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). 

(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): 

FIELD #4

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 


FIELD #7

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

ATTENDANCE: 24 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's

Comments

AZ Phil, Have you heard who the other 15 Latins are that are coming?

HAGSAG: All I know is that there are supposed to be 18, and three of them (Ochoa, Palma, and A. Rondon) arrived yesterday. 

HAGSAG: 2B Jhonny Bethencourt, RHP Hector Garcia, RHP Jose Leidenz, 3B Rafael Mejia, and SS Yeiler Peguero have arrived at Riverview. That leaves ten.  

OF Bijan Rademacher moves-down from AAA Iowa to AA Tennessee, and 3B Jesse Hodges, RHRP Daniel Lewis, RHP Tommy Nance, RHSP Jeremy Null, and C Tyler Pearson move-down from Myrtle Beach to EXST. NOTE: Tyler Pearson and Alberto Mineo MIGHT serve as player-coaches (Pearson with Tennesse and Mineo with South Bend - TBA).  

Also TJS #2 for catcher Will Remillard (will miss 2016 season). 

FINAL POSITION PLAYER ROSTER ASSIGNMENTS AT MINOR LEAGUE CAMP: I'm not 100% sure, but it appeared that INF Ryan Dent moved-down to Tennessee with Rademacher yesterday, and OF Mark Zagunis might have been moved-down to Myrtle Beach (he wasn't with the Tennessee squad yesterday, and with Remillard done, MB will need an emergency #3 catcher behind Brockmeyer and G. Amaya). OF Trey Martin (who was assigned to the Myrtle Beach squad) is injured (ankle or knee?) and probably will remain at EXST (at least for a few days). 2B Stephen Bruno has disappeared since being moved-down from Iowa to Tennessee last week. I haven't seen him lately, and I don't know if AA is appropriate for him in 2016 since he spent all of 2014 and all of 2015 at AA. And either Matt Murton, Ryan Kalish, or Juan Carlos Perez will not make the AAA Iowa Opening Day roster (not sure which one is "odd man out"). However, the Third Man could be retained as a "player-coach" at Iowa (inactive until needed).    

Remillard to have TJS again. The 2015 one I guess failed huh?

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  • JustSayin' 1 hour 31 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have 15-20 extra pitchers in their minor league system due to unbalanced drafting over the last few years.  I am ready to see them err on the side of giving the internal guys too many chances as compared to signing AAA players who had short stints in the big leagues which didn't go too well.  We don't know it the Cubs organization is just that bad at developing pitching, or has too many guys trying to prove themselves in a fixed number of minor league innings.  Bad scouting/development or self-inflicted bottleneck?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Dan Winkler and Jharel Cotton wasn't enough for you? Tough crowd.

     

  • Hagsag 19 hours 34 min ago (view)

    I think we all are ready for some action.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 8 min ago (view)

    winter meetings start tomorrow...guys got into town friday/today.

    the cubs are supposedly looking to tap the trade market for their major moves.  this is the place where it gets done or seeds get planted.

    also, the modern day HOF class will be announced.  marvin miller will most likely get in.  lou whitaker and ted simmons should have some heat, too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    semi-interesting winter league note...

    trey mcnutt (yes, that guy) is having a hell of a winter league in mexico (one of the less talented winter leagues) so far as a closer.  15.2ip 8h 4bb 24k, 0.57 era.

    giants signed him to a minor league deal a couple weeks ago.  he never went anywhere.  he's been consistently playing ball in the minors and indie league ball since he was last a noteworthy player.  last season he played in the OAK minor league system.  30 years old now...

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc).  last year was not a fun bullpen year...

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:

    https://twitter.com/mlbastian/status/1202973097223237632