Giants Put the Slug on the Cubs at Sloan

Hunter Bishop drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs, Will Wilson doubled twice, singled, walked, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Luis Matos doubled twice and knocked-in a run, Brett Auerbach cracked a two-run triple, and Logan Wyatt blasted a solo HR, as the Giants thrashed the Cubs 11-4 in AZIL game action Friday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Eight of the Giants' twelve hits were for extra-bases (including five doubles, two triples, and one HR). 

Yonathan Perlaza hammered a solo HR and a triple and racked-up an outfield assist, Chase Strumpf collected two RBI singles, Jordan Nwogu singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, and Nelson Velazquez laced an RBI single for the Cubs in a losing cause.    

The 21-year old switch-hitting Perlaza is being converted from an infielder (3B-2B) to an outfielder at Instructs, in large part to let him concentrate on his hitting. (His infield defense was pretty bad, and he would sometimes seem to take an error with him to the plate). But there is no doubting his offensive tools (hard contact with a slightly upper-cut swing path from both sides of the plate and above-average speed on the bases). He has played all three OF positions so far at Instructs, but looks most comfortable in LF (he played ten games in LF for South Bend in 2019). He will likely be added to the 38-man AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 so that he can be selected in the Major League Phase only ($100,000 draft price with the potential to re-claim in the Major League Phase, versus $24,000 draft price with no right to reclaim if he were to be placed on the AA Tennessee reserve list and be selected in the AAA Phase).    

Cubs RHP Danis Correa pitched the 9th inning for the Cubs, throwing mostly all fastballs and consistently hitting 97-98. Like Perlaza, the 21-year old Correa is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, and while his secondaries need a lot of work and his command comes and goes, some club might want to take a gamble on him, if for no other reason than the high-velo FB. Because of his size (he is only 5'11 155), he likely profiiles as a one-inning high-octane bullpen arm. Like Perlaza, Correa is a virtual lock to be placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 so that he will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft's Major League Phase only.      

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

1. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-4 (K, BB, L-8, K, K)
2a. Pablo Aliendo, C: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB, R)
2b. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-1 (K, BB) 
3. Jordan Nwogu, DH: 2-4 (4-3, K, 1B, 1B, BB, R, SB)
4. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 2-5 (K, F-8, 1B, 1B, F-9, 2 RBI)
5. Andy Weber, SS: 0-3 (K, BB, 4-3, 6-3) 
6. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 0-2 (BB, HBP, 3-U, F-8)
7. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 6-3, K, RBI)
8. Luis Vazquez, 3B: 0-4 (F-8, 6-3 DP, L-8, 4-3)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, LF: 2-4 (3B, HR, 1-3, K, R, RBI)

1. Peyton Remy: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 3 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/2 GO/AO, 63 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 37 piches (23 strikes)
3. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/AO, 53 pitches (32 strikes) 
4. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes) 


1. Pablo Aliendo: 1-3 CS 
2. Ethan Hearn: 1-1 CS 

LF Yonathan Perlaza - batter thrown out 7-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 


WEATHER: Mosly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 


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


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Jim Callis with a fine piece on Cubs Instructs at MLB pipeline a few days ago.

I can confirm that Bryan Hudson is indeed hitting 94-95 with his FB with some cutting action that bores-in on RH hitters.

He easily retired seven of the first eight men he faced Friday (F-7, K, BB, 5-3 - 5-3, K, K - F-7) on only 30 pitches, before suddenly losing it and getting creamed (2B, BB, 2B, 3B, WP) as his FB velo suddenly dipped two or three ticks and he could no longer command his secondaries (CV and CH). This was also the case in his previous two outings (dominant first inning then struggled through two more innings in his first outing, and then same thing again in his second outing -- a game he started).  

I remember back in the day when the 6'8 lefty was a young struggling extreme ground ball SP with a 90 MPH sinker who couldn't throw strikes consistently and who labored to get through a multi-innng outing, but now I would project him as a legit one-inning (or 25-30 pitches over parts of two innings) LHRP with possible MLB upside.

Hudson is eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft (he was eligible last year, too), and while I doubt that he will be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster on 11/20 (although I suppose it's possible), he is a lock to be assigned to the AAA Iowa reserve list (making him eligible for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft only  -- $100,000 draft price if selected and the possibility of being re-claimed later). 

Keep in mind that despite pitching in the Cubs system for five seasons (six if you include 2020 at Instructs), Hudson has not yet pitched above Hi-A (and he spent two seasons at that level 2018-19), so he really needs some game reps at least in AA if not also in AAA before the Cubs begin to think about adding him to the 40. That said, it's OK to be patient with prospects, especially 6'8 LHPs. 

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  • crunch 8 hours 13 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base


  • crunch 2 days 4 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 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

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


  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

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

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 2 days 9 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 2 days 13 hours 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 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 3 days 5 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 3 days 9 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 3 days 14 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 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

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


  • azbobbop 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

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


  • tim815 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).