Morelli Hit Streak Reaches 20 as Cubs Play Extended Spring Training Finale
Jesus Morelli reached base three times and extended his hitting streak to 20 games and Cubs pitchers fanned 14 EXST Brewers through the first eight innings,, but the Brew Crew hung-on to edge the EXST Cubs 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning. This was the final 2010 Extended Spring Training game for both teams.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-3 (P-4, P-6, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TWO TIMES THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH NA REMAINED IN CF
2. George Matheus, SS: 1-4 (6-3, HR, P-4, BB, K, RBI, R)
3. Jesus Morelli, DH #1: 1-3 (BB, 6-3, P-3, 1B, BB, R)
4a. Brandon May, 1B: 2-4 (1B, F-7, E-5, 1B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH MAY REMAINED AT 1B
4b. Vismeldy Bieneme, PR: 0-0 (SB)
5. Runey Davis, DH #2: 2-4 (F-9, 3B, K, 1B, RBI, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH DAVIS REMAINED IN GAME
6. Chris Huseby, DH #3: 0-4 (3-U, BB, F-8, L-6, K)
7. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B: 0-4 (L-7, 4-3, 1-3, 4-3)
8. Alvaro Ramirez, LF: 2-4 (1B, 3B, 3-U, 4-3, R, PO)
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 6-3, RBI, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED LAST TIME THROUGH ORDER ALTHOUGH DARVILL REMAINED AT 2B
10. Carlos Romero, C: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 4-3, 6-3)
11. Xavier Batista, RF: NO AB – PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY
1. Marcus Hatley – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 47 pitches (31 strikes)
3. Marcos Perez – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 49 pitches (35 strikes)
4. Andres Quezada - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
Carlos Romero: 0-2 CS, 1 PB
RF Xavier Batista (at 2nd base)
WEATHER: Sunny and hot, with 100+ temperatures
crunch 10 hours 18 min ago (view)
* except for playing 1st base
crunch 2 days 6 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 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 2 days 11 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 2 days 15 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 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 3 days 7 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 3 days 11 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 3 days 16 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 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 4 days 9 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).