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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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 57 min ago (view)

    The fact that the Cubs have not run him through waivers by now tells me they know Duane Underwood Jr is a lock to get claimed and so they are hoping to find a club that would be willing to give the Cubs something more than the $50,000 waiver price in return for Dunderwood (either more $$$ and/or a player). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Today's pitchers, most of them the same guys who threw last Tuesday: 

    Alec Mills:
    FB: 89-91 
    SL: 81 
    CH: 81-82 
    CV: 67-70 
    COMMENT: This just in: Mills heater now sitting at 91!!!!... had two easy innings and looked very good... threw only a handful of his "Bugs Bunny curves" but they are fun to watch because hitters don't know how to deal with it... ... 

    Craig Kimbrel: 
    FB: 93-96 
    CT: 87-88 
    SL: 82-84 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 58 min ago (view)

    DJL: Jason Adam sustained a right elbow fracture a few years ago and missed two full seasons, and when he returned to action he started using a "short-arm" delivery. 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 58 min ago (view)

    baez "soft tissue injury"...no biggie...it's spring.  he'll be back in a day or 2.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 7 min ago (view)

    kimbrel...K, single, HBP, 3 more hits...inning called due to pitch count.  4 earned.

    also, baez removed after being HBP on the hand.

    neat.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Cotton McKnight: In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I'd seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself.

    Pepper Brooks: He will not be able to see very well, Cotton. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Yes! Exactly... I'd love to be able to watch coverages in football or just key-in on a great WR to watch them work.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Wow... this is the most engagement I have ever received on any topic on social media platform. Please stay tuned for my opinions on the Oxford Comma, the APA Style Manual for Academic Writing, and the auto-correct on my iPhone.  

    I am an awesome guy at parties.... 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 48 min ago (view)

    I watched some of the Puerto Rican Winter League games that Miguel Amaya played in this winter. At least one broadcast had a super wide shot for balls in play that let you see the OF and the baserunners at the same time. It was awesome. 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    3 dots on this evening's Cubs-Dodgers game - makes sense & they do color in the 3rd dot as they're going to commericals (Spectrum Sportsnet).

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    3 dot crew represent.  i didn't have an opinion, but now i'm 100% on board.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I agree on most of this, but I especially support three fillable dots for the outs--and fill in the third before cutting to a commercial!

    Not doing homework on the players in a Spring Training broadcast is pretty forgiveable, but ESPN is really bad about it pretty much all year. It would be nice if they made a habit of picking up a local color commentator and sort of interviewing them throughout games.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The single thing I want in a sports broadcast is to become smarter about the sport,  to learn something from the broadcast crew.

    Stone does that, Romo does that, Eddie O on hockey, and that's about it. I watch sporting events with the sound down very low or off. I forgot more about baseball than most broadcasters will ever know, and I'm always shocked when I see something in a football game that the crew doesn't,  and I know about NOTHING about football. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Also... what is with only having 2 dots as the outs counter? I know that you don't really need the 3rd dot, but I find it counter-intuitive. If the dots fill in, then only having 2 throws me off b/c it's natural to subitize "3" associated with outs. You quickly see 0/3, 1/3, 2/3.  If the graphic does not have fill-in dots, then just put the #.  eg - OUTS: 1  It's minimalism for the sake of minimalism, not graphic design for effective communication.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    tight shots + insane amount of screen real estate being taken up with graphics is a bit of a plague...especially the ones with a non-stop bottom news ticker.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    General comment on baseball broadcasting... I think that the color comentator (CC) needs to talk about 30% more & the PBP about 30% less. I would love a more stream of consciousness from the CC outlining what they would be looking for in a given situation. To that end, why not have 2 CC for national broadcasts - one a pitcher & one a position player. Would love for them to banter back & forth on micro strategy from their perspectives. I think this would turn the game's pauses between action into more of an asset.