Cubs & A's Spend Saturday in the (Fitch) Park
Delvin Zinn singled, doubled, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Andy Weber singled twice, walked, and scored a run, and Miguel Amaya ripped a bases-loaded RBI single (Wladimir Galindo was thrown out at home on the play or it would have been two RBI), as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) edged the Stockton Ports (Hi-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) 2-1 on Field #4, and SP Wyatt Marks hurled three innings of no run/no hit ball, Max Schuemann drilled an RBI single and a double and scored a run, and Jesus Lopez belted a solo HR, leading the Beloit Snappers (A's Lo-A affiliate) to a 5-3 victory over the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Saturday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Yonathan Perlaza crushed a two-run double (a near three-run HR) for South Bend in a losing cause.
Eight of the ten Cubs pitchers who worked in the two games were clearly pitching to avoid being assigned to the Eugene/Mesa squad and being left behind at Extended Spring Training when the four full-season Cubs affiliates leave Arizona in a couple of weeks, and I would say of the eight, only Jack Patterson, Raidel Orta, and Carlos Vega maybe showed that they should at least be considered for a spot in the South Bend bullpen. (Besides the eight pitchers on the "EXST bubble" who worked in the game, the other two pitchers who threw -- Brendan King and Eugenio Palma -- are really not in danger of being left behind at Extended Spring Tainining, but there is still the matter of whether they will open the season at Myrtle Beach or in South Bend).
Also, it is becoming apparent that (barring injury) the Cubs will assign both Wladmir Galindo - AND - Austin Filiere (both of whom are primarlily third-basemen) to Myrtle Beach on Opening Day and that Filiere will play mostly 1B (as he did today). This is bad news for Tyler Durna, because he showed enough at Winter Instructs and so far in Minor League Camp to at least make the Cubs think about him as the Pelicans' Opening Day first-baseman, but the Galindo/Filiere bottleneck at 3B and the desire to assign both players to Myrtle Beach and therefore play Filiere mostly at 1st base will almost certainly mean that Durna starts the season at South Bend.
While Durna looks to be headed to South Bend, another 2018 Cubs draft pick continues to make a push for a Myrtle Beach Opening Day roster slot. Like Durna, Andy Weber has stood-out at both Winter Instructs (where he was in the advanced technical hitting group) and at Minor League Camp (where he has played all over the infield and done a nice job no matter where he is posted). However, Weber's chances to open the season at Myrtle Beach will probably depend on either Nico Hoerner or Aramis Ademan making the AA Tennessee Opening Day roster, and that remains TBD.
Here are the abridged box scores from the games (Cubs player only):
SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. Josue Huma, SS: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, K)
1b. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-2 (K, 1-4-3 DP)
2. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 1-5 (F-9, 1-U, P-4, 2B, 3-1, 2 RBI)
3a. Nelson Valazquez, RF: 1-3 (1B, K, 1B, R)
3b. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-1 (P-6)
4. Grant Fennell, LF: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, BB, 5-3)
5a. Tyler Durna, 1B: 0-1 (P-4, BB)
5b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
6a. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-1 (BB, K)
6b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-2 (6-4-3 DP, 2B)
7. Jonathan Sierra, DH: 0-4 (1-6-3 DP, F-9, 4-3, F-8)
8a. Chris Singleton, CF: 0-2 (P-4, K)
8b. D. J. Artis, CF: 0-0 (BB, BB, R, SB)
9a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (P-4, K)
9b. Raymond Pena, C: 1-1 (HBP, 1B, R)
SOUTH BEND PITCHERS:
1. Zach Mort: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Kohl Franklin: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Niels Stone: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/4 GO/AO, 35 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Blake Whitney: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Carlos Vega: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1
SS Josue Huma: E-6 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-2 CS
MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
1a. Jimmy Herron, CF: 0-3 (5-3, K, 1-3)
1b. Brandon Vicens, LF: 0-1 (K)
2. Delvin Zinn, SS-3B: 2-3 (2B, F-7, 1B, BB, R, SB)
3a. Andy Weber, 2B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, R)
3b. Austin Upshaw, 2B: 0-1 (F-7)
4a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, 5-3, RBI)
4b. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-1 (K)
5a. Austin Filiere,1B: 1-3 (3-1, 1B, K)
5b. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-1 (F-9)
6a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-6, RBI)
6b. Caleb Knight, C: 0-1 (K)
7a. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-3 (1-3, F-7, K)
7b. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-1 (K)
8. Zach Davis, LF-CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, PO)
9. Brennen Davis, DH: 0-3 (6-3, K, K)
MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Brendan King: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Eugenio Palma: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Jake Reindl: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Raidel Orta: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS:
MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 1 PB
MYRTLE BEACH BASERUNNING:
Wladimir Galindo thrown out 8-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on line single to CF
WEATHER: Sunny & a bit breezy with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
This open up a spot for Zagunis unless there is a trade or a waiver claim.
lester pulls off a bouncing pickoff throw to 1st (runner taking a 15-20ft+ lead) and gets a huge pop from the cubs fans in the crowd...safe, btw.
baez with HR #2 of the spring, both in back to back games. in his next AB he missed another homer by about 10ft...
lester only ends up lasting 4 innings (with a disaster 3rd inning to match the 1st) and he's ready to put this spring behind him.
15.1ip 23h 6bb 17k, 3hr, 10.57era
s.cishek destroys his spring numbers with a 0.1ip 5h 1bb, 5er outing...5 scoreless outings over 4.1ip (2h 2bb) before this...
25 pitch, 3 run 1st for lester...3 Ks, though
he's flirting with ending his spring with a 10.00+ ERA unless he puts things together in the following innings before he hits his pitch count limit.
I'll betcha Happ is pissed.
he didn't get cheated on chances this spring and failed to deliver.
he did look good playing 2nd, though...so that's a plus given how meh-to-average he's traditionally looked there. maybe he'll get more looks there in AAA rather than the OF.
Definitely a surprise. Based on his spring campaign and continued swing and miss issues, it’s deserved.
i.happ to open the season in AAA.
that's a mild surprise.
looks like almora's role just got elevated.
j.hammel (TEX) is retiring. he was in TEX camp on a minor league deal and he had a decent spring. he was also very recently added to the 25-man roster and made the major league team. evidently he simply wants to go home and be with his family.
also, p.goldschmidt (STL) signs a 5/130m extension
Best Cubs pitchers FB velo at the Langley game:
Yunior Perez 93-96 (a beast... absolutely unhittable... obviously)
Danis Correa: 91-94 - T-95 (also threw a couple of nice secondaries)
Jeremiah Estrada: 92-94 (struggled with FB command the deeper he got into inning)
Jose Albertos couldn't command his FB at all so he threw a lot of CV and CH (which were excellent)
RAISIN: Throwing bullpens means the pitcher is throwing off a bullpen mound on a regular schedule but is not pitching in games. It's usually done so that the pitcher and a designated pitching coach can work on a particular mechanical issue that needs to be addressed.
Hi Arizona Phil - does throwing bullpens mean they were previously injured and working back from the setback? And do you know what ailent Brendon Little has?
BRADSBEARD: I strongly suspect he will be a piggy-backer.
Surprised they are stretching Clark out. Doesn’t seem like there is a rotation spot for him and he just seems like a guy who is best suited for a pen role. Perhaps they’ll keep him in more of a multi-inning relief role.
HAGSAG: Danny Zardon is 24 years old and he played HS ball with recently-signed Cubs minor league OF Brandon Vicens at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL, and he attended LSU before transferring to Nova Southeastern. He was the 17th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 and played in the Phillies organization for two seasons before being released. He then signed with Joliet (Frontier League) where he played in 2017-18. The Cubs signed him this week and are converting him to catcher (he previously played 3B and little bit of 2B and 1B).
Who is Danny Zardon-C?