Dewees Spoils Royals Surprise Party
Donnie Dewees (three singles and a walk) reached base four times, stole a base in the 5th, drove-in his team's first run in the 6th, and scored the first run in a three-run 7th, leading the Angels/Cubs co-op team to a 6-2 victory over the Royals in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action Wednesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ.
It was much more Cubs than Angels on the field today, with seven Cubs and only two Angels in the co-op starting lineup, and all five pitchers employed by Manager Pedro Feliciano and Pitching Coach Ron Villone were from the Cubs organization as well.
The game featured Cubs C-1B Alberto Mineo and Royals SS Marten Gasparini, two Italian players signed out of the MLB Eurpoean Academy in Turin, Italy, and the duo took the opportunity to fare una chiacchierata in front of the visiting team's dugout prior to the start of the game.
Here is the box score from the game (Cubs players highlighted in bold & underlined)
1. Donnie Dewees, CF: 3-4 (K, BB, 1B+E9, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, BB, 5-3, R, SB)
3. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 2-5 (1B, F-9, L-8, 1B, K, R, RBI)
4. Ian Rice, DH-C: 2-4 (K, BB, 1B, 1B+E7, 6-3, R)
5. Brendon Sanger, RF: 1-4 (K, 4-6-3 DP, 1B, F-9, BB, R, RBI)
6a. Jason Vosler, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, K, 2B, RBI)
6b. Julio Garcia, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, F-8)
7. Eddy Julio Martinez, LF: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, L-9, 6-3, R, SB)
8a. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, F-9)
8b. Matt Thaiss, PH-1B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
9a. Hutton Moyer, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Roberto Baldoquin, PH-SS: 0-2 (5-4-3 DP, K)
1a. Nicky Lopez, SS: 1-2 (BB, 2B, F-8, R)
1b. Marten Gasparini, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
2a. Angelo Castellano, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, 6-3, CS)
2b. D. J. Burt, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
3a. Elier Hernandez, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
3b. Rudy Martin, RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
4a. Meibrys Viloria, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, 1-5-3, BB, RBI)
4b. Xavier Fernandez, PH-DH: 1-2 (1B, 6-4 FC, RBI)
5. Chris DeVito, 1B-DH: 0-4 (K, K, P-5, K)
6a. Emmanuel Rivera, 3B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, SB)
6b. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-2 (P-2, 6-3)
7. Roman Collins, LF-1B: 1-3 (2B, BB, P-6, 5-3)
8. Ben Johnson, CF: 2-3 (BB, K, 2B, 1B)
9. Anderson Miller, DH-LF: 0-3 (F-8, BB, F-9, K)
10. Chase Vallot, DH-C: 0-3 (K, F-9, K, K)
1. Justin Steele: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Oscar de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Jen-Ho Tseng: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/5 GO/AO, 32 pitches (20 strikes)
4. James Norwood: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
5. Tommy Nance: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (20 strikes)
1. Scott Blewett 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 33 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Matt Tenuta: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Franco Terrero: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Mark McCoy: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 39 pitches (24 strikes)
5. Yunior Marte: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE
ROYALS ERRORS: 2
1. RF Elier Hernandez: E-9 (fielding error allowed batter to advance to 2nd base on single to RF)
2. LF Anderson Miller: E-7 (two-base fielding error on single to LF allowed batter to advance to 3rd base)
ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
P. J. Higgins: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Meibrys Viloria: 0-3 CS
ATTENDANCE:;19 (mostly scouts)
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
JustSayin' 1 day 7 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 1 day 8 hours 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 4 days 54 min 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 4 days 6 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' 4 days 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 5 days 6 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 5 days 14 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 5 days 16 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 5 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 6 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 1 week 12 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 1 week 2 days 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 1 week 2 days 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 1 week 2 days 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 1 week 2 days 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 days ago (view)
I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.