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"
JustSayin' 13 hours 40 min ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 14 hours 41 min ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 21 hours 59 min ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.
Ryno 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"? Isn't it just a sinker?
Ryno 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
In other words: This lineup sucks.
Arizona Phil 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).
Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23.
Eric S 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.
July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.