Cubs Battle Wyverns to 2-2 Tie at Fitch Park

Tyler Skulina and five relievers combined to toss a four-hitter, and Carlos Penalver tripled, singled, walked, and scored both Cub runs, as the Cubs and the SK Wyverns (KBO) played to a 2-2 tie in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa. 

Two Korean (KBO) teams sent developmental squads to the Arizona Instructional League this year, witb the SK Wyverns prospects playing in the AZIL East with the Cubs, A's, Angels, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Rockies, and Las Aguilas de Mexicali (LMP), while the NC Dinos youngsters are assigned to the AZIL West with the Dodgers, Indians, Mariners, Reds, Rangers, Royals, and White Sox. (The Padres are not fielding a team in the AZIL this year, instead opting to send all of their kids to the Dominican Instructional League that begins after the conclusion of the AZIL). 

In addition to the traditional AZ Instructional League, there is also an AZ Advanced Instructional League (AZAIL) operating now, too. This league is designed for older and more experienced players than those normally assigned to the AZIL, and consists of squads from the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rangers, Reds, Royals, a Mariners/Brewers co-op team, and Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Yaquis de Obregon from the Mexican Pacific League.

Six Cubs players who have been assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) saw game action in today's AZIL game at Fitch Park, to prep for AFL Opening Day next Tuesday. .

2012 #1 draft pick Albert Almora played CF and batted second in the order, going 0-3 with a 1-3 comebacker to the mound, a P-2 foul out to the catcher, and a strike out (swinging). He caught one fly ball (basket catch, 'natch).

Jorge Soler played RF and batted third, getting three Plate Appearances and reaching base twice on a walk and a line single to left-center. But he was also picked-off 1st base (and he was totally frozen on the play, too, didn't even move, almost like he was distracted or not paying attention).

2013 #1 draft pick Kris Bryant played 3rd base, hit clean-up, and and batted three times, hitting into a 6-4 FC to end the bottom of the 1st, before striking out (swinging) in each of his final two AB (both times on breaking balls on a 1-2 count). He also commited one error in the field (an easy one-hop bouncer hit right at him, that bounced in & out of his glove before dribbling into foul territory).

In addition, Wes Darvill (who is assigned to the Solar Sox "taxi squad," meaning he can play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays) got the start at 2nd base and went 0-2 with a walk, and RHRPs Armando Rivero and Lendy Castillo threw one shutout inning a piece.

The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by 2B Gioskar Amaya, who ranged behind 2nd base with no outs in the top of the 6th to make a diving stop of a grounder headed for CF, and then (from his knees) threw out the Wyverns baserunner trying to advance from 1st to 2nd. 

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

1a. Trey Martin, LF: 1-2 (1-3, 2B, F-9 SF, RBI)
1b. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-1 (4-6 FC, RBI)
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 0-3 (1-3, P-2, K)
2b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (4-6 FC)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, L-5, PO)
3b. Jose Dore, RF: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Kris Bryant, 3B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, K)
4b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (P-5)
5a. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB)
5b. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-1 (F-9)
6. Yasiel Balaguert, DH: 1-4 (P-5, F-8, F-7, 1B)
7. Carlos Penalver, SS: 2-3 (1B, 3B, BB, 1-4 FC, 2 R)
8a. Ben Carhart, 1B: 0-1 (5-3, BB)
8b. Kelvin Freeman, 1B: 0-2 (K, 6-4-3 DP)
9a. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
9b. Erick Castillo, C: 1-1 (1B)

1. Tyler Skulina: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Rob Zastryzny: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 33 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Armando Rivero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Lendy Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Johermyn Chavez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1/4 GO/FO, 38 pitches (18 strikes)
6. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)

1. C Wilfredo Petit - E-2 (overthrow on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)
2. 3B Kris Bryant - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
1. Wilfredo Petit: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS

LF Trey Martin - Batter thrown out 7-2-4 trying to advance to 2nd base after a play at the plate on an RBI single.

ATTENDANCE: 12 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and breezy, with temperatures in the 90's 


what's gerardo concepcion up to, btw? injured? not injured? still in ARZ? expected to play this fall/winter?

CRUNCH: Gerardo Concepcion is with the rehab group at Fitch Park. He pitched in a couple of AZL games in August but then he got shut down again. I don't know the current timetable for his return. 

anyone else watching the game on TBS get the audio of the bat crack before the video...yet everything else seems to be synched? weird stuff. ...nevermind...just checked does seem to be a "thing"

If the Tribe gets knocked out, maybe TheoCo can give the manager's job to Giambi. I think he's just the right guy to give the offense a little juice. Also, Jeremy can chip in with how to turn the most important run of your life into an out.

lulz twitter... confidence from indians fans after the d.young HR...a few "why is salazar starting?" during the 4th inning TB run..."why the hell is salazar starting? wtf? this was stupid!" lulz.

Alex Cobb's windup is ridiculous.

Heyman with a Girardi update article...

i've never cared who managed the yanks, nor wished them as much luck in their wants as this girardi thing. i think he's an awesome manager...nothing wrong with him aside from his occasionally weird pen use, really...and some of his weird double/triple switches for a guy that manages an AL team. still, i don't want to see a $3m+ manager before i want about 1/2 dozen other things involving money to happen to this team. btw, i keep throwing $3m+ around conservatively, but ultimately girardi is most likely going to command $4m+...especially with 2 of the richest teams in the game supposedly wanting his services.

I seriously doubt that if the Cubs spent even $5 million on a manager they would turn around and say about Free Agent X, "oh no, we can't afford him now, because we just paid the ghost of Ron Santo 5 million!!!" The managerial salary has no impact on what they'll spend on players, I am pretty sure.

CLE shut out...bourn/swisher/kipnis 0-12, combined as the 1-2-3 in the lineup. yow.

Looks like Girardi stays in NY. Which to be honest, I'm fine with. AJ Hinch, Eric Wedge, Torey Lovullo, maybe Mike Maddux, maybe Bud Black...all prospective candidates that interest me. We've been burned in the past by the insistence of hiring a "big name"...see Dusty Baker...see Lou Piniella. Girardi is a great manager and I would love to have him, but if it's not meant to be then it isn't the end of the world.

AJ Hinch is a name I am not interested in, in the least.

Why not AJ Hinch? A lot of outstanding managers had failed stops elsewhere before things came together. Terry Francona is shining example of this...he spent 4 lousy seasons managing in Philly before he was fired, then regrouped and evenually Theo hired him in Boston where he presided over 2 World Series Championships. I don't need a "winning pedigree" in a manager. What did that ever get us with Dusty Baker or Lou Piniella? A big fat nothing is the answer. Girardi would be great, but it doesn't appear he is interested in leaving the Yankees. And I can hardly blame him. AJ Hinch, Sandy Alomar Jr., Eric Wedge, Torey Lovullo, Tony Pena, maybe Davey Martinez, maybe Bud Black, maybe Mike Maddux...a lot of intriguing names.

Again, Mike Maddux is not a candidate unless his grade school and high school-age children moved out of his house and took jobs to support themselves. Or - he changed his mind from his last interview with Theo from two years ago and decided he doesn't care as much about "spending time with his family".

how about neifi?

"Looks like Girardi stays in NY." Defeatism, thy name is fan-Cubbery (Cub-fannery?)! Girardi has never turned down an offer from the Cubs. They could have signed him after the 2006 season, but Hendry had never watched him play high-school ball, so he signed the home-town guy instead. After the 2010 season, Hendry said Quade had earned the job; otherwise it would probably have gone to Sandberg. Ricketts romanced Epstein and signed him, he can do the same with Girardi; and there are indications that he would like to try.

IIRC..Hinch was not liked by his players, and was not a good communicator in Arizona. Why let Sveum go...for someone like that? For all of Dusty and Lou's foibles...there were some playoff teams under their tenures, right?

Hinch sounds like a stat guy w out people skills. I think Maddon is the ideal manager in that case.

W. Castillo for J. Maddon...who says no?

Full disclosure, I'm not that big a fan of Castillo, think at best he's a cheap average player and Cubs can pay market value for an average player to replace him if an opportunity arises...others may have higher opinions of Castillo's future.

I would say the Rays tell the Cub to eff off.

probably true, but maybe they have a higher opinion of Castillo than I do...they're certainly not against selling high and accumulating talent.

I didn't mean the Cubs get Maddon, just saying he's the happy median between stat head and meat head.

sure, I'm saying the Cubs could go after him, I highly doubt the Rays are that attached if the Cubs are willing to part with some decent but non-superstar players. He's certainly fits the job description of one with experience and good player development track record.

obviously pie in the sky type stuff and I don't expect it to happen, but no one thought Epstein was coming to the Cubs either.

He's certainly no guarantee of success in player development, but if he isn't qualified to try, then no other recent example is, either. I'm surprised to report that I actually feel OK about this idea.

Then screw it. ;-)

Sveum joins Royals coaching staff.

Dale Sveum infield coach, KC must have been impressed with how well Castro progressed. They must have their fingers crossed hoping to land hitting whisperer Rob Deer.

Barney was a gold glover and despite the mental lapses, Castro improved his mechanics and cut down his errors. Rizzo's pretty good defensively too.

Jesse Rogers shoots down Ausmus rumors.

Yet Rogers still does not know how Antonio Alfonsceca got six fingers on his hands.

Cubs claim Mat Gamel off waivers...glad they read me :)

$20 virtual bucks says he goes back on waivers at some point this offseason.

So the Marlins didn't claim him? That's surprising. If I remember the rules correctly, Cubs were second in line.

I believe so, Marlins may have their own 40-man roster issues...they also have the owner running the team at the moment, so he might not know how to use a fax.

JOHN B: The current waiver claim priority (starting on the day after the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season and continuing through the 30th day of the 2014 MLB regular season) is based on the standings of all MLB clubs (regardless of league except for tie-breaker) from the 2013 season (worst record gets #1 priority onward to best record gets 30th priority), with the tie-breaker being the club in the player's own league gets the claim if the tie is with a club from the other league, but otherwise the tie-breaker is the standings from two seasons ago, and if there is still a tie, you go back three seasons, four seasons ago, etc, until the tie is broken.  


1. HOU
2. MIA
3. CHW

4. CUBS 
5. MIN 

4. MIN

6. SEA
7. PHI

8. COL
9. NYM 
10. MIL 
11. TOR 

8. TOR
9. COL
10. NYM
11. MIL

12. SD
13. SF
14. LAA
15. AZ
16. BAL
17. NYY

18. WAS
19. KC

18. KC
19. WAS

20. CIN
21. TEX
22. TB

23. LAD
24. CLE

23. CLE
24. LAD

25. DET 
26. PIT

27. ATL
28. OAK

27. OAK
28. ATL

29. STL
30. BOS

29. BOS
30. STL

Also regarding Mat Gamel: 

1. He is out of minor league options;
2. He can elect free-agency if he is outrighted because he has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time;
3. He is eligible for salary arbitration post-2013.  

So while I doubt that the Cubs will try to outright him, they very well could non-tender him on 12/2 and then (presuming he agrees) re-sign him to a non-guaranteed 2014 minor league contract (albeit for "big league money" - probably around $750K) and an NRI to Spring Training.

Also, when a club whose 40-man roster is full is awarded a waiver claim, the club must immediately remove a player from its 40-man roster to make room for the new player, and the club cannot DFA the player they just claimed even if they intend to immediately place him back onto Outright Assignment Waivers. During the season this might involve transferring a player from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, but that is not an option once the MLB regular season has concluded. So look for the Cubs to DFA J. C. Boscan, and then outright him to the minors once waivers have been secured. And then Boscan will elect free-agency (because he has been outrighted previously in his career), although that would not preclude the Cubs from signing him to a 2014 minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training (if there is mutual interest).  

Just as a point of information, there are four types of waivers (Outright Assignment, Optional Assignment, Trade Assignment, and Outright Release), and of those four types, the only type of waiver where the player has to be "waived out of his own league" before a club from the other league can be awarded a claim is Trade Assignment Waivers (needed to make trades involving players on an MLB 40-man roster after the July 31st trade deadline up through the conclusion of the MLB regular season).  

For example, if an American League player is placed on Trade Assignment Waivers, and five clubs from the National League make a claim and only one club from the American League makes a claim, the A. L. club is awarded the claim, even if all five N. L. clubs making claims have a worse record than the A. L. club. But that particular waiver priority ONLY applies to Trade Waivers. Otherwise, there is no distinction made between leagues as far as waiver claim priority is concerned, unless the two clubs making claims are tied in the MLB aggregated standings (like the Cubs & Twins are right now, for instance).

Thanks for the clarification, AZ Phil!

Why do you think that rob? Cubs' 40 man roster jam, or because he is done? Or would it be a strategic move?

Last man on, first man off

but that's before AZ Phil educated us all about Gamels being out of options and being able to elect free agency.

between s.baker + k.gregg + d.navarro + mcnutt + boscan + mcdonald + sweeney they should be able to find some room when it's time to take him off the 60-day DL. i imagine h.rondon's slot is safe given how he finished the season...amazingly. dunno what they plan on doing with d.bard.

Lendy Castillo added to AFL roster at some point.

Bernstein Bear saying Cubs offer will be 5/30M for Girardi.

links are always in the twitter sidebox now, so I rarely bother repeating them here.

At that price I hope he stays with the Yankees.

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I'm rooting for an A's vs. Pirates series, but I'm guessing


Tigers vs. Red Sox

Cardinals vs. Braves


Cardinals vs. Red Sox

Cardinals in 7

sure hope I'm wrong...

I'm nearly certain this is a stupid question, but can a manager can still play - or would he have to be added to the 25-man roster?

THE JOE: For a manager (or coach) to be activated as a player, the manager or coach would have to sign a valid Uniform Player Contract (UPC) and then be added to the club's MLB 40-man roster and 25-man roster. Also, a manager or coach could not be activated as a player for the post-season unless the manager or coach was signed to a major league or minor league UPC as of midnight August 31st (and being signed to a minor league UPC on 8/31 would only matter if the manager or coach was replacing an injured player on the post-season roster). 

Awesome, thanks Phil!

Now, that got ugly fast. 3rd inning, 7 in, none out, 7-0 Cards.

walk, single, homer, double, HBP, walk, walk, single + fielding error... 7 runs in...0 outs... ...and now they're removing aj burnett. hell of a leash there.

ouch Burnett....

Rangers GM says they'll make a qualifying offer to Cruz in case anyone is interested in him for the Cubs. Cubs 1st round pick is protected.

didn't know dave mckay was fired (1st base coach)... so that's c.bosio (pitching coach), r.deer (asst hitting coach), and mckay...along with dale. this from ESPN... "He, along with manager Dale Sveum and the rest of the Cubs coaches, were let go on Monday, though McKay does have a chance at returning when the Cubs hire a new manager." ...did they clean house? are ALL the coaches gone? rowson? bell? quirk? strode?

Joey Amalfitano?

#yolo #swag

I hope McKay stays. I think he was a pretty great presence.

"...did they clean house? are ALL the coaches gone? rowson? bell? quirk? strode?" it was a massacre...I heard they even shitcanned Ronnie Woo Woo

that's a mercy killing.

all coaches were allowed to explore other opportunities, said new manager could bring them back if they wanted

Mark Prior on his performance vs Braves in NLDS, 2003.

But this brought me right back. Dear Lord, bring us the 2017 World Champion Cubs with Almora, Baez, Bryant, Villanueva, Vogelbach (DH), Soler, and whoever can pitch.

he's our very own matt adams-lite. it'll be interesting to see if they let him play 3rd in spring...or if he's going to be a 1st/LF/PH guy. i can't imagine they're counting on gamel to play 3rd after not being good at it to begin with...along with having his knee ripped up earlier this year. either way...awesome freebie on the cheap even if the plan is power off the bench + rizzo backup.

Based on his amazingly horrible defensive metrics at 3B (small sample size), I'm thinking he's pretty much a 1B/LF/PH guy only at this point, but hey, he's got all winter to practice.

This pretty much sums up Cubbery- "I just remember going out and [Cubs pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] said, "We're scheduled to be on time." So I go out and play long toss, and it's looking dark. It's cloudy. It looks like it's going to rain again. So I say, "Larry, you sure we're on time?" and he said, "Yep, we're on time." So I started warming up, and I look over, and Maddux was just kind of staring at me. I'm thinking, "What does he know that I don't know? He's not warming up. The game's in 10 minutes." And then sure enough, here come the groundskeepers to roll out the tarp." Visiting team knows more about the situation then the home team.

whose doing the talking there?

I'm sorry I replied in wrong place, its should be under Carlito's post That's Mark Prior talking

DUSTY FIRED. Does Theo interview a minority candidate?

I really really want Theo to hire Dusty. We need more activity on this blog.


Nats asking Yanks for permission to speak to Girardi

And as mentioned, Reds now in the mix looking for managers along with Mariners, Cubs, Nats and possibly Yankees

Yanks miss playoffs, no problem. Joe is about to become the highest paid manager ever.

if not Girardi, Hinch, Alomar Jr, and Acta are possibilities


From Heyman article(see tweet)about Dusty-- It wasn't all about one conversation, of course. Baker quite likely started to sense that maybe his time was up in Cincinnati. Maybe that's why he said what he said. "The last couple weeks, I've been getting a rash of hate mail, racial mail,'' he said. "Maybe it is time to go." "This is really ugly," he said. "There are all sorts of references to Barack Obama. So now I know where they are coming from. I don't know, maybe people are mad at him, so they don't like the idea of blacks in authority." /scratched record

He has a pattern of saying this when he flops.

I agree. However, it may also be true.

Was his 16 year old son on his lap during the firing?

He was waiting in the Uhaul with Neifi.

Mike Maddux interested in Cubs job according to ESPN Chicago.

Daughters finishing up college now, so he's ready to manage. If he doesn't get Cubs job, Mariners or Nats have to be interested.

I think I would take Maddux over Girardi.

Wow. I am surpsed if true. He really played the Family card last time around. He might be a solid choice.

No word if Ryan put Daniels in a headlock.

W. Myers duped by RSox bullpen (Most likely)

Whoah. That's some stone cold sh#t.

dear everything that is right and just in the world, let the dodgers sweep so i can quit hearing the "tommy hawk chawp." sincerely, crunch

Braves played their ASSES off in the 7th. Incredible double play in the top of the inning and clutch two out hit in the bottom. There were some icy veins on display and swung that game for Atlanta.

using b.wilson + k.jansen last night with a 5 run lead is suddenly looking not-so-wise.

Damn good point.

b.wilson pitches anyway and goes 1ip 0h 0bb 2k. good for him. wonder how much he's going to demand next year...and who's going to pay it. i doubt he will be looking at the cubs or any cold-area teams...dunno, though.

d.gordon's face after (wrongfully...or not...debatable) being called out on a SB call = priceless. disbelief, shock, and surprise all rolled into one.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 44 min ago (view)

    The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze. 

    Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day. 


  • crunch 13 hours 35 min ago (view)

    we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.

    backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners.  i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core.  NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...


  • Sonicwind75 13 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Stroman, a pleasant surprise.  Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.



  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 14 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA. 

    On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two." 


  • crunch 14 hours 40 min ago (view)

    until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.

    OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix.  fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group...  even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.


  • George Altman 14 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Ok, if Cubs are going there....I want Correa and Bryant. Unless this is just about selling tickets.


  • crunch 15 hours 4 min ago (view)



  • crunch 16 hours 3 min ago (view)

    stroman / hendricks / miley / alzolay - mills - thompson - steele do bats.


  • Wrigley Rat 16 hours 10 min ago (view)

    You beat me to it! :)


  • azbobbop 16 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Marcus Stroman to the...wait for it...the CUBS! What a nice surprise!


  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 28 min ago (view)

    With Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo having been non-tendered, the only 2021 Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Players remaining on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster are Scott Effross, Alfonso Rivas, Ethan Roberts, and Nelson Velazquez. Draft-Excluded players cannot be outrighted to the minors until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day, so Effross, Rivas, Roberts, and Velazquez are the only players on the 40 with off-season roster-removal restrictions.  


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 28 min ago (view)

    Sad but true.  According to my back of the napkin numbers the Cubs have aroumd $100MM in payroll space to match last seasons but they're shopping in the non-tendereds ailse.  At the same time they talk of being "competitive".  The cognitive dissonance is overwhelming. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    I suspect Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo will re-sign with the Cubs on minor league deals with NRIs to 2022 MLB Spring Training, possibly as early as tomorrow. 


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    MIN claimed t.megill from CHC and then non-tendered him.

    CHC non-tender jason adam and mike hermosillo


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    matt boyd non-tendered by DET...that sounds about the right part of the scrap pile the cubs are digging around