Spingola Bat Speaks Loud & Clear in Pro Debut at Sloan Park
Daniel Spingola belted an opposite-field RBI double into the LF corner (first pro hit) to give the Cubs the lead and next batter 18-year old Andruw Monasterio followed with a towering two-run home run off the LF foul pole (first pro HR) to highlight a four-run 7th, as the AZL Cubs rallied to overwhelm the AZL Rangers 11-5 in Arizona League action Tuesday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
P. J. Higgins collected four hits (a triple, a double, and two singles), drove-in a run, and scored two more, D. J. Wilson tripled, singled twice, and scored twice, Jose Paniagua singled three times (including two run-scoring hits) and scored a run, and Carlos Sepulveda singled, doubled, walked, scored three runs, and drove-in another with an RBI GO, to aid the Cubs cause.
RHRP Jared Cheek (Cubs 2015 21st round draft pick - U. of Georgia) threw two perfect innings for the Cubs to pick-up a two-inning save. Cheek was moved-down to the AZL Cubs last week after struggling at Eugene, but he dominated the young Ranger hitters in his AZL debut.
Cubs 2015 31st round draft pick Daniel Spingola (Georgia Tech) was activated from the AZL Cubs 7-day DL prior to the game, making his pro debut (as DH) a bit later than most of the other 2015 Cubs draft picks. (Only 2015 3rd round pick LHP Bryan Hudson has yet to make his game debut, although he is throwing "live" BP). Spingola suffered a college baseball career-ending ankle injury prior to the ACC tournament in May, but the Cubs drafted him anyway.
Spingola was also selected by the Cubs in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft (24th round), but he elected to return to Tech for his senior year to complete his degree in biomedical engineering. So by rule, Spingola had to give his approval before the Cubs could draft him again after failing to sign him after drafting him the previous year.
In addition to his 7th inning RBI double, Spingola also flied out to right in the 2nd, walked in the 3rd, lined out to shortstop on the 5th, and singled in the 8th, going 2-4 for the night.
INF Varonex Cuevas was released to make room for Spingola on the AZL Cubs active roster. .
Here is the abridged box score from Tuesday night's game (AZL Cubs players only):
AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-5 (4-3, 1B, 1-3, 6-3, 6-3, RBI)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 3-5 (3B, 6-3, 1B, F-7, 1B, 2 R)
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 2-4 (3-U, BB, 6-4-3 DP, 1B, 2B, 3 R, RBI)
4. P. J. Higgins, 3B: 4-5 (1B, 2B, 3B, 5-3, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 3-5 (5-4 FC, P-4, 1B, 1B, 1B+E7, R, 2 RBI)
6. Michael Foster, LF: 0-5 (5-3, E-6, K, K, 5-3, RBI)
7. Daniel Spingola, DH: 2-4 (F-9, BB, L-6, 2B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-5 (1B, K, F-8, HR, F-8, 2 R, 2 RBI)
9. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-3 (HBP, F-8, P-4, 6-3)
AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Manny Rondon: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 3 WP, 1 BALK, 4/4 GO/FO, 70 pitches (49 strikes)
2. Tyler Skulina: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Tanner Griggs: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 6/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Jared Cheek: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R. 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 26 pitches (17 strikes);
AZL CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. P Manny Rondon: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base on bunt single allowed batter to reach 2nd base)
2. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely);
3. P Tanner Griggs: E-1 (errant throw to 3rd base on delayed stolen base attempt allowed runner to score)
AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-2 CS
Hagsag 8 hours 4 min ago (view)
Around the corner or in the ditch?
crunch 10 hours 27 min ago (view)
my dream of seeing s.castro end his career with 3000+ hits and a WAR in the mid-30s, making HOF voters sweat, came to an end this year with the shortened season followed by the early injury. he came into the year as a just-turned 30 year old (march 24) with 1617 hits.
George Altman 10 hours 33 min ago (view)
Jerry Reinsdorf is reasons 1 thru 100 why I could never root for the White Sox and have hated the Bulls since 1999.
Sonicwind75 10 hours 54 min ago (view)
Feels like Ricky and Starlin Castro should form a support group. Everytime your rebuilding team is about to turn the corner and you're gone.
Cubster 13 hours 13 min ago (view)
76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections.
Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).
Cubster 14 hours 21 min ago (view)
but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer. ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?
Arizona Phil 16 hours 39 min ago (view)
There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either.
Cubster 18 hours 35 min ago (view)
Cards decline Kolten Wong option. It's going to be tough sledding out there.
Hagsag 21 hours 36 min ago (view)
Phil, we all are so glad you are getting to somehow "view" these games. Stay safe my friend.
Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter.
He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
Good to see Roederer and Velasquez providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development
Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
"He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."
reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away.
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well.
Arizona Phil 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here.
He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.
His receiving should improve with experience as well.