You want to see some Cubs prospect homers? Of course you do.
Then feast your eyes on a first inning grand slam off the bat of Jeimer Candelario:
Not only did the switch-hitting Candelario show off some his power from the left side, it is also worth taking a look at Candelario himself. Questions about his conditioning have followed this guy in the past, and those questions are a large part of why there have been frequent questions about his ability to stay at third. But as you can see, if Candelario is not in the “best shape of his life” right now, he is close.
But that wasn’t the only home run for Iowa last night. Fellow switch-hitter Ian Happ, also batting left-handed, launched his first AAA homer the opposite way:
It appears that Happ’s spring power surge continues.
- Alec Mills: 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Rob Zastryzny: 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 K
- John Andreoli: 1 for 5, 2B, 3 K
- Chesny Young: 1 for 4, SB, K
- Ian Happ: 1 for 4, HR
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 4, 3B, HR (that homer being a grand slam)
- Jen-Ho Tseng: 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 7 K
- James Pugliese: 2 IP and a line of 0s
- Brad Markey: 1 IP, 2 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1 IP 1 H, 3 K
- Charcer Burks: 3 for 5, 2B, SB, 2 K
- David Bote: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, K
- Trey Martin: 2 for 4, HR
- Thomas Hatch: 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K. Hatch’s career is off to a good start.
- Craig Brooks: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 1 for 3, BB
- P.J. Higgins: 1 for 3, BB
Low A: South Bend Cubs
Game 1: West Michigan 2, South Bend 0
Game 2: West Michigan 1, South Bend 0 in 16 innings.
In the minors, a regulation extra inning game is seven innings. The Cubs played 23 total innings in this doubleheader, and all of them were scoreless. Mercy.
- Duncan Robinson: 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 K. This 2016 draftee had the Game 1 start.
- Tyson Miller: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K. This 2016 draftee had the Game 2 start.
- Dakota Mekkes: 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
- Pedro Silverio: 3 IP, 6 K
- Michael Rucker: 2 IP, 3 K
- Chad Hockin: 2 IP, 3 K
- Vimael Machin: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K. Machin is an infielder.
- Jeffrey Baez, playing in right for Tennessee, gunned down a runner at third. That is his second outfield assist in as many games.
- It is worth noting that Brad Markey has moved back into the bullpen. He started there in Low A, then moved to the rotation where he suddenly started having a lot of success (despite peripheral numbers that completely failed to explain that success). Now he’s back in the bullpen. He pitched just one inning last night, but I suspect he is also a super utility pitcher in the making.
- And no, I don’t get a bonus every time I say super utility pitcher. I haven’t heard a better way to describe exactly what I have been seeing the Cubs develop up and down the farm system for a few years now. Instead of saying “a versatile swing man who can pitch multiple innings in relief, spot start, or potentially come into handle high leverage situations depending on the situation and opponent”, I like super utility pitcher.
- The relievers (not counting Machin) in South Bend’s second game pitched 8.1 hitless innings, allowing just one walk and striking out 15 in the process. That is as dominant a performance as we are likely to see from a bullpen this year.