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"
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.
bradsbeard 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.
Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).
Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old
crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
"MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."
espada's had 2 interviews. for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work. SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.
JustSayin' 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter. MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent. They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players. In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted. For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col
Hagsag 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
The discussions on this matter have been quite varried. There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.
It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.
Hagsag 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.
crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic. wow.
altuve continues to build his astros legend.
bradsbeard 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen.
bradsbeard 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab.
JustSayin' 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday? Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?) Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back?
Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.