Cubs release Rex Brothers
The first cut of spring training came down on Thursday as the Cubs released left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers. Acquired during the off-season from Colorado for minor league pitcher Wander Cabrera, Brothers appeared in three games this spring, allowing three walks, five wild pitches, three hits,and three runs in 2.2 frames. Cubs front office said they released Brothers to give him a chance to catch on with another team. A member of the 40-man roster, the 28-year-old had three seasons of over 70 appearances for the Rockies but only appeared in 17 games last year, spending most of the year in AAA.
Cubs fall to Mariners
Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Negron all blasted homers but the Mariners scored three times in the bottom of the eighth after two outs and beat the Cubs 10-8. Here’s what the Cubs minor leaguers were up to:
Carl Edwards, Jr. worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning and fanned two. The String Bean Slinger has not allowed a run in three appearances (3 IP)..... Ryan Williams worked around three hits and a walk over two frames but kept the M's off the board. He fanned two and only needed 29 pitches to get through the outing. The 24-year-old right-hander has not been scored on in two appearances (3 IP). Williams was the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season...... Felix Pena got charged with a blown save as the right-hander allowed two inherited runners to score on a bases loaded walk and then gave up a two-run single in the 8th. Pena pitched at AA last year and has been named the all-star team his last three seasons.
After blasting a homer on Wednesday, Jeimer Candelario got the start at DH and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. The 22-year-old doubled and scored on a RBI double by Taylor Davis (1-3), his first hit of the spring. C Willson Contreras walked and scored in the eighth in his only plate appearance. Cubs President Theo Epstein said during an interview on 670 The Score that the backstop’s POP time on a recent throw to second was in the low 1.8s, 2.0 is MLB average.