Cubs Cruise Past Timber Rattlers at Sloan Park

Chase Strumpf drilled a two-run single and a triple and scored twice, and Yonathan Perlaza drove-in three runs with two run-scoring singles, leading the South Bend Cubs (Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to an 8-3 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers Hi-A affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Monday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Cubs 2019 1st round draft pick RHP Ryan Jensen got the start for the Cubs and once again was unable to get through his second inning of work, throwing 34 pitches in just 1.1 IP (only 44% strikes) and walking three. His FB velo was 95-98 and his SL velo was 89-90 in his first inning, but the FB velo was down to 93-95 and the SL velo was down to 87-88 by the time he left the game with one out in the top of the 2nd.

Jensen is a two-pitch pitcher with command issues who has a significant decrease in velo after throwing just one inning, so as of right now he would appear to project as a one-inning power-reliever (and that's only if he can command his pitches for that one inning).    

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, F-9, R)
1b. Jacob Olson, LF: 0-1 (6-3) 
2a. Cole Roederer, DH: 1-4 (2B, K, F-8, F-9, R)
2b. Grayson Byrd, 1B: 0-1 (K)
3a. Chase Strumpf, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 3B, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3b. Matt Burch, SS: 1-2 (1B, F-7, R)
4a. Tyler Durna, 1B: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
4b. Flemin Bautista, PH-DH: 1-1 (1B, R)
5a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-1 (HBP, BB, L-9) 
5b. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-0 (HBP, R)
6. Yonathan Perlaza, LF-CF: 2-4 (4-6-3 DP, 1B, K, 1B, 3 RBI)
7a. Aramis Ademan, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K) 
7b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-1 (BB, K, R, 2 SB) 
8a. Darius Hill, CF: 0-2 (K, F-8, F-8 SF, RBI)
8b. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
9. Jake Washer, C: 1-4 (1B, K, K, K) 

1. Ryan Jensen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Adam Morgan: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Blake Whitney: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (32 strikes)
4. Eury Ramos: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 22 pitches (10 strikes) 
5. Bailey Clark: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (6 strikes) 
6. Garrett Kelly: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 22 pitches (11 strikes) 


Jake Washer: 2-6 CS


WEATHER: Overcast and very breezy with temperatures in the 70's


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


Phil, will there be major cuts coming in the next few days?

PHIL: With the start of full season ball coming on May 4th, it looks like rosters are coming into focus. Do you know yet if:

1. There are going to be 1 Rookie Mesa team or 2?

2. Will there be unofficial games against other rookie teams or will those be considered offical games?

3. Is there 1 DSL squad or 2 like before?

4. Cristian Hernandez is currently listed on the DSL roster. Is he likely to start the season there?

Thanks, Phil!

K-DUB: As of right now there will be two DSL Cubs teams and two AZL Cubs teams. Whether or not the games will be "official" and when the seasons will start is still TBD.

Right now the 15 MLB organizations operating in Arizona are all over the place as far as when Extended Spring Training games will start (some teams will be starting to play EXST games next week, and others won't start until June).  

Because of CoViD-19 protocols and quarantines, players will probably not move back & forth between the Dominican Academy and Arizona in 2021, so any Cubs Dominican Academy player assigned to Extended Spring Training in Arizona will have to be AZL ready, and I don't know how the Cubs feel about Cristian Hernandez's readiness for AZL, 


This might be a big ask, but Baseball America yearly puts out their 2025 (4-5 yrs in future) team lineup, rotation & closer.

1. Do you have thoughts on the 2025 Cubs?

2. Which FA would you extend (if any) -- Bryant, Rizzo and /or Baez? If you were GM.

PHIL: Thanks so much for your answers (and your being on-going resource for Cubs fans everywhere)! I assume from your current depth chart that Cristian Hernandez is currently working out at the Dominican Academy and is not in Mesa? If so, any idea of the likelihood of that changing once the full season teams ship out?

Very interesting article by BA on the 2021 minor league schedule. Teams will be playing 6-game series' Tuesday through Sunday (everyone has Mondays as an off-day, except one AAA division). So many reasons to like this after reading the article. The few reasons not to like it seem trivial in comparison. My favorite is the likelihood of 6-man rotations with 7 days between starts - allows for an additional SP at each level, a more intense bullpen session between starts, and an easier way to monitor innings over the course of the year! What do you think?

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    Tyler Suellentrop:
    - 92-95 mph
    - Dominant in the B9th with a 1-2-3 frame, striking out all three batters. FB 93-97 T98


  • crunch 17 hours 31 min ago (view)

    it's really cool how playing vs DET in 2021 counts toward the MLB win/loss totals of a team.  it's like using a cheat code.


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    wrigley going 60% capactity may 28th.  hopefully we'll be 100% by july/august.

    we're getting closer to "normal."  i hope we can get things stable for those that can't get a vax, and those that are still refusing or on the fence will cross over and join the rest of functioning society.

    as someone who was on strong chemo with a wide open immune system a decade ago, i'm thinking about them and others in similar health conditions.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago. 


  • videographer 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago.  Too bad he didn't pan out.  Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.


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    The rush to 70 players.


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  • crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.


  • Charlie 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs:

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.


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    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 


  • crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500


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    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.