Pelicans Fly the Coop While Bote Bomb Leaves Smokies in the Dark
David Bote (solo HR), Christopher Morel (RBI double), Fernando Kelli (RBI single), and Luis Vazquez (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits and LHP Bryan Hudson hurled 4.2 IP of one-run ball, leading the Iowa Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Tennessee Smokies in Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Sunday morning on Field #6 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Kevin Zamudio (RBI double) and Joe Martarano (RBI single) drove-in the two Tennessee runs.
Iowa relievers Randy Rosario, Rob Zastryzny, and Daury Torrez (combined) retired nine in a row.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans left town today, so the South Bend Cubs had a full workout (baserunning drills, fielding practice, and BP) on Field #3 but did not play a game. As a result, Myrtle Beach LHSP Bryan Hudson (who remained behind in Mesa) and South Bend RHSP Erich Uelmen pitched the latter innings of the Iowa-Tennessee game, which was extended an extra inning so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Also, two pitchers who have been in the Rehab Throwing Program (RHP Erick Leal and LHP Manuel Rondon) got some work in the game as well. (Leal hadn't piched in a game since 2016).
The game was really two different games, because position players from the Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad replaced the Iowa and Tennessee position players after each of the I-Cubs and Smokies starters got two AB. (Christopher Morel -- who began the game as the Iowa DH and then moved to 3B in the 5th -- was the only player to play the entire game). So Uelmen faced the EXST Cubs rather than AAA hitters during his five innings of work, while Hudson faced the AA starting lineup first time through the order and then EXST guys the next time.
Here is the box score from the game:
1a. Trey Martin, CF: 0-2 (P-4, F-7)
1b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-2 (6-3, 3-U)
2a. Zack Short, SS: 0-2 (F-7, FC+E5)
2b. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-8, R, SB)
3a. Yasiel Balaguert, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, 5-4-3 DP)
3b. Joe Martarano, 1B: 1-2 (1B, F-7, RBI)
4a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
4b. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-2 (5-4 FC, E-4, R, PO)
5a. Ian Rice, C: 0-2 (F-8, 5-3)
5b. Kevin Zamudio, C: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
6a. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-2 (5-3, F-9)
6b. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-2 (F-8, 4-3)
7a. Jason Vosler, DH #1: 0-1 (4-3, BB)
7b. Luis Hidalgo, PH-DH: 1-2 (1B, K)
8a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
8b. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-0 (SH-E1, BB)
9a. Carlos Penalver, 2B: 0-1 (F-9, BB)
9b. Christian Donahue, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3)
10a. Erick Castillo, DH #2: 1-1 (1B)
10b. Jonathan Soto, PH-DH: 0-2 (3-U, 6-3)
1a. Wynton Bernard, CF: 0-2 (K, K)
1b. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (1B, BB, L-9, RBI)
2a. David Bote, 2B: 2-2 (HR, 1B, R, RBI)
2b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 6-3)
3a. Efren Navarro, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)
3b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (K, L-7, 6-3)
4a. Mark Zagunis, LF: 0-2 (F-7, K)
4b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (1-3, BB, CS)
5a. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3)
5b. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-2 (3B, 3-U)
6a. Chesny Young, SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
6b. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
7a. Ali Solis, C: 0-2 (K, K+WP, R)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (E-6, K)
8a. Chris Coghlan, RF-DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
8b. Richard Nunez, PH-DH: 0-2 (F-8, E-7)
9. Christopher Morel, DH-3B: 1-4 (K, 2B, 5-4-3 DP, 6-3, RBI)
1. Duncan Robinson: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4/2 GO/AO, 74 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Erich Uelmen: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 7/3 GO/AO, 70 pitches (44 strikes)
1. Randy Rosario: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
2. Rob Zastryzny: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Daury Torrez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Bryan Hudson: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 6/5 GO/AO, 78 pitches (42 strikes)
5. Erick Leal: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Manuel Rondon: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 2
1. SS Delvin Zinn: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. LF Abraham Rodriguez: E-7 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely and runner to score)
IOWA ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Stephen Bruno: E-5 (errant throw on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
2. P Bryan Hudson: E-1 (throwing error on sac bunt attempt allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 2B Luis Diaz: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Kevin Zamudio: 1-1 CS
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS, 1 PO
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 70'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...