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"
Arizona Phil 17 hours 25 min ago (view)
Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter.
He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.
Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 30 min ago (view)
Good to see Roederer and Velasquez providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development
Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
"He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."
reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away.
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well.
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here.
He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.
His receiving should improve with experience as well.
azbobbop 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?
tim815 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.
Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.
Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.
As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later.
Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:
RHP Josh Burgmann
RHP Chris Clarke
LHP D. J. Herz
RHP Michael McAvene
Charlie 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump.
crunch 4 days 20 hours ago (view)
iapoce expected to stay. i'm surprised. i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.
crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)
i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 22 hours ago (view)
In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year