Cub Pitchers Mine Gold in Arizona Ball Fields

Five Cub pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter and Justin Bour drove-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the A’s Split Squad #2 in AZ Instructional League action at Papago Park Field #2 in Phoenix this afternoon.


Thanks to a GIDP, a PO, and a CS, Cubs pitchers faced only two batters above the minimum, and today’s pitching gem comes on the heels of the no-hitter thrown by five other Cubs pitchers on Saturday. (The Cubs did not play yesterday).


Cubs 7th round pick RHP Ben Wells (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) got the start and threw two perfect innings with three strikeouts (the 18-year old Wells has exactly the same body-type as 1970’s Cubs pitching great Rick Reuschel), and 19-year old long & lanky (6’4 180) RHP Starling Peralta (considered one of the top two pitching prospects on this year’s DSL Cubs #1 squad) retired all eight men he faced, striking out five of them.


Cubs 2010 23rd round draft pick RHP Matt Loosen (U. of Jacksonville) left the game in the bottom of the 7th inning after being struck on the right side of the face by a line drive. He did not lose consciousness and he walked off the field under his own power.


Bob Dernier (outfield & baserunning instructor) and Mark Johnson (catching instructor) have joined the Cubs AZ Instructional League coaching staff at Fitch Park. Dernier spent the last month of the season as the Chicago Cubs 1st base coach.


Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):


LINEUP:
1. Evan Crawford, CF: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 3-1, 1B, R)
2. Logan Watkins, DH #1: 1-3 (1-3 SH, 2B, F-9, F-7, R)
3. Micah Gibbs, C-DH: 1-3 (BB, 1B, F-7, F-7)
4a. Justin Bour, 1B: 1-2 (1B, F-7 SF, F-8, 2 RBI)
4b. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-1 (6-3)
5. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, P-3, 1B, BB, R, CS)
6. Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3 SH, 1-U)
7a. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B, PO)
7b. Oliver Zapata, RF: NO AB
8. Sergio Burruel, DH-C: 0-2 (E4, 3-1, BB)
9. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-3 (1-6 FC, L-5, 6-U FC)
10. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, K)


PITCHERS:
1. Ben Wells: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches (14 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Ryan Hartman: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 30 pitches (16 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Amaury Paulino: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 35 pitches (19 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Matt Loosen: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (5 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
5. Starling Peralta: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 31 pitches (21 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO


ERRORS: (2)
SS Marco Hernandez E-6 (missed catch – two-base error allowed batter to reach base – eventually scored unearned run)
2B Gioskar Amaya E-4 (overthrow at 1st base attempting to complete DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 1-1 CS


OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Reggie Golden - threw out batter trying to advance to 2nd base on line single to RF


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ATTENDANCE: 17 (mostly scouts)


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

How did we miss this one?

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/10/...

"Martinez is well aware the Cubs have been interviewing candidates and is supportive of Ryne Sandberg's efforts to land the job.

"I think Ryno is a good man," Martinez said. "He deserves a shot over there to manage. He's done it in the minor leagues. I guess he's pretty successful."

If Martinez got it over Ryno, that would be truly ironic. I'm speechless.

Wells has exactly the same body-type as 1970’s Cubs pitching great Rick Reuschel)
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If Wells becomes a good mlb player he's built like Rick, if not, he's built like Paul

DLee and Bobby Cox say goodbye to the 2010 season.

Fontenot vs the Phillies

actually Lincecum vs Halliday is a fine matchup to start the NLCS.

AzPhil

Can you give us some insight on how Wells and Peralta's stuff looked? Was Wells sitting low 90's, occasionally touching mid-90's? I admit, as of typing this right now, I'm blanking on Peralta.

I asked AZ Phil this exact same thing after his first start. I obviously can't say anything about how he looked yesterday, but Phil said that his arm strength (i.e. velocity) wasn't quite back up to full strength yet because he hasn't pitched since May or June. Essentially, he is akin to a pitcher in the first week or two of spring training, trying to work his arm strength back up. I'm excited to see what the kid can do next year.

I also was wondering about Peralta, though. I vaguely remember seeing the name when casually perusing a box score from one of the Cubs' DSL teams.

I remember your question last time. I was curious if he showed a bit more this past outing. I'm very excited about Wells. As exciting as Golden is, and Reggie offers upside this system really doesn't have much of with the bat, Wells sounds like your proto-typical power arm workhorse type pitcher. I think too much was overstated pre-draft about how the kid only had the plus velo for a few outings late in the year - the kid was growing into his body and added inches and weight. Now, I didn't know he was 240 or more, which is a bit worrisome in some respects, but a pro training regimen could help. Add in that the reports were that his feel for his secondary stuff was good ... and I'm really fascinated.

Submitted by toonsterwu on Tue, 10/12/2010 - 3:39pm.
I remember your question last time. I was curious if he showed a bit more this past outing. I'm very excited about Wells. As exciting as Golden is, and Reggie offers upside this system really doesn't have much of with the bat, Wells sounds like your proto-typical power arm workhorse type pitcher. I think too much was overstated pre-draft about how the kid only had the plus velo for a few outings late in the year - the kid was growing into his body and added inches and weight. Now, I didn't know he was 240 or more, which is a bit worrisome in some respects, but a pro training regimen could help. Add in that the reports were that his feel for his secondary stuff was good ... and I'm really fascinated.

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TOONSTER: The Cubs have brought Ben Wells along slowly for reasons previously mentioned, and while his fastball velocity is only in the high 80's (so far), he is getting swings & misses (and strikeouts) with both his slider and his splitter. He is definitely a projectable kid.

A couple of other items regarding Cubs pitchers of which you may or may not have already been aware: LHP John Mincone had knee surgery, and RHP Jon Nagel had elbow surgery #2.

And in case you were thinking "maybe another McNutt?"... here is 40th round draft pick LHP Brian Smith's line through three Instructs games: 2.0 IP, 10 H, 12 R (10 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 3 WP, 1 BALK

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Cox and Baker out in the first round, couldn't happen to 2 better guys.

if Rays win tomorrow, I'm fairly certain that would be the first time I ever got all the LDS predictions correct.

probably not a coincidence that all the favorites would win then.

Nice.

Check out the DP Lee bashing in the comments - pretty funny stuff.

people who comment on mlb.com tend to think this whole game is played exactly like a video game.

their expectations of the game and suggestions for player movement can get wacky as hell.

of course it's not everyone...just too many.

Agreed, I think either the avg age or IQ is 13 (or both).

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

Am I on crack? Who exactly is the fourth candidate that Ricketts has interviewed? Lou?!?

Seriously, somebody help me. Musk-rat only mentions the three left that I know of, Ryno, Quade and Wedge. I saw the Davey Martinez link above, is he the fourth??

*edit Read the Martinez article, I haven't seen anything about them requesting (in writing) an interview with him, so that would be tampering (although I do like Davey Martinez)... Maybe he's our bench coach next year??

Rob G., Az Phil... Are either of you the fourth candidate??

The article implies that Melvin is the 4th candidate, but Levine doesn't seem to think that Melvin has interviewed yet. Feels like a 3 horse race with Melvin trailing.

Toonster! You escaped from BCB?!

Not to be contrarian given that this isn't 1970 and more is known about nutrition and training, but every time they tried to make Rick Reuschel lose weight he didn't pitch as well...sort of a variation on the Sampson not taking to haircuts from his girlfriend Dee. Reuschel wasn't about velocity though but he had one hell of a sinker. I'd love a more detailed history lesson from Az Phil's recollections about Big Daddy Reuschel.

Better diet and exercise worked for Geo Soto though, so if pitching doesn't work out maybe the can convert him to catching. He's got the backstop part down already.

Reuschel was listed as 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, which made him a few pounds heavier than his franchise-mate from two generations earlier, Hippo Vaughn

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June 4, 1970: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round of the 1970 amateur draft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Reuschel

So, Cubster, you're saying that Reuschel made a vow to God that he would stay fat?

Bruce Levine's latest post from earlier today:

Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge was the latest to be interviewed, meeting with Ricketts on Monday, according to major league sources. Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg and interim manager Mike Quade have already had their interviews with Ricketts within the last two weeks. Quade met with Ricketts before returning to his winter home in Florida after the Cubs season ended on Oct. 3....At this point it's unknown if former Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin will meet with Ricketts.

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/st...

I see said the blind man (stupid Muskie), Toon implied the same above...

So I guess that makes Melvin the fourth man on the grassy knoll.

Rob G., is there a pool started on this?? I'm thinking Wedge gets it, because JH will be afraid to go with someone un-seasoned..... (not that I particularly like that answer).

Ultimately, I think about this just like hiring Rudy last year. If the new guy works, he'll get all the credit, if he doesn't, it's one more screwup on the list, but is it really his fault? Hard to say, he can only manage the pieces he's given... (standing by return fire....)

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  • Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.

    billybucks 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.

    QuietMan 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.

    John Beasley 2 hours 28 min ago view
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    link 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 7 hours 13 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 54 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 57 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 22 hours 35 sec ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 22 hours 43 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 22 hours 54 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 23 hours 48 sec ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 23 hours 4 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 23 hours 15 min ago view
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    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 23 hours 21 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 23 hours 36 min ago view