Cubs Tie Bees While 66ers Blank Pelicans at Diablo
Matt Rose belted an RBI double, singled, and stole a base, Eloy Jimenez singled twice and scored a run, and Justin Steele and Kyle Twomey combined to toss a five-hitter for the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), while Michael Pierson ripped an RBI single and walked and SP Joe Gatto fanned seven in 4.1 IP for the Burlington Bees (Lo-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels), as the Bees and Cubs played to a 1-1 tie on Field #4, and Trever Allen drove-in two runs with a SF and an RBI double and Jake Jewell and four relievers combined to hurl a four-hit shutout, as the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) blanked the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) 3-0 on Field #7, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action this morning at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.
It was a "bullpen day" for Myrtle Beach, as six Pelican relievers threw in the game on Field #7.
Four position players (INF David Bote, C-1B Alberto Mineo, OF Kevonte Mitchell, and INF Sutton Whiting) were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa group (Extended Spring Training) for the day, providing additional roster depth for the Pelicans and SB-Cubs.
In Minor League Camp roster news, INF Danny Lockhart has been moved-down to Myrtle Beach from AA Tennessee. (Lockhart spent the 2015 season at Myrtle Beach).
Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters
Cubs Spring Training Depth Chart (both updated daily)
Still waiting for final minor league roster cuts, moves, and adjustments, although several pitchers and position players presently on the Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend active lists will likely be temporarily assigned to Eugene (AKA "Extended Spring Training") for a few days until further disposition can be determined. Last year, about a dozen pitchers and position players were left behind at EXST simply because there was no room for them on a full-season club's Opening Day roster, but the Cubs did not want to release them, either.
Also, the Cubs will likely assign one position player (typically either a back-up catcher or multi-postional utility-type player) to each of the four full-season affiliates as a "player-coach," with the player inactive (usually by being placed on the club's 7-day DL with some vague soft-tissue injury) but staying in playing shape so that he can be activated in case another player goes on the DL. Last year, IF-OF Jonathan Mota (Iowa), C Tyler Pearson (Tennessee), C-1B Alberto Mineo (Myrtle Beach), and C Erick Castillo (South Bend) were the player-coaches for the four full-season teams, and RHP Jose Zapata (who was unable to pitch due to a broken neck suffered in a car crash post-2013) served as a player-coach (assistant pitching coach) with the short-season AZL Cubs.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played today at Diablo (Cubs players only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 0-4 (K, 6-3, K, E-6)
2. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 0-4 (K, K, L-5, K)
3. P. J. Higgins, DH: 0-4 (5-3, 6-3, 1-3, L-9)
4. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 4-3, K, R)
5. Matt Rose, 3B: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B, RBI, SB)
6. Andrew Ely, SS: 0-3 (5-3, K, F-7)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, 5-3)
8. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-3 (K, 4-3, K)
9. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-2 (K, BB, 5-3)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Justin Steele: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, 4/5 GO/AO, 83 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Kyle Twomey: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 52 pitches (35 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alberto Mineo: 2-4 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (HBP, K, F-7)
1b. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-1 (P-2)
2a. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 6-3, CS)
2b. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-0 (BB)
3a. Ian Happ, 2B: 0-3 (K, 3-U, K)
3b. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 0-1 (F-8)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-4 (6-3, K, P-6, P-3)
5a. Jason Vosler, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
5b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
6. Charcer Burks, DH: 0-2 (BB, BB, F-8, 6-4-3 DP)
7. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF-CF: 1-3 (1B, 3-1, BB, P-6)
8. Cael Brockmeyer, C: 1-3 (1B, K, P-4)
9. David Bote, 1B: 0-3 (P-3 DP, 5-3, K)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Daury Torrez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 B, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Ryan McNeil: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Jordan Minch: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 0/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
5. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
6. Tyler Ihrig: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cael Brockmeyer: 1-2 CS
MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Jeffrey Baez - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd after F-9
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's
Hagsag 16 min 18 sec ago (view)
Phil, when does the Instructional program begin? Are there pitchers in the pitching lab now?
cubbies.4ever 11 hours 19 min ago (view)
Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013. The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 55 min ago (view)
After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.
Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.
And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 17 min ago (view)
LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 20 min ago (view)
Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.
Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 33 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch.
bradsbeard 14 hours 29 min ago (view)
Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 11 min ago (view)
BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).
Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 18 min ago (view)
So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 18 min ago (view)
For those of you who like to plan ahead, AS THINGS STAND NOW here is how the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free-agency shape up for the Cubs post-2020:
bradsbeard 22 hours 50 sec ago (view)
You say that in jest, but just from the 2016 draft, which did not feature a first or second round pick, the Cubs drafted 4 players who were added to 40 man rosters this winter (Hatch, Miller, Rucker, Short) with Mekkes, Giambrone, and several others being potential mid-season additions.
Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 17 min ago (view)
So I guess he's the first guy since Rondon we've taken in rule 5 with a shot at making the roster. That's kinda cool
crunch 22 hours 23 min ago (view)
"Megill is a guy we tried to trade for, actually, prior to the Rule 5." - hoyer
Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 32 min ago (view)
That's a bummer. He does what few on the big league club do: put the bat on the ball.
Also hate to lose Rucker. He's a perfect type to be on AAA shuttle and cheap middle relief at minimum.
QuietMan 22 hours 33 min ago (view)
Good stuff indeed.
crunch 22 hours 35 min ago (view)
A's trade for machin...probably not getting him back.