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 10 hours 23 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 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 8 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Cubster 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 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 11 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 15 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 16 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 7 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 11 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 16 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 22 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • azbobbop 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • tim815 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

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