Amaya Walks It Off at Sloan Park

Tyler Payne cracked a solo HR in the bottom of the 2nd inning to put the Cubs on the board, and then Miguel Amaya tripled and scored in the 7th and belted a game-winning walk-off solo HR with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, earning the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics AA affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Friday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

J. J. Schwarz clubbed a game tying solo HR for the RockHounds in the top of the 9th to necessitate Amaya's heroics. 

This was Miguel Amaya's first game action since being sent to Minor League Camp from the Cubs Alternate Training Site in South Bend last week. He was sent to Minor League Camp after Tony Wolters agreed to accept an Outright Assignment to the ATS.  

Veteran MLB LHRP Adam Morgan saw his first game action of 2021, tossing a 1-2-3 twelve-pitch inning with two strikeouts (FB 91-93, SL 81-82, and CH/CV 76-78). The Cubs signed the 31-year old to a minor league contract this past off-season, and while he did receive an NRI to Spring Training, he did not pitch in any MLB Cactus League games. 

But RHRP Robert Stock was the highlight of the day pitching-wise, throwing two shutout innings and striking out four (swinging). He threw 28 pitches (75% strikes!) including 12 FB and 16 SL, and all 12 FB were 99 MPH or better (five at 99, four at 100, and three 101 MPH). Stock was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Boston Red Sox last December, and was sent outright to the minors in March.    

INF Luis Vazquez was moved-up to the Tennessee squad from the South Bend squad to replace Brennen Davis (who was hit in the face with a pitch yesterday). 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):   

TENNESSEE LINEUP
1. Zach Davis, DH #1: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, E-4, 6-3)
2a. Jared Young, 1B: 0-2 (BB, F-8, K)  
2b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (E-6)
3a. Andy Weber, 2B: 0-1 (4-3 DP, BB, CS) 
3b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, 6-3)
4a. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (HR, K, 5-3, R, RBI)
4b. Tyler Durna, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5. Christopher Morel, 3B: 0-4 (6-3, F-9, 4-3, 6-3)
6. Miguel Amaya, DH #2: 2-4 (F-8, K, 3B, HR, 2 R, RBI)
7. Christian Donahue, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, F-9 SF, RBI, CS)
8. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-3 (6-3, K, 4-3)
9. Connor Myers, RF: 1-2 (1B, HBP, F-9) 
10. Vance Vizcaino, LF: 1-3 (F-8, K, 1B) 

TENNESSEE PITCHERS
1. Erich Uelmen: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 6/1 GO/AO, 41 pitches (28 strikes) 
2. Adam Morgan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Robert Stock: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (21 strikes) 
4. Bailey Clark: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Wyatt Short: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 28 pitches (19 strikes) 

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Payne: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

At the other extreme are horrible names like the Wind Surge which is what Wichita's entry in the PCL was to have been called last year before the pandemic thing ended their tenure in the league before it ever began. I believe COVID killed the team's owner as well as the season. Wind Surge was an ill-conceived nod to the city's former prominence in the aviation industry. Not sure how a mascot could have represented that concept...

Farty? But what sort of costume?

AZ Phil, what did Bailey Clark look like? I'm assuming he looked rather underwhelming sense you didn't mention him, but he was one of those hard throwing guys Theo/Jed drafted a while back. Just wanted your thoughts. Thanks

Childersb3: Bailey Clark is a power reliever with a mid-90's sinking FB but he has spotty command. He threw less than 50% strikes yesterday but benefitted from a timely DP. He appears to be falling behind a lot of the other pitchers at his level in terms of development because of on-going command issues. He needs to throw more strikes. 
FB: 95-96
SL/CT: 87 
CH: 83-84

Been that way for a while now. Thanks AZP

AZPhil, is there a game at Sloan on Monday 4/26?  What time do they usually start? Thanks!

BOB: Unfortunately the games in the stadium are not open to the public, and the berm adjacent to Field # 1 is also closed. You would almost need a drone or a flying squirrel with a camera to watch a game. 

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  • Hagsag 12 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Phil, is the 3 weeks camp going on now?

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 49 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent LHP Stephen Gonsalves to a 2022 minor league contract.

    If he were to be added to the MLB 40-man roster at some point in 2022, he has no minor league options left and he has Article XX-D rights (he can elect free-agency if outrighted).

    So 78 Cubs minor leaguers are now eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft.

    Also, the Cubs off-season minor league Domestic Reserve List now stands at 173 (17 slots are open).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: That's correct.

    Under the new rules, the 38-man AAA reserve list is now only used beginning on the date reserve lists are filed in November and extending up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft. Then after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, everybody goes back into the off-season 190-man Domestic Reserve List hopper. 

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Phil, can you settle a Twitter discussion? A team can only select players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft until its 38-man Triple-A reserve list is full, correct? Don't believe this changed with the latest Major League Rules that introduced the Domestic Reserve List and eliminated individual level reserve lists during the offseason.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    "Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Carlos Correa's agent has been contacted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Braves.

    It's not clear when the contact took place or what level of interest each club has."

    ...with the yanks and dodgers both with piles of cash and a bit of need, i wouldn't get too stoked...but at least there seems to be some interest in what his market is.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Stroman's salary escalators apply to 2024, so if Stroman reaches 160 IP in either 2022 or 2023 (but not both) it adds $2M to his 2024 salary, and if he reaches 160 IP in both 2022 and 2023 it would add $4M to his to 2024 salary.

    So he gets $25M in both 2022 and 2023 (that's locked-in), and then either $21M, $23M , or $25M in 2024, depending upon whether he reaches his salary escalators in 2022 and/or 2023. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: I should also mention that the Cubs cannot outright David Bote while he is injured or rehabbing from an injury, except during a window starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the day that off-season reserve lists must be filed (normaly 11/20, but it was 11/19 in 2021 because 11/20 fell on a Saturday, and it will be 11/18 in 2022 because 11/20 will fall on a Sunday). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: The Cubs can outright David Bote (if he is not claimed off waivers) once the transaction freeze is lifted. That's not a problem. 

    If he is outrighted and then elects free-agency, he would forfeit what remains of his contract - AS LONG AS - the contract is not fully guaranteed. 

    If the contract is fully guaranteed he would likely elect free-agency and the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of his salary, offset by the MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB deal with another club.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    kristin call has been named GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  she's been the assistant/associate GM for a few years and was formally a marketing director for the team.

    she's been involved in baseball for a living for 16+ years.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Hey Phil - Could David Bote be outrighted at any point before the start of the season (obviously not now while players are being locked out). I wonder because if someone claimed him, oh well. If he elected free agency, wouldn't that void his contract? These are the thoughts going through my head as I look to open up another 40-man spot, and Bote will be out until at least May.

    I've read your 40-man tag for him, but I'm not quite smart enough to figure this out! :) Thanks!

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Marcus Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt out after the second season, sources tell ESPN. He’ll make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024. It includes $2M escalators for 160 IP in ‘22 and ‘23.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have re-signed RHRP Jonathan Holder and C-INF P.J. Higgins to 2022 minor league contracts, presumably with an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

    They will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible, if and when there is a Rule 5 Draft. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze. 

    Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.

    backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners.  i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core.  NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...

     

  • Sonicwind75 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Stroman, a pleasant surprise.  Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.