Brawl Suspensions Announced

The Midwest League has announced the punishments handed out stemming from the July 24 brawl between the Peoria Chiefs (Cubs) and Dayton Dragons (Reds) in which Peoria pitcher Julio Castillo fired a baseball into the stands, injuring a fan.

The league did not specify the names of the players who were punished. It would only state that every player on each roster was fined, that eight Dayton players and six Peoria players were suspended three games, Dayton manager Donnie Scott was fined and suspended three games and Peoria interim manager Carmelo Martinez was fined and suspended 20 days.

An additional Peoria player–presumably Castillo–was suspended for 60 days. The Cubs had reassigned Castillo to their Rookie-level Arizona League team’s roster shortly after the brawl, although he has not been released. Angel Cabrera, one the Dayton players believed to be responsible for instigating the brawl, was released by the Reds earlier this week.

The Springfield News-Sun has reported that the Dayton players suspended include catcher Devin Mesoraco, outfielders Justin Reed and Denis Phipps, infielder Kevyn Feiner and pitchers Jeff Jeffords, Jeremy Horst, Luis Montano and Henry Arias.

The Peoria Journal Star has reported the suspended Chiefs players are outfielders Brandon Guyer and Cliff Andersen, catcher Mario Mercedes, third baseman Jovan Rosa and pitchers Steve Vento and Audy Santana, along with Castillo’s 60-day suspension.