Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Lose Late, Quintana Debuts, Underwood Impresses, Nico Knocks, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Lose Late, Quintana Debuts, Underwood Impresses, Nico Knocks, More

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The Cubs lost late in an offensive battle with the Rockies, and hey, lots of scoring is fun in Spring Training. In the regular season, giving up five runs in the 9th to lose by one would probably give me an aneurysm …

  • Jose Quintana’s debut was a mixed bag, as he gave up some rockets early, and then settled in a bit. It doesn’t really matter either way – the rockets or the settling in – and it’s mostly just good to see Quintana out there on a semi-normal progression despite the flu setback.

  • Nico Hoerner had a big day, with three hits, including this beauty:

  • It remains *possible* that Hoerner will break camp with the big league team. In that scenario, you’ve gotta believe it would be as the near everyday second baseman, because I just don’t see any way he’s not starting every day either at AAA or in MLB.
  • Alfonso Rivas, the Cubs’ return in the Tony Kemp trade, just seems to square the ball up. Fun bat to have in the system, even if there are big questions on the power (which is problematic for a guy who is a first baseman by trade).
  • Duane Underwood Jr. (out of options) really looked fantastic today, commanding his pitches well and making hitters look foolish.
  • More mic’d up Cubs:

https://twitter.com/mlb/status/1234992023444369409?s=21

  • Don’t sleep on outfield prospect Donnie Dewees, who still has the potential to be a big league reserve outfielder:

  • Good to hear:

  • Why:

  • More pop-a-shot:

  • A heads up that this ends tonight:



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.