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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  • crunch 1 hour 33 min ago (view)

    the 2 geese are now together covering left-center

     

  • crunch 1 hour 46 min ago (view)

    we now have 2 OF geese.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 17 min ago (view)

    game is in goose delay.

    arrieta threw 2 innings...not bad, not good, nothing alarming, nothing impressive.  it'll be nice to see him work in future outings.

    game back again...goose still in CF.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 41 min ago (view)

    there is a goose in CF hanging out.

    this is goose territory now.  this is not up for discussion.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 52 min ago (view)

    pedro strop broke COVID protocol and will be even more days away from his spring debut.  good job, guy.

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I've been watching Michael Hermosillo since his earliest days with the Angels, playing over the years against the Cubs in AZL, Minor League Camp, EXST, and AZ Instructs.

    From the outset he showed plus defensive skills, a plus arm, and plus speed, but his hit tool was clearly lacking, and he had well below-average power. I thought AAA was his likely ceiling, and even then only as a 4th OF. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 53 min ago (view)

    3/9 with a homer (no walks).

     

  • Cubster 1 day 55 min ago (view)

    How is Almora Jrs spring going?

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    maybin 0-9 with 6 Ks so far this spring.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Phil, what are your thoughts on Mike Hermosillo? He is from our area,Ottawa.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    The fact that the Cubs have not run him through waivers by now tells me they know Duane Underwood Jr is a lock to get claimed and so they are hoping to find a club that would be willing to give the Cubs something more than the $50,000 waiver price in return for Dunderwood (either more $$$ and/or a player). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Today's pitchers, most of them the same guys who threw last Tuesday: 

    Alec Mills:
    FB: 89-91 
    SL: 81 
    CH: 81-82 
    CV: 67-70 
    COMMENT: This just in: Mills heater now sitting at 91!!!!... had two easy innings and looked very good... threw only a handful of his "Bugs Bunny curves" but they are fun to watch because hitters don't know how to deal with it... ... 

    Craig Kimbrel: 
    FB: 93-96 
    CT: 87-88 
    SL: 82-84 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    DJL: Jason Adam sustained a right elbow fracture a few years ago and missed two full seasons, and when he returned to action he started using a "short-arm" delivery. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    baez "soft tissue injury"...no biggie...it's spring.  he'll be back in a day or 2.

     

  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    kimbrel...K, single, HBP, 3 more hits...inning called due to pitch count.  4 earned.

    also, baez removed after being HBP on the hand.

    neat.

     

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    Cotton McKnight: In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I'd seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself.

    Pepper Brooks: He will not be able to see very well, Cotton.