Rockies' Rock Too Heavy for Cubs to Lift

Rockies 2021 2nd round draft pick LHSP Joe Rock hurled four innings of no-run / one-hit ball, Rockies 2021 10th round pick Zach Kokoska belted an RBI triple and an RBI single and scored a run, and Rockies 2021 6th round pick Braxton Fulford laced a single and and an RBI double and scored a run, helping the Rockies defeat the Cubs 7-3 in AZ Instructional League game action Wednesday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Felix Stevens clubbed a moonshot HR high over the LF fence and Luis Verdugo drilled a two-run single to account for the three Cub runs.

Felix Stevens and James Triantos are now tied for the AZIL Cubs lead in HR with two a piece. Matt Mervis and Ezequiel Pagan have each hit one (the AZIL Cubs as a team have hit six HR in 15 AZIL games), and Miguel Fabrizio hit a HR in the only "Blue - Red" intrasquad game played so far.  

With two RBI today, Luis Verdugo now leads the AZIL Cubs in RBI with five (Brayan Altuve, Ronnier Quintero, and Reggie Preciado are tied for second in RBI with three a piece). 

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

CUBS LINEUP
1. James Triantos Jr, 3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, L-8, 5-4 FC)
2. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-4 (K, L-7 DP, P-4, K)
3. Christian Franklin, LF: 0-3 (K, 2-3, K, BB) 
4. Christian Olivo, SS: 0-2 (BB, BB, 5-3, K, R) 
5. Matt Mervis, 1B: 1-3 (4-6 FC, 2B, K, R)
6. Luis Verdugo, DH #1: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, 1-3, 2 RBI)
7, Bryce Ball, DH #2: 0-3 (4-3, P-5, 3-U)
8. Felix Stevens, RF: 1-3 (5-3, 4-3, HR, R, RBI)
9. Bryan Serra, 2B: 0-3 (K, 3-U, K)
10. Brayan Altuve, CF: 0-2 (F-9, K, BB) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Koen Moreno: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Bailey Horn: 2.0-IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Nicholas Padilla: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Sheldon Reed: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 0/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (22 strikes)
6. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. C Malcom Quintero: E-2 (errant throw to 3rd base on SB attempt allowed runner to score) 
2. SS Christian Olivo: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Malcom Quintero: 0-5 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

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

Comments

And yes, the Cubs SP really was Koen Moreno.  

Nice, any thoughts on how he looked?

Sorry to stack questions but might as well ask: you wouldn't happen to know if any of the injured pitchers had TJ this year? Marquez, Franklin, and Moreno avoiding the knife is excellent, McAvene too, but there's been nothing on Riley Thompson and I think Jack Patterson did have TJ. One more: did Cam Sanders get hurt to end the year? 

Answers or not, thanks for keeping us updated as much as possible!

 

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.  

Owen Caissie and Felix Stevens finished 1-2 in average exit velo for ACL Cubs in 2021, for anyone who might think Stevens is a non-prospect.   

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. 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."

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.

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  • crunch 3 hours 9 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 52 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 12 hours 5 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 18 hours 15 min ago (view)

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

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 56 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 9 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 11 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)

    AzP,

    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 2 hours 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.