Last night the Pelicans (Cubs A affiliate) traveled from Myrtle Beach to Charleston for an exhibition before the season starts today. The ballpark (where the Riverdogs, a Yankees A affiliate play) is only a couple minutes from my apartment, so I decided to head over to check out Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ, 2 of the Cubs top ten prospects.
Much to my surprise, Torres and Happ did not impress via the stat sheet, though each showed some of the characteristics of a top young prospect. For Torres, this came in the way of his overall demeanor, and how aggressive he was at the plate. Although he did not record a hit, Torres fouled off a lot of pitches, and hit a sharp line drive to first that was just barely snagged before it could turn into an extra base hit.
Ian Happ hit the ball hard each time up, with one shot getting back to the warning track (not bad on a night with the breeze blowing in off the water behind the ballpark). Again, like Torres, Happ fouled off a lot of pitches and wasn’t shy about taking the lumber off his back.
But the real story out of this ball game was the stellar performance put on by the Pelican’s staff. Jake Stinnett and Tommy Thorpe combined for a 1 hit shutout, striking out 15 Riverdog’s batters on the night. Both pitchers threw decent fastballs (about 92-93 on the gun) but also had some really nice offspeed pitches, which made some of the guys on the Charleston squad look silly.
At the end of it all, the Pels would go on to win 2-0 on the strength of two RBI singles, one in the 2nd, one in the 7th.
Myrtle Beach kicks off their season tonight vs the Frederick Keys at 7:05.