Lester Goes One-for-Four at Minor League Camp

Cubs #1 prospect Gleyber Torres belted an RBI double and a single and scored a run, and side-armin' RHP Preston Morrison (Cubs 2015 8th round draft pick - TCU) tossed 3.2 IP of no-hit/no-run relief, helping the iowa Cubs edge the Tennessee Smokies 2-1 in Minor League Camp game action this morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after six innings of play. 

Jon Lester got the start for the Smokies (pitching against Iowa) and threw five innings (68 pitches - 78% strikes), allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits (five singles and a double) and no walks, with five strikeouts (two swinging) and 8/0 GO/AO. He made three errant pick-off attempts at 1st base (with the baserunner advancing to 2nd each time), but he did pick-off Dan Vogelbach. Lester also one-hopped SS Carlos Penalver on a 1-6 FC, and Penalver made a nice play just to keep the ball from bounding into CF. 

Matt Murton saw his first game action of the Spring after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on February 26th, working as a DH for the Iowa squad and batting four times. He went 2-4 with a single, a double, a 6-3 GO, and a called third strike (all four PA versus Lester). He was running the bases full-tilt, and looks to be very close to 100%.      

David Ross was Lester's catcher (natch), and he went 0-4 (three fly outs and a 6-4-3 DP), batting once in each of the first four innings. He also threw out a runner trying to steal 3rd. Ross left the game when Lester did. 

The game also featured the first game action for RHRP Jose Rosario since 2014 (he missed the 2015 season after undergoing TJS last April), and he worked a scoreless inning. The 25-year old Rosario was signed by the Cubs as a 17-year old IFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2008, and although he was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2015, he opted to return to the Cubs organization in 2016. Rosario shares a similar background with Cubs 3B prospect Jeimer Candelario, in that both were born in New York City, but moved to the Dominican Republic when they were children.  

Four players were added to the Iowa roster for the game, with RHP Preston Morrison moving up from the Tennessee group, SS Gleyber Torres and 2B Ian Happ moving up from the Myrtle Beach squad, and 3B Wladimir Galindo moving up from the South Bend group.

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Here is the box score frrom the game: 


IOWA LINEUP
:
X. Matt Murton, DH #1: 2-4 (6-3, 2B, 1B, K)
NOTE: Murton batted third in the top of the 1st inning, and second in the bottom of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th
1 Gleyber Torres, SS: 2-2 (1B, 2B, R, RBI)
2. Matt Clark, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 5-2 FC)
3a. Bijan Rademacher, DH #3: 0-1 (1-3)
3b. Ben Carhart, PH: 0-1 (1-6 FC, RBI, CS)
4. Ian Happ, 2B: 0-2 (K, 6-3) 
5a. Will Remillard, C: 0-1 (K)
5b. Cael Brockmeyer, PH-C: 0-1 (K)
6. Kelly Dugan, RF: 0-2 (4-3, F-7)
7. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (1B, L-9, PO)
8. Anthony Giansanti, LF: 1-2 (3-1, 1B)
9a. Mike O'Neill, CF: 0-1 (3-1)
9b. Bryant Flete, PH-CF: 0-1 (K)
10. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-1 (1B, R)

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
X. David Ross, C: 0-4 (F-7, F-8, 6-4-3 DP, F-7)
NOTE: Ross batted second in the bottom of the 1st & 2nd innings, sixth in the bottom of the 3rd, and third in the bottom of the 4th 
1a. Trey Martin, CF: 0-1 (K, F-8 SF, RBI)
1b. Danny Lockhart, PH: 0-1 (4-3) 
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-1 (1B, BB) 
3. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-1 (K, BB)
4. Mark Zagunis, LF: 0-2 (L-8, K)
5. Jason Vosler, 3B: 0-1 (BB, F-8)
6. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (BB, 3-1)
7a. David Bote, DH #1: 0-1 (P-3)
7b. Erick Castillo PH-C: 0-1 (F-9)
8. Victor Caratini, DH #2: 0-1 (BB, K, R)
9. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (1B, 1-3)
10. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH #3: 0-1 (HBP, 4-3) 
 
IOWA PITCHERS
1. Tyler Skulina: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/5 GO/AO, 49 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Preston Morrison: 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 5/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (26 strikes)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:  
1. Jon Lester: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, 8/0 GO/AO, 68 pitches (53 strikes) 
2. Jose Rosario: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes) 

IOWA ERRORS: NONE 

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 3 
1. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 
2. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 
3. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE
David Ross: 1-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 50 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

Comments

Check out John Arguello's (Cubs Den) report from the quad side of Minor League Camp: 

link  

thanks for the "expanded coverage" links you've been passing on lately.

...and for the horror show reporting on lester throwing. it's spring...it's spring...it's spring...i'm gonna keep reminding myself that.

would someone like rizzo at 1st have stopped some of those wild throws? his great D is in play even if it wouldn't have resulted in an out. keeping the runner close and scared of the possibility of an out is generally the greater benefit than the rare(ish) out anyway.

Phil, is Morrison being stretched out to start?

AZBOBBOP: Yes, Preston Morrison is being stretched-out as a starter. He piggy-backed with Tyler Skulina in Tuesday's game, but Morrison is primed as a starter. Where he will be at the start of the minor league regular season is still TBD, but at present Morrison is assigned to the AA Tennessee squad. If I had to guess, I would say Morrison will probably be in the starting rotation at Myrtle Beach on Opening Day. 

BTW, another 2015 draft pick (LHP Ryan Kellogg - 5th round - Arizona State) is also assigned to the Tennessee squad at Minor League Camp and (like Morrison) he is being stretched-out as a starter, too. So both Morrison and Kellogg could very well be in the starting rotation at either Tennessee or Myrtle Beach (but more likely Myrtle Beach) at the start of the regular season. 

And David Berg (2015 6th round pick - UCLA) and Craig Brooks (2015 7th round pick - Catawba College) are also assigned to the AA Tennessee squad at Minor League Camp, and both could start the season in either the Tennessee or Myrtle Beach bullpen (TBD).

Morrison, Kellogg, Berg, and Brooks are the only pitchers from the 2015 Cubs draft class assigned to the Tennessee squad at Minor League Camp, which is an indication that the Cubs consider those four to be advanced enough to move quickly through the pipeline (like 2015 Cubs Minor League pitcher of the Year Ryan Williams did last year, after being drafted out of East Carolina in the 10th round of the 2014 draft). 

Seems like Sox told LaRoche no more kid in lockeroom, so he retired

Dejan Kovacevic [email protected]_Kovacevic 6m6 minutes ago

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That's VERY impressive. Winner.

Dejan Kovacevic added,

@Dejan_Kovacevic @whitesox They didn't want his kid in the clubhouse this season like he was last year.
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Good for the White Sox.

That can't be right. How does an issue like this get blown up into a $36 million dollar contract being cut short? Wouldn't somebody sit down and have a reasonable conversation with him, like "no family in the clubhouse 2 hours before game time" and then that's that? Bizarre. I'm not buying it.

According to Kenny Williams he told LaRoche can be in there but "not 100%" of the time.

That's different than what I said, though- You set a rule that applies to everybody, based in a focus on the team winning. If you are singling out one person's kid, then yes, I see why LaRoche would automatically react negatively.

#thoughtsandprayers

Bob Nightengale [email protected] 23m23 minutes ago

Chris Sale has. Adam LaRoche and Drake LaRoche uniforms hanging in his Whitesox locker

what a bunch of morans.

g.stanton and a slew of slugging marlins lost a backfield HR derby to their 51 year old hitting coach...some dude named barry bonds.

unfortunately there's supposedly no video of the event.

cubs load the bases with 0 outs...2 pitches later, 3 outs, 0 runs scored (popout, double play).

Shark !!!!
IP H ER BB SO
4.0 8 7 1 3

3 hrs too

another bad day for rondon...really bad...

Too early to panic, but he does not look great.

If Ramirez is back, then at least equal = equal.

Is Baez hurt?

/slid into first

doesn't seem like it...though JD had a lot to say about how much he doesn't like seeing anyone slide into 1st, especially during spring.

speaking of injuries...

"On the injury front, veteran outfielder Shane Victorino (tight right calf) is expected to play by this weekend. Matt Szczur (oblique) is progressing and Tommy La Stella (strained left calf) is taking ground balls.

"Nothing is horribly wrong with any of those guys," Maddon said. "We are just being cautious.""

http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/167742732/joe-m...

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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 min 19 sec ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 13 min 35 sec ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 22 min 29 sec ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 27 min 55 sec ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 46 min 15 sec ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 4 hours 34 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 5 hours 13 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 5 hours 14 min ago view