Castro Tries His Rehab Luck at Riverview Park
Jeimer Candelario drove-in three runs with two sacrifice flies and a ground out and Gioskar Amaya reached base three times on a single, a walk, and a HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, as the Daytona Cubs defeated the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) 5-2, and five pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter as the Burlington Bees (LAA Lo-A affiliate) edged the Kane County Cougars 2-1, in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action this afternoon at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Going back & forth between the two fields, Starlin Castro served as an extra DH for both Kane County & Daytona, going a combined 1-8. His only hit was a ground single through the box in his eighth and final AB of the day. Otherwise, he was called out on strikes, grounded out twice, flied out once, popped out to the shortstop in short LF, and popped-out to the first-baseman in foul territory. He also reached base on a two base error by the left-fielder (dropped pop fly).
RHP Ben Wells got the start for Daytona and allowed one run on two hits (both singles) in three innings of work (78 pitches), But he was able to throw only 35 strikes over the 3.0 IP, walking seven, hitting a batter, uncorking two wild pitches. and commiting a throwing error on a FC. RHP Michael Jensen followed Wells to the hill and retired all six men he faced on just 19 pitches.
RHP Duane Underwood was the starting pitcher for KC, but he was removed from the game with an injury with one out in the top of the 1st inning. He allowed a run on two hits (a triple and a single) and a walk in his 1/3 of an inning of work. LHP Gerardo Concepcion and RHP Eric Leal followed Underwood, and combined to throw four innings of no run/no hit ball.
There were four Minor League Camp moves made over the past 24 hours involving minor league position players. Outfielders Pin-Chieh Chen and Oliver Zapata have been moved down to the Daytona squad from Tennessee, and OF Shawon Dunston Jr and 2B Zak Blair has been moved down to the KC squad from Daytona.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
KANE COUNTY LINEUP:
X. Starlin Castro, DH #1: 0-3 (5-3, P-3, 6-3)
NOTE: Castro hit 2nd in the bottom of the 1st, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 2B)
2a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
2b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (6-3)
3a. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-1 (K+WP, R, SB)
3b. Rony Rodriguez, LF: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
4. Danny Canela, 1B: 0-2 (3-U, 1-3)
5. Antonio Valerio, DH #2: 0-2 (K, F-8)
6. Mark Malave, C-DH: 0-2 (F-7, K)
7. Jesse Hodges, DH #3: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (3-1, 1-3)
9. David Bote, 3B-DH: 0-1 (HBP, 6-3)
10. Rashad Crawford, RF: 0-1 (BB, 2-3)
11. Zak Blair, DH #4: 0-2 (6-3, K)
12. Jordan Hankins, DH-3B: 0-2 (F-7, F-9)
13. Gleyber Torres, DH-SS: 0-2 (4-3, L-7)
KANE COUNTY PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 25 pitches (13 strikes)
NOTE: Underwood's inning was stopped with one out after he suffered unknown-type injury
2. Gerardo Concepcion: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 2/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 26 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/3 GO/FO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Orbandy Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 21 pitches (17 strikes)
KANE COUNTY ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
KANE COUNTY CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Mark Malave: 0-1 CS, 2 PB
2. Tyler Alamo: 1 PB
X. Starlin Castro, DH #1: 1-5 (K, F-8, P-6, E-7, 1B)
NOTE: Castro hit 3rd in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings)
1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 1-2 (1B, P-5, R)
1b. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-2 (HBP, BB, 1B, K, R, SB, PO)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, 5-3, F-7 SF, F-8 SF, 3 RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH-1B: 0-3 (BB, F-7, K, F-9)
5. Rock Shoulders, 1B-DH: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, SB)
6a. Ben Carhart, C: 0-1 (K)
6b. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
7. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-3 (1-3, 2B, 4-3)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 0-3 (5-3, F-9, 6-3)
9a. Trey Martin, LF: 0-1 (K)
9b. Oliver Zapata, LF: 1-1 (1B, BB, 2 R)
1. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 7 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 6/1 GO/FO, 78 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Michael Jensen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Andrew McKirahan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Yao-Lin Wang: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Nathan Dorris: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
DAYTONA ERRORS: 1
P Ben Wells - E-1 (throwing error on FC allowed runner to score from 3rd base)
DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 0-1 CS
2. Justin Marra: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
JustSayin' 8 hours 21 min ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 9 hours 53 min ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 4 days 21 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 6 days 13 hours ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."
bradsbeard 1 week 1 day ago (view)
This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options.
Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)
I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins
...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw
erich081 1 week 2 days ago (view)
I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.
Hagsag 1 week 2 days ago (view)
I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.