Hey, the Cubs won! So let’s check out some highlights…whenever they decide to put them up for this practice game.
Before we get into game film, did you know that David Ross is going on Dancing With the Stars?
Grandpa will be competing against, among others, Mr. T, which should be fun for the Chicago crowd. Ross isn’t the only Cubs front office guy making headlines, as Theo Epstein can apparently swing the bat:
At some point it would be great to see video on how Eddie Butler did in his Cactus League debut, but based on the box score, aside from giving up a leadoff homer, he was effective and economical in his outing. Butler only needed 21 pitches to get through his two innings, with 18 for strikes, so the command was fine aside from the one big mistake.
Butler was followed by Ryan Williams, who also had two scoreless and uneventful innings. I assume whatever they were working on was fine, and despite having only used up 20-ish pitches, the plan was to have them go off to do side sessions or other work after their two innings. The rest of the game was pitched by a bunch of minor league guys that we won’t have to worry about for a while, if ever.
On the offensive side, the only regulars in the lineup were Javier Baez, Jon Jay, Willson Contreras and Albert Almora. Matt Szczur got some plate appearances in right field as he tries to win the final bench spot, but he didn’t get any positive results despite hitting the ball very hard at times. The big name prospects helped score some runs against the Royals’ relievers to even the Cubs’ Cactus League record at 2-2-2, with Eloy Jimenez, Ian Happ, and Jacob Hannemann all making contributions.
Once again, everyone who needed to got their work in, nobody got hurt, and we at least got a peek at a couple interesting and potential impact arms. Not a bad day for Cubs practice. Looking ahead at pitching after Thursday’s split squads:
#Cubs pitching: Montgomery Fri, Hendricks Sat, Lester Sun, Arrieta Mon, Lackey Tues
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 1, 2017