Caissie at the Bat and Hodge on the Slab a Winning Combo at Riverview

Owen Caissie blasted a two-run HR over the right-centerfield fence just to the right of the CF Batter's Eye in the 4th and a three-run HR just to the left of the CF Batter's Eye (off a LHP) in the 5th, Yovanny Cuevas belted a solo HR, Ezequiel Pagan drilled an RBI double, Miguel Fabrizio laced a two-run single, and SP Porter Hodge fired four innings of shutout ball on just 38 pitches, as the Cubs trounced the Rockies 11-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa,AZ.  

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

Over their first six Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, the Cubs are 3-2-1. 

With his two HR today, Owen Caissie has now reached base safely in 13 of his 18 PA over the course of the Cubs first six Cactus League EXST games, including two homers, four doubles, four sngles, and three walks (he's hitting a robust 667/722/1.333 - 2.055 OPS).  

Cubs top 2019 J-2 IFA signing Ronnier Quintero made his pro game debut, beginning the game at DH and then finishing the game at catcher. He went 0-3 -- K-swinging in his first AB in the 2nd inning, then a 3-U GO in the 4th, and a 6-3 GO in the 6th, before reaching base on a HBP in the 8th and scoring on Fabrizio's RBI single. He was clearly gassed after running the bases in the 110-degree heat in the bottom of the 8th, and after a delay in the top of the 9th while he downed the contents of a water bottle at home plate after warming up the pitcher, he was able to finish the game. 

While this was his pro game debut. Quintero did attend post-season AZ Instructs last October in Mesa, but he did not play in any AZIL games (not even as a DH). Rather, he spent 100% of his time learning the catching trade, and was the bullpen catcher at all of the games, in addition to catching as much "live" BP and as many side-bullpen sessions as he could handle.   

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

1a. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, R, RBI)
1b. Felix Stevens, LF: 0-2 (6-3, K) 
2. Jared Young, 1B-DH: 0-2 (6-3, HBP, 1-3, R)
NOTE: Slot was skipped fourth time thru batting order
3. Reggie Preciado, SS: 0-3 (F-8, K, BB, K, R)
4a. Owen Caissie, RF: 2-3 (4-3, HR, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) 
4b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI)
5a. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-1 (3-U, HBP)
5b. Oswaldo Pina, 3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
6. Ronnier Quintero, DH-C: 0-3 (K, 3-U, 6-3, HBP, R)
7a. Ismael Mena, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 5-3)
7b. Jose O. Lopez, CF: 0-0 (BB, R)
8a. Widimer Joaquin, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, K) 
8b. Juan Mora, 2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
9a. Malcom Quintero, C-DH: 0-2 (F-7, F-8)
9b. Miguel Fabrizio, PH-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B, 2 RBI)
10. Shendrik Apostel, DH-1B: 0-1 (BB, BB, 5-3, 2 R) 
NOTE: Slot was skipped first time thru batting order 

1. Porter Hodge: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GO/AO, 38 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Luis Devers: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
3. Andricson Salvador: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Johzan Oquendo: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Yovanny Cabrera: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Gregori Montano: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (10 strikes) 

1. LF Ezequiel Pagan: E-7 (fielding error on line-drive single to LF allowed batter to reach 2nd base)
2. 3B Oswaldo Pina: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)  

1. Malcom Quintero: 1-1 CS 
2. Ronnier Quintero: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Party cloudy with temperatures 110+ 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Robert Stock was claimed off waivers by the Mets.

Does anyone know what type of injury Amaya has?

The Cubs have purchased the contract of 25-year old 6'5 260 RHP Adam Heidenfelder from Gary (American Association) and he has been assigned to the ACL Cubs.  

PHIL: Are you able to provide any clarifying info on the nature of Kohl Franklin's injury/rehab? I saw you moved him from the 7-day to the 60-day IL. Was that just a procedural move because enough time has passed or is that a sign that he's out for the season? Also, of the guys on the 60-day IL, can you clarify who is definitely out for the season/having surgery and those who might return?


K-DUB: It's just a procedural move to open up slots on the 180-man Domestic Reserve List.

Any player who was placed on the 60-day IL on Minor League Opening Day (5/3) or placed on the 7-day IL on Minor League Opening Day (5/3) and then subsequently was transferred to the 60-day IL is eligible to be reinstated a week from tomorrow (7/2).

As for the type of injuries sustained by the guys who are on the 60-day IL, I would rather not say. I will leave it to the individual player and/or to the Cubs to divulge specific injury information as it relates to a particulart player.

However, I do know (without naming any names) that at least four of the pitchers on the 60-day IL have had TJS (and I believe there are more), and at least one of the position players on the 60-day IL had major knee surgery. 

Some injuries that have been announced one way or another include Ben Hecht's TJS on 5/11 and Yovanny Cruz' "arm surgery" due to "forearm discomfort" in early May. Jack Patterson announced that he would miss all of 2021, but be back next year. Jonathan Holder was cleared to begin a throwing program last week, but was not ready for mound work at that time. On June 16th, a Rowan Wick update was "every time he ramped back up, he kept feeling something. he's throwing off a mound again, but it's gonna be a while."

PHIL: Thank you so much. For the info, clarification and your discretion.

Can't wait for ACL games to get started on the 28th! (Really wish they'd change the name of the league, though. Bad injury vibes...)

K-DUB: For the first time ever the AZL (now the ACL) is being operated / supervised from outside Arizona, and so there has been some confusion on the ground. A lot of last-minute planning. Lots of TBA / TBD, both within the individual organizations and within the league itself. 

baseball as we know it is under heavy management shifts in every aspect of the minors and even the indie leagues with a common string being pulled by upper MLB leaders.

it's kinda concerning to some people.

From talking to people in the know out here, the missing level (short-season advanced -- what had been Eugene for the Cubs in the recent past) has messed up things, especially for position players.

It's like there is a gap in the player development pipeline, with players (especially position players) who are clearly too advanced for the AZL (now ACL) but also not quite ready for full-season Lo-A in a kind of development limbo, either in over their heads at full-season Lo-A, or else dominating younger and/or inferior competition in the short-season complex leagues  

These "limbo" guys used to stay behind in Extended Spring Training and then go to Eugene where they would be joined by college draft picks making their pro debut, but now the Cubs are forced to make a binary choice between Lo-A (Myrtle Beach) and EXST/ACL. With expanded minor league full-season rosters and with the organization's Pitch Lab located at the Mesa Complex, it's not quite as much of a concern for pitchers, which is why to some people the loss of the Eugene level might not seem like a problem, even though it is. 

I've noticed a lot of the Cubs making the jump to Myrtle Beach struggling. Ed Howard was making his pro debut against college draftee Cole Wilcox, which is obviously not a fair assignment. I'm hoping after the draft teams will move their older players out of the A level and fill in with guys from the complex levels, which might create a more level playinf field for these guys who would otherwise be in short season ball if it still existed. 

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  • Arizona Phil 8 min 54 sec ago (view)

    I saw quite a bit of Alexander Canario. I was at the game last year when he made the sliding catch at Sloan Park and tore up his shoulder and had to be carted off the field. I think he had surgery after that. But Canario is (or at least was) a pretty good prospect. Hopefully he comes back 100% from the shoulder injury. 


  • tim815 1 hour 29 min ago (view)

    Actually, Nick Castellanos and his opt out.


  • crunch 2 hours 16 min ago (view)

    hendricks wins #13...11 in a row.

    dude leads MLB in wins...and also hits given up.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 2 min ago (view)

    I think we're going to get very experimental over these last two months in the high leverage spots. Only caveat is they may want to see if Wick can handle the 9th once he's back.

    That, I'm pretty sure Ryan would have been my last guess to close out a game. Either him or Megill.


  • crunch 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    javy swings on 3-0 pitch, outside, fouls off.


    javy strikes out, foul tip low and outside.



  • crunch 3 hours 8 min ago (view)

    baez coming into the bottom 9th, down by 1, man on 1st.

    standing O.  NY loves him so far.  part of the crowd is chanting "javy" and others "baez"...they'll figure it out in a few games.


  • crunch 3 hours 15 min ago (view)

    k.ryan coming in for the save, but j.jewell is in the pen warming up...don't think anyone is officially "closer"


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    If we're looking to tank next year I think it would be wise to keep Brothers, Morgan, and Ryan. Toss em in high leverage spots, too.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 18 min ago (view)

    I'd guess it's him too. If we wanted boring it would be Winkler.

    Hopefully Ross gives the ball to MANROD.


  • crunch 3 hours 27 min ago (view)

    wasn't ugly, but it was nothing masterful...heuer goes 1ip 0h 0bb 0k only giving up an unearned run on a sac fly.  he may get the 9th because he barely worked the 8th (9 pitches).


  • crunch 3 hours 35 min ago (view)

    rex brothers sucks.  here comes heuer with the bases loaded and 0 outs.


  • Eric S 4 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Still trails Rizzo by 1 HR for a New York franchise


  • Eric S 4 hours 2 min ago (view)

    JHey with a bouncer thru the right side gets a two out rbi - his first rbi since July 16.  Happ with another true outcome nite: 3 Ks and a walk


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 9 min ago (view)

    I'd guess Rivas at first. More contact, more low power.

     Wisdom at 3B!


  • crunch 4 hours 10 min ago (view)

    i imagine they'll go with hoerner/madrigal (aka, "hoes mad" for the disrespectful youth out there) at SS/2nd.

    that's a lot of contact without power, though.  this team needs to go buy/trade for some power.


  • crunch 4 hours 14 min ago (view)

    javy hits hit 1st NYM homer