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):
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)
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
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
WEATHER: Partly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 8 hours 14 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 4 days 19 hours ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 5 days 17 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 6 days 57 min ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 6 days 2 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 6 days 6 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 6 days 19 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 1 week 22 hours ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."
bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)
This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options.
Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago (view)
I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins
...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw
erich081 1 week 3 days ago (view)
I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.