Rockie Road for Cubs at Riverview
RHSP Ryan Castellani tossed four innings of one-run ball and Roberto Ramos and Scott Burcham hammered back-to-back RBI doubles to highlight a four-run 6th, as the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies AA affiliate) edged the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #5, and Vince Fernandez drilled an RBI double and a two-run single and Todd Czinege belted a solo HR to help the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies AAA affiliate) defeat the Cubs AAA Iowa affiliate 8-3 on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Tuesday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
In two starts versus Tennessee in the last week, Ryan Castellani has thrown eight innings and allowed just one run on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. (Castellani is ranked by Baseball America as the Rockies #6 prospect).
RHSP Duncan Robinson hurled five innings of shutout ball, Jesse Hodges drove-in two runs with an RBI single and an RBI double, and Chris Pieters singled & doubled and scored a run for Tennessee, and the Smokies had the potential tying and winning runs on base with no outs in the bottom of the 9th but were unable to plate even one of the runners.
Stephen Bruno (RBI double) and Bijan Rademacher (RBI single) drilled consecutive two-out RBI hits in the bottom of the 3rd to provide Iowa's two runs on Field #6.
As was mentioned here yeaterday, several Iowa Cubs players traveled to Florida with the MLB squad for the two-game pre-season set versus the Red Sox in Ft. Myers, so a number of players on the Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend squads have been temporarily promoted to higher levels for a few days (until the I-Cubs return from Florida).
Iowa Cubs RHRP David Garner saw his first game action since being suspended for 50 (official) games after testing positive for a "Drug of Abuse," and he had a very poor outing, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning while throwing only 38% strikes. (With the approval of the MLB Commissioner and with the consent of the player's MLB organization, a player who is on the Restricted List as the result of a prohibited substance suspension can attend Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training - without pay - and participate in Minor League Camp and EXST games while serving the suspension, although the player is not required to do so). Barring rain-outs or other postponements, Garner's suspension is scheduled to end on May 27th.
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):
1a. Roberto Caro, LF: 0-3 (1-3, 4-6 FC, K, SB)
1b. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-2 (K, K)
2. Rafael Narea, 2B: 1-3 (K, BB, BB, 1B, 5-2 FC)
3. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-4 (BB, P-3, 4-6-3 DP, F-8, K, SB)
4. Eddy Julio Martinez, RF: 1-4 (K, 5-3, 1B, 5-3, R)
5a. Trent Giambrone, DH: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
5b. Tyler Pearson,. PH: 0-1 (K)
6. Vimael Machin, SS: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, BB, F-9)
7a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-3 (L-8, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
7b. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 1-1 (1B, R)
8. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 6-3 DP, 2B, 2 RBI)
9a. Will Remillard, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-4 FC, F-9)
9b. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-0 (BB)
1. Duncan Robinson: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/8 GO/AO, 58 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Scott Effross: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 38 pitches (31 strikes)
3. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Jake Stinnett: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes)
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Rafael Narea: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Jesse Hodges: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Will Remillard: 0-3 CS
2. Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS
1a. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 2-3 (3-U, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
1b. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
2. Bijan Rademacher, 1B: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, 6-3 DP, 3-U, RBI, SB)
3. Wynton Bernard, RF-DH: 0-3 (4-3, F-9, K)
4a. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 0-3 (F-8, 4-3, K)
4b. Jose A. Gonzalez, LF: NO AB
5. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (K, F-9, 5-3)
6a. P. J. Higgins, C: 2-2 (2B, 1B)
6b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (E-4, CS)
7. Ali Solis, DH #1: 0-3 (1-3, F-8, K)
8a. Charcer Burks, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
8b. Jonathan Soto, PH: 0-1 (K)
8c. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-1 (K)
9. Carlos Penalver, 2B: 0-3 (K, F-8, 6-3)
10. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, 6-3, R)
1. Jesus Camargo: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/3 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 44 pitches (26 strikes)
3. David Garner: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Rob Zastryzny: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Jake Steffens: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Mitch Stophel: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 1 GIDP, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
IOWA ERRORS: NONE
IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
P. J. Higgins: 0-2 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperaturs in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Hagsag 11 hours 12 min ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 3 days 56 min ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 4 days 14 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' 4 days 23 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 1 hour 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 5 days 2 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 5 days 16 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' 1 week 1 hour 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 1 week 3 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 1 week 2 days 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 1 week 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 days 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...