Joe Nathan Back in Action at Riverview Park
Luis Ayala tripled, walked twice. stole a base, and scored three runs, Jose Gonzalez belted a two-run triple, and Isaac Paredes smacked an RBI double for the AZL Cubs, and Kal Simmons singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, Mark Karaviotis (2016 19th round draft pick - U. of Oregon) collected three singles and an RBI, and RHP Jhoan Duran hurled four innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts for the AZL Diamondbacks, as the two teams played to a 4-4 tie in AZL mini-camp pre-season game action Friday evening on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Veteran RHRP Joe Nathan (on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL - April 2015 TJS) saw his first game action in 14 months, throwing a shutout inning (15 pitches) for the AZL Cubs (6-3, 1-3, 1B-CS). Nathan is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL on July 16th, and barring a medical setback, he should be ready to join the Cubs bullpen by that date.
Ex-KC RHRP Aaron Crow (on the AAA Iowa Cubs 7-day DL - April 2015 TJS) returned to action after being shut-down on May 10th while warming up for an EXST rehab appearance versus the Giants in Scottsdale, and he also threw a shutout inning (18 pitches) for the AZL Cubs (K, F-9, 1B-CS).
RHSP Tyler Wagner (on AAA Reno 7-day DL) got the start for the AZL Diamondbacks and worked three innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits (a single, a double, and a triple) and a walk (and two WP).
RHRP Evan Marshall (also on AAA Reno 7-day DL) followed Wagner to the hill and tossed a 1-2-3 4th inning (5-3, 6-3, 4-3), before Duran came into the game and shut the AZL Cubs down (retiring the last eight men he faced in a row, five on punch-outs).
Besides Karaviotis at DH, LF Myles Babitt (2016 25th round pick - Cal State East Bay) and 2016 NDFA SS Adam Walton (U. of Illinois) were in the AZL Diamondbacks starting lineup. (The Diamondbacks have already signed 25 of their 40 2016 draft picks plus two NDFA, and nine of them have reported to Salt River Fields and the other 18 are on the active rosters at Hillsboro and Missoula). But a week after the draft, there are no Cubs 2016 draft picks (or NDFA) on the field at Riverview Park or at Eugene, and only one (7th round pick C Michael Cruz) has reportedly signed (and it isn't even official yet).
AZL Opening Day is this coming Monday (6/20), and RHP Erling Moreno will get the start for the AZL Cubs versus the AZL Brewers. It is supposed to be somewhere near 120 degrees in the Valley of the Sun over the next couple of days, so I'm expecting a hot time in the old ballpark Monday night.
Here is the abridged box score from Friday night's game (AZL Cubs players only), followed by the updated AZL Cubs roster:
AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, RF: 1-2 (BB, 3B, BB, K, 3 R, SB)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-4 (F-8, L-5, 3B, F-8, 2 RBI)
3. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-4 (2B, K, 6-3, E-5, RBI)
4. Gustavo Polanco, DH: 0-4 (K, 5-3, K, 6-3)
5a. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-3 (L-4, 6-3, K)
5b. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-0 (BB)
6. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, K, K, SB)
7a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (F-8, BB, 6-3, R)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
9. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 6-3)
9. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-3 (P-4, L-9, K)
AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Joe Nathan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Andry Rondon: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 47 pitches (31 strikes)
5. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO,, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
AZL CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 2-2 CS
AZL CUBS BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Isaac Paredes - thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple
WEATHER: Cloudless with temperatures 100+
AZL CUBS (SS-R):
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers)
REHAB: No more than three players on MLB or full season affiliates DL can be on "active rehab" with AZL Cubs at any one time - these players do not count against club's roster limit
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, no players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)
AZL CUBS OPENING DAY: Monday July 20th versus AZL Brewers at Sloan Park (Mesa)
AZL CUBS ROSTER: 33+3
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Jesus Camargo (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS
* Andin Diaz
P. J. Francescon
* Yapson Gomez
Luis Hernandez (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
* Jack Leathersich (ACTIVE REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
* Brian Matusz
Joe Nathan (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
* Eugenio Palma
* C. J. Riefenhauser
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)
# Edgar Rondon
* Luis Ayala
* Kwang-Min Kwon
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach)
Jeremy Farrell (Hitting Coach)
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach)
Lance Rymel (Assistant Rehab Coach)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach)
REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR
AZL CUBS STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
AZL CUBS ATHLETIC TRAINER:
Hagsag 12 hours 22 min ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 1 day 2 hours 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 2 hours 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 2 hours 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 15 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' 5 days 33 min ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 2 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 5 days 4 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 5 days 17 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 2 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 1 week 4 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...