Cubs Cooperate with Angels to Edge Snakes at Diablo
Shawon Dunston Jr (Cubs) and Natanael Delgado (Angels) stroked consecutive two-out run-scoring singles to highlight a three-run 1st inning, as the Angels/Cubs co-op team edged the Diamondbacks 5-4 in Opening Day Arizona Advanced Instructional League game action this afternoon at Diablo Stadium Complex Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.
The game was called by mutual agreement after 6-1/2 innings of play.
Austin Byler and Gabriel Guerrero (Vladimir's nephew) belted solo home runs and 2015 1st overall draft pick Dansby Swanson plated a run with a sacrifice fly for the Diamondbacks in a losing cause.
The Angels/Cubs roughed-up Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley, as the D'backs top pitching prospect allowed four runs on six hits and a walk (and two WP) in just 1.1 IP.
Cubs LHP Eric Jokisch (staying in shape for a possible call-up to Chicago) got the start for the Angels/Cubs squad, allowing three runs on six hits (four singles, a triple, and a home run) in 6.1 IP (70 pitches - 51 strikes), with three strikeouts (all three swinging), no walks, one nifty pick-off at 1st base, and an impressive 10/3 GO/AO (including two timely DP grounders).
Taylor Teagarden caught the game for the Angels/Cubs, but did not take an AB. Like Jokisch, Teagarden is staying in shape in Arizona while awaiting a possible call-up to Chicago.
Johnny Giavotella (on LAA 15-day since 8/20 with nerve palsy that has caused "double-vision") played 2B and led-off for the Angels/Cubs, going 1-4 at the plate (a single and a run scored). Barring a medical setback, Giavotella is expected to be reinstated from the DL and rejoin the Angels this coming weekend.
The Arizona "Advanced" Instructional League is sort of a junior AFL, with older players than you would normally find at "basic" instructs. Among other things, "advanced" instructs provides a platform for MLB players (like Angels 2B Johnny Giavotella) who are rehabbing from an injury or illness (the minor league season is over, so it is no longer possible to send players on a conventional minor league rehab assignment), and playing time for players staying in game shape (like Eric Jokisch and Taylor Teagarden) pending a possible call-up to the big leagues prior to the concluision of the MLB regular season or during the post-season and for more-advanced prospects who were unable to find placement on an AFL roster. (The Angels/Cubs co-op "advanced" iInstructs squad is where injured Cubs reliever Jason Motte will likely go if and when he is cleared to throw off a mound).
There are only five "advanced" AZIL teams: Cubs/Angels (co-op), Diamondbacks, Rangers, Reds, and Royals. There are two advanced AZIL games scheduled every day, and so each advanced AZIL team gets a bye every fifth day (just like the AZL).
All of the organizations with teams in "advanced" AZIL (except the Cubs) also field teams in the basic (traditional) AZIL. The traditional AZIL features 16 teams, including two Mariners squads ("white" and "blue") and one KBO team (SK Wyverns). There were two Korean teams in traditional AZIL the previous couple or three years, but the NC Dinos aren't sending players to Arizona this year.
Also, the Royals will be extending their Instructs a week or two beyond when the other teams are done, and so the AZIL Royals have scheduled games against local JC and college teams after everybody else has finished up and gone home.
Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold & underlined)
1a. Colin Bray, CF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
1b. Zach Nehrir, PH-CF: 1-1 (1B)
2. Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-2 (4-3, L-8 SF, 6-4-3 DP, RBI)
3. Henry Castillo, DH: 0-3 (F-8, 6-3, 6-3)
4. Austin Byler, 1B: 2-3 (HR, 1B, 4-3, R, RBI, PO)
5. Gabriel Guerrero, RF: 2-3 (K, 1B, HR, R, RBI)
6a. Grant Heyman, LF: 0-2 (5-3, 5-4-3 DP)
6b. Victor Reyes, LF: 0-0 (BB, SB)
7a. Domingo Leyba, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
7b. Sergio Alcantara, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
8a. Jose Munoz, 3B: 1-2 (1B, K, R)
8b. Dawel Lugo, 3B: 0-1 (P-3)
9a. Stryker Trahan, C: 1-2 (3B, L-6, R, RBI)
9b. Jose Herrera, C: NO AB
1. Johnny Giavotella: 2B: 1-4 (6-3, P-3, F-8, 1B, R)
2. Victor Caratini, DH #1: 1-1 (1B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST THREE TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
3. Chesny Young, SS: 1-4 (3-U, 1B, K, 6-3, R, SB)
4. Zach Houchins, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, L-7, 4-3, R)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (1B, E-5, 3-1, R, RBI)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
7. Natanael Delgado, RF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-7, RBI)
8. Rashad Crawford, LF: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, 3-6 FC)
9a. Michael Strentz, DH #3: 1-1 (1B, BB)
9b. Kody Eaves, PH: 0-1 (L-9)
10. Bo Way, CF: 0-3 (4-6 FC, K, 1-3)
11. Taylor Teagarden, C: NO AB
NOTE: PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY
1. Archie Bradley: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 3/1 GO/AO, 45 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Mason McCullough: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Keegan Long: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Steve Hathaway: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Myles Smith: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
1. Eric Jokisch: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2 GIDP, 10/3 GO/AO, 70 pitches (51 strikes)
2. Matt Brazis: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
DIAMONDBACKS ERRORS: 2
1. C Stryker Trahan: E-2 (throwing error after RBI single allowed batter to advance from 1st base to 2nd)
2. 3B Jose Munoz: E-5 (two base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE
DIAMONDBACKS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Stryker Trahan: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Taylor Teagarden: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny & a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
ATTENDANCE: 27 (mostly scouts)
2015 ANGELS/CUBS CO-OP ADVANCED AZ INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER
37 players (15 LAA/22 CUBS)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Victor Alcantara (LAA)
Paul Blackburn (CUBS)
Matt Brazis (CUBS)
Tyler Carpenter (LAA)
David Garner (CUBS - thru 10/10)
Joe Gatto (LAA)
* Ronnie Glenn (LAA)
Michael Jensen (CUBS)
* Eric Jokisch (CUBS)
* Jordan Minch (CUBS)
Garrett Nuss (LAA)
Steve Perakslis (CUBS)
Eduardo Paredes (LAA)
James Pugliese (CUBS)
Tayler Scott (CUBS)
Tyler Skulina (CUBS)
Duane Underwood Jr (CUBS)
* Rob Zastryzny (CUBS - thru 10/10)
Cael Brockmeyer (CUBS - thru 10/10)
# Victor Caratini (CUBS)
Michael Strentz (LAA)
Taylor Teagarden (CUBS)
Wade Wass (LAA)
* Kody Eaves (LAA)
Andrew Daniel (LAA)
Johnny Giavotella (LAA) - MLB DL REHAB
Zach Houchins (LAA)
Gleyber Torres (CUBS)
* Dan Vogelbach (CUBS)
Chesny Young (CUBS)
* Alex Abbott (LAA)
Jeffrey Baez (CUBS)
Charcer Burks (CUBS)
* Rashad Crawford (CUBS)
* Natanael Delgado (LAA)
* Shawon Dunston Jr (CUBS)
* Bo Way (LAA)
AZL Cubs manager Carmelo Martinez is seving as co-manager of the Angels/Cubs co-op squad, and Cubs minor league coaches Mike Mason, Guillermo Martinez, and Leo Perez are also on-board.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."
bradsbeard 6 days 7 hours ago (view)
This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options.
Arizona Phil 6 days 7 hours ago (view)
I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal.
crunch 6 days 10 hours ago (view)
RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins
...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw
erich081 6 days 23 hours ago (view)
I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.
Hagsag 1 week 3 hours ago (view)
I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.
Charlie 1 week 8 hours ago (view)
Watched it yesterday with my girlfriend and while Skyping my dad. It was fun to give her running commentary since she's only been a Cubs fan for the last five years.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
MLB is sidestepping this "to the surface" pushing issue by choosing to "finacially support" minor league players according to a press release from a couple days ago. minor league pay has been a recent source of embarrassment for MLB...
i have no idea how robust this assistant will be, but anything less than 100% for most players (no matter the source) would be a disservice to future of the game.