Cubs Pitchers Fan 17 and Triantos Goes Yard (Literally) at Fitch

Cubs 2021 2nd round draft pick James Triantos clobbered a line-drive solo HR over the LF fence and into the backyard of a house on the north-side of 8th Street, walked, and stole a base, Cubs 2021 17th round draft pick Christian Olivo belted two doubles, scored a run, and drove-in another, Yeison Santana (acquired from the Padres in the Darvish deal) slammed a double high off the LF fence, singled, stole a base, and scored a run, Ronnier Quintero (Cubs #1 IFA signing in 2019) laced an RBI single, walked twice, and scored a run, Cubs 2021 7th round draft pick Parker Chavers hammered a double high off the right-centerfield fence, drew a walk, and made a spectacular diving catch in CF, Cubs 2021 10th round draft pick Peter Matt drilled a two-run single, SP Tyler Schlaffer hurled four innings of two-hit shutout ball with six strikeouts, and Cubs 2021 3rd round draft pick (and Chris Sale look-a-like) LHP Drew Gray struck out eight in relief (all eight outs he recorded were strikeouts), as the Cubs blanked the Athletics 5-0 in AZ Instructional League game action Wednesday afternoon on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Here is the abridged box score frrom the game (Cubs players only): 

1. Parker Chavers, CF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, BB) 
2. James Triantos Jr, 2B: 1-3 (BB, HR, FC, K, R, RBI, SB, PO)
3. Yeison Santana, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 5-4-3 DP, K, R, SB)
4. Matt Mervis, LF: 0-4 (K, 3-1, K, K)
5. B. J. Murray, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, BB, K, R, SB)
6. Ronnier Quintero, C: 1-2 (BB, 1B, BB, K, R, RBI)
7. Christian Olivo, SS: 2-4 (5-4 FC, 6-4 FC, 2B, 2B, R, RBI, 2 CS)
8. Peter Matt,  RF: 1-4 (K, 4-3, 1B, 4-3, 2 RBI)
9a. Luis Verdugo, DH: 0-1 (E-2, CS) 
9b. Bryan Serra, PH-DH: 1-2 (1B, K)

1. Tyler Schlaffer: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 48 pitches (39 strikes) 
2. Drew Gray: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 50 pitches (29 strikes)  
3. Eduarniel Nunez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/O GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Sheldon Reed: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (13 strikes) 

1. P Tyler Schlaffer: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. P Drew Gray: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 
3. P Drew Gray: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)   

Ronnier Quintero: 0-2 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 


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


Phil, is that the one of the best Cubs AZIL team games you've seen in a while? It reads like it!!!!

So, Erick Castillo for Robinson Chirinos?

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


Phil (or anyone else),

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

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.

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. 

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.

ggross: Strictly a guess here, but I would say Brailyn Marquez, Ryan Jensen, Brandon Hughes, Cayne Ueckert, Pablo Aliendo, Andy Weber, and Nelson Velazquez (plus maybe another position player TBD if Aliendo is on the MSS Taxi Squad). 

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  • crunch 1 hour 58 min ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 5 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 54 min ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 17 hours 4 min ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 23 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Childersb3: Not much bat speed. Just "lug-power." I actually like Matt Mervis better. 


  • Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG - Not Phil, but I think this info was from him in the past:

    RHP/OF (signed as a two-way player - seems to be sticking with hitting for now), R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18, SPAIN


  • Childersb3 1 day 12 hours ago (view)


    Does Bryce Ball have any real bat speed, or is he just a big guy that waves at the ball and makes contact 1of5 times?


  • Hagsag 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.


  • tim815 2 days 41 min ago (view)

    If Matt is "not horrible" at third, that could be useful.


  • crunch 3 days 55 min ago (view)

    bonds got a standing-O after being introduced between innings at LAD @ SF.

    as he sat down, dude looked extremely genuinely happy to hear the park errupt in cheers for him again.

    it's not his first time back, nor his first set of cheers, but the park is packed and loud.


  • Cubster 4 days 10 min ago (view)

    Jed's GM search wrapping up, and the winner is: (Athletic write up): 37 yr old "Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.