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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  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 57 min ago (view)

    BTW, if you haven't read my Roster Rules section lately, it has been updated for 2021 

    One of the most significant changes is that minor league affiliates no longer have individual reserve lists.

    It used to be that the AAA reserve list limit was 38 players, AA was 37, and each single-A affiliate and short-season affiliate was 35 for the entire year including the off-season.  

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  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 17 min ago (view)

    I know I posted the Kelley and Polanco releases during Minor League Camp and the Kellogg, Katz, and Krzeminski signings about a  week or two ago, but I probably did not post the Snelten release. 


  • videographer 15 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Per Baseball America:  players signed and released over the last two weeks.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    turned into a combined no-hitter.



  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    MRI for marisnick on d/l yet, but it seems likely

    also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

    2y/44m left on that deal...


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

    if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

    might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

    I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

    also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

    hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)


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    Piece of gabage.