Mitchell Grand Salami Gives Angels Indigestion at Riverview

Kevonte Mitchell blasted a grand slam over the LF fence and onto the south bank of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway to cap a nine-run explosion in the bottom of the 5th inning as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-affiliate) turned a 5-0 deficit into a 9-5 lead and then hung-on for dear life to edge the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels Hi-A affiliate) 9-8 on Field #6, and RHSP Erich Uelmen (Cubs 2017 4th round draft pick - Cal Poly SLO) hurled four innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts, no walks (72% strikes), and 6/0 GO/AO, and Cam Balego (RBI triple), Alexander Guerra (RBI double), and Luis Hidalgo (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to stake the Cubs Lo-A South Bend affiliate to a 4-1 lead, but the Burlington Bees (Angels Lo-A affiliate) came-back in the late innings to tie the game at four and then the potential winning run was picked-off 2nd base with no outs in the bottom of the 9th to thwart a Cub plan to plate the winning run with a sac bunt and maybe a sac fly, as Burlington and South Bend played to a 4-4 tie on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Tuesday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

The MLB Cubs had the day off so Kyle Hendricks was supposed to have started the Myrtle Beach game on Field #6, but he was scratched due to illness (strep throat). 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

FIELD #5:

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Rafael Narea, DH-2B: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B, BB, R, CS)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, PH: 0-1 (1-3)
2a. Jared Young, 2B-DH: 1-3 (3B+E4, 4-3, K, R)
2b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH: 0-1 (F-7)
3a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (2B, F-7)
3b. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-1 (E-6, BB, SB)
4. Kwangmin Kwon, LF: 1-4 (F-9 DP, K, P-5, 1B)
5. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-4 (E-8, 3-1, K, K, R)
6a. Cam Balego, 1B: 1-2 (3B, 1-3, RBI)
6b. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 1-2 (5-3, 1B, RBI)
7. Luis Valdez, SS: 0-4 (P-6, 4-3, F-9, P-3)
8. Zach Davis, CF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 4-3, 1B, R, SB, PO)
9a. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-2 (L-6, 2B, RBI)
9b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-2 (F-9, K)

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Erich Uelmen: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 6/0 GO/AO, 53 pitches (38 strikes)
2. Manuel Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Jake Steffens: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP,  1/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes)
4. Jhon Romero: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 3
1. 1B Cam Balego: E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Jake Steffens: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. C Raymond Pena: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Raymond Pena: 1 PB, 1 E (see above)

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FIELD #6:

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-1 (L-1, HBP, SH-E1, BB, R, RBI, SB)
1b. Connor Myers, CF: 0-1 (L-5)
2a. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, K, HBP, R)
2b. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-2 (K, BB, BB, F-7, R, RBI)
4a. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 0-1 (F-9, HBP)
4b. Kevin Zamudio, PR-C: 1-1 (1B, BB, R, RBI)
5. Wladimir Galindo, DH #1: 1-4 (6-3, 4-6-3 DP, K, 1B)
6. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 2-4 (K, 1B, HR, F-8, 2 R, 4 RBI, SB)
7a. Brandon Hughes, RF: 0-2 (K, BB, F-8, R)
7b. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 1-1 (1B, PO)
8. Chris Carrier, DH #2: 1-4 (E-6, F-8, F-8, 2B)
9. Yeiler Peguero, 3B: 1-4 (1-4 FC, 1B, K, K, R, RBI)
10a. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-1 (K, BB, R)
10b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K)

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Ricky Tyler Thomas: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 64 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 23 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Matt Swarmer: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/3 GO/AO, 45 pitches (30 strikes)
4. Mark Malave: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (22 strikes)

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1
P Ricky Tyler Thomas: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cael Brockmeyer: 0-1 CS

MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF D. J. Wilson - runner thrown out 8-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on line-drive single to CF

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ATTENDANCE: 48

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

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Comments

Curious to know what you thought of Erich Uelman’s stuff. That was an impressive outing. 

Also, any early impressions of Alexander Guerra (as a catcher or a hitter)?

BRADSBEARD: Erich Uelmen had outstanding command AND control today, and he was pounding the bottom of the strike zone with a low 90's FB that he mixed with a decent breaking ball (can't tell if it's a SL or a CV). I also am not sure if he was trying to throw a CH, but if he did it was maybe only once or twice, and the HR was hit off an off-speed pitch that didn't do anything (which could have been a CH).

Alexander Guerra is fairly polished both at bat and behind the plate and he has some HR power (at least he shows it in BP) and what looks (to me) like above-average exit velocity off the bat in games, but he probably could stand to lose a few pounds. I would be surprised if he weighs less than 275. He is a load. He makes Rene Rivera look thin.

BTW, Alzolay, Underwood, Hatch and some of the other Spring Training NRI pitchers threw in the AA/AAA game versus the A's at Fitch Park yesterday. That was where the Alzolay report you cited in a previous comment came from. So I had to choose between going to Fitch or Riverview and I chose Riverview (where Strop, Morrow, Duensing, de la Cruz, and Paulino were scheduled to pitch), but it was a tough decision because I also wanted to see Alzolay, Hatch, and Underwood throw in the other games.

Alas, there are just too many games to watch, too many places to go, too many pitchers to see, and not enough hours in the day...

Thanks for the detailed reports! Need to hook Guerra up with Schwarber’s nutritionist. If the CH doesn’t come along for Uelman, having control and command of two good pitches should at least give him a shot to make it as a reliever. Like to hear about guys pounding the bottom of the zone especially.

Phil, you work day is amazing!

Phil, there was a report last week that Corey Black took the mound and left with some type of arm issue.after a few pitches. Do you have an update on his arm problem?

HAGSAG: The good news is Black has not been shut-down. The bad news is that he is back in the Rehab Throwing Program, so his return to game action will be delayed.

cubs marching out a "big boy" lineup for today's game happ/bryant/rizzo/contreras/schwarber/zobrist/heyward/baez

strop scheduled to make his spring debut on thursday.

With Addison Russell and Albert Almora on the bench, that's some serious depth we have. Lot's to be excited about for 2018, especially considering our rotation too.

Greg Johns‏ @GregJohnsMLB

Mariners claimed LH Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Cubs. WIll be optioned to Tacoma and report to Minor League camp. That puts Mariners 40-man at 38 players.

I think that puts Cubs at 38 too. I have a feeling that could mean Gimenez and Bourjos chances have gone up.

with almora and happ around, i hope we can do without bourjos unless one of them gets injured. aside from the fact you can stick him in CF, i dunno how he's still employed. he's not fast anymore, he can't hit well, he has negligible power, he's a right handed hitter...still, he manages to find teams to give him 200-300+ PA a year even though he's not had an ob% over .300 since 2013...and only 2 times in his 8 year career. i wouldn't be shocked to see him welcomed to the team for a few hundred PA's though. when he was signed they were gushing about how he's speedy with killer D. meh...i'd rather see jacob hannemann in CF off the bench if the need arises since he's at least got a little pop in his bat.

Agreed with everything you said. Rather have a third SS or a super sub. Court and Freeman are both preferable to Bourjos. But Bourjos has an opt out; that’s gotta be playing into it. And agreed on Hannemann over Bourjos too.

Given it is at 38 now I'd see it being Chris Jiminez (almost obvious choice) and Justin Hancock. According to an article on the Cubs site Maddon loves Hancock and was quoted as saying "he had the best arm he's never heard of". A starter by trade, could do emregency starts (if not Butler) or be a swingman. It'd be nice to see him on the roster on the 40 man at least to show they got something worthwhile for Szczur. That is assuming they don't claim somebody off waivers (a Red Sox player)

Kinda makes me wonder if they keep Butler but put someone else on the 15 day. Maybe Strop won’t be up to speed, or maybe Wilson’s blister/ inability to get outs will land him on the DL. If it is Hancock, they could easily give him Butlers 40 Man spot. Guess we’ll see!

That makes more sense than losing bullpen depth for the sake of Bourjos when you've got 3 CF capable players in MLB and there's always some dude around the AAA level with legs and a glove. [Edit: Also I just realized Dario Alvarez is not Daury Torrez, so, whatever.]

I am thinking the same re Bourjos. Is Zagunis a possibility as well?

Who will be 2018's Austin Jackson, traded for at the deadline? Anyone want to take a shot at this?

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  • crunch 9 hours 19 min ago (view)

    i forgot about these types of update posts...thanks for the breakdowns.  they're really useful.

    strong agreement on the mess t.olson was throwing.  he didn't even look happy with himself out there.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 19 min ago (view)

    I know most of you saw the game or will be seeing the game, but for anyone else who might be interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Saturday night's game: 

    Alec Mills: 
    FB: 90-92 
    CH: 82-83 
    SL: 80-81 
    CV: 68 
    NOTES: Nice mix of pitches... Mills obviously comes from the "I'm a pitcher not a thrower" school, all of which means command & control matters a lot and he had both tonight... a legit candidate for the Cubs #5 SP slot... 

     

  • crunch 10 hours 19 min ago (view)

    hell of a 1st game.  even the good and bad mean nothing this early in spring, but it was a nice one.  i'm not worried about rizzo misplaying a couple balls in the first innings, nor do i think bote is on his way to a batting title.  spring is meaningless enough without trying to read into february spring games.  it was a fun watch, though.

    my biggest regret is not seeing souza chase down any plays in LF while he was in the game.  that's something i really would like to see this early in spring.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 9 min ago (view)

    I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 17 min ago (view)

    "i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace

     

  • crunch 12 hours 24 min ago (view)

    really not a big fan of the marquee network's score bug graphic location.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 54 min ago (view)

    d.ross got sent home with flu-like symptoms, andy green managing...

     

  • crunch 14 hours 4 min ago (view)

    cubs coming out big for their marquee network debut lineup...

    bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward / contreras / kipnis / souza (LF) / bote (DH) / almora...mills pitching

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Besides Quintero, Altuve, and Made, a fourth significant IFA signing by the Cubs during the off-season was 16 year old Dominican CF Anderson Suriel. He played for the Dominican 15U World Cup team in 2018.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year before Altuve will be Rule 5 Draft eligible (post-2024, instead of post-2023 which would have been the case if he had signed in July).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 57 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: It's still drizzling in Mesa but it's clearing to the southwest (which is where the rain came from) so the Cubs should have at least three hours to get the field ready. The infield is covered, so it's just the outfield that will be wet. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 20 min ago (view)

    As things stand right now, 109 pitchers and 20 catchers are scheduled to report to Cubs Minor League Camp next week. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Jordan Patterson will not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training but he will likely get considerable playing time in Cubs MLB Cactus League games as he competes with Corban Joseph for AAA Iowa primary 1B. 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 36 min ago (view)

    cubs moving the game up was a wise choice unless the rain lingers very long.  everyone else in ARZ is rained out except LA/SF which starts in 4 hours (cubs in 7 hours)...and that LA/SF game still might get rained out because other games in that time slot have been cancelled/postponed (though they posted a lineup for today's game on twitter 10 minutes ago).

    speaking of LA, m.betts makes his debut tomorrow vs CHC.

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 29 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 minor league 6YFA 1B-OF Jordan Patterson (ex-COL) and RHRP Dario Beltre to 2020 minor league contracts.

    Patterson (who has considerable AAA experience and some MLB time as well) was assigned to AAA Iowa and Beltre (who has not pitched above AA in ten minor league seasons) was assigned to AA Tennessee. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 41 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released 13 minor leaguers: 

    LHP Andres Bonalde 
    RHP Alfredo Colorado 
    RHP Julio Guante
    OF Albert Hinirio 
    RHP M. T. Minacci 
    INF Rafael Narea 
    INF Herson Perez 
    RHP Tyler Peyton 
    RHP Casey Ryan 
    LHP Saul Vazquez 
    RHP Omar Ventura 
    OF Ricardo Verenzuela 
    OF Brandon Vicens