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): 

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)

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) 
3B Rafael Morel: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

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


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


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


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).