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.


 (updated daily)

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: 

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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 ‏@Dejan_Kovacevic 6m6 minutes ago Dejan Kovacevic Retweeted Tebow to Bears 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. 4 retweets 5 likes 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 ‏@BNightengale 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/...

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  • erich081 4 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season

    https://twitter.com/cubs/status/1153486434659119104?s=21

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 59 min ago (view)

    RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.  

     

  • Charlie 6 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?

     

  • crunch 7 hours 18 min ago (view)

    i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.

     

  • Charlie 7 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 32 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

    ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.

     

  • QuietMan 14 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,

     

  • George Altman 15 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.

     

  • Mike Wellman 17 hours 11 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

     

  • Charlie 18 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?