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).
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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
crunch 3 hours 44 min ago (view)
without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them. it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys. that's no way to run things...
JustSayin' 5 hours 3 min ago (view)
So true. The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families. You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor. If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?
crunch 5 hours 33 min ago (view)
there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.
that's a real shame.
JustSayin' 10 hours 39 min ago (view)
Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair. That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche. I find this interesting. Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible. It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries. Those don't even factor in the luxury tax. You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 5 min ago (view)
As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.
crunch 1 day 22 min ago (view)
WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.
the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.
it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.
Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB).
CubbyBlue 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
"Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."
that's cool. no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.
Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
The Danny Hultzen and Carlos Asuaje minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but no Jason Adam or Tyler Olson contract filings (yet).
cubbies.4ever 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team.
Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate.
Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career).
cubbies.4ever 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace. If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI? This ownership has given him nothing this year. Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.