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"
George Altman 19 min 42 sec ago (view)
If this post had a 'like' button, I would press it.
Arizona Phil 52 min 29 sec ago (view)
Infielders Ed Howard IV, Fabian Pertuz, Ryan Reynolds, and Yeison Santana, 1B Grayson Byrd, and OF Darius Hill have been moved down to the Myrtle Beach (Lo-A) squad from the South Bend (Hi-A) squad at Minor League Camp.
Jackstraw 1 hour 42 min ago (view)
I think somebody finally found and turned off the SUCK mode on their Cubs game controller.
It's important we ALL do that, every day.
crunch 5 hours 1 min ago (view)
i think the cubs can risk losing shelby miller.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 47 min ago (view)
Contreras is amazing. It's why I've been so adamant that its completely nuts how often he's popped up in trade rumors.
Sonicwind75 5 hours 49 min ago (view)
And the baseball gods smite us with great vengeance.
crunch 6 hours 37 min ago (view)
in a world of bryzzo and baez, contreras deserves his props for his all-around game.
he protected lester's shortcomings for years. good luck with that 40% caught stealing rate and less people attempting it in WAS with aged alex avila and yan gomes, guy.
crunch 6 hours 55 min ago (view)
cubs are scoring runs early and have a lead.
i'm not prepared for this. deep down inside i'm nearly positive this is a good thing, but i'm going to do some research and try to make sure this is a good thing.
okay, i just checked with my friend that's a dodgers fan and this is a good thing. go cubs.
game 14...only the 2nd time with multiple extra base hits in an inning for the cubs this year according to boog.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 10 min ago (view)
Winkler and Workman return today, Steele and Strop head to alternate site. Yay
Charlie 9 hours 54 min ago (view)
No numbers really needed to show that this offense is terrible right now, but I decided to peruse team stats today to see exactly where the Cubs have struggled the most. I was unsurprised to find they have the third highest pull %, the second lowest line drive %, and the highest K% in the majors right now. BABIP is also the lowest in the majors, whih is to be expected when the team is making poor contact and doing so in the teeth of the shift.
That's not fun baseball to watch.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 19 min ago (view)
Don't worry, Joc is DEFINITELY an upgrade.
CTSteve 12 hours 21 min ago (view)
And off of a lefty.
Arizona Phil 16 hours 35 min ago (view)
Most players get only three minor league options, but a player who has accrued less than five "full seasons" is eligible for a 4th minor league option.
Charlie 20 hours 5 min ago (view)
I agree that Contreras really sticks that front elbow (and shoulder and to some extent his head) pretty close to the zone. Plus he likes to reach toward the outer half to pull the ball and sometimes to lunge a little at the outside corner, so pitchers will want to work him inside frequently. He should get a thicker elbow guard.
bradsbeard 21 hours 9 min ago (view)
Sounds like Steele will be in line for a 4th option year FWIW.
crunch 22 hours 16 min ago (view)
limited capacity (and it's a "thunderstick" giveaway night), but LAD @ SD is practically a playoff level atmosphere here in april.
this one could be hot for years.