Zastryzny Sharp at Riverview

Rashad Crawford belted a lead-off triple into the rightfield corner, Andrew Daniel walked, and then Jeffrey Baez and Chesny Young drilled RBI singles to highlight a three-run 3rd and LHSP Rob Zastryzny tossed four innings of one-hit shutout ball for the Angels/Cubs co-op squad, and Samir Duenez doubled in the 7th and drilled an RBI single in the 9th for the Royals, as the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action this afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

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

Three members of the Kansas City Royals MLB 40-man roster (3B Chestor Cuthbert, LHP Scott Alexander, and RHP Louis Coleman) who were left off the Royals ALDS roster played in the advanced instructs game today, staying sharp while waiting for a possible call-up for the ALCS


About a dozen scouts were on hand to watch Rob Zastryzny and his newly-minted curve ball that has coaches at instructs buzzing. The much-improved breaking ball could get Zastryzny on track to be the pitcher the Cubs hoped he would be when they drafted the 6'3 left-hander out of the University of Missouri in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft.       

2015 Carolina League batting champion Chesny Young extended his hitting streak to eight games with his third inning single, and is now hitting .364. 

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

ROYALS LINEUP:
1a. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS: 1-2 (F-9, 1B)
1b. Humberto Arteaga, PH-SS: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, R)
2. Orlando Calixte, CF: 0-2 (K, K, BB, BB, 2 R)
3. Chestor Cuthbert, 3B-DH: 0-3 (L-5, K, L-8, BB)
4a. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B: 0-2 (P-5, F-8)
4b. Samir Duenez, 1B: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI)
5a. Jorge Bonifacio, DH #1: 0-1 (L-8, BB)
5b. Wander Franco, PH-DH: 0-1 (BB, 3-U, RBI)
6. Hunter Dozier, DH-3B: 0-1 (BB, 5-4 FC, L-8 SF-DP, BB, RBI)
7a. Cam Gallagher, C: 0-2 (F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
7b. Chad Johnson, C: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Alfredo Escalera, LF: 0-3 (K, HBP, 5-3, K)
9a. Anderson Miller, RF: 0-1 (P-2) 
9b. Elier Hernandez, PH-RF: 1-2 (K, 1B)
10a. Austin Bailey, 2B: 0-1 (P-4)
10b. Carlos Garcia, 2B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP:
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (P-3, 1B, F-8, L-7, R, RBI, SB)
2. Chesny Young, SS: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, K, F-9, RBI, SB)
3. Victor Caratini, C: 0-3 (K, K, BB, F-9)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (1B, BB, 6-4-3 DP, BB, CS)
5. Zach Houchins, 3B: 1-4 (4-6-3 DP, 5-3, 1B, F-7)
6. Shawon Dunston Jr, DH-LF: 1-3 (K, 3-U, 1B, BB)
7. Charcer Burks, LF-DH: 0-4 (P-4, K, F-8, F-7)
8. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (3B, F-7, 5-3, 4-3, R)
9. Andrew Daniel, 2B: 0-2 (BB, L-8, 6-3, R, SB)
 
ROYALS PITCHERS
1. Brooks Pounders: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Scott Alexander: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Louis Coleman: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Eric Skoglund: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 4/5 GO/AO, 54 pitches (34 strikes) 
5. Matt Tenuta: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes) 

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS
1. Rob Zastryzny: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/8 GO/AO, 52 pitches (35 strikes) 
2. Tyler Skulina: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/3 GO/AO, 41 pitches (21 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (9 strikes)
4. James Pugliese: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Steve Perakslis: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 9 pitches (6 strikes)

ROYALS ERRORS: 1 
C Cam Gallagher - E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: 1 
P Tyler Skulina: E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)

ROYALS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Cam Gallagher: 0-2 CS
2. Chad Johnson: 1-1 CS

ANGELS/CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Rashad Crawford - runner (Samir Duenez) thrown out 8-2-5 trying to advance from 2nd to 3rd on F-8 SF

WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 16 (mostly scouts) 

  

Comments

it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017). neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits. also, rain delays suck.

"Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago" Wow. Nice turn of events. MLB is higher on him than BA, but I trust the Cubs FO and Jason McLeod. Now I just hope the Cubs get another couple Cubans before it's over. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez tops my wish list, but there's a whole host more. Ruiz, Diaz, Ona, Arozarena, Machado, Estevez, Armeteros, the list goes on. A lot of those guys are still teenagers. The way the Cubs have been able to teach and develop young talent, getting a chance to sign potential impact talent teenagers and teach them the "Cubs Way" would create an exciting super wave, tsunami if you will, of talent scheduled to arrive 4-5 years from now. With the youth already on the major league roster, the timing couldn't be better. Come on, PTR, don't get cheap on us now. This is an historic influx of talent and the Cubs timed this (or lucked into this) perfectly. Pony up.

This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago... "Comment From Wrenzie Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez? Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."

K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best. 

That's great to hear AZ Phil. If anyone should know, it'd be you. You've witnessed the transformation first-hand on a daily basis!! Thanks for passing that along and confirming what has seemed quite evident from afar!

From Keith Law: "His swing is very fluid and simple with excellent hip rotation, and despite a minimal stride, the right-handed hitter makes loud contact to all fields, with easy power from left field over to right-center. I did not get to see him play in a game, so what I know of the rest of his abilities -- such as his potential to play above-average center field -- comes from scouts who have seen him. Based on that, the BP I saw and his very live body, I think he's worth well more than the $3 million the Cubs reportedly will pay him. In fact, I think he's much closer to the $10 million or so that pre-July 2 reports had him getting from the Dodgers. If he were in the Rule 4 draft class for next year, we'd be talking about him as the potential No. 1 overall pick, so the Cubs getting him for $3 million is a relative steal."

Just freakin love it!

how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m? ...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?

Who are you? Andy Rooney?

*checks pulse* *checks pulse again* nope.

Apparently it was greedy agents who kept pushing the envelope and teams backed away. He then fired his agents and by that time the landscape had changed. The July push had passed and teams were willing to be patient. As far as what happened to the Giants' deal, I don't know. But perhaps he looked at the two rosters and realized the Cubs had the better chance of winning going forward. Maybe the Cubs swooped in and gave him $500,000 more and he bit. I don't know. What I do know is he signed the day after the Cubs won the wildcard game rather impressively...

thanks. it was odd. supposedly the dodgers had him signed earlier in the year, then a lot of nothing, then the giants thing a few days ago, then the cubs get him for a bargain. i'll take it.

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  • bradsbeard 1 hour 31 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 2 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 5 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 15 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 7 hours 51 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 57 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 8 hours 1 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 8 hours 11 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 12 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 15 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 17 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...

     

  • crunch 8 hours 47 min ago (view)

    yeah, a.alzolay can keep on throwing that new slider of his...it's been one hell of a thing to watch the past few games.  i wonder who taught him (or refined) this quickly effective slider.

    the curve is under more control/command, too.

    stoked to see b.marquez later this game (assuming he's pitching today as mentioned in an above post).

    the cubs producing in-house effective MLB pitching would be nice.  alzolay is 2021 ready, but i imagine marquez is more viewed as a 2022 or late 2021 guy.

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    I dub this, "The Billy Hamilton Game."

     

  • crunch 9 hours 46 min ago (view)

    hamilton HR...add that to the "odd stuff in 2020" list...first since 2018.