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):

CUBS LINEUP:
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 

CUBS PITCHERS:
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) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
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)  

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Malcom Quintero: 1-1 CS 
2. Ronnier Quintero: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Party cloudy with temperatures 110+ 

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Comments

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?

Thanks!

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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  • crunch 38 min 28 sec ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 41 min 31 sec ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!

     

  • crunch 1 hour 55 sec ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.

    also davies still sucks.

     

  • tim815 1 hour 36 min ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 hours 26 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 4 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Thanks!

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 27 min ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?

     

  • First.Pitch.120 23 hours 20 min ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 min ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 min ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 20 min ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.

     

  • ggross 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Phil (or anyone else),

    Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year?  When will the announcements be made?  Thanks!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    My guess is another reliever. Already have Romine around to back up Willson, wins don't matter, might as well use his worthless ass.

     

     

  • tim815 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    So, Erick Castillo for Robinson Chirinos?