AZL Angels Rally to Edge AZL Cubs at Sloan Park

Jahmal Jones crushed a three-run HR and Chad Hinshaw drilled an RBI double and a single, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, as the AZL Angels rallied for a run in the 7th and a run in the 8th to edge the AZL Cubs 5-4 in Arizona League action last night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Jose Paniagua belted an RBI double and a single and scored two runs and Michael Foster (Cubs 2015 16th round draft pick - Northeastern U.) singled twice and reached base on an HBP for the Cubs in a losing cause. Foster also turned-in the defensive play of the game, a diving catch in short right-field in the top of the 4th inning.

2B Angelo Amendolare (Cubs 2015 27th round draft pick - Jacksonville U.) has been sent to the AZL Cubs from AAA Iowa, where he provided some bench depth for the I-Cubs for the past couple of weeks after four Iowa position players (Andreoli, Chambers, Dent, and Valaika) found their way to the DL within a seven-day period in early July. Amendolare is a mature, polished college senior with experience in the Cape Cod League who was one of the Top 50 hitters in NCAA D-1 in 2015. He went 0-4 in his AZL Cub debut Monday night. 

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

1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-5 (F-7, E-1, F-8, K, 1B, R)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 2-4 (1B, 1-3 SH, F-8, 1B, 6-3 DP)
3. Angelo Amendolare, 2B: 0-4 (L-9, 5-3, F-8, 5-3, RBI)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-4 (4-3, 2B, 1B, K, 2 R, RBI)
5. Marcus Mastrobuoni, DH: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, K, 5-3, RBI)
6. Michael Foster, RF: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B, HBP)
7. Yohan Matos, C: 0-3 (HBP, 5-3, 6-4 FC, 3-U, SB)
8. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-4 (5-3, 2-U, 6-3, 1B)
9. Donnie Cimino, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, L-4, K, R)

1. Jesus Camargo: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 2 WP, 4/3 GO/FO, 57 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Craig Brooks: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 11 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Jesus Castillo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Luis Hernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Ariel Ovando: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)

1. 3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Jose Paniagua: E-3 (missed catrch on what would have been 5-3 GO allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Yohan Matos: 1-3 CS, 2 PB)


Jacob Rogers just tweeted that he was on his way to Tenn.

he's an interesting mix of old + new regime. old - from dunedin, FL and drafted by old regime in 2010 (unsigned) new - drafted (unsigned) by the rsox out of higschool in 2008 and signed by the cubs in 2012

Who the hell is Jacob Rogers? Do you mean Jesse Rogers?

Who the hell is Jesse Rogers? If Jacob Rogers is new to you, you must not read Midwest League box scores. Nice lefty-hitting slugging first baseman. Sixteen homers at Kane County last year, eleven this year at MB. .381 OBP in the minors. Rising slowly in the minors because he's just what the Cubs don't need. Just noticed something interesting about him: drafted by the Cubs out of junior college in 2010, because he went to Dunedin H.S., Hendry's alma mater. Then drafted in 2012 by the Cubs, because they liked him. I had a favorable impression of him when I saw a Myrtle Beach game (in Virginia) earlier this summer. If Justin Bour can make the majors, so can Rogers.

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  • bradsbeard 2 hours 43 min ago (view)

    I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)? 


  • Cubster 5 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen.


  • Cubster 5 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
    Tribune article today on the Cub


  • CubsCentral08 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    List is up to 12 now

    Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
    Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
    Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
    Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
    Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
    Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:

    • RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
    • LHP - Kevin Valdez
    • RHP - Jensi Ramirez
    • RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
    • RHP - Eligio Paredes
    • RHP - Jair Jimenez
    • OF - Edward Vargas



  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:

    • Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    • Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic



  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):

    Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):

    • Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
    • Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
    • Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
    • Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela



  • crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.

    they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.


  • Cubster 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run. 


  • crunch 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    meeting on thursday.  hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.


  • crunch 1 week 22 hours ago (view)

    yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager.  first female manager in the minors.

    she was also the first female strength/conditioning coach and hitting coach in rookie leagues for the yanks.


  • crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""


  • tim815 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".


  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!


  • crunch 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.

    2022 looking good so far.


  • Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    Welcome to 2022. 
    First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.