Jared Young Has Rake, Will Travel

Jared Young drilled an RBI double and a two-run HR, Cam Balego mashed a two-run HR, singled, walked, and scored three runs, Tyler Payne slugged a two-run HR and singled twice, and RHSP Javier Assad hurled five inings of one-run ball, leading the South Bend Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Field #5, and LHSP Jose Paulino tossed five innings of shutout ball and Carlos Penalver belted a solo HR to help the Tennessee Smokies whitewash the Iowa Cubs 3-0 on Field #6, in Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Saturday morning on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Jared Young has been the hottest hitter in Cubs Minor League Camp this month, leading all Cubs minor leaguers in home runs with four. He went 5-5 at Fitch Park versus Beloit yesterday (four singles and a double), and continued to rake today with the RBI double and two-run HR. He is a hitting-machine. (A natural second-baseman, Young has been playing 1B-2B-3B-LF at Minor League Camp to help increase his player-value going forward).   

RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng threw six innings (80 pitches) and allowed two runs on four hits (one HR) and a walk with five strikeouts for the I-Cubs on Field #6, in preparation for his Opening Day start next Thursday in Des Moines against Oklahoma City.

The Defensive Gem of the Game (on Field #6) was turned in by an unexpected source, one Stephen Bruno (normally an infielder, and not known for his defense). Bruno made a spectacular leaping catch over the top of the LF fence and pulled back a near-certain HR-ball off the bat of Jesse Hodges that left the other players and the coaches in near hysterics.
 
Yeiler Peguero had an interesting day, playing 3B for South Bend on Field #5 for six innings before carrying his bat and glove across the walkway to Field #6 and playing 2B for Tennessee for the final two innings of the Iowa-Tennessee game (the two games were played simultaneously and started and ended at about the same time). 

Several pitchers were inserted into the lineups on Field #6 so that they could practice bunting in game situations.  

Although the games were ostensibly Iowa vs Tennessee and Myrtle Beach vs South Bend, the Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad actually contributed the lion's share of the position-players (22 to be exact) to the two games, as a number of players from the four "full-season" squads got the day off. The main purpose of the games was to get innings for pitchers who were scheduled to throw in a game today (the Cactus League minor league season concluded yesterday, so intrasquad games are the only option right now), and to allow the starting pitchers to increase their pitch-counts to where they will need to be once the minor league regular-season begins next week.  

The Opening Day rosters for the four Cubs "full-season" affiliates should be announced within the next couple of days. Collectively the four teams are 17 over the Opening Day active roster limit, but most of the trimming will involve players going onto the 7-day DL and/or being assigned to  Extended Spring Training.   

FIELD #5:

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. Daniel Spingola, LF: 0-4 (K, F-9, P-6, L-8)
2. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 1-4 (2B, 6-3, F-9, K)
3. Vimael Machin, SS: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, BB, P-4)
4. Christopher Morel, 3B: 0-4 (K, K, L-5 DP, 6-3)
5. Michael Cruz, 1B: 1-3 (2B, P-6, F-9, R)
6. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, L-7, K)
7. Henderson Perez, C: 1-3 (4-3, 5-3, 2B, RBI)
8. Chris Pieters, RF: 1-2 (2B, P-6, BB)
9. Tyler Pearson, DH: 0-2 (BB, F-9, P-1)

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
X. Rafael Narea, DH-3B: 1-2 (1B, K-DP, R, SB)
NOTE: Narea batted 3rd in the 5th innng and 6th in the 7th
1. Christian Donahue, 2B: 1-4 (F-7, K, 6-3, 1B, CS)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 3B: 0-3 (K+PB, F-9, 5-3, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Cam Balego, 1B: 2-3 (HR, BB, F-9, 1B, 3 R, 2 RBI)
4. Jared Young, LF: 2-4 (3-1, E-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Tyler Payne, DH #2:  3-4 (F-7, 1B, HR, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
6. Ramsey Romano, SS: 1-3 (1-3, F-9, K, 1B)
7. Kevin Zamudio, C: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, SB)
8. Abraham Rodriguez, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 6-3, 4-3)
9. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-3 (P-3, 5-3, 4-3)

MYRTLE BEACH PTCHERS:
1. Ricky Tyler Thomas: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 5/6 GO/AO, 84 pitches (48 strikes)
2. Ryan Kellogg: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (14 strikes)

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Javier Assad: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 5/7 GO/AO, 61 pitches (38 strikes)
2. Jesus Camargo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Ben Hecht: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (6 strikes)

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1
2B Austin Upshaw: E-4 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base and run to score)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Henderson Perez: 1-3 CS, 1 PB

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FIELD #6

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
X-1. Alec Mills, DH #1: 0-0 (1-3 SH)
NOTE: Mills batted 3rd in the 1st inning
X-2. Rob Zastryzny, DH #3: 0-0 (1-3 SH)
NOTE: Zastryzny batted 2nd in the 4th inning
1. Jose Gutierrez, CF:  0-4 (P-6, 4-3, K, 2-3)
2a. Trent Giambrone, 2B: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, R, PO)
2b. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-1 (K)
3. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 2-3 (P-5, 1B, BB, 1B, RBI)
4. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-4 (F-7, 5-4-3 DP, K, L-8)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (K, F-8, E-5, R)
6. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-1 (BB, K, 5-3 SH, SB)
7. Alexander Guerra, C: 0-3 (5-3, K, K)
8. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, E-5)
9. Kwangmin Kwon, DH #2: 1-3 (4-6-3 DP, K, 1B, RBI)
10. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-3 (HR, K, 6-4 FC, R, RBI)

IOWA LINEUP:
X-1. Trevor Clifton, DH #1: 0-0 (1-3 SH)
NOTE: Clifton batted 3rd in the 2nd inning 
X-2. Oscar de la Cruz, DH #2, 0-0 (1-3 SH)
NOTE: de la Cruz batted 2nd in the 3rd inning
X-3, Tyson Miller, DH #4: 0-1 (K)
NOTE: T. Miller batted 3rd in the 6th inning
1. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-2 (K, BB, 1B, PO)
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, SB)
3. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-3 (3-U, 4-3, K)
4. Stephen Bruno, LF: 0-3 (F-8, F-9, 5-3)
5. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, HBP)
6. Jonathan Soto, C: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B)
7. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (L-3, K, P-1 TP)
8. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (3-U, K)
9. Ali Solis, DH #3: 0-2 (5-3, F-9)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 7/4 GO/AO, 79 pitches (50 strikes)
2. Preston Morrison: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Dakota Mekkes: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (6 strikes)

IOWA PTCHERS:
1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 2 GIDP, 7/4 GO/AO, 80 pitches (49 strikes)
2. Shae Simmons: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 18 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Zach Hedges: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (12 strikes)
4. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (9 strikes) 

TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE

IOWA ERRORS: 3
1. C Jonathan Soto: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. 3B Fidel Mejia: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 3B Fidel Mejia: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to rerach base safely)    

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alexander Guerra: 0-1 CS, 1 PO  

IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jonathan Soto: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)

ATTENDANCE: 24

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

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Comments

Thanks as always, Phil.  Hard to believe the exhibition games are done already.  Time flies!  

Hadn't realized Jared Young had any power, just assumed that wasn't a tool.  Does he look built enough, or have you seen BP enough to notice, whether he might actually have some power?  

I went back and checked his background on bbcube, and was surprised.  I'd *assumed* he was a 3-year Old Dominion guy, and that he might be a rather experienced guy and close to his ceiling already.   But he actually only played one year at OD, following one year at a JC in Oklahoma, following a year at a small North Dakota college where he doesn't appear to have played; and being from northern British Columbia.  

Interesting, because perhaps his background didn't have him playing a ton of baseball, so perhaps he's got more untapped potential than most guys his age?  

CRAIG: Jared Young's "hit tool," power, AND versatility have really emerged at Minor League Camp. He has taken well to coaching from the Cubs hitting instructors. He is a very willing student. A lot like David Bote in Spring Training last year. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the Midwest League once the regular season starts. And as a Canadian kid he hopefully won't be adversely affected by April-May in the Midwest, as players from warmer climates sometimes are.

BTW, I actually like a couple of other Cubs college position-player draft picks from last year as well. Brandon Hughes is a toolsy outfielder who can play all three OF positions, and he has had a solid Minor League Camp and has made the South Bend Opening Day roster after spending much of Minor League Camp with the Myrtle Beach squad. Austin Upshaw is an advanced hitter who can play 1B-2B-3B, and he easily made the Myrtle Beach Opening Day roster without any second-thoughts. But J. Young is a better hitter than Hughes and more athletic and a better defender than Upshaw.

Drafting and internationaling coachable players. It's what the Cubs do. And it's why the Cubs have 36 international players from this cycle that are threats to reach the mainland.

Thanks, Phil. I like these guys who were good college hitters, being high-average strong-contact low-K guys. Thanks for notes on all three of Young, Upshaw, and Hughes. I'll watch for them as the season unfolds. Will be nice to have some box-score names to follow! :)

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  • crunch 16 hours 13 min ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 23 hours 43 min ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

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  • erich081 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 6 days 17 hours ago (view)

    it probably (maybe) happened before, but i remember this game was so "woah" that they cleared their evening programming in order to show a replay of the game for those that may have missed the day game.

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  • Charlie 1 week 14 hours ago (view)

    I did not realize this. I figured with that game having a DVD for sale they would've hunted this down on other sites!