Cubs Wish Yanqui Had Just Stayed Home

Yoel Yanqui (two-run triple), Jose Queliz (two-run double), Eduardo Diaz (solo HR), and Luke Van Rycheghem (RBI double) contributed run-scoring extra base hits to lead the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks Hi-A affiliate) to a 7-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, and Buddy Kennedy collected three hits (two singles and a double) and scored twice and Francis Martinez drilled an RBI double, singled and scored, and reached base on an HBP, helping the Kane County Cougars (D'backs Lo-A affiliate) defeat the Cubs Lo-A South Bend affiliate 4-1 on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Wednesday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.

Diamondbacks relievers retired a combined 30 of the last 33 hitters they faced on the two fields.

Wladimir Galindo stroked a two-run 1st inning HR and SP Jose Paulino hurled three shutout innings with five strikeouts (including the first four men he faced) for the Pelicans in a losing cause on Field #6,.and Christopher Morel doubled and singled and scored a run and Delvin Zinn roped an RBI triple and a single in the South Bend loss on Field #5.  

CF Jose Gutierrez and 1B Rafael Mejia were moved-up from the Eugene/Mesa squad to the Myrtle Beach squad for the day to provide additional late-inning position-player replacements beyond what the Pelicans had available.

Both games were eight inning affairs.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


FIELD #5:

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Luis Ayala, LF: 0-2 (K, BB, K, PO)
1b. Kwangmin Kwon, LF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
2b. Jared Young, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
3a. Jonathan Sierra, DH: 1-3 (1B, K, F-7)
3b. Alexander Guerra, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
4a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
4b. Abraham Rodriguez, RF: 0-2 (F-7, 6-3)
5a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (P-5, 1B)
5b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (K)
6a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R)
6b. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (6-3)
7. Austin Filiere, 1B: 0-3 (P-3, 6-4-3 DP, 6-3)
8. Delvin Zinn, 2B-SS: 2-3 (3B, L-9, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Zach Davis, CF: 0-3 (5-3, 4-3, K)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Emilio Ferrebus: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Brendan King: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)  
5. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 1
3B Cam Balego: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 0-3 CS

TENNESSEE OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
LF Kwangmin Kwon - runner on 1st base thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score on double into LF corner

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FIELD #6

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-2 (4-3, L-8)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K, R, SB, CS)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B-DH: 1-3 (HR, K, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
4. Brandon Hughes, RF: 2-3 (2B, L-9, 1B, SB)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, DH: 1-3 (1B, P-6, K, CS)
6. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 3-U)
7a. Joe Martarano, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, P-3)
7b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-1 (K)
8a. Michael Cruz, C: 1-2 (K, 2B)
8b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (K)
9a. Chris Singleton, LF: 0-1 (BB, K)
9b. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-1 (P-3)
10. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, F-9, 5-3)

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 44 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Ivan Medina: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Manuel Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Brian Glowicki: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (10 strikes)

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: NONE

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Michael Cruz: 0-2 CS
2. Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS

MYRTLE BEACH OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jose Gutierrez - batter thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double off CF Batter's Eye into triple

ATTENDANCE: 46

WEATHER: Partly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's

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Comments

PHIL, have the MIA's reported yet? Interested in Sepulveda.

PHIL, have the MIA's reported yet?

HAGSAG: Carlos Sepulveda is in Minor League Camp. He had off-season shoulder surgery so he is restricted to limited field activity only (he can run but he can't hit or throw). I have not seen Marcus Mastrobuoni, Ruben Reyes, or Braxton Light, and I don't know their present status.

yeah...screw this hot garbage...new "pace of play" rules for minor league games...

as someone who watches a lot of minor league games, bleh.  also, they wouldn't be doing this if they didn't think it could one day transfer to the bigs.

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/minor-league-b...

The bizarre extra inning rules, which I have a hard time believing will come to MLB, are the only hot garbage I see here. They should add enforcing the batters box rules.

that is the main one for me.  i really hope they don't adopt in MLB.  it was interesting, but ultimately anti-climatic in the WBC (imo).

i don't like the pitch time rules because it really doesn't save that much time, though some would take any time saved as a positive.

some people won't have an issue with either of these.

Don't mind the clocks in minor leagues. Ballplayers are creatures of habit and a clock in the minors should condition them to be naturally quicker between pitches in the majors. I think creating some better pace of game habits in the minors would be a better first step than directly applying them to the majors. As far as a runner on base during extras, I think they should double down on this idea. Put the runner on base, BUT . . . make him do the spin around the baseball bat gimmick between every pitch like the between innings game fans play.

Sonicwind75 is my next choice for MLB commissioner...just going on record on that matter.

The runner on 2nd rule is dumb. It's actually the NCAA college softball rule. In extra innings in regular season softball games they put a runner on 2nd. MiLB should just do the spring training rule.....play 10 innings then it ends in a tie. I could deal with a tie in MiLB. They could use a point system like hockey does. 2pts for wins, 1 for ties. But, The runner on 2nd just puts extra stress on relief pitchers.

It also means we'll see a lot more sac bunts. Whee!

sac bunts puts asses in seats! it's what the people want! btw, that's exactly what's happened in the WBC...man on 2nd, sac bunt, then try to hit the guy in.

Didn't know that

A tie makes far more sense than suddenly changing the way the game works. I also don't think extra innings are the real time problem. The issue that should be addressed is the dead time in a 9-inning game. If there's still the rare 14-inning game but 9-inning games are back to 2:40 instead of 3:40, I don't see that as a problem. From a player's or manager's perspective, I see a tie after 10 or 12 or something as a boon. Winning an extra-inning game is mostly a coin flip, and burning through your bullpen for a coin flip isn't very appealing. I'll take the tie instead.

Don't minor league games allow a player to lead off every innings when they are on rehab. In the end the games don't matter so I don't really care what rules they use so long as it helps development.

Only in extended spring training.

Chess Clock? Rather than a clock-per-pitch, I like the idea of some type of chess clock between the batter & pitcher. Could have it run per inning or per game. Diffuses the responsibility for keeping the game moving to the team, but still allows for flexibility within the game. In the right circumstances, I'm fine with players stepping out of the box or off the rubber. If a pitcher/batter wants to really slow the pace, then at some point that player or the team will need to think about picking it back up. Could have the clock reset per inning, with some type of "roll-over-minutes" feature. Also a mandate that coaches/managers have to at least jog (run?) to the mound for a visit... they're already wearing athletic apparel for crying out loud.

I was under the impression Filiere was finishing his schooling at MIT, and joining after.

 

Apparently not.

Phil -- Is there a schedule posted anywhere for the backfield games?

Usually, the only posted schedule is in the minor league facilities. The home and road back fields often have notices of sorts.

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  • crunch 14 hours 16 min ago (view)

    don't worry, i'm sure even though he was spared from cuts there's some hardship he's being tortured with that he has to unfairly overcome.  #coreystrong #onthecross #yolo #swag #kony2012

     

  • crunch 14 hours 18 min ago (view)

    there's no way a system like that or something similar to that would work.

    "oh hi." - green bay packers

    *shoves out of way*

    like i said, there's no way that would work.

     

  • Hagsag 17 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 21 min ago (view)

    I am ready for MLB owners to give it a f***ing rest. I don't have any outrage to spare on them.

    If they can't afford this crisis, maybe they can surrender franchise rights to the players, grounds crew, concession employees, etc., and MLB teams can be employee owned.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty.  This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021.  Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation.  The game will not be what it used to be after this.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant.  it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over.  the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.

     

  • bigsky33 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League.  Do you think there will be more cuts?  De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    aww...de la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.  the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.

    he chose the cubs.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.