Angels/Cubs Surprise Rangers with Offensive Deluge

Victor Caratini (Cubs) belted an RBI triple and an RBI double and scored two runs, Bo Way (Angels) stroked a two-run double and a single and score a run, Zach Houchins (Angels) rifled a two-run single, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, and Michael Strentz (Angels) ripped an RBI double and a single, walked, and scored a run, leading the Angels/Cubs co-op squad to a 10-2 drubbing of the Rangers in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action this afternoon on Nolan Ryan Field at the Surprise Recreation Campus in Surprise, AZ. 

The Angels/Cubs co-op squad has done OK so far, winning four of their first five AZ Advanced Instructional League games.

And through his first five AZ Advanced Instructional League games, Cubs catcher Victor Caratini is 5-10 with two singles, a double and two triples, a walk, three RBI, and three runs scored. 

APR: 204/278/245 (54 PA at Myrtle Beach)
MAY: 250/341/338 (91 PA at Myrtle Beach)
JUN: 256/364/402 (99 PA at Myrtle Beach)
JUL: 261/349/375 (106 PA at Myrtle Beach)
AUG: 284/329/432 (79 PA at Myrtle Beach)
SEP: 367/457/633 (35 PA combined at Myrtle Beach & AZ Advanced IL) 

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

1. Bo Way, LF-DH: 2-4 (K, 2B, 1B, F-8, R, 2 RBI, PO)
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH-CF: 1-2 (1B, P-3, PO)
3. Chesny Young, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, 4-3, 1B, 5-3, R, RBI)
4. Zach Houchins, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, HBP, 1B, K, R, 2 RBI)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (1B, 6-3, K, F-8, R)
6a. Victor Caratini, C-DH: 2-3 (3B, 2B, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
6b. Wade Wass, PH: 0-1 (L-8)
7a. Natanael Delgado, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, RBI)
7b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
8a. Kody Eaves, 2B: 1-2 (1B, K, R, RBI)
8b. Andrew Daniel, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 1-3, 5-3, R)
9a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (1B, 3-U, K, R)
9b. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K)
10. Michael Strentz, DH-C: 2-3 (K, BB, 2B, 1B, R, RBI) 

1a. Christopher Garia, CF: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, 4-3, R, SB)
1b. Jairo Beras, CF: 0-1 (L-8)
2. Jurickson Profar, DH: 0-2 (BB, BB, K, F-8, SB)
3a. Travis Demeritte, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB)
3b. Dylan Moore, 2B: 1-2 (1B, K)
4. Ronald Guzman, 1B: 0-4 (3-U, 4-6-3 DP, 3-6-1 DP, F-9)
5a. Tyler Sanchez, C: 0-1 (P-6)
5b. David Lyon, C: 0-3 (K, P-5, F-7)
6a. LeDarious Clark, RF: 1-2 (2B, K, R, SB)
6b. Jose Almonte, RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
7. Luis Marte, SS: 0-3 (K, BB, 6-4-3 DP, K, PO)
8. Darius Day, LF: 0-3 (4-3, K, 3-1)
9. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B: 1-3 (F-9, E-6, 1B, SB)

1. Tyler Skulina: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 70 pitches (38 strikes) 
2. James Pugliese: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Steve Perakslis: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Matt Brazis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 

1. Sam Wolff: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes) 
2. Luis Ortiz: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 28 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Brett Martin: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Jefri Hernandez: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Scott Williams: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4 pitches (3 strikes) 
6. Joe Filomeno: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (13 strikes) 
7. Peter Fairbanks: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (14 strikes) 
8. John Kukuruda: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes) 
9. Joseph Palumbo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (7 strikes)

1. C Victor Caratini: E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)  
2. SS Chesny Young: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)  


1. Victor Caratini, 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 
2. Michael Strentz: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures 105+ 

ATTENDANCE: 28 (mostly scouts) 


So I've learned that the Reds aren't very good at defense so far. "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Justine Siegal, who was the first woman to throw batting practice for a Major League Baseball team, will serve as a guest instructor during the Oakland Athletics' instructional league that begins Sunday at the team's spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona. Siegal will assist the A's player development staff both on and off the field during instructs, which run through Oct. 17." neat.

are we supposed to be hoping for and cheering cubs losses to set up a better draft pick? thank god that shitty aspect of cub fandom (some fans) is done...hopefully for a long time.

No, but I am actively rooting for the Bears to get the #1 pick.

Don't get your hopes up. Cutler is a .500 career QB (62-61) and will be back soon.

Dunno -- this team is pretty bad at everything. I can't see them beating the Pack, Lions or Vikings with AP -- that's a total of 10 losses right there. They don't have the personnel to play a 3-4 dense, can't cover kickoffs and have no threat at WR. 12 losses is very achievable.

But how does that get them a #1-#3 pick and a highly rated QB? Jets lost twelve last year and picked sixth. Bears lost eleven and picked #7.

12 losses is achievable -- 13-14 not out of the realm of possibility.

"13-14 not out of the realm of possibility" Let's be ambitious, shoot for fifteen losses and then draft a QB. Even a proud franchise like the Lakers was able to maintain their focus on losing and outdo the Sixers last year. If your team smells, invest in noseplugs. This was certainly the "Cubs' way" a couple of years ago. Mediocrity is the enemy. Cutler (62-61) is the enemy. Don't let him on the field.

"Mediocrity is the enemy" I am always surprised at how many fans and pundits don't get this.

Cutler is not the issue right now though I'm sure we'll have to draft a QB in the next couple years. We have one good offensive lineman, an aging running back who will be a free agent, receivers who can't stay healthy and maybe one or two defensive players who can be starters in the future. I think Cutler has been massively underrated his whole time here but even if hate him drafting a QB this next draft (and I'm not even sure there are guaranteed stars in the draft) and putting him behind this awful line with a defense that will still be bad is setting him up for failure from the start and will guarantee that mediocrity you talk about. We need to rebuild our lines on both side and we're gonna probably have to replace Forte and Alshon both. We also need new linebackers and Kyle Fuller looks like a bust. This team is in such awful shape it's depressing.

Everyone points at Cubs and Hawks on how they took lumps and then rebuilt. One major key no one mentions is that there was a change in ownership. Rocky came in knew it needed fixing, and Ricketts did the same. If you think that fossil, who proposes to ban the forward pass at every owners meeting, and her dim wit family will make a change, I have a bridge to sell you.

I hated George Halas growing up. He coached way too long and presided over the humiliating loss--66-24--to a team, the KC Chiefs, that wasn't even in the NFL at the time. Reading Halas's biography in Wikipedia not too long ago, I changed my thinking. I don't at all mind the Bears having a direct connection to that great man. (I invite you to go read his story yourself.) Virginia wasn't going to make decisions about the team so she passed it down the line, starting with her husband Ed, who wasn't, after all, a Halas, and next to Mike, and now to George. I say, keep the line moving. Supposedly they had eleven kids. There must be someone in that group who is made of stuff similar to the old man's.

It's well known that when Virginia passes the kids are cashin in. /1.5 billion

crunch, if you want to take the short-sided view of a complete rebuild that's on you. Don't ridicule the fans that understood the process, the importance of high draft picks to that process and hoped for it. The pick of Kris Bryant wouldn't have been possible if they hadn't had the draft position they had. And if Bryant isn't on the Cubs now, they're not in the post-season. You sound like the grumpy uncle screaming "get off my lawn!"

Or Schwarber and they probably wouldn't have traded for Russell or Arietta.

1- it was a joke 2- not liking it doesn't mean you don't understand it. i clearly understood the shit-fest i sat through for years setting this current situation up. it doesn't take a single braincell to understand it. 3- this was not the only way to get it done, but it's the way it got done. they at least delivered what they promised. ...beyond this...watching people root for losses, watch reverse standings like a hawk, and cheer winter signings for what they'll bring mid-season...for 3 years...yeah, that was a thing.

1-It wasn't a funny one. 2-If you can understand why the draft picks are so important to the process, you should also be able to tolerate those who root for the highest draft pick possible instead insult them. 3-It pretty much is the only and best way to do a complete rebuild of an organization. ...beyond this...listening to people bash and complain about committed Cubs fans who are excited about how the overhaul and ground up rebuild is going...for 3 years...yeah, that was a thing, too. Have fun yelling at the kids to get off your lawn now that no one is on it and the grass is lush and green. Way to needless bring up the past that is no longer present. Or is that just your way of celebrating how successful this rebuild has been?

i do/did tolerate them, i don't insult them, i will joke about them. different people have different senses of humor, stop the presses. just because you don't like the joke doesn't make it an insult any more than what happened was the "only and best way" for a rebuild. oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D

"oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D" Ok, now that was funny. :)

KDub, I see you're new here. Good luck.

Thanks. Been reading for years. Trust me, I know...

Yeah, Kris Bryant sucks.

Thanks for the Instructs updates, Phil. Caratini is en fuego! I'm excited to see how his bat handles the quality of pitching jump he'll face in AA. If his bat can develop, he sounds like a real future asset.

From what I have read, TheoJed have always liked Caratini, and he's been able to hit in stretches. He and Contreras are the catching future pretty much right now. CRUNCH, I see your constant point re A Jackson. He cannot hit much anymore, can't steal a base (if he ever gets on), and his fielding so far in limited Cubs action is not what I had expected (last night's whiff in RF not outstanding).

Catching-wise, I saw Cael Brockmeyer in Woodbridge, VA, (Pelicans at Nats) the other week and was struck by the way he convinced the umpire that Duane Underwood's chronic low fastballs were actually strikes at the knees. Brockmeyer is a defense-first catcher, but he's also a big strapping fellow and can swing the bat. It was laughable, anyway, when there was a conference on the mound, to see the 6-5 Brockmeyer standing next to first baseman Ben Carhart, listed generously at 5-10. (Carhart does catch, and Brockmeyer plays a little first.) They obviously like Caratini's bat--in the playoffs, he was their hitting star while Brockmeyer sat--but I think both catchers are real prospects.

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   


  • JustSayin' 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.


  • Hagsag 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 


  • JustSayin' 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.


  • crunch 4 days 17 min ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.


  • crunch 6 days 16 hours 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 6 days 22 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in may happen in late 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 week 56 min 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 1 week 22 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought

    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 1 week 1 day 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 1 week 1 day 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 1 week 1 day 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 1 week 2 days 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 1 week 3 days 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."