Luis Verdugo

Cubs Loosen Lugnuts at Sloan Park

Luis Vazquez clubbed an opposite-field HR onto the right-centerfield berm on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, Luis Verdugo blasted a solo HR and singled, and Fidel Mejia laced a two-run double, leading the South Bend Cubs (Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 5-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (Oakland Athletics' Hi-A affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Saturday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Marty Bechina belted a solo HR for the Lugnuts in a losing cause. 

The game was called after six innings of play. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only) 

Timely Hitting the Rx for Cubs at Sloan

Cole Roederer drilled a line-drive two-out two-run single to CF to put the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 1st, Alfonso Rivas doubled, singled, and scored, Luis Verdugo doubled, singled, and scored, Nelson Velazquez singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, Ethan Hearn singled twice and knocked-in a run, Cam Balego singled twice and scored twice, and Matt Mervis doubled and singled, as the Cubs collected 13 hits and edged the Athletics 5-4 in AZ Instructional League game action Monday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Jonah Bride (two-run HR) and Tyler Soderstrom (solo shot) belted four-baggers for the A's in a losing cause.

El bate de beisbol de Verdugo habla verdad al Parque de Riverview

Luis Verdugo belted two triples, scored twice, and collected an RBI, Richard Nunez drilled an RBI double and walked twice, and Erling Moreno, Riger Fernandez, and Chi-Feng Lee combined (albeit pitching for opposite squads) to hurl 6.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball, in a six-inning AZL Cubs mini-camp intrasquad game played Thursday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Luis Verdugo is clearly the best prospect left behind in Mesa after the Eugene Emeralds departed town on Tuesday. One of the reasons he was left behind is that Luis Vazquez needs to play SS most every day at Eugene and on days he doesn't Christopher Morel will play there, but the main reason is that Verdugo is only 17 years old and is making his pro debut (although he did attend AZ Instructs as a 16-year old post-2017 and Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training this season). 

The four recently-signed position player draft picks (Artis, Galazin, Wharton, and Daniel) participated in pre-game baserunning drills, fielding practice, and BP, but did not play in the game, while the five pitchers who signed this week (Richan, McCauley, Vega, Whitney, and Patterson) are throwing bullpen side-sessions as a first step toward getting themselves "game ready" for the start of AZL play next week.    

In AZL mini-camp roster news, CF D. J. Wilson has completed his rehab and has rejoined Myrtle Beach. 

Here is the box score from the game: