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)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP
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)

ROYALS LINEUP:
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)

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
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) 

ROYALS PITCHERS
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

Comments

Phil, thanks for posting. Where do find the schedule? I have a condo in Surprise, yet I drove to Mesa and Tempe looking for a game today! Thanks!

Thanks Phil, I had the Salt River chart, but based on that, it looks like they hardly play and was not on the Surprise on 9/28...I assume they do not really want fans there anyway? Do you know if they play today, Friday or Sat? Sorry to be a pain, but I am only here until Sunday.

RVIMPENY: It's raining today so the Cubs will probably play intrasquad game(s) tomorrow and/or Saturday, but it's pretty much a day-to-day proposition, and a lot of times it's decided at the last minute. Best bet is to check in at Riverview in the morning and ask somebody what's going on that day.

Thanks again Phil. We actually were in Mesa and drove around. Hopefully, I am back for some Fall League. If not I have all of spring training (like the smart people who move here!)

Dan Vogelbach is working on his firstbase defense in Seattle. Seems to say the Cubs didn't teach him properly. http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/mlb/seat...

For the rookie hazing "dress up" day, the Mariners made him dress like the Farley Chippendales dancer.

Can't teach height and thinness

Tommy Nance seems like quite an Indy league find

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  • crunch 1 day 4 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 5 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 7 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • 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 13 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 5 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 20 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.