Young Quintet of Hits Highlights SB Cubs Win at Fitch Park
Jared Young (Cubs 2017 15th round draft pick - Old Dominion) collected five hits (four singles and a double), stole a base, and scored a run, Brandon Hughes (Cubs 2017 16th round draft pick - Michigan State) belted an RBI double and a single, stole a base, and scored a run, Chris Carrier (Cubs 2017 9th round draft pick - U. of Memphis) doubled, singled, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, and Roberto Caro smacked an RBI double, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, leading the Cubs South Bend Lo-A affiliate to a 6-1 victory over the Beloit Snappers (Oakland Athletics Lo-A affiliate) on Field #3, and Luke Persico (two-run triple) and Luis Barrera (RBI single) drilled consecutive run-scoring hits to cap a five-run 6th, Will Toffey drove-in three runs with a two-run single and a FC, and SP Brendan Butler hurled four innings of shutout ball, as the Stockton Ports (A's Hi-A affiliate) drubbed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) 11-1 on Field #4, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Friday morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game on Field #3 was called after eight innings of play.
Austin Upshaw (Cubs 2017 13th round draft pick - Kennesaw State) singled twice and doubled and scored the Pelicans lone run (Chris Pieters RBI single) on Field #6.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico) is considered by most observers to be one of the Cubs top two or three pitching prospects, and he got the start for South Bend on Field #3. Albertos did not allow any runs (maybe I should just leave it at that...), but he did permit eight batters to reach base (three singles, a double, three walks, and an HBP) in just 3.2 IP. His main problem was inability to command any of his pitches (75 pitches - only 51% strikes), especially his CV, which he kept spiking into the ground in front of home plate (giving catcher Michael Cruz quite a work-out in the process). RHRP Manuel Rodriguez had a "mid-game save" in relief, stranding two runners inherited from Albertos in the 4th and retiring the side 1-2-3 in the 5th (F-8, K, K) to preserve the shutout. (The Snappers would later score their one and only run of the game with two outs in the bottom of the 8th).
RHP Keegan Thompson (Cubs 2017 3rd round draft pick - Auburn) got the start for Myrtle Beach on Field #4 and easily retired the first eleven men he faced (4-3, 5-3, 3-U, L-8, K, 4-3, 6-3, F-8, P-6, 6-3, K) before allowing a double, a walk, an HBP, and a two-run single with two outs in the 4th. But he recovered and retired the next four batters to complete his pre-planned five innings of work (73 pitches - 68% strikes). RHP Kyle Miller followed Thompson and had a nightmare outing, walking all four men he faced (all four eventually scored). K. Miller had a similar outing a couple of weeks ago for AA Tennessee (prior to being moved-down to Myrtle Beach) when he walked six in two innings, so don't be too surprised if he is left behind at Extended Spring Training to work on his pitching mechanics/command/control a bit when his Pelican teammates leave town in the next couple or three days.
CF Connor Myers suffered a left leg injury in the top of the 6th on Field #4 after colliding with RF Chris Pieters in right-centerfield while chasing what turned out to be a two-run triple. Myers left the game under his own power (albeit with a noticeable limp), but if you're looking for a candidate to start the season on the Myrtle Beach 7-day DL, Myers just might be your man.
RHP M. T. Minacci (March 2017 non-TJS elbow injury) threw a shutout inning for South Bend in relief. He allowed a single to the first man he faced before inducing a 1-6-3 DP ball and striking out the next batter to retire the side. Minacci has been in the Rehab Throwing Program at Minor League Camp and prior to today hadn't thrown in a game in more than a year, so he will almost certainly be spending the next couple of months at Extended Spring Training while continuing his rehab and competing for a spot in the Eugene bullpen.
As usual, several players (Caro, Donahue, Pena, and Romano) were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad for the day to provide late-inning position-player reinforcements for South Bend and Myrtle Beach.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Zach Davis, CF: 0-2 (F-8, P-4)
1b. Roberto Caro, PH-CF: 1-2 (BB, 2B, F-7, R, RBI, SB)
2a. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-3 (F-7, L-6, 1B, RBI)
2b. Christian Donahue, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB)
3. Jared Young, DH: 5-5 (1B, 1B, 2B, 1B, 1B, R, SB)
4. Austin Filiere, 3B: 0-4 (5-3, 5-4 FC, K, BB, 5-4 FC, R)
5. Miguel Amaya, 1B: 0-4 (F-7, L-6, K, BB, K, R)
6a. Michael Cruz, C: 1-3 (F-9, 2B, L-3, SF-E9, RBI)
6b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (K)
7. Chris Carrier, LF: 2-3 (2B, 1B, L-7, HBP, R)
8. Brandon Hughes, RF: 2-4 (2B, K, 1B, 4-6 FC, R, 2 RBI, SB)
9. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, BB, K)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Jose Albertos: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 6/2 GO/AO, 75 pitches (38 strikes)
2. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
3. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Ivan Medina: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Michael Cruz: 0-1 CS
SOUTH BEND BASERUNNING:
Chris Carrier - thrown out 8-2-4 attempting to advance to 2nd after single
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-3 (1-3, 2B, K)
1b. Connor Myers, CF: NO AB
1c. Ramsey Romano, RF: 1-1 (1B)
2a. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 0-2 (L-7, 5-3, HBP)
2b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (K)
3. Vimael Machin, DH-2B: 0-3 (F-7, F-8, BB, 3-U)
4. Tyler Alamo, C-1B: 0-4 (P-3, 6-3, K, K)
5. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, K)
6a. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
6b. Daniel Spingola, LF: 0-1 (K)
7. Austin Upshaw, 1B-DH: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 2B, R, CS)
8. Chris Pieters, RF-CF: 1-3 (3-1, F-9, 1B, RBI)
9. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, K)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Keegan Thompson: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 7/4 GO/AO, 73 pitches (50 strikes)
2. Kyle Miller: 0.0 IP, 0 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 24 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Jhon Romero: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Wyatt Short: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Chad Hockin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (6 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Andruw Monasterio: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Tyler Alamo: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Alamo: 1-1 CS
2. Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 7 min ago (view)
No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.
crunch 12 hours 26 min ago (view)
tim815 12 hours 55 min ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 37 min ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 14 hours 35 min ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 14 hours 52 min ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 15 hours 13 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).
bradsbeard 16 hours 27 min ago (view)
AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?
Arizona Phil 16 hours 28 min ago (view)
For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game:
NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now... just needs to gradually increase innings...
NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter
Craig A. 17 hours 27 min ago (view)
Craig A. 17 hours 27 min ago (view)
He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly.
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 11 min ago (view)
I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting
tim815 21 hours 18 min ago (view)
Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.
Thanks, as always.
Charlie 21 hours 38 min ago (view)
Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.
I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!
Charlie 22 hours 40 min ago (view)
Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.
Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?