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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
MIL closer (but not their best reliever) c.knebel has gone from "tired arm" to "elbow might be a little bit torn up"
unfortunately, they've been linked to c.kimbrel lately...hopefully that doesn't happen.
Here is how the Cubs starting pitching is trending at Minor League Camp as of this morning (Thursday 3/21). There will be changes before the affiliates leave town in about ten days, but here is how things stand right now:
brach not throwing mid-90s yet at this point in spring is a bit concerning...he's been in the high 80s, touching low 90s almost all spring.
slider velocity is on point.
Here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Thursday afternoon's Cubs - Giants Cactus League game at Sloan Park:
FB: 84-86 - T-87
NOTE: Velo was down a bit across the board for Hendricks, but does it really matter?
NOTE: Finished Hendricks' final inning (the 6th)... best thing I can say about Duensing is that he appears to be healthy and is throwing the ball as well as he can...
...speaking of extensions...looks like goldschmidt/cards are going to be a long-term pain the cubs ass sometime soon.
Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal
Eloy Jimenez deal with #whitesox is six years, $43M with two club options, but in his camp’s view, he effectively is giving up only one free-agent year. Without deal, he would have started season in AAA and stayed down until at least point when CWS would gain seven years control.
Thanks alot for the rundown. I’d really like to see them take some risks rather than run with retreads . For instance, I’d like to see Soto-Reynolds/Mejia-Perlaza-Vazquez-Morel to be the SB infield for a good chunk of the year or the MB OF to be Wilson/Artis-Gutierrez-Herron to open with Mitchell on the bench. I’d really really like to see one of Davis or Roederer open with SB (personal preference is Davis but only because I like his potential more).
ichiro goes 0/4 in his farewell game...it's been an interesting run for a guy who didn't get here til he was 27.
3089 hits...509 sb...350+ ob%...10 GG...1 MVP
M's win over the A's in 12 innings...
For those of you who might have missed Wednesday night's MLB Cactus League Game at Sloan Park, here are the velo readings from Cubs pitchers (and one Dodger pitcher):
NOTE: Mixed up his pitches very well and maintained FB velo throughout outing, but fly ball pitchers like Hamels usually don't fare too well in Arizona in March (they don't fare too well in Texas, either).
BRADSBEARD: Cole Roederer has had an impressive week at Minor League Camp and with the MLB club as well, but I think the most-likely scenario is that he stays in Mesa at EXST April-June, is assigned to Eugene on NWL Opening Day, and then (if all goes well at Eugene) gets a promotion to South Bend in mid-July or August, and then gets assigned to the AFL post-2019, and then (best case scenario) - POSSIBLY - gets to AA sometime in 2020 (although Myrtle Beach would be a lot more-likely for Opening Day 2020).
The Cubs have released RHSP Christian Bergman from Minor League Camp. He was an NRI to MLB Camp, but was sent down to Minor League Camp last week
Thanks to PHIL and the ASS.
On another topic - looks like J-Hey is in mid-season form at the plate in camp.
Do you think Roederer opens the season at SB?
Jordan Bastian @MLBastian
Yu Darvish's between-start bullpen session is scheduled for Friday. If all goes well, his next turn to pitch would fall on Sunday.
Some things to keep in mind about the "backdating" of injured list assignments:
As long as the player did not appear in a game during the retroactive period (including "official" MLB Cactus League or Grapefruit League games or other MLB pre-season exhibition games), an MLB 10-day Injured List assignment can be backdated up to three days (including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day), and a 7-day (acute concussion) Injured List assignment can be backdated up to four days (including the four days prior to MLB Opening Day).
For anyone interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Tuesday's Cubs - Mariners game at Sloan Park:
???: 59 (I don't know what type of pitch this was but it was the slowest pitch I've seen since Little League)
NOTE: A really interesting variety of pitches from Yu... Looked good until the blister caused him to leave the game earlier than planned...