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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  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 59 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 5 days 14 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 3 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 1 week 19 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw

     

  • erich081 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.