Skulina with Five Strong Frames at Riverview
Natanael Delgado (Angels) drilled a lead-off double, Charcer Burks (Cubs) ripped an RBI single, and Andrew Daniel (Angels) clubbed a two-run home run to highlight a three-run 2nd, and RHSP Tyler Skulina (Cubs) tossed five innings of one-run ball, leading the Angels/Cubs co-op squad to a 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks in AZ Advanced Instructional League game action this afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Here is the box score from today's game (Cubs players highlighted in bold and underlined)
1. Colin Bray, CF: 1-4 (3-U, 1B, L-9, 4-3)
2. Domingo Leyba, 2B: 2-4 (3-1, L-6, 1B, 1B)
3. Zach Nehrir, LF: 0-4 (5-3, P-3, 6-4-3 DP, 6-3)
4. Austin Byler, 1B: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, K, F-7)
5a. Dawel Lugo, 3B: 0-2 (F-7, F-9)
5b. Henry Castillo, 3B: 1-2 (2B, F-7)
6. Stryker Trahan, RF: 0-2 (K, BB, L-4 DP)
7. Grant Heyman, DH: 1-3 (2B, K, K, R)
8a. Jose Herrera, C: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
8b. Tyler Baker, C: 0-1 (K)
9. Sergio Alcantara, SS: 2-3 (1B, F-7, 2B, RBI, SB, CS)
1. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-4 (K, K, 3-1, P-5)
2. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 1-3 (BB, 4-3, K, 1B, R, SB)
3. Victor Caratini, C: 0-4 (3-6-1 DP, K, 6-3, 4-3)
4. Natanael Delgado, DH: 2-4 (2B, 1B, K, K, R)
5. Wade Wass, 1B: 1-4 (5-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1B)
6. Charcer Burks, CF 1-4 (1B, P-4, 5-3, F-8, R, RBI)
7. Andrew Daniel, 3B: 2-3 (HR, 1B, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
8. Kody Eaves, SS: 0-3 (F-8, F-9, F-8)
9. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-4, SB)
1. Justin Donatella: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Luis Madero: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2GO/AO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Junior Garcia: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Jeferson Mejia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Dallas Newton: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
1. Tyler Skulina: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 5/6 GO/AO, 65 pitches (43 strikes)
2. Jordan Minch: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Matt Brazis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Steve Perakslis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
DIAMONDBACKS ERRORS: NONE
ANGELS/CUBS ERRORS: NONE
DIAMONDBACKS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Jose Herrera: 0-1 CS
2. Tyler Baker: 0-1 CS
ANGELS/CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Victor Caratini: 1-2 CS
ANGELS/CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Charcer Burks - batter (Sergio Alcantara) thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
Arizona Phil 21 sec ago (view)
Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).
Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.
Dolorous Jon Lester 32 min 58 sec ago (view)
I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option
bradsbeard 38 min 8 sec ago (view)
I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose.
Arizona Phil 39 min 3 sec ago (view)
CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward.
BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021).
Arizona Phil 50 min 11 sec ago (view)
Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft).
Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could.
crunch 56 min 7 sec ago (view)
i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.
even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 18 min ago (view)
At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...).
Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.
Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 20 min ago (view)
I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 32 min ago (view)
With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).
Arizona Phil 1 hour 51 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.
So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.
The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open).
Arizona Phil 2 hours 13 min ago (view)
Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).
Arizona Phil 2 hours 53 min ago (view)
TIME OUT: As I mentioned in the post, the Cubs cannot cut Schwarber's base salary more than 20% without first non-tendering him, so if he is agreeable the Cubs could sign him for a relatively low base 2021 salary (something like $5M) combined with performance bonuses based upon actual PA (not pro-rated PA) maybe totaling $5M (which would cover the Cubs if the 2021 season is truncated), and then maybe an additional year or two (2022-23) for something like $10M per year plus performance bonuses (again, based on PA). Schwarber could get a player opt-out as well post-2021.
crunch 5 hours 27 min ago (view)
it's not surprising, but i also don't see the downside of giving him the $8m-ish he'd be owed.
if you can hit 30+ homers that's usually money you can easily go get.
i seriously wonder about this offseason and the amount of investment the cubs are going to make in the team. i mean, it's fine if they go cheap yet somehow field a great team via off-season trades or other forms of black magic...i just don't trust how this off-season is unfolding so far.
Charlie 5 hours 33 min ago (view)
From a sentimental perspective at least, non-tendering Schwarber blows. Several thumbs down.
crunch 5 hours 59 min ago (view)
cubs pick up robert stock off waivers from the rsox...31 year old righty.
throws hard (high 90s), has a slider (low 80s) , and a changeup (low 80s). control and command isn't his best friend.
crunch 6 hours 33 min ago (view)
schwarber non-tendered...almora, too...and jose martinez (yawn).
bryant to be tendered a contract, but expected to be traded.