Nwolverine Nwogu Nwonderful at Talking Stick

Jordan Nwogu, singled, doubled, tripled, scored two runs, drove-in another, and made a diving catch in LF, Yonathan Perlaza singled twice and scored a run, and Manuel Espinoza hurled three innings of perfect baseball, as the Cubs cruised past the Diamondbacks 6-2 in AZ Instructional League game action Wednesday afternoon on Whirlwind Field at Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

Kristian Robinson drilled an RBI double for the D'backs in a losing cause. 

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


CUBS LINEUP
1a. Yohendrick Pinango, RF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
1b. Yonathan Perlaza, PR-RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, CS)
2a. Bryce Windham, C: 1-3 (4-3, 6-3, 1B, R)
2b. Cam Balego, C: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
3. Jordan Nwogu, LF: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 2B, K, 2 R, RBI). 
4. Ethan Hearn, DH: 0-3 (K, F-8,  F-8 SF, K, RBI)
5. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, F-9 SF, K, RBI)
6. Rafael Morel, 3B: 1-4 (K, 1B, L-5, 6-3, R)
7. Kevin Made, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
8. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K) 
9. Jacob Wetzel, CF: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, 1-3, R, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB , 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Manuel Espinoza,: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/5 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes) 
3. Erling Moreno: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP,  0/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

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Comments

Phil, we all are so glad you are getting to somehow "view" these games. Stay safe my friend.

Cards decline Kolten Wong option. It's going to be tough sledding out there.

There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either. 

I also would expect clubs to be reluctant to extend Qualifying Offers to free-agents on Sunday and I would not expect most post-2020 free-agents to sign until it is determined whether there will be a 2021 season and/or if fans will be allowed to attend games in a normal fashion, because owners are not going to want to pay players "2019/2020 money" if the stadiums are only half-full. There will probably be lots of one-year contracts with complicated performance bonuses. 

So I expect the "hot stove" will be fairly cool for the next few months (at least up until the start of Spring Training, presuming there even is a Spring Training). 

And I would be very surprised if there is traditional minor league baseball in 2021. I expect a delayed start (April) to Minor League Camp (minor league Spring Training) after MLB clubs break camp, with most minor league players (AA, Hi-A, Lo-A, and Rookie) remaining in the Spring Training facilities in Arizona and Florida for most if not all of 2021.

The MLB 40-man roster and a larger number of minor league NRI than typical (possibly as many as 40 players) will be at MLB Spring Training in February & March, with only the most advanced and/or MLB-ready minor leaguers (the de facto AAA squad) likely playing outside of the Spring Training facility once the MLB season starts.

But they can't have an Alternate Training Site / Practice Squad playing just intrasquad "sim" games for an entire season like they did in the truncated 2020 season. The ATS practice squads will need to play other organizations (probably the nearest other ATS sites, maybe grouped in a foursome).  

but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer.   ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?

Around the corner or in the ditch?

76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections. 

Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).

Feels like Ricky and Starlin Castro should form a support group.  Everytime your rebuilding team is about to turn the corner and you're gone. 

my dream of seeing s.castro end his career with 3000+ hits and a WAR in the mid-30s, making HOF voters sweat, came to an end this year with the shortened season followed by the early injury.  he came into the year as a just-turned 30 year old (march 24) with 1617 hits.

Jerry Reinsdorf is reasons 1 thru 100 why I could never root for the White Sox and have hated the Bulls since 1999.

KBO (korea) ends their season tomorrow.

a.russell started off hot, but severely cooled off to a .253/.317/.336 slash (not counting today's game).  if he comes back to the US (and finds a team that wants to sign him), it should be rather cheap.

Brewers decline Ryan Braun's option. Any predictions as to where he goes?

PHIL: How is Kevin Made's last name pronounced? Is it mah-day? Or like it's spelled - made? Thanks!

I lean two syllables.

He was Dominican-born, so Mah-day would have made sense, but that's a good Q.

Cubs had a prospect named Jose Made (also Dominican) between 2007-2009. I believe his name was pronounced like the verb "made". 

K-DUB: It's pronounced "MAH - day" 

"Jon Lester said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that he's had conversations with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein "about getting something done, coming back and being a part of the organization." "

ummm...how about no?  i mean, thanks for those 3 good seasons in your first 4 years as a cub...but after those last 2...yeah...no.

also, the cubs claimed 2nd/3rd max schrock off waivers from STL (no power, bit of speed, slow to react in the IF even though the glove isn't bad).  meh.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 21 min ago (view)

    I believe this is the correct take. It's surprising that Len is leaving. He's good, but he had gotten a little too rationalizey over the past few years for me.

    However, it seemed he was heavily invested in the Cubs. His departure feels like there is some Ricketts-ish bullshit going on behind the scenes at Marquee that Len wants no part of. Anyway, I wish him well with the other Chicago team

     

  • crunch 1 hour 58 min ago (view)

    wtf...

    is everything the ricketts touch just falling to shit in 2021?  ....well, except their heavy investments in taking over the state of Nebraska politically with one of the sons and heavy investment in supportive state legislators...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 28 min ago (view)

    This makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks Phil!

    (And that HR off Hader was unforgettable)

     

  • Hagsag 5 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Shocker!

     

  • Wrigley Rat 11 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox radio booth.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&so...

     

  • Charlie 15 hours 36 min 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 23 hours 39 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 1 day 22 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 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours 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 1 day 11 hours 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 1 day 12 hours 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 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 13 hours 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 1 day 13 hours 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 1 day 13 hours 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.