Timely Hitting Helps Cubs Edge Angels at Diablo

Bryce Ball (RBI single), Reggie Preciado (RBI double), and Yeison Santana (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits, and Cubs pitchers retired the first twelve batters in a row and  eventually combined on a five-hitter, as the Cubs edged the Angels 4-3 in AZ Instructional League game action Tuesday afternoon on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ. 

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

1. Kevin Alcantara, RF: 1-4 (K, BB, F-8, F-9, 1B)
2. Parker Chavers, CF: 1-5 (6-3, 4-6 FC, 3B, K, 4-3)
3a. Pablo Aliendo, C: 1-4 (2B, K, FC, K, R)
3b. Moises Ballesteros, C: NO AB 
4. Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-2 (1B, BB, F-8, BB, R, RBI)
5. Peter Matt, 3B: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, 4-3, BB, R)
6. Reggie Preciado, DH: 1-4 (K, K, L-5, 2B, R, RBI)
7. Yeison Santana, SS: 1-4 (L-3, F-9, F-8, 1B, RBI)
8. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 0-2 (4-3, HBP, BB, F-9)
9. Liam Spence, 2B: 0-4 (L-9, L-9, F-9, K)

1. Tyler Schlaffer: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes)c
2. Chase Watkins: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 50 pitches (32 strikes)
3. Eduarniel Nunez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)  
4. Porter Hodge: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 35 pitches (26 strikes)
5. Dauris Valdez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)

1. P ChaseWatkins: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. SS Yeison Santana: E-6 (missed catch on infield pop-up allowed batter to reach base & runner to score) 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 60's 


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


Peter Matt at third?


I didn't expect to see that.

He played 3B in high school, so it could just be a way to get him on the field for some PAs... however,  by all acounts he seems to be generally a pretty good athlete & have a strong arm, so maybe they are thinking about some longer term positional flexibility?

I wish we had a slugging 3B/OF type... 

Chris Morel is a slugger that plays 3b and outfield.  The question is whether or not he will make enough contact to be useful.

Patrick Wisdom too!

I was trying to make a funny about pining for Kris Bryant but clearly did not stick the landing!

But do Wisdom or Morel have dreamy blue eyes? Huh? 

Another key element that no fancy stats take into account.  Not bWAR or fWAR or WARP, let alone wRC+.

wsox expected to exercise kimbrel's $16m option (vs 1m buyout) and attempt to trade him over the winter.

I love their optimism. 

they're gonna have to eat a few million to get anything worth a damn, and even then that's a gamble.

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  • crunch 2 hours 50 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 32 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 46 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 56 min ago (view)

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


  • azbobbop 1 day 36 min ago (view)

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


  • tim815 1 day 4 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 18 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 1 hour 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.