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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  • Hagsag 1 hour 5 min ago (view)

    Indeed

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 hour 47 min ago (view)

    Off all the awards and accolades Rizzo earned during his time in Chicago; perhaps the most important is being named the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2017.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 1 min ago (view)

    technically correct is the best kind of correct.

    also, rizzo's charity work (himself and the time he gives, not just his money) is top notch stuff.

     

  • tim815 5 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Anything to be noted about Temblador, Venezuela's Pedro Ramirez, who is shredding as the pipelines youngest player?

     

  • bradsbeard 6 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Arizona Phil, some folks (mostly me!) were wondering if you had any thoughts/info on Luis Devers, who seems to be having a nice ACL season despite being a bit old for the level. Got touched for a HR last night but hadn't given up multiple runs in a start before then and has struck out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks. Many thanks in advance!

     

  • Hagsag 11 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 12 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).

    Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 45 min ago (view)

    So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 23 min ago (view)

    https://www.mlb.com/news/jed-hoyer-clarifies-comments-on-traded-cubs

    similar story, similar quotes, different site/author

     

  • QuietMan 19 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network

    Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.

    @TonyAndracki23 with the story.

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 20 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."

    That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    while not known as a clubhouse cancer, there's more than a few stories about his "leadership qualities" lacking or otherwise being a bit of a jerk at points in time.  they're mostly rumor, and none of the rumors are awful...

    reminded a bit of this justin wilson/rizzo exchange back in 2018...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqCelMPe_74

     

  • videographer 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    /With all the player movement in the last week, I wonder if the Cubs are now 85% compliant for vaccinated players.  We know Sogard and Rizzo were not vaccinated and I can assume the players taking their place of the 40 man roster are vaccinated.  It will be an interesting story going forward when all trade noise settles down.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.

    He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.

    "I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."

    ...dude, no.  keep that to yourself.