Cubs Pitchers Spin Intrasquad Shutout at Riverview
James Norwood, Cory Abbott, Yovanny Cruz, and Scott Effross combined to toss a four-hit shutout, Kevin Zamudio drilled a two-run HR, a single, and a double, Nelson Velazquez singled, doubled, and walked, and Chris Carrier smacked a solo HR, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Sunday morning on John Arguello Way at the Rivervierw Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Donnie Dewees (acquired in a trade with KC Friday evening) played LF for four innings and collected a single and a SB.
RHRP James Norwood came over from MLB Camp and threw an easy 1-2-3 1st inning for the winning squad. Taylor Davis also came over to Minor League Camp to serve as Norwood's "personal" catcher, and as is the case when a pitcher on an MLB 40-man roster pitches in a Minor League game, Norwood gets to use the higher-quality MLB baseball (manufactured in Costa Rica) instead of the cheaper minor league model (which is manufactured in China).
RHSP Matt Swarmer left the game with a finger blister after warming up in the top of the 2nd (he had a 1-2-3 eleven-pitch 1st inning with two strikeouts). He was scheduled to work three innings or throw 45 pitches (whichever came first), but (as it turned out) that didn't happen.
Here is the box score from the game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Austin Filiere, 3B: 1-2 (F-8 SF-DP, 1B, K, R, RBI)
2a. Charcer Burks, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI, SB)
2b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 3-3 (1B, HR, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB)
4a. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
4b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-3 (5-3, K, K)
5a. Taylor Davis, C: NO AB
5b. Chris Pieters, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
5c. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
6a. Yeiler Peguero, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
6b. Gustavo Polanco, C 0-1 (5-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 2nd TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
7a. Christian Donahue, 2B: 0-1 (3-U)
7b. Chris Singleton, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-8, F-7, R, SB)
8a. Roberto Caro, RF: 0-0 (BB)
8b. Rafael Narea, SS: 1-2 (1B, K, 6-3, SB)
9a. Michael Cruz, DH-C-DH: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
9b. Chris Carrier, PH-DH: 1-3 (K, HR, F-9, R, RBI)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1a. Evan Marzilli, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
1b. Christopher Morel, PH-DH: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
2a. Donnie Dewees, LF: 1-2 (3-U, 1B, SB)
2b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-0 (HBP)
2c. Tyler Payne, C: 1-1 (1B)
3a. Robel Garcia, 3B: 0-1 (F-7)
3b. D. J. Wilson, PH-CF: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 4-6-3 DP)
4a. Ian Rice, C 0-0 (BB)
4b. Brandon Hughes, PH-LF: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
5a. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 0-1 (P-2 DP)
5b. Eddy Julio Martinez, PH-RF: 1-3 (3-1, 1B, K)
6a. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 1-1 (3B)
6b. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-0 (BB, K)
7a. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-1 (K)
7b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (5-4 FC, F-7)
8a. Fernando Kelli, RF: 0-1 (K)
8b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3)
9a. Fidel Mejia, DH: 0-1 (3-U)
9b. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-2 (F-9, K)
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. James Norwood: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Cory Abbott: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Yovanny Cruz: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 4/3 GO/AO, 41 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Scott Effross: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Matt Swarmer: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
2. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Ryan Kellogg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Zach Hedges: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 17 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Brailyn Marquez: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 48 pitches (28 strikes)
6. Faustino Carrera: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/AO, 44 pitches (28 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS:
SQUAD "B" ERRORS:
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Michael Cruz: 0-1 CS
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-2 CS
SQUAD "B" : OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF D. J. Wilson - Baserunner (Rafael Narea) thrown out 8-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd after F-8
WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
MIL closer (but not their best reliever) c.knebel has gone from "tired arm" to "elbow might be a little bit torn up"
unfortunately, they've been linked to c.kimbrel lately...hopefully that doesn't happen.
Here is how the Cubs starting pitching is trending at Minor League Camp as of this morning (Thursday 3/21). There will be changes before the affiliates leave town in about ten days, but here is how things stand right now:
brach not throwing mid-90s yet at this point in spring is a bit concerning...he's been in the high 80s, touching low 90s almost all spring.
slider velocity is on point.
Here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Thursday afternoon's Cubs - Giants Cactus League game at Sloan Park:
FB: 84-86 - T-87
NOTE: Velo was down a bit across the board for Hendricks, but does it really matter?
NOTE: Finished Hendricks' final inning (the 6th)... best thing I can say about Duensing is that he appears to be healthy and is throwing the ball as well as he can...
...speaking of extensions...looks like goldschmidt/cards are going to be a long-term pain the cubs ass sometime soon.
Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal
Eloy Jimenez deal with #whitesox is six years, $43M with two club options, but in his camp’s view, he effectively is giving up only one free-agent year. Without deal, he would have started season in AAA and stayed down until at least point when CWS would gain seven years control.
Thanks alot for the rundown. I’d really like to see them take some risks rather than run with retreads . For instance, I’d like to see Soto-Reynolds/Mejia-Perlaza-Vazquez-Morel to be the SB infield for a good chunk of the year or the MB OF to be Wilson/Artis-Gutierrez-Herron to open with Mitchell on the bench. I’d really really like to see one of Davis or Roederer open with SB (personal preference is Davis but only because I like his potential more).
ichiro goes 0/4 in his farewell game...it's been an interesting run for a guy who didn't get here til he was 27.
3089 hits...509 sb...350+ ob%...10 GG...1 MVP
M's win over the A's in 12 innings...
For those of you who might have missed Wednesday night's MLB Cactus League Game at Sloan Park, here are the velo readings from Cubs pitchers (and one Dodger pitcher):
NOTE: Mixed up his pitches very well and maintained FB velo throughout outing, but fly ball pitchers like Hamels usually don't fare too well in Arizona in March (they don't fare too well in Texas, either).
BRADSBEARD: Cole Roederer has had an impressive week at Minor League Camp and with the MLB club as well, but I think the most-likely scenario is that he stays in Mesa at EXST April-June, is assigned to Eugene on NWL Opening Day, and then (if all goes well at Eugene) gets a promotion to South Bend in mid-July or August, and then gets assigned to the AFL post-2019, and then (best case scenario) - POSSIBLY - gets to AA sometime in 2020 (although Myrtle Beach would be a lot more-likely for Opening Day 2020).
The Cubs have released RHSP Christian Bergman from Minor League Camp. He was an NRI to MLB Camp, but was sent down to Minor League Camp last week
Thanks to PHIL and the ASS.
On another topic - looks like J-Hey is in mid-season form at the plate in camp.
Do you think Roederer opens the season at SB?
Jordan Bastian @MLBastian
Yu Darvish's between-start bullpen session is scheduled for Friday. If all goes well, his next turn to pitch would fall on Sunday.
Some things to keep in mind about the "backdating" of injured list assignments:
As long as the player did not appear in a game during the retroactive period (including "official" MLB Cactus League or Grapefruit League games or other MLB pre-season exhibition games), an MLB 10-day Injured List assignment can be backdated up to three days (including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day), and a 7-day (acute concussion) Injured List assignment can be backdated up to four days (including the four days prior to MLB Opening Day).
For anyone interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Tuesday's Cubs - Mariners game at Sloan Park:
???: 59 (I don't know what type of pitch this was but it was the slowest pitch I've seen since Little League)
NOTE: A really interesting variety of pitches from Yu... Looked good until the blister caused him to leave the game earlier than planned...