Ramos Heat Damages Emeralds at Sloan Park

Fidel Mejia singled, doubled, walked, and scored two runs, Gustavo Polanco singled twice, drove-in a run, and scored a run, Ed Howard IV drilled an RBI double, and Eury Ramos threw two innings of perfect baseball with five strikeouts, leading the South Bend Cubs (now the Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 6-4 victory over the Eugene Emeralds (the San Francisco Giants' new Hi-A affiliate in the Northwest League) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Wednesday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Jacob Gonzalez (son of former major leaguer Luis Gonzalez) clubbed a solo HR for the Ems off converted position player Jerrick Suiter, and then Suiter promptly left the game with an injury (not clear what it was) one pitch into the next batter.     

The Eury Ramos 97-99 MPH FB is both electric and dominating, especially when combined with his filthy 88-91 MPH wipe-out SL. The 23-year old Ramos is scheduled to be a minor league 6YFA post-2021 but he has yet to pitch above Lo-A, so look for him to move very quickly in 2021 if he can remain healthy.    

Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only)

1a. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, E-5, R, 2 SB)
1b. Darius Hill, LF: 0-2 (K, L-7)
2a. Fabian Pertuz, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3, F-8 SF, RBI) 
2b. Yeison Santana, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
3a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-2 (P-5, K, BB, R, SB)
3b. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Zac Taylor, RF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
4b. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-1 (5-3)
5a. Fidel Mejia, 3B; 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB, 2 R)
5b. Ryan Reynolds, 3B: 0-1 (K) 
6. Caleb Knight, C-DH: 0-4 (L-5, K, K, L-5)
7a. Grayson Byrd, 1B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3) 
7b. Nelson Maldonado, 1B: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
8a. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-1 (BB, 1-3)
8b. Ed Howard IV, SS: 1-2 (2B, 6-3, RBI)
9a. Gustavo Polanco, DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
9b. Jake Washer, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B) 

1, Ryan Jensen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (14 strikes)  
2. Derek Casey: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Jerrick Suiter: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (4 strikes) 
4. Jose Albertos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Eury Ramos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes) 

3B Fidel Mejia - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Nate Maldonado = Nelson Maldonado?

Bummed about Suiter. Hopefully just something minor. 

BRADSBEARD: Yes. It's Nelson. I don't know what I was thinking. 

So it begins! Glad you're healthy and still keeping us updated, thanks AZPhil!

Any thoughts on Jensen and Howard?

KKvG: Jensen had a lot of difficulty throwing strikes but he didn't give up any hard contact, either. He looked uncomfortable on the mound.

Howard absolutely roped his RBI double down the LF line. 

And Jose Albertos is still a raw mess. I really have to wonder if he is ever going to get it together. He still throws the change-up and the CV and his FB is 91-94, but he can't command any of his pitches. 

Man, I'm pretty excited for these guys to get going (esp. Howard and Jensen), can't get enough of even the possibility Howard may start in High A South Bend. I don't think it's quite hit how huge a pick that was, Cubs have pretty literally never had a prospect like him. I was definitely surprised to see Albertos in camp at all, I guess that's promising and he's still only 22 with no surgeries, but yeah hard to hold out much optimism otherwise

This is a big year, hopefully it goes well, and can't thank you eonugh for keeping us updated as much you do! Randomly I'm glad Jose Gutierrez is still getting some opportunity, IIRC this is his MiL FA year so it's basically make or break

Of Ramos's 30 pitches, 22 were FB, and more than half of those (in both innings) were 99 MPH, so he wasn't just touching 99, he was sitting on 99.

I would say Eury Ramos, Trevor Megill, and Dauris Valdez (the guy the Cubs got back from SD in the James Norwood trade) are the three most-interesting RHRP in the Cubs system who are not on the MLB 40-man roster. Ramos and Megill are eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2021 and Valdez is Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021.

One bad thing about the Cubs 2021 MLB bullpen is the lack of roster flexibility. Too many guys who can't be moved back & forth to the minors. That needs to change, and adding guys like Ramos, Megill, and/or Valdez to the 40 post-2021 (if not earlier) to join Rowan Wick, Jason Adam, Brad Wieck, Jonathan Holder, Justin Steele, and Manuel Rodriguez as potential MLB relievers with usable options would be a good start.    

Fully agree with the lack of flexibility hindering bullpen construction. the only worry I have is even though most of our top 12 RPs are free agents after the year, Wieck and Steele (potentially Holder too) will join Brothers, Maples, and Mills as RP without options. Provided they're all tendered contracts, of course, that's already six spots taken. I do hope we start to see more guys we can move to and from Iowa easily over the coming seasons.

Sounds like Steele will be in line for a 4th option year FWIW. 

Most players get only three minor league options, but a player who has accrued less than five "full seasons" is eligible for a 4th minor league option.

For the purpose of determining eligibility for a 4th minor league option, a player accrues a "full season" when he spends at least 90 days on the Active List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs in a given season, or (in seasons prior to 2012) spends at least 60 days but less than 90 days on the Active List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs followed by an Injured List assignment where the combined time spent on the Active List and the Injured List equals at least 90 days or (beginning with the 2012 season) spends at least 30 days but less than 90 days on the Active List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs followed by an Injured List assignment where the combined time spent on the Active List and the Injured List equals at least 90 days.   
CoViD-19 EXCEPTION: With regard to a player's eligibility for a 4th minor option year in 2021 (and beyond), days spent on Optional Assignment in 2020 counted for nothing, and days spent on an MLB Active List and MLB inactive lists (IL, FMLA/Bereavement, Paternity Leave, et al) counted and were calculated at the prorated 2020 MLB Service Time rate (one day equals 2.78 days of MLB Service Time).

If a player qualifies for a 4th minor league option year, the 4th option is available during Spring Training and for the entire MLB regular season. 

Miguel Amaya, C (in 2023 - see NOTE)
Adbert Alzolay, RHP (in 2021 only - see NOTE)
Brailyn Marquez, LHP (in 2024 - see NOTE)
Christopher Morel, INF (in 2024 - see NOTE)
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP (in 2023 - see NOTE)
Justin Steele, LHP (in 2022 - see NOTE)
Keegan Thompson, RHP (in 2024 - see NOTE
NOTE: Adbert Alzolay is eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2021 but it will not be available in 2022 if it isn't used in 2021, Justin Steele will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2022 but only if his 3rd option is spent in 2021, Miguel Amaya and Manuel Rodriguez will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023 but only if 3rd option is spent in 2022, and Brailyn Marquez, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 but only if 3rd option is spent in 2023 (TBD).

r.tepera suspended 3 games for throwing at b.woodruff (appealing).  d.ross gets 1 game and will miss friday's game.

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  • Eric S 6 hours 49 min ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2


  • Cubster 7 hours 50 min ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 


  • crunch 9 hours 19 min ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 22 min ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!


  • crunch 9 hours 41 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.


  • bradsbeard 12 hours 7 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 


  • First.Pitch.120 13 hours 25 min ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  


  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 8 min ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.


  • ggross 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Phil (or anyone else),

    Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year?  When will the announcements be made?  Thanks!