Royals Latest Victims of Angel-Cub Detente

Victor Caratini (Cubs) and Shawon Dunston Jr (Cubs) ripped run-scoring singles and Wade Wass (Angels) contributed an RBI double, leading the Angels/Cubs co-op squad to a 4-2 victory over the Royals in Arizona Advanced Instructional League play this afternoon on Field #2 at the Papago Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ. 

The game was halted by mutual consent after seven innings of play. 

Cubs infielder Jason Vosler was moved-up to the "advanced" instructs squad from the "basic" squad prior to the game. 

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

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP:
1. Johnny Giavotella, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 1-U, F-7, P-2, R)
2. Kody Eaves, 3B: 0-4 (P-1, K, K, 4-6-3 DP)
3. Victor Caratini, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, 3-U, RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-2 (P-6, 3-U, BB, PO) 
5. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, 6-3, R)
6. Charcer Burks, CF: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, K, R)
7. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, K, R, RBI)
8a. Wade Wass, C-DH: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
8b. Andrew Daniel, PH: 0-0 (BB)
9. Jason Vosler, SS: 1-2 (1B, 3-U, BB, SB)

ROYALS LINEUP
1. Humberto Arteaga, 2B-DH: 2-4 (K, 6-3, 1B, 1B, RBI)
2. Orlando Calixte, SS: 1-3 (BB, K, F-9, 1B)
3. Elier Hernandez, RF: 0-4 (6-4 FC, L-6, K, P-4)
4a. Wander Franco, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, F-9)
4b. Gabriel Cancel, 3B: 0-1 (1-3)
5. Anderson Miller, CF: 0-2 (BB, F-9, 4-3, R, SB) 
6a. Chad Johnson, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
6b. Colton Frabasilio, C: 1-1 (1B)
7. Chase Vallot, DH #1:1-3 (2B, E-5, F-7, RBI)
8. Samir Duenas, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, K, F-8)
9a. Roman Collins, LF: 0-1 (5-2 FC) 
9b. Christhian Vasquez, LF: 0-1 (4-3, BB, R)
10. Austin Bailey, DH-2B: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, 1-3) 

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
1. Garrett Nuss: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Victor Alcantara: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Tyler Carpenter: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 24 pitches (14 strikes) 
4. Michael Jensen: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (17 strikes) 
5. Steve Perakslis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
6. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)

ROYALS PITCHERS:
1. Eric Skoglund: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes) 
2. Pedro Fernandez: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (26 strikes) 
3. Jacob Bodner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Josh Staumont: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (13 strikes)

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: 1 
3B Kody Eaves: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

ROYALS ERRORS: NONE 

ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Wade Wass: 0-1 CS 

ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Chad Johnson: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless with temperatures 105+  

ATTENDANCE: 22 (mostly scouts) 

 

Comments

Some epic Harry Caray moments in this video, particularly toward the end. http://m.mlb.com/news/article/151268698/chica...

AZ Phil, give me your thoughts on Jeff Baez chances of making it to the Bigs.

HAGSAG: Jeffrey Baez has a good chance to make it to MLB, but I doubt that it will be with the Cubs.

Baez is a very raw five-tool player, but he has flaws that are apparent (and a bit frustrating) when you watch him over a period of time. 

He has the same body-type you see in an NFL running back. Looking at him you wouldn't think he's fast, but he is. He also has HR power that has not been fully developed. He has the speed and range to play CF and the arm to play RF, but despite the range and arm, he isn't a very good defender in the outfield.   

And while he is a good base-stealer, he also tends to run into outs on the bases. 

I suspect he will be traded sooner rather than later (possibly as the PTBNL in the Austin Jackson deal, if the deal is finalized after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft). 

Sounds like a shorter version of Junior Lake.

Saw Baez for Myrtle Beach against the Potomac Nats recently. Think Marlon Byrd, not Junior Lake.

Padres win again. Elimination number now at 1.

If I'm not mistaken, the Magic Number at 1 means that the worst case scenario is that the Cubs have clinched a play-in game before the one game wild card. (well, the end of the world before that would be the absolutely worst case scenario). It's Magic.

Yes -- they have clinched a tie.

AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on him? I saw him at Kane County after he was dealt to the Cubs and while it was obviously a very small sample size, it did look like he could swing the bat. How is he defensively? Is he any kind of prospect at all?

TITO: Acquired by the Cubs in the deal that sent James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio to Atlanta last sesson, Victor Caratini started off slowly at the plate this past season at Myrtle Beach, but he got better & better each month. 

He has been rakin' left-handed in BP and squared the ball up very well (again facing RHP and hitting LH each time) in the first two "advanced" instructs games, but I'm not sure if his RH side is quite as well-developed.  

He was a C-1B-3B in college so his defense behind the plate needs polish, but he is a hard worker, has a plus-arm, and he seems to really want to be a catcher. Patience will be required.  

Caratini will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible after next season, so he will be a player to watch in 2016. I would think he will almost certainly move up to AA and replace Willson Contreras as the #1 catcher at Tennessee, and it wouldn't be that big of a surprise if he has a break-out season in AA next year.

I would say as things stand right now he probably projects as an offensive-first switch-hitting C-1B-3B in the big leagues, the type of versatile player Joe Maddon seems to prefer. 

AZ Phil- In your expert opinion, which minor leaguers do you see helping the MLB team next year? Thanks.

JACOS: In terms of position players, I don't think there will be another Bryant, Russell, or Schwarber coming up next season.

Matt Szczur is out of options, so if he isn't traded, he will likely be the 4th OF (at least at the beginning of the season). 

3B Christian Villanueva had a nice year offensively at AA and AAA in 2015 (though his defense wasn't as good as in previous seasons), and (like Szczur) he is out of minor league options in 2016. Villanueva has yet to make it to the big leagues and is blocked by Bryant and/or Baez, and so he would seem to be a likely trade condidate during the off-season or Spring Training.  

Arismendy Alcantara will likely be booked on the Chicago-Des Moines Shuttle as a switch-hitting IF-OF super-sub in 2016, and he could even make the Opening Day 25-man roster (taking the job filled by Jonathan Herrera in 2015) with a strong Spring Training, especially if either Castro or Baez is traded for a starting pitcher during the off-season. 

Catcher (and Cubs 2015 Minor League Player of the Year and Southern League batting champion) Willson Contreras is a lock to get added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster in November. He will almost certainly spend most if not all of 2016 at Iowa honing his skills, but if he continues to progress he could be a factor in 2017 (David Ross is a FA post-2016). 

1B Dan Vogelbach will almost certainly be added to the 40-man roster by the 11/20 deadline (he is Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2015), and (if he isn't traded) he will be the starting 1st baseman at Iowa in 2016, available for a call-up if anything happens to Anthony Rizzo and/or (as happened with Kyle Schwarber in 2015) maybe as the DH in interleague games. But Vogelbach is likely to get traded sooner rather than later. 

2012 1st round draft pick Albert Almiora Jr should be ready for a move up to AAA in 2016, and he will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible after next season, so he could get called up maybe sometime in the last half of the 2016 season (although probably more-likely when rosters expand in September). I believe offensively he will eventually be something like Darwin Barney circa 2012 (250/300/350) with not a lot of walks but with a high-contact rate, strong "situational baseball" skills, and occasional power out of the 8th (or 9th) slot in the batting order, and with Gold Glove skills defensively in CF.

Switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario is now likrly to be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster in November (he is Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2015), but he will likely be at AA for most (if not all) of the 2016 season and then at AAA in 2017.  So Candelario would replace Christian Villanueva and the departed Mike Olt as the Cubs #1 3B prospect starting next season, although (like Villanueva and Olt) he is presently blocked by both Bryant and/or Baez. 

OF Billy McKinney (acquired along with Addison Russell from Oakland in the Samardzija/Hammel trade) is a quality left-handed hitting prospect with corner OF skills (much better in LF than RF), but he suffered a season-ending knee injury at AA Tennessee in August, so it remains to be seen if he'll be ready at the start of the 2016 season. He is a similar type player (offensively) as Chris Coghlan (albeit without Coghlan's defensive versatility), and he could be Coghlan's eventual replacement (Coghlan is a FA post-2016).  

So it's more likely that rookie Cubs pitchers will be the ones having impact in 2016, rather position players.  

Of course RHP Dallas Beeler and LHP Eric Jokisch are already on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster, and both have had some (limited) opportunities to start in the big leagues over the past couple of years. Beeler is injured right now, but Jokisch is pitching for the Angels./Cubs co-op team in the AZ Advanced Instrutional League (he threw 6.1 IP and 70 pitches in a start on Wednesday) while staying ready for a possible call-up to Chicago. But neither are projected as likely future MLB starters (at least not with the Cubs), and one or both could even get dropped from the 40 if slots are needed during the off-season. 

RHP Carl Edwards Jr could fill the "utility" staff role currently handled by Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, and Clayton Richard (Cahillis a FA post-2015, and Wood and Richard are likely to be non-tendered). Right now Edwards throws too many pitches-per-inning to be a starting pitcher and he walks too many hitters to be a reliable late-inning reliever, but he has plus-stuff and so he could be really good in the niche that was carved-out by Wood, Cahill, and Richard in 2015. 

RHSP Pierce Johnson is a virtual lock to be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster in November (he is Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2015), and depending on how he pitches in the AFL and Spring Training, he could find himself at the front of the line in the Iowa starting rotation in 2016. If so, he could get called up to Chicago at some point during the season - IF (big if) - he stays healthy and pitches well at AAA.  

RHSP Ryan Williams (Cubs10th round draft pick out of East Carolina in 2014 and 2015 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year) will almost certainly get an NRI to Spring Training, and then get assigned to the Iowa starting rotation by Opening Day. Williams is a lot like Kyle Hendricks, in the sense that his stuff is considered marginal, but he really knows how to pitch. If he gets AAA hitters out as he did at AA in 2015, he could get called up if there is an opening in the Cubs MLB starting rotation at some point next year. 

RHSP Duane Underwood Jr is probablty the Cubs top starting pitcher prospect, but he has his 2015 season interrupted by a right elbow UCL sprain that did not require TJS. He is healthy now and is with the "advanced" instructs squad so he can pick up some of the innings he lost while on the DL during the season, and if he can stay healthy he will likely be the #1 starter at AA Tennessee in 2016, and could possibly move quickly. (Underwood is eligible for selection the Rule 5 Draft post-2016, so a September call-up wouldn't be a surprise).

RHP Jonathan Martinez (acquired from the Dodgers for Darwin Barney in 2014) was a solid starter at Myrtle Beach in 2015  and should be right behind Underwood in the 2016 starting rotation at AA Tennessee. Martinez does not have Underwood's ceiling, but he does project as an MLB pitcher (at this point, most-likely back of the rotation or middle-relief). Martinez is Rule 5 Draft eligible this year, so it's possible that he could get selected.    

One other starting pitcher to keep an eye on in 2016 as far as a possible contributor to the big club is RHP Brad Markey, who  has followed the path of RHP Zack Godley (traded to Arizona on the Miguel Montero trade), as a college pitcher who was used by the Cubs initially as a reliever, before lighting it up as a starter at Hi-A the last half of 2015. Markey will likely be in the AA Tennessee starting rotation at the beginning of the season, and (like Godley this year) he could conceivably find himself in the big leagues sometime in the latter half of 2016. 

Iowa RHSP Carlos Pimentel (PCL Pitcher of the Year) and AA Tennessee RHSP Felix Pena are two starting pitchers who will be minor league free-agents post-2015. The Cubs probably would like to keep both of them around as rotation starters at Iowa in 2016, but it might require an MLB 40-man roster slot or two to do that if one or both of the pitchers declines to sign a 2016 minor league successor contract. 

As far as bullpen arms are concerned, RHRP Corey Black (acquired from the Yankees for Rafael Soriano in 2013) has electric stuff (a 96 MPH fastball, a plus change-up, and a power slider), but he struggles mightily to throw his fastball for strikes, making his "chase" pitches less effective. As a result, he is "on the bubble" as far as whether he will be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster post-2015 (he is Rule 5 Draft eligible this year).

27-year old Cuban RHRP Armando Rivero (signed by the Cubs for a $3M bonus in 2013) could finally see the big leagues in 2016 (he is Rule 5 Draft eligible after next season). Rivero was a closer in Serie Nacional (the Cuban "major league") prior to signing with Cubs, and he features  a 94-MPH four-seamer and a splitter/slider drop pitch as his "chase" pitch, but he has struggled to throw strikes.   

AA Tennessee closer RHRP P. J. Francescon throws a low-90's sinker and a decent breaking ball. He scored a slot with the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL, and a good showing there could get him a look in Spring Training with the big club. Also, Francescon is Rule 5 Draft eligible this year, and (like Andrew McKirahan this time last year),he could get drafted if he has a strong AFL and is not added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster. 

Great stuff as usual Phil. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Phil!

Thanks Phil. I am always interested in my buudy Daury Torrez' future. He is draft eligible this year too.

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  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 3 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 6 hours 12 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 10 hours 23 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 14 hours 43 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 14 hours 49 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 5 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 19 hours 21 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 1 hour 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 6 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 18 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 23 min 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 5 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 5 hours ago (view)

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

     

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 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 6 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.