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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  • crunch 4 min 29 sec ago (view)

    cards 15 wins a row...franchise record


  • Hagsag 11 hours 34 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.


  • Eric S 18 hours 24 min ago (view)

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


  • Cubster 19 hours 25 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 20 hours 54 min ago (view)

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


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 57 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 21 hours 17 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 21 hours 52 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 23 hours 43 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 1 day 1 hour ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours 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 1 day 6 hours 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 19 hours ago (view)

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


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 20 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 20 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 20 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