Cubs & Pelicans Pitchers Give Bees & 66ers That Sinking Feeling

Chesny Young belted a two-run triple, singled, and walked, Jason Vosler doubled twice, singled, and scored a run, Jesse Hodges ripped an RBI double and a single, Rashad Crawford roped a line-drive RBI single, drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run, and Jeremy Null threw five innings of two-run ball with an amazing 12/1 GO/FO, as the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A  affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to edge the Burlington Bees (Lo-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels) 4-3 on Field #5, and Daury Torrez threw six shutout innings with four strikeouts and an 11/2 GO/FO, Kevin Brown belted a two-run triple, singled twice, and scored a run, Varonex Cuevas doubled twice, singled, and scored a run, and Danny Lockhart roped a two-run single, walked, and scored a run, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (the Cubs Hi-A affiliate) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.    

The 66ers had just scored four runs in the top of the 9th off Myrtle Beach lefty reliever Gerardo Concepcion to take a 6-2 lead, but the Pelicans came right back with four of their own. 

Both Daury Torrez and Jeremy Null had the sinker working to perfection, combining to produce a 23/3 GO/FO ratio over 11 innings of work, one of the most extraordinary groundball heavy minor league doubleheaders I have seen in some time. Torrez will join Duane Underwood, Tyler Skulina, Paul Blackburn, and Jen-Ho Tseng in the Myrtle Beach starting rotation, and Null will be part of a South Bend rotation that will also feature Jake Stinnett, Erick Leal, Trevor Clifton, James Norwood, and/or Zach Hedges (last slot still TBD)  

The defensive play of the day was turned-in by South Bend CF Trey Martin, who made a spectacular diving catch in right-centerfield after a long run at full speed. Martin is a "long-strider" who can make long distances seem shorter than they really are, but what was especially impressive about Martin's play was that he dived onto his left (non-throwing) shoulder to complete the catch, the same shoulder that was surgically repaired about a year ago.    

With the exception of Travis Wood and Kyle Hendricks, the Chicago Cubs left town after last night's Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in anticipation of their MLB Opening Day game tomorrow night at Wrigley Field, leaving minor league players behind to be presented as the "Chicago Cubs" for this afternoon's MLB Cactus League finale. Most of the players assigned to the MLB game at Chase were pulled from the AAA Iowa Cubs roster, but a few came from the Tennessee and Myrtle Beach squads as well. Also, several members of the Myrtle Beach squad were moved up to the Iowa Cubs for this afternoon's Cactus League minor league game in Tempe against the Angels AAA Salt Lake City affiliate, and a number of players from the Cubs Extended Spring Training contingent filled in for the missing Pelicans at Riverview, as well as providing roster depth in the South Bend, Tennessee, and Iowa games.  

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played today at Riverview Park (Cubs players only): 


FIELD #5 

SOUTH BEND LINEUP
1a. Chesny Young, 2B: 2-3 (3-U, BB, 1B, 3B, 2 RBI)
1b. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-1 (3-1) 
2. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, 6-3)
3a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-3 (1B, F-9, 2B, RBI)
3b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, DH: 0-4 (K, L-9, 5-2 FC, 5-3)
5. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 0-4 (L-4, 5-3, K, K)
6. Jason Vosler, SS: 3-4 (1B, 2B, F-8, 2B, R)
7. Trey Martin, CF: 0-4 (F-8, K, F-8, K) 
8. Rashad Crawford, LF: 1-3 (4-3, 4-3, BB, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
9. Gioskar Amaya, C: 0-2 (K, BB, BB, 4-3, 2 R)

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Jeremy Null: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER). 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 12/1 GO/FO, 62 pitches (46 strikes) 
2. Jordan Minch: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 30 pitches (22 strikes) 
3. Tommy Thorpe: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
SS Jason Vosler  - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
Gioskar Amaya: 1-1 CS 

FIELD #6

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP
1a. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (5-3, L-6, 6-4-3 DP, BB)
1b. Miguel Rico, PH: 1-1 (2B, R)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-3 (BB, K, 5-3, F-9 SF, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
3. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (BB, F-8, 4-3,  P-6, 1B, R, 2 RBI) 
4. Kevin Brown, CF: 3-5 (F-7, 1B, 1B, F-9, 3B, 2 RBI, CS) 
5. Ben Carhart, 1B: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, F-8, L-8, F-8 SF, RBI)
6. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-5 (F-9, F-8, 1-3, K, 3-1)
7. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 3-4: (2B, K, 2B, 1B, R) 
8. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-3 (BB, 3-1, K, K) 
9. Roberto Vahlis, DH: 1-2 (1B, BB, HBP, 6-3, R) 

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Daury Torrez: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 11/2 GO/FO, 75 pitches (58 strikes)
2. Tayler Scott: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 6/0 GO/FO, 35 pitches (24 strikes) 
3. Gerardo Concepcion: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 28 pitches (17 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE 

ATTENDANCE: 26 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Prior to games, C-1B Cael Brockmeyer was moved down from Tennessee to South Bend. The South Bend Cubs do not presently have a 1st baseman (Danny Canela is on Injury Rehab at Minor League Camp and will be assigned to Extended Spring Training), so Brockmeyer and Justin Marra will alternate with each other at 1st base and at catcher with Gioskar Amaya until Canela is ready to return to game action.  

It was interesting watching the Iowa Cubs take BP this morning at Riverview, because all of the I-Cubs position players were absent except three: Adron Chambers, John Andreoli, and some guy named Kris Bryant. They were left behind to play in the minor league game at Diablo Park in Tempe, together with several members of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (including Victor Caratini, Jacob Rogers, Shawon Dunston Jr, Wes Darvill, and Andrew Ely) and a few of the Extended Spring Training kids.  

Final minor league roster adjustments will be in place by tomorrow: 

Here are the current up-to-the-minute latest Cubs Spring Traing Minor League Camp rosters:

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The starting pitching rotations for the four full season affiliates appear to be:

IOWA
Eric Jokisch 
Pierce Johnson
Donn Roach 
Carlos Pimentel 
Yoanner Negrin 
Drake Britton (once he is "stretched-out") 
NOTE: Dallas Beeler will start the season on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL. 

TENNESSEE
C. J. Edwards 
Corey Black 
Rob Zastryzny 
Ivan Pineyro
Felix Pena

MYRTLE
 BEACH
Daury Torrez 
Tyler Skulina 
Duane Underwood 
Jen-Ho Tseng
Paul Blackburn 
PIGGY-BACK: Jonathan Martinez 

SOUTH
 BEND
Jake Stinnett 
Jeremy Null 
Erick Leal 
Trevor Clifton 
James Norwood 
Zach Hedges 
NOTE: Which five of the six will start and which one will "piggy-back" is still to be decided. Also, Ryan Williams and Ryan McNeil are stretched-out as starters, but neither will likely be in the SB rotation to start the season.  

Cubs minor league RHRP Tony Zych (2011 4th round draft pick - U. of Louisville) was sent to the Seattle Mariners for cash prior to his release officially going through. No players were involved. 

The Mariners found out that he was going to be released and offered the Cubs a nominal amount of cash for his contract so they wouldn't have to bid for his services as a minor league FA. 

Also, by acquiring Zych's "first contract" instead of signing him to a "second contract" after he is released, the Mariners will retain club control over Zych through the 2017 season (he will be a minor league 6YFA post-2017 if he is not added to an MLB 40-man roster by that time), instead of just for the 2015 season, which would have been the case if they had signed him after he was released. 

I guess they got in some BP today. Paul Sullivan @PWSullivan Congrats to @JorgeSoler68 on hitting the Jumbotron already.

I am happy to see my favorite Daury Torrez throwing a great six innings. I hope he is the first of the MB starting pitchers to be sent to Tenn.

HAGSAG: The starting rotation at Myrtle Beach is loaded. All five of the starters there (Torrez, Skulina, Underwood, Tseng, and Blackburn) are legitimate MLB pitching prospects. Probably not so much at the other levels.  

Happy 1st (opening) Day of the rest of our lives!!!

Any predictions for the year? I have two - the realistic and the lofty, everything goes right, Bryant really up in two weeks kind. 82-80 is my expectation, only because I'm expecting the usual slow start. My lofty is 162-0, with Bryant getting a home run in every game.

I see such a vast variance of possibilities, where I honestly believe 95 wins and 95 losses is possible for this team. As a result, I am going to split the difference and go 81-81.

I believe they will have a slow start. Ceiling is 87 wins. Floor is 76 wins. I think they'll end up at 83 ...

i think the cubs lawyers will go 3-0 in court cases. predicting new OF advertising for RF, and left-center. predicting only a single minor league player will be lost to another club in exchange for a coach or office guy (or perhaps another club's lawyer). going out on a limb and proclaiming neither MLB nor another club will file a grievance against the cubs for improper actions off the playing field. and tim wilken will be extended through 2030. also, i hope there's some baseball activity worth watching. i'm out of practice for rooting for the cubs. this is supposed to be one of those non-intetionally tanking years and i don't know how to feel about that.

Way to stay positive as always. I for one am excited as a motherfucker for opening day, for my awesome fantasy team...and also happy Easter.

dems jokes...as they are most of the time. i got cubs PTSD after romping through the jungle with improper equipment for years...integration back into the real competitive world takes a while. i don't know what color magnetic ribbon to stick on my car to call awareness to this. never forget.

╭∩╮(-_-)╭∩╮ Happy Easter! :) May it see the long-overdue rebirth of our collective ability to love the shit out of baseball.

this guy... hehe. it's happening...hell, it's april 2015 and people are already picking d.price to become a cub via FA in 2016. that's a hell of a tide change.

BTW while it is fun to see te world fighting over two Cubs for Rookie of the Year ... I am going with Addison Russell who will come up before the All Star Break to fill in for injuries and light the world on fire.

Cubs have ROY and runner up in 2015, ROY again in 2016 with Russell. See y'all later, I have to go bet my life savings on it!

Yes. When we all really know Noah Syndergaard wins it this year ...

Let's do this !!!!

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  • crunch 4 hours 32 min ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

    espada's had 2 interviews.  for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work.  SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.

     

  • JustSayin' 5 hours 57 min ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 6 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 24 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll. 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 50 min ago (view)

    The discussions on this matter have been quite varried.  There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.

    It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.

     

  • Hagsag 20 hours 2 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic.  wow.

    altuve continues to build his astros legend.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab. 

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday?  Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?)  Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back? 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Who are you all rooting for in the World Series? I'm rooting for the Nats to face and defeat Houston, I think, but with very mild interest. Let them get that championship out of the way and then maybe go the way of the post-2016 Cubs.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the Cubs will do with Oscar de la Cruz if they don’t add him back to the 40 man? Can they try to re-sign him but wait until after the Rule 5 to make it official? Do you think they will try to keep him in the organization in some fashion? 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable.