Spring Training Miscellany: Darvish Debuts with Fire, Relievers Flash Stuff, Schwarber Slaps, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Darvish Debuts with Fire, Relievers Flash Stuff, Schwarber Slaps, More

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs fell 4-3 to the Brewers, continuing their recent and savvy trend of not using up wins in the pre-season.

  • Yu Darvish gave up a leadoff homer in his Spring debut, but whatever, because he was also throwing sharp breakers and touched 98mph.

  • Man, list Dakota Mekkes as another of the Cubs’ young relief arms that falls into the following category: if he could consistently locate the fastball, he’d be lights out. The secondaries are great, and the fastball is lively.
  • Duane Underwood Jr. looked really good today, too. The changeup and the curveball are legit. Just gotta locate that fastball. (You could generally say all the same stuff about James Norwood and Dillon Maples, too. Any of those four guys could dominate if they could just locate the fastball consistently, which would allow the secondaries to REALLY eat.) Commanding the fastball. Such a great separator.
  • Adbert Alzolay had a rough stretch after two quick groundouts in his first inning of work (walk, hit, homer, walk). He was clean in his second inning. He’s unlikely to win a rotation job out of Spring Training absent an injury, but he’s going to see big league innings this year one way or another if he’s healthy.
  • Kyle Schwarber just defining “slap the shit out of the ball” here:

  • Schwarber has so much power that when he goes to that gap consistently, he just rakes. Love to see it. It’s what he was doing very consistently in the second half last year.
  • Newly-extended pitcher Freddy Peralta owned the Cubs for his three innings of work.
  • Don’t expect to see Kris Bryant drawing regular starts in the outfield, at least not unless there is a rash of injuries or something:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.