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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 30 min ago (view)

    I believe this is the correct take. It's surprising that Len is leaving. He's good, but he had gotten a little too rationalizey over the past few years for me.

    However, it seemed he was heavily invested in the Cubs. His departure feels like there is some Ricketts-ish bullshit going on behind the scenes at Marquee that Len wants no part of. Anyway, I wish him well with the other Chicago team

     

  • crunch 2 hours 6 min ago (view)

    wtf...

    is everything the ricketts touch just falling to shit in 2021?  ....well, except their heavy investments in taking over the state of Nebraska politically with one of the sons and heavy investment in supportive state legislators...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 37 min ago (view)

    This makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks Phil!

    (And that HR off Hader was unforgettable)

     

  • Hagsag 6 hours 59 sec ago (view)

    Shocker!

     

  • Wrigley Rat 11 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox radio booth.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&so...

     

  • Charlie 15 hours 45 min ago (view)

    I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 48 min ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 31 min ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point

     

  • waveland 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could.