hours 27 min ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 21 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 

     

  • bradsbeard 21 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option

     

  • bradsbeard 22 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 48 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could. 

     

  • crunch 23 hours 5 min ago (view)

    i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.

    even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 28 min ago (view)

    At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...). 

    Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.

    Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 42 min ago (view)

    With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

    So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

    The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open).