I-Cubs Drop Pelicans at Minor League Camp

Jacob Rogers drilled a two-run single to cap a three-run 6th, walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run, and Billy McKinney ripped an RBI single to open the scoring in the top of the 4th and doubled and scored a run in the 6th, leading the Iowa Cubs to 5-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in Minor League Camp game action this morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Andruw Monasterio hammered a double and an RBI single, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, and Cubs 2015 2nd round draft pick Donnie Dewees (U. of North Florida) collected three singles and stole a base for the Pelicans in a losing cause.

18-year old 6'8 LHP Bryan Hudson (Cubs 2015 3rd round draft pick - Alton HS -Alton IL) threw two innings of hitless/shutout ball for Iowa, walking two, and striking out two.

The game was called after seven innings of play.  

Because a number of players were called up to play in the Cubs MLB Cactus League split squad games, several players were temporarily moved to different squads for the game at Riverview. Starting pitcher Jonathan Martinez, catchers Erick Castillo, Gioskar Amaya, and Tyler Pearson, and infielder Chesny Young were moved down to Myrtle Beach from Tennessee, SS Andruw Monasterio was moved up to Tennessee from South Bend, CF Trey Martin, DH Billy McKinney, and 1B Jacob Rogers were moved up to Iowa from Tennessee, 3B Andrew Ely, LF Charcer Burks, and C Tyler Alamo were moved up to Iowa from Myrtle Beach, and pitchers Justin Steele and Bryan Hudson were moved up to Iowa from South Bend.

This was the first game action for catcher Will Remillard since undergoing TJS last March. Prior to his elbow injury, Remillard was considered a rising star (at least defensively) among the Cubs catching prospects, so highly regarded by the Cubs that he received an NRI to Spring Training in 2014 less than a year after being drafted out of Coastal Carolina U. (where he was a teammate of Cubs minor league RHP Josh Conway). Although he is presently assigned to the Iowa squad at Minor League Camp, Remillard will will likely be the #1 catcher at Myrtle Beach come Opening Day. 

In Minor League Camp roster news, Francisco Garay and Wander Feliz have arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy, and both are being converted from position player to pitcher.

A 17-year old 6'2 Panamanian, Garay hit just 126/190/146 with a whopping 96 K in 220 PA while playing both 3B and SS for the VSL Cubs in his debut pro season last year, and the 18-year old 6'2 Feliz hit 235/375/333 in 202 PA and 54 games (mostly in RF) for the DSL Cubs in 2015 (his rookie season). Garay received a $200K signing bonus in July 2014, so his failure as a position player is especially noteworthy.

Garay and Feliz have been assigned to the South Bend group, but both will very likely be assigned to the Extended Spring Training squad, once it is formed in the coming days.  


(updated daily)

Here is the box score from today's game at Minor League Camp: 

IOWA LINEUP:
1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (4-3, HBP, 6-3, 5-3, R, SB)
2. Logan Watkins, SS: 0-3 (L-8, K, BB, 3-1, R)
3. Billy McKinney, DH #1: 2-3 (K, 1B, 2B, R, RBI)
4. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 0-2 (F-9, K, BB, R)
5. David Freitas, C-DH:  0-1 (HBP, E-5)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 
6. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, 1-3, F-8 SF, RBI)
7. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, R, 2 RBI, SB, PO)
8. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-1 (K, 5-3 SH, HBP)
9. Andrew Ely, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI, SB)
10a. Will Remillard, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, 5-3)
10b. Ben Carhart, PH-C:  0-1 (F-8)
11. Tyler Alamo, DH #3: 0-2 (K, F-7)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED SECOND TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (P-6, FC, F-8)
1b. Daniel Spingola, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
2. Donnie Dewees, LF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 3-U, 1B, SB) 
3. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 5-4-3 DP, 1-3, BB)
4a. Ian Happ, 2B: 0-1 (6-4 FC, BB, BB)
4b. Chesny Young, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
5. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-3 (F-9, 1-3, 6-3)
6. Tyler Pearson, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, K, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
7. Andruw Monastero,  SS: 2-2 (2B, 1B, BB, R, 2 SB)
8. Sutton Whiting, 3B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, K, RBI)
9. Erick Castillo, C-DH: 1-3 (L-4, 1B, 3-1) 
10. Gioskar Amaya, DH-C: 0-2 (BB, 3-6 FC, 6-3)
11. Alberto Mineo, DH #3: 0-0 (BB) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST & THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 

IOWA PITCHERS
1. Rob Zastryzny: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Justin Steele: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (23 strikes) 
3. Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (21 strikes) 
4. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (12 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Jonathan Martinez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 46 pitches (27 strikes) 
2. Jake Stinnett: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 4/0 GO/AO, 40 pitches (26 strikes) 
3. Kyle Twomey: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (10 strikes) 
4. Daniel Lewis: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes) 

IOWA ERRORS: 2 
1. P Justin Steele: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)
2. C Will Remillard: E-2 (overthrow on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)  

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1 
3B  Sutton Whiting: E-5 (two-base fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 

IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Will Remillard: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above) 
2. Ben Carhart: 0-1 CS 

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Erick Castillo: 0-3 CS, 1 PO 

IOWA OUTFIELD ASSISTS
RF Bijan Rademacher - threw out baserunner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd on base hit

ATTENDANCE: 57 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy and breezy, with temperatures in the 60's 

Comments

nice to see w.remillard back in action...even if it wasn't pretty. hope he can regain his comfort behind the plate.

AA Phil, I see mckinney was the Dh. How is his knee progressing?

HAGSAG: Billy McKinney seems to be running OK, so I would think he will probably be playing OF again very soon. 

Ian Happ had 2 walks, nice. How did he look in working the count? Is he holding his own playing 2nd base or is his defense a significant work in progress?

CUBSTER: Ian Happ is a very patient hitter with a line-drive stroke, but his defense at 2B is still a work-in-progress.

He has been working hard to improve his defense, staying on the field late after his teammates have left, and taking dozens of grounders. If he doesn't make it at 2B, it won't be for lack of effort.  

Schwarber back in the lineup today vs A's. Rizzo leading off (things that make me say, hmmmm.) Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Schwarber LF, Candelario 3B, Ross C, Almora CF, Contreras C, Andreoli RF, Kawasaki SS

2 PA and rizzo's the 1st out of the game...looks like he was just getting work with early rest. also, it looks like hendricks is busy locking down that 5 slot. 4ip 1h 1bb 5k.

Nice to see from Hendricks, but I wonder if off-speed guys have an advantage in the early spring, when the hitters are trying to get tuned up for 95mph.

yeah, no idea...at least he faced the A's "A-team" lineup, though. he faced a strong lineup of guys that are going to be the A's starters come opening day.

Hendricks stats, particularly 2nd half, make him an enviable 5th starter now. He would be a #4 on teams with less depth, in fact, which there are many (Colo, Pads, Braves, Reds, Mia, MN, Baltimore, maybe more).

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