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)
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)
4b. Vismeldy Bieneme, PR: 0-0 (SB)
5. Runey Davis, DH #2: 2-4 (F-9, 3B, K, 1B, RBI, SB)
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)
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


6 runs, our quota for the week Colvin should be benched for jump starting our lame team What's up with ARam, some one must have woken him up from his Rip Van Winkle snooze

[Profanity] he put a sweet swing on that homerun. Nothing big about that swing, but he's got a [profanity] of pop in it. He needs to play nearly everyday. He's given nobody any reason to bench him, and he's morel likely the future (as compared to any of the rest of our outfielders).

I don't know where you think you are, but censorship is kind of frowned upon.

I am trying to figure out what words fit in his brackets... is shitload one word?

Comment: Good, Better, Best #1: Damn, Jesus, Sweet fucking christ #2: Shitload, Assload, fuckload Just try to come up with more appropriate curses than these - I dare you!

. . . I love you guys. *hugs*

Now that EXST is over what are the 18 who attend these games get to do with all the impending free time? thanks Az Phil, I always enjoy your reports and insights.

Az phil- What position would Morelli play?

Submitted by jacos on Sat, 06/05/2010 - 7:59pm. Az phil- What position would Morelli play? ========================== JACOS: Jesus Morelli has played all three OF positions (but mostly RF) at EXST, and his best spot is definitely RF (he has a plus-arm with slightly above-average speed),

AZ PHIL THANKS!! Again, for another insightful season of EXST for our Young Cubs! Hopefully, a couple of these prospects will make a difference for the team down the road - after some of the management currently here is gone. And, as you have seen, "You don't mess with 'The Jesus'."

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  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 46 min ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring on December 1st, MLB owners and the MLBPA have jointly agreed to move the contract tender date up from Thursday December 2nd to Tuesday November 30th (that's a week from today). 

    Then (presumably) the lock-out will start the next day (Wednesday). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Not that TJS is ever necessarily a good thing, but taking a year off from catching could give Miguel Amaya a chance to work on his hitting.

    His glove & arm were probably a year ahead of his bat coming into 2021, so once he gets going again hopefully he will be able to spend a significant part of his rehab working in the cages. 

    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.


  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Chris Allen, 1B Shendrik Apostel, INF Matt Burch, INF Widimer Joaquin, RHP Garrett Kelly, RHP Marco Prieto,  RHP Jorge Remon, RHP Dawel Rodriguez, and OF Vance Vizcaino, so the off-season Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List is now at 169 (21 slots are open).  

    Six of the nine players who were released (Allen, Apostel, Joaquin, Kelly, Remon, and Vizcaino) were Rule 5 Draft-eligible, and all six had been left off the Iowa Reserve List when rosters were filed last Friday. 


  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Also, Justin Steele gets a 4th minor league option in 2022 (must be used in 2022). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

    So I would expect Amaya will be able to DH by mid-season (hitting shouldn't be a problem by then), and then (hopefully) be able to throw normally in games (as a catcher) at post-season Instructs and then maybe in the AFL, with 2023 Spring Training being when he should be 100%. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  


  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    well...that's one hell of a forearm strain.


  • tim815 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?


  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

    not bad for a guy with 1/10th of a season service time.


  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Miguel Amaya to have Tommy John surgery. Will likely miss most of next season. (I speculate that he could maybe DH a bit in the second half and throw towards August.)


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    When you add in the arb-eligibility, that's gotta make Ramirez a real contender for Hermosillo's "non-tender poster boy" title