Smokies Hurlers Cloud Drillers Vision at Riverview
Robel Garcia (RBI single), P. J. Higgins (RBI single), Roberto Caro (two-run single), Nico Hoerner (sacrifice fly), and Connor Myers (solo HR) contributed RBI and Oscar de la Cruz and three relievers combined to hurl a five-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) blanked the Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers AA affiliate) 6-0 in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Wednesday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Prior to the game, C-1B Ian Rice and INF Vimael Machin were moved-down to AA Tennessee from AAA Iowa.
Also, C Rafelin Lorenzo, 1B Tyler Alamo, INF Jhonny Bethencourt, INF Yeiler Peguero, 2B Carlos Sepulveda, OF Luis Ayala, and OF D. J. Wilson were not on the Smokies bench, so they may have been moved-down to Myrtle Beach from Tennessee at the same time that Machin and Rice were moved down to Tennessee from Iowa.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-4 (1B, 5-4-3 DP, 1B, 6-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
2. Nico Hoerner, SS: 0-3 (4-3, 5-3, F-9 SF, 4-3, RBI)
3. Jared Young, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, BB, 3-1, L-4)
4. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-3 (BB, K, 2-3, 5-3, R)
5a. Robel Garcia, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, K, RBI)
5b. Christian Donahue, 3B: 0-1 (L-9)
6. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, K, 6-3, RBI)
7. Ian Rice, DH: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 1-3, BB, R)
8. Vimael Machin, 2B: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, F-7, 5-4-3 DP, R)
9. Connor Myers, LF: 2-2 (1B, HBP, HR, 2 R, RBI)
1. Oscar de la Cruz: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Luis Lugo: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 3/3 GO/AO, 43 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Zach Hedges: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
cubbies.4ever 10 hours 15 min ago (view)
Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013. The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.
Arizona Phil 11 hours 51 min ago (view)
After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.
Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.
And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 13 min ago (view)
LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 17 min ago (view)
Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.
Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 30 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch.
bradsbeard 13 hours 26 min ago (view)
Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 8 min ago (view)
BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).
Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 15 min ago (view)
So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 15 min ago (view)
For those of you who like to plan ahead, AS THINGS STAND NOW here is how the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free-agency shape up for the Cubs post-2020:
bradsbeard 20 hours 57 min ago (view)
You say that in jest, but just from the 2016 draft, which did not feature a first or second round pick, the Cubs drafted 4 players who were added to 40 man rosters this winter (Hatch, Miller, Rucker, Short) with Mekkes, Giambrone, and several others being potential mid-season additions.
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 13 min ago (view)
So I guess he's the first guy since Rondon we've taken in rule 5 with a shot at making the roster. That's kinda cool
crunch 21 hours 19 min ago (view)
"Megill is a guy we tried to trade for, actually, prior to the Rule 5." - hoyer
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 29 min ago (view)
That's a bummer. He does what few on the big league club do: put the bat on the ball.
Also hate to lose Rucker. He's a perfect type to be on AAA shuttle and cheap middle relief at minimum.
QuietMan 21 hours 29 min ago (view)
Good stuff indeed.
crunch 21 hours 31 min ago (view)
A's trade for machin...probably not getting him back.
crunch 21 hours 43 min ago (view)
cubs seem to be using the minor league phase of the rule5 to attempt to build a farm system...better than their recent non-1st-round draft record so far, i guess.