Cubs Tie Bees While 66ers Blank Pelicans at Diablo
Matt Rose belted an RBI double, singled, and stole a base, Eloy Jimenez singled twice and scored a run, and Justin Steele and Kyle Twomey combined to toss a five-hitter for the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), while Michael Pierson ripped an RBI single and walked and SP Joe Gatto fanned seven in 4.1 IP for the Burlington Bees (Lo-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels), as the Bees and Cubs played to a 1-1 tie on Field #4, and Trever Allen drove-in two runs with a SF and an RBI double and Jake Jewell and four relievers combined to hurl a four-hit shutout, as the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) blanked the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) 3-0 on Field #7, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action this morning at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.
It was a "bullpen day" for Myrtle Beach, as six Pelican relievers threw in the game on Field #7.
Four position players (INF David Bote, C-1B Alberto Mineo, OF Kevonte Mitchell, and INF Sutton Whiting) were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa group (Extended Spring Training) for the day, providing additional roster depth for the Pelicans and SB-Cubs.
In Minor League Camp roster news, INF Danny Lockhart has been moved-down to Myrtle Beach from AA Tennessee. (Lockhart spent the 2015 season at Myrtle Beach).
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Still waiting for final minor league roster cuts, moves, and adjustments, although several pitchers and position players presently on the Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend active lists will likely be temporarily assigned to Eugene (AKA "Extended Spring Training") for a few days until further disposition can be determined. Last year, about a dozen pitchers and position players were left behind at EXST simply because there was no room for them on a full-season club's Opening Day roster, but the Cubs did not want to release them, either.
Also, the Cubs will likely assign one position player (typically either a back-up catcher or multi-postional utility-type player) to each of the four full-season affiliates as a "player-coach," with the player inactive (usually by being placed on the club's 7-day DL with some vague soft-tissue injury) but staying in playing shape so that he can be activated in case another player goes on the DL. Last year, IF-OF Jonathan Mota (Iowa), C Tyler Pearson (Tennessee), C-1B Alberto Mineo (Myrtle Beach), and C Erick Castillo (South Bend) were the player-coaches for the four full-season teams, and RHP Jose Zapata (who was unable to pitch due to a broken neck suffered in a car crash post-2013) served as a player-coach (assistant pitching coach) with the short-season AZL Cubs.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played today at Diablo (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 0-4 (K, 6-3, K, E-6)
2. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-4 (K, K, L-5, K)
3. P. J. Higgins, DH: 0-4 (5-3, 6-3, 1-3, L-9)
4. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 4-3, K, R)
5. Matt Rose, 3B: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B, RBI, SB)
6. Andrew Ely, SS: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-7)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, 5-3)
8. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, K)
9. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-2 (K, BB, 5-3)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Justin Steele: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, 4/5 GO/AO, 83 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Kyle Twomey: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 52 pitches (35 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alberto Mineo: 2-4 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (HBP, K, F-7)
1b. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-1 (P-2)
2a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 6-3, CS)
2b. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-0 (BB)
3a. Ian Happ, 2B: 0-3 (K, 3-U, K)
3b. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 0-1 (F-8)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-4 (6-3, K, P-6, P-3)
5a. Jason Vosler, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
5b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
6. Charcer Burks, DH: 0-2 (BB, BB, F-8, 6-4-3 DP)
7. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF-CF: 1-3 (1B, 3-1, BB, P-6)
8. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 1-3 (1B, K, P-4)
9. David Bote, 1B: 0-3 (P-3 DP, 5-3, K)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Daury Torrez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 B, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Ryan McNeil: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 0/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
5. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
6. Tyler Ihrig: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cael Brockmeyer: 1-2 CS
MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Jeffrey Baez - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd after F-9
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's
Arizona Phil 1 hour 59 min ago (view)
There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either.
Cubster 3 hours 55 min ago (view)
Cards decline Kolten Wong option. It's going to be tough sledding out there.
Hagsag 6 hours 56 min ago (view)
Phil, we all are so glad you are getting to somehow "view" these games. Stay safe my friend.
Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours 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 1 day 18 hours 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 22 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster.
crunch 1 day 23 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 2 days 44 min 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 2 days 1 hour 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 2 days 1 hour 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 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?
tim815 3 days 6 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 23 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 4 days 32 min 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 21 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 5 days 2 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.