Rosscup Sharp at Papago Park

Rudy Martin singled, doubled, and walked, and scored two runs, and Luke Willis singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another with a sacrifice fly, lifting the AZL Royals to a 5-3 victory over the AZL Cubs in Arizona League action Wednesday night at Papago Park Sports Complex Field #2 in Phoenix, AZ.

Although they remain in the AZL West Division, the AZL Royals are playing their home games on the east-side of town at the Papago Park Sports Complex (the former home of the AZL Athletics) this season while their clubhouse is being renovated (expanded) at Surprise Stadium. (The Royals presently are in first place in the AZL West Division, and in fact they have the best record in the league). 
 
LHP Zac Rosscup (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - left shoulder inflammation) saw his first game action since June 16th, getting the start for the AZL Cubs and throwing one inning (17 pitches - 11 strikes) and allowing no hits, no runs, and no walks, with two strikeouts (both swinging). One runner reached base on an E-5. Rosscup was working his fastball at 91-93 MPH and touched 94, and his breaking ball was sharp and unhittable. He looked to be in mid-season form. (Lots of swings & misses). 

Shawon Dunston Jr (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL) continued his AZL rehab, serving as the AZL Cubs DH and batting third in the order. He drilled a one-out line-drive single to center in the top of the 1st inning, before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter in the top of the 3rd.

RHP Casey Bloomquist (Cubs 2015 17th round draft pick - Cal Poly SLO) made his pro debut, working the eighth inning and retiring the side 1-2-3 (a 5-3 GO followed by two strikeouts). Bloomquist displayed an 87-88 MPH fastball with sinking action that he mixed with a slider and a change-up that dive-bombed out of the strike zone. Bloomquist was the Mustang's "Friday night starter" (#1 starter) as a junior, and unlike some of the Cubs 2015 draft picks who were college seniors with no eligibility left (and no leverage in negotiations), Bloomquist had the option to return to school for his senior year at Cal Poly if he had not signed with the Cubs.  

The defensive Play of the Game was turned in by AZL Cubs RF Michael Foster (Cuhs 2015 16th round draft pick - Northeastern University), who made a spectacular diving catch in right-centerfield in the bottom of the 6th inning. Foster also singled twice and scored a run for the AZL Cubs in a losing cause.

Here is the abridged box score from Wednesday night's game (Cubs players only: 

AZL CUBS LINEUP
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 4-3, K, PO) 
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-4 (L-4, 4-3, 1-3, K)
3a. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH: 1-1 (1B) 
3b. Yohan Matos, PH-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, 5-3)
4a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, R)
4b. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-1 (5-3)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, 5-3, K, R)
6. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (1B, 1-4 SH, F-7, BB)
7. Michael Foster, RF: 2-4 (5-4 FC, 1B, E-6, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-3 (1B, F-8 SF, 5-4 FC, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Donnie Cimino, LF:1-4 (F-9, 1B, 1-6-3, K, RBI, PO)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS
1. Zac Rosscup: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2 GIDP, 5/1 GO/FO, 45 pitches (26 strikes) 
3. Pedro Silverio: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 4/2 GO/FO, 43 pitches (24 strikes) 
4. Casey Bloomquist: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 3 
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (throwing error on SH allowed batter to reach 2nd base & runner to advance to 3rd)
3. 3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to reach 2nd base & runner to score from 2nd)

AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-2 CS, 1 PB

Comments

AZ Phil, can you give us a scouting report on Pedro Silverio? he seems to be doing well. Also, is Dunston Jr. still dealing with a shoulder problem?

HAGSAG: Pedro Silverio has a thick lower-body and the stamina needed to be a starter. He was throwing an 89-91 MPH fastball that touched 92, a plus-curve, and a below-average change-up last night. The curve is his definitely his best pitch. He gets swings & misses with the curve. And Silverio's fastball looks a couple of clicks faster when hitters sit on the curve. The change-up is a work-in-progress. Silverio has almost the exact same body-type and stuff (low 90's fastball, plus-curve, nascent change-up) as newly-minted RHP (ex-C) Mark Malave, except Malave wears-down after about 30-40 pitches, while Silverio maintains his stuff up to & beyond 70-75 pitches. 

As far as I know, Dunston is still having shoulder issues, and that's why he went back on the MB DL and why he was sent back to Mesa (where he can participate in the UAPC arm-strengthening program). He can hit.OK. He just has problems throwing. 

"He can hit.OK. He just has problems throwing. " Kids just love to do things opposite of their parents.

Javy Baez broke his ring finger on June 6th. Supposedly it was non-displaced and didn't need surgical fixation. This Saturday will be 6 weeks. Depending on the fracture location and pattern the usual estimate is 4-6 weeks out of action. He should be really soon that he's back in games so expect some updates from AZ Phil on when he gets into games in Arizona.

Schwarber will be in ATL tomorrow according to WSCR

It looks like we are all in with the kids this season. Carrie Muskat is reporting that Montero will see a hand specialist on Friday and is expected to miss more than 15 days.

Which would last into Sept, when rosters expand so get your shit together Schwarber you're playing. Rizzo Bryant Schwarber Soler ~faints~

Iowa Cubs ‏@IowaCubs BIG night in store tonight at Principal Park, in addition to being NATIONALLY TELEVISED on @CBSSportsNet No Schwarber. But Cult of OLT!

Whoooo! Mike Olt!: .200/.262/.367 in AAA Maybe he could stay at O&B's place if he ever gets called up again this year? I hope he is learning LF a little bit, anyway to increase his options.

That slash line is just about in line with Olt's career AAA numbers of .218/.307/.412 that is from 149 games spread over 3 seasons.

Unfortunately, there is no longer any room at the inn for Olt. Not with the likes of McKinney, Torres, and even Willie Contreras, among others, milling about the Cubs system. My interest in Olt was limited mostly to last year, when he still had some possible relevance. I was hoping he'd get some playing time to see if he was worth giving playing time to. Now, there's no room for him at all, anywhere, because left field will probably be manned by Schwarber when he's not catching, and my gut feeling is that the TheoPlan is about 30% catching time for him. There really is no place for a guy who hasn't put up awesome numbers in AAA. I loved his potential, but that was last year, when the Cubs had room to experiment. Cult of Olt

You never know the plan of the great universe until time reveals all. We now know the prophet olt was a martyr of great renown. He sacrificed his hand and career so we could have Bryant (for an extra year). Oh the humility and humanity of Michael Moriarity Olt. He never complained when theo asked him to not have a broken hand for a few more days. For he shall be called Cub.

Did you just imbibe peyote, tequila, or sensimilla? Or, absenthe perhaps?

I am not sure.

that's just a fat bongload of oltimate truth, bro. ୧༼ ͡◉ل͜ ͡◉༽୨

For we are all truly Brothers in Olt. ...games need start again.

I have given up wearing clothes and cutting my hair.

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  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

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  • Hagsag 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

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    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

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    i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.

    he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.

    that said, his career is far from done.  most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.

     

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  • Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

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