cactusWell that’s a beat down right there. Too bad it’s March and not April.

  • Jason Hammel had a bases-loaded inning among his three today, but he didn’t allow any runs. He gave up two hits and allowed three walks, while striking out four. As long as Hammel remains healthy throughout Spring Training, that’s really all I’ll be watching for with him.
  • Lefty pitching prospect Eric Jokisch had a highly-effective three innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out four. And that was against a number of the Reds’ regulars. He’ll be in the AAA rotation to start the year, and could be among the second-half options for the Cubs, depending on how he progresses and what happens with the rotation at the deadline.
  • Marcus Hatley threw another scoreless inning as he tries to surprise and make the bullpen. He walked one and struck out one. Carlos Pimentel followed with a scoreless (1 BB, 1 H) inning in which he struck out a couple minor leaguers. Neil Ramirez threw a scoreless 9th to finish things out.
  • Ryan Kalish had a hit and a walk, and stole another base. Christian Villanueva had a two-run single.
  • Mike Olt got four at bats, and netting an infield single. He also struck out twice and had an RBI groundout.
  • Nate Schierholtz had a couple hits, including a two-run homer.
  • cubbcard

    nice to win a sleeper. hope to see more games like this in the future. go cubs

  • cubbcard

    by the way we do play in march this year in pittsburg

  • ssckelley

    I thought it was interesting they gave Remillard an at bat. He has not even appeared in a minor league game yet.

    • Brett

      I seem to recall that they really liked him out of the draft last year. I think he played in a summer league, and did well. Could be misremembering.

      • DarthHater

        You’re misoverestimating him. 😛

  • MightyBear

    Boy Eric Jokish has looked really good this spring. He and Hendricks could help the Cubs sooner rather than later.

  • Dakota44

    How old is Jokish?

  • Jr 25

    He is 24.

  • Seth

    Eric Jokisch looked great today. Threw a lot of strikes. He pitches extremely fast, quite different then Hammel and Villenueva.

  • Cubsin

    Eric Jokisch will be 25 on July 29.

    • blublud

      He didn’t ask how old he will be, he asked how old he is now. 😉

  • Dustin S

    I watched Jokisch a fair amount last year with the Smokies and he had quite a few very strong games. Not that he’s overpowering, but he seems be able to throw a little harder than a typical crafty lefthander when he needs to.

  • CubsFaninMS

    According to CBSSports, an NL executive says that Kris Bryant has 50-home-run potential. Cautious euphoria alert, but that is something to take in via small doses.

    • DarthHater

      And he’ll the Cubs second-best HR hitter. 😀

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        • DarthHater

          They’ll have an epic battle for the team leader in SOs!

  • Truely Blue

    Hi Brett, I love this site and your writing skills 99.9 % of the time but I really dislike your use of “fake games” for spring training games. They are not “fake games” to fellows trying to make the team and the major leagues. Please find another name. Thanks!

    • esruc

      While spring training games are important to guys trying to make a good impression and the ballclub, those guys are focused on their performance, not the score of the game.

      • Funn Dave

        That doesn’t mean that it’s not a real game. The score is there, whether the players are focused on it or not. And let me tell you, they are certainly very conscious of the score. Atheletes are competitive; I’d be worried if they weren’t.

    • Diesel

      Dude it’s meant to be funny. Relax.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      You strike me as an ex-minor leaguer or just be overly sensitive. I get your point though. Brett definitely doesn’t mean offense to anyone

    • wv23

      Pretend games?

  • WI Jeff

    I just returned from Mesa and overheard the Daytona manager and assistant hitting instructor discussing/ raving about Will remillard. They love his baseball approach and IQ. He was hitting with Bryant, Almora, Szczur, Soler, And Vitters. Interesting hitting group for 19th round 2013 draftee in 19th round.

    • ssckelley

      They must be pretty high on him to give him a spring training at bat.

  • Lou Brown

    I saw Jokisch in his last start, not this one. But he located well, used his arsenal to keep the hitters of balance. I wish they had a radar gun on the broadcast, so I could tell better, but he seemed to be changing speeds well. He looked to be throwing a change with some movement, maybe a circle change? Not overpowering, but very effective. I wonder how it will play in an MLB rotation?