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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    Great info. Thanks! 

     

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    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

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