Uelmen Back on the Bump at Riverview
Erich Uelmen made his first game appearance of 2019, firing three innings of one-hit shutout ball in an Extended Spring Training intrasquad game Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Throwing with a low three-quarters delivery that had some of the RH hitters bailing out, Uelmen combined a 91-92 (T-93) two-seam FB with a hard-breaking slider. Once he's stretched out, Uelmen should fit nicely in the Myrtle Beach starting rotation.
Uelmen was shut-down at Minor League Camp about six weeks ago and has been in the Rehab Throwing Program for the past three weeks.
Here is the abridged box score from the game:
CUBS "B" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Richard Nunez, C: 1-2 (F-7, 2B)
2. Raymond Pena, DH: 0-1 (K, BB)
3. Caleb Knight, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, 5-3 DP)
4. Widimer Joaquin, SS: 0-1 (L-8, BB)
5. Fabian Pertuz, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K)
6. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-1 (L-4, BB)
7. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-1 (L-7, BB)
8. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (K, K)
9. Brandon Vicens, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
CUBS "A" TEAM LINEUP:
1. Orian Nunez, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, SB, CS)
2. Danny Zardon, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, K)
3. Luis Diaz, DH: 0-1 (K)
4. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-0 (BB)
5. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-0 (BB, R)
6. Albert Hinirio, LF: 0-1 (K)
7. Ezequiel Pagan, CF: 0-0 (F-9 SF, RBI)
8. Dalton Hurd, RF: 0-1 (6-3)
9. Herson Perez, 2B: 0-1 (K)
CUBS "B" TEAM PITCHERS:
1. Jose Albertos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 3 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Jake Stinnett: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Luis Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 39 pitches (18 strikes)
CUBS "A" TEAM PITCHER:
Erich Uelmen: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/5 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)
CUBS "B" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
CUBS "A" TEAM ERRORS: NONE
CUBS "B" TEAM CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Richard Nunez: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
CUBS "A" TEAM OUTFIELD ASSIST:
RF Dalton Hurd - batter (Fabian Pertuz) thrown out 9-6 attempting to stretch single into double
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
JustSayin' 2 hours 22 min ago (view)
These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty. This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021. Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation. The game will not be what it used to be after this.
crunch 6 hours 9 min ago (view)
i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant. it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over. the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.
bigsky33 6 hours 17 min ago (view)
Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League. Do you think there will be more cuts? De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 9 min ago (view)
It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.
He isn't wrong though...
Arizona Phil 8 hours 22 min ago (view)
Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA).
Arizona Phil 8 hours 33 min ago (view)
My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 37 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.
crunch 8 hours 42 min ago (view)
aww...de la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging). the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression. totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.
crunch 10 hours 3 min ago (view)
that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.
boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent. the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.
he chose the cubs.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 28 min ago (view)
Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.
Cubster 15 hours 39 min ago (view)
Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts.
Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.
Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.
Cubster 15 hours 42 min ago (view)
The billionaires vs the millionaires. The beauty of the game is not the business of the game.
Cubster 16 hours 23 min ago (view)
Bat-signal seen in the Mesa skyline...AZ Phil, time to don the mask and cape.
Cubster 16 hours 24 min ago (view)
per mlbtr, supposedly the Cubs have released 30 minor leaguers although Stewart and Asuaje are the only two names so far.
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
cubs release brock stewart (AAA Rule 5 pick) and carlos asuaje (middle IF'r)...both older AAA/MLB-replacement-part types.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
after dragging their feet, the cubs commit to paying their minor leaguers through june.
i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months. yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.