Joe Nathan Back in Action at Riverview Park

Luis Ayala tripled, walked twice. stole a base, and scored three runs, Jose Gonzalez belted a two-run triple, and Isaac Paredes smacked an RBI double for the AZL Cubs, and Kal Simmons singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, Mark Karaviotis (2016 19th round draft pick - U. of Oregon) collected three singles and an RBI, and RHP Jhoan Duran hurled four innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts for the AZL Diamondbacks, as the two teams played to a 4-4 tie in AZL mini-camp pre-season game action Friday evening on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Veteran RHRP Joe Nathan (on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL - April 2015 TJS) saw his first game action in 14 months, throwing a shutout inning (15 pitches) for the AZL Cubs (6-3, 1-3, 1B-CS).  Nathan is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL on July 16th, and barring a medical setback, he should be ready to join the Cubs bullpen by that date. 

Ex-KC RHRP Aaron Crow (on the AAA Iowa Cubs 7-day DL - April 2015 TJS) returned to action after being shut-down on May 10th while warming up for an EXST rehab appearance versus the Giants in Scottsdale, and he also threw a shutout inning (18 pitches) for the AZL Cubs (K, F-9, 1B-CS).   

RHSP Tyler Wagner (on AAA Reno 7-day DL) got the start for the AZL Diamondbacks and worked three innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits (a single, a double, and a triple) and a walk (and two WP).

RHRP Evan Marshall (also on AAA Reno 7-day DL) followed Wagner to the hill and tossed a 1-2-3 4th inning (5-3, 6-3, 4-3), before Duran came into the game and shut the AZL Cubs down (retiring the last eight men he faced in a row, five on punch-outs).  

Besides Karaviotis at DH, LF Myles Babitt (2016 25th round pick - Cal State East Bay) and 2016 NDFA SS Adam Walton (U. of Illinois) were in the AZL Diamondbacks starting lineup. (The Diamondbacks have already signed 25 of their 40 2016 draft picks plus two NDFA, and nine of them have reported to Salt River Fields and the other 18 are on the active rosters at Hillsboro and Missoula). But a week after the draft, there are no Cubs 2016 draft picks (or NDFA) on the field at Riverview Park or at Eugene, and only one (7th round pick C Michael Cruz) has reportedly signed (and it isn't even official yet).  

AZL Opening Day is this coming Monday (6/20), and RHP Erling Moreno will get the start for the AZL Cubs versus the AZL Brewers. It is supposed to be somewhere near 120 degrees in the Valley of the Sun over the next couple of days, so I'm expecting a hot time in the old ballpark Monday night.

Here is the abridged box score from Friday night's game (AZL Cubs players only), followed by the updated AZL Cubs roster: 


AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Luis Ayala, RF: 1-2 (BB, 3B, BB, K, 3 R, SB)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-4 (F-8, L-5, 3B, F-8, 2 RBI)
3. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-4 (2B, K, 6-3, E-5, RBI)
4. Gustavo Polanco, DH: 0-4 (K, 5-3, K, 6-3)
5a. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 0-3 (L-4, 6-3, K)
5b. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-0 (BB)
6. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 1-4 (1B, 4-3, K, K, SB)
7a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (F-8, BB, 6-3, R)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP)
9. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 6-3)
9. Yohan Matos, LF: 0-3 (P-4, L-9, K)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS
1. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Joe Nathan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Andry Rondon: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 47 pitches (31 strikes) 
5. Jose Leidenz: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
6. Luis Aquino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO,, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 1 
3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda: 2-2 CS 

AZL CUBS BASERUNNING ADVENTURES
Isaac Paredes - thrown out 8-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Cloudless with temperatures 100+ 

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AZL CUBS (SS-R): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
REHAB: No more than three players on MLB or full season affiliates DL can be on "active rehab" with AZL Cubs at any one time - these players do not count against club's roster limit
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, no players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded) 
AZL CUBS OPENING DAY: Monday July 20th versus AZL Brewers at Sloan Park (Mesa)


AZL CUBS ROSTER
: 33+3

SS-R

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 19+3
Jose Albertos
Luis Aquino 
Javier Assad 
Jordan Brink 
Jesus Camargo (INACTIVE  - 7-day DL)
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS
* Andin Diaz 
P. J. Francescon 
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs
Luis Hernandez (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
* Jack Leathersich (ACTIVE REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Jose Leidenz
Gabriel Lima (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
Junior Marte
* Brian Matusz 
Erling Moreno
Joe Nathan (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
* Eugenio Palma
* C. J. Riefenhauser
Andry Rondon
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)

CATCHERS: 4
Eric Gonzalez
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco
Kevin Zamudio

INFIELDERS: 5
Jhonny Bethencourt
Rafael Mejia
Adonis Paula
Isaac Paredes 
# Edgar Rondon 

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Luis Ayala
Jose Gonzalez 
* Kwang-Min Kwon
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes

MANAGER
Carmelo Martinez 

COACHES 
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach) 
Jeremy Farrell (Hitting Coach) 
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach) 
Lance Rymel (Assistant Rehab Coach)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach) 

REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR 
Chuck Baughman  

AZL CUBS STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH 
Dallas Lopez 

AZL CUBS ATHLETIC TRAINER
Adrian Pettaway 

VIDEO
Sam Hunter

Comments

It looks like another strong pitching performance by Albertos.

From St. Louis post today "Sutcliffe then pointed to two moments in the last two years, one on the playing field and one on the practice field, as defining ones in the Cubs’ rise. On July 10, 2014, Cincinnati fireballer Aroldis Chapman threw a 100-mile-an-hour pitch behind Cubs hitter Nate Schierholtz before striking him out. The Cubs’ dugout barked at Chapman, Chapman barked back as he left the field and the debate raged on until Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo dropped his glove and hat and challenged the Reds to take him on. “Rizzo was saying, ‘We’re not going to take this crap anymore,” said Sutcliffe. The second instance occurred in spring training, 2015, during infield drills. “(Starlin) Castro started doing his nonchalant thing,” said Sutcliffe, “and David Ross jumped in and said, ‘If that’s the way you’re going to do it, then get the hell out of here.’ “That set the tone,” said Sutcliffe. “Those two things had nothing to do with the outcome of a game. But they had to do with a lot of outcomes.”

HAGSAG: Erling Moreno starts on Monday, day off Tuesday, then Jose Albertos is scheduled to start on Wednesday and Andry Rondon goes on Thursday (although veteran rehab guys like Nathan, Crow, and/or Leathersich may work the first inning of the game, as was the case last night). 

Also, a couple or three pitchers will probably be moved-up to AZL Cubs from DSL next week (if I had to guess, I would say they would most-likely be Mexican SPs Faustino Carrera and Hector Garcia, and/or relievers like Fauris Guerrero, Moises Ramirez, or Edison Novas). 

There is also supposed to be a"super-sub"-type infielder or IF-OF coming up to AZL Cubs from the DSL (one who was NOT at EXST), but I don't know which one. So keep an eye on the DSL box scores and see if an infielder or IF-OF that has been playing for DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2 all of a sudden is no longer in the lineup. 

Thanks, Phil. Great report. Any idea what kind of velocity Nathan had?

JOHN B: They were guarding the gun readings. 

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  • Cubster 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 7 min ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring on December 1st, MLB owners and the MLBPA have jointly agreed to move the contract tender date up from Thursday December 2nd to Tuesday November 30th (that's a week from today). 

    Then (presumably) the lock-out will start the next day (Wednesday). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Not that TJS is ever necessarily a good thing, but taking a year off from catching could give Miguel Amaya a chance to work on his hitting.

    His glove & arm were probably a year ahead of his bat coming into 2021, so once he gets going again hopefully he will be able to spend a significant part of his rehab working in the cages. 

    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Chris Allen, 1B Shendrik Apostel, INF Matt Burch, INF Widimer Joaquin, RHP Garrett Kelly, RHP Marco Prieto,  RHP Jorge Remon, RHP Dawel Rodriguez, and OF Vance Vizcaino, so the off-season Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List is now at 169 (21 slots are open).  

    Six of the nine players who were released (Allen, Apostel, Joaquin, Kelly, Remon, and Vizcaino) were Rule 5 Draft-eligible, and all six had been left off the Iowa Reserve List when rosters were filed last Friday. 

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Also, Justin Steele gets a 4th minor league option in 2022 (must be used in 2022). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

    So I would expect Amaya will be able to DH by mid-season (hitting shouldn't be a problem by then), and then (hopefully) be able to throw normally in games (as a catcher) at post-season Instructs and then maybe in the AFL, with 2023 Spring Training being when he should be 100%. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    well...that's one hell of a forearm strain.

     

  • tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?

     

  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

    not bad for a guy with 1/10th of a season service time.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Miguel Amaya to have Tommy John surgery. Will likely miss most of next season. (I speculate that he could maybe DH a bit in the second half and throw towards August.)

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    When you add in the arb-eligibility, that's gotta make Ramirez a real contender for Hermosillo's "non-tender poster boy" title