Pelicans Gobble Nuts & Tourists Fly Past Cubs at Riverview
Jesse Hodges belted a solo HR and singled, Jordan Hankins singled twice, drove-in a run, and scored another, and Jake Stinnett tossed five innings of one-run ball as the Cubs took a 4-1 lead through five innings, but the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies Lo-A affiliate) scored four in the 6th, two in the 8th, and two more in the 9th, to rally to a 9-7 victory over the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) on Field #5. and Jacob Rogers and Kevin Brown hammered doubles and scored, Shawon Dunston Jr and Jeimer Candelario drilled RBI singles, and Wes Darvill slugged a two-run home run to highlight a five-run 3rd, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Modesto Nuts (Rockies Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
Brown (two doubles and a single) and Candelario (two singles and a double) collected three hits a piece for the Pelicans.
Chris Denorfia (hamstring rehab) saw his first game action in a couple of weeks, serving as a DH for Myrtle Beach and going 1-3. He led-off each of the first three innings, flying out F-9 in his first AB, bouncing back to the pitcher 1-3 his second time up, and then clubbing a ringing double into the right-centerfield gap in his third Plate Appearance.
While Denorfia jogged somewhat gingerly into second base and looked to be something less than 100% on his double, a minute later he went full-tilt from second to home to score on the Dunston ground RBI single to center.
South Bend RHP Zach Hedges had a tough outing while piggy-backing with Stinnett on Field #5. Coming in with a 4-1 lead in the top of the 6th, Hedges allowed eight run (all earned) on nine hits (including two doubles, a triple, and a home run) and two walks (plus a wild pitch) and no strikeouts in four innings of work.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, LF: 2-5 (P-4, 5-3, 5-3, 1B, 1B, R)
2. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-3 (HBP, 3B, 5-3, 6-3, F-9 SF, RBI)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (K, F-8, E-5, 1B, BB, 2 RBI, SB, CS)
4. Justin Marra, 1B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-9, BB, K, R)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-5 (1B, HR, 6-3, K, E-6, R, RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-5 (4-6-3 DP, 6-3, 1-3, K, 5-U FC)
7a. Jordan Hankins, C: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-5, R, RBI)
7b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (1-3)
8. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (F-7, BB, 1-3, 6-3, R)
9a. Rashad Crawford, DH: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, RBI)
9b. Yasiel Balaguert, PH-DH: 1-1 (1B, BB, 2 R)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Jake Stinnett: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 6/4 GO/FO, 72 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Zach Hedges: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R (8 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 8/3 GO/FO, 63 pitches (38 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jordan Hankins: 2-3 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
X. Chris Denorfia, DH #1: 1-3 (F-9, 1-3, 2B, R)
NOTE: Denorfia batted 1st in the top of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings
1. Kevin Brown, CF: 3-4 (2B, 2B, 3-U, 1B, R)
2. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-3 (F-9, BB, F-8, K)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 1B, F-9 SF, 2 RBI)
4. Victor Caratini, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, BB, K)
5. Ben Carhart, C: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-9)
6. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-3 (2B, L-3, L-9, R)
7. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF 1-3 (1B, P-3, K, R, RBI)
8. Andrew Ely, SS; 0-3 (P-5, K, 4-3)
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 2-3 (HR, K, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
10. Danny Lockhart, DH #3: 2-3 (1B, 2B, E-3, R)
11a. Alberto Mineo, DH #4: 0-2 (K, K)
11b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 1 WP, 6/4 GO/FO, 72 pitches (44 strikes)
2. Ryan McNeil: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 23 pitches (18 strikes)
3. James Farris: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (17 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Ben Carhart: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 22 min 42 sec ago (view)
Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).
Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 24 min ago (view)
I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option
bradsbeard 1 hour 30 min ago (view)
I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 30 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward.
BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021).
Arizona Phil 1 hour 42 min ago (view)
Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft).
Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could.
crunch 1 hour 48 min ago (view)
i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.
even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 10 min ago (view)
At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...).
Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.
Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 12 min ago (view)
I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 24 min ago (view)
With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).
Arizona Phil 2 hours 43 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.
So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.
The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open).
Arizona Phil 3 hours 5 min ago (view)
Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).
Arizona Phil 3 hours 45 min ago (view)
TIME OUT: As I mentioned in the post, the Cubs cannot cut Schwarber's base salary more than 20% without first non-tendering him, so if he is agreeable the Cubs could sign him for a relatively low base 2021 salary (something like $5M) combined with performance bonuses based upon actual PA (not pro-rated PA) maybe totaling $5M (which would cover the Cubs if the 2021 season is truncated), and then maybe an additional year or two (2022-23) for something like $10M per year plus performance bonuses (again, based on PA). Schwarber could get a player opt-out as well post-2021.
crunch 6 hours 19 min ago (view)
it's not surprising, but i also don't see the downside of giving him the $8m-ish he'd be owed.
if you can hit 30+ homers that's usually money you can easily go get.
i seriously wonder about this offseason and the amount of investment the cubs are going to make in the team. i mean, it's fine if they go cheap yet somehow field a great team via off-season trades or other forms of black magic...i just don't trust how this off-season is unfolding so far.
Charlie 6 hours 25 min ago (view)
From a sentimental perspective at least, non-tendering Schwarber blows. Several thumbs down.
crunch 6 hours 51 min ago (view)
cubs pick up robert stock off waivers from the rsox...31 year old righty.
throws hard (high 90s), has a slider (low 80s) , and a changeup (low 80s). control and command isn't his best friend.
crunch 7 hours 25 min ago (view)
schwarber non-tendered...almora, too...and jose martinez (yawn).
bryant to be tendered a contract, but expected to be traded.