Lester Goes Six on the Backfields and Ademan Belts Solo HR

Tyler Durna singled twice, doubled, scored a run, knocked-in a run with a sacrifice fly, and stole a base, D. J. Artis reached base three times (a single and two walks) and scored a run, Dalton Hurd smacked an RBI triple and a single and scored a run, Josue Huma ripped a two-run triple, and SP Cam Sanders tossed three innings of no run/no hit ball, leading the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) to a 4-1 victory over the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies Lo-A affiliate) on Field #5, and Aramis Ademan belted a HR leading off the bottom of the 1st inning, singled, walked and scored, Miguel Amaya roped an RBI double into the LF corner and scored, Jimmy Herron drilled an RBI single, reached base on an HBP, and stole a base, and Jon Lester hurled six innings (87 pitches) of two-run ball (five hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and a wild pitch) and combined with Bryan Hudson to fan 13, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) edged the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies Hi-A affiliate) 3-2 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Monday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The rest of the Cubs MLB squad had the day off, but Victor Caratini came over to the Riverview backfields to catch Lester, and he had one AB in each of the first six innings (while he and Lester were in the game), going 1-5 with a double and a walk.  

In Cubs Minor League Camp news, OF Jamie Galazin (Cubs 2018 22nd round draft pick - St. John's) is being converted to a RHP. He was drafted by the Cubs as an outfielder, but he did pitch a bit in college (10 games), so he is at least somewhat familiar with the pitching thing. Whether Galazin will be used strictly as a pitcher or possibly as the now popular "two-way player" remains to be seen, but in either case he will be remaining at Extended Spring Training while he proceeds forward with the mound conversion.  

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

FIELD #5 

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Artis, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB, R)
1b. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-2 (F-7, K)
2a. Dalton Hurd, LF: 2-3 (1B, 3B, K, R, RBI)
2b. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-2 (K, K)
3. Tyler Durna, 1B: 3-4 (4-6-3 DP, F-7 SF, 1B, 2B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
4a. Jonasthan Sierra, RF: 1-3 (3-1, 1B, 1-U)
4b. Kevin Moreno, RF: 0-2 (K, L-8)
5a. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-2 (2-3, BB, 3-U)
5b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 1-1 (1B, BB, R)
6. Christopher Morel, SS: 1-4 (1B, BB, K K, K, SB)
7a. Luis Diaz, 3B: 0-3 (6-3, F-8, 6-3) 
7b. Josue Huma, 3B: 1-2 (4-3, 3B, 2 RBI)
8. Brennen Davis, DH: 0-4 (6-3, BB, E-6, 5-3, 5-3, PO) 
9a. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (L-8, 1B) 
9b. Henderson Perez, C: 0-1 (F-9, BB) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Cam Sanders: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/6 GO/AO, 49 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Garrett Kelly: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Casey Ryan: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Sean Barry: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Robert Robbins: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes)

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Tyler Durna: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Luis Diaz: E-5 (dropped pop fly in foul territory extended batter's AB) 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS 
2. Henderson Perez: 0-1 CS

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FIELD #6

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP:
X. Victor Caratini, C: 1-5 (2B, 4-3, 6-4-3 DP, 4-3, K, BB) 
NOTE: Caratini batted third in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings
1. Aramis Ademan, SS: 2-3 (HR, F-8, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI) 
2. Zach Davis, CF: 0-3 (P-6, BB, F-7, 3-1, PO)
3. Miguel Amaya, DH-C: 1-2 (F-8, HBP, 2B, R, RBI, PO) 
4. Jimmy Herron, RF: 1-2 (F-9, HBP, 1B, RBI, SB)
5. Andy Weber, 2B: 0-3 (K, F-7, P-6)
6a. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-2 (K, K)
6b. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
7a. Grant Fennell, LF: 0-1 (BB, 6-4 FC, CS)   
7b. Brandon Vicens, LF: 0-1 (K) 
8. Austin Filiere, 1B-DH: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
9. Cole Roederer, DH #2: 0-2 (K, F-7, BB, CS)
10. Gustavo Polanco, DH-1B: 0-2 (F-8, K) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS:
1. Jon Lester: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 6/4 GO/AO, 87 pitches (60 strikes) 
2. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 47 pitches (31 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS
NONE 

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE
Victor Caratini: 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 71 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

Phil, how has one of my favorites Carlos  Sepulveda looking? Thanks.

Hey AZPhil,

Why is Jose Gutierrez inactive? As someone who hopes Theo’s Plan includes a dynamic switch hitter or two in The Future, I am rooting for any of these yoots who may end up playing the part (Gutierrez, R. Garcia, J. Huma, Perlaza, F. Mejia). Gutierrez has shown some playmaking ability in the pros on both sides of the ball so I keep him tentatively on radar. It does not seem as if there is much competition with that MB outfield group, Herron being the closest to a prospect and probably not so far ahead. Do you think he ends up with MB to open the season? The SB OF may be tough to get PAs in unless Artis gets promoted fast.

KKvG: Jose Cardona has a right wrist injury and Jesse Hodges has a right shoulder injury, but I don't know what exactly took Jose Gutierrez off the field. Before he went inactive, Gutierrez was squarely in the mix for a spot in the Myrtle Beach outfield. 

Jimmy Herron (who has played all three OF positions this Spring) has definitely been the best OF so far with the MB squad and Zach Davis will probably play LF or CF, but the Cubs moved Nelson Velazquez (one of the Cubs best OF prospects) and Grant Fennell (a LF-1B-3B guy who is a really good hitter) up to MB this week because there is clearly an OF vacuum there, and it's still possible that D. J. Wilson and/or Kevonte Mitchell (especially Mitchell) will return to MB by Opening Day. 

Probably no more than one of Connor Myers, Roberto Caro, and Luis Ayala will get the Tennessee 4th OF slot (all three presently are with the Tennessee squad competing for that spot) with the other two then probably in the competition for the MB 4th OF slot, but if Charcer Burks, Wynton Bernard, and/or Evan Marzilli get moved down to Tennessee from Iowa (which is very possible), there might not be even one slot available for Myers, Caro, or Ayala at Tennessee.  

D. J. Artis is an OBP machine and has been fantastic as the South Bend lead-off hitter and he can play either LF or CF, and Jonathan Sierra is a virtual lock for the SB starting RF gig. Velazquez will certainly be the third SB starting OF if he doesn't remain with MB, and Brandon Hughes or Chris Singleton (both of whom are really struggling at the plate) would probably be the 4th OF at SB, although Dalton Hurd is making a strong bid for that job.  

Although they are the future, Brennen Davis, Cole Roederer, and Edmond Americaan will likely begin the 2019 season at EXST, and both Fernando Kelli and Chris Pieters have had a disappointing Minor League Camp and so I just can't see either of them making the SB Opening Day roster. 

As far as the Cubs minor league Opening Day catcher assignments are concerned, I would say it's very likely that we'll see T. Davis and Arcia at Iowa (with Mark Zagunis the "emergency" 3rd catcher), Higgins, Pereda and Rice (who can play 1B when J.Young plays LF) at Tennessee, M. Amaya and M. Cruz at MB, and Soto and Guerra at SB (Jonathan Soto is the Cubs second-best catching prospect behind Miguel Amaya), with Eric Gonzalez the likely other catcher at SB if the Cubs feel Soto needs to move more slowly and begin the season at EXST.  

The Cubs will likely keep one extra catcher on the "phantom IL" at each of the full-season affiliates, probably Eric Castill0 (the best defensive catcher in the system) at Iowa, Will Remillard at Tennessee, Tyler Payne at MB, and Cam Balego at SB, with Rafelin Lorenzo (selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of last December's Rule 5 Draft) a "wild card" who could be anywhere from EXST to AA or nowhere.   

And as far as the Cubs minor league infielders are concerned, I would say that (barring injuries) we'll probably see Adduci, Giambrone, Short, and Adames 1B-2B-SS-3B at Iowa on Opening Day (with Bote taking over 3B at Iowa when Russell gets reinstated in May), with Chesny Young, Ryan Court, and Philip Evans battling for two back-up spots (don't see a spot for Yasiel Balaguert at Iowa unless he beats-out Adduci for the 1B job or the Cubs go with just one back-up INF), then J. Young, Donahue, Hoerner, and Machin 1B-2B-SS-3B at Tennessee with Robel Garcia, Yeiler Peguero, and Jhonny Bethencourt battling for probably just one back-up INF slot, Filiere, Weber, Ademan and Galindo 1B-2B-SS-3B at MB with Sepulveda a possibility to start at 2B with Weber more of a super-sub and then Bethencourt and Peguero (if they don't make the Tennessee Opening Day roster) and Narea competng for two back-up INF slots at MB (but only one slot if both Sepulveda and Weber are on the MB Opening Day roster), and finally Durna-Upshaw-Vazquez-Reynolds the starters at 1B-2B-SS-3B at SB with Narea (if he doesn't make the MB Opening Day roster), Zinn, Jordan, and/or Daniel the two INF back-ups.

It's possible that Carlos Sepulveda will begin the 2019 season in the Arizona sun at EXST since he missed most of the last two seasons after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2017. 

I think that Christopher Morel (one of the Cubs top prospects) will probably begin the 2019 season at EXST, but he could conceivably crack the SB Opening Day lineup at either SS or 3B. (Luis Vazquez is the best defensive SS in the Cubs system but he has struggled at the plate, and Luke Reynolds has power and draws walks but is a defensive liability at 3B and is better suited at 1B or DH). 

Fidel Mejia (3B-2B-1B) and Yonathan Perlaza (2B-3B) are two other more long-shot type candidates to make the SB Opening Day roster. Both are legit prospects (albeit not as much as C. Morel), but might not be ready for Lo-A just yet.  

So it's quite possible that C. Morel, Perlaza, F. Mejia (plus 2B Reivaj Garcia, who is not even at Minor League Camp) will begin the 2019 season at EXST. 

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). 

Understandably that is all wishful thinking as more obviously org guys need work too and not everyone I listed is really a prospect anyway++ 

Thanks for the info on Sepulveda.   

...and darvish leaves early with "blister issues"

it's supposedly not bad enough to miss the start of the season (as of now).

he needs all the work on his control he can get before the season starts, though.

good news...

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.

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  • crunch 10 hours 59 min ago (view)

    semi-interesting winter league note...

    trey mcnutt (yes, that guy) is having a hell of a winter league in mexico (one of the less talented winter leagues) so far as a closer.  15.2ip 8h 4bb 24k, 0.57 era.

    giants signed him to a minor league deal a couple weeks ago.  he never went anywhere.  he's been consistently playing ball in the minors and indie league ball since he was last a noteworthy player.  last season he played in the OAK minor league system.  30 years old now...

     

  • jdrnym 17 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?

     

  • crunch 18 hours 33 min ago (view)

    when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc).  last year was not a fun bullpen year...

     

  • crunch 20 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.

     

  • bradsbeard 22 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 53 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 5 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 22 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 22 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:

    https://twitter.com/mlbastian/status/1202973097223237632

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.