A's Appreciate Cub Gifts at Fitch Park

Oakland Athletics 2021 1st round draft pick Zack Gelof smacked a two-run HR and walked twice, Junior Perez (acquired from SD as the PTBNL in Jorge Mateo trade in 2020) lashed a two-run double off the top of the LF fence, walked, and scored a run, and Robert Puason (A's 2019 IFA signing - $5M bonus) ripped a triple, stole a base, and scored two runs, leading the A's to an 8-2 victory over the Cubs in AZ Instructional League game action Saturday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

A's pitchers limited the Cubs to just three hits and retired the last 14 Cubs hitters (including seven by strikeout). 

The Cubs committed five errors in the field and Cubs pitchers issued nine walks.   

Christian Olivo tripled and scored in the third and Moises Ballesteros doubled and scored in the fifth to account for the two Cub runs.   

The Cub loss ended their modest three-game winning streak and dropped their AZIL record to 4-8-1.  

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

1. James Triantos Jr, 3B: 0-4 (L-9, F-7, K, 6-3)
2. Christian Olivo, SS: 1-4 (K, 3B, K, 5-3, R)
3a. Yeison Santana, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
3b. Bryan Serra, PH-2B: 0-1 (K)
4. Felix Stevens, RF: 0-2 (5-3, BB, L-6, CS) 
5. Frank Hernandez, CF: 0-3 (6-3, K, P-2)
6. Brayan Altuve, LF: 0-2 (BB, K, F-9)
7a. Ronnier Quintero, C: 0-0 (BB)
7b. Moises Ballesteros, C-DH: 1-2 (2B, F-7, R)
8. Malcom Quintero, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, K)
9. Peter Matt, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, RBI)
10a. Liam Spence, DH #2: 0-3 (F-9, 4-3, K)
10b. Pablo Aliendo, C: NO AB 

1. Dakota Chalmers: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/4 GO/AO, 55 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Nicholas Padilla: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
3. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (19 strikes) 
4. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes) 
6. Sheldon Reed: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)

1. SS Christian Olivo: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. C Ronnier Quintero: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
3. C Ronnier Quintero: E-2 (missed catch on foul pop-up) 
4. RF Felix Stevens: E-9 (errant throw to relay man after triple into RF corner allowed batter to score) 
5. P Nicholas Padilla: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

Ronnier Quintero: 0-1 CS, 2 E (see above) 


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's


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


Any thoughts on Ronnier Quintero during instructs? How's the arm? I see he's catching some velocity this year 

KKvG: You probably remember that Ronnier Quintero was at Instructs last year, and while he didn't play in any games, he was the bullpen catcher in every game. That's because he was at Instructs to spend 100% of his time working on receiving and catching mechanics, the area where he was most remedial. 

So his receivng skills / catching mechanics are somewhat improved, but he still isn't quite where he needs to be in that area. He's a bit better, but not quite there yet.

His overall athleticism isn't too impressive, either. He's a slow runner on the bases and he's not exactly "cat-quick" behind the plate. 

Otherwise, he has a strong arm from behind the plate and plus BP power that has yet to show-up in games. His overall hit tool isn't great, but if he can tap into his raw HR power and make it usable in games, then some of the defensive issues might be less noticeable. HR power that is usable in games combined with catch & throw skills can be an attractive combination for a catcher, as long as the hit tool and receiving issues aren't too negative. 

I'll put it this way: 

If you saw Ronnier Quintero and Moises Ballesteros down here this past week, and I told you one of them got a $3M signing bonus and the other one got $1.5M, and you had to guess which was which, I would bet that you would say neither of them really looks like a $3M bonus player, but if one of them is, Ballesteros must be the  one.  

Shucks, get 'em next year I guess. Thanks, always good to hear where these guys are at 

I like Ballesteros, interesting DSL 

Forgotten man, Joc Pederson hits a 3 run HR for Braves in their 3-0 win in Game 3 over Brewers.

pearl power.

btw, he used rizzo's bat to hit the homer and says he stole it on his way out of chicago.

the sound of 40,000+ nearly silent wsox fans is neat.

also, adam wainwright is f'n hillarious + knowledgable and should be someone's color dude in the booth when he decides to quit throwing baseballs.

Jed reportedly finalizing the contract for the new GM...and the winner is (from the prior cited Athletic piece):  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. Hawkins, a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and a four-year letter winner on the baseball team, started as an advance scouting intern with Cleveland in 2008 before transitioning into pro scouting, rising to become the director of player development and adding more responsibilities around the major-league club when named assistant GM prior to the 2017 season.

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  • crunch 2 hours 23 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 6 hours 6 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 11 hours 19 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 29 min ago (view)

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


  • azbobbop 1 day 10 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 6 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 6 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 6 hours ago (view)

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


  • Hagsag 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 10 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 13 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 1 hour ago (view)

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


  • crunch 3 days 1 hour 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 36 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.