Feldman Gets Back On Track at Fitch Park

Scott Feldman threw five innings (65 pitches) of two-hit ball with seven strikeouts, but the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) edged the Daytona Cubs 2-1 on Field #3, and Rock Shoulders clubbed an opposite field HR over the left-centerfield fence, Willson Contreras drilled a triple, and Oliver Zapata followed with an RBI double to highlight a three-run 7th that helped the Kane County Cougars rally and take a 4-3 lead, but the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) pushed across a run in the top of the 9th to salvage a 4-4 tie, in Cactus League Minor League Camp action this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 



Feldman was left behind when the Cubs traveled to Houston this weekend to get work in a minor league game, since he isn't scheduled to get his first 2013 start until next Friday. The big right-hander had a terrible Cactus League (11.25 ERA & a 2.20 WHIP, allowing 38 hits--including seven HR--and 25 earned runs in just 20 IP), and he struggled in the top of the 1st inning today, too, allowing a run on two doubles and a walk. But then he settled-in and really got into a groove, retiring 13 of the last 14 men he faced (including seven on strikeouts).


There were a number of roster moves made yeaterday at Minor League Camp, with more to come today.


The Iowa Cubs (AAA) will be remaining at Fitch Park for another couple of days, because they open the PCL season at Albuquerque. The I-Cubs still need to cut about a half-dozen pitchers, so the intrasquad games to be played tomorrow and Tuesday may help decide which pitchers get pink slips.


Three players from the Boise/Mesa squad (Extended Spring Training) saw action in the Kane County game today, including Mark Malave, Rashad Crawford, and Trevor Gretzky.


The game on Field #3 was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the D-Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw today could get their work.  


Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


FITCH PARK FIELD #2


KANE COUNTY LINEUP:
1a. Pin-Chieh Chen, LF: 1-3 (3B, F-7, F-7, R)
1b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (3-U, BB)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-4 (4-3, K, 5-3, BB, K, SB)
3. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (F-7 SF+E-7, 1B, 4-3, BB, RBI)
4a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (6-5 FC, L-9)
4b. Mark Malave, PH-3B: 0-2 (6-3, 6-4 FC).
5. Rock Shoulders, DH #1: 1-4 (K, K, HR, K, R, RBI)
6. Marco Hernandez, SS-DH: 0-4 (K, P-5, 4-3, F-7)
7. Willson Contreras, C: 1-4 (K, K, 3B, P-2, R)
8. Oliver Zapata, RF: 1-3 (K, F-8, 2B, BB, R, RBI, SB)
9a. Trey Martin, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
9b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (F-7 SF, K, RBI)
10a. David Bote, DH-SS: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, 2 SB)
10b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER


KANE COUNTY PITCHERS:
1. Felix Pena: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 53 pitches (40 strikes), 4/4 GO/FO
2. Jeffry Antigua: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 29 pitches (19 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Brian Smith: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
4. Justin Amlung: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 20 pitches (14 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO)
5. Nathan Dorris: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 29 pitches (18 strikes)
NOTE: 9th inning was stopped with two outs when Dorris reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the inning


KANE COUNTY ERRORS: 2
1. RF Oliver Zapata - E-9 (fielding error on single allowed batter to advance an extra base)
2. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base and unearned runs to score from 2nd & 3rd)


FITCH PARK FIELD #3


DAYTONA LINEUP:
1. Zeke DeVoss, CF-DH: 0-4 (F-9, K, 6-3, 6-3)
2. Tim Saunders, 3B-SS: 1-3 (F-9, F-8, HBP, 2B, SB)
3a. Javier Baez, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. Ben Carhart, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, 3-1)
4. Dustin Geiger, 1B-3B: 0-4 (4-3, K, 5-3, P-4)
5. Jorge Soler, RF: 2-4 (F-9, 1B, 2B, K, R, SB)
6a. Steve Bruno, 2B: 0-1 (HBP, 6-3)
6b. Roni Torreyes, 2B: 1-2 (1B, P-6, RBI)
7. John Andreoli, LF-CF: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, K)
8a. Taylor Davis, C: 0-2 (5-3, F-8)
8b. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-1 (4-3)
9. Taiwan Easterling, DH-LF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, PO)


DAYTONA PITCHERS:
1. Scott Feldman: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, 65 pitches (46 strikes), 6/2 GO/FO
2. Starling Peralta: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (18 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 26 pitches (17 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
4. Frank del Valle: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 11 pitches (7 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO


DAYTONA ERRORS: 1
P Scott Feldman - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd)


ATTENDANCE: 48


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's


 

Comments

AZ Phil, I see Vogelbach played for Kane County today. has he been moved down a level? Thanks.

HAGSAG: Dan Vogelbach has indeed been moved down to Kane County. Both he and Rock Shoulders are with the Cougars, so I would expect them to alternate at DH, and Shoulders will probably also get some reps in LF (like he did last season at Boise).


Other than the three EXST guys who played with Kane County, all of the players who played at Fitch Park today are where they are going to be to start the season. The most puzzling assignment (to me) is Roni Torreyes with Daytona, because (#1) Steve Bruno is also there and he has been playing 2B exclusively this Spring, and (#2) Tennessee doesn't really have a true 2B (although Alcantara, Soto, and Silva can play there).


Chad Noble was moved down from Iowa to Daytona, and I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes a player-coach there.


Wes Darvill, Bijan Rademacher, Chadd Krist, and Yaniel Cabezas have been moved down to KC from Daytona (although they did not play in the game).  


And OF Evan Crawford (2012 shoulder surgery) requested & received his release after he was sent to EXST.   


Additional roster moves still TBD (mostly involving pitchers).

Mildly surprised that Chen was moved to Kane County and DeVoss was given priority in CF. Is this a two similar guys, so the older guy will get the higher level look situation (as Chen is a year younger and only going to turn 22), or has DeVoss really taken well to the OF?

TOONSTER: Zeke DeVoss has taken VERY well to CF (he played OF at Instructs post-2011), and I don't think it's necessarily a matter of DeVoss getting the Daytona job over Pin-Chieh Chen, because Chen isn't playing CF at KC, either (Trey Martin is mostly playing CF there now, and Albert Almora probably will be some time later this year). But both DeVoss and Chen are being groomed as lead-off hitters, and they can't both do that at the same place.


Chen actually had a strong Minor League Camp hitting lead-off and playing CF for the Daytona squad, and I think the Cubs wanted to make sure that he gets regular playing time somewhere (preferably CF at Daytona, although LF at KC will work, too), but John Andreoli was sent back to Daytona yesterday (he was blocked by Szczur, Ha, Silva, and Chavez at AA) and will be playing mostly LF for the D-Cubs, and that (as much as DeVoss moving to CF) forced Chen back to KC. So I think it's probably more about getting regular playing time for both DeVoss and Chen and allowing both of them to be lead-off hitters than it is where each of them are doing it. 


What I do find surprising is Roni Torreyes going back to Daytona, especially since Steve Bruno has been playing 2B there most every day in Miinor League Camp. I know Bruno probably projects as a "super-sub" type eventually, but I wonder if the intention is to move Alcantara to 2B at Tennessee so that Baez can move up there whenever he's ready without forcing Alcantara to move to 2B mid-season? Elliot Soto is at Tennessee with Alcantara, and Soto is a defensive wizard at SS (though not with the bat). So Soto would be a more-logical "place-holder" for Baez at Tennesssee than Alcantara, who has become a legitimate Top 15 prospect in his own right (especially offensively). And I think Baez showed the Cubs this Spring that he is very close to being ready for AA, and that he might not spend much time at Daytona in 2013 before he gets moved up.


BTW, the big rap on Alcantara isn't his range, arm, or athleticism, but rather he just plays too fast and out-of-control at shortstop (sort of like a point guard who tries to do too much and turns the ball over a lot), and moving him to 2B would give him more time to recover and make a play if he bobbles the ball or double-clutches a throw. But if he does move to 2B, Alcantara has to play there every day and get lots & lots of PT. 


It's also interesting that Reggie Golden was sent to EXST. Although he had surgery for two torn knee ligaments last season, he appears to be 100% healthy now (though he may have lost a step). But he is struggling to make contact at the plate. He's very rusty. 

AZ Phil: what is your take so far on Torreyes? Good hit tool seems to be the popular lingo these days. Does he project to be a Jose Altuve type?

CUBSTER: Torreyes has plus-bat speed and surprising power for a guy his size. He may be tiny, but he packs a wallop. 


Because he has below-average defensive skills across the board and isn't particularly athletic, it will be pretty much "2B or Bust" for him.


Unlike Tim Saunders and Steve Bruno (for example), Torreyes does NOT project as a multi-positional utility player at the MLB level if he doesn't make it as a second-baseman, although I suppose he could play LF if the Cubs really want to get his bat into the lineup.

per Roto...
Garza officially on 15 DL. Not really news but remaining official roster moves should be coming soon.

Yankees DL to start season...

1B Mark Teixeira** + STRAINED TENDON IN WRIST (3/6/13); likely out 8-10 weeks; placed on 15-Day DL

3B Alex Rodriguez + HIP SURGERY; out until at least June; placed on 60-Day DL (2/13/13)

SS Derek Jeter + RECOVERY FROM ANKLE SURGERY; placed on 15-Day

DL OF Curtis Granderson* + FRACTURED FOREARM; out 10 weeks (2/24/13)

RHP Phil Hughes + BULGING DISC IN BACK; placed on 15-Day DL

RHP Michael Pineda + SHOULDER SURGERY on 5/1/12; placed on 60-Day DL (3/15/13)

LHP Cesar Cabral

$100m DL...literally...only very slightly over $100m by a few K.

More importantly, has yahoo DL'd these motherfuckers yet?

and Yankees DFA former Cub minor league pitcher, Clay Rapada

i know he's managing one of the crappiest teams to ever take the field in the modern era...but it's awesome to see bo porter manage a club.

doh..."the next big thing" in pitching has an explanation for his weird velocity drop this spring...

"MASN's Steve Melewski reports Dylan Bundy is dealing with "mild tightness" in his right elbow."

jose fernandez (FLA)...it's your time to shine.

"FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and Elvis Andrus are "close" to an eight-year extension that is believed to be worth $120 million."

the s.castro deal looks better every minute...that's f'n crazy loot even if he's a great defensive SS.

Anthony Rizzo must be salivating.

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • 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 1 hour 27 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 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 12 hours 32 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 13 hours 15 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 13 hours 26 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 13 hours 33 min 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 13 hours 36 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 13 hours 47 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 13 hours 53 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 14 hours 8 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 14 hours 9 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 17 hours 51 sec ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 19 hours 33 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 20 hours 6 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 20 hours 7 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 22 hours 4 min ago view