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
NONE 

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 

ATTENDANCE: 9 

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Please no Koji on the postseason roster.

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  • bradsbeard 9 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    HOU/NYY postponed.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    as expected, joe maddon to be the new manager of the angels.

    btw, it is unlikely tonight's HOU @ NYY (10/16) will happen because of rain that's going to start 3-4 hours before game time and carry well into the night.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    world series will be played in DC for the first time since 1933.  neat.

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    and it's only getting worse...i mean, better.

    7 runs to pad out the 1st.

     

  • Craig A. 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Oof. Hudson leaves the game after giving up five runs on singles and doubles and only getting one out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    The thing about Kris Bryant is that he would probably be traded only to a club that feels that it under-achieved in 2019 and where the owner is exerting pressure from the top and who therefore will over-pay for two years of Kris Bryant. 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson

     

  • crunch 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/27828247/...

    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.

     

  • Charlie 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.