Rockies Victory at Riverview Strictly Kafkaesque

Rockies 2021 1st round draft pick Benny Montgomery drilled a two-run single and scored a run to highlight a three-run third inning, Rockies 2021 8th round draft pick Robby Martin ripped a two-run single in a two-run seventh, and RHSP Cullen Kafka (Rockies 2021 9th round pick) tossed two innings of no- run / no-hit ball and combined with five relievers on a five-hitter, helping the Rockies defeat the Cubs 5-3 in AZ Instructional League game action Friday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Kevin Alcantara tripled, walked, and scored two runs and Peter Matt laced a two-run single, walked, and stole a base for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest. The Rockies canceled yesterday's game at Salt River Fields because they didn't have enough pitchers available to play a game.  

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

1. Kevin Alcantara, RF: 1-3 (K, BB, 4-3, 3B, 2 R)
2. Ezequiel Pagan, CF: 1-4 (F-8, F-8, 2B, 5-3, RBI)
3. Peter Matt, 3B: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, BB, 4-3, 2 RBI, SB)
4. Bryce Ball, 1B: 0-3 (5-3, P-4, K)
5a. Moises Ballesteros, C: 0-2 (F-8, 4-3)
5b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 0-1 (K) 
6. Reggie Preciado, DH: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-9)
7. Yeison Santana, SS: 0-2 (5-3, BB, K)
8. Frank Hernandez, LF: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3)
9. Liam Spence, 2B: 0-3 (4-6 FC, K, K, R)

1. Michael McAvene: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Daniel Palencia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (22 strikes) 
3. Luis Devers: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 4/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (23 strrikes) 

RF Kevin Alcantara: E-9 (dropped fly ball in RF corner allowing batter to reach 3rd base safely) 

Moises Ballesteros: 0-2 CS, 1 PB


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 


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


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

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

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

Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.

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

The 18-year old Hernandez (he turns 19 next month) was the star (OF & RHP) of the Spanish 18U team that played for the World Cup in South Korea last summer, and he is the first player ever signed by the Cubs out of Spain. He has been assigned to DSL Cubs Blue (Future Service Contract - signed 2020 contract) and is being officially carried as a pitcher on the DSL Cubs Blue roster, although he was signed as a "two-way player."

NOTE: Hernandez was signed prior to January 1st so he can be carried as a "Future Services Player" (and thus not count against the DSL Cubs Blue reserve list limit until DSL Opening Day). Although Hernandez was signed about a month ago, the filing of his contract and the required approval by MLB was delayed because the MLB office was closed for two weeks over Christmas - New Year's.

At just 18 years old, Hernandez is still very raw, but he does have some professional experience playing for the Spanish 18 and under international team the past two years where he played both outfield and pitcher. What people don't realize about this signing, is that to be signed by a stateside team, you must have been a standout start at your previous organization. That means Hernandez had to turn heads during his international team run. Right now, there is so much information to sort out regarding Hernandez and what his long-term fit will be with the Cubs. Currently, he is listed as a pitcher on the Dominican Summer League roster, which is what it looks like the Cubs are targeting him to be right now. However, the signing was because of his ability to be a tremendous two-way talent, so I am sure, at some point during the summer, we will get a chance to see not only his arm but his bat.

Not only is he just 18 years of age, but the Cubs can explore with him early on to see what he projects long term. Whether he proves pitching is his true calling or playing in the outfield will take a lot of work, but the Cubs will certainly have some options with him and could certainly use him in different ways.


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?

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

Thanks wrigley rat.

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  • crunch 1 hour 13 min ago (view)

    yanks and wsox fans are both hyped up over this signing by the cubs.


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 51 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I would be very surprised if the Cubs sign anyone with a QO attached, so that rules out Story and Correa. I could see the Cubs maybe acquiring Didi Gregorius from the Phillies as a Phillie salary dump if the Phils sign Correa or Story. Then the Cubs could flip Gregorius at the trade deadline. Gregorius is signed thru 2022 at about $14M. Gregorius could end up back with the Yankees for a year under a similar scenario. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 58 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Willson Contreras to the Yankees just makes too much sense. 


  • crunch 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    yow...okay, maybe trade watch is very underway.


  • crunch 3 hours 21 min ago (view)

    yan gomes 2/13m cubs.

    contreras trade watch underway...maybe...dunno if you can actually count on gomes to catch 120+ games a year.  he may be high-end backup/rest with powerful bench option between him and contreras.


  • crunch 3 hours 26 min ago (view)

    j.baez to DET....6/140m

    cubs are obviously in the market for a SS, especially since hoerner has been put on notice he could be a ultility player in 2022.  it's looking a lot like trevor story time unless he gets priced out.

    not too stoked on his bat, but his glove is solid.


  • Sonicwind75 4 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Have to admit that as someone that now lives in Texas and enjoys baseball in general (not just Cubs), will likely head to DFW instead of Houston this summer to get my baseball fix.  New stadium, some exciting new players.  Guess that covers $100 of those millions they just spent.

    I figured the Rangers would make a Jason Werth type of signing this offseason.  Overpay to bring in a big time free agent that signals that the organization is transitioning from rebuilding to trying to be competive.  Didn't expect them to double down on it. 


  • crunch 20 hours 31 min ago (view)

    corey seager signed a deal for 32.5m a year and that means carlos correa is having a really great day.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Texas has a wildly expensive middle infield. They've also set the market really high for the remaining SS. And they did it single handedly.


  • crunch 22 hours 33 min ago (view)

    c.seager goes to TEX for 10/325.

    they've committed to spend 1/2 billion this week (marcus semien added, too).

    meanwhile, the cubs complained to the local paper about how their new multi-million dollar sports betting lounge isn't a casino and they sent out a "cyber monday" ad to offer the great deal of it costing nothing to get on the season tickets waiting list.

    it already is and will continue to be a hell of a 24 hours.  maybe the cubs will *shrug* i something worth talking about.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    BA released their top-10 cubs prospects list...

    1. Brennen Davis

    2. Cristian Hernandez

    3. Brailyn Marquez

    4. Pete Crow-Armstrong

    5. Jordan Wicks

    6. Kevin Alcantara

    7. Caleb Kilian

    8. Owen Caissie

    9. DJ Herz

    10. Yohendrick Pinango

    reggie preciado got robbed.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    m.scherzer mets 3/130m (wow)

    that's more than the entire payroll for PIT last season per year and only a bit less than what BAL, CLE, and MIA paid out.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    both are equally useful to a baseball team.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    The violinist or the camera staring afficionado?


  • Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Taylor Davis might be next.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    STOP THE PRESSES! They signed someone. Some random lefty RP named Locke St.John.

    Sounds like a Bond villain.