Reynolds, Fennell, and Durna Go Deep, Riley Thompson is Perfect, and Clarkin & Company Fan 16 at Diablo

Tyler Durna stroked a three-run HR and Ian Clarkin, Ryan Kellogg, Javier Assad, amd Scott Effross combined to strike out 16, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) to a 4-2 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) an Field #3, and Luke Reynolds and Grant Fennell each belted a two-run HR, Christopher Morel singled, doubled, stole two bases, and scored two runs, Yonathan Perlaza drilled an RBI triple, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, and Riley Thompson hurled three perfect innings and combined with three other pitchers to toss a four-hit shutout, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) blanked the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) 9-0 on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Thursday afternoon at Diablo Stadium Fields in Tempe, AZ.  

The two Cubs affiliates combined to walk 15 times in the two games (ten by South Bend) and the SB-Cubs also stole seven bases.  

As is typical for Cubs Minor League Spring Training games, several players assigned to the bloated South Bend roster were moved-up to higher levels for the day. 

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

FIELD #3 

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Edmond Americaan, LF: 0-2 (K, 5-3, BB) 
1b. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-0 (BB)
2a. Zach Davis, CF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, CS)
2b. Brennen Davis, CF: 1-2 (F-7, 1B, RBI, PO)
3a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-1 (K, BB, R)
3b. Austin Filiere, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K)
4a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-3 (P-3, 1B, 6-4 FC)
4b. Caleb Knight, C: 0-1 (5-3)
5a. Andy Weber, SS: 0-2 (3-U, 4-6 FC, R)
5b. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-2 (K, P-6)
6a. Tyler Durna, 1B: 1-2 (L-8, HR, R, 3 RBI)
6b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-2 (P-3, K)
7a. Jimmy Herron, RF: 1-1 (2B, BB) 
7b. Luis Ayala, RF: 0-1 (K)
8a. Rafael Narea, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8b. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
9a. Kevin Moreno, DH: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Brandon Vicens, PH: 0-1 (L-7) 

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Ian Clarkin: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/AO, 50 pitches (29 strikes) 
2. Ryan Kellogg: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (28 strikes) 
4. Scott Effross: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (21 strikes)

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1 
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (overthrow to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd) 

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE
Miguel Amaya: 0-1 CS 

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FIELD #4

SOUTH BEND LINEUP
1a. D. J. Artis, LF: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, R, SB, CS) 
1b. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-2 (6-U FC, HR, R, 2 RBI)
2a. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
2b. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 2B, 2 R, 2 SB)
3a. Jake Slaughter, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, 5-3)
3b. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 5-3 SH, 3B, R, RBI, SB)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, R)
4b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-8, SB)
5a. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-1 (F-9 SF, K, RBI)
6a. Luke Reynolds, 1B: 1-1 (BB, HR, R, 2 RBI, SB)
6b. Chris Singleton, CF: 0-2 (K, P-2)
7a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (K, 3B, R)
7b. Josue Huma, SS: 0-2 (L-8, F-8)
8. Jamie Galazin, DH: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, BB, R, SB)
9a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (P-6, 4-6 FC, RBI, PO) 
9b. Benny Kaleiwahea, C: 0-1 (BB, K) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Eury Ramos: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 41 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Riley McCauley: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Riley Thompson: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GO/AO, 34 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS:
NONE 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:  
Eric Gonzalez: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 22 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 60's 

Arizona 
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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

PHIL: Thank you for this. Have you heard any buzz at all about the minor league players receiving a living wage anytime in the not to distant future? Or for the majority are they just dealing with it to keep the dream alive as long as they can living on nothing, plus team meals?

E-MAN: I doubt that MLB clubs will increase the wages and benefits of minor leage players unless they are forced to do so either because of a law that gets inacted or because minor league players are invited to the join the MLBPA and the union negotiates a better deal for the minor leaguers.

And if MLB clubs are required at some point to increase the wages and benefits of minor league players, clubs would probably respond by cutting back the draft and the minor leagues (like maybe reducing the First-Year Player Draft to 15 rounds and eliminating short season leagues). 

So the very minor league players who most need better wages (the ones who didn't get a six or seven figure signing bonus) will get released, and clubs will stop drafting and signing the long-shot lottery ticket type of player. 

Phil, what is the latest on Adbert Alzolay? Is he close to getting in a game? Thanks.

HAGSAG: Adbert Alzolay has been transferred to the REHAB THROWING PROGRAM at Minor League Camp, so he won't be pitching in a game anytime soon.  

bote playing SS today...happ 2nd...

televised game vs wsox.

Jordan Bastian‏ @MLBastian

Another blow to ‘pen deptch... Maddon: Tony Barnette dealing with right shoulder soreness. Hasn’t pitched in a game since March 3. Shut down for now.

PHIL: ETHS IS in the State Final Four. Go Kits!

CORRECTION: Second Finals appearance in last 2 years.

Go Kits! 

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  • crunch 8 hours 22 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...

     

  • Cubster 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.

     

  • tim815 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).