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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  • Hagsag 8 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Thank you Phil, I can see this is a work of love.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 4 min ago (view)

    Cubs Reportedly Sign Powerful Infielder Alejandro Rivero Out of Indy Ball: https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/10/21/cubs-reportedly-sign-powe...

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base

     

  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...

     

  • Cubster 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?

     

  • crunch 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.

     

  • crunch 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.