Angels/Cubs Detente Defeats Reds

Donnie Dewees led-off the bottom of the 1st inning with an opposite-field solo home run over the LF fence, walked twice, and scored two runs, Jose Briceno doubled twice, walked, and scored two runs, and Roberto Baldoquin (RBI single), Eddy Julio Martinez (two-run double), Hutton Moyer (RBI single), and Andrew Daniel (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a six-run second inning, as the Angels/Cubs co-op team took an early 8-1 lead and cruised to a 9-5 victory over the Reds in Opening Day Arizona Advanced Instructional League game action Monday afternoon on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ. 

Daniel Sweet hammered a solo home run in the 3rd and Nick Senzel (2nd overall pick in the 2016 June draft) belted a monster two-run HR over the left-centerfield fence in the 9th for the Reds in a losing cause. 
The AZ "Advanced" Instructional League is 
sort of a junior AFL, with older players than what you would normally find at "basic" (traditional) instructs. Among other things, "advanced" instructs provides playing time for prospects who were unable to find placement on an AFL roster.  

There are only four "advanced" AZIL teams this year (Rangers, Reds, Royals, and the Angels/Cubs co-op team), down one from last season (the Diamondbacks are not fielding an "advanced" instructs team this year).  

All of the organizations with teams in "advanced" AZIL (except the Cubs) also field teams in the basic (traditional) AZIL. The traditional AZIL features 13 MLB organizations (the Cubs and the Mariners are not participating in "basic" AZIL league play this year), one KBO team (SK Wyverns), and a team from the Peoples Republic of China.   

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


1a. T. J. Friedl, LF: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB)
1b. Satchel McElroy, LF: 0-2 (P-4, K)
2. Alfredo Rodriguez, SS: 1-3 (K, 2B, BB, 2-U, BB, R)
3. Nick Senzel, 3B: 2-5 (5-3, F-9, F-8, 1B, HR, R, 2 RBI)
4a. Aristides Aquino, DH: 1-3 (BB, 1B, P-5, L-8, SB)
4b. Mitch Trees, PH: 0-1 (K)
5. Jose Siri, CF: 1-5 (K, K, F-7, 1B, K, R)
6. James Vasquez, 1B: 0-4 (F-9, BB, 4-3, F-7, 3-U)
7a. Chris Okey, C: 0-2 (4-3, P-6)
7b. Cassidy Brown, PH-C: 0-2 (P-3, F-8)
8. Daniel Sweet, RF: 2-4 (HR, K, K, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Brantley Bell, 2B: 2-4 (F-9, 2B, 1B, E-5, R, SB)

1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 1-2 (HR, BB, F-9, BB, 2 R, RBI, CS) 
2. Hutton Moyer, SS: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, L-9, F-7, R, RBI)
3. Matt Thaiss, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, F-7 SF, F-8, K, RBI)
4. Andrew Daniel, 3B-DH: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-6, HBP, R, RBI, SB)
5. Brendon Sanger, RF: 1-3 (BB, 6-4 FC, F-7, 1B, R, RBI)
6a. Jose Briceno, C: 2-2 (BB, 2B, 2B, 2 R) 
6b. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (F-8) 
7. Jason Vosler, DH-3B: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, 3-1, F-8)
8. Roberto Baldoquin, SS: 1-4 (1B, 5-4-3 DP, 4-3, 3-1, R, RBI)
9. Eddy Julio Martinez, LF: 2-4 (2B, K, L-6, 1B, R, 2 RBI)

1. Jesus Reyes: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R (8 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 5/1 GO/AO, 55 pitches (29 strikes) 
2. Sandy Lugo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/5 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes) 
3. Lucas Benenati: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 37 pitches (19 strikes) 
4. Jimmy Herget: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes) 

1. Joe Gatto: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (20 strikes) 
2. Andrew Vinson: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Samil de los Santos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Greg Belton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GO/AO, 26 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. Aaron Cox: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
6. Adbert Alzolay: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 B, 0 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 17 pitches (8 strikes) 
7. Jose Paulino: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes) 
8. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (12 strikes) 

C Cassidy Brown: E-2 (overthrow at 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

3B Jason Vosler: E-5 (two-out two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely & unearned run to score) 

Cassidy Brown: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above) 

Jose Briceno: 0-2 CS 

CF Jose Siri - threw out batter (Eddy Julio Martinez) 8-4 attempting to stretch single into double

ATTENDANCE: 14 (mostly scouts) 

WEATHER: Overcast & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 



Thank you PHIL. Glad you avoided temps in the 100s. I remember you mentioning Dewees needng plenty of work in th IF. How are his OF instincts? Also, did see much of Satchel McElroy? Only Satchel I have heard about other than the "orignal" and one of Woody Allen's kids.

E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner. Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays. BTW, Reds 3B Nick Senzel is a masher, and he could very well be the next Bryant-Arrenado-Donaldson. Too bad (for the Reds) he can't pitch.

Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time  

The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.

I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.

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  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...


  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.


  • Cubster 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.