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Danny Lockhart drilled three hits (two singles and a double) and drove-in a run, Mark Zagunis doubled and tripled and scored a run, and Jeimer Candelario and Wladimir Galindo clubbed solo home runs, in a 5-1/2 inning AZ Instructional League intrasquad "sim" game played this afternoon on Field #5 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
With Field Coordinator Tim Cossins and Infield Coach Jose Flores taking turns feeding him balls from behind a screen set-up in front of the pitcher's mound, "Iron Mike" threw a complete game for both squads. Mike is a relentless machine who throws at a constant speed and almost always throws strikes, so there were no walks or strikeouts, and no pitching changes to slow down the game. Just crisp, fast-paced, mechanical baseball.
The defense was shaky for both squads (seven errors combined), but there was one stand-out defensive play, a diving double-saving stop by 17-year old Venezuelan third-baseman Wladimir Galindo, who then quickly got to his feet and threw-out the baserunner. (OK, the base-runner was slow-footed Mark Malave, but it was a nice play). Galindo is a load. He's built like a power forward.
While the sim game was in progress on Field #5, the AFL prep group took BP and worked out on Field #4 in preparation for the start of the Arizona Fall League season next Tuesday. Addison Russell, Dan Vogelbach, Jake Hannemann and Bijan Rademacher were joined by 3B Christian Villanueva, who will be leaving for Mexico this weekend to play winter ball for Los Yaquis de Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), which begins play in about ten days.
Here is the box score from the game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (F-8, E-7, 4-3)
2. Mark Zagunis, DH #1: 2-3 (2B, F-9, 3B, R)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-3 (1B, HR, F-8, R, RBI)
4. Kyle Schwarber, DH-1B: 0-2 (F-9 SF, P-4, 4-3, RBI)
5. Chesny Young, 2B: 0-3 (L-8, L-7, F-8)
6. Mark Malave, 1B-C: 1-3 (1B, P-4, 5-3, R)
7. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-2 (1B, F-8, R)
8. Tyler Alamo, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, E-4)
9. Ho-Young Son, SS-DH: 0-2 (1-U DP, F-9)
10. Frandy de la Rosa, DH-SS: 1-2 (1B+E9, L-7, R, 2 RBI)
11. Charlie White, LF: 1-2 (2B, F-8, R)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 1-3 (F-8, F-8, 1B, R, RBI)
2. Danny Lockhart, DH #1: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 1B, RBI)
3. Gioskar Amaya, C-1B: 0-2 (6-3, F-9, F-9 SF, RBI)
4. Billy McKinney, DH #2: 0-3 (F-7, L-7, 4-3)
5. Jordan Hankins, 1B-C: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, L-4)
6. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, E-9)
7. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-2 (L-8, F-8)
8. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-2 (HR, F-8, R, RBI)
9. Jason Vosler, SS: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
10. Andrew Ely, 2B: 0-2 (F-9, E-6, R)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 3
1. RF Kevin Encarnacion - E-9 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Frandy de la Rosa - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 1B Kyle Schwarber - E-3 (throwing error at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 4
1. RF Eloy Jimenez - E-9 (three-base fielding error on line-drive single allowed batter to circle bases & score)
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (dropped pop fly in foul territory)
3. LF Kevonte Mitchell - E-7 (dropped pop fly in shallow LF allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely & run to score)
4. 2B Andrew Ely - E-4 (dropped pop fly in shallow RF allowing batter reach base safely)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's
Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 43 min ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 12 hours 46 min ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour 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' 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 12 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 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 5 days 3 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' 6 days 13 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 6 days 14 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 1 week 2 days 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 1 week 2 days 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' 1 week 2 days 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 3 days 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 1 week 3 days 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.