Andreoli & Kalish Long Balls Carry Iowa Cubs to Victory at Fitch Park
Employing the long ball (a Ryan Kalish three-run bomb and a John Andreoli solo blast) and six innings of one-run ball from 2015 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year Ryan Williams, the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) defeated the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics AAA affiliate) 6-2 on Field #4, while on Field #3, Michael Soto, John Nogowski, and J. P. Sportman drilled consecutive RBI singles to highlight a three-run 7th, lifting the Midland Rockhounds (A's AA affiliate) to a 6-3 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate), in Cactus League Minor League doubleheader action Saturday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
In addition to his HR, Andreoli also walked twice and stole a base.
The I-Cubs bullpen (Peralta-Edwards-Pena) retired the last seven Sounds hitters, striking out six of them.
Iowa 1B Dan Vogelbach left the game on Field #4 after being hit on the foot with a pitch.
Gioskar Amaya reached base four times (three walks and a single), Mike O'Neill collected three singles, and Mark Zagunis drove-in all three Tennessee runs (two-run double and a bases loaded HBP) in a losing cause on Field #3.
Smokies SP Jonathan Martinez and reliever (ex-starter) Daury Torrez had rough outings on Field #3, with Martinez allowing five hits (two doubles and three singles) and four walks in just 3.2 IP (78 pitches - only 60% strikes), and Torrez surrendering three runs on five hits in just one inning of work.
In Minor League Camp roster news, the Cubs have released RHRP Matt Brazis (acquired from SEA for OF Justin Ruggiano post-2014), 1B Matt Clark (ex-MIL), OF Donnie Cimino (2015 37th round draft pick - Weslyan U.), LHRP Heath Dwyer (2015 NDFA - VCU), LHRP Nick Greenwood (ex-STL), C-INF Jordan Hankins (2013 11th round draft pick - Austin Peay), RHRP Santiago Rodriguez (2013 IFA - Dominican Republic), RHSP Austyn Willis (2014 18th round draft pick - Barstow HS - Barstow, CA), and LHRP Sam Wilson (2013 8th round draft pick - Lamar CC).
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Here are the abridged box scores from the two game (Cubs players only):
1. Mike O'Neill, CF: 3-5 (3-1, 1B, 6-3, 1B, 1B)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-5 (P-3, 1B, K, P-3, E-4)
3. Billy McKinney, RF: 0-4 (K, F-7, K, BB, F-8)
4a. Kelly Dugan, LF: 1-4 (3-1, 1B, 1-3, F-7, R)
4b. Kevonte Mitchell, PH-LF: 0-1 (4-3)
5a. Victor Caratini, C: 1-2 (L-4, 1B, BB, R)
5b. Ben Carhart, C: 0-1 (F-9)
6. Gioskar Amaya, 1B: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, BB, R)
7. Mark Zagunis, DH: 1-2 (6-4 FC, HBP, 2B, BB, 3 RBI)
8. Jason Vosler, 3B: 0-4 (1-3, K, F-8, 4-3)
9. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-3, L-7)
1. Jonathan Martinez: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GO/AO, 78 pitches (47 strikes)
2. Cole Brocker: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Josh Conway: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Daury Torrez: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (16 strikes)
5. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 6 pitches (5 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Victor Caratini: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
1. John Andreoli, RF: 1-3 (BB, HR, BB, K, F-9, R, RBI, SB)
2. Albert Almora Jr, CF: 1-4 (P-3, 6-3, P-4, 2B, R)
3. Matt Murton, LF-DH: 0-4 (4-3, K, K, F-9)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-1 (BB, P-2, HBP)
4b. Taylor Davis, PR-1B: 0-0 (F-9 SF, R, RBI)
5. Willson Contreras, C: 1-4 (F-7, F-8, 1B, K, R)
6. Kristopher Negron, 3B: 1-3 (2B, BB, F-9, F-9, SB)
7. Ryan Kalish, DH-LF: 1-3 (K, 3-1, HR, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI)
8. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 1-3 (3-U, 1-3, BB, 1B, CS)
9,. Logan Watkins, SS-DH: 0-2 (6-3, BB, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10a. Bijan Rademacher, DH #2: 0-1 (P-3)
10b. David Freitas, PH: 0-1 (K)
10c. Bryant Flete, PH-SS: 0-2 (P-6, 4-3)
1. Ryan Williams: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 GIDP, 7/3 GO/AO, 79 pitches (52 strikeS)
2. Starling Peralta: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Carl Edwards Jr: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Felix Pena: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: NONE
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 3 days 22 hours 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 3 days 23 hours 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 6 days 15 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 6 days 21 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' 1 week 13 min 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 1 week 21 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 1 week 1 day 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 1 week 1 day 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 1 week 1 day 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 1 week 2 days 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 1 week 3 days 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."