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
WEATHER: Cloudless with temperatures 100+
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
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Jesus Camargo (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS
* Andin Diaz
P. J. Francescon
* Yapson Gomez
Luis Hernandez (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
* Jack Leathersich (ACTIVE REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (INACTIVE - 7-day DL)
* Brian Matusz
Joe Nathan (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
* Eugenio Palma
* C. J. Riefenhauser
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)
# Edgar Rondon
* Luis Ayala
* Kwang-Min Kwon
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
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
AZL CUBS STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
AZL CUBS ATHLETIC TRAINER:
crunch 9 hours 40 min ago (view)
* except for playing 1st base
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...
Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.
mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs). this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living. for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.
activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen. good work.
bradsbeard 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in).
Arizona Phil 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.
Hagsag 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).