Byler Leaves Angels/Cubs in the Dust at Talking Stick

Austin Byler stroked an RBI double and a single and Victor Reyes singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, as the Diamondbacks rallied to edge the Angels/Cubs co-op squad 6-5 in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action this morning on Ramada Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.

The game was called by mutual consent after 6-1/2 innings of play.  

Michael Strentz (Angels) belted an opposite-field solo home run and drove-in another run with a sacrifice fly and Chesny Young (Cubs) and Andrew Daniel (Angels) each singled twice, walked, and stole a base for the Angels/Cubs in a losing cause. 

Carolina League batting champion Chesny Young got another start at shortstop (he also played SS on Wednesday), and commited a fielding error. He certainly has the required range, but it remains to be seen if he has the overall defensive skills required to handle the position. (Young is a natural second-baseman).    

RHRP Matt Brazis (Cubs) had a poor outing, as the Diamondbacks rallied for three runs by way of a lead-off double followed by three singles in the 5th against him to take the lead. (Brazis allowed a solo HR and a single in 2/3 of an inning versus the D'backs on Wednesday).   

RHP Ethan Elias (Cubs 2011 22nd round draft pick - Canadian Junior National team) got the start for the Diamondbacks and worked two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. He also commited a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at 2nd base. Elias was released by the Cubs following the 2013 season and pitched in independent ball for Normal (Frontier League) in 2014, before signing with the Diamondbacks at a tryout camp prior to the start of Spring Training. He was a rotation starter at Kane County in 2015 and had a decent year, going 11-6 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.32 WHIP and 85 K in 118.1 IP for the Cougars. 

Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP:
1. Bo Way, CF: 2-4 (1B, 4-3, 1B, K, R, CS)
2. Chesny Young, SS: 2-3 (3-U, 1B, 1B, BB, R, SB, CS)
3. Natanael Delgado, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, 4-3, K, RBI)
4. Zach Houchins, 1B; 2-4 (K, 1B, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
5. Andrew Daniel: 2-3 (1B, 1B, BB, 1-3, RBI, SB)
6. Kody Eaves, 3B: 0-3 (4-3, K, L-8)
7. Rashad Crawford, RF: 0-3 (E-3, 5-3, F-8, R, SB)
8. Michael Strentz, C-DH: 2-2 (F-9 SF, HR, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
9. Charcer Burks, DH #1: 0-3 (1-3, L-3, F-9) 
10. Victor Caratini, DH-C: 0-1 (3-1)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER 

DIAMONDBACKS LINEUP:
1a.  Victor Reyes, LF: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Grant Heyman, LF: 0-1 (4-3) 
2. Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-3 (5-3, 1B, BB, F-9, R)
3a. Austin Byler, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI)
3b. Jose Munoz, PH-1B: 0-2 (K, K)
4. Gabriel Guerrero, RF: 1-3 (F-9, K, 2B, R)
5. Henry Castillo, DH-3B: 1-3 (F-9, 3-6 FC, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Dawel Lugo, 3B-DH: 1-2 (5-3, BB, 1B, R)
7a. Domingo Leyba, 2B: 0-2 (E-6, K, R)
7b. Sergio Alcantara, 2B: 0-1 (6-3, RBI)
8a. Jose Herrera, C: 0-2 (L-4, L-3)
8b. Tyler Baker, C: 1-1 (1B)
9a. Zach Nehrir, CF: 1-2 (3B, 3-1, RBI)
9b. Colin Bray, CF: 0-1 (5-4-3 DP)

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
1. Tyler Carpenter: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Ronnie Glenn: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Victor Alcantara: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP,  1/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (11 strikes) 
4. Eduardo Paredes: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Matt Brazis: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes) 

DIAMONDBACKS PITCHERS
1. Ethan Elias: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Mason McCullough: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Cameron Gann: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Keegan Long: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Steve Hathaway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 6 pitches (6 strikes) 

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. SS Chesny Young - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Andrew Daniel - E-5 (throwing error allowed runner to score from 3rd base)

DIAMONDBACKS ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Austin Byler - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)  
2. P Ethan Elias - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 2nd bsse allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Michael Strentz: 0-1 CS, 2 PB

DIAMONDBACKS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jose Herrera: 1-4 CS
2. Tyler Baker: 1-1 CS

WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless with temperatures 100+

ATTENDANCE: 34  

Comments

Hey PHIL: Enjoyed reading your reply to Jacos re potential 2016 adds to the MLB team. As we have discussed, it seems as if (at least at this point) since the team concentrated on offense, the collection of starters has produced a collection of possible #5-6 starters, and pen guys who have problems throwing strikes. I am quite sure the team will address this some in trades as you have alluded to as well, but what are you seeing with Dylan Cease, Carson Sands, and Bryan Hudson? Have you seen these three much? Any thoughts? Thanks as always.

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  • KingKongvsGodzilla 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 

     

  • tim815 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.

     

  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 38 min ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?

     

  • tim815 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=609&sid=milb

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=2270&sid=...

     

  • crunch 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?

     

  • tim815 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future. 

     

  • tim815 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract. 

     

  • bigsky33 5 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?