Cubs Get Long Ball from Strumpf and Wetzel at Sloan Park

Chase Strumpf belted a two-run HR halfway up the LF berm and singled and scored, Jacob Wetzel clubbed a two-run HR halfway up the RF berm and walked and scored, Andy Weber stroked a single and a two-run double, and Alfonso Rivas drilled an RBI single, walked twice, and stole a base, in Cubs AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Wednesday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

The game was called with one out in the top of the 5th once all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the game got their work. (The Cubs were suppoosed to host the A's in an AZIL games, but the game was canceled and so the Cubs played an intrasquad game, and the four pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the AZIL game pitched in the intrasquad game instead).  

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 1-3 (2B, E-5, F-7, 2 R)
2. Chase Strumpf, 3B: 2-3 (HR, K, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3. Bryce Windham, C: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, L-8, R, RBI)
4. Jacob Wetzel, CF: 1-2 (F-8, HR, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI)
5. Andy Weber, 2B: 2-3 (3-1, 1B, 2B, 2 RBI)
6. Yonathan Perlaza, LF: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
7. Edmond Americaan, RF: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP, BB, PO) 
8. Matt Mervis, 1B: 1-1 (BB, 2B) 
9. Nelson Velazquez, DH: 0-2 (F-7, F-8) 

1. Christopher Morel, 2B: 1-3 (F-7, 6-4 FC, 2B) 
2. Cole Roederer, CF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB, R)
3. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-9, R)
4. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 1-1 (BB, 1B+E9, BB, RBI, SB)
5. Luis Vazquez, 3B: 0-2 (P-2, K) 
NOTE: Slot was skipped third time through the order
6. Jared Young, LF: 0-2 (BB, 3-1, 6-3, R, SB)
7. Jordan Nwogu, RF: 0-2 (L-8, F-9) 
8. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-1 (F-9 SF, 1-3, RBI) 
9. Pablo Aliendo, DH: 1-1 (1B, BB, R)

1. Danis Correa: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 52 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 56 pitches (27 strikes) 

1. Koen Moreno: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Cam Sanders: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/AO, 61 pitches (37 strikes) 

RF Edmond Americaan: E-9 (fielding error on line-drive single to RF allowed batter to advance to 2B) 

3B Luis Vazquez: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Bryce Windham: 0-2 CS, 2 PB 

Ethan Hearn: 1 PO 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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


Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 

BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 

He reminds me a bit of Harrison Bader.

I would say Wetzel is a legit second tier prospect right now (somewhere near the back of the org Top 30), but he could be better than that once he gets settled in pro ball.     

I think if this had been a normal season Wetzel would have been an 11-15 round pick, probably would have split his first summer between AZL and Eugene, and then he would have begun 2021 at South Bend. Or he might have even transferred back to D-1 for his junior year and tried to elevate his draft status because he would appear to have a lot of untapped potential.  

Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 

There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 

RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists

nico played 37 games (22 starts) at 2nd over 208 innings...roughly averages out to around 25 games worth of playing 2nd if he got all his play there as starts.  he was good there, though not flashy.

heyward keeps getting nominated after turning in average-at-best performances.  he does have a knack for finding some highlight reel catches, though.  even "average" heyward is nice to have in RF.

Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro.  25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.

In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year

i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!

iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

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  • Arizona Phil 14 min 29 sec ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer (ex-MIA) from Kansas City (American Association) and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 


  • crunch 2 hours 25 min ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.


  • crunch 3 hours 52 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 10 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.


  • crunch 4 hours 24 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is free game, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now.