Cubs & A's Spend Saturday in the (Fitch) Park
Delvin Zinn singled, doubled, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Andy Weber singled twice, walked, and scored a run, and Miguel Amaya ripped a bases-loaded RBI single (Wladimir Galindo was thrown out at home on the play or it would have been two RBI), as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) edged the Stockton Ports (Hi-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) 2-1 on Field #4, and SP Wyatt Marks hurled three innings of no run/no hit ball, Max Schuemann drilled an RBI single and a double and scored a run, and Jesus Lopez belted a solo HR, leading the Beloit Snappers (A's Lo-A affiliate) to a 5-3 victory over the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Saturday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Yonathan Perlaza crushed a two-run double (a near three-run HR) for South Bend in a losing cause.
Eight of the ten Cubs pitchers who worked in the two games were clearly pitching to avoid being assigned to the Eugene/Mesa squad and being left behind at Extended Spring Training when the four full-season Cubs affiliates leave Arizona in a couple of weeks, and I would say of the eight, only Jack Patterson, Raidel Orta, and Carlos Vega maybe showed that they should at least be considered for a spot in the South Bend bullpen. (Besides the eight pitchers on the "EXST bubble" who worked in the game, the other two pitchers who threw -- Brendan King and Eugenio Palma -- are really not in danger of being left behind at Extended Spring Tainining, but there is still the matter of whether they will open the season at Myrtle Beach or in South Bend).
Also, it is becoming apparent that (barring injury) the Cubs will assign both Wladmir Galindo - AND - Austin Filiere (both of whom are primarlily third-basemen) to Myrtle Beach on Opening Day and that Filiere will play mostly 1B (as he did today). This is bad news for Tyler Durna, because he showed enough at Winter Instructs and so far in Minor League Camp to at least make the Cubs think about him as the Pelicans' Opening Day first-baseman, but the Galindo/Filiere bottleneck at 3B and the desire to assign both players to Myrtle Beach and therefore play Filiere mostly at 1st base will almost certainly mean that Durna starts the season at South Bend.
While Durna looks to be headed to South Bend, another 2018 Cubs draft pick continues to make a push for a Myrtle Beach Opening Day roster slot. Like Durna, Andy Weber has stood-out at both Winter Instructs (where he was in the advanced technical hitting group) and at Minor League Camp (where he has played all over the infield and done a nice job no matter where he is posted). However, Weber's chances to open the season at Myrtle Beach will probably depend on either Nico Hoerner or Aramis Ademan making the AA Tennessee Opening Day roster, and that remains TBD.
Here are the abridged box scores from the games (Cubs player only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, K)
1b. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-2 (K, 1-4-3 DP)
2. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-5 (F-9, 1-U, P-4, 2B, 3-1, 2 RBI)
3a. Nelson Valazquez, RF: 1-3 (1B, K, 1B, R)
3b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-1 (P-6)
4. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, BB, 5-3)
5a. Tyler Durna, 1B: 0-1 (P-4, BB)
5b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
6a. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-1 (BB, K)
6b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (6-4-3 DP, 2B)
7. Jonathan Sierra, DH: 0-4 (1-6-3 DP, F-9, 4-3, F-8)
8a. Chris Singleton, CF: 0-2 (P-4, K)
8b. D. J. Artis, CF: 0-0 (BB, BB, R, SB)
9a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (P-4, K)
9b. Raymond Pena, C: 1-1 (HBP, 1B, R)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Zach Mort: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Kohl Franklin: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Niels Stone: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/4 GO/AO, 35 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Blake Whitney: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Carlos Vega: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
SS Josue Huma: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-2 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Jimmy Herron, CF: 0-3 (5-3, K, 1-3)
1b. Brandon Vicens, LF: 0-1 (K)
2. Delvin Zinn, SS-3B: 2-3 (2B, F-7, 1B, BB, R, SB)
3a. Andy Weber, 2B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, R)
3b. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 0-1 (F-7)
4a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, 5-3, RBI)
4b. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (K)
5a. Austin Filiere,1B: 1-3 (3-1, 1B, K)
5b. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-1 (F-9)
6a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-6, RBI)
6b. Caleb Knight, C: 0-1 (K)
7a. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-3 (1-3, F-7, K)
7b. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-1 (K)
8. Zach Davis, LF-CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, PO)
9. Brennen Davis, DH: 0-3 (6-3, K, K)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Brendan King: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Jake Reindl: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Raidel Orta: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS:
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 1 PB
MYRTLE BEACH BASERUNNING:
Wladimir Galindo thrown out 8-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on line single to CF
WEATHER: Sunny & a bit breezy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 25 min 14 sec ago (view)
The "Under Armour Performamce Center" (UAPC) at the Cubs facility in Mesa in now called the "Chicago Cubs Performance Center" (CCPC). All references to Under Armour have disappeared.
Hagsag 8 hours 16 min ago (view)
It's great to start getting reports from the Instructs. Keep them coming Phil!
bradsbeard 14 hours 10 min ago (view)
Since the deal isn't official, I wonder if the Cubs will wait until camp opens to finalize the deal and then put him on the 60 day IL as soon as it's available (assuming it's a major league deal). That doesn't really make sense in light of their luxury tax maneuvering though. If he's gonna miss a third of the season they'd probably only offer a minor league deal I guess.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 13 min ago (view)
Cory Abbott, Ben Hecht, Ryan Lawlor, and Brailyn Marquez were in a separate group on Field #3, so they may be prepping for NRIs to MLB Spring Training.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 13 min ago (view)
And Max Bain threw (long toss) at Instructs this morning, too.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 13 min ago (view)
I can positively confirm that Jerrick Suiter (1B-OF selected by Cubs from Pirates in Minor League Phase of last month';s Rule 5 Draft) is indeed being converted to a RHP. I saw him throw long-toss this morning at Instructs.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 14 min ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
Choplick was the 14th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of the U. of Oklahoma in 2015, and he was released by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training 2019 (never got higher than AA).
I saw Choplick throw (long-toss) at Instructs this morning and he is one huge dude (6'9 250+).
crunch 18 hours 19 min ago (view)
the entire cubs offseason has been "wow, this guy was good 2-3 years ago, but didn't play or sucked in recent past."
houston finished using their trash can and the cubs are rooting around in it looking for players.
speaking of...it's taken MLB longer to figure out bryant's service time complaint than the entire astros cheating scandal.
crunch 19 hours 57 min ago (view)
"Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs."
okay. sure. congrats and good luck.
Charlie 22 hours 41 min ago (view)
Good for Nick. Good luck to him and the Reds improving his defense. That park should very much play to his offense.
Interest in Gennett is strange. If you are going to pick up a bench infielder at this point, shouldn't it be someone with SS chops?
crunch 23 hours 42 min ago (view)
nick castellanos to the reds, 4/64m...opt out after 1 year.
meanwhile, on the cubs front...
"Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs continue to have interest in free agent Scooter Gennett. "
Sonicwind75 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
There seemed to be a least an tacit understanding between ownership and fans during the rebuild that we as fans should support the organization when it was intentionally underspending and tanking. When it was time to be competitive, you know when the greatest core of Cubs players in my lifetime are in their prime, ownership would make the most of that window. That doesn't appear to be the case with the team shedding around $40 million in salary.
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
in all honesty, the team is spending a healthy amount that i only jokingly complain about...but...it was not just fans talking about the extra perks the new revenue streams and tv contract would open. it was ownership and front office at points in the past bringing it up.
George Altman 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
What's pretty obvious is that the Cubs 2020 salary budget is $208m AAV. Whatever Theo/Jed can field with that number (existing players, trades, and/or signings). They could generate $100m from Marquee, concerts, Wrigleyville, etc and it's NOT going to translate into more $$$ for players. Very sad, frustrating, and maddening.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
maybe if the cubs can squeeze a 5th in-season concert at wrigley they can sign addison russell.
Charlie 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Morosi reporting that the Reds are favorites for Castellanos. Seems like a good direction for them if they can deal with his defense in LF. They look to have the best sarting rotation in the division (or close to it) as things stand. If they can squeeze more offense out of the OF and skate by with their bullpen, they could hang reasonably close to the Cards-Brewers-Cubs pack. I'll be curious to see how much money they throw at him if they do sign him. Being younger has to get him more money than Ozuna, right?