Ed Howard Stars as Cubs Rally to Tie Giants at Instructs

Cubs 2020 1st round draft pick Ed Howard IV (Mt. Carmel HS - Chicago, IL) drilled a pinch-hit RBI double in his pro game debut and Jacob Wetzel (2020 NDFA - Frederick CC) laced an RBI triple and scored on a Fabian Pertuz RBI single in his pro game debut, as the Cubs rallied to tie the Giants 5-5 in AZ Instructional League Opening Day game action Wednesday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Rob Emery belted a three-run HR and Marco Luciano followed with a monster solo shot (both off Cubs SP Cory Abbott) to give the Giants an early 4-0 lead, before the Cubs came roaring back in the late innings.  

Besides Howard and Wetzel, three other Cubs made their pro game debut on Wednesday. LF Jordan Nwogu (2020 3rd round pick - U. of Michigan) reached base on an HBP in his first pro AB and later scored from 1st base on the Wetzel triple, 1B Matt Mervis (2020 NDFA - Duke) drew a walk in his first pro AB and later scored on the Howard RBI double, and RHRP Ben Leeper (2020 NDFA - Oklahoma State) threw one inning in relief. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

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

CUBS LINEUP
1a. Edmond Americaan, CF: 0-3 (K, K, K)  
1b. Jacob Wetzel, CF: 1-2 (3B, K, R, RBI)
2a. Andy Weber, SS: 2-3 (2B, 1B, 5-3) 
2b. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
3a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-3 (P-2, 1B, 5-3) 
3b. Luis Verdugo, 3B: 0-1 (L-7 DP)
4a. Jared Young,1B: 0-2 (1-3, F-8)
4b. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-1 (BB, F-8, R) 
5a. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 1-2 (1B, K, R)
5b. Luis Vazquez, 2B: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3)
6a. Alfonso Rivas, DH: 0-0 (BB, BB, R)
6b. Ed Howard IV, PH-DH: 1-1 (2B, BB, RBI)
7a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-2 (1-3, 6-4 FC) 
7b. Yohendrick Pinango, RF: 1-2 (4-3, 1B+E4)
8a. Cam Balego, C: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, RBI)
8b. Bryce Windham, C: 0-2 (K, F-7)
9a. Yonathan Perlaza, LF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI, SB)
9b. Jordan Nwogu, LF: 0-1 (HBP, K, R) 

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Cory Abbott: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 68 pitches (38 strikes)
2. Ben Leeper: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (17 strikes)  
3. Peyton Remy: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 54 pitches (35 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. SS Andy Weber - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. P Cory Abbott - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

ATTENDANCE: 0  

WEATHER: Hot & breezy with temperatures 100+ 

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Comments

Phil, glad to see you get to attend these games.

HAGSAG: Just to make it very clear, there were no violations of any MLB directives or rules & regulations pertaining to in-person fan attendance at AZIL games. 

nice, we dont have to hear about the creation of "The AZPhil Rule" a week from now because you watched a game.

also, it's nice that c.morel and l.verdugo are getting work.  hell, it's nice all those guys are getting work.  it's rough that so many in the low minors have been hobbled by this 2020 stuff.

Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?

AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!

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  • Hagsag 22 min 49 sec ago (view)

    Phil, we all are so glad you are getting to somehow "view" these games. Stay safe my friend.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    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.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    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

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    "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.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    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. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    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. 

     

  • azbobbop 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • tim815 3 days 3 min ago (view)

    That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

    Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

    As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

    RHP Josh Burgmann 
    RHP Chris Clarke 
    LHP D. J. Herz
    RHP Michael McAvene 

     

  • Charlie 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

     

  • crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.