Byler & Trahan Lead Snakes Past Angels/Cubs at Diablo

Austin Byler laced a two-run single and scored in a seven-run 3rd, singled and scored in the 5th, singled in the 6th, and singled again in the 8th, Stryker Trahan belted an RBI triple and scored in the 3rd, drilled an RBI single and scored in the 5th, and walked in the 9th, and Diamondbacks pitchers retired the first 13 batters they faced, en route to an easy 10-2 victory over the Angels/Cubs co-op squad in AZ Advanced Instructional League action this afternoon on Field #7 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.    

Zach Houchins (Angels) and Taylor Ward (Angels) collected RBI singles in the bottom of the 7th to account for the two Angels/Cubs runs. 

Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs player highlighted in bold and underlined

1. Domingo Leyba, 2B: 2-5 (3-U, 1B, L-3, 1B, F-8, R, RBI)
2. Sergio Alcantara, SS: 1-4 (F-7, SH-FC, K, L-6, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
3a. Zach Nehrir, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-9, R)
3b. Grant Heyman, LF: 0-2 (3-1, K)
4. Austin Byler, 1B: 4-5 (K, 1B+E9, 1B, 1B, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
5. Jason Morozowski, DH #1: 0-4 (BB, E-6, 4-3, 5-3, 4-3, RBI)
6. Dawel Lugo, 3B: 0-4 (5-3, 6-4 FC, 1-3, BB, 5-3, R)
7. Stryker Trahan, RF: 2-4 (F-8, 3B, 1B, K, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI)
8. Jose Herrera, C: 1-4 (4-3, 6-3, 1B, HBP, 3-1, R, RBI)
9. Colin Bray, CF: 2-5 (2B, K, 1B, E-5, 3-1, R)
10. Zach Hoffpauir, DH #2: 0-2 (P-4, F-8)

1. Bo Way, CF: 0-4 (F-8, 1-3, 3-U, 3-U) 
2. Kody Eaves, DH: 1-4 (3-1, K, 1B, F-9, R, SB)
3. Zach Houchins, 3B: 1-4 (6-3, P-6, 1B, K, R, RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, BB, F-9)
5. Natanael Delgado, RF: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, K)
6. Andrew Daniel, SS: 0-3 (F-8, P-3, P-3, BB)
7a. Wade Wass, C: 0-2 (F-9, L-8)
7b. Taylor Ward, C: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
8. Rashad Crawford, LF: 1-4 (5-3, 1-3, 1B, K)
9. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-3 (4-3, F-8, K)

1. Markus Solbach: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
2. Emilio Vargas: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Miller Diaz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 19 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Cameron Smith: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (22 strikes) 
5. Cameron Gann: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)  
6. Keegan Long: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes) 

1. Joe Gatto: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (14 strikes)
2. Garrett Nuss: 3.0 IP, 10 H, 9 R (8 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GO/AO, 62 pitches (40 strikes)
3. Ronnie Glenn: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)  
4. Victor Alcantara: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 23 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. Eduardo Paredes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (5 strikes) 

CF Colin Bray: E-8 (errant throw attempting to double-up runner at 1st base on L-8 allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

1. RF Natanael Delgado: E-9 (two base fielding error on line-drive RBI single to RF allowed batter to advance to 3rd base) 
2. SS Andrew Daniel: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 3B Zach Houchins: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Jose Herrera: 0-1 CS 

CF Bo Way - threw out runner (Colin Bray) 8-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on RBI single to CF

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

ATTENDANCE: 28 (mostly scouts) 


thin cubs talent day...still hoping vogelbomb turns on that power next season because it doesn't seem to be showing up with the step down in talent he's facing the past few weeks. at least he's still young...23 in december.

it's all over for HOU. i was rooting for them for no other reason than picking on HOU still feels like bullying. KC advances to play TOR on friday. CHC vs ??? on saturday.

PHIL: Are you noticing special attention to Vogelbach? Anything the are trying to alter in his approach or swing? Thanks.

E-MAN: Dan Vogelbach is at Advanced Instructs mainly to work on his defense at 1st base, but he's also trying to improve his baseruning and be a more complete hitter, like making better contact, driving the ball to the opposite field, and not swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. 

Vogelbach has been working one-on-one with Carmelo Martinez for about 30 minutes every morning before BP. Carmelo throws balls to him from a close distance, forcing Vogelbach to react quickly to balls in the dirt or over his head or off to one side. with the throw sometimes being perfect. So he doesn't know what type of throw to expect. And he's actually showing some improvement and confidence in catching the ball, picking short hops, and at least knocking down balls he can't catch.   

He also has been working out at shortstop during morning drills to improve his defense, like fielding ground balls without bobbling them, tracking pop ups (which he struggles to do), and making stronger and more-accurate throws (he has a weak throwing arm).   

At the plate, Vogelbach is hitting 250/419/344 in 11 games (43 PA), with ten walks and five strikeouts, three doubles, no HR, five RBI, one GIDP, and a SF. He also has no SB (two CS) and he was picked-off 1st base once.   

Vogelbach seems to have what is known in baseball as "warning track power," meaning that he hits high fly balls with top-spin that reach the warning track but don't have enough carry to get over the fence. And his line drives tend to have top-spin, too, so a lot of his line drives drop like a two-seam fastball as they get to the outfield. 

One other thing about Vogelbach is that he VERY gregarious with the other players, giving everybody a rash of shit and getting it right back and not minding it all. He is very self-deprecating. He has a really outgoing and funny personality. He reminds me a lot of John Kruk. 

But while Vogelbach is a funny guy, he also is very hard on himself when he makes an out or an error. He seems to be easily frustrated. You can hear the f-bombs all over the park when he makes an error or a mistake or weak contact or strikes out. 

I talked to a couple of scouts at a game last week, and both said that the biggest problem with Vogelbach is that he has a "bad body." It's not his fault, but his body-type just doesn't allow him to do some of the things a player needs to do to be sucessesful. 

Thanks a bunch AZ PHIL. From what you say, and his somewhat of a stall in his progress, it would seem with the Cubs "reboot" he will be surpassed on the prospect list most-likely during the next year if he can't get it together. He was a very interesting long-shot, anyway.

I never drank that particular kool-aid. In spring training, on TV, he looked like a short fat kid, while I was seeing him compared online to Boog Powell! Not a surprise that when he trimmed down, he lost some power. That said, he's a decent hitter and might have a chance if he could play a position. But not on the Cubs, where the manager thinks Soler is a stiff! People say Vogelbach is tailor-made for the American League. Maybe so. But to be a major leaguer, he'll have to be a rookie, first. Is there such a thing as a rookie DH? I really don't know. I don't watch many AL games. But I thought DH's tended to be veterans.

Boog Powell was listed at 6'4" and 230 lbs. Vogelbach at 6'0" and 250 lbs. (and that's after losing weight). Powell's extra height probably added power. I agree -- it probably wasn't the best comparison.

Eddie Julio's not over, till it's over.

this story keeps getting increasingly stupid strange every week.

I think I'd rather face the Dodgers for several reasons but weather is one. Saturday at Dodger stadium the game will start at 72 and end at 70 or so and partially cloudy. Sunday will start at 71 and end 69. Citi field will start at 51 and end at 48. Sunday will start at 48 and end at 45. Think we might do better in warmer weather.

you can't have soler power without the sun...

Cubs didn't do jack offensively in VERY warm weather when they were in LA in August. LA leads the league in HR, the Mets have a very potent offense. I am leaning towards rooting for the mets solely because of Greinke and Kershaw. Mets pitchers are deeper, but they are very young and at innings limits, so feel better about the prospects there. Only reason for me to want the Dodgers: I could go to game #2.

Addison Russell out for NLCS

Yuck. Need his defense. Sad because it was on a base he didn't need to take.

While it sucks and think ultimately Russell will win gold gloves every year, right now Baez is hitting better and isn't that much of a downgrade defensively. Despite those two screw ups he had in replacement he has overall been amazing in defense all year. It's crazy to think that we could have an injury to a player with that talent in the playoffs and we probably won't see too much of a drop off .

Unfortunate in part because Russell has been a huge part of this team for months. Hammy injuries can really linger, though, and there's no good work around. Here's hoping Baez shows off the defense and puts the bat on the ball--it'd be nice to see him continue a solid autumn.

OK Javy -- keep hitting the outside pitch to RF -- and no headfirst slides!!!

I wonder who will replace Russell on the roster for the NCLS?

Herrera was taking ground balls today. Maybe him, maybe a pitcher.

baez/castro SS...castro/lastella 2nd... they could go outside of the expected middle IF replacement of herrera, but rostering up for a 7 game series makes it iffy.

There is really no reason to add Jonathan Herrera to the Cubs NLCS roster at this time, because if anything happens to Javier Baez, Castro could slide over to SS and Herrera (or Addison Russell, if he is healthy enough to be at least a back-up) could be activated as an injury replacement for Baez mid-series. Same thing if something happens to Castro during the NLCS (leaving Baez as the only avalable SS).  

And by leaving Russell off the NLCS roster, the Cubs keep him available as a potential injury replacement during the NLCS, and he is eligible to be on the Cubs World Series roster (if Russell is healthy enough to play, and if the Cubs get to the World Series).

If Russell is on the Cubs NLCS roster and then the Cubs decide they need to replace him during the series because he can't play, he would be ineligible to return for the balance of the NLCS and the World Series. 

I would think if they do choose Herrera, it would be about gaining flexibility for late inning double switches as much as anything else, and giving an extra bat on the bench. With that said, given that games #3 and #4 could be back-to-back bullpen games for the Cubs, probably makes more sense to add a pitcher.

Cubs order is official, Dodgers/NY is speculation 1. Lester v. Anderson or Syngaard 2. Arrieta v. Kershaw or Harvey 3. TBD v. Greinke or DeGrom 4. TBD v. TBD 5. Lester v. Anderson or Syngaard 6. Arrieta v. Kershaw or Harvey 7. TBD vs. Greinke or DeGrom.

Looks like Cubs in 6.

It's Harvey in game 1 and looking like Syndergaard in game 2. Game 3 still undecided.

TCR HISTORY ON THIS DATE 10/15/2008 Jake Peavey coming? John McCain going? Cubs won't let Hendry talk to Mariners for GM job? ~barfs~

Wow. interesting flashback. Miss Rob G. and hope all turned out ok with him. Forgot about Chad. Hope you didn't enter the political prediction field with the '08 being as close as '00 comment.

HAHAHA! I'm no political pundit! /Mondale '84

The only thing I really remember about Chad is that he actively hated the Replacements. They're my favorite band, but I can understand maybe not liking them (maybe)...and he HATED them.

Tito, have you seem them live since they reunited? I caught them in NY last fall and DC in the spring. So amazing..!

Oh yeah, saw them at Riot Fest in Chicago and then on the tour this year. It was great.

Rob G.'s comment regarding Hendry on this date in 2008: "None of that shit matters to most of us until we win a World Series, but I think the Cubs will be in a good position, i.e. making the playoffs just about every year, to eventually overcome the hump." I'm not criticizing Rob for that comment -- I would have agreed with him at the time. It just goes to show how quickly the wheels came off the bus and how soon after that the Cubs looked hopeless.

the 09 cubs should have been better than they were, but it was yet another adventure in injured starting pitchers and cruddy pens.

You can sum up 2009 in two words Milton Bradley

Seriously, I don't get it. Why do I want to show support for MLB post season, and not my team? With that said, if it said NL Champions and had a tiny C, I'd buy it...but still.

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  • JustSayin' 1 day 6 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 1 day 7 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 4 days 16 min 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 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in may happen in late 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' 4 days 8 hours 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 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought

    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 5 days 13 hours 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. 


  • Hagsag 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 19 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   


  • jdrnym 6 days 8 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.


  • crunch 1 week 11 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."



  • bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 


  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw


  • erich081 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.


  • Hagsag 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.