Angels/Cubs Rally to Tie Royals at Papago

Andrew Daniel (Angels) belted an RBI double in the 2nd inning and a two-run double in the 6th, Charcer Burks (Cubs) walked and scored in the 6th and drilled a game-tying RBI single with two outs in the top of the 9th, and RHP James Pugliese (Cubs) hurled three innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts (including the last five batters he faced) in relief, as the Angels/Cubs co-op squad rallied to tie the Royals 5-5 in AZ Advanced Instructional League action this morning on Field #2 at the Papago Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ. 

The game was called by mutual agreement after nine innings of play. 

Duane Underwood Jr got the start for the Angels/Cubs, and after retiring six of the first seven men he faced in his first two innings (K, K, 6-3, K, 2B, K, F-8), the 21-year old right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and a walk (and a WP) in the third and fourth innings. He struck out five over the course of his outing (all five K-swinging), with four of the punch-outs being recorded in the first two innings.  
Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP
1. Jeffrey Baez, DH #1: 1-4 (2B, L-8, K, BB, K)
2a. Bo Way, CF: 1-2 (BB, K, 2B)
2b. Keinner Pina, PH-C: 0-2 (4-3, E-5, R)
3. Victor Caratini, C-DH: 0-3 (L-9, 4-3, 3-1)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
4a. Natanael Delgado, RF: 1-4 (K, F-9, 1B, K, R)
4b. Zach Houchins, PH-RF: 1-1 (1B)
5. Charcer Burks, DH-CF: 1-2 (BB, F-9, 1B, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
6. Wade Wass, 1B: 1-4 (5-4 FC, HBP, 1B, K, P-3, R, SB)
7a. Rashad Crawford, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-8, R)
7b. Shawon Dunston Jr, PH-LF: 1-2 (L-9, 1B)
8. Andrew Daniel, 3B: 2-4 (2B, K, 2B, 5-4 FC, 3 RBI, CS)
9. Kody Eaves, SS: 1-4 (4-3, P-5, 1B, F-7, RBI, SB)
10. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-4 (K, L-8, K, P-6)

ROYALS LINEUP:
1a. Carlos Garcia, 2B: 0-3 (K, 6-4 FC, K, RBI, SB)
1b. Austin Bailey, 2B: 1-1 (2B, R)
2a. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS: 0-2 (K, F-7, BB, R, SB)
2b. Gabriel Cancel, SS: 0-1 (K) 
3a. Chestor Cuthbert, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, F-9, 1B, RBI)
3b. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Samir Duenez, 1B: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-8, R)
4b. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B: 1-1 (2B, RBI)
5a. Elier Hernandez, RF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, R)
5b. Brandon Downes, CF: 0-2 (P-4, 3-U)
6a. Parker Morin, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
6b. Cam Gallagher, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
7a. Alfredo Escalera, LF: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
7b. Christhian Vasquez, LF: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8. Anderson Miller, CF-RF: 1-3 (1B, L-8 SF, K, P-2, R, RBI)
9. Chad Johnson, DH #1: 0-3 (L-7, K, K)
10. Xavier Fernandez, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-8, K)

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
1. Duane Underwood Jr: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2/5 GO/AO, 70 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. James Pugliese: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 42 pitches (33 strikes) 
3. Michael Jensen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/AO, 29 pitches (18 strikes) 

ROYALS PITCHERS
1. Miguel Almonte: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Jacob Bodner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Pedro Fernandez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 20 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Torey Deshazier: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 39 pitches (23 strikes) 
5. Ashton Goudeau: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (12 strikes) 
6. Corey Ray: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes) 
7. Estarlin Cordero: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (11 strikes) 

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: 1 
LF Rashad Crawford: E-7 (fielding error on RBI ground single to LF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)

ROYALS ERRORS: 1 
3B Wander Franco: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Victor Caratini: 0-2 CS 

ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Parker Morin: 0-1 CS 
2. Cam Gallagher: 1-2 CS

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 15 

Comments

Az Phil, looking at the Myrtle Beach starting staff from this year, I see eight pretty good pitchers. Can you rank them? It looks like some will be bullpen arms.

HAGSAG: I doubt that all of the starting pitchers who finished the season at Myrtle Beach will get promoted to Tennessee at the start of the 2016 season, so it probably wouldn't be necessary to move any of them to the bullpen (at least not right away).  

I actually wouldn't be all that surprised if Pierce Johnson, Rob Zastryzny, and Ryan Williams begin the 2016 season back at Tennessee, with a promotion to AAA only when the pitcher gets on a rioll at AA. 

That could keep all of the Myrtle Beach starters except two back at Hi-A to start the season.

If I had i guess which two of the 2015 Myrtle Beach starters will be at Tennessee at the start of next season, I would say probably Tyler Skulina and either Daury Torrez or Jonathan Martinez, although the others (Underwood, Tseng, Blackburn, Markey, and Null) could  get moved-up within a relatively short period of time (based upon each pitcher's performance at Minor League Camp and then at Myrtle Beach the first month). 

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  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 55 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: That's correct.

    Under the new rules, the 38-man AAA reserve list is now only used beginning on the date reserve lists are filed in November and extending up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft. Then after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, everybody goes back into the off-season 190-man Domestic Reserve List hopper. 

     

  • jdrnym 7 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Phil, can you settle a Twitter discussion? A team can only select players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft until its 38-man Triple-A reserve list is full, correct? Don't believe this changed with the latest Major League Rules that introduced the Domestic Reserve List and eliminated individual level reserve lists during the offseason.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 15 min ago (view)

    "Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Carlos Correa's agent has been contacted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Braves.

    It's not clear when the contact took place or what level of interest each club has."

    ...with the yanks and dodgers both with piles of cash and a bit of need, i wouldn't get too stoked...but at least there seems to be some interest in what his market is.

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Stroman's salary escalators apply to 2024, so if Stroman reaches 160 IP in either 2022 or 2023 (but not both) it adds $2M to his 2024 salary, and if he reaches 160 IP in both 2022 and 2023 it would add $4M to his to 2024 salary.

    So he gets $25M in both 2022 and 2023 (that's locked-in), and then either $21M, $23M , or $25M in 2024, depending upon whether he reaches his salary escalators in 2022 and/or 2023. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 41 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: I should also mention that the Cubs cannot outright David Bote while he is injured or rehabbing from an injury, except during a window starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the day that off-season reserve lists must be filed (normaly 11/20, but it was 11/19 in 2021 because 11/20 fell on a Saturday, and it will be 11/18 in 2022 because 11/20 will fall on a Sunday). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 57 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: The Cubs can outright David Bote (if he is not claimed off waivers) once the transaction freeze is lifted. That's not a problem. 

    If he is outrighted and then elects free-agency, he would forfeit what remains of his contract - AS LONG AS - the contract is not fully guaranteed. 

    If the contract is fully guaranteed he would likely elect free-agency and the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of his salary, offset by the MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB deal with another club.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 13 min ago (view)

    kristin call has been named GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  she's been the assistant/associate GM for a few years and was formally a marketing director for the team.

    she's been involved in baseball for a living for 16+ years.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Hey Phil - Could David Bote be outrighted at any point before the start of the season (obviously not now while players are being locked out). I wonder because if someone claimed him, oh well. If he elected free agency, wouldn't that void his contract? These are the thoughts going through my head as I look to open up another 40-man spot, and Bote will be out until at least May.

    I've read your 40-man tag for him, but I'm not quite smart enough to figure this out! :) Thanks!

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Marcus Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt out after the second season, sources tell ESPN. He’ll make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024. It includes $2M escalators for 160 IP in ‘22 and ‘23.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have re-signed RHRP Jonathan Holder and C-INF P.J. Higgins to 2022 minor league contracts, presumably with an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

    They will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible, if and when there is a Rule 5 Draft. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour 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 2 days 6 hours 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 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

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

     

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours 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 2 days 7 hours 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.