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 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...


  • Cubster 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.


  • Cubster 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.