Eloy, Happ, Freitas, and Carhart Go Yard at Minor League Camp

Eloy Jimenez belted a two-run 1st inning home run, P. J. Higgins collected four hits (three singles and a triple), scored a run, and drove-in another, and SP Preston Morrison tossed five innings of shutout ball, leading the South Bend Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Field #4, and David Freitas clubbed a two-run 1st inning HR (his second round-tripper in two days) and Billy McKinney drilled a tie-breaking RBI single in the 6th, as the Tennessee Smokies edged the Iowa Cubs 3-2 on Field #6, in Minor League Camp game action Friday morning at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Ian Happ smacked a solo HR for Myrtle Beach in a losing cause on Field #4, and Ben Carhart hammered a solo home run in a losing cause for Iowa on Field #6. (Carhart was temporarily moved-up to the Iowa squad from Tennessee because the three catchers assigned to Iowa are in Las Vegas with the parent club). 

The game on Field #6 was called after seven innings of play. 

There were a number of roster moves made at Minor League Camp prior to the two games, with the Opening Day rosters of the four full-season clubs (particularly regarding position players and starting pitchers) becoming a bit more clear. There are still a few more moves/cuts to be made, however, especially involving the AAA Iowa and Hi-A Myrtle Beach bullpens and the Iowa outfield, and it's always possible that some of the assignments could be changed at the last minute due to injuries or other factors.     

(both updated daily) 

Also, 18 players who are assigned to the Cubs Dominican Acdemy but who were not invited to Minor League Camp will be attending Extended Spring Training and will be arriving over the next several days. The first three (LHP Pablo Ochoa, LHP Eugenio Palma, and RHP Andri Rondon) arrived today. Ochoa and A. Rondon attended Instructs in Mesa last Fall, but Palma is making his U. S. debut. 

Here are the box scores from the two games: 

FIELD #4 

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, DH: 0-3 (1-3, F-8, HBP, 4-3)
2. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (K, 5-3, K, 1B)
3. Ian Happ, 2B: 2-4 (4-3, 6-3, HR, 1B, R, RBI)
4. Jason Vosler, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, F-8, L-7 DP) 
5. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-4 (6-4 FC, F-8, K, K, CS)
6. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 0-4 (K, 5-3, K, F-9)
7a. Gioskar Amaya, C: 1-2 (2B, L-8, BB)
7b. Tyler Pearson, C: 0-0 (BB) 
8. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-4 (6-3, F-9, 4-6-3 DP, F-9) 
9. Charcer Burks, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-9) 

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 1-4 (3-1, F-8, K, 1B, R)
2. P. J. Higgins, DH #1: 4-4 (3B, 1B, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
3. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-4 (HR, P-4, F-7, E-6, R, 2 RBI)
4. Matt Rose, 3B: 1-4 (2B, F-8, K, F-9) 
5. Ian Rice, C: 1-3 (BB, F-8, 1B, F-9 DP)
6. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-3 (F-7 DP, F-7, K)
7. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-2 (3-U, 3-1, BB)
8. Daniel Spingola, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 3B, 3-U) 
9. Bryant Flete, SS: 1-3 (1B, P-6, 1-3) 
10. Eddy Julio Martinez, DH #2: 0-3 (P-4, K, 6-3)

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Jonathan Martinez: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 3/8 GO/AO, 71 pitches (47 strikes) 
2. James Farris: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. David Berg: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (23 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Preston Morrison: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 65 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Craig Brooks: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. Scott Effross: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 32 pitches (19 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 1 
SS Gleyber Torres: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE 

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE
Gioskar Amaya: 1-1 CS 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
Ian Rice: 1-1 CS 

MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Charcer Burks - runner (Matt Rose) doubled off 2nd base after L-7
RF Jeffrey Baez - runner (P. J. Higgins) doubled off 2nd base after F-9

SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Eloy Jimenez - runner (Ian Happ) doubled off 2nd base after L-7


FIELD #6 

TENNESSEE LINEUP
1. Jake Hannemann, CF: 0-4 (3-1, 3-1,  5-3, 1-3)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-4 (F-9, F-9, 1B, 6-3)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (BB, K, 1B, 3-1, R)
4. David Freitas, C: 2-4 (HR, 1B, F-8, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
5. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 0-2 (3-U, F-9, BB) 
6. Victor Caratini, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, BB, 4-3) 
7. Mark Zagunis, LF: 1-3 (6-3, L-4, 2B, R)
8. Billy McKinney, RF: 1-2 (K, BB, 1B, RBI)
9a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (F-9, 4-3)
9b. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-1 (6-3 DP)

IOWA LINEUP:
1a. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 1B)
1b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
2. Juan Carlos Perez, CF: 0-3 (5-3, 3-U, F-8)
3. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (1B, K, 5-3)
4. Matt Murton, DH: 0-3 (K, F-9, 4-3)
5. Bijan Rademacher, RF: -3 (1B, L-8, F-7)
6. Ben Carhart, C: 1-3 (HR, 6-3, L-7, R, RBI)
7. Ryan Dent, SS: 1-3 (F-8, K, 2B)
8. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
9. Roberto Caro, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-3, R) 

TENNESSEE PITCHERS
1. Rob Zastryzny: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 5/5 GO/AO, 63 pitches (50 strikes) 
2. Corey Black: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 1 H,  0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 

IOWA PITCHERS
1. Stephen Fife: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6/6 GO/AO, 69 pitches (44 strikes) 
2. Jean Machi: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Jose Rosario: 1.0 IP, 0 H,. 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1 
1B Kelly Dugan: E-3 (errant throw to 3rd base allowed runner to score

IOWA ERRORS: NONE

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE
David Freitas: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 44 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's  

Comments

cruddy spring for soler...lastella's hot bat might find it's way to the DH spot opening up for the LAA series...maybe...

A few surprises on the latest rosters updates. J. Martinez, Torrez, and Berg back to MB. Bote and Remillard to Ex. S.T. The final cuts at Iowa will be interesting.

Anyone think Theo/Jed is calling Dave Stewart to see what Matt Szczur's value is at this point? Compare and contrast to Socrates Brito?

DBacks are almost impossible to predict. In their minds, do they think Peralta can play center field? The only way they're replacing a lot of Pollock's value at this point in the offseason is to trade for a corner outfielder like Carlos Gonzalez or (more likely) Jay Bruce. I imagine most likely is that Brito and Torres are both pushed into everyday service and that they have no depth. Hard to say. Either way, I wasn't a big believer in DBacks 2016, but this injury really, really sets back that cause.

c.owings might be in the mix, too...he's had a hell of a spring and middle IF is over-crowded.

"Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Socrates Brito will be the team's everyday center fielder but acknowledged Chris Owings could see playing time against lefties."

Pollock broke the same elbow in 2010 and was lost for the season. Sucks. Heyward's head first slide into home Thursday night made me wince - visions of disaster thankfully not realized - but damn he's an exciting/smooth player

Head first slide = roll injury dice.

from the Saturday Tribune baseball bits...
The Diamondbacks optioned C Tuffy Gosewisch to Triple A and will keep Chris Herrmann as the backup to Welington Castillo. ... Ex-major-league (2015 Cub) C Taylor Teagarden, among the athletes accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in a December report, was suspended for 80 games. ... Orioles LHP Lex Rutledge and Diamondbacks LHP Cameron Smith were suspended 50 games each for violating the minor-league drug program.

another Cardinal injury... Backup catcher Bryan Pena starts on the DL and will need his knee scoped to remove a loose cartilage body. https://twitter.com/LangoschMLB/status/716320...

MiLB article on Cubs prospects... http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2016...

KB's now running a matchmaker service... It's just Prom. http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2016/03/28/169410422...

Boston's Nick Cafardo's Sunday notes are out early... He's into lists. Ranks 50 Most Important players for 2016: Cubs...Arrieta #14, Rizzo #36, Bryant # 41. Also ranks breakout hopefuls, Cubs: #17 Russell. Bounce backs: no Cubs http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/baseball/20...

Donaldson #10, Archer #18.

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  • Charlie 14 min 17 sec 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 7 hours 51 min 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 13 hours 34 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 20 min 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 15 hours 29 min 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?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 28 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 36 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 16 hours 37 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 16 hours 42 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 18 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 14 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 52 min ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Ben Zobrist (and Tony Barnette) cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List August 1st - October 31st without special approval from the MLB Commissioner (which would be problematic), and Zobrist and Barnette absolutely will - NOT - (under any cicumstances) be eligible to play in the post-season if not reinstated from the Restricted List prior to midnight on August 31st. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Pedro Martinez is a bat-first switch-hitting infielder capable of playing 2B-3B-SS (best position is 2B). He runs well and is a savvy baserunner, shows occasional HR power, and is at least as good a hitter as Reivaj Garcia (probably even better). 

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    I checked.  You are correct.  No one.  Ever.

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    joe sure likes putting kimbrel to work.