Cubs Don't Show Brothers Much Hospitality at Riverview
D. J. Wilson smacked a two-run triple and a single, walked, stole a base, and scored three runs, Zack Short doubled twice and scored twice, Austin Upshaw hammered a two-run home run, Chris Pieters knocked-in three runs with a two-run single and a FC, stole a base, and scored twice, and Stephen Bruno, Kevonte Mitchell, and Miguel Amaya each drilled an RBI double, as the Cubs drubbed the Chinatrust Brothers 13-5 in Minor League Camp game action Thursday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Tung-Jung Wu belted a two-run HR for the Brothers in a losing cause.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
Duncan Robinson got the start for the Cubs, working two innings and allowing a run on four hits (all four hits were singles) and no walks, with four strikeouts (all swinging). Trevor Clifton followed Robinson to the hill and worked two shutout innings, allowing two hits (both doubles) and no walks, with two strikeouts (both looking). Michael Rucker also threw two innings, surrendering a two-run HR along the way while throwing 82% strikes. As things stand right now, Robinson, Clifton, and Rucker would appear to be 3/5 of the AA Tennessee Smokies projected Opening Day starting rotation.
The Brothers (AKA "Brother Elephants") are one of the four clubs in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), and they have been having their Spring Training at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson (former Spring Training home of the White Sox and the Diamondbacks) for the past few weeks, sharing the facility with los Toros de Tijuana (Mexican League).
Cory Snyder is the Brothers manager, Jim Presley is the hitting coach, and Scott Budner is the pitching coach, so there is a distinct MLB feel to the operation. Ex-MLB or minor league pitchers Casey Coleman, Zack Segovia, Nick Additon, and Mitch Lively are on the Brothers roster, although none of them pitched in the game. Several of the Brothers played for Team Chinese Taipei in the most-recent World Baseball Classic, so they have some experience playing with and against MLB and minor league players.
Here is the box score from the game (English translation only):
1. Tung-Hua Yueh, 3B: 1-4 (1B, F-8, K, 3-6 FC)
2a. Tung-Jung Wu, SS: 2-3 (K, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI)
2b. Wei-Chen Wang, SS: 1-1 (1B, R)
3a. Szu-Chi Chou, DH: 0-2 (6-3, 3-1)
3b. Chun-Chieh Wang, PH-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B)
4a. Chih-Hao Chang, CF: 1-1 (1B, RBI, CS)
4b. Shu-Yi Lin, RF-CF: 1-3 (F-8, F-8, 1B, RBI)
5a. Tao-Jung Tseng, RF-CF: 0-2 (K, K)
5b. Tzu-Hsien Chan, RF: 0-2 (F-8, E-9)
6a. Tzu-Hao Chen, LF: 2-2 (1B, 2B)
6b. Wen-Chieh Chen, LF: 0-2 (4-3, K)
7a. Cheng-Min Peng, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K)
7b. Tzu-Hung Chen, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8a. Chun-Sheng Huang, C: 0-2 (K, F-8)
8b. Ming-Hung Wu, C: 0-2 (1-3, K)
9a. Ting-Hsiang Pan, 2B: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
9b. Seng-Wei Wang, 2B: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
X-1. Austin Upshaw, 1B-DH: 1-3 (F-8, P-5, HR, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Upshaw batted 2nd in the 2nd, 6th in the 3rd, and 6th in the 4th
X-2. Tyler Payne, DH #4: 1-2 (1-3, 1B)
NOTE: Payne batted 1st in the 7th and 3rd in the 8th (after serving as bullpen catcher)
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB)
1b. Trey Martin, CF: 0-1 (6-3, RBI)
2. Zack Short, 3B-DH: 2-3 (L-3, 2B, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
3a. Chris Pieters, LF: 1-2 (FC, 1B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB)
3b. Jesse Hodges, PH-3B: 0-2 (K, K)
4a. Miguel Amaya, C: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
4b. Connor Myers, PH-LF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5a. Stephen Bruno, DH #1: 1-1 (2B, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 2nd & 3rd TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
5b. Tyler Pearson, PH: 0-0 (BB, R)
6a. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 1-2 (2B, F-7, RBI)
6b. P. J. Higgins, C: 1-2 (L-8, 2B, RBI)
7a. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
7b. Daniel Spingola, RF: 0-2 (L-6, K)
8a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, R)
8b. Jared Young, 2B: 0-2 (L-6, P-3)
9a. Kevin Cornelius, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9b. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 5-3)
10. Tyler Alamo, DH-1B: 1-4 (F-9, P-5, 3B, 4-3, R)
1. Chen-Yu Hung: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Chi-Che Tsai: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Che-Yuan Wu: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO, 42 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Po-Hao Chen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Kai-Wen Cheng: 1.0 IP: 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
6. Chung-Chen Chiang: 1.0 IP: 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (10 strikes)
7. Chi-Hung Cheng: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
1. Duncan Robinson: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 32 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Trevor Clifton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 35 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Michael Rucker: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Jose Paulino: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (23 strikes)
5. Kyle Miller: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
BROTHERS ERRORS: 1
C Chun-Sheng Huang - E2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
RF Daniel Spingola - E9 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely)
BROTHERS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Chun-Sheng Huang: 0-2 SB, 1 E (see above)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Miguel Amaya: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 23 hours 40 min ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 3 days 12 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 6 days 5 hours ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 6 days 10 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 6 days 13 hours ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 11 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 1 week 18 hours ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 1 week 20 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 1 week 1 day ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."