Mervis and Roederer Supply Cub Power at Sloan Park

Matt Mervis blasted a three-run home run, Cole Roederer belted a solo HR, and Andy Weber stroked a single and an RBI double, helping to lead the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Brewers in AZ Instructional League game action Tuesday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Carlos Rodriguez drilled an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Brew Crew up 2-0 in the top of the 1st inning and Brice Turang laced an RBI single in the top of the 7th 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:
1a. Cole Roederer, LF: 1-3 (F-9, HR, 4-3, R, RBI)
1b. Jacob Wetzel, LF: 0-1 (4-3) 
2a. Ethan Hearn, C: 1-3 (2B, F-7, K, R)
2b. Pablo Aliendo, C: 0-0 (BB, R)
3a. Chase Strumpf, 3B: 1-2 (1B, L-8, R, SB)
3b. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-2 (K, E-5, R)
4a. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 0-1 (F-7 SF, 4-3, RBI)
4b. Matt Mervis, 1B: 1-1 (BB, HR, R, 3 RBI)
5a. Andy Weber, SS: 2-2 (2B, 1B, RBI)
5b. Luis Vazquez, SS: 0-2 (6-4 FC, K)
6. Nelson Velazquez, DH: 0-3 (K, BB, P-3, K)
7. Kevin Made, 2B: 0-4 (K, 5-4 FC, 1-3, K)
8. Yohendrick Pinango, RF: 0-4 (4-3, 6-3, K, 4-3)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, CF: 0-1 (K, BB, BB, CS)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Cam Sanders: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 58 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Gabriel Jaramillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 58 pitches (28 strikes) 
4. Bailey Reid: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (13 strikes) 
5. Jerrick Suiter: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 21 pitches (13 strikes) 
 
CUBS ERRORS: 1 
3B Rafael Morel: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Ethan Hearn: 1 PB 
2. Pablo Aliendo: 0-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

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

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Comments

Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter. 

He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs  immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.

And Suiter has looked very good so far at instructs, mixing a 95-97 MPH FB, a mid-80's CH, and an 81 MPH CV, all of which he can throw for strikes. He is a "wide-body" type (6'3 250+) and he has the stuff you look for in a high-leverage and/or late inning reliever.  

The 27-year old Suiter is eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA on the 5th day following the final game of the World Series (so in other words next Sunday or Monday), but the fact that he was invited to instructs and is pitching in AZIL games is a pretty good indication that he has signed a 2021 minor league successor contract.  

If he has in fact signed a successor contract for next season he can't be a free-agent post-2020 World Series, but he will be eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft if he isn't added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster by 11/20. And he does fit the profile of the type of pitcher clubs like to take in the Rule 5 Draft (a "low-mileage" arm with nasty stuff).   

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  • crunch 2 hours 4 min ago (view)

    the 2 geese are now together covering left-center

     

  • crunch 2 hours 17 min ago (view)

    we now have 2 OF geese.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 48 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 3 hours 13 min ago (view)

    there is a goose in CF hanging out.

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

     

  • crunch 4 hours 23 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 26 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 1 hour ago (view)

    3/9 with a homer (no walks).

     

  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour 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 11 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 20 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 20 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 2 days 11 min 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 2 days 12 min ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours 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.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    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.