Hudson Dominates South Bend at Riverview

SP Bryan Hudson hurled five innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts and Josue Huma singled twice, doubled, scored a run, and drove-in another, as the Eugene/Mesa Cubs (soon to be the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad) blanked the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Cubs) 4-0 in Minor League Spring Training game action Saturday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest. 

The majority of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were excused from having to play in the game so that they could prepare for their trip Sunday to South Carolina (the Pelicans open their season Tuesday night in an exhibition game versus Charleston Southern University), but the three MB pitchers who were scheduled to throw on Saturday (Hudson, Peyton, and King) did pitch in the game, albeit with the youngsters from the Eugene/Mesa squad playing behind them (and it turned out to be a winning combination, too!). 

Meanwhile the South Bend Cubs continue to struggle at the plate, striking out nine more times for a total of 29 strikeouts and only one run scored in their last 18 innings over the past two days.  

In South Bend Cubs roster news, RHSP Yovanny Cruz has been moved-down to Eugene/Mesa from the South Bend squad.     

And so this is the South Bend Cubs provisional Opening Day roster (27 players - two players over the 25 man Opening Day roster limit):   

STARTING PITCHERS: Faustino Carrera, Derek Casey, Eury Ramos, Cam Sanders, and Riley Thompson   
PIGGY-BACK STARTER: Brailyn Marquez
BULLPEN: Dalton Geekie, Ryan Lawlor, Riley McCauley, Zach Mort, Eugenio Palma, Jeffrey Passantino, Peyton Remy, and Ethan Roberts 
CATCHERS: Eric Gonzalez, Rafelin Lorenzo, and Gustavo Polanco
INFIELDERS: Tyler Durna, Levi Jordan, Fidel Mejia, Rafael Narea, Andy Weber, and Delvin Zinn 
OUTFIELDERS: D. J. Artis, Cole Roederer, Jonathan Sierra, and Nelson Velazquez 

One pitcher and one position player will need to be taken off the roster prior to Opening Day.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

EUGENE/MESA CUBS LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-4 (P-6, 2B, K, 6-4 FC, R, CS)
2. Josue Huma, SS: 3-3 (1B, 2B, 1B, R, RBI, PO)
3. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 0-3 (4-1, K, F-8)
4. Alexander Guerra, C:  0-1 (BB, F-7, BB)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-3 (F-7, 5-3, 6-4 FC)
6. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, F-9, R, SB)
7. Dalton Hurd, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI)
8. Brandon Vicens, LF: 1-3 (L-8, 2B, F-8, R) 
9. Danny Zardon, DH: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, RBI, CS)

SOUTH BEND LINEUP:
1. D. J. Artis, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K)
2. Cole Roederer, DH #1: 0-2 (6-3 DP, BB, 3-1)
3. Andy Weber, SS: 0-3 (K, 4-6-3 DP, 5-3)
4. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
5. Nelson Velazquez, CF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, CS)
6. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
7. Tyler Durna, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
8. Rafelin Lorenzo, C: 1-2 (K, 2B)
9. Gustavo Polanco, 1B:1-2 (1B, L-6, SB)
10. Levi Jordan, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8)

EUGENE/MESA PITCHERS
1. Bryan Hudson: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2 GIDP, 5/0 GO/AO, 74 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Tyler Peyton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Brendan King: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Eury Ramos: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 2/6 GO/AO, 71 pitches (48 strikes) 
2. Peyton Remy: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Jeffrey Passantino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 

EUGENE/MESA ERRORS: NONE 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: NONE 

EUGENE/MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alexander Guerra: 1-2 CS 

SOUTH BEND CATCHERS DEFENSE
Rafelin Lorenzo: 2-3 CS 

SOUTH BEND OUTFIELD ASSIST
RF Jonathan Sierra - batter (Dalton Hurd) thrown out 9-3-6 attempting to advance to 2nd base on RBI single to RF

ATTENDANCE: 12 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

march 31st and ARZ has a 50-60mph throwing backup catcher throw 54 pitches over 2 innings.  it's gonna be a long season, ARZ...

jr murphy 2ip 8h 3bb 0k, 7r/er

...and russell martin (LAD) makes his pitching debut in the 9th...2 catchers as the current pitchers...neat.  martin is featuring a 80-84 mph fastball and some kind of low 70 changeup thing with no command.

1ip 0h 0bb 0k.  david ross (2 games, 2ip 0h 0bb 0k) approves.

btw, david ross got his first MLB HR playing for LAD off a ARZ position player named mark grace.

v.caratini made a hell of a catch, but ended it awkwardly...seems to have really smacked his head quite hard falling without being able to brace himself.

given how long he was down and grimacing getting up it's a bit surprising they're going to let him continue catching.  a'ite then.

Trea Turner w walkoff HR vs Mets Justin Wilson, some things just don’t change very much.

2 outs...bases loaded...ham works a 3-2 count on deshields...

grand slam.

sigh.

this pen is already f'n killing me...

chatwood lost his command after 1 inning and montgomery never had it...both got a lot of room to showcase the suck before getting pulled.

barf.

On the bright side, offense looks good.

this could be a long year.

Going to be a long year if some of the depth bullpen pieces acquired/ developed don’t show up this year. The current 8 are pretty putrid.

And six of them can't be sent back to Iowa.

Whatever will we do if somebody takes Brandon Kintzler off our hands!

In seriousness, Edwards CAN go to Iowa. And should if he doesn’t get it together fast.

How did we get to the regular season before anyone made sure that Edwards' mechanical adjustment was legal? I assume he just goes back to his old delivery now?

I was actually thinking today that problem with the Cubs bullpen isn't so much the depth pieces but that most of the current go-to guys are inconsistent (Strop, Edwards) or were just flat bad in this series (Montgomery), and they are in the spotlight right now. Neither the bullpen nor the rotation has a good anchor at the moment. If Darvish were good and Morrow were healthy, the whole pitching part of the game might suddenly look OK. But without that, it's like they lost their backbone (and I mean that in terms of structure, not character).

I think they need to really take a good look at Webster, Maples, Norwood, etc. Also hopefully Cedeno and Barnette aren’t shit when they get healthy.

We just have a lot of guys who we can’t do anything with options wise who we‘re Not willing to give up on. I hope the leash is short. For the record, Monty looks off. I kinda wonder if theres an injury there.

It sounds like he was doing something different during the game than what he had been doing throughout spring training. The motion itself should be legal as long as he doesn't full stop re-plant that foot I guess.  Basing this comment off this article:  https://www.bleachernation.com/2019/04/01/carl-edw...  

Ah! Somebody actually watched him in Spring Training. That's a helpful clarification--thanks for the link!

Well, that series exposed some weaknesses surprisingly effectively for being a relatively close 1-2 series loss.

Well, when you score 12, 6 and 10 runs, you expect to win maybe two games.

I admit to being intrigued by DJL's suggestion of going into rebuild mode. While you're at it, stop playing Heyward. That would draw me back in.

But Theo won't do it. He was fine with jettisoning experienced players when they were Hendry's fault.  But now it's his own mess.

Don't forget that if Chatwood and Darvish can't get their heads clear, Hamels will be another big waste of money.

I'm surprised to hear myself say it, but I think this is Theo's last year.  Thanks for the parade. Sincerely.

Not even a total rebuild... just the bullpen. If it is gonna be trash, then see if the unproven kids with potential can figure it out at the big league level. If it’s between watching Kintzler struggle or watching Webster struggle, give me Webster any day. At least he might become something worthwhile. Not just Webster, really. The whole group of unproven yet talented pitchers. Even if they struggle this year, they’ll have the experience for next year. And the FO will have a years worth of data on them to evaluate.

Interested in the Iowa roster. Lots of cuts or trades to be made to get to 25 players.

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  • crunch 4 hours 6 min ago (view)

    without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them.  it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys.  that's no way to run things...

     

  • JustSayin' 5 hours 25 min ago (view)

    So true.  The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families.  You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor.  If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?  

     

  • crunch 5 hours 55 min ago (view)

    there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.

    that's a real shame.

     

  • JustSayin' 11 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair.  That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche.  I find this interesting.  Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible.  It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries.  Those don't even factor in the luxury tax.  You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 27 min ago (view)

    As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.

     

  • crunch 1 day 44 min ago (view)

    WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.

    the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.

    it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB). 

     

  • CubbyBlue 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    "Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."

    that's cool.  no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Danny Hultzen and Carlos Asuaje minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but no Jason Adam or Tyler Olson contract filings (yet).  

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career). 

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace.  If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI?  This ownership has given him nothing this year.  Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.