Pelicans Pitchers Turn Up the Heat at Riverview Park
Kevonte Mitchell walloped a two-run HR (off Brailyn Marquez), D. J. Wilson singled twice, doubled, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and SP Paul Richan hurled six innings of shutout ball with nine stikeouts (also 6/2 GO/AO, all three hits he allowed were singles, he issued no walks, and he threw 80% strikes) and combined with five relievers to fan 20, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) cruise past the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) 6-1 in Minor League Camp Spring Training game action Friday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as an eleven inning contest so that all of the pitchers who needed to throw could get their work, and while the twenty strikeouts racked up by Myrtle Beach pitchers was certainly aided by playing two additional innings, Pelicans pitchers did punch-out 16 SB-Cubs hitters through nine innings.
Also, three of the pitchers who threw for Myrtle Beach (Ian Clarkin, Jordan Minch, and Wyatt Short) were actually Tennessee relievers who needed work (the Minch FB was sitting 94-95 and touched 97, BTW), and another (LHP Ryan Lawlor) was recently moved-down to South Bend from Myrtle Beach but (like the Tennessee trio) he needed work and the South Bend bullpen dance card was full.
As is typical this time of year, several players from the Eugene/Mesa squad (Vicens, K. Moreno, L. Diaz, O. Nunez, Hurd, Zardon, and Daniel) served as late-inning replacements for the MB and SB starters, and the ones who played for South Bend combined to go 1-7 with six strikeouts (which also contributed to the prodigious Pelicans pitchers' strikeout total).
In Minor League Camp news, OF Brandon Hughes (Cubs 2017 16th round draft pick - Michigan State) is being converted to a LHP. Hughes is the second Cubs outfielder to be converted to pitcher this month (Jamie Galazin was the other one). Like Galazin, Hughes does have some prior experience as a pitcher in college (he appeared in seven games as a reliever in his freshman season at MSU).
Here is the box score from the game:
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Artis, LF: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
1b. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
2. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-4 (K, K, K, P-5)
3. Fidel Mejia, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 1B, BB, K)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (1B, 4-6 FC)
4b. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
5. Nelson Velazquez, DH #2: 0-4 (6-4-3 DP, K, L-7, K)
6. Tyler Durna, 1B: 0-3 (K, F-9, BB, 3-U)
7a. Levi Jordan, 3B: 0-2 (P-4, 6-3)
7b. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
8a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, K)
8b. Orian Nunez, C: 0-1 (K)
9. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (K, K, F-8, F-7)
10. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, K+WP, R, SB)
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 3-4 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, 2B, 2 R, 2 SB, PO)
2. Jimmy Herron, RF: 1-4 (K, BB, F-9, 1B, F-8, R)
3a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-2 (L-1, 1B, RBI)
3b. Yeiler Peguero, PH-2B: 1-3 (3-1, F-8, 1B, RBI, CS)
4. Luke Reynolds, 3B: 1-5 (1B, K, L-9, F-8, K, R)
5a. Kevonte Mitchell, DH: 1-2 (HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
5b. Carlos Sepulveda, PH-DH: 1-3 (1B, E-6, K, R, SB)
6a. Grant Fennell, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB)
6b. Dalton Hurd, LF: 0-2 (F-8, K)
7a. Tyler Payne, C-1B: 0-4 (K, 6-3, K, 6-3)
7b. Danny Zardon, PH-1B: 0-1 (K)
8. Cam Balego, 1B-C: 1-2 (K, BB, 2B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9a. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B-SS: 1-3 (K, P-4, 1B, RBI)
9b. Chase Daniel, 2B: 0-1 (P-3)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Brailyn Marquez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Cam Sanders: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 71 pitches (43 strikes)
3. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 34 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Riley McCauley: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Dalton Geekie: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Paul Richan: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 GIDP, 6/2 GO/AO, 70 pitches (56 strikes)
2. Ryan Lawlor: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Ben Hecht: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Ian Clarkin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
6. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H,0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2
1. C Eric Gonzalez: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. SS Rafael Narea: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Eric Gonzalez: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Orian Nunez: 1-1 CS
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cam Balego: 0-1 CS
SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Cole Roederer threw out baserunner (Grant Fennell) 8-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to CF
WEATHER: Clear with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
erich081 3 hours 43 min ago (view)
Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.
Eric S 3 hours 59 min ago (view)
Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season
Arizona Phil 5 hours 24 min ago (view)
RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.
Charlie 5 hours 45 min ago (view)
Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?
crunch 6 hours 44 min ago (view)
i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.
Charlie 7 hours 11 min ago (view)
Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.
crunch 7 hours 57 min ago (view)
schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills
ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow. also, i could do with less almora.
QuietMan 14 hours 14 min ago (view)
Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,
George Altman 14 hours 28 min ago (view)
Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.
Mike Wellman 16 hours 36 min ago (view)
I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...
Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 58 min ago (view)
Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!
i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.
Charlie 17 hours 30 min ago (view)
Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.
He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.
That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
cubs lose, cards win, brews win.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.
Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?