2015 Cubs AZ Advanced Instructional League - Final Stats

2015 Cubs Arizona Advanced Instructional League - Final Stats

There is no Official Scorer at AZ Advanced Instrucs games, so all stats are unofficial

2015 ANGELS/CUBS CO-OP SQUAD record in AZ Advanced Instructional League: 8-5-3 



* bats left 
# bats both



43 PA (12 GAMES) 
8-32 - 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 10 BB, 5 K, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 0 SB (2 CS), 1 PO  
DEFENSE: 11-1B, 1-DH 

38 PA (12 GAMES)
5-37 - 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 SB (0 CS), 1 PO

38 PA (13 GAMES)
9-33 - 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 GIDP
DEFENSE: 10-C, 2-1B, 1 -DH  
ERRORS: 2 (both E-2)

38 PA (11 GAMES) 
14-34 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 2 SB (1 CS), 3 PO
DEFENSE: 9-LF, 1-CF, 1-DH 
ERRORS: 1 (E-7)

35 PA (10 GAMES) 
8-33 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 SB (1 CS) 

33 PA (11 GAMES) 
5-29 - 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 SB (0 CS)
DEFENSE: 4-LF, 4-CF, 3-RF 
ERRORS: 2 (one E-7 and one E-8)

33 PA (8 GAMES) 
12-32 - 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K,  3 SB (2 CS)
ERRORS: 2 (both E-6) 

FRANDY de la ROSA (2B)  
22 PA (6 GAMES) 
5-21 - 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 0 SB (1 CS) 

3 PA (1 GAME) 
1-2 - 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (0 CS) 




* throws left


5.29 ERA - 1.47 WHIP - .300 OppBA
17.0 IP, 21 H, 12 R (10 ER), 4 BB, 18 K, 1 HR, 3 WP, 17/14 GO/AO, 62% strikes, 14.7 PITCHES-PER-INNING
4 GAMES (4 GS) 

4.50 ERA - 1.25 WHIP - .205 Opp BA 

12.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R (6 ER), 6 BB, 14 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 10/11 GO/AO, 66% strikes, 16.0 PITCHES-PER-INNING 
6 GAMES (1 GS)

3.00 ERA - 1.25 WHIP - .184 Opp BA
12.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 8 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 11/11 GO/AO, 58% strikes, 14.7 PITCHES-PER-INNING
3 GAMES (2 GS)

1.13 ERA - 0.88 WHIP - .172 Opp BA
8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 8/8 GO/AO, 65% strikes, 14.5 PITCHES-PER-INNING

4.70 ERA - 1.30 WHIP - .310 Opp BA 
7.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 7/6 GO/AO, 59% strikes, 13.3 PITCHES-PER-INNING 

1.29 ERA - 0.86 WHIP - .231 Opp BA
7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 9/7 GO/AO, 63% strikes, 13.6 PITCHES-PER-INNING 

4.26 ERA - 0.95 WHIP - .273 Opp BA 
6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2 GIDP, 10/3 GO/AO, 73% strikes, 11.1 PITCHES-PER-INNING 
1 GAME (1 GS) 

0.00 ERA - 0.50 WHIP - .100 Opp BA 
6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3/11 GO/AO, 67% strikes, 13.2 PITCHES-PER-INNING
2 GAMES (1 GS)
3.38 ERA - 1.82 WHIP - .350 Opp BA 
5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/AO, 53% strikes, 18.9 PITCHES-PER-INNING

4.50 ERA - 1.50 WHIP - .333 Opp BA 
2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GO/AO, 59% strikes, 16.0 PITCHES-PER-INNING 


Thanks, AZ Phil, for compiling these stats for us once again. Will you be attending/reporting on any AFL games? Jeimer's been lighting it up thus far...

K-DUB: I'll be attending AFL games, but I probably won't be doing any posts because the game reports & stats are available at mlb.com.

The main reason I do the game reports & stats from Extended Spring Training and Instructs and Minor League Camp is to provide the "missing links" that are not available elsewhere on the web. If they were available elsewhere, I wouldn't bother with posting the reports & stats. 

Well, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to give us all access to stats and information we would otherwise have no access to. I check the box scores on the AFL games regularly. Just was wondering if you share your observations on such games. I'm trying to get out to see a couple games myself. Thanks again.

Thanks AZ Phil.

CUBS WAY + AZ PHIL Thanks PHIL for the stats. Now that the Theo/Jed/Jason regime has been in place for a few years, I am wondering if yoi have noticed a definitive difference between development of players post-Hendry, and pre-Hendry? Are you seeing things in AZ that just were not done previously that are being stressed now? Larger number of coaches? Different drills? Better pitching direction? It is something I asked a couple years ago, but now there has been enough time settle in that I was curious how things have progressed. Thanks.

E-MAN: The Cubs Player Development Program has changed in various ways under the new regime.  

The Cubs now have a "Player Development Plan" for each minor league pitcher and player, which basically lists and explains (in detail) what each individual pitcher or player is trying to accomplish, and the pitcher's or player's development & instruction history up to that point in time. So when a minor league coach or instructor works one-on-one with a particular pitcher or player during the course of Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, the minor league regular season, and/or Instructs, the coach or instructor knows exactly what that player is working on, what problems the pitcher or player may be having, and what instruction the player has received from other coaches & instructors.  

For example, I can recall vividly pitchers & players at Fitch Park back in the day telling me that one coach would tell the pitcher or player one thing, and then a month later another coach would tell him something different, sometimes exactly the opposite. And then the kid would sometimes ask ME(?) for advice (like "What should I do?" or " Who should I listen to?"). Needless to say, a lot of players would end up either getting totally confused, or would just stop listening to everybody and try to go it alone. The lucky ones might find one particular coach or instructor who would become the player's "guru" (so to speak), and that would work (but just for that player or pitcher). 

Also, the philosophy of instruction varied from coach to coach. Some coaches would yell at players (sort of like a boot camp drill instructor), while others would be almost passive and wait for the player to approach the coach, and then others would just do bizarre stuff. Like I can recall a particular coach who was serving as game manager at Extended Spring Training one year, and he decided to bench players DURING A GAME (by having the player's slot in the batting order get skipped next time up) if the player got called out on strikes. This was not conducive to getting good results. (When you see a slot in the batting order being skipped in a Minor League Camp,  EXST, or instructs game , it's usually because a catcher is needed to warm -up a pitcher in the bullpen,  or because a player has finished his work for the day, or to get another player an additional AB, and NOT because the player got called out on strikes in his the previous AB!).   

In addition, the new regime has implemented a sophisticated video (and audio) operation that records everything that happens on the field during games (including Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs, as well as intrasquad activity & "sim" games, too, and sometimes even BP, infield practice, PFPs, and bullpen side-sessions), and members of the organization can call-up the videos from anywhere at anytime. 

Minor League Field Coordinator Tim Cossins has made Instructs (I'm talking about the "basic" version, not advanced instruicts) about instruction and not about playing games against other organizations. Time that formally was spent playing games against other organizations is now spent working on drills and playing "sim" games that can be stopped in mid-inning (if necessary) for a "teaching moment." In fact, the Cubs are the only MLB club in Ariziona that does not play "basic" instructs games against other organizations. Every day is "Camp Day," full of instruction without worrying about stopping a drill so that the team can get BP in before the bus leaves for an AZIL game at another ball park. It works so well for the Cubs, I'm surprised more teams don't stop playing AZIL games and spend that time on instruction. (Again, I''m talking about "basic" instructs, not advanced instructs, which is really more of a "junior AFL"). 

The instruction itself has also changed, with more conventional "teaching" techniques, like what would be essentially a unique "lesson plan" for each day, and making the drills more fun for the players by finding more-interesting ways to present a particular drill and teach a particular skill.  

Players are allowed to fail and make mistakes or errors without being verbally abused, while at the same having the nistake or error addressed by a coach or instructor immediately (instead of waiting for the next day, as happens when players are playing games most every day against other organizations).  

The Cubs also make use of the auditorium at the Under Armour Performance Center after field work for what would be essentially "classroom" instruction, with use of multi-media to keep it interesting for the players (remember, a lot of these kids are teenagers!)  
So with a Player Development Plan for each player (where coaches, instructors, and players are now on the "same page"), a video operation that allows members of the Player Development Department (the director, managers, coaches, and instructors) to actually see (in "real" time if desired ) what each player is actualy doing ON THE FIELD, a heightened emphasis on actual field instruction over playing games against other organizations, and classtroom instruction ("mental skills") that's presented in a fun and interesting way, the Cubs Player Development Department is on the cutting edge of professional baseball instruction. 

While some might say that therefore the Cubs should develop more big league players, the Player Development Department can only do what it can do to help the player reach hisd potential. The player has to do his part, and the Scouting Department has to provide the players to the Player Development Department who have the talent and potential to become MLB players and pitchers. 

This is fascinating.

THAT is one big league description Phil!

AZ Phil...that was such a fantastic answer/discussion of E-man's question it should be saved and use it for an off day post. Much thanks.

Fascinating, exciting and informative, explains this article and everything the Cubs were not before Theo.

Thanks, Phil. You're literally the most informative non-beat Cubs writer on the Internet. Kudos a million times to you.

Don't comment very often, but Phil that was most informative.

PHIL: Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed reply. This is the VERY FIRST time I have had such a comprehensive explanation of what this new management has been trying to impliment, as well as understanding how archaic the old system had been. The individual player's plan is so innovative (finally) and the immediate access to others in the org is just great. Sort of reminds me of a patient's "chart" or something! It seems from your description as if this is becoming truly a finely-tuned "trade-school" for baseball which I am thrilled to hear. Can't thank you enough.

AZPhil, now that the instructs are over, who stood out to you as making advances this year?

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  • JustSayin' 1 day 7 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 8 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 1 hour 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 7 hours 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' 4 days 9 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 7 hours 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 5 days 14 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 16 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 20 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 9 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 12 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.