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

DIAMONDBACKS LINEUP:
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)

ANGELS/CUBS LINEUP:
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)

DIAMONDBACKS PITCHERS:  
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)

ANGELS/CUBS PITCHERS:
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 

ATTENDANCE: 14 

Comments

Today is the last day for Article XIX-A and Article XX-D minor leaguers to elect free-agency, and so RHP Brian Schlitter and OF Mike Baxter (the last two Cubs Article XX-D eligibles) have in fact elected free-agency. 

LHP James Russell (the lone Cubs Article XIX-A minor league player) elected free-agency the first day he could file (the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season), and C Taylor Teagarden (the third Article XX-D guy)  was added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster last Sunday to keep him from electing free-agency (thus keeping him available as injury replacement insurance during the post-season in the event two Cubs catchers go down with injuries.  

oh no, not brian schlitter...2016 is gonna be his year, i know it. hope the cubs can get past this loss.

Just another teaching moment for our young heroes. Losing Schlitter may be tough, but it will make them stronger.

Tears are streaming down my face. I will have to get over it. Thanks alot AZ PHIL!

So, the Mets? If they were to make it through the Cubs, I would really be sick.

the mets it is... battle of the formerly-known-as-losers clubs.

Gonna be some cold games in NY -- Jorge, bundle up!

Isn't Jorge hitting about .000 in cold weather? I hope there's an unseasonal blast of warm air in NYC.

Where did the Mets' best hitter come from?

A different part of Cuba than Jorge

The cold part?

ice cuba?

If this is really to be the year of curse-killing, of course it must be the Mets. Let's win this one for #10.

m.harvey gets game 1 for the mets (syndergaard pitched in relief tonight).

Rizzo imitates Bautista's recently famous bat-flip... http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/10/15/154571166...

Tim Wilken gone to AZ The man who gave us Brett Jackson, Josh vitters and Hayden Simpson will work that magic for larussa and sabermatecian Dave Stewart

Doing a lot of reading and thinking about this series. I just have one request of the Cubs. Win the series 4-0 by an average score of 10-2 each game. My heart and stomach would be quite appreciative.

Amen

As long as we get our 10 before they get their 2, I'm OK with this proposal. Not sure I can handle any more comeback wins.

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  • Arizona Phil 1 min 51 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 7 min 47 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 30 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 32 min 31 sec 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 43 min 59 sec 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 3 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 1 hour 25 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 5 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 4 hours 38 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 4 hours 45 min ago (view)

    From a sentimental perspective at least, non-tendering Schwarber blows. Several thumbs down.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 11 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 5 hours 45 min ago (view)

    schwarber non-tendered...almora, too...and jose martinez (yawn).

    bryant to be tendered a contract, but expected to be traded.

     

  • Hagsag 9 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Saw him play in H.S., could wack the ball back then.

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Michael Hermosillo is the son of former Cubs minor league hitting coach Mike Carter.

    Hermosillo was a Baseball America Angels Top 20 prospect as recently as 2019 (Top 10 in 2018). 

     

  • crunch 12 hours 2 min ago (view)

    cubs sign michael hermosillo to a minor league contract

    boring corner OF'r that can play CF if needed...organizational depth

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hermo...

     

  • crunch 23 hours 40 min ago (view)

    hah!  also uggg...i wonder what $20m-ish of k.bryant after a down season and uncertainty of april-june for "normal" baseball is worth to a team.  we will probably find out in a month or 2, though.