Timely Hitting the Rx for Cubs at Sloan

Cole Roederer drilled a line-drive two-out two-run single to CF to put the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 1st, Alfonso Rivas doubled, singled, and scored, Luis Verdugo doubled, singled, and scored, Nelson Velazquez singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, Ethan Hearn singled twice and knocked-in a run, Cam Balego singled twice and scored twice, and Matt Mervis doubled and singled, as the Cubs collected 13 hits and edged the Athletics 5-4 in AZ Instructional League game action Monday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Jonah Bride (two-run HR) and Tyler Soderstrom (solo shot) belted four-baggers for the A's in a losing cause.

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Andy Weber, 3B: 0-5 (4-3, 4-3, F-8, K, 6-4 FC)
2a. Cam Balego, C: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, 2 R)
2b. Ethan Hearn, C: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI)
3. Alfonso Rivas, LF: 2-5 (2B, 1B, 6-3, 3-6-3 DP, 4-3 DP, R)
4. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 2-4 (K, 1B, E-9, 1B, R, RBI)
5. Cole Roederer, CF: 1-3 (1B, 4-6 FC, K, BB, 2 RBI, CS)
6. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 0-2 (L-8, F-9, BB, 5-4 SH) 
7. Matt Mervis, 1B: 2-4 (1B, 2B, E-6, K) 
8. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-4 (F-9, E-6, K, F-9)
9. Luis Verdugo, DH: 2-4 (K, K, 2B, 1B, R)
 
CUBS PITCHERS
1. Cory Abbott: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 2/5 GO/AO, 60 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Danis Correa: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/2 GO/AO, 32 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Eduarniel Nunez: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP,  3/5 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Matt Mervis: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Cam Balego: 0-1 CS 

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
CF Cole Roederer - baserunner thrown out 8-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd after F-8

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny and very breezy with temperatures in the 60's 

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Comments

Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here. 

He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.

His receiving should improve with experience as well. 

He works hard and seems to get along well with everybody and so he should be able to develop a solid catcher - pitcher relationship with the pitching staff no matter what team he's on. 

I don't think there is any question that Hearn is one of the Cubs Top 10 prospects at this point in time. He just needs time to develop. 

"He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."

reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away. 

Amaya and Strumpf are probably the closest to being MLB-ready (ETA for both is maybe mid-to-late 2022 or more likely 2023), but Amaya is a catcher (who usually require more development time than other positions) who has yet to play above Hi-A, and Strumpf has yet to play above Lo-A, although he was an advanced college hitter with plus-HR power when the Cubs drafted him and so he possibly could move quickly once the minor leagues start playing again (presuming he hits the ground running).   

The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster. 

Good to see Roederer and Velasquez  providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 26 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 16 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Cubster 9 hours 17 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 10 hours 46 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 49 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 11 hours 8 min ago (view)

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

    also davies still sucks.

     

  • tim815 11 hours 44 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 13 hours 34 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 14 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Thanks!

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 25 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 20 hours 35 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 9 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 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 10 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 10 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 12 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.