D. J. Takes Koji Deep at Instructs
D. J. Wilson clubbed a home run off Koji Uehara leading off the game and Andruw Monasterio belted an RBI triple and a single and scored two runs, leading Team Banks to a 4-1 victory over Team Santo in AZ Instructional League intrasquad action Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after 5-1/2 innings of play.
Uehara threw 1-2/3 IP (26 pitches - 17 strikes), allowing just the Wilson HR while striiking out three. Uehara was the only "live" (human) pitcher in the game, as pitching machines were used to throw the balance of the innings.
Uehara is at Instructs rehabbing from knee and back issues that have kept him out of game action for about a month.
Here is the box score from the game:
TEAM BANKS LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-3 (HR, 3-6 FC, F-7, 2 R, RBI)
1b. Carlos Pacheco, RF: 0-1 (3-U)
2a. Andruw Monasterio,, 2B: 2-3 (1-3, 3B, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
2b. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Nelson Velazquez, LF: 1-3 (K, F-7 SF, F-8, 1B, RBI)
4a. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3)
4b. Jose Alonso Gaitan, CF: 0-1 (FC)
5. Gustavo Polanco 1B: 1-3 (5-3, K, 1B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 4TH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6a. Miguel Amaya, DH: 0-1 (K)
6b. Cam Balego, PH-C: 2-3 (E-5, 1B, 1B, RBI)
7a. Jhonny Bethencourt, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
7b. Fidel Mejia, 3B: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, F-8)
8a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (1B, F-7)
8b. Christopher Morel, SS: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Ben Carhart, C: NO AB
NOTE: Carhart is an assistant rehab coach & bullpen catcher, so he served as the catcher for Koji Uehara
TEAM SANTO LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-2 (6-3, 6-4 FC)
2a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-1 (3B)
2b. Josue Huma, SS: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
3. Ricardo Verenzuela, LF: 1-2 (3-2 FC, 2B, R)
4. Jonathan Soto, C, 1-2 (1B, 4-3)
5. Jared Young, 2B-DH: 0-2 (3-U, 2-3, RBI)
6. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, L-7)
7a. Joe Martarano, RF: 0-1 (F-7)
7b. Miguel Amaya, PH: 0-1 (L-4)
NOTE: Amaya also served as DH for Team Banks
8a. Austin Upshaw, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
8b. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-1 (1B)
9a. Eddy Julio Martinez, DH: 1-1 (1B)
9b. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-1 (L-4 DP)
TEAM BANKS PITCHERS:
TEAM SANTO PITCHERS:
Koji Uehara: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)
TEAM BANKS ERRORS: NONE
TEAM SANTO ERRORS:
1. 3B Rafael Narea: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Josue Huma: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 48 min ago (view)
It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.
He isn't wrong though...
Arizona Phil 2 hours 24 sec ago (view)
Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA).
Arizona Phil 2 hours 11 min ago (view)
My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 15 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.
crunch 2 hours 20 min ago (view)
aww...de la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging). the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression. totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.
crunch 3 hours 41 min ago (view)
that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.
boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.
he chose the cubs.
Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 6 min ago (view)
Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.
Cubster 9 hours 18 min ago (view)
Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts.
Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.
Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.
Cubster 9 hours 20 min ago (view)
The billionaires vs the millionaires. The beauty of the game is not the business of the game.
Cubster 10 hours 1 min ago (view)
Bat-signal seen in the Mesa skyline...AZ Phil, time to don the mask and cape.
Cubster 10 hours 2 min ago (view)
per mlbtr, supposedly the Cubs have released 30 minor leaguers although Stewart and Asuaje are the only two names so far.
crunch 20 hours 58 min ago (view)
cubs release brock stewart (AAA Rule 5 pick) and carlos asuaje (middle IF'r)...both older AAA/MLB-replacement-part types.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
after dragging their feet, the cubs commit to paying their minor leaguers through june.
i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months. yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.
Cubster 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
"in normal times..."
It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.
Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
"Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."
I blame Pete Ricketts
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.