I would have loved to have made it out to Surprise for the Futures game but had no way of getting there, so I took in some baseball on the backfields again — though many of the Cubs heralded young players were obviously not there.
The Cubs lineup for the Futures Game was as follows…
- Jacob Hannemann, LF
- Albert Almora, CF
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B
- Dan Vogelbach, 1B
- Willson Contreras, C
- Billy McKinney, DH
- Gleyber Torres, SS
- Ian Happ, 2B
- Mark Zagunis, RF
Ian Happ hit a long HR off thighly regarded pitching prospect Dillon Tate.
Ian Happ deposits a belt high slider into the catering area about 420 feet away. Bat head gets into the zone fast.
— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) March 24, 2016
Here is video of the HR
— Jon Ferlise (@CubsKingdom) March 24, 2016
Victor Caratin, who I think is in for a big season, homered as well. Willson Contreras, Dan Vogelbach, and Mark Zagunis each had two hits.
On the mound, Carl Edwards, Jr. started and pitched a scoreless inning and perhaps most encouraging is that Dillon Maples struck out the side in his one inning of work. According to @longenhagen, Maples was in the low to mid 90s and appears to have junked the big curve for a slider, which flashed plus. Perhaps there is still hope.
Cubs lose, but Hendricks pitches well
The Cubs managed only 5 hits, 2 of them by Kyle Schwarber in a 5-0 loss to the Rangers. The good news is that Hendricks continued to pitch well, going 5 innings and allowing just two runs, while bullpen hopefuls Manny Parra and Spencer Patton continued to impress with a scoreless inning each. Patton had a 1-2-3 inning in which he struck out 2.
Other than the offense, the only other downside was that Adam Warren allowed 3 runs, though only one was earned.
Here is the complete box score.
Notes from the backfields
- Paul Blackburn pitched well today using an 89-92 mph FB, a big breaking curve in the mid 70s, and a solid change. His control was good but the command was average on this day. Blackburn looks like he is settling more into a back end starter type as he did not project physically as some have hoped.
- Taylor Scott threw 90-91, touching 92 and did a good job of changing speeds.
- It was a short-handed roster because of the Futures Game but it was interesting to see Wladimir Galindo take some swings against well-regarded arms like Raul Alcantara (92-94 mph, hard slider) and Lou Trivino (97-98 mph FB). He singled up the middle against Alcantara and flew out deep to CF against Trivino. He was a mixed bag on defense, making a couple of nice plays but also airmailing a throw on another.
- Gioskar Amaya nearly HR, hitting the top of the wall in LF.
- AZ Phil has the recaps of the A ball games at Fitch Park.
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