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"
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...
Cubster 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.
mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.
Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021
Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs). this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living. for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.
activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen. good work.
bradsbeard 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in).
Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.
Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).
Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.
I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.
Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.