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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
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Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
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Hector Neris 
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Hayden Wesneski 
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Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
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* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

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Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

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Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

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David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

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Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

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* Owen Caissie  
 



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Higgins, Willis, and Dwyer Recipe for Success for AZL Cubs

P. J. Higgins (Cubs 2015 12th round draft pick - Old Dominion U.) drilled three singles, drove-in two runs, stole a base, and scored twice, leading the AZL Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the AZL Giants in Arizona League action Sunday night at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Ben Carhart (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL) made his first game appearance since May 31st, playing 1B for five innings and going 2-3 at the plate, He ripped a line-drive RBI single over the shortstop's head to drive-in the AZL Cubs first run in his first AB in the top of the 1st, and doubled off the centerfield fence and scored a run in the top of the 5th.

RHP Austyn Willis got the start for the AZL Cubs, working five innings and allowing one run on four hits (including a routine fly ball that was misplayed into a double by leftfielder Jose Paniagua). Willis did not rack up any strikeouts, but he did have one of the most efficient outings by an AZL starter I have seen in a long time, getting through five innings on just 52 pitches (only 10.4 pitches-per-inning) while throwing 40 strikes (that's 77% strikes, way above average). He worked quickly, effectively mixing his fastball, curve and change-up. He also showed-off a nice pick-off move, hanging a Giant baserunner out-to-dry at 1st base to end the bottom of the 3rd.

LHRP Heath Dwyer (2015 NDFA - Virginia Commonwealth U.) earned the save, retiring seven of the eight batters he faced (four on strikes). Dwyer threw 31 pitches (26 strikes) over his 2.1 IP, which is an amazing 84% strikes, including 18 swinging strikes, all on a slow curve that the young AZL Giants hitters could not touch, even though they knew it was coming. Dwyer has a mediocre mid-80's fastball that he shows every now & then, but he throws his plus-curve over and over and over again (about 80% of the time, even to right-handed hitters), and why not if you get the numbers of swings & misses he gets with Uncle Charlie. It might not play at the upper levels (time will tell), but in the AZL, Heath Dwyer is "Captain Hook."

Here is the abridged box score from Sunday night's game (AZL Cubs players only) : 

AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-3 (1B, BB, K, 4-3, BB, R, CS)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 2-5 (3-U, K, F-8, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI, SB)
3a. Ben Carhart, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 3-1, 2B, R, RBI)
3b. Angelo Amendolare, PH-LF: 0-2 (P-3, 1-2 FC) 
4. Jose Paniagua, LF-1B: 1-4 (K, 2B, BB, 1-3, F-8, R, CS) 
5. P. J. Higgins, 3B: 3-5 (P-4, 1B, 1B, 1B, 4-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
6. Michael Foster, RF: 0-4 (4-3, BB, K, 4-3, 1-3)
7. Varonex Cuevas, DH: 0-3 (3-1, BB, BB, K+WP, K)
8. Yohan Matos, C: 0-3 (5-3, HBP, 4-6 FC, K, R, RBI)
9. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-3 (K, K, HBP, 1-3, R)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Austyn Willis: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 6/7 GO/FO, 52 pitches (40 strikes) 
2. M. T. Minacci: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 35 pitches (22 strikes) 
3. Heath Dwyer: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 31 pitches (26 strikes)

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Yohan Matos: E-2  (overthrow at 1st base on bunt single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)

AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 1 PB, 1 E (see above)

AZL CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Robert Garcia - threw out baserunner 8-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd on F-8 fly out

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    JORDAN WICKS
    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
       
    CALEB KILIAN:
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    RICHARD LOVELADY
    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    THOMAS PANNONE
    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    BAILEY HORN
    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA has blue hair...with a buzz cut...odd combo.  he's 2 dozen face tattoos away from being a mumble rapper.

  • crunch (view)

    these uniforms are hot garbage.  everything Fanatics touches turns to...well, hot garbage.

  • crunch (view)

    ...and then a homer.

  • JoePepitone (view)

    And right away, the first ball put in play goes to Morel at 3rd, who fields the grounder to his left and pegs out the runner on a good throw to first.