Bolt from the Skye Turns I-Cubs Blue at Riverview

Aramis Ademan and Nelson Velazquez each ripped an RBI triple, singled, walked, and scored two runs, Miguel Amaya drilled a two-run double and a single and scored a run, and Fidel Mejia slugged a three-run HR, helping the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) trounce the Midland Rockhounds (AA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) 10-3 on Field #5, and Luke Persico and Collin Theroux roped RBI doubles, Luis Barrera hammered an RBI triple, Skye Bolt clubbed a solo HR, and RHSP Ben Bracewell tossed 2-1/3 innings of one-hit ball, helping the Nashville Sounds (A's AAA affiliate) defeat the Cubs AAA Iowa affiliate 6-4 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Tuesday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Both games were eight-inning affairs.  

Because the Cubs MLB squad was playing a split-squad doubleheader, most of the Iowa position players were called-up for those games, and as a result the Iowa game featured a number of position-players from the Tennessee squad, and the Tennessee game featured a number of players from the Myrtle Beach and South Bend squads (and in fact it was some of the Cubs top prospects from the lower levels -- Ademan, Velazquez, and M. Amaya -- who had the best performances).   

Iowa Cubs reliever Corey Black (February 2017 TJS) saw his first game action since 2016 in the contest on Field #6, but it did not go too well for the righthander. Black faced three batters and threw 14 pitches (but only three strikes) and left the game with what appeared to be a right arm injury (unknown if it's related to the TJS). 

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



FIELD #5

TENNESSEE LINEUP
:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-3 (1B, F-8, 1B, R, CS)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, CF 0-1 (K)
2a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 2-2 (1B, BB, 3B, 2 R, RBI)
2b. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (6-3)
3a. Nelson Velazquez, LF: 2-2 (1B, BB, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-1 (3-U)
4a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (L-4, K, 1B, RBI)
4b. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
5a. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-2 (1B, BB, 6-3, R)
5b. Jhonny Pereda, C 1-1 (1B)
6. Miguel Amaya, DH: 2-4 (2B, P-6 DP, 1B, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
7a. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-2 (1B, K)
7b. Brandon Hughes, RF: 0-1 (BB, K, R)
8a. Joe Martarano, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
8b. Fidel Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (HR, 6-3, R, 3 RBI)
9a. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB, R)
9b. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (HBP, 5-3, SB)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Duncan Robinson: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 4/0 GO/AO, 44 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Scott Effross: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Casey Bloomquist: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
6. Marc Huberman: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
7. Dave Berg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E- 5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
3. P Scott Effross: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd and runner at 3rd base to score)

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
P. J. Higgins: 1-2 CS

TENNESSEE BASERUNNING:
1. Aramis Ademan - thrown out 8-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to CF
2. Wladimir Galindo - thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double  

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FIELD #6

IOWA LINEUP:
1a. Zack Short, SS: 0-3 (F-9, P-5, F-8)
1b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-2 (5-3, 1B)
2a. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 0-3 (E-3, 3-1, BB, F-8, R, SB)
2b. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-1 (5-3)
3a. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-1 (BB, K)
3b. Connor Myers, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, SB)
4a. Ian Rice, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, R)
4b. Tyler Payne, C: 0-2 (5-3, F-8)
5a. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
5b. Trey Martin, CF 0-2 (K, P-2)
6a. Michael Cruz, DH: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB, R, RBI)
6b. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-1 (K)
7a. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, F-9)
7b. Luis Ayala, RF: 0-2 (F-9, 4-3)
8a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, 2 RBI, SB)
8b. Fernando Kelli, PH-DH: 0-2 (5-3, E-3, SB)
9a. Christian Donahue, 2B: 1-2 (K, BB, 1B, CS)
9b. Henderson Perez, PH: 0-1 (K)

IOWA PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Clifton: 2.1 IP,  4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (34 strikes)
2. Jake Stinnett: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Corey Black: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (3 strikes) 
4. Tommy Nance: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Zach Hedges: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (7 strikes)
6. Preston Morrison: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)  
7. Alberto Baldonado: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (9 strikes)

IOWA ERRORS: 1
2B Christian Donahue: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

ATTENDANCE: 76

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

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Comments

Justin Hancock FB consistently 96-99 Tuesday night at Sloan Park. Secondary stuff needs work. Carl Edwards Jr FB was sitting at 95 (didn't get over 92 in his previous outing). Brandon Morrow FB still consistently 95-97. And Tyler Chatwood was simply outstanding, throwing his CV and CH for strikes and mixing them with his solid 92-94 MPH FB. Maybe he did just need to get out of Coors?

Phil, do you think Ademan will start the seaon at M.B.?

HAGSAG: I'll put it this way. Nobody will block Aramis Ademan's ascent through the Cubs system except Addison Russell. The Cubs are already working Zack Short at SS-3B-2B in preparation for Ademan and Short being on the same team at the same time. So if Ademan proves to the Cubs at Minor League Camp and in Cactus League Minor League games that he is ready for Myrtle Beach on Opening Day, he will be the Pelicans Opening Day SS. But he needs to show the Cubs that he is ready for Opening Day at Hi-A, and he has about three weeks left to prove it. So far, so good. BTW, OF Nelson Velazquez (playing both LF and CF), C Miguel Amaya, RF Jonathan Sierra, and INF Christopher Morel (playing 3B) are getting first-team reps with the South Bend squad right now. Whether any or all of them will open the season at South Bend remains to be seen. Also, OF Eddy Julio Martinez has been playing all three OF positions with the Iowa squad (although he will likely begin the season at AA Tennessee), CF D. J. Wilson has had a very impressive camp so far and will almost certainly be the Opening Day CF and lead-off hitter at Myrtle Beach but I wouldn't be surprised if he were to get a mid-season move-up to AA, and Austin Upshaw has played 1B-2B-3B with the Tennessee squad and could conceivably open the season at AA (though Myrtle Beach is probably more-likely). All three (EJM, DJ, and Upshaw) are legit candidates to have a "break-out" season in 2018 (like David Bote did in 2017).

You don’t think Zack Short will open the year in Tennessee? Doesn’t seem much point in sending him back to MB (I’m not just saying this because I have a chance to see the Smokies play in April). 

Thanks, Phil.  Would seem kinda odd and rushy to start Ademan at Myrtle. I'd assume he'd start at South Bend, and see if he can excel there.  

Between Velzasquez, Amaya, Sierra, and Morel, do any of those guys appear to have filled out significantly, or added significant power?  Are any of them standing out from what you've seen?  Would be fun if one or several them emerged as guys who will be asset big-league hitters.  

CRAIG: I don't know if I would use the term "significantly," but they have all been working out in the weight room during the off-season and appear to be at least somewhat bigger and stronger than last season. (I last saw all of them about six months ago at post-2017 AZ Instructs).

Good stuff PHIL

strop is supposedly "almost" healthy enough to make his spring debut...left calf injury

Are the Cubs going to "do what's necessary" to get in two or three games per day in extended spring training? A bit out there, perhaps. However, they're playing for three rosters now, not two. Also, guys "down the ticket" who don't represent assets after their playing career, would be given the extra chance to represent. Before being replaced by draft choices. It seems it was a couple days of twinbills (concurrent) followed by a single game. Creating the extra spot, it would seem worth a third game, or a bus taking twenty guys across town to get in a game _somewhere_. At least, on occasion. Or two 11 inning games.

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  • crunch 1 hour 46 min ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.

     

  • Charlie 2 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 36 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 

     

  • crunch 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500

     

  • crunch 6 hours 27 min ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    https://www.mlb.com/cut4/chipper-jones-sciambi-lau...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...

     

  • tim815 8 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 19 hours 56 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.

    watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough.  he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...

    he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse.  that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    this shane bieber guy kinda sucks.  1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.

    i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.

    ...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

    Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.

    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.

    i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts.  i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.

    I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    OF Jake Marisnick to 10-DAY IL, and Cubs recall LHRP Brad Wieck. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Prior to last season, Rule 4 Competitive Balance Draft picks could be traded in advance of the draft (the window beginning on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the start of the draft), although the pick could not be sold for cash, the pick itself could not be the PTBNL in a trade, and once traded the pick could not be flipped to a third team.

    However, there is presently a moratorium on trading Competitive Balance picks that extends through the conclusion of the 2021 draft, so right now no draft picks may be traded.