Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Up on California, Hoerner Shines, Hamels Works, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Up on California, Hoerner Shines, Hamels Works, More

Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

The Cubs plated a buttload of runs today in their split squad games, beating California 19-4:

  • The story of the day was shortstop prospect Nico Hoerner, who homered and doubled, walked and got hit by a pitch, and continued a stretch of getting on base eight straight times. Hopefully we’ll get video on the homer soon, because I’d like to see how it looked. Not just because fanning, but also because his power development – if it comes – is going to be the key to unlocking some serious next level production.
  • Cole Hamels got in 3.1 innings today, with a few strikeouts, a few hits, and a couple walks, as he builds his pitch count (58 today):

  • Carl Edwards, Jr. was among the relievers behind Hamels, and he threw another scoreless frame. Pedro Strop and Steve Cishek also got in work today, throwing scoreless frames. None of that trio has allowed a run yet this Spring.
  • Some bonus Kris Bryant roping a double from the Giants game:

  • Kyle Schwarber had another couple hits, including a double, today. Whatever it will mean for the season remains to be seen, but Schwarber is just raking right now with his new (old) stance.
  • Big day in the news for guys involved in the Donnie Dewees-Alec Mills trade:

  • As a quality depth starter and bullpen piece, hopefully Mills is not injured for long. As for Dewees, the Cubs acquired him earlier today.
  • The crew on this year’s media guide:


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