Flying Squirrels Distract Smokies Hitters at Sloan Park

SP Ronnie Williams tossed three innings of no run / no hit ball and combined with four relievers to hurl a four-hitter, Ricardo Genoves drilled an RBI single and a double, and Drew Robinson smacked a solo HR, helping the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants AA affiliate) edge the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) 3-2 in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Sunday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Smokies SP Peyton Remy fanned seven Flying Squirrels (six swinging) in just 3.2 IP, and Christopher Morel crushed a two-run HR to the top of the LF berm in the bottom of the 9th to account for the two Tennessee runs.  

C. Morel continues to get reps in the outfield (he played CF again tonight), although he also does still play 3B occasionally. 

D. J. Wilson and Nelson Maldonado were moved up to AA Tennessee from Hi-A South Bend before the game. I don't know if the Maldonado move is permanent or if it relates to Tyler Durna being moved-down to South Bend from Tennessee and Alfonso Rivas not yet being active, and the D. J. Wilson move-up almost certainly relates to Brennen Davis being in concussion protocol.   

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Zach Davis, LF: 0-3 (F-7, P-5, F-7)
1b. Vance Vizcaino, LF: 1-1 (2B) 
2. Jared Young, 1B: 0-4 (4-3, F-7, K, F-8)
3a. Andy Weber, SS: 0-3 (K, K, K)
3b. Josue Huma, SS: 0-1 (E-9, R)
4. Nelson Maldonado, DH: 0-3 (HBP, L-7, K, F-7)
5. Christopher Morel, CF: 1-4 (F-8, K, K, HR, R, 2 RBI)
6. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-4 (E-5, 1B, K, P-5)
7a. D. J. Wilson, RF: 0-3 (4-3, K, 1-3)
7b. Connor Myers, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
8. Christian Donahue, 2B: 1-3 (4-6 FC, 1B, L-8)
9. Levi Jordan, 3B: 0-3 (F-9, F-8, 4-3)

1. Peyton Remy: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 64 pitches (45 strikes)
2. Scott Effross: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Ethan Roberts: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (21 strikes) 


Miguel Amaya: 1-1 CS 


WEATHER: Breezy and clear with game-time temperatures in the 90's  


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, what's your thoughts on Maldonado?

HAGSAG: Nelson Maldonado is one of the better pure hitters in the Cubs system in terms of barreling the ball and making hard contact. He's strictly 1B-DH defensively. 

Watching C. Morel play 3B this spring made me truly doubt that he belongs there (I know SSS). Honestly thrilled to see him getting reps in the outfield - his bat should play great out there. Let's just hope he can catch fly balls and figure out where to throw the ball effectively so he can keep progressing through the system.

How serious is Brennan Davis' concussion if he is still in concussion protocal?  Or are they just being cautious.  It'd suck for our top Prospect (arguably) to turn into the Adam Greenberg type situation  or Kris Bryant never being the same after he got hit in the head.  Didn't seem to bother Contreras though.

That night, on Twitter, he was congratulating Nico on getting called up.

Facial HBPs suck, but he seemd alert and ready.

A great piece by Jim Callis about our minor leaguers and where some of them will end up this year:

Highlights on Roederer, Bain, K. Thompson and more!

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  • crunch 20 min 56 sec ago (view)

    i.vargas DFA'd...happ returns.


  • Wrigley Rat 17 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Tyler Suellentrop:
    - 92-95 mph
    - Dominant in the B9th with a 1-2-3 frame, striking out all three batters. FB 93-97 T98


  • crunch 18 hours 1 min ago (view)

    it's really cool how playing vs DET in 2021 counts toward the MLB win/loss totals of a team.  it's like using a cheat code.


  • crunch 22 hours 8 min ago (view)

    there has been a ton of fringe signings the past 48 hours by many teams...guys that were not playing organized ball or playing indie ball for the past 1-2+ seasons.


  • tim815 22 hours 54 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have apparently signed Tyler Suellentrop, a pitcher drafted by Seattle in 2018 from Indian River Community College in Florida. He's been assigned to Myrtle Beach. I expect he'll pitch on Friday.


  • crunch 23 hours 52 min ago (view)

    wrigley going 60% capactity may 28th.  hopefully we'll be 100% by july/august.

    we're getting closer to "normal."  i hope we can get things stable for those that can't get a vax, and those that are still refusing or on the fence will cross over and join the rest of functioning society.

    as someone who was on strong chemo with a wide open immune system a decade ago, i'm thinking about them and others in similar health conditions.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago. 


  • videographer 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago.  Too bad he didn't pan out.  Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.


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  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez. 


  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

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  • Charlie 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs:

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  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500


  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

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