Rosscup Strikes Fear into the Hearts of A's at Sloan Park
Shane Conlon drilled two singles and a double, reached base on an HBP, scored two runs, and drove-in three more, leading the AZL Athletics to a 10-2 drubbing of the AZL Cubs in Arizona League action Saturday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The final two innings were played in a light drizzle.
Yohan Matos ended a 1-25 skid by lining a bases-loaded opposite-field two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to account for the two Cub runs and avert what otherwise would have been a shutout.
LHP Manny Rondon (acquired from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Rafael Lopez earlier this month) got the start for the AZL Cubs and was terrible, allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks and a WP in just 1.1 IP, including a 30-pitch 2nd inning in which he retired only one batter.
LHRP Zac Rosscup (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL with left shoulder inflammation since June 17th) made his second AZL appearance of the week and was brilliant, working one inning (16 pitches - 12 strikes) and striking out the side, with a virtually unhittable mixture of 94 MPH fastball and hard-breaking slider. The young A's hitters looked totally befuddled trying to deal with Rosscup's plus-stuff.
20-year old RHP M. T. Minacci (Cubs 2015 33rd round draft pick - Powermill Training Academy) worked a 1-2-3 7th inning (6-3, F-7, 4-3). Minacci was a teammate of Cubs 2014 4th round draft pick LHP Carson Sands at North Florida Christian HS in Tallahassee, and was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 20th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) but did not sign,. He chose instead to enroll at Florida State, but then transferred to Chipola College after only one semester at FSU, before joining Powermill last year. Minacci was working primarily with his fastball (90-92 MPH) Saturday night, with an occasional slider and change-up mixed-in.
In AZL Cubs roster news, LHP Tyler Peitzmeier (Cubs 2015 9th round draft pick - Cal State Fullerton) has been moved up to Eugene, and LHP Heath Dwyer (2015 NDFA - Virginia Commonwealth) has been moved down to AZL Cubs from Eugene. Dwyer pitched the 9th inning for the AZL Cubs in Saturday night's game, and was tagged for two runs on three hits (a single, a double, and a triple). Dwyer is a soft-tossing lefty who features a mid-80's fastball, a curve, and a plus-change up, but his smoke & mirrors stuff didn't fool the A's hitters.
Here is the abridged box score from Saturday night's game (Cubs players only):
AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-5 (4-3, 3-U, 5-3, L-3, 1B, R)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-5 (6-3, 1B, L-3, 4-3, E-8, R)
3. Michael Foster, LF: 1-4 (BB, K, 1B, F-8, K)
4. Alex Bautista, RF: 1-3 (4-3, BB, 1B, K, BB)
5. Yohan Matos, 1B: 1-5 (K, 5-3, 5-U FC, K, 1B, 2 RBI)
6. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-5 (1-3, 6-3, 4-3, 1B, L-7)
7. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (BB, 4-3, 1B, F-9)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-3 (BB, F-8, 5-4 FC, K)
9. Donnie Cimino, DH: 1-3 (HBP, P-4, 1B, F-8)
AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Manny Rondon: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 45 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Carlos Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/FO, 44 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Zac Rosscup: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 16 pitches (12 strikes)
4. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 11 pitches (6 strikes)
5. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Heath Dwyer: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (13 strikes)
AZL CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. RF Alex Bautista: E-9 (throwing error on line single to RF allowed batter & baserunners to advance an extra base)
2. P Carlos Rodriguez: E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) :
AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Payne: 0-1 CS
AZL CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Robert Garcia - baserunner thrown out attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd on fly out to CF
Jackstraw 11 hours 6 min ago (view)
Don't let short-term market fluctuations diminsh your enthusiasm for a great long-term investment.
crunch 13 hours 17 min ago (view)
freddy freeman + aaron nola are also positive star players.
the scary thing is freeman tested negative on tuesday. by thursday he was sick and tested positive shortly afterwards. some may question the strength of the MLB test if they were the ones who gave freeman's initial negative...
Cubster 14 hours 10 min ago (view)
COVID positive: LeMahieu NYY; Sano MIN; S Perez KC.
crunch 16 hours 2 min ago (view)
phillies now have 7 down with covid...freddy freeman (ATL) has symptomatic covid with fever/chills/aches for the past 3 days...some players on multiple teams are still awaiting initial test results so they can join spring training 2.0 with their teams...
also, this photo of pablo sandoval (SF) taking grounders at 3rd... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcHFTylVcAAE5SI?format...
Cubster 16 hours 29 min ago (view)
Wittenmeyer tweet: Hendricks and Darvish combine for 4 Ks in a pair of scoreless half-innings.
Press box wag: "Cubs hitting sucks this year"
crunch 18 hours 12 min ago (view)
2020 schedule to be announced monday (tentative).
crunch 18 hours 13 min ago (view)
d.price (LAD) to sit out the season.
LAD isn't going to get d.price at all in 2020 and they got m.betts for 60-ish games until he's a FA. ow. that duo cost them jeter downs, alex verdugo, and connor wong.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
I acquired Trout over the winter in a keeper league. Not feeling too great about that either.
Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Andrew Cashner still hasn't signed with anyone. Could be useful.
crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
the cleveland indians have released a statement that they are open for dialogue about the future of the team's name.
twitter is all over it and seems to be all about going back to "cleveland spiders", an unrelated dead MLB team lineage in cleveland from the 1800s (some guy named cy young played for them).
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade! sigh...
but yeah, they should be good in-house with expanded rosters unless they get slammed by IL stuff.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
MLB has confirmed 38 positives (players/coaches/personel/etc) so far.
Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
the cubs were searching car seats for coins to sign the scraps they managed to get this offseason. i imagine doing everything "in house" might be on the table.
the ricketts will need all the money they can spare to dump into GOP elections, too. priorities. btw, yes the family has been dumping 100s of thousand (to the tune of millions combined) over the past few months into state elections in areas they don't live in. wisconsin, nevada, new york, georgia, etc...millions...many millions of dollars all over the country.
Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists.
jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.