Rosscup Sharp at Papago Park
Rudy Martin singled, doubled, and walked, and scored two runs, and Luke Willis singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another with a sacrifice fly, lifting the AZL Royals to a 5-3 victory over the AZL Cubs in Arizona League action Wednesday night at Papago Park Sports Complex Field #2 in Phoenix, AZ.
Although they remain in the AZL West Division, the AZL Royals are playing their home games on the east-side of town at the Papago Park Sports Complex (the former home of the AZL Athletics) this season while their clubhouse is being renovated (expanded) at Surprise Stadium. (The Royals presently are in first place in the AZL West Division, and in fact they have the best record in the league).
LHP Zac Rosscup (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - left shoulder inflammation) saw his first game action since June 16th, getting the start for the AZL Cubs and throwing one inning (17 pitches - 11 strikes) and allowing no hits, no runs, and no walks, with two strikeouts (both swinging). One runner reached base on an E-5. Rosscup was working his fastball at 91-93 MPH and touched 94, and his breaking ball was sharp and unhittable. He looked to be in mid-season form. (Lots of swings & misses).
Shawon Dunston Jr (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL) continued his AZL rehab, serving as the AZL Cubs DH and batting third in the order. He drilled a one-out line-drive single to center in the top of the 1st inning, before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter in the top of the 3rd.
RHP Casey Bloomquist (Cubs 2015 17th round draft pick - Cal Poly SLO) made his pro debut, working the eighth inning and retiring the side 1-2-3 (a 5-3 GO followed by two strikeouts). Bloomquist displayed an 87-88 MPH fastball with sinking action that he mixed with a slider and a change-up that dive-bombed out of the strike zone. Bloomquist was the Mustang's "Friday night starter" (#1 starter) as a junior, and unlike some of the Cubs 2015 draft picks who were college seniors with no eligibility left (and no leverage in negotiations), Bloomquist had the option to return to school for his senior year at Cal Poly if he had not signed with the Cubs.
The defensive Play of the Game was turned in by AZL Cubs RF Michael Foster (Cuhs 2015 16th round draft pick - Northeastern University), who made a spectacular diving catch in right-centerfield in the bottom of the 6th inning. Foster also singled twice and scored a run for the AZL Cubs in a losing cause.
Here is the abridged box score from Wednesday night's game (Cubs players only:
AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 4-3, K, PO)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-4 (L-4, 4-3, 1-3, K)
3a. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH: 1-1 (1B)
3b. Yohan Matos, PH-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, 5-3)
4a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, R)
4b. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-1 (5-3)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, 5-3, K, R)
6. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (1B, 1-4 SH, F-7, BB)
7. Michael Foster, RF: 2-4 (5-4 FC, 1B, E-6, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-3 (1B, F-8 SF, 5-4 FC, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Donnie Cimino, LF:1-4 (F-9, 1B, 1-6-3, K, RBI, PO)
AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Zac Rosscup: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Enrique de los Rios: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2 GIDP, 5/1 GO/FO, 45 pitches (26 strikes)
3. Pedro Silverio: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 4/2 GO/FO, 43 pitches (24 strikes)
4. Casey Bloomquist: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
AZL CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (throwing error on SH allowed batter to reach 2nd base & runner to advance to 3rd)
3. 3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to reach 2nd base & runner to score from 2nd)
AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-2 CS, 1 PB
jdrnym 4 hours 54 min ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 20 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 11 hours 43 min ago (view)
the toles update is worse than his troubled past. toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years. he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.
hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 34 min ago (view)
Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.
jdrnym 14 hours 36 min ago (view)
Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.
Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 52 min ago (view)
Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.
jdrnym 17 hours 18 sec ago (view)
Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?
And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.
crunch 17 hours 24 min ago (view)
though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.
there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.
Cubster 17 hours 53 min ago (view)
"In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."
crunch 19 hours 4 min ago (view)
it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ. they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.
with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0). now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.
crunch 19 hours 20 min ago (view)
cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.
he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.
he's 38 years old, btw.
Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing. also, ha.
Rob Richardson 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups?
Rob Richardson 2 days 49 sec ago (view)
Well said Crunch.