But Will Peoria Play in Phoenix?
Kyler Burke had three hits including a solo HR and an RBI single, but it wasn't enough, as the Peoria Chiefs were defeated by the Kane County Cougars (Oakland A's "Lo-A" affiliate) 9-5 at the Papago Park Sports Complex in Phoenix today (and yes, I did watch both games simultaneously)...
Here is today's abridged box score (Peoria Chiefs players only)...
1a. Josh Harrison, LF: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, F-8 - 1 R, 2 SB)
1b. Luis Flores, C: 0-1 (K)
2. David Macias, CF: 0-3 (BB, K, P-6, K - 1 R, 1 SB)
3a. Junior Lake, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, 3-1)
3b. Cliff Andersen, LF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Luis Bautista, 1B: 1-3 (1B, P-1, P-5 - 1 RBI)
4b. Tony Campana, RF: 1-1 (1B - 1 R)
5a. Nelson Perez, DH: 1-3 (1B, E-1, 1-3 - 1 RBI)
5b. Rebel Ridling, 1B: 1-1 (1B)
6. Josh Vitters, 3B: 1-4 (P-6, K, 1B, P-5)
7. Ryan Flaherty, SS: 0-3 (BB, K, 4-3, 4-3 - 1 R, 1 RBI)
8a. Carlos Perez, C: 0-2 (E-4, K)
8b. Jake Opitz, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
9. Kyler Burke, RF: 3-3 (1B, 1B, HR - 1 R, 2 RBI)
1. Jeffrey Beliveau - 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 3/2 GO/FO
2. Jose Pina - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 0/4 GO/FO
3. Rogelio Carmona - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO
4. Andres Quezada - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO
5. Eduardo Figueroa - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP
Carlos Perez 0-1 CS
OUTFIELD ASSIST (1):
LF Josh Harrison - threw out runner at 3rd 7-5
CUBBIES-4-EVER: It's not unusual for a PTBNL to be selected after the Rule 5 Draft from the list of Rule 5 eligible players who wee not selected. That way, a club gets a player they like (maybe somebody like OF Jeffrey Baez) without the cumbersome Rule 5 roster restrictions that go with a Rule 5 Draft pick.
Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent. He is under club control through the 2016 season.
Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.
Did they ever say or who the PTBNL or cash decision on Rodney was or who was the PTBNL in the Austin Jackson deal was yet? Neither was worth whatever they gave up. Cahill and Richard were the only two good "deadline" deals they made. Hunter (given Lake was the odd man out by far and taking up a roster spot) and Haren weren't worth it.
MLB.com says he is, cubs.com site says he's a Cub, great cooperation between the 2 sites, weird
The drafting of Shea at #1 was a sign of things to come -- an undersized white linebacker who's not particularly fast; lets make him an NFL defensive end! Just idiotic. When the best thing you can say about your #1 pick is that he has a "high motor", that's a problem...that's what you should say about late-round picks.
Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.
To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...
I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.
Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.
Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant
AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.
Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...
Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.
The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request
Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"
To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.
HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.
Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.