AZL Royals Shut-Down AZL Cubs at Sloan Park

Carlos Diaz collected four singles, stole a base, and scored two runs, Yeison Melo drilled an RBI single and a two-run double, and RHSP Arnaldo Hernandez tossed 5.2 IP of four-hit ball, leading the AZL Royals to a 6-1 victory over the AZL Cubs in Arizona League action Monday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.

RHJP James Norwood (on South Bend 7-day DL) got the rehab start for the Cubs and worked three innings (49 pitches), allowing three runs on six hits (all singles). He did not issue any walks, and struck out one (swinging) with a 5/2 GO/FO and a GIDP. Despite the mediocre results, he was throwing his fastball in the mid-90's, and looks to be ready to return to the SB-Cubs.       

25-year old RHP Trey McNutt (2014 shoulder surgery) followed Norwood to the mound, making his second AZL rehab appearance and working a 1-2-3 inning (5-3, 4-3, P-4). While he did retire the side without allowing any baserunners, McNutt is still unable to elevate his fastball velocity past 90 MPH, and there is no sign of his wipeout power slider. McNutt is eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) post-2015, so if he doesn't start to show more than he has so far, the Cubs are unlikely to offer him a 2016 minor league successor contract.   

Cubs 4th round draft pick D. J. Wilson (South Canton HS - Canton, OH) played CF and went 0-4 (4-3, F-8, F-7, F-7).

In AZL Cubs roster news, 1B Joey Martarano (hitting 315/345/426 with a team-leading 12 RBI) has been moved-up to Eugene. Martarano (who plays pro baseball as a sort of "summer job"), will be returning to school at Boise State in about three weeks, where he is a linebacker on the Bronco football team.  
Here is the abridged box score from last night's game (Cubs players only):  

1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-4 (4-3, F-8, F-7, F-7)
2. Robert Garcia, RF: 2-4 (1B, 1-3, 1-3, 1B, R)
3. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 1B, K, CS)
4. Alex Bautista, LF: 0-4 (6-3, K, K, 6-3, RBI)
5. Yohan Matos, DH: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 5-3, K)
6. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-4 (E-6, L-6, E-3, K) 
7. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, K, 1B)
9. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-3 (K, 1-3, L-9)

1. James Norwood: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 5/2 GO/FO, 49 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Trey McNutt: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Jesus Camargo: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 46 pitches (37 strikes) 
4. Erling Moreno: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Jesus Castillo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (11 strikes)

1. P Erling Moreno: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. 3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)

Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS  


AZ Phil - any updates on Javier Baez? I know he's in AZ and cleared to do baseball activities but hasn't appeared in a game yet.

jtsunami: Javy Baez is at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Paek, and is doing rehab on an individual basis, which means he can take BP and infield practice pretty much whenever he feels like it, either individually in the enclosed cages or out on Field #1 with the AZL Cubs.

I haven't seen Baez take pre-game BP with the AZL Cubs yet, but because he is on the Iowa DL he cannot rehab anywhere but with a short-season affiliiate (AZL Cubs or Eugene), so Baez will very likely play in all of his rehab games with AZL Cubs (for at least a week or maybe two), before he returns to Iowa. I would think he would much prefer just staying in Mesa rather than taking long overnight bus rides through Oregon, Washington, and Idaho with the Emeralds.   

Players on the Cubs MLB DL (like Tommy LaStella and Zac Rosscup) can rehab with any minor league affiliate, so LaStella and Rosscup might play in just a couple of games with the AZL Cubs before moving their rehabs up to South Bend, Myrtle Beach. Tennessee, and/or Iowa. 

"because he is on the Iowa DL he cannot rehab anywhere but with a short-season affiliiate" That's probably the rule for other players, but I'm pretty sure Baez can do whatever the fuck he wants.


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  • Charlie 1 hour 44 min ago (view)

    At this rate, they will need 11 starters in 2021 but like 6 of them will be more or less Alec Mills. The defense will get plenty of practice, at least.


  • crunch 5 hours 22 min ago (view)

    i wouldn't be surprised to see jake arrieta come on board since no one else seems to want him and he'll probably have to take a 1yr deal...


  • crunch 5 hours 23 min ago (view)

    cubs get their backup catcher...hopefully not their main catcher...

    austin romine 1yr/1.5m


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Look no further than Shelby Miller!


  • crunch 7 hours 2 min ago (view)

    hank aaron has died.  passed away in his sleep.

    we've lost a lot of HOF'rs and other notables in the past many months.


  • Hagsag 11 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs are now the "Little Sisters of the Poor".


  • crunch 19 hours 25 min ago (view)

    given what little we're supposed to expect out of this offseason that would have been a nice gamble.

    at this point i wonder if they're going to snag someone to put in between the 2 current staff aces that throw 88mph on a good day, or if they're just gonna toss one of the kids in there to break up the slow-tossers.

    i mean, there's gotta be something more than hendricks/davies/mills/alzolay/???...i hope.


  • springs 19 hours 37 min ago (view)

    That sucks...I wanted to sign Q to a one year deal and see if he could right the ship.  At a minimum I hoped we'd get a draft pick when he left as a free agent and thought we could roll the dice to try and get that.  That


  • crunch 23 hours 1 min ago (view)

    bjays gave chatwood 3m.

    do they not have scouts...or televisions you can watch games where he pitches?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Lame. He was intriguing 


  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    cubs release matt dermody...he's heading to japan.


  • Cubster 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Jared Porter story gets worse and does involve the Cubs...

    "The Jared Porter situation is equally a Cubs and a Mets problem. The Mets need a new GM. The Cubs need to reevaluate themselves as an organization.


  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska. 


  • bradsbeard 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    It all depends what you count as "payroll." If you include the $11M in Lester and Descalso's buyouts plus the $3M sent in the Darvish trade you get to somewhere like $145M. If you include the $15M in estimated share of player benefits, you get to $160M. I think that last year, including player benefits, they were slated to be up around $205M for MLB payroll before the pandemic. 


  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    not sure, but i think it's around 130-135m right now even with bryant/baez/contreras still on board...including the 3m to set darvish free and other random $$ expenses on the roster.

    tack on another 3-4m for happ when that gets other odds/ends that have a chance to make the roster (s.miller, a.morgan, j.holder, etc) and other pre-arbitration guys...

    cubs still need someone to back up contreras (if he sticks around, which i wouldn't be surprised to see him stick around)...not sure if taylor gushue is gonna be that guy and m.amaya is too young.


  • George Altman 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Seriously, what's the 2021 payroll number? Currently at approximately $165M and after they trade Bryant, Baez, & Contreras  - $130M. Is that it, $135-140M.