Pelicans Know the Way to Beat San Jose

Yohendrick Pinango doubled and scored in the 2nd, walked and scored in the 4th, and drilled a two-run single in the 8th, and three pitchers combined to hurl a four hitter, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Lo-A affiliate) defeated the San Jose Giants (Lo-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) 5-1 in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Tuesday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Casey Schmitt belted a solo HR in the top of the 1st inning to account for the lone Giant run.  

Myrtle Beach DH Matt Mervis left the game after tweaking something in his lower body while running the bases in the bottom of the 6th. 

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

1. Darius Hill, CF: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, 5-3, BB, SB)
2. Yeison Santana, 2B: 0-4 (3-1, K, 5-3, 6-U FC)
3. Ed Howard IV, SS: 1-4 (K, K, K, 1B, R)
4a. Matt Mervis, DH #1: 1-2 (3-U, BB, 2B, R)
4b. Flemin Bautista, PR-DH: 1-1 (1B, R)
5. Jordan Nwogu, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, BB, K, 5-3, 2 R)
6. Yohendrick Pinango, LF: 2-3 (2B, BB, K, 1B, 2 RBI)
7. Luis Verdugo, 3B: 0-2 (F-8 SF, BB, K, 5-4-3 DP, 2 RBI)
8. Ryan Reynolds, 1B: 1-3 (E-6, K, 1B, CS)
9. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-3 (6-3, F-7, F-7)
10. Edmond Americaan, RF: 1-3 (3-1, K, 1B)

1. Manuel Espinoza: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 3/7 GO/AO, 55 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Richard Gallardo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Tanner Jesson-Dalton: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)



WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's 


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


With that, Minor League Spring Training is done, and players will be heading for Myrtle Beach, South Bend, and Tennessee tomorrrow. Minor League Opening Day is next Tuesday. Extended Spring Training will begin in Arizona sometime next month (TBD). 

K-DUB: AZL regular season will start on Monday 6/28 and run through Saturday 9/18. 18 teams. 60 games. Five games each week. No games on Wednesdays or Sundays. Games will be "official." AZL playoffs will begin on 9/20.

I do not know about the DSL yet. 

Also, Rockies will be joining the AZL in 2021. They previously were the only Arizona Spring Training team that did not have an affiliate in the AZL.

Only three MLB clubs will field two teams in the AZL in 2021 (down from seven MLB clubs with two AZL teams in 2019 when Cubs, CLE, LAD, MIL, OAK, SD, and SF had two). Don't know which four MLB clubs dropped their second AZL team, but FWIW the A's, Brewers, and Dodgers were the last three to add a second team.  

I miss Brdich being in charge.

Yeah, really a bummer that the guy who traded Arenado to the goddamned Cardinals for  Austin Gomber is gone

former Cubs Hector Rondon and Jeremy (Jerry) Blevins have announced their retirements. Lefty BlevIns never played for the major league club but was traded in the Jason Kendall move in 2007. He became a useful bullpen lefty (at times).

I have more affection for Hector, even though he was erratic, he had his good moments too including excellent walk-in from the bullpen music  (start at 0:47, Tu Me Quemas Dance Remix).

Rondon's 2015 season was pretty impressive: 1.67 ERA with 30 saves in 72 apppearances. Not bad for a rule 5 guy. 

he's also one of the hardest ex-cubs to get an autograph.  i don't think he's got something against it, but he quit signing early in his cubs career and only spot-signed some stuff during spring (with cubs and astros).

he's not in the same league as adolfo phillips, though...that's almost impossible.

PHIL: Thank you so much for that info on the AZL season. And for all the updates from Mesa. 

It's been a long year and a half without minor league baseball games, and your posts here have helped keep us all going. Thanks again, and May 4th can't come soon enough!

I get that FB velo isn't everything, and and keeping in mind that I did not see every Cubs pitcher throw in a game, but for anyone who might be interested here are the max FB velos for the 30 Cubs pitchers I did see throw in Cactus League Spring Training games at Minor League Camp:

Robert Stock: 101 
Max Bain: 99 
Eury Ramos: 99 
Ryan Jensen: 98 
Bailey Clark: 96 
Richard Gallardo: 96 
Brandon Hughes: 96 
C. D. Pelham: 96 
Aneuris Rosario: 96 
Cam Sanders: 96 
Tanner Jesson-Dalton: 95 
Garrett Kelly: 95
Ethan Roberts: 95
Jose Albertos: 94 
Derek Casey: 94 
Graham Lawson: 94 
Jerrick Suiter: 94   
Riley Thompson: 94 
Blake Whitney: 94 
Manuel Espinoza: 93
Ryan Lawlor: 93 
Dakota Mekkes: 93
Adam Morgan: 93 
Peyton Remy: 93  
Erich Uelmen: 93 
Scott Effross: 92 
Matteo Bocchi: 91 
Trevor Kelley: 91 
Wyatt Short: 91 
Matt Swarmer: 91 

I'm liking those readings from Gallardo and Ethan Roberts so early on. Any thoughts on Gallardo's frame this year?

As usual, thanks for doing what you do especially especially these days

KKvG: Gallardo looks like he's put on a few pounds, hopefully muscle. 

Any sightings or word on our hard throwing lefties?



Luke Little?

Little has been getting slow-played, a bit.

For those who are interested, MILB.TV has been updated and is accepting subscriptions for this season:

Tonight's Cub game needs to be ended by the 9-0 slaughter rule. If this week is foreshadowing the 2021 season, yikes!

Can't see the Cubs getting out of last place until Hendricks and Davies get it together.

and alzolay and t.williams and happ and heyward and baez and pederson and sigh...

yeah, i'd like to go into june thinking about the playoffs...not what c.kimbrel is gonna get the cubs in trade.

What's so bad about what Alzolay and Williams have done?

nothing really, just trying to pile on the misery to excuse the poor record.

alzolay has a poor ERA, but he's pitching somewhat decently.

t.williams is doing what's up a bunch of hits and hoping most don't score.  at least he's not giving up the homers like he was last season.

I think Alzolay, Williams, and Arrieta have been moderately pleasant surprises so far. But some moderately pleasant surprises from back of the rotation gambles can't even kind of dig you out of a -1.0 fWAR hole that your supposedly best two starters are continuing to dig.

The good thing is it wouldn't be surprising at all if Hendricks tightens things up and rights the ship (he's had these sorts of slumps before). Davies I have a little less hope for just because he doesn't have the elite track record, but he's been a solid pitcher for years. I'd expect some sort of rebound from him. The bullpen might also be a case of addition by subtraction with Workman gone and Adam down (though I like Adam a lot). Tepera might be next to go (maybe for Strop?). Would help to have Wick back but that will be a while. 

I think Winkler or Tepera go next.

I too am less worried about Kyle. He is typically a slow starter (as I recall from the years I've drafted him in fantasy baseball). Davies, though, tends to start strong and fade. Without looking at underlying causes, that in and of itself is something to find troubling about Davies.

Hendricks will rebound if he's not hurt. But the team may have been built with too little margin of error to recover after that-- or that's my concern at least. The command issue is almost certainly a mechanical thing for Kyle.

T. Williams trying to prove the slim to none margin of error theory.

b.carraway starting in south bend...wonder how long before he's in AA/AAA...or the cubs big league team...

i'm talking months, not seasons.  hope he can make things happen in 2021.

Unless he's completely dominant, I'd rather he gets to pitch next season during the strike/lockout.

Which doesn't happen if he's on the 40 man roster and there's a work-stoppage.

megill to the 10d IL (forearm strain)...that didn't last long.

k.ryan up.

Ryan down, Keegan Thompson up.

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  • crunch 11 min 10 sec ago (view)

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


  • Wrigley Rat 17 hours 46 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 17 hours 51 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 21 hours 58 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 45 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 42 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.


  • tim815 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The rush to 70 players.


  • 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 16 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.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.


  • Charlie 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

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

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 


  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500


  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...