Susnara, C. Hernandez, Morfa, and Granadillo Lay Out the Lumber at Riverview

Tim Susnara belted a line-drive grand slam HR over the RF fence, picked a runner off 1st base, and threw-out another runner trying to steal 3rd, Cristian Hernandez singled and scored and smashed a towering two-run HR over the right-centerfield fence just to the right of the CF Batter's Eye and onto Clark Street, Carlos Morfa walked and scored and clobbered a two-run HR over the LF fence that landed on Field #2, and Dilan Granadillo drilled a two-run triple and scored, as the Cubs Blue squad demolished the Cubs Red squad 10-1 in a two-inning Extended Spring Training intrasquad game played Monday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.   

In 18 games so far at Extended Spring Training (including 14 Cactus League EXST games and four intrasquad EXST games), Cristian Hernandez is hitting 217/349/478, with four HR & 10 RBI, a 14% BB-rate and a 34% K-rate. In the 14 Cactus League EXST games (only), Hernandez is hitting 146/280/341, with two HR & 5 RBI, a 14% BB-rate, and a 38% K-rate. Obviously, he - LOVES - hitting against Cub pitching! 

Here is the box score from the game: 
CUBS RED SQUAD LINEUP:
1. Christian Olivo, SS: 0-1 (K, BB) 
2. Matt Warkentin, DH: 0-0: (BB, R)
3. Frank Hernandez, LF: 0-1 (F-9)
4. Bryan Serra, 2B: 1-1 (1B) 
5. Raino Coran, RF: 0-0 (BB) 
6. Miguel Pabon, 1B: 0-1 (K) 
7. Brayan Altuve, CF: 0-0 (BB, PO) 
8. Ronnier Quintero, C: 0-0 (BB, CS) 
9. Joanfran Rojas, 3B: 0-1 (K) 

CUBS BLUE SQUAD LINEUP:
1. Cristian Hernandez, SS: 2-2 (1B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
2. Rafael Morel, 3B: 1-1 (HBP, 1B, 2 R) 
3. Carlos Morfa, RF: 1-1 (BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)  
4. Tim Susnara, C: 1-1 (HR, BB, R, 4 RBI)
5. Cristian More, CF: 0-2 (3-U, K) 
6. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-1 (3-U)
7. Alejandro Rivero, 1B: 1-1 (2B, R) 
8. Flemin Bautista, LF: 1-1 (1B, R) 
9. Dilan Granadillo, DH: 1-1 (3B, R, 2 RBI)

CUBS RED SQUAD PITCHERS
1. Rony Baez: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Yohan Crispin: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 25 pitches (17 strikes) 

CUBS BLUE SQUAD PITCHER:  
Starlyn Pichardo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 3 K, 4 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 50 pitches (22 strikes) 

CUBS BLUE SQUAD CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tim Susnara: 1-1 CS, 1 PO

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

ATTENDANCE: 2  

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Comments

Phil, do you think Gsellman would accept a demotion back to Iowa if he was optioned this year? I know he can refuse the option due to his five yrs of service time. If he's pitched well he might decline it and try to sign elsewhere.

Just curious on your thoughts. ERoberts, Rucker, Leiter, & Menez all have options left and are essentially rookies still. They'll be the first to go (once Roberts comes off IL). Robertson, Stroman, Newcomb and Mills are probably coming back within the next month or so. Four spots have to open up. And now BHughes is up so that's another spot needed clearly if he does well and sticks around.

So, ERob, Ruck, Leit, Menez & maybe Gsellman have to be optioned/demoted. I'm assuming Gsellman would be kept and Hughes optioned once/if everything clears up.

Lots of stuff to theorize on!!

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: A player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time has Article XIX-A status, meaning he cannot be sent to the minors (outrighted or optioned) without his consent.

This is different from an Article XX-D player (has accrued at least three but less than five years of MLB Service Time or qualified as a "Super Two" after the previous season and/or has been outrighted previously in his career).  Unlike an Article XIX-A player, an Article XX-D player can be optioned without restriction (presuming he has minor league options left) and can be outrighted without restrictioon, but if he is outrighted he can elect free-agency immediately and forfeit the balance of his contract with no termination pay, or accept the outright assignment and defer free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. Most Article XX-D players who are outrighted will accept an outright assignment and defer free-agency until after the season, but some players don't.   

So, being an Article XIX-A player, Robert Gsellman cannot be sent to the minors without his consent. If he refuses an optinal assignment, he must be kept on the MLB 40-man roster and 26-man roster, or be traded or released. The only time you might see an Article XIX-A player accept an optional assignment is if he is playing for a contending team and there is a roster crunch and he understands that and wants to be part of the club later in the season, and/or if the club offers the player a contract extension or other some other financial perk. Even then, the player almost certainly will want a verbal promise that he will be recalled by a certain date. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Gotcha

He might get traded as well. I think he'd be better out of the pen than Mills would be. If Keegan, Stro, Wade, Smyly, Steele & Kyle are healthy and doing okay, than I don't think Mills has a spot. You still have Kilian in Iowa along with Cam Sanders and maybe Swarmer in an emergency. But if you keep Gsellman over Mills he could start as well and be an "opener" at least. Mills is probably waived/traded in a couple of weeks. He threw a no hitter!

As always, thanks Phil. Makes a lot of sense

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