Assign six pitchers
The Cubs have trimmed the spring training roster down to 60 after sending six pitchers to minor league camp. Left-hander Gerardo Concepcion and Manny Parra, along with right-hander Andury Acevedo, Daniel Corcino, Fernando Rodriguez and Ryan Williams have moved across the clubhouse.
Pelicans Ticket Party
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are celebrating the start of single game tickets going on sale with a Thirsty Thursday and St. Patrick’s Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Match 9. Tickets for all home games, including Opening Night, will be available at the Pelicans Box office during the event. In addition to ticket sales, there will be beer specials, live music, raffles and prizes for purchasing tickets, a chance to have your picture taken with the Mills Cup trophy, a chance to play catch and wiffle ball in the outfield and kids can run the bases. Here’s complete details.
The Cubs have released 20-year-old outfielder Yohan Matos Part of the Cubs 2013 IFA class, the Dominican Republic native signed for a reported $270,000 and excelled in his first season in the DSL, smacking six homer while slashing .289/.378/.469 in 53 games, 34 starts behind the plate. In his first season stateside in the Arizona Rookie League, he struggled defensively behind the plate and only hit .156/.226/.221 in 23 games. Matos made the switch to the outfield in 2016 and batted .241/.346/.343 in 39 games.
Cubs sign Rafferty
The Cubs have signed pitcher Zach Rafferty to a minor league contract. According to Baseball America, the Cubs inked the right-hander after he trained at High Level Throwing in Massachusetts this winter. Rafferty’s only prior experience in pro ball was one game in the Canadian-American Association Independent league back in 2012. In a video from High Level Throwing, the 6-foot-4, 28-year-old was throwing in the mid-90s and had been training at the facility for the past five months. He played his college ball at Division III Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and fanned 75 over 54 innings his junior season.