Smokies Drop BayBears, But Aces Trump I-Cubs at Riverview

Jake Hannemann ripped an RBI triple and a single, walked, and scored a run, and Jeimer Candelario stroked a single and a solo home run and drove-in another run with a 3-1 GO, leading the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) to a 6-4 victory over the Mobile BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks AA affiliate) on Field #5, and Justin Marks tossed four shutout innings with six strikeouts, and Danny Worth and Peter O'Brien blasted solo home runs, as the Reno Aces (D'backs AAA affiliate) rallied to edge the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 5-4 on Field #6, in Cactus League minor league game action this afternoon at Mesa Cubtown at Riverview Park. 

Brandon Drury belted an RBI double and a two-run inside-the-park HR for Mobile in a losing cause. 

In Cubs Spring Training roster news, NRI catcher (and 2014 #1 draft pick) Kyle Schwarber has been sent to Minor League Camp. He has been initially assigned to the Iowa squad (subject to change) and in fact was in the I-Cubs starting lineup as a DH this afternoon (he went 2-4 with two singles).

Also, Cubs 2012 5th round draft pick LHP Anthony Prieto (Americas HS - El Paso, TX) has retired. The 21-year old Prieto underwent Tommy John Surgery last season, and he was far enough along in his rehab that he was able to throw an inning against the Ontario Nationals (Canadian amateur team) this past Monday. But he needed 29 pitches to get through the inning, throwing more balls than strikes and walking the bases loaded, before evenually retiring the side.   

Prieto is the second Cub draft pick from the 2012 class to retire in the last couple of months, with 2012 6th round pick RHP Trey Lang (Gateway CC) having retired prior to the start of Minor League Camp. Lang had major command issues throughout his pro career and had been unable to escape Extended Spring Training and short-season ball.    

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played today at Riverview Park (Cubs players only):


1. Jake Hannemann, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, F-8, BB, 3B, R, RBI)
2a. Victor Caratini, C: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
2b. Ben Carhart, C: 0-2 (4-6 FC, 6-3) 
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (6-4-3 DP, HR, 3-1, 1B, R, 2 RBI) 
4. Bijan Rademacher, RF: 0-4 (F-7, F-9, K, L-8) 
5. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-4 (K, 4-3, K, 1B)
6. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 0-3 (P-6, BB, K, 3-U, R) 
7a. Wes Darvill, 2B-SS: 1-3 (F-9, 3B, 4-3, R, RBI)
7b. Miguel Rico, PH: 0-1 (6-3) 
8. Tim Saunders, SS-DH: 1-2 (K, F-8 SF, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (K, 4-3, K) 
10. Danny Lockhart, DH-2B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, F-7, R)

1. Daury Torrez: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/8 GO/FO, 60 pitches (47 strikes)
2. Justin Amlung: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/FO, 35 pitches (21 strikes) 
3. Gerardo Concepcion: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Jose Rosario: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Zach Cates: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 6 pitches (6 strikes)

Victor Caratini: 0-3 CS 


1a. John Andreoli, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3)
1b. Kevin Brown, RF: 0-1 P-4)
2. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-3 (4-6 FC, BB, 1B, 4-3, R)
3. Kyle Schwarber, DH #1: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-8) 
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, F-8 SF, E-4, RBI)
5. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, 4-3,6-3 DP, R) 
6. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 0-2 (K, BB, 1-3)
7. Rubi Silva, RF-CF: 0-3 (K, 406 FC, 1-3, R) 
8. Elliot Soto, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
9. Jonathon Mota, SS: 0-2 (4-3, BB, E-9, R) 
10. Jae-Hoon Ha, LF: 1-2 (4-3, F-8 SF, 2B, 2 RBI)
11a. Taylor Davis, DH #3: 0-2 (P-4, 6-3)
11b. Ryan Dent, PH: 0-1 (K)

1. Corey Black: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP,  57 pitches (33 strikes) 
2. Carlos Pimentel: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 2/6 GO/FO, 59 pitches (34 strikes) 
3. C. J. Edwards: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 29 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Hunter Cervenka: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)

2B Stephen Bruno - E-4 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter & baserunners to advance an extra base) 

Rafael Lopez: 3-6 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 



Phil, does Daury Torrez have a chance to start the season at Tenn.? Thanks again.

HAGSAG: There were a number of pitchers moved down prior to and after yesterday's games: 

IOWA to TENNESSEE: Matt Brazis, Zach Cates, Fernando Cruz, P. J. Francescon, Felix Pena, and Ivan Pineyro 

TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: Francisco Carrillo, Juan Carlos Paniagua, Tayler Scott, Tyler Skulina, Daury Torrez, and Ben Wells 

MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: James Farris, David Garner, Trevor Graham, Jordan Minch, Jeremy Null, and Tommy Thorpe 

SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: Josh Conway and Brad Markey (not sure what's up with these two promotions)

Also, I have not seen Austin Kirk, Matt Loosen, or Jeff Lorick this week. 

Chicago Cubs released LHP Jeff Lorick.

Alas, poor Lorick...

"(Schwarber) was in the I-Cubs starting lineup as a DH this afternoon (he went 2-4 with two singles). " Of course he did.

Tim Wilken haunts me always. Every time I see something in a pre-TheoJed draft, with Tim Wilken attached I shudder. Last night I was reminded by the brilliant 2010 1st round pick of Hayden Simpson. Taijuan Walker was in that round (43), as was Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Drew Pomerantz, Matt Harvey (7th), Yasmani Grandal, Chris Sale (of COURSE the Sux went just in front of the Cubs again - fuckers), Christian Yelich, Aaron Sanchez, and...Mike Olt, plus other bona fide prospects. Maybe he was out drinking heavily the day before the draft? Or - DURING it.

While I think McLeod is brilliant and far outpaces his predecessor with the Cubs, I can still summon the will to defend Wilken (whom, by the way, McLeod still employs). Wilken's better picks were traded. We didn't get much for Donaldson (Harden) or Harrison (Grabow, Gorzelanny). LeMahieu, a GG last year, was an unnecessary, I thought, throw-in in the Colvin-for-Stewart deal. Flaherty was pissed away. On the positive side, Cashner brought back Rizzo, and we appear to have done quite well in the Samardzija deal. Guyer and James Russell are in the majors, as is Baez, for the moment, at least. Cub fans are learning that you don't just draft a player, you also have to develop him. Whether Baez turns out to have been a good #9 pick might be entirely in Joe Madden's hands now. (I'm glad it's not Sveum's hands.) E-Man: you mention six guys who were drafted before Simpson in 2010, in a context where we are expecting a list of players drafted after him. Meanwhile, the following prospects drafted before Simpson in 2010 look like busts to me: Barret Loux, Karsten Whitson, Deck McGuire, Dylan Covey and Jake Scole.

"Cub fans are learning that you don't just draft a player, you also have to develop him." Well said, but I might change that to you need to draft players that are likely to develop. As I think there are some fundamentals (plate awareness) that are hard to develop.

From 2006-2011, Wilken's first-round picks were Colvin (13), Vitters (3), Donaldson (supplementary, 48), Cashner (19), Flaherty (supplementary, 41), Jackson (31), Simpson (16), Baez (9). Out of those players: Donaldson has turned out to be a very productive everyday player, albeit belatedly. Cashner is an effective but rarely healthy SP. Baez could be anything from AAAA to All-Star. Colvin looks destined to be a journeyman playing for contracts every year/NRI ST, as I would say will probably be the case for Flaherty. Vitters' best hope is to be Shea Hillenbrand. Jackson looks likely to be out of baseball soon. Simpson is already out of baseball. Color me unimpressed. It's a list of nothings, but Wilken doesn't look like a whiz. The picks since certainly appear to have brighter futures than the average from the above list. Of course, getting a pick in the top 10 or top 5 helps. The Hayden Simpson pick will nonetheless go down as one of the worst because Simpson never even pitched well in the minors. The failure of Vitters to develop, however, makes that pick the greatest loss because it was a #3 overall pick.

Regarding the C. J. Edwards outing yesterday: 

He was NOT removed from the game becuase he threw too many pitches in any one inning. He pitched 1.0 IP but the three outs were recorded over two separate innings (29 pitches total, only 12 strikes). Edwards relieved Carlos Pimentel (who went four innings in relief of Corey Black) and retired the first three men he faced easily on nine pitches (3-1, F-9, 6-3), before allowing two singles and three walks in his second inning. Eight of his last nine pitches were balls... then he was relieved by Hunter Cervenka, who got out of the inning (RBI FC and an inning-ending GO).  

Thanks AZ PHIL: Did Corey Black hit anyone or break any limbs, etc.? Go Wildkits!

E-MAN: Corey Black was as wild as ever, but he did not hit anybody. 

It's not easy to throw 57 pitches while allowing only one hit and getting just seven outs, but Black managed to do it. 

And yes, "Go Wildkits!"  

The Cubs have released six players from their DSL Cubs affiliate: 

RHP Luis Guillen, RHP Jeffry Hernandez, LHP Jesus Perez, C Martin Hodwalker, 1B Jhonny Pena, and OF Luis Acosta. 

Pena has accrued too much minor league service time to be able to play in the DSL (or VSL) in 2015 and he really wasn't a legitimate candidate for the AZL, either, Hodwalker (ex-OF) was a catcher conversion that didn't work out, Guillen has been on the Suspended List and/or Restricted List for most of the past couple of seasons, and the Dominican media have connected Acosta ($1.1M signing bonus in 2011) with an organized criminal gang allegedly responsible for a political assassination in the Dominican Republic. Which just goes to prove... money and politics don't mix. 

I believe it was then-Cubs minor league hitting coach Bill Buckner who a couple of years ago at EXST described Acosta (171/284/263 with 164 K in 430 PA in 112 career DSL games) as the worst breaking ball hitter he had ever seen. 

@CarrieMuskat #Cubs lineup Baez 2b Russell ss Bryant lf Soler rf Rizzo 1b Olt 3b Castillo c Jokisch p Szczur cf

Pitcher batting 8th...thanks Ricketts!!!

wasn't this topic deemed off-limits and in such a holy regard that speaking of it would be blasphemy of the highest order? also, is neifi playing today and will he batting 2nd when he's sub'd in?

I was trying to save the world one less comment by you. Foiled.

foiled like a fox. *pops collar*

Carrie Muskat tweet in the left sidebar: "Lester threw 55 pitches in Minor league game. Ross said his arm wasn't tired but freckly" Carrie/Ross trying to be funny?

Cubs either cut 10 or 12 players sez the Twitter... Almora, Schwarber, B. Parker, J. Ortiz so far.

Cubs say Denorfia dealing with left hamstring injury, could play minor league games next week, guessing that means DL to start season and open roster spot for Sweeney or Baez or Welington.

@CSNMooney Also assigned to #Cubs minor-league camp: Bard, Baxter, Bueno, Carter, Chambers, De Leon, Germen, Valaika.

so 12 it is.

Valaika to the minors? Good grief, what is Renteria thinking?

mike olt seen doing fist pumps after the news...

That was infuriating last year. Renteria had no differentiating ability between a AAAA poser and a frickin top 40 1st round prospect. Ricky was seriously bush.

Nothing against Fowler or Castro, but I could really get comfortable with today's lineup, especially if Baez discovers that you don't have to swing at stuff over your head and bouncing to the plate.

Who is this team ? What have they done with dumb,boring and slow Cubs of my youth ? /so happy

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    VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously). 


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    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

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  • Charlie 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

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    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...


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    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

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    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.